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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:
BREAKFAST
Monday-Friday 6:30am-11am
Sunday & Saturday 7am-10am

WEEKEND BRUNCH
Sunday 10am-3pm

LUNCH
Monday-Saturday 11am-3pm

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

DAILY LOUNGE MENU
Everyday from 3pm-5pm

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Just around the corner.... Join us for Mother's Day Brunch!

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Delicious brunch menu served from 7am-11:00am. Come feast on our savory Arròs or try our decadent Torrijas French Toast.
Dinner will follow with an amazing menu offering traditional favorites with a fantastic Spanish twist. Don't forget the yummy Paellas!!! We will be serving dinner until 9pm.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Delicious brunch menu served from 7am-3:00pm. Come feast on our savory Arròs or try our decadent Torrijas French Toast.
Dinner will follow with an amazing menu offering traditional favorites with a fantastic Spanish twist. Don't forget the yummy Paellas! We will be serving dinner until 9pm.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Delicious brunch menu served from 7am-3pm. Come feast on our savory Arròs & decadent Torrijas French Toast.
Dinner will follow with an amazing menu offering traditional favorites with a fantastic Spanish twist. Don't forget the yummy Paellas! Kitchen is open until 11pm with plenty of cava for all.

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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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4.5

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90% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (17)
Romantic (17)
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Tasting Menu (15)
Business Meals (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Scenic View (11)
Casual (10)
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Cozy (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
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Bar Seating (7)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 hours ago

Took some friends from Texas for lunch. Everyone enjoyed the selections. The service was very good, music nice. I would definitely return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

small plates? more like tiny plates. flavors were ok, but portions were limited to 4 bites on several dishes. quality of some ingredients was lower than expected... the serrano ham on their salad was stringy, scallops were very tiny, cheese fondue on dates ruined the dish. overall an ok experience but way too many better places in the area.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 days ago

We selected Mercat a La Planxa to celebrate a special occasion and it didn't disappoint. The Luxury Tasting Menu was a great way for us to try many items on the menu and have a great culinary experience. The service was outstanding and they did a very great job making the evening special for our celebration by surprising us with a special desert and champagne at the end. Even though Jose Garces is no longer the Executive Chef, it was still an Iron Chef experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Tapas, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

We went to Chicago from Detroit to see Hamilton and the only place we wanted to eat was Mercat, which we had been to twice before. We love the creative menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We ate there last night before the symphony and the food is still fabulous! The mushrooms and potatoes, stuffed dates, grilled pork and creme brûlée with a twist were all memorable and would do it again and again! Our waiter, Doc, knew his menu and guided us to a great menu experience. The menu has been updated and is still made with great flavors. Go!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent restaurant for dinner before a program st Symphony Crnter, Harris Theater or the Auditorium Theater. Fine for s light bite or s longer meal. Good service and delicious sangria.

Tags: Tapas, Seasonal, Authentic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

We were seated at a small table by a window facing Michigan Avenue. It was a beautiful view -perfect for our dinner before the symphony! We were unfamiliar with the menu and tapas but our server, Doc, was so helpful and friendly! The food was delicious! Fabulous evening -delicious dinner and amazing symphony performance!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The special pork (that looks and tastes like grilled, lean steak) was fantastic. I think it is new to the menu. The tapas menu is diverse and always very good. Also, nice selection of Spanish wines.
Our waiter, Joc, was the best!

