We ordered the sampler that provided seven or eight or nine different courses. I forgot how many. it was outstanding.
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.
As usual, we had a great dinner and will of course be coming bazck.
Waiter was a bit stiff, however very attentive.
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.
Food and Service were good - was in the mood for Spanish food and this place hit the spot. Enjoyed our meal.
Food was OUTSTANDING as always. Never disappointed by selection of deluxe tasting menu.
What a great meal! What great service!
Very good service. They offered lots of options for tapas and we tried the seafood paella which was good as well.
Appreciate the Spanish beer. Get more!
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.
Excellent food and wine selections in the luxury tasting menu. Would definitely do this again.
Our group of six had a wonderful time. The waiter was fantastic, and the chefs accomadated dietary restrictions with no problems.
I love tapas but this was not really the best and portions even for tapas were way too small for two to share. Disappointing (((
Great food and service.
Enjoyed the pre-fix menu. Most all the items were good. Service was good.
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.
Great food. Service a little spotty. We were kept waiting for the bread. Whoever was supposed to deliver it did not do it
Great place for happy hour with co-workers. Bacon-wrapped dates and flatbreads were terrific. Had very good service.
Good food. Noisy. Service slow. Flavorful but not overwhelmingly spicy or hot. Friendly to carnivores and vegetarians
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!
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.
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.
Ambiance was nice and there sangria was delicious.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Nice place for authentic Catalonian food.
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.
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.
We had a wonderful dinner, and we truly appreciated the team accommodating a shelfish allergy deliciously in the paella.
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.
The chef we had wanted to experience had left and the food did not meet our expectations.
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.
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.......
Great space, wonderful food. Can't go wrong with the chefs menu.
Possibly the most tender and best prepared octopus I’ve had. Love their house marinated olives and innovative cocktails.
Great food! Service except our waiter was great!