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About Mercat a La Planxa
Mercat a La Planxa features an extraordinary selection of tapas dishes from cut-to-order charcuterie and cheeses to fresh seafood, steaks and chops, all inspired by Spain's Catalan region. The impressive menu includes an emphasis on meats and seafood served 'A La Planxa' or grilled-to-order. At the bar enjoy a tempting array of seasonally inspired sangria, Spanish-styled cocktails, an extensive collection of Spanish cava and our carefully selected wine list featuring 40 Spanish wines available by the bottle or by the glass.
Private dining is available in two of our upstairs spaces, La Veranda and Barcelona Room. The Lower Lounge can also be booked as exclusive space for intimate receptions in addition to semi-private space in the Main Dining Room and Main Lounge.
Chicago, IL 60605
Spanish, Latin American
Hours of Operation:
Friday & Saturday 5pm-11pm
DAILY LOUNGE MENU
Everyday from 4pm-6:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Sage Restaurant Group has been successful in creating memories for clients by providing them with superior food & service. Whether it's our our gorgeous La Veranda Room, our spacious Barcelona Room or our intimate Lower Lounge, Mercat A La Planxa has the perfect space to host your private event!
Please contact Anni McNulty at (312) 542-3454 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Valet Parking is available on Balbo located at the entrance of the Blackstone Hotel $16 per car.
Nearest Red-line Stop is Harrison, head east on Balbo, restaurant is on the corner of Balbo & Michigan.
Bus lines are the #3, #127, #129 all three stop at the entrance of Mercat a la Planxa.
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La Veranda, our private dining space that overlooks the main dining room of Mercat. Seats 30, reception-style can hold 60 guests.
Mercat a La Planxa Ratings and Reviews
Our second visit to Mercat a La Planxa and we enjoyed it as much if not more as last time.
A special way to dine and taste a variety of special unique, fresh dishes...all were delicious!
It is nice to order a few, test your hunger level and order more if you'd like.
I have discovered that it is nice to order one of the fresh, very tasty salads to add to the flavor of the other dishes.
Not one bad thing to say from host to server to assist staff.
Steps from the hotel we stay at and it can be as fast or leisurely as you would like to enjoy!!
The friend I was meeting had recommended this place, and I'm glad she did! The food was yummy - we met for brunch, and they had options for both breakfast-type food and more traditional (and savory) tapas. We also had the option of ordering any item a la carte, so you could get one pancake or piece of french toast alongside a breakfast meal, without having to order two complete meals. It was also quiet enough for us to have a lovely catch-up conversation without having to shout. The weather may have dissuaded many people from going out for breakfast - we met at 10am, which is normally a busy time. Definitely a new favorite place!
Fabulous! Hadn't been there in a long time, so didn't know the chef had changed, but every course was fabulous--we did the luxury wine paired courses - yumm!
Mateo, our waiter, was SO KNOWLEDGABLE, and courteous and proficient, as were all the other staff who kept appearing throughout our dining experience.
I mentioned sadness that the chocolate croquettes I had so fondly remembered were no longer on the menu, and they brought us complimentary chocolate bon bons as a substitute. (Quite nice! Still would like to see the croquettes back, though...)
The ham croquettes were maybe my favorite, but the bruschetta course was oh so good!!, the beef filet was perfectly prepared, and the seafood paella, the last, crowning course, was so good - but truth be told, most of it came home--was absolutely satiated, and very content!
Indeed, a very pricey evening, but was extremely pleased with the fabulously prepared food, wine pairings, and the kind of service you always hope for! Thank you for a great evening!
We had a 6:30 reservation on New Years Eve, and were called at 3pm to be informed that they were only offering a fixed menu that evening. Hardly time to make alternate plans. Our real concern was over the fast pace that they delivered each course, before we were even close they would set the next dish on the table along with the wine pairing. We felt rushed throughout the dinner. Surprisingly the restaurant was only have full when we left, not a real issue to provide a second seating for the evening. This is not the restaurant that I remember from 20010. For a $400 dinner, they need to pay far greater attention to the details.
Attentive service. Quiet, intimate setting. In love with the decor and ambience. After spending our summer vacation in Barcelona, we were so thrilled with the excellent and authentic food. Try the tapas - we had the pulpo, papas bravas, cured meats, scallops. The sangria is also a must. The staff went out of their way to make us feel special. Would come again next time in Chicago!
The restaurant was a perfect location for our post movie dinner. The food was fantastic and service was very fast. We tried many of the plates and everything was excellent. Great views with the floor to ceiling windows. Would highly recommend for a nice quiet dinner.
We appreciated the chef offering us a vegetarian tasting menu, which we expected to be on the smaller end, but were surprised instead to receive plate after plate of delicious vegetarian tapas. The vegetarian paella was divine! The mushrooms and potato dish was delicious! Samuel, our server, put in an extra effort to get us to "Hamilton" on time, which we deeply appreciated. His service was spot on! Even the host was extraordinarily friendly and remembered our coats without looking at the ticket. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
Everything was going so well until the serving of the Beef. The Beef was rare but extremely tough. We observed that the Chef has cut the steak with the grain and it was like eating a rubberized Beef Jerky. If the Beef portion had been Tender, we would have given a much higher rating. Its difficult to pay your prices and get such poor quality beef. After spending more than two weeks in Spain we expected more from the food you prepared.
Love this Mercat a la Planxa in the Blackstone hotel. The tapas that my daughter and I shared were awesome. So delicious, creative and the presentation was wonderful!. The dessert was one of the best I have ever had . Olive oil cake with orange marmelade and kava sorbet.
Seated at an uncomfortably tiny table for two in a high traffic corridor. Asked to be reseated. Got a table for two that we had to move away from neighbors, that was overlooking a bus stop. Got our drink order wrong. Lousy wine for price. Inconsistent tapas.
small plates? more like tiny plates. flavors were ok, but portions were limited to 4 bites on several dishes. quality of some ingredients was lower than expected... the serrano ham on their salad was stringy, scallops were very tiny, cheese fondue on dates ruined the dish. overall an ok experience but way too many better places in the area.
We selected Mercat a La Planxa to celebrate a special occasion and it didn't disappoint. The Luxury Tasting Menu was a great way for us to try many items on the menu and have a great culinary experience. The service was outstanding and they did a very great job making the evening special for our celebration by surprising us with a special desert and champagne at the end. Even though Jose Garces is no longer the Executive Chef, it was still an Iron Chef experience!
We ate there last night before the symphony and the food is still fabulous! The mushrooms and potatoes, stuffed dates, grilled pork and creme brûlée with a twist were all memorable and would do it again and again! Our waiter, Doc, knew his menu and guided us to a great menu experience. The menu has been updated and is still made with great flavors. Go!
We were seated at a small table by a window facing Michigan Avenue. It was a beautiful view -perfect for our dinner before the symphony! We were unfamiliar with the menu and tapas but our server, Doc, was so helpful and friendly! The food was delicious! Fabulous evening -delicious dinner and amazing symphony performance!
My friend and I celebrated a special occasion and before we attended a classical concert we dined at the first seating at Mercat. As a budding chef himself, my friend and I thought the service, the food, the cocktails and the ambiance were so delightful we couldn't fairly critique it negatively. We had a great time, and the complimentary champagne with our dessert course was such an unexpected treat and detail that really struck me. The only thing we wished was that we had more room and more time to spend at the restaurant. The staff had great personalities and the food was timed nicely and exciting to eat. It was my second time dining at Mercat and can't wait to visit again.
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