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.
If interested in Pre-Ordering food, please make sure to call in advance.
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.
Steak and Eggs
5oz grass-fed hanger steak, calcots, breakfast potatoes, mojo verde, two eggs
Scallops a la Llauna Style
diver scallops, parsnip puree, roasted sesame, granny smith apple
Excellent food options. Wonderful wine selection. Wait staff was very attentive. We'll be back!
Great tapas! Will be going back soon. Inside historic Blackstone hotel.
2nd time there - great location and wonderful food!
Had a wonderful late night dinner after seeing a ballet performance. Beautiful decor, ambiance is perfect, staff were friendly and the food was delicious.
Food was delicious. Service was attentive without being overbearing.
Our waitress did not seem educated in the menu and did not help in suggestions. Octopus was like rubber and food mediocre at best. Garlic shrimp was the best dish. Such a shame we had really been looking forward to this dinner. We would not go back.
We were going to see an Alvin Ailey show after dinner. As we were getting ready to leave I told our server I wanted my food to go. Someone else came and picked it up and accidentally threw it out. When I asked about my food, a manager came over, apologized and offered to make me a new meal when I got back from the show. When the show was over I came back and the host had the food ready for me. Excellent customer service, beautiful atmosphere and delicious food. I’m definitely going back. I’ve already told so many people about my great experience.
Went on a quiet night and got extra attention. Ordered the Chef’s Tasting menu which is an amazing deal with a lot of great food!
Great all around. Something for everyone!
Mercat a La Planxa never disappoints. I always know I can count on them for excellent food and excellent service when I am trying to show my friends a great time at a great Chicago restaurant!
Such a lovely space with delicious food and drinks and spectacular service.
Excellent wine and tapas offerings.
Paella was super good
Nothing special. Food quality was uneven. Salad was delicious; the scallops were very rare and very salty.
Food was very good. Many choices and they were all very good. Thank he tuna flatbread and the potatoes were fantastic. Well done.
Food and drinks are good, but table and chairs so old and not stable anymore. Our table and bench was moving like during earth quick. LOL
My most demanding and critical friend from NYC was in town and she was blown away by everything at "Mercat", especially the ambiance and cuisine . She often travels throughout Spain/Catalan for business and pleasure and she heartily approved of the paella, tapas and Spanish wines. On a personal note, this was my first time back to the restauarant after a 5 year hiatus and I was as just as impressed as I was on my first visit about 15 years ago.
Everything on the menu is great. Paella is worth every penny.
We couldn’t make up our minds about dining choices, so tried the tasting menu, which far exceeded expectations. We liked every course save one. Nothing wrong with exception, just a little too rich for our taste. Meal was well paced, service impeccable, server friendly and knowledgeable. Value was great. Recommended to everyone in very large wedding party which included many Chicago natives.
Dependable food and friendly service. lol be the venue.
We enjoyed the tapas and paella, as well as the sangria. The waitress recommended 4-5 tapas dishes with the vegetarian paella and we went with 4. I was with my daughter so it was a lot for two people but there were leftovers which my daughter brought home, always a silver lining.
Lovely service from Katie!
I don’t know why you did not give me points for this reservation. Please explain.
The tasting menu surpassed our expectations in every way, and what a great value for the price - awesome!
We enjoyed a delicious pre-ballet dinner. Great service and well planned prefix menu. Nice wine selection as well!
We have been to Mercat a La Planxa multiple times, the last times before this visit was about eight months ago. I have to say, the restaurant has changed and not for the better. The ambience is less cozy, the food was meh. The Pan con Tomate, for example, was just some sweet tomato mush on a slab of bread, a soggy mess. The octopus was rubbery, and so on. The service was rushed, we were seated around 10:40 pm and did not know that the kitchen would close at 11:00.
Overall, a rather disappointing experience this time. It has lost a lot of its quality and uniqueness that made us come back again and again. Not sure I will go back any time soon.
We had a wonderful evening. Everybody from beginning to end did a nice job. Received the window seating request. Service was well presented and food was as great. I would return and take friends. Thank you...
Three of us shared the delicious tasting menu, and our vegetarian fourth person found several options that worked for her. It was a great place to celebrate a birthday with friends. Service was prompt and attentive. The decor and atmosphere is great. After the meal, we hung out to talk more in the historic lobby of the Blackstone Hotel, where the restaurant is housed.
Very good Barcelona-style food. We over-ordered with 4 tapas for 2 people, so know your appetites before you order too much.
We came here to try the Chefs menu. Two out of the 4 of us ordered it. The dishes were ok but not the best we've had. We were disappointed with the paella. It was very salty and dry with no beautiful crust (socarrat). With all the dining choices available I don't think I'd return.
Nice seating & delicious drinks
This was my second time here. The first time was five years ago and I feel like the quality and creativity has declined since then. We ordered the chefs tasting menu and didn’t really feel like there was enough value for the money. For example, there was no meat course. Also, the paella was stodgy and lacking flavor. On the bright side, the service was great and the restaurant and attached hotel are lovely.
Great food and drinks but it was the service that was most exceptional. Our waiter was dynamite!
This was our first time dining here. We loved it. The tasting menu was actually a good value, though the menu is overall rather pricey. Everything was delicious.
Two of us ordered small plates, two ordered the chef's menu. Everything including the wines was excellent, as was the friendly helpful service.
Upstairs bartender was not welcoming or very friendly. Hard to believe this restaurant couldn't come up with blue cheese stuffed olives for our martinis. The food was good and we were all happy we chose the tasting menu over the specials for restaurant week.
Could not have stumbled upon a better place to enjoy a special occasion. Out of all the food I've had the pleasure of tasting, the paella was one of the most incredible dishes to ever pass my lips. The wine selection proved nothing shy of divine, and our waitress offered a level of service above even the ambiance and quality that the entire establishment bespoke. We will be returning very soon!
Excellent place in the heart of Chicago.
Good food, good ambient.
It’s wonderful all around , food is great , service was excellent and the menu for chicago restaurant week was incredible
Mercat a La Planxa is rated 4.3 stars by 4740 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.