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

My friend and I celebrated a special occasion and before we attended a classical concert we dined at the first seating at Mercat. As a budding chef himself, my friend and I thought the service, the food, the cocktails and the ambiance were so delightful we couldn't fairly critique it negatively. We had a great time, and the complimentary champagne with our dessert course was such an unexpected treat and detail that really struck me. The only thing we wished was that we had more room and more time to spend at the restaurant. The staff had great personalities and the food was timed nicely and exciting to eat. It was my second time dining at Mercat and can't wait to visit again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Went in with high expectations, which were unfortunately not met. Service was subpar and slow, which was odd considering it was slow. Food and water was repeatedly spilled on our table by the servers, and the flatbread was so oily that oil was dripping off of the wood plank and onto the table. Would have been nice if the staff had acknowledged the fact that we were there celebrating a birthday, considering it was noted in the res and mentioned to staff. Decent food, but underwhelming service. Not likely to recommend to people, which is unfortunate as it seems like the place has potential.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

My husband were in town for a quick trip to celebrate our Anniversary and a friend recommended Mercat and the Chef’s Tasting. It was fabulous starting with the Champagne to celebrate when we arrived. If your first time, I recommend the Chef’s tasting as it provides a little bit of everything on the menu - all deliscious and so much food that we had to take some home! A beautiful setting, great service, and delicious food and sangria!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

This is my absolute favorite restaurant. I love tapas so I can try new foods and this place never lets me down. Plus, those Mercat gin & tonics are dangerously tasty. The pimientos del patron are always first on my list and the boquerones surprised me with such an amazing flavor considering I have never before liked anchovies. I have never had a single bad plate there, everything has been amazing! The staff is always outgoing and willing to offer advice on dishes. Everyone at Mercat always go above and beyond when we are there!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food varied in quality, the octopus was very chewy. I was surprised that bread wasn't served at the table before the tapas arrived as I have experienced in similar restaurants.
We did ask our server and he accommodated us, but for the prices charged, a basket of bread
should be included. We enjoyed the overall ambiance and decor. We also had a great server,
friendly and responsive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great service. Great food. Got a little pricey, but will go back.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food, choices for all palates. Perfect for pre-theater dining.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Get the chefs tasting! So much food and it was fun to get to try everything!

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vip
 (München)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent food

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Terrific place. Lovely location and good service. Very lively yet not too loud. The food was delicious. The dates were delicious and the paella was outstanding. Our servers were helpful and friendly. Great experience overall. We will be back.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great food, knowledgeable service, very accommodating.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful take on traditional Spanish food

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The service was awesome. Every single bite of our meal was AMAZING!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We’ve been going to Merkar for 11years and this is the first time I’ve been disappointed. I booked a table at the window as I always do and they didn’t bother to reserve it for us. We had an out of town visitor we wanted to entertain. They no longer offer the little tomato toast when you arrive. And the bread offering on the menu was terrible. They don’t offer sangria flights anymore. They changed the presentation of the serrano and fig salad which was a delight and lastly they no longer have the dessert croquettes. I know over time things change but it used to be very packed and it wasn’t on a Friday night. I wonder if they have lost their way.

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Mercat a La Planxa remains one of my favorites: food and service are predictably very good. It's one of my go-to restaurants, especially when with a friend who hasn't dined there before. I'm also a fan of the atmosphere, although my friend and I were wedged in to a table that was probably the one extra table management chose to squeeze in. I had requested a table by the window, and they did accommodate my request; so I probably shouldn't complain about being a bit crowded.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

From the rose cava to the vegetable paella, our meal was well-prepared and timed to get us to the theatre on time. The olives, mushrooms, tomato bread, and vegetable paella all worked well for our vegan friend. The Boquerones (white anchovies) were delicious - I am often reluctant to order anchovies because I don't like the little bony ones but these were perfect. The serrano date salad came without the serrano but this was quickly rectified by the kitchen. and it was delicious as well.

Tags: Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Nice atmosphere and good food. Bacon wrapped dates are excellent. High ceilings are nice and keep noise to a minimum. Could actually hear the conversation!!

