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Mercat a La Planxa

4167 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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.

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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Spanish, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Saturday 7am-3pm
Sunday 7am-3pm

Sunday-Thursday 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday 5pm-11pm

Everyday from 4pm-6:30pm
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Phone number
(312) 765-0524
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Diego Amat
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Sage Restaurant Group has been successful in creating memories for clients by providing them with superior food & service. 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!

Please contact Anni McNulty at (312) 542-3454 or for more information
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Cross street
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Parking details
Valet Parking is available on Balbo located at the entrance of the Blackstone Hotel $16 per car.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Just around the corner.... Join us for your holiday celebrations!
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

La Veranda, our private dining space that overlooks the main dining room of Mercat. Seats 30, reception-style can hold 60 guests.

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What 4167 People Are Saying
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTioBob (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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!!

Tompi (Cologne Area)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

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!

NinaH (Chicago)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

Fun spot for brunch, friendly service and good portions!

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Great food and ambiance

vipBW11215 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Great meal and service. Ambiance a little industrial, but quite enough to have an intimate conversation. Best Spanish food I've had in Chicago.

Robert (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent all the way around. Perfect place for dinner before the show. Staff keeps you on time.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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 !

vipLizz1212 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Amazing food and great waiter. Best Spanish style tapas in the city

5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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!

vipRRM1 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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!

vipDavidJulian (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

vipfoodissogood (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Lucy (Grand Rapids)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

vipdutter (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.