Mercat a La Planxa

4.5
4668 Reviews
$50 and over
Spanish
***Please note, due to current circumstances and under direction from the Governor, we are temporarily closed until further notice.***

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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Patrick
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food selection for tapas. We ordered too much - average of two per person would have been enough, but adding the paella made it too much. Not a great wine selection (overpriced!) But we selected something reasonably priced that was ok.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Choice, Great Food. Love the ambience. A go to place.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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CristaZ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter knowledgeable and helpful. Drinks and wine top shelf. Four plates more than filling for two - dates, octopus, squash and beef bavette- and expertly prepared and presented. One of our all-time fave Chicago restaurants. Ambience sophisticated yet cozy.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. Thanks for choosing Mercat a la Planxa and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Lucia
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food. Prices a bit high but tasting menu is better value. Best: pulpo. Worst: patatas bravas.

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vipEliza
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Ordered 4 starters (small plates) and one small paella for two. Everything was delicious but served out of order: olives and bacon-wrapped dates arrived after the paella.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tapas plates were excellent and service terrific

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MicheleD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink, excellent service. Note: the restaurant is hard to find if you've never been there before -- it's located within the Blackstone Hotel.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Corpus Christi
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly food served hot all the way threw c

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server, Sam was great. He helped me pick the best meal and drink!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Did the luxury tasting octopus pork and steak delicious as were salads. Bruschetta was a little soggy . Waiter was not as we have experienced in the past here which is usually excellent. Waiter was rushed little finesse and did not come back often thankfully support staff were always around . I would give dinner a B

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really good food all around. We lived in Spain for a few years and were impressed. Great anniversary dinner.

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vip2ndbreakfast
New England
42 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very tasty food. Timing of servings was a bit off.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has great atmosphere and I had a wonderful waiter that let me know what everything was which really made the whole experience

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KellD
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not sure what all the hype is about. Food was just OK.

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patricke
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was terrific, so this is not a knock on the food but it seems since my wife and I did not order either of the tasting menus we were totally disregarded by our waiter. And on the waiter, he kind of yelled an explanation of what tapas was. I totally understand the fact that he was wearing a mask and it was busy, but there was no need to yell. While explaining the menu to us, he constantly looked about the room instead of making eye contact with us, which was off putting.

Secondly, we ordered drinks well before ordering any food and they came after our first course was delivered. I understand that at the time the restaurant was busy, but that is no excuse.

We were checked on once by the waiter and that was it. I had to ask a busser to get our check, which was then picked up by the manager.

With a more attentive waiter, we probably would have ordered more food and drinks.

The ambience was decent and the prices were understandable as due to the location, but chances of us returning to the restaurant are slim.

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SuzanneV
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delicious. drinks were delicious. Great vegan option (paella!!) Great server. Very fun and easy especially before a show!

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ChristineM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, served perfectly timed!
Highly recommend.

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DanielB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great Tapas, cool atmosphere. For Tapas, the phone app menu is difficult, but they did offer a paper menu if we wanted. Espeically good was the Bavette steak, cooked perfectly. We went be fore Bob Dylan at the Auditorium, and it was perfect.

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JohnK
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their tasting menus have a minimum of 2 people, and this was just me and wifey. Come hungry! Such a great value for such great food.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on November 3, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. Thanks for choosing Mercat a la Planxa and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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vipabm2
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dining experience was good. Restaurant needs to update its Open Table listing on parking availability since it no longer offers valet parking. Street parking is virtually non-existent, and public garage parking cost us dearly.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on November 3, 2021

Thank you for your review regarding your recent visit with us! I will pass along your feedback to our management team. Thank you for choosing Mercat a la Planxa!

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vipDusko
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

We have been coming to Mercat for 12 years and felt the food was not up to par. We missed many of our favorite dishes and the new ones we tried did not taste good.

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GinaL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was phenomenal! We enjoyed everything, lighting, food and we had a window seat. The fig salad, Ribeye and seafood Paella were divine.

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vipFoodiefromct
New England
31 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed most of the dishes. Beautifully presented. Paella was a bit dry and mushrooms were overly peppered

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vipJen247
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Delicious plates and tasty cocktails - the room was a little loud but the service from the kitchen was exceptionally fast.

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IreneB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We dined here in 2013 and really loved it. This time it was good, but not outstanding. From the tasting menu, the mushroom course was extremely spicy and salty. The octopus was chewy and the duck salad was overwhelmed by acid. The meal as a whole was good, but we were expecting better.

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DevM
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the tasting menu so it included the venison and the duck.
It was delicious

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JenniferB19341
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Chicago!

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HelenG
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I went to Mercat 8 years ago and it was one of favorite restaurants in Chicago. And the quality of the food has gone downhill. I was so disappointed with the food yesterday. The portion is small and the taste is nothing to rave about. My pallea is so salty and they don’t have choice for the menu considering this is a tapas restaurant and the price is high considering the quality of the food. I will not go back to this restaurant again.

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Michek
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The people bussing the tables were awesome.


Disappointed. Rushed. Mediocre with hints of interesting flavors.

Soggy potato chips don’t deserve a place on a $75 tasting menu. This is an example of a food place coming up with a pricey menu to rush you through a dinner to be cost effective.

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Kimw
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was Jerry and he was very friendly, gave us good recommendations, guidance on menu choices. The flavors were outstanding

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vipSnorks
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place for dinner after a long day of travel. We were staying at the blackstone hotel and went back to our room easily. Hard surfaces make the venue a bit noisy even with few diners

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SusanA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in until we left everything was spot on perfection!! The knowledgeable waiter guided us through the amazing tapas menu. As our small plates came, timed perfectly, we realized the talent in the kitchen was serious. Best thing, the bacon wrapped dates. Really next level. Go have a delightful culinary experience, you’ll feel brilliant for having found the place!!

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NadineM
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I had a fantastic dinner at Mercat a la Planxa. We chose the traditional tasting menu and every dish was delicious and very well presented. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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RichardW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING I Mean EVERYTHING was Perfect. Would recommend to anyone for any event.

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DavidD
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A great experience -- we did the smaller taste sampler and the food, variety, and amount was excellent. The Blackstone is a terrific historic architectural setting. The only fault is the noise level, which is probably compounded by the architecture. A bit pricey, but given the locale, VERY WORTHWHILE! We'll be back!

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vipRogerV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food quality was pretty good…. BUT!!! Our waiter Dante just tried to sell us at least 6 to 7 plates, while 4 is more than enough for two.. Compared to Spain this is a ripoff. Service for that price is very poor! First time, last time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wow! Exceeded our expectations. Great

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 27, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and for choosing Mercat a la Planxa. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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LauraC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Excellent food and great drinks! The service was a bit off, we ordered the standard tasting menu and had 4 courses delivered in 15 minutes! We had to ask for the pace to slow down, which was a bit frustrating. It seemed that the restaurant wanted us gone within 45 .minutes.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 27, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Laura! We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great overall experience, excellent waitstaff! Would highly recommend

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 27, 2021

Thank you Elizabeth for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Mercat a la Planxa!

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vipJanS
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious- the MERCAT G&T was outstanding - they just need to remember to add the finishing touches of the Rosemary sprig :)! You won’t be disappointed- each time I come to Chicago Mercat is on my dining list!!!

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 22, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Jan! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us! We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are in Chicago!

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Mercat a La Planxa is rated 4.5 stars by 4668 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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