Every thing and every body at this wonderful place are, well, WONDERFUL. I particularly like to go before or after an equally wonderful event at Orchestra Hall -- just a brief and pleasant walk south of that venue. By all means, GO!!
Nice Tapas options with a good amount of vegetarian selections. Unfortunately, the most interesting Tapas were out, although we visited on a Sunday afternoon with maybe 4-5 other tables being occupied. The service was very attentive, and they knew how to handle the 3 yr old kid in our part very well. Expect steep price tags!
Fun spot for brunch, friendly service and good portions!
Great food and ambiance
Great meal and service. Ambiance a little industrial, but quite enough to have an intimate conversation. Best Spanish food I've had in Chicago.
Excellent all the way around. Perfect place for dinner before the show. Staff keeps you on time.
We had Saturday night dinner pre ballet. it is a short walk to the theater and the views of Grant Park were quite nice. We asked for a window seat and had the most lovely view of falling snow in the park. We began with a glass of Cava followed by a very good bottle of Tempranillo. Starters were the tomato bread, olives, and bacon wrapped dates. All were excellent ! We really enjoyed the tuna flatbread and a wonderful chocolate dessert. We love Sam the waiter as he is extremely attentive and kept an eye on the time for us. Would definitely recommend !
Amazing food and great waiter. Best Spanish style tapas in the city
Mercat a la Planxa is my favorite restaurant in the world. As always, the service and deluxe tasting menu was amazing. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!
Arrived for dinner early, 5:00 as we were attending Chicago Opera that evening and ordered COT special. First courses arrived promptly and were OK. 2nd course was a rubber gristle "steak" and a couple of dry meatballs that took over 45 to 60 minutes to arrive after three pleas to the floor staff for help. (Our waitress had disappeared) The cold tough "steak" that finally arrived was really a disappointment. We were given a couple of glasses of cava to settle us, bur the poor service and really bad main selection were beyond excuse. We've dined at Mercat before, enjoyed it and recommended it to friends. This visit was beyond bad!
We started with a couple tapas dishes shared among four people accompanied by sangria. From there the seafood paella and then the suckling pig, all family style. Just delicious! Kudos.
Not as good as I remembered when I went 3 years ago. Menu is much more abbreviated than before, liquor program completely changed and new chef. Very empty on a Saturday night before VDay and I now understand why after eating there. Service was good but the restaurant has changed for the worse unfortunately.
Tapas menu is a lot smaller since the renovation. Thankfully they still have the bacon wrapped dates!!! Ribeye was one of the best I’ve had.
This was my first experience at Mercat- and it was fabulous. I was blow away by the beauty of the room with its large arched windows. The food was inventive and the service was excellent.
Loved this place! Everything was delicious. Our server was very helpful with recommendations (food and wine). We enjoyed the bacon wrapped dates, the serrano ham croquets, the garlic shrimp, the Succretta (similar to the Pluma Iberia Bellota, a pork tenderloin steak with great flavors) ... and the Cannelloni filled with short rib, farm raised chicken, foie-gras, creamy truffle béchamel. We finished with an Olive Oil cake and Patron XO over ice. Oh so good.