Mercat a La Planxa

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4482 reviews
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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.
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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate your Mom at our memorable Mother's Day brunch! Reservations highly recommended.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Enjoy a Catalan style Easter brunch! Reservations recommended.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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JL
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting menu items in a great setting in a location that needs a good restaurant!

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Miami
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fuimos para el brunch, los huevos benedict son excelentes!!! Ya habíamos probado la tortilla española la noche anterior y también estuvo super!!!

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A
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a lovely environment. You can hear your fellow diners and the service is top notch

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New England
46 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here while visiting Chicago. Loved it. try the dates, the asparagus, the garlic shrimp and the peach custard dessert. Will definitely come back. Service was good and wasn’t too noisy.

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l
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, great service, great menu, great food, great vegetarian and fish choices, great drinks, great location. This is your destination for all things fabulous.

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V
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service and food.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Having lived in BCN, I do find their food pretty authentic.
every time I visit Chicago, this restaurant is on the list!
The food is good, service was nice!

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LR
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a little tricky to find the correct door to enter. Tried the outside door along Michigan Ave --was rerouted around the corner and into the lobby of the hotel. Once there, we ended up downstairs and again were rerouted to the upstairs entrance. Once we found it, it was a lovely experience. Wait staff, ambiance and food were amazing!

Loved the decor

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EM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

One of the few Spanish restaurants in Chicago, and my favorite, hands down, for many years. There are excellent and varied choices for adventurous and more conservative palates.

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LS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We lived in Barcelona for two years. And were anxious to try Mercat a la Planxa. We found it to be completely authentic! It is hard to find pan con tomato in US restaurants! We actually ate three meals here-lunch, dinner and breakfast. All were delicious and a treat to our taste buds. The atmosphere is wonderful. The staff for the most part were friendly and helpful except for one hostess who seemed down and unmotivated. We will return!

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AL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch - best French toast I've ever had in my life!

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RP
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places. I go whenever I visit Chicago. This was the first time it was not teeming with people.It was so nice to be able to talk to my friends during dinner. The food is great. The service is even better. It seemed like the menu was smaller but still outstanding.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Received great service and advice from our server, Doc, and attention throughout the meal from the rest of the service staff. The managers checked in several times as well. A genuinely nice dining experience and all the food was delicious. Wouldn't hesitate to go back. If the food is new or unfamiliar to you, my suggestion is to "ask!" We did, and it helped to positively influence the rest of the meal and evening.

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EB
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it. Best meal we had in Chicago. Definitely will be back every time we're here.

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JA
Birmingham
15 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my go to restaurants in Chicago. The serrano ham and fig salad was fabulous and we loved the lamb

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RL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricey but excellent food. Service very good

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L
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

This used to be my favorite restaurant. They now charge for the starter tomato foccacia bread. They split with Jose Garces and are no longer able to offer the flat breads. The short rib flat bread was out of this world.

The food is still good but miss how it used to be. Service was excellent and so is the view!

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NL
New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Amazing Sangria. Great Prix fixe tasting menu.

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M
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I came with a couple of friends on a Friday evening. We shared 5 tapas and a seafood paella. My friends had cava and white wine while I opted for 2 glasses of red. For food we ordered: PAN CON TOMATE, PATATAS BRAVAS, BUNUELOS DE BACALAO, CALAMARCITOS A LA ANDALUZA, GAMBAS AL AJILLO and ARROS DE MARISCOS. For dessert we had the TORTA DE XOCOLAT.

Everything was delicious but my favorites were the pan con tomate (great crusty bread with a nice slathering of lightly salted tomato jam) and gambas al ajillo (if you like garlic, get this, then soak left over bread in the oil). I always order patatas bravas at any tapas bar, so it's a nice staple but definitely not the star). I enjoyed the paella, however, I had the honor of eating paella in Valencia and nothing is going to compare to having it there. The chocolate desert was delicious. I am fairly certain I ate 80% of it.

