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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.
Chicago, IL 60605
Spanish, Latin American
Hours of Operation:
Friday & Saturday 5pm-11pm
DAILY LOUNGE MENU
Everyday from 4pm-6:30pm
$31 to $50
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Valet Parking is available on Balbo located at the entrance of the Blackstone Hotel $16 per car.
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.
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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
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!
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
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:
2. Bacon wrapped dates
4. Jamon Iberico
Overall I was very pleased with the food and service. Will come back!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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