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Wed, 6/20
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Mercat a La Planxa

4.4
4257 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
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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.

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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Latin American
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Hours of operation
WEEKEND BRUNCH
Saturday 7am-3pm
Sunday 7am-3pm

DINNER
Sunday-Thursday 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday 5pm-11pm

DAILY LOUNGE MENU
Everyday from 4pm-6:30pm
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Phone number
(312) 765-0524
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Diego Amat
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Catering
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 our Sales & Marketing Manager at (312) 542-3454 or bob.bracy@sagerestaurantgroup.com for more information
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Balbo
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Parking details
Valet Parking is available on Balbo located at the entrance of the Blackstone Hotel $16 per car.
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Public transit
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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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

La Veranda, our private dining space that overlooks the main dining room of Mercat. Seats 30, reception-style can hold 60 guests.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We ordered the sampler that provided seven or eight or nine different courses. I forgot how many. it was outstanding.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We have been here several times and the experience is always really nice—the food is delicious, the service is great, and the ambiance is just right.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

As usual, we had a great dinner and will of course be coming bazck.

Waiter was a bit stiff, however very attentive.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

I went to Mercat a La Plancha after a conference. I went for lunch and a brunch menu was given. They had many items that would please everyone. I had the hanger steak with some fried red potatoes and roasted green onions. Steak cooked perfectly and the chimichurri sauce and the hazelnut romesco sauce went well with the steak and was great with the potatoes. I cleaned my plate. Next time, I will try the roasted pork shank- waiter says it take about 35-40 minutes to make so while I am waiting- we can partake in the tapas and I will bring my family.
I enjoyed the furnishings and I sat near the window and enjoyed my view of the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Food and Service were good - was in the mood for Spanish food and this place hit the spot. Enjoyed our meal.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was OUTSTANDING as always. Never disappointed by selection of deluxe tasting menu.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

What a great meal! What great service!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Very good service. They offered lots of options for tapas and we tried the seafood paella which was good as well.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Appreciate the Spanish beer. Get more!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I have been trying to come to this restaurant for a couple of years. I have a recurring meeting in Chicago in June. On one trip I was thwarted by a remodel. The restaurant sits at the entrance of an elegant older hotel. The styling is modern with high ceilings intermediate lighting.

My wife and I originally thought we would choose from the toppers and appetizer selections putting together some of the many interesting choices. Lo and behold, they had a chef‘s tasting menu at $65 a person. It was 10 courses. For an additional $20 each we could have had the chef choose matching wines. We had already ordered a bottle of rose. In retrospect I would’ve gone with the wine pairings.

The 10 courses, explored the menu. We had some olives, iberico ham and tomatoes on toast, garlic roasted shrimp, and a salad to name some of the courses, and finished with a beautiful perfectly cooked steak. The meal was well paced. Our waiter kept your wine glasses filled. I was surprised that there was no final dessert or sweet. Overall though we had a wonderful meal. We recommended it to friends the next day and they also enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Excellent food and wine selections in the luxury tasting menu. Would definitely do this again.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Our group of six had a wonderful time. The waiter was fantastic, and the chefs accomadated dietary restrictions with no problems.

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I love tapas but this was not really the best and portions even for tapas were way too small for two to share. Disappointing (((

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great food and service.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Enjoyed the pre-fix menu. Most all the items were good. Service was good.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

This was my fifth time at Merkat. We went with the luxury fixed menu @ $85 per person. There were about 10 small plates but there was little difference with the kon luxury meal. Preparations were slightly off and under seasoned. I believe they had a new sous chef, accordinng to someone that came to our table. A bit disappointkng.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great food. Service a little spotty. We were kept waiting for the bread. Whoever was supposed to deliver it did not do it

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Great place for happy hour with co-workers. Bacon-wrapped dates and flatbreads were terrific. Had very good service.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Good food. Noisy. Service slow. Flavorful but not overwhelmingly spicy or hot. Friendly to carnivores and vegetarians

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Loved it. Everything was fabulous. The cocktail was wonderful, refreshing but not too sweet, the bacon-wrapped dates while pricey (you only get 4!) were amazing, the olives, the sausage tapas, the Veggie Paella was out of this world. The service was top-notch. Nice view of the park across the street. A glass of complimentary bubbly for our anniversary was extra fabulous!
We couldn't have asked for a nicer meal and evening!

