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Mercat a La Planxa

4.4
4.4
4572 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
Mercat offers an authentic dining experience that combines fresh meats and produces with the energetic spirit of a Barcelona market.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 7:30 am–1:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 765-0524

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Gee Cuyugan

  • Catering

    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!<br /><br />Please contact our Sales & Marketing Manager at (312) 542-3454 or kai.wilson@sagehospitalitygroup.com for more information

  • Private party facilities

    La Veranda, our private dining space overlooking the main dining room of Mercat, can seat 30 guests. We also offer Private Dining in the Barcelona Room, which seats 66 guests. Our spaces allow for receptions of up to 130 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Kai Wilson: (312) 765-0524

  • Neighborhood

    South Loop

  • Cross street

    Balbo - Entrance to the hotel is through The Blackstone Hotel lobby

  • Parking details

    Valet available in the front of the Blackstone Hotel located on Balbo

  • Public transit

    Nearest Red-line Stop is Harrison, head east on Balbo, restaurant is on the corner of Balbo & Michigan.<br />Bus lines are the #3, #127, #129 all three stop at the entrance of Mercat a la Planxa.<br />

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

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  1. KT

    KTAL

    Nashville

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had just small plates….tapas and a desert but overall the food was very good . Server was outstanding too

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded 5 days agoThank you for the great review and kind words!

  2. LG

    LuciaG

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Had trouble locating the restaurant as there is no signage outside the Blackstone Hotel. They should make this clear. Service was mostly done by guy picking up and exchanging plates. Very nice guy. Food was terrific but way too much for two people yet you can’t order tasting menu just for one. We are still enjoying leftovers as our hotel room has a microwave. Wine was very overpriced for its content. It was suggested by waiter when he didn’t like my choice. Should have stuck to my guns.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded 5 days agoThank you for the great review and great feedback, hope to see you back soon!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael and rest of staff were wonderful. Meal was delicious in generous portions. Great experience!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded 5 days agoThank you for the kind words and awesome review!

  4. BH

    BlakeH

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mercat creates incredible Spanish tapas served efficiently with expert employees who yield phenomenal evening. The interior is gorgeous.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded 5 days agoThank you so much for the outstanding comments and review!

  5. PL

    PhilL

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Chefs menu was delicious. We celebrated a special birthday and enjoyed all of the selections.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded 5 days agoThank you for celebrating a birthday with us!

  6. C

    Chuck

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived early & the restaurant was empty. The server was attentive, the bus person was awesome., he kept the water full & the table clean. We had the Chefs Selection which was excellent & a good value for all of the delicious food that we got.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on September 15, 2022Thank you for the great review! We are so happy you enjoyed everything and our staff took great care of you.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places to eat. Don’t leave without eating the bacon wrapped dates.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on September 13, 2022The bacon wrapped dates are incredible! Thank you for the great review!

  8. IS

    IsabelS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    While the service was attentive and informative, the food was just so-so. The paella was overcooked with the whole dish being very "mushy" from the shrimp to the mussels to the rice. The bread on the pan con tomate was also soggy in places. The ambience was so so but felt too much like a generic hotel restaurant vs a more special place.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on September 13, 2022Thank you for dining with us and providing feedback. This is great information to take back to our team. We hope to see you back.

  9. j

    johnc

    Tallahassee

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Knowledgeable waiter

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on September 8, 2022Thank you for the 5 stars!

  10. AK

    AnnetteK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular food … makes us think of Beautiful Barcelona. Everything was authentic and fresh….

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on September 5, 2022Thank you so much!!!