I would come here more often if money was not an option, but it is. This place is special occasion only for me. Expect to pay maybe $70 - $80 without tip.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The food is overpriced. I don’t mind paying more when the food is good, but that was not the case.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food!

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SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, generous portions and fantastic service

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KS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very intriguing menu including tapas, salads, individual entrees, and paellas, which are recommended for two. Be warned...two people are unlikely to be able to finish one paella safely and yet they are SO good that you will definitely risk over-eating if you order one. Two possible solutions: wear an outfit with an elastic waistband or consider sharing one paella with a group of 3-4, along with a selection of tapas to start out. You won't be disappointed or walk away hungry. Drinks menus are impressive, although the craft beers could be a bit more innovative and creative given how many great microbreweries there are in the midwest. The space itself is gorgeous, open, airy and light. Seating is intimate and personal despite being in a large and open space. Will definitely recommend to friends visiting Chicago.

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Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Will not return. This was once one of our favorite places and unfortunately we've seen it slowly decline over the years to the unacceptable state it is today. Note to management: if you truly want to know how a person's experience was you need to ask specific questions. Do not simply ask "are you happy?". Ask which dish was their favorite and why. Which dish could be improved, and how. Only then will you get honest feedback that could actually result in positive change.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service.
Outstanding menu and quality of food.
This was my third time there in the last 18 months. I live in California and eat there in every trip to Chicago.

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1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Our server, Sam, was great. Food was very good. One complaint was that they charged for bread. When you are spending a decent amount on food and bottles of wine I was a little put off by that.

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DF
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot wait to go back! Everything the waiter recommended was fantastic! The flavors were exquisite and the drinks delicious. Does not get better than that!

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JW
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We, as a family have been to Mercat several times over the past few years. Every time we left thinking what an amazing restaurant it was. The food and ambiance were awesome. This past Sunday we went and the food was Not enjoyable. The pork over cinnamon apples was not tender, the paella was overly salty. The service was good as usual, we just expected a lot better food for the money. Not sure if the restaurant has changed hands or if it was just an off day.

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Denver
14 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I love the traditional Catalunyan snack park amb tomaquet and they do it right here!!! That alone is reason for returning. Also a cool room.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was really good. Views were nice. Service felt rushed and not particularly hospitable.

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ME
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I left a cash tip on the table and experienced an additional tip automatically billed on my credit card that I did not sign for. Manager advised that it is something their system does. That is unacceptable and is fraudulent. Please correct your system and refund my money back to my account.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a 630 reservation before a 730 theatre time. Staff was accommodating of our schedule, appetizers & drinks came out quickly and were delicious. Great start to our date night!

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S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Ordered the flank steak with a side of asparagus and the chocolate torte for dessert. Everything was prepared perfectly with Catalan influences. Server (Naomi) has a great smile and immediately made me feel welcomed. She and other servers made sure I always had water & attention without being invasive.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The small plates were all excellent but the Paella was disappointing. It looked great but was extremely salty and lacked flavor from the vegetables, meat and seafood. It was as if the vegetables and meat were cooked ahead of time and tossed into the paella dish with the rice.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tasting menu was amazing for our client dinner. Low maintenance but so delicious!

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff went above and beyond to make our evening special!!!!!

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1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Menu was hard to read, it was written in Castilian Spanish.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The table staff is over the top great. Just ask them to create your meal and OMG. But the bar staff needs an attitude check. Nevertheless, well worth going...and the bigger the group, the better.

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LT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Early dinner before a show with reservations. Seated quickly in corner booth. Service was very good this evening. Been before when service was a miss. Attentive, friendly and timely. Food was very good. Stuffed sausage with white beans, calamari, wings very good. Escarole salad ok. Bit salty with olives. Signature cocktails very good. Chocolate dessert also very good. Crowded as the evening went on but can still hold a conversation. Enjoyable evening with good food, drinks and service. Cost for 2 with drinks, app, 4 tapas and dessert about $125.

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Particular waiter was medicore at best -- disappeared for long stretches of time . Slow with drink orders. Food was good, but not extraordinary - - and pricey.

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