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Mercado - Santa Monica

4.6
884 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Authentic
Mercado in Santa Monica is an inventive mix of food, atmosphere and tradition, reflecting the heart & soul of New Mexican dining. The main dining room is an eclectic fusion of modern design, accented with classic touches, that create the ultimate in intimate upscale dining while remaining accessible and comfortable. The menu, created by Chef Jose Acevedo, exemplifies the cuisine and flavor of he and co-owner Jesse Gomez’s deep Mexican roots, featuring items such as Chef Acevedo's signature Carnitas, created from a recipe handed down through generations. With tortillas made by hand, the finest meats, poultry and seafood, flavorful sauces, carefully crafted ceviches, enchiladas and tacos, produce from the local farmers' market, and everything made from the freshest ingredients, Mercado offers handcrafted cuisine, artful design, warm atmosphere and service that is both friendly and informed to guide each guest through the dining experience. We look forward to having you join us soon!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 10pm,
Friday: 5pm - 11pm,
Saturday: 4pm - 11pm,
Sunday: Brunch 11:00am - 3pm, Dinner 4:00pm - 10pm

Happy Hour:
Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 526-7121
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jose Acevedo
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Santa Monica
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Parking details
Parking Structure 5 is closest to the restaurant.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us for Mother's Day brunch at Mercado Santa Monica from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 884 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

My birthday!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Reservations at this restaurant should note that they are for communal tables, which is obviously offputting.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was amazing. The service was great. The food was so good that I was kinda sad when I was finnished, I wanted it to last forever.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Mercado used to be great. The food is still a solid ‘B’ but the ambience has become unbearable. It’s full of 20-something Silicon Beach brats yapping about their first jobs ad nauseum. Can’t stand it and won’t be going back.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Fantastic food with delectable drinks. Everything we tried was delicious. The service was great and very accommodating. Really can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Jc is awesome

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Amazing as always!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Our server was courteous, and very informative about the menu. I'd reccomend this place to anyone wanting authentic mexican food.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Creative and delicious modern Mexican. Small-ish dining room, but perfect for a bustling Saturday date night or out with friends. Amazing cocktails!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great Margaritas, delicious guacamole with a lot of big pieces of avocado. Normally, i don’t have flan but when one of our entrees was cold, they brought a new hot one and gave us a complimentary dessert. Coffee was also good. Great service, everyone was friendly

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Good food, but had to wait for hostess to come to front of restaurant and then she sat us near entrance when there were many tables available in the nicer upstairs section.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

What a gem!! From the maitre d’ at arrival through the last sip of coffee this restaurant is a jewel.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Loved the location, great service, noise level (not bad even with bad hearing). The food was good, almost very good. It depends on your level of expertise and travel. I've been to Oaxaca, so I'm spoiled. I liked their take on the dishes and the freshness of the food. I would go again, but it was a bit spendy, so I'll probably only go if we split the check or just with my husband.

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2.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Maybe it’s just Santa Monica in general but the servers at Mercado are rude beyond belief. Minimum wage at $15 plus tips gets a server annual wage close to $100k. Lots of over educated actor wannabes frustrated with their station in life and content to treat the customer like crap. If you order a cocktail (margarita) the first one will be all ice in a small glass. The 2nd will be more properly balanced. The food is ok. Expect to be upsold into a dish you really didn’t want but which maximizes the tip. Get me out of SO CAL ASAP.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The food was DELICIOUS! So we’re the margaritas! Love happy hour!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

The dip trio and corn apps were great
The pork was delicious and a good value but disappointed in the shrimp tacos. Even though it was an app, it was small.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Our server was amazing! She had great recommendations. Wish the scallops are still on the menu though :(

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Food was outstanding! Queso dip trio was delicious. Chips were homemade and yummy!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food is always wonderful but what makes Mercado incredible is the service. All the servers are incredibly friendly, attentive, and fun. I always leave Mercado thinking that was the nicest waiter I have ever had! Saturday night's server connected with our entire table --- bravo to management for the selection of the nicest people ever who know what service is! In short, we love Mercado Santa Monica.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We got the worst table in the house. It was insulting.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I’ve noticed that on open table reservations, the table where I am seated is usually in a less than ideal position I.e.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

In LA for business and the team and I went out for a group dinner. We were a group of 6. We ordered two dip duos, each consisting of guacamole, queso, salsa and tortilla chips - all of the aforementioned were hits. We also ordered some of the cauliflower and elote, both were incredibly delicious! I personally ordered the chicken for my entree, very tasty.

We also all ordered cocktails. All were enjoyed by our group.

For dessert, we got the flan & Mexican hot chocolate ice cream. Neither of which were big hits amongst the group.

Recommend ordering all the starters and sides and skipping the dessert.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great food, fun atmosphere, a little disfunction the hostess kiosk

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Really good food and great cocktails, lovely and buzzy dining room - great for couples

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2018

They simply don’t know how to make carnitas / dry!

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Our res was at 8pm and we were not seated until 9pm, the restaurant was rude and not accommodating.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

4 of us went to celebrate my friend’s birthday! We had so much fun! Our server was very attentive and personable. She even made a “last call” for happy hour, which was very considerate. The food was delicious and I will definitely be going back!

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Great place to hang out after work or a day at the beach. Great ambiance with hip music and a variety of drinks. If you like tequila there are plenty of options to choose from. Food portions are reasonable so pace yourself with the chips and guacamole. Love the happy hour menu options, my favorite is the ceviche tostadas!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Great food and drinks. Our table was on the Mezzanine level which was Great because it was less noisy and not as crowded as the main level. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and conversation.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Excellent margaritas. Get the carnitas. Busy night but the service was on the market.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The waiter was a bit rude at the beginning, and then closed our bill without asking about dessert or checking in with us at the end. There was some issue with the bill splitting (which ended up in our favour), but it seemed disorganized. Food - especially the guacamole - was good.

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Horrible service ruined the experience

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I forgot to take my card after signing, and nobody called after picking up the check so I could come back for my card. I found my card missing the following day and had to wait til restaurant opened to hear that it was indeed there.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Love Chantel!

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Food is not very good. Service is good , setting is good

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Restaurant is WAY TOO DARK! Everyone has to use their cell phone light to see the menu.
btw...I loved the kale salad.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

the best Mexican food ever! It is our go-to spot for delicious, fun food and drinks. We love Yxta also and Maradentro. Bravo to the entire organization!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Overall enjoyed however my food was not very warm. The guacamole was great and food was good except for temperature. A complimentary dessert would have been nice given it was a birthday celebration.
Service efficient.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We were seated upstairs in a booth that sort of overlooked the first level, which is filled with banquette tables. It was really loud and dark. It’s a fun atmosphere. The servers were all nice and friendly. The food is good (a little spicy), but a little pricey.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Since we discovered Mercado, it's one of our favorite hang-outs. The Margaritas are out of this world, even the Skinny Margarita. And Fish Tacos, superb. Chips are special as is the guacamole. The appetizers are amazing and original. The Manager is always helpful and a nice person, always making time to say hi. Oh, and the FLAN.... really????? We love it here.

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