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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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4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
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Tasting Menu (16)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Excellent service, delicious dishes, great value, superb wine and cocktails, fun for large or small groups, newly renovated restaurant interior. I'll be going back to Mercat a La Planxa again very soon.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Tapas, People Watching, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great tapas menu of quality delicious dishes. Authentic Catalan.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Tapas
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was very salty and service was slow. In terms of tapas, there are better choices in the city, such Cafe Ibérico and Tapas Valencia, just a few blocks south on State St.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Really nice place with lovely drinks, if a bit overpriced.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The food was not fresh and salted to an extreme. It was probably the worst meal I've ever had at a restaurant. I don't see how this is top rated. Save your money and go elsewhere.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Introduced a friend to tapas at your fine establishment- a huge and delicious hit!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Good food, service and sangria! We enjoyed our evening before the theater.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Lovely restaurant located inside the blackstone hotel. It is tapas style but plates are not tiny. Great place for a group. Food is delicious and service was great.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 21, 2017

I have been here several times and would return because the food is quite good in general, though not quite authentically Spanish. I do have some criticisms, chief of which is that you have to ask for bread and even then I had to ask again before a tiny basket with a few pieces was delivered. I don't think anyone in Spain would even think of having a meal without bread available. Also, while it took a while to get the bread, the busboys were overly eager to whisk away our plates before we were finished; I practically had to grab the dish I was working on to prevent it from being removed. It would also be nice if there were a more pleasant place for someone arriving early to wait. The bar downstairs is dark and obviously not suitable for someone under 21. And the bathroom is so dark that it is hard to see. Please update the decor!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Overpriced - tired 80s interior - food un-inspired but great location for events in grant park. Amazingly limited wine list - need a good restaurant consultant in here

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Expensive..small portions...highly salted...some unique combinations...

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Sangria and the meat dishes and scallops were fantastic (lamb and shank steak).

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Service a bit slow for a light lunch time but food was fine and different.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

This was my second visit in a month, after having not eaten here for quite some time. The food is quite good; the service was very good. We did feel a bit rushed at the end, but not so much that I won't return soon.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We had such an amazing experience at Mercat for our Anniversary dinner. We splurged and had the tasting menu paired with wine and I would recommend it to anyone! It's a ton of food but so worth it. I wish I could remember our servers name but he was so attentive and welcoming. Even though the restaurant was packed I never felt rushed. The manager even came by and offered to wrap some food for us and to see how everything was going. The food/wine was interesting & delicious! Highly recommend

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

Great tasting experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Third time here, and it's always a great.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 6, 2017

This place is awesome!!! It took me back when I visited Spain 3 years ago. Every tapas we ordered were delicious and portions were enough. Here's my recommendations:

1. Olives
2. Bacon wrapped dates
3. Ravioli
4. Jamon Iberico

Overall I was very pleased with the food and service. Will come back!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 4, 2017

We arrived 25 minutes early and they seated us, which was appreciated. It also turned out to be a good thing because we had to get to a show (which we'd informed them of beforehand) and we waited well over 15 minutes until a random waitress came by and said "has anyone been to see you yet?" When she found out no one had (not even for drinks or water)--she apologized and took our full orders. The kitchen was a mess because it took us another 35 minutes to get our first dishes, then another 20 minutes for the last ones. I had to ask the waitress for our check before our last dishes so we could at least pay and go. She apologized for the kitchen, but there was no effort to have that reflected in the bill. We ate our last dish in a five minute rush and then left. We were there for over 90 minutes--and this is a tapas place, they should be able to get the simple orders/dishes out and diners finished in a manner that doesn't feel like we are waiting forever, then slamming our food so we can leave.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Food was great; service was suspect.

We opted for the wine pairing but finished a complete course before the wine arrived -- we don't eat quickly.

Servers duplicated courses we'd already received off the chef's selections menu. For gluttons out there, that may be a nice perk; we were more interested in having the experience the chef intended.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

I come back here again and again. It reminds me of my time in Barcelona, the food is that good!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We got the tasting menu. Everything tasted great - cooked well and super flavorful. The paella came at the end. It was fantastic. I plan on going back just for the paella. We went on a Friday night and the energy level was pretty high. It was fun.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 1, 2017

The Catalan Express is a great deal but the a la carte offerings especially from the grill are excellent. My favorites are the Tortilla Espanola(a potato egg omelette) and the Arroz a La Cazuela (a chicken, chorizo & shrimp soup). The lamb and ricotta ravioli are a new offering and worth trying.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Great Tapas

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Great food. Portions quite generous. Do not over order.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Excellent food but felt extremely rushed and although execution of the food was spot on, even for tapas, the portions were tiny considering the price. 4 tapas bites for $60?! Plenty of other great options in Chicago for the price. Not to mention felt rushed, plates came out too quickly to fully enjoy them.

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Somos españoles y la comida es realmente española. El pan con tumaca está muy rico y las croquetas espectaculares! También tomamos las patatas bravas, los pimientos de padrón y la morcilla y nos gustaron mucho. Muy recomendable si quieres viajar a España din moverte de Chicago.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Absolutely wonderful evening. Chef's menu was amazing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2017

It was wonderful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Outstanding...reserve every time we are in Chicago for brunch and dinner

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Tapas, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Wow - excellent service !! Sam is the best !!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Fun, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 23, 2017

The pimientos de padrón serving got smaller i think, and the dip was not as good as before.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Service just so-so. Table not pulled out for me to sit, I had to shove it by myself. Didn't really get any more interested that I and my friend had a good time.

Tags: Scenic View, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Tasting menu option was amazing. Great way to let the chef really show what he can do. Premium ingredients really shine through. Excellent wine pairing.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Overpriced cuteness. The seafood paella was so salty it should not be eaten by anyone with hypertension or cardiac disease. The shrimps (or prawns) were so mushy they must have gone through several freeze-thaw cycles.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Everything was great from the specialty gin drinks and sangria to the tapas and desserts.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Great food. It's almost all small plates, so you get a lot of variety. Our only complaint, and it's a big one, was the noise level. Sitting next to each other, we nearly had to scream at each other to be heard. A delicious meal, but not a relaxing one. Dinner for two with one drink, one dessert, tax, and tip came to $110.

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

Sadly, Mercat a la Planxa did not meet expectations. It started with very confused hosts not sure where to seat my party of three. This is understandable but it was unusual that they made no effort to let us know what the hold up was. There were open tables but it was a hassle to get someone to dress them with linens and dish ware.

The food did not make up for the first impression. Three times, we ordered something that sounded great but our server, who was very nice, had to let us know that something had been substituted. The churros didn't have caramel like the menu said, they had apple butter. The turron bonbons were actually horchata flavor. This we didn't know until we received them.

The octopus was chewy and poorly seasoned with no salt, only paprika, while the potatoes on the dish were undercooked. The only two things worth stopping by for would be the tomato bread and drinks. But I don't think I'll be going back.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

One in our party waited for a really long time for his breakfast Benedict. It didn't make any sense.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The new menu at Mercat is wonderful! They have an excellent new cocktail list and the food is always unique and outstanding! Great spot for a date night or night out with friends!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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