Mercat a La Planxa

4.6
4708 Reviews
$50 and over
Spanish
***Please note, due to current circumstances and under direction from the Governor, we are temporarily closed until further notice.***

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.

If interested in Pre-Ordering food, please make sure to call in advance.

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.
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vipJanS
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious- the MERCAT G&T was outstanding - they just need to remember to add the finishing touches of the Rosemary sprig :)! You won’t be disappointed- each time I come to Chicago Mercat is on my dining list!!!

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Jan! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us! We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are in Chicago!

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Kimlet
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The tasting menu was fabulous - every dish was delicious. The churros at the end were the best I have ever tasted - crisp, light and flavorful.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your tasing menu and churros. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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Daniela
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seeing an old friend to celebrate my birthday. We did the tasting menu and added paella and probably had way too much food, but it was all delicious! Wine recommended by the server was perfect to blend our tastes. Really lovely evening.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Daniela! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your birthday dinner with us! We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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Joel
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tasting menu and enjoyed the wide variety of dishes. The lamb chops were some of the best I’ve ever had! Great vibe - big windows and decor

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 17, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Joel! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the lamb chops. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great it was a great experience for our 10th wedding anniversary

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Wolf
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went on a Saturday night and was fairly quiet in the dining room. Both food and service were very good, and the cocktails were delicious. All restaurant staff were diligent about masking, a good thing given current Covid transmission levels. Would go back.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 17, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Mercat a la Planxa!

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FrancesM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and the staff were very helpful. A great place to meet friends. Love the tasting menu and it's really a lot of very tasty food.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 17, 2021

Thank you Frances for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Mercat a la Planxa!

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JoelS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good and interesting food, but many corners were cut. Had the Luxury Tasting Menu. It was obvious that most of the food was prepared some time before we arrived. Courses were rushed to table too quickly. I had to ask them to slow down and allow us to enjoy the food.

Beautiful dining room, but tables were varnished and sticky. Might be a good idea to buy some table cloths. Service was good, but dialogue was scripted and our waiter had personal hygiene issues.

Overpriced and underwhelming.

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CherA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very authentic Spanish food. Specifically enjoyed the octopus, it was very tender. I liked that the manager came to the table to ask us if everything was ok. Our only negative comment would be about the service. Our waiter took a while getting our drinks and check. Always seemed rushed and disconnected with our meal. I would still go back.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 17, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was delicious!

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PaulY
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Tasting menus was fantastic, shared bites with kids 5 and 7 and they loved it too.

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BridgetD
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, fun place to try with friends or family! Try the sangria and the octopus!

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GretchenK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb. Octopus perfectly cooked, cod OUTSTANDING—tender with the crispiest skin— vieja vaca delectable. Mercat G&T highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Waiter recommended way too much food. Food was ok but not great

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SonjaT
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was excellent!!!!! We chose the dinner. They choose the plates for you. there was plenty of food, all different, great variety!
Drinks were good!
The ambiance was very nice, as the dining room is very open, and looks over the park.
There were plenty of servers to make sure we always had food, explained the dishes, cleaned off empty dishes right away.
The down note was our waiter. He was the only waiter. He had many tables to take care of. As I said, the servers were prompt, friendly....the waiter was pompous, rather full of himself. THey need to uplevel the servers to waiters. The waiter didn't ruin the evening for us, but it would have been a much more pleasant evening if he had not been such a distraction.
But, I would say go for the food! It was great!

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ColleenE
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. I struggled with the menu but everything I ordered was amazing.

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vipRayO
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

One of my favorite restaurants was a bit disappointing, the food as usual was great, the service was just ok. Table was sticky and it unfortunately seemed like the place was both understaffed and in need of an update. For a $500 meal I would expect something better.

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JustinZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. We loved the tasting menu!

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on August 30, 2021

Thank you Justin for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Mercat a la Planxa!

