Mercat a La Planxa

4.5
4638 Reviews
$30 and under
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Mercat offers an authentic dining experience that combines fresh meats and produces with the energetic spirit of a Barcelona market.
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  • Basking In Basque

    Jan 25 - Jan 29, 2022

    We are turning our attention to another region of Spain for a special limited-time menu. From the rugged mountains to the Bay of Biscay, the Basque Autonomous Region of Spain has a wealth of food traditions like the long tradition of tapas called pintxos (peen-chos). Join us for a full-tasting menu of dishes inspired by the products and culinary techniques of the Basque Country. Indulge in this vibrant menu for $65 per person from January 25 - 29!
  • Valentine's Day Tasting Menu

    Feb 11 - Feb 12, 2022

    Celebrate your Valentine at Mercat with an indulgent tasting menu from 5 to 10 pm on Friday, February 11th and Saturday, February 12th. This delicious menu includes 7 plates for $80 per person and features Hay-Smoked Beet with sendive, sunflower seed puree, cana de cabra and blood orange vinaigrette, Venison Tartare with roasted bone marrow, juniper, cumberland sauce, pan de cristal and Tarta De Santiago with almond cake, blood orange ice cream and brandy de jerez! In addition to our tasting menu, enjoy our suggested wine pairings or specialty cocktails.
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ThomasV
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Was here about 8 -10 yrs ago when it first opened. Disappointed 8-10 years later. Very limited vegan menu. Very limited dessert menu.

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vipKellyM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mercat is a lovely place for a night out! Great food, high quality service and prices are relatively reasonable. I would def recommend!

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vipLisa
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, creative and excellent tapas! Great service!

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GRdiner1
Grand Rapids
13 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town visiting family and staying at a nearby hotel, needing dinner just after driving trip. It had been some time since eating here but thought we would give it a try despite some so-so reviews recently. We had a great time, excellent meals of paella, mine even vegan.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Amazing ambiance and excellent food. Our waiter was fantastic and knowledgeable.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on January 6, 2022

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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LauraW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu is delicious! Can't wait to come back.

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PazAmour
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Gorgeous aesthetic, moderate noise level, amazing service. Would definitely return. Loved the patatas bravas the most. The vegetarian paella was a bit salty.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on January 3, 2022

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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charles
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was great. However, we came early and ordered drinks at the bar. The martini was the stingiest pour I have ever had, and Chicago doesn't have good pours in general. Furthermore, it actually tasted bad. Conclusion: go straight to dinner and forget the bar.

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TheresaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good was awesome. They accommodated out late reservations that bumped up to the kitchen closing with a smile. Fantastic food.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose the traditional tasting menu and it was delicious. Plate after plate of amazing food, capped off with dessert. All nine of us left the restaurant full and happy. Perfect for dinner before the theatre! Highly recommend 10/10!

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snoozin
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never been disappointed! We had the chef's tasting menu last night, and it was delightful. Also, most of the offerings were naturally gluten free, and the chef made a lovely substitution for me because I am allergic to shellfish. The cocktails were good, too!

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JenniferB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place - gorgeous ambience, very comfortable booth, delicious food, wide range of alcohol options.

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BrendaM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! The small plate approach is a fun way to experience so many favors. The chefs collection is definitely the way to go when ordering! Let them serve you what they are most proud of.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on December 13, 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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vipTerrillW
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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HEinNJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted a light, vegetarian meal. This was perfect. There was a good choice of options. The tapas plates were ideal for sharing amongst 2 or 3 people.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on December 13, 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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vipHyalker
New England
37 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Mercat was always a favorite when I lived in Chicago (did New Year's three times there) but I no longer live in the area so chose to have dinner with some friends (first-timers) while in town for a visit. Ordered the Chef's Table/Tasting Menu for the group of us. I enjoy that the plates allow for some back and forth/balance between meats/seafood and vegetables until the last two dishes with the lamb chops and bavette! The pan con tomate, a simple dish, is still simply amazing and the classic bacon-wrapped dates, the eggplant, the octopus - all fantastic!! We balanced the food initially with the rosado sangria and then with the red sangria! As always, a beautiful meal!

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on December 14, 2021

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

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CristinaC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good but overpriced for regular Spanish cuisine. Good service

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on December 13, 2021

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

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VeronicaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Dinner was just ok. Paella was over salted. Bacon wrapped dates - bacon was super fatty & chewy. Ambiance was great. Service, meh. No music-that was disappointing. Server was a nice guy, but not good at anticipating needs/clearing away glasses & dishes.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on December 6, 2021

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

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vipFoodieGal
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The restaurant itself was a nice, vibrant but still intimate environment. It was a bit loud, but that died down when the happy hour crowd left. The menu was interesting, but a bit on the saltier side. But the dishes we did have were well cooked and seasoned and overall delicious. Unfortunately, our server was a bit apathetic, which completely detracted from our experience. We didn't enjoy our first cocktails and rather than simply asking what we'd like instead, he attempted to "school" us on why it tastes the way it tastes. He wasn't very friendly, at least not to us, but we saw him put on the charm for larger parties in his section. Overall, it was an okay experience, but not sure I'd go back when visiting Chicago again.

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puckgal
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. Ate here twice during our 3 night stay in Chicago.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on December 13, 2021

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.

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vipjilla
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have eaten here many times and always enjoy the chefs tasting menu

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CarrieK12
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The vegan paella was very flavorful! We also tried a seasonal drink and were blown away at how the flavor notes came through as described. Def a fun place to eat if staying at the Blackstone. Large parties in the ballroom above the dining room do make for a noisy dining experience and would distract from an intimate dining experience.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on December 6, 2021

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

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Patrick
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
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 on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on November 29, 2021

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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vipKeanu
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on December 6, 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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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 on November 29, 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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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
49 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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Mercat a La Planxa is rated 4.5 stars by 4638 OpenTable diners.

Mercat a La Planxa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.sagehospitalitygroup.com/srcgiftcards/.

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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