Mercat a La Planxa

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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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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C
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the tasting menu! Delicious- and a good price if you want to try everything. Attentive service makes it even better.

MC
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Pan con tomate was the real deal... thank you!

WJ
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diacos and Luis were great. Food was excellent as well as drinks.

JA
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family got together for the holidays and my nephew is going to study in Spain so I thought this would be the perfect meal together and it was. As a restaurant manager at Bistro Campagne, I can honestly say that everything was perfect. Jane was a spectacular as a server. So attentive and willing to work with us. I appreciated the ease with which the restaurant accommodated a guest with a wheelchair. We will be back!

CP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was mediocre at best. Service was inattentive. When we arrived we could not get the hostesses to stop talking to one another in order to seat us so we gave us and went to the bar for a drink then tried again later. Certainly not worth the price tag.

t
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service and atmosphere were outstanding. Food was great for the price point. Outstanding gin and tonic.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! We ordered the tasting menu and the red wine sangria. It was authentic Spanish cuisine. Felt lucky to have dined at this lovely restaurant.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner! The ambiance and food exceeded our expectations. The service was impeccable with every attention to detail tended to. I will definitely be back! Plus, I am recommending to our foodie friends!

TB
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here for the 3rd time on Sunday,12/29/19 after watching Hamilton with a special new awesome friend of mine! This was his first time here (I last dined here twice during the early to mid 2000s)—we had an awesome meal here! Our server, Doc, was very attentive, pleasant, efficient, and knowledgeable; he recommended this awesome red wine for our dinner—which, in turn, consisted of Branzino (Mediterranean sea bass), Cochinillo (roast pig) and pulpo (octopus)! The portions were quite wonderfully and unexpectedly large, so we were actually full from those 3 items and the awesome wine! We would definitely come back! The food, service and ambience have remained consistently GREAT over all the decades Mercat has been around!!

TB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Friendly, quick service. Attentive. Food was average at best. Suspect much of it cooked from frozen/Sysco. Very overpriced across board.

DB
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The customer service was excellent and the food was over the moon. Would definitely recommend and we will be back.

JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I went with a friend on Christmas Day and we had the Tasting Menu rather than the Christmas menu, mostly because we wanted paella. I believe the paella on the Christmas menu was offered but was quail and mushrooms which did not appeal to us. The Tasting menu was fantastic. We liked all the tapas and the paella. The paella was a large portion, possibly full size, which we did not expect. We were pretty full by that point so my friend took it home. I would definitely recommend!

MW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It’s pretty, service is excellent. It’s just not authentic. Spanish food that is Americanized isn’t worth that much money. Paella was extraordinarily salty too.

MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The service was awful. For the prices, service should have been top notch. I was very disappointed, because this was a special dinner for my birthday with a nice stay at the hotel. The food was good, but over priced for what we got.

LA
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a must stop while visiting downtown Chicago.

MR
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere, good cocktails and excellent food. May be the best paella i have had in the city!!

FC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very convenient for a concert and tapas allows you to eat a lot or a little!

S
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Christmas family dinner before attending the performance of The Nutcracker at Auditorium Theatre. The short rib cannoli was outstanding as was the cheese plate. Everything we had was very good. Service was attentive & timely. Good atmosphere.

S
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed the tasting menu. This place is great for people that are open minded foodies. All ingredients are good and fresh. The paella is the best that I have ever had. Be prepared to take food home. Each portion other than the paella are small, but there are enough courses that you will leave full.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and meal. “Tasting menu” highly recommended.

n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good tapas fare. wonderful ambiance, service, and food quality. a bit pricey compared to other tapas places in the city but not so surprising given the locality

b
Chicago
201 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Some good dishes here and some misses. We liked the bacon-wrapped dates, the chili oil shrimp and a chicken dish. However, the glass of wine one of our group of four ordered was off, perhaps opened too long ago - the replacement glass poured from a newly opened bottle was much better. We ordered two of the same salad, supposedly a spinach/serrano ham/fig salad. One came with spinach, ham and big chunks of bacon, the other with just spinach and ham - and neither had any figs. The croquetas we ordered supposedly had chicken and ham in them, but all we could taste or see was potatoes and cheese - perhaps an order misunderstanding as there were two or three types on the menu. Overall, a good location for Auditorium Theater dining but for the price, we expected a bit more.

DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I might recommend to a friend , but the portions are tiny so you will spend a lot to get a decent sized meal.

u
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was horrible and the food was disgusting -

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Paella lobster for $75 was tasteless. As a whole the tapas is way overpriced

MR
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food !! Nice wine list with good cocktails. Comfortable vibe. We come here once a year but have decided to frequent it more often

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here before seeing the Nutcracker at Auditorium Theater.
A perfect spot for dinner before the ballet.
Had not been to Mercat for 10 years.
Food, service, and ambience was great.
Great paella!

BC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We were really excited about eating here and heard they sat large groups of people. We went to the restaurant and asked the waitress if she could split our bills because of the way we need to invoice them. She made the whole process unbearable, huffing and puffing every time she came back to the table. All we wanted was a last dinner for our work group and we got a nightmare. Otherwise the food was amazing!!!

T
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tapas and wine this time were exceptional. The service was awesome.

M
St. Louis
39 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting menu. Just the right amount of everything from beginning to end.

SJ
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Food was mediocre and overpriced. Shrimp was overcooked, most dishes were under seasoned. Service was great. Sound didn’t travel well in the space, I could barely hear the other person at my table.

JA
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a pleasure
This the noise level was a bit high

DO
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The dessert came late but the server tried to make it up by giving us free drinks while we waited and also made sure that the dessert was on-the-house. It was a little too dark where we sat (the one little candle we had on the table wasn’t that helpful). Food was delicious!!!

JW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great Tapas restaurant! Fun atmosphere and a great location. This was my second time dining here, we brought our kids (5, 11 & 13) Unfortunately, this time there were a lot of issues with our service. Very long wait times and therefore things arrived in an odd order, for example our bread for the charcuterie arrived 15 plus minutes before the charcuterie arrived. We were often told things were on the way but they didn't arrive. Overall, the food was great and we had a nice family dinner.

DC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Tapas Portions are large.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Day before Thanksgiving / family meal

KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great sangria. Was originally planning on just having drinks and appetizers here, but ultimately stayed and were very happy that we did.

n
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Each of our dishes were delicious. They were mainly fish; branzino. octopus and croquettes, were very well prepared and flavorful.

MB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love this place! It’s being a regular go-to for us. Branzino is a must...!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was attentive and helpful in making suggestions for the table. We were there with our kids (which was unusual, as the crowd skews older as a general rule), and everyone really enjoyed the meal and the menu.

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