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vipMaryM
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The tapas were a mix of delicious and disappointing. We ordered a dish with mussels and they served them in the can they came from, for $18. Dont wastw your money here, there are plenty of other excellent choices in Chicago

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MiOlson
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had the “luxury tasting menu” - the lambchop was fabulous. As were the salad, mushrooms and cheesecake. Loved the meal. Service was good, but not exceptional.

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jharvey
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husband and I had a great dinner there. Each dish was absolutely amazing, and everyone from our main server, to the person who refilled out water, to other front of house people who would assist were excellent. We're both still thinking about the bacon-wrapped dates and almonds! It was also very easy to make a reservation there on a Saturday. That morning I logged into OpenTable and found plenty of spots, which is always nice.

Another thing we enjoyed was that we weren't sitting directly on top of people in our booth. I'm not sure if this was always the case for this restaurant pre-covid, but my husband and I often noticed how tight tables used to be at all fancier restaurants. You could easily hear other people's convos or you'd have to struggle to get out, regardless of your size. If we return to Chicagao we'd definitely come back!

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on August 24, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your dinner with us. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are in Chicago!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on August 30, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. Thanks for choosing Mercat a la Planxa and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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vipStephenD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a tasting menu - the food was excellent and plentiful. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good place for a Tapas experience

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vipChadM
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Chicago streets. The atmosphere is calming, as well as exquisite. The food is a mirror of that atmosphere - sophisticated and delicious with service that matches both wonderfully. It is a perfect date spot or just a place to dine alone to have quiet time.

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vipAllenB
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very traditional tapas. Good food.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on August 6, 2021

Thank you Allen for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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BabbaG
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff. Excellent food. Wonderful retro sixties decor. Proper attention to COVID protocols. Repeatedly correctly gendered my trans wife.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on August 6, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Mercat a la Planxa!

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PinotT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The wines are phenomenal! Steak and salads are great as well. Mercat is in my top five on Chicago!

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on August 2, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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ShaunP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

While the ambiance was tasteful and the drinks flavorful. One would think this place is going to be good even the appetizers are quite good and then you get to the “paella’s” or if you would call it that more of a jumbo with a heavy hand of oil .
While the tapas were good I was very disappointed by the main course

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The premium tasting menu was Amazing !!!!!’

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. Thanks for choosing Mercat a la Planxa and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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RinnyV
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Not worth the money. I found the food bland. The wait staff was inattentive. We had to flag them down. They allowed our drinks to empty and took their time bringing the next round. I like to have my wine WITH my dinner, not get the glass after I’ve finished eating.

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JuileeB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and our server was extremely friendly and went out of the way to make our evening special. Would recommend!

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on July 26, 2021

Thank you Juilee for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Mercat a la Planxa!

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RichardJ
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food excellent. Bacon wrapped dates unbelievably good.
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Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on July 26, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. Thanks for choosing Mercat a la Planxa and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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clintonnhillres
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tapas. I loved this place and have been many times, even though I live in NYC. Wonderful to be back,

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on July 26, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your tapas. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location on South Michigan. Very cool atmosphere. Service staff was great; our waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful in helping me determine gluten-free items. All dishes were darned tasty. A super tapas place.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on July 26, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. Thanks for choosing Mercat a la Planxa and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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KeithS
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In Chicago for a couple of days and wanted something different. The tasting menu was wonderful, served efficiently (almost too quickly). Very nice time. We will be back to try the paella.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. Thanks for choosing Mercat a la Planxa and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Kory
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pork chop and paella were worth the price of admission! Both were just fantastic.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on July 26, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. Thanks for choosing Mercat a la Planxa and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

not bad at all

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OpenTable Diner
Springfield
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paella was awesome as was the sangria

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef David is absolutely amazing! We were celebrating our engagement and felt so special. I would absolutely recommend this place. Great experience and excellent food!

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Mercat a La Planxa is rated 4.6 stars by 4708 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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