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About Mercat a La Planxa

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.

638 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Spanish, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
WEEKEND BRUNCH
Saturday 7am-3pm
Sunday 7am-3pm

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

DAILY LOUNGE MENU
Everyday from 4pm-6:30pm

Cross Street:
Balbo

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 765-0524

Website:
http://www.mercatchicago.com/

Catering:
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 anni.mcnulty@sagerestaurantgroup.com for more information

Parking Details:
Valet Parking is available on Balbo located at the entrance of the Blackstone Hotel $16 per car.

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.

Executive Chef:
Diego Amat

Additional:
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

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Private Dining

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

Mercat a La Planxa Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (25)
Fun (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Romantic (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Business Meals (13)
Scenic View (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Casual (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Cozy (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
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Seasonal (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Spicy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and ambiance

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (New York Area)·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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

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 (Grand Rapids)·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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Perfect pre-ballet dinner spot. Small plates for sharing, great views (if you can score a window), lovely staff. We are always asked before dinner if we have to finish by a certain time; then staff cares for timing and gets us on our way at the right moment. We never feel rushed, though!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Very disappointed with the value for the food provided. ??$14 for 3 microscopic pieces of grilled octopus and a few greasy potato slices? The salad was tasty, the service was extremely attentive and the setting is great.

This is my second time there and both times felt the meal was very mediocre...needs a lot of attention to get me back.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Good place for restaurant week menu!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Wonderful! The chef came to our table personally - it was a fine dining experience without the high price

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Best server and wonderful Spanish tapas. We loved our evening here.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Simply Amazing ... have been here several times but the last experience was icing on the cake. Our server Doc and the manager simply made our experience that much better. We were lucky enough to stop here during restaurant week, great value for the experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were very underwhelmed by this restaurant. The food was not as unique or outstanding as I expected. The paella was downright boring. Portions were small and we left feeling hungry.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was amazing and the service of the staff and managers was great, attentive, accommodating and very nice!! Love this place

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The food was really great. I’ve been to other tapas places with the same coworkers and they said far and away you could tell the quality of the food and cuts. We went with the chef’s special tasting.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We love this place for business dining or date night!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Good but not great. Used to be amazing but was underwhelmed this time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I really love this place. I go every time I’m in Chicago. The food is ALWAYS great. The service is Magnifico! A must go when you are in the city. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Casual, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Its higher end tapas with higher end prices, but totally worth the price because this place is amazing. The food is as good as the best restaurants I visited in Spain, and the service was top notch. Coupled with an amazing view-this makes for a real winner! Must have the patatas bravas!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Business Meals, People Watching, Fun, Spicy, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Absolutely LOVED! The service was great, the sangria was awesome and the tapas were delicious.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Tapas, Fun, Business Meals, Cozy, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Outstanding food; creative menu. Small and medium plates offer lots of tasting choices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our second visit to Mercat a La Planxa and we enjoyed it as much if not more as last time.
A special way to dine and taste a variety of special unique, fresh dishes...all were delicious!
It is nice to order a few, test your hunger level and order more if you'd like.
I have discovered that it is nice to order one of the fresh, very tasty salads to add to the flavor of the other dishes.
Not one bad thing to say from host to server to assist staff.
Steps from the hotel we stay at and it can be as fast or leisurely as you would like to enjoy!!

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Outstanding from beginning to end

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The friend I was meeting had recommended this place, and I'm glad she did! The food was yummy - we met for brunch, and they had options for both breakfast-type food and more traditional (and savory) tapas. We also had the option of ordering any item a la carte, so you could get one pancake or piece of french toast alongside a breakfast meal, without having to order two complete meals. It was also quiet enough for us to have a lovely catch-up conversation without having to shout. The weather may have dissuaded many people from going out for breakfast - we met at 10am, which is normally a busy time. Definitely a new favorite place!

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was extremely good and service was great, all the food came out pretty quick and was cooked to perfection. Our server had great drink and food suggestions for us. All around great meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our server gave us excellent service. We were celebrating a birthday at brunch on Saturday. They treated us with a glass of champagne and dessert. That made our experience extra special. The food was very flavorful.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Fabulous! Hadn't been there in a long time, so didn't know the chef had changed, but every course was fabulous--we did the luxury wine paired courses - yumm!
Mateo, our waiter, was SO KNOWLEDGABLE, and courteous and proficient, as were all the other staff who kept appearing throughout our dining experience.

I mentioned sadness that the chocolate croquettes I had so fondly remembered were no longer on the menu, and they brought us complimentary chocolate bon bons as a substitute. (Quite nice! Still would like to see the croquettes back, though...)

The ham croquettes were maybe my favorite, but the bruschetta course was oh so good!!, the beef filet was perfectly prepared, and the seafood paella, the last, crowning course, was so good - but truth be told, most of it came home--was absolutely satiated, and very content!

Indeed, a very pricey evening, but was extremely pleased with the fabulously prepared food, wine pairings, and the kind of service you always hope for! Thank you for a great evening!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our waitress was extremely helpful in guiding us through the menu and making suggestions about amounts and what to order. Everything was spectacular and the wine list was extensive. Would highly recommend.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Great food and service. Went New Year's Eve. They had a prix fixe menu that day and we couldn't have been more pleased. Highly recommended!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a 6:30 reservation on New Years Eve, and were called at 3pm to be informed that they were only offering a fixed menu that evening. Hardly time to make alternate plans. Our real concern was over the fast pace that they delivered each course, before we were even close they would set the next dish on the table along with the wine pairing. We felt rushed throughout the dinner. Surprisingly the restaurant was only have full when we left, not a real issue to provide a second seating for the evening. This is not the restaurant that I remember from 20010. For a $400 dinner, they need to pay far greater attention to the details.

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 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Attentive service. Quiet, intimate setting. In love with the decor and ambience. After spending our summer vacation in Barcelona, we were so thrilled with the excellent and authentic food. Try the tapas - we had the pulpo, papas bravas, cured meats, scallops. The sangria is also a must. The staff went out of their way to make us feel special. Would come again next time in Chicago!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent service!! Our waiter went above and beyond acquainting us with the menus as this was our first visit. Breakfast selections were excellent and our drinks were spot on! We’ll be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The restaurant was a perfect location for our post movie dinner. The food was fantastic and service was very fast. We tried many of the plates and everything was excellent. Great views with the floor to ceiling windows. Would highly recommend for a nice quiet dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great for pre-theatre dining!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We appreciated the chef offering us a vegetarian tasting menu, which we expected to be on the smaller end, but were surprised instead to receive plate after plate of delicious vegetarian tapas. The vegetarian paella was divine! The mushrooms and potato dish was delicious! Samuel, our server, put in an extra effort to get us to "Hamilton" on time, which we deeply appreciated. His service was spot on! Even the host was extraordinarily friendly and remembered our coats without looking at the ticket. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Everything was going so well until the serving of the Beef. The Beef was rare but extremely tough. We observed that the Chef has cut the steak with the grain and it was like eating a rubberized Beef Jerky. If the Beef portion had been Tender, we would have given a much higher rating. Its difficult to pay your prices and get such poor quality beef. After spending more than two weeks in Spain we expected more from the food you prepared.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Samuel was incredible. We ordered every one of his recommendations and were not disappointed! His suggestion on how much to order was perfect too, Samuel was attentive and pleasant and made our experience exceptional!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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