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Awesome menu. Over two days three of us had lunch, dinner and breakfast.All wonderful. The pork steak of the same pigs the Spanish Hans come from was awesome. I will return.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

As a native Spaniard, I am always looking for places that offer an authentic Spanish culinary experience. While the food was adecuate (not spectacular), the portions were very small, incredibly overpriced and the service was less than stellar. We had 3 tapas and a small dish to share and paid over $50 a person (for 2 people)
Our waiter seemed annoyed that we had no questions about the menu (we were both native Spanish) and acted upset that we were not interested in ordering the amount of food he recommended. After that, he was incredibly uninterested in making us feel welcomed and treated us with contempt and disinterest. We received more cordial service from the person filling our glasses of water. I wish I could have left the tip directly to him.
I will not go back. There are plenty of Spanish restuaruants in Chicago with much better food and better service. The only positive thing I have to say is that it's a pretty restaurant with a nice view of the park.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I was staying at a hotel nearby on vacation and stopped in for dinner. The food was excellent and the staff are great! I would encourage anyone in the area to try this place.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Simply awesome food and ambiance. Cant wait to come back here again.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for Groups, Cozy, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Unfortunately our dining experience this past Friday did not meet my expectations at all. Having been to Mercat previously with a fantastic experience, I was very excited to take my family member visiting from NY to celebrate a most special occasion.

First, our waiter seemed totally disinterested & disengaged from the beginning - which never improved. I don’t think he smiled once.

Second, our 1st course were not timed right...we had multiple dishes coming at the same time & again almost everyone delivering dishes lacked good customer service.

Finally, the main dishes of our meal came out atvkeast 30 minutes late & it was just handled like it was no big deal.

Having chosen Mercat over any restaurant in the city to celebrate our special occasion...I was most disappointed.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Absolutely amazing on many levels. Great espresso too!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Absolutely awesome food and first class service. This was my third time dining there and I cannot wait to come back soon.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I've been to Mercat a couple of times previously and have always enjoyed the food, which was the case with this visit. My companion and I both chose the $49 pre-theater menu and still somehow ended up with a $200 check - expensive drinks, I guess - which was surprising. The food is quite good and I appreciate the fact that it doesn't all arrive at the table simultaneously, so you can really enjoy each plate. All in all, I highly recommend Mercat a La Planxa!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

My first time. The meal was good. The waiter was helpful in picking out the dishes. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Delightful atmosphere with professional staff, creative cuisine keeps us coming back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great brunch options for sharing or as a singular meal! The server was attentive and friendly and did not rush us. I would go back just for the brunch!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great service by Mercat. I was there for my fiancee's birthday, and they went above and beyond any expectations. In my opentable reservation I mentioned that we were coming to celebrate a birthday, and from there they did the rest. We were welcomed with a complimentary glass of cava, and they closed with delicious chocolate and ice cream treats with a birthday candle. Dinner was delicious as well, with a very well selected Spanish tapas menu. I loved that the service was very attentive with all those birthday details, but at the same time we never felt rushed. They let us enjoy our meal without coming over every 5 min to ask how everything was tasting. Great place, great location, delicious food and outstanding service. Five stars.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Amazing small bites for dinner with pulpo and potatoes as our favorite..and returned for an exceptional breakfast two days in a row. Had an unfortunate encounter with a rude bartender though. Had called ahead about happy hour and was told 1/2 price sangria until 6. This was reiterated by the host when we got there, but the bartender asserted they NEVER have a happy special. She begrudgingly gave it to us after making belittling remarks. A bad moment, but a great meal afterwards with solid and friendly (thank god) service.

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

I had tickets to a show at a theater close by, so I thought a dinner by myself beforehand would be a good idea. Dining by myself is always a toss up in terms of service / restaurant ambiance. I had such a wonderful meal and the server was very helpful with food selection and drink selection. I went with the octopus and scallop tapas for dinner, both amazing. Dessert the server suggested a tasty sherry to go with the olive oil cake. Everything was delicious and I felt comfortable dining by myself in the restaurant!

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Business Meals, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great spot inside Blackstone Hotel - good selection of tapas. Would definitely visit again!

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly
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