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Nice dining room and ambience with some seating overlooking the park. I believe our server was new because he did not offer recommendations or seem enthusiastic about the menu. No dessert was mentioned. The food itself was average, nothing particularly creative or memorable, and pricey for some of the tapas items. It did seem that they may have been short staff because we had to flag our waiter down for the check. The manager was also checking on all of the tables which is good. Not sure I'd come back.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I have been going here for years for all kinds of occasions. The tapas are consistently good. The menu has stayed the same so far but it is creative. They change the cocktails frequently. The sangria is great. The drinks are potent and delicious. The wait staff is attentive and the food comes quickly. My favorite: pimentos del padron. But it’s all good.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Ambiance was nice and there sangria was delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food is great, especially the suckling pork entree. I think the two-tops are tight and I saw them seat several groups at too-small tables (but I assume the crowded together parties did not mind). I personally like a little less noise and more room, but if that does not bother you, the food is worth it. Wait staff was especially nice and attentive. We would go back again.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

From what I understand, the restaurant is under new management and it is very apparent. My husband is Spanish and Mercat used to be our favorite Spanish restaurant in Chicago. However, now the food is not at all authentic and the quality has dropped dramatically. We are so very sad

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We were celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary. Our entire meal was memorable. Some of the highlights were the tinto sangria, the house gin and tonic, Serrano ham and gig salad, the garlic shrimp and the short rib dish. The arroz can leche was a great little bite of sweet. We also had the chocolate torte which was deeply chocolate and delicious. We were seated at s table overlooking Grant Park and the view was wonderful.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

There were a couple dishes that were too salty - shrimp and potatoes brava. We did the tasting with wine tasting g which was an excellent value but took too long between courses - or at least what MOA Americans are used to - 8:00 pm start and 11:00 pm finish. The server did an excellent job. Some of my party were not used to that length of meal. Fantastic wine pairing. Maybe I wouldn’t “sell” the chefs menu to the group or prepare the table that the meal could take 3 hours. I think most at my table would have been happy to order their own meal and have the meal over in 1.5 hours.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

The food was excellent and the service was prompt, polite and attentive. I had a bourbon based drink called La Pedresa(sp?) that was great.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Nice place for authentic Catalonian food.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

My family and I went for Mother's day brunch. The food was very good with generous entree-sized portions (omelette, hangar steak) and the dining area is absolutely gorgeous! The only slight negative was that our waitress took longer than expected to take our initial order even though the restaurant was not close to full at the time. Other than that, solid dining experience.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

La Paella de Carne from the brunch menu was out of this world. I wish there could be lunch options not just brunch if you eat by noon.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner, and we truly appreciated the team accommodating a shelfish allergy deliciously in the paella.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

A remarkable experience from service to food. I also found the price reasonable-just a completely perfect dining adventure. I would recommend ordering every small plate and copious amounts of sangria. A perfect mixture of food and wine complemented by a casual yet upscale elegance that will elevate any meal.

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3.0Dined on May 9, 2018

The chef we had wanted to experience had left and the food did not meet our expectations.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We tried the Chef Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings. The 4-course meal was pretty good with various options for each course. Wine pairings were spot on for each course as well. A couple very delightful dishes like the bacon wrapped dates and spicy potato tapas. The main course steak was good, not great. The sauces that came with it were very good. Overall the dinner went well with great service. The value is where I knock points. I knew coming in this would not be cheap by any means, however the price point just didn't align to my overall experience. I recommend a must try, just maybe not a frequent dining experience. Next time I will order the tapas I know are very good and eliminate some of the additional options in the Chef Tasting Menu that were not worth it in my mind. Will go again.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I LOVE Mercat!!! This is my 10th time here and by far my # 1 Favorite Chicago Restraunt, the Barcelona feel, the location in the gorgeous Blackstone Hotel and by far the amazing, delicious and innovative food keeps bringing me back!
It was my honey’s b-day and we are heading to Spain next year to live for 6 months...... I had to bring him here to start our “Spain experience”........The staff is outstanding and our waitress was awesome as usual!
Mercat keeps getting better with age, like fine wine!
I highly recommend this Chicago Gem!!!!
A True Foodie.......

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great space, wonderful food. Can't go wrong with the chefs menu.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Possibly the most tender and best prepared octopus I’ve had. Love their house marinated olives and innovative cocktails.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Great food! Service except our waiter was great!

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