  11. PC

    PatrickC

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. I must say I was disappointed. Service was slow and not very responsive. The food was ok but the plats looked lazy not as fresh as I am used to. I will go back and give them a second chance. I hope it was just a bad night.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on September 5, 2022Thank you for dining with us, we look forward to having you back. Will follow-up with our team regarding your feedback.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant has a great location. We were very professionally greeted and escorted to our table which was perfectly located next to a window. I ordered croquetas de Bacalao and small paella Catalana, both dishes tasted delicious, also the fresh and toasted bread . A can beer served at such a nice restaurant setting was something out of its place. I was expecting a more variety of Spanish beers by the way. But we enjoyed our dinner time and we don’t have any complaint. We thank the entire Staff👍.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 29, 2022Thank you for the great review and dining with us!

  13. DG

    DanG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    This used to be our favorite place. We used to come Chicago just for this place. The food has gone downhill. My wife has a gluten allergy and instead of offering her one of the gluten free desserts, they brought her “something special”: a bowl of berries. I mean, this place is where my wife says she fell in love with me and now we never want to go back.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 29, 2022DanG, thank you for dining with us. My apologies for not having a gluten-free dessert available on this evening. We are in the process of updating our menus and we are working on a new gluten-free dessert offering. would love to have you come back when we finalize this offering.

  14. s

    sandroh

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Great food, something for everyone. Historic Blackstone oozes personality.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 29, 2022Thank you for dining with us!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Going away dinner with colleagues.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 29, 2022Thank you for the 5 stars!

  16. CN

    CaitlinN

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    I think if the service hadn't been so hit and miss I would have enjoyed this place more. I loved the cocktails, but the food was bland. Your paying for the ambience so low value in my opinion.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 24, 2022Thank you for feedback and our apologies regarding the hit or miss service, we know that delivering excellent service is a must and we missed the mark. We will go over your comments with our team and seek ways to improve.

  17. DM

    DanielMW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Had the tasting menu-food not that great - slow service.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 22, 2022Thank you for dining with us and providing your feedback. I apologize about the slow service and the food not being that great. We will go over your feedback with our team.

  18. LL

    LuisL

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and ambiance. We had the Chef's Tasting and all Tapas were cooked to perfection. Liked the Sangria.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 22, 2022Thank you for the great review! What style of sangria did you have?! We love them all!

  19. PC

    PaulC

    Sacramento

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good was okay. Spanish tapas. But, when you order your various tapas the waiter slams you with your entire order all at once. Hot food gets cold, cold tapas get warm and soggy. They said to order everything at once and they would course the meal. I guess they meant one course! We would not go back as we saw every other table have the same issue.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 22, 2022Thank you for your feedback. My apologies if all the food came at once, we usually send 2-3 items at a time to the table to enjoy different flavors and items at the same time, but it sounds like something different happened. Will most certainly review with our team. I do hope you return and give us another shot.

  20. MH

    MoHa

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Poor service. Tables waiting 20 minutes for coffee. Tables receiving first round of drinks after food had already been delivered. Had to actively seek out a server to pay our tab. Food was great but not worth it with the service. Manager, bussers, runners, servers and expediter all readily seen on the floor but very inattentive to guest needs.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 22, 2022My apologies on the delayed service. Your feedback is very important as we always look to improve.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Multiple celebrations: birthday, meet our son’s new in-laws held in a perfect setting. Our family party of six selected a combined choice approach by selecting both a La carte + the chef’s selected tapas menu. Mercat’s host, waitstaff , kitchen all provided outstanding service and food. Grilled octopus, pork, short ribs, sirloin, tuna confit, potatas bravas and more. Coffee, churros, cheese cake & berries rounded out a memorable tapas dining experience. Bravo Mercat a La Planxa!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 16, 2022WOW! Thank you so much!!!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Fish tasted fishy

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 16, 2022Thank you for dining with us, want to assure you that we always use the freshest ingredients.

  23. BB

    BarbB

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat here 2-3 times per year and enjoy it every time. This time we selected the Chef's menu and enjoyed every item on the menu and left feeling full and satisfied. It was a bit pricey but a nice way to taste many options without having to make any decisions.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 16, 2022Thank you for dining with us and we are so happy you keep coming back to see us! see you soon!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful dinner.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 11, 2022Thank you, we are so glad you enjoyed it!

