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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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4.5

service

4.5

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4.4

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4.0

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (52)
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Authentic (27)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Fun (22)
Tasting Menu (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Business Meals (15)
Romantic (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Casual (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Scenic View (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Cozy (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
People Watching (7)
Spicy (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Seasonal (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
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Comfort Food (2)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 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 14, 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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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Outstanding from beginning to end

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 (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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·Dined on January 7, 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 5, 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 2, 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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 31, 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 30, 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 30, 2017

Great for pre-theatre dining!

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·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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·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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·Dined on December 26, 2017

We went for Christmas dinner. We were disappointed by the shortened menu. A couple of items on the already shortened menu were unavailable. The service was quick and friendly.

Tags: Tapas, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We were delighted to have such a wonderful Christmas dinner at Mercat. The wait staff was helpful and the manager outstanding. We appreciate the fabulous food and the really fabulous atmosphere.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Tapas, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Amazing food and great service, we went there for Christmas Day dinner and it was an excellent choice.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Afternoon Tea, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

delicious foods if you have a taste for the better things for a lot of people expensive because they have no gourmet taste

loved it

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fabulous! Stupendous! Marvellous!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

It was a great place for dinner before the theatre. We had the tasting menu & it was amazing! The service was top notch & it is a beautiful space in a classic hotel.

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Tapas, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Service was excellent! Accommodated food allergies.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food was great. Service was quick and efficient to get us to the Joffrey Ballet with plenty of time. We will be back.

Tags: Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food was outstanding. My husband ordered the Hanger steak which was grilled to a perfect medium rare. I ordered a few seafood tapas that had amazing flavor.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Love this Mercat a la Planxa in the Blackstone hotel. The tapas that my daughter and I shared were awesome. So delicious, creative and the presentation was wonderful!. The dessert was one of the best I have ever had . Olive oil cake with orange marmelade and kava sorbet.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Most expensive eggs benedict that I have ever had. Good, but not worth the expense.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 17, 2017

One of the best meals I have had in a while. My daughter and I had all tapas--grilled shrimp, bacon wrapped dates, the mushroom/onions, chorizo sausage

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Seated at an uncomfortably tiny table for two in a high traffic corridor. Asked to be reseated. Got a table for two that we had to move away from neighbors, that was overlooking a bus stop. Got our drink order wrong. Lousy wine for price. Inconsistent tapas.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Fun, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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 on December 14, 2017

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 on December 12, 2017

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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vip
 (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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