Mercat a La Planxa
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.
Friday & Saturday 5pm-11pm
DAILY LOUNGE MENU
Everyday from 4pm-6:30pm
Please contact our Sales & Marketing Manager at (312) 542-3454 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Bus lines are the #3, #127, #129 all three stop at the entrance of Mercat a la Planxa.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Great service. Great food. Got a little pricey, but will go back.
Great food, choices for all palates. Perfect for pre-theater dining.
Get the chefs tasting! So much food and it was fun to get to try everything!
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.
Great food, knowledgeable service, very accommodating.
Wonderful take on traditional Spanish food
The service was awesome. Every single bite of our meal was AMAZING!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
Simply awesome food and ambiance. Cant wait to come back here again.
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.
Absolutely amazing on many levels. Great espresso too!
Absolutely awesome food and first class service. This was my third time dining there and I cannot wait to come back soon.
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!
My first time. The meal was good. The waiter was helpful in picking out the dishes. I would definitely go back.
Delightful atmosphere with professional staff, creative cuisine keeps us coming back.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Great spot inside Blackstone Hotel - good selection of tapas. Would definitely visit again!
Some of the best Spanish food in Chicago and the closest cuisine-wise to what I had when I was actually in Catalonia.
Enjoyed the ambiance and food. Great 'after theater' experience.
Fantastic food as always!
Our go to when in Chicago.Always great food and service.
Always have a great meal at mercat. All the tapas were great (although the lamb ravioli main was too salty ) , nice wine list , great service and a terrific view of Michigan ave. Probably our 7-8 th time here and never disappoints
fun evening enjoying tapas and sangria; papas were fantastic...same for bacon wrapped dates. flatbreads were ok - mushy crust on the veggie version. service great, attentive but not overbearing. fast or slow...they go with your pace. Will be back
Food was amazing and service was great. We enjoyed the staggering of the tapas so we could try each item individually. Great date night.
Truly extraordinary authentic Catalan cuisine. Chef is a Barcelona native, Best Tapas I have had outside of Spain!