  25. GW

    GregW

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food is very good and ambience very nice. A good dining experience.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 16, 2022Thank you for

  26. NF

    NashFoodie13

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great for pre-show meal!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 11, 2022Thank you for dining with us!

  27. U

    Ursula

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Every dish was DELICIOUS! Good wine list.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 9, 2022We are so glad you enjoyed! Thank you!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Good food and service.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 9, 2022Thank you for dining with us!

  29. DJ

    DonaldJ

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I forgot about Tapas menues and we ordered too much food. Our fault. The food was great.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 20, 2022Thank you for dining us, we are so happy you enjoyed the food!

  30. I

    Ilikefoodyums

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Large restaurant, went for brunch and had the salmon amd mimosa. Absolutely delicious and service was great.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 1, 2022Thank you so much! I am so happy that you liked the salmon and service!

  31. SH

    SteveH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere. A nice escape from the Lolapalooza nonsense going on outside.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you! I am glad we were able to be your getaway!

  32. DJ

    DavidJ

    Dallas

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I had dinner here several nights ago. The signature tapas plates were wonderful. Portions were great! We left feeling stuffed and happy. I’ll definitely return!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 29, 2022Thank you for the wonderful review!

  33. JC

    JohnC

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Food was disappointing. I had dined there before in years past and it was wonderful. Unfortunately this trip did not live up to my expectations.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 29, 2022Thank you for your feedback, I am saddened to hear that we didn't live up to your expectations. We thrive to continuously improve. We hope you give us another try.

  34. EJ

    ElizaJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I wanted to enjoy a night out for ourselves as a treat and this was the perfect place! The food was amazing and the overall vibe of the restaurant was fantastic !🥂

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 26, 2022Thank you so much for the 5 stars!

  35. G

    Great

    Baltimore

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food and ambiance are great - traditional tapas don't disappoint

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 26, 2022Thank you for dining with us and the positive review!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef tasting were amazing

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on August 1, 2022Thank you! Love to hear this!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    The restaurant was clean and had modern decor. The waiter was very accommodating with our dinner selections as we wanted one chef’s tasting menu and one traditional tasting menu. She made it work and it was delightful array of tapas. I only wish the pork tenderloin was over cooked and I felt the price of the tasting were expensive for how much you actual got.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 25, 2022Thank you for dining with us and your feedback. We have a new menu coming out this week, please come back and see us again.

  38. NG

    NicolasG

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVE THE STAFF!!! FOOD WAS DELICIOUS!!!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 25, 2022Thank you!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a great evening at Mercat with a friend. Food was very nice overall except the paella that was ok. The mushrooms were the best dish ever, together with the pan con tomates with prosciutto!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 25, 2022Thank you for your great review, we have a new menu coming this week, we hope you come and try it out!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The assistant (busboy?) to the waitperson was very attentive. Waters filled, plates removed in a timely manner. Friendly.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 25, 2022Thank you, we are proud of our team here.

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Mercat a La Planxa is rated 4.4 stars by 4572 OpenTable diners.

Mercat a La Planxa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Mercat a La Planxa

638 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Balbo - Entrance to the hotel is through The Blackstone Hotel lobby

  • Neighborhood

    South Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 7:30 am–1:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet available in the front of the Blackstone Hotel located on Balbo

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gee Cuyugan

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 765-0524

  • Catering

    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!<br /><br />Please contact our Sales & Marketing Manager at (312) 542-3454 or kai.wilson@sagehospitalitygroup.com for more information

  • Private party facilities

    La Veranda, our private dining space overlooking the main dining room of Mercat, can seat 30 guests. We also offer Private Dining in the Barcelona Room, which seats 66 guests. Our spaces allow for receptions of up to 130 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Kai Wilson: (312) 765-0524

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