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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:
BREAKFAST
Monday-Friday 6:30am-11am
Sunday & Saturday 7am-10am

WEEKEND BRUNCH
Sunday 10am-3pm

LUNCH
Monday-Saturday 11am-3pm

DINNER
Sunday-Thursday 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday 5pm-11pm

DAILY LOUNGE MENU
Everyday from 3pm-5pm

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Just around the corner.... Join us for Mother's Day Brunch!

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join us for an amazing Thanksgiving dinner with a Spanish twist. We will be offering a delicious menu combining your favorite Mercat tapas selections, mouth watering paellas & traditional Thanksgiving favorites. We are excited to orchestrate a lovely evening for you & your guests.

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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Business Meals (16)
Tasting Menu (15)
Scenic View (15)
Casual (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Notable Wine List (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Hot Spot (9)
People Watching (9)
Cozy (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
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Great for Lunch (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Spicy (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful take on traditional Spanish food

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

The service was awesome. Every single bite of our meal was AMAZING!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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!!

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Fun
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 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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

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.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Simply awesome food and ambiance. Cant wait to come back here again.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for Groups, Cozy, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Absolutely amazing on many levels. Great espresso too!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Absolutely awesome food and first class service. This was my third time dining there and I cannot wait to come back soon.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

My first time. The meal was good. The waiter was helpful in picking out the dishes. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Delightful atmosphere with professional staff, creative cuisine keeps us coming back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Business Meals, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great spot inside Blackstone Hotel - good selection of tapas. Would definitely visit again!

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Some of the best Spanish food in Chicago and the closest cuisine-wise to what I had when I was actually in Catalonia.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Enjoyed the ambiance and food. Great 'after theater' experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fantastic food as always!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our go to when in Chicago.Always great food and service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was amazing and service was great. We enjoyed the staggering of the tapas so we could try each item individually. Great date night.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Tapas
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Truly extraordinary authentic Catalan cuisine. Chef is a Barcelona native, Best Tapas I have had outside of Spain!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Staffs are friendly and professionals. Excellent food. My friends who came for the first time enjoyed the food and ambiance.We are going back to Mercat anytime soon. Highly recommended.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Loved the Catalan Express menu! The creme of mushroom soup has been awesome on every visit since 2013!

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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Quite possibly one of the best meals we've had in a while. We were looking for a vegan friendly place to accommodate one in our party of four. This place hit the mark for us all (including one of us who lived in Spain). Can't say enough about the Paella de Verduras, Pimientos de Padrón, Gambas al Ajillo, Patatas Bravas and Setas al Horno. Just the right amount of food to allow for dessert, which was equally amazing. Loved the warm ambiance and the service was outstanding. And don't forget to try one of their handcrafted cocktails. So good! Absolutely on the list of places to return (and next time will add some meat dishes)!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great Spanish tapas with a diverse, full menu besides. Many interesting Spanish wines which are always a good value

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Good food and service. A pleasant experience!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Very good Spanish food and excellent location and atmosphere. Only slight criticism is that I asked how large paella serving was - because I was concerned it would be too much for two if we were ordering other tapas - and was told by waiter that it was a SMALL portion for two. That wasn't true. I would say that if we had not ordered two extra tapas, it would have been the right size, but paella would have been more than enough on it's own.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

This is a wonderful place. Food was excellent, service spectacular! My wife said it is her new favorite place in the neighborhood.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great meal
Great surprise
Will definitely return when visiting Chicago

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Nice quiet place with good decor and authentic tasting food. Service was very nice and the service was quick. Great sangria.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I am from New Jersey and had never heard of Mercat a la Planxa. I know Paul Zappoli, General Manager from his restaurant's in NJ. Planning a trip with for my family get-together, I contacted Paul.
Oh, what a wonderful evening. Table for 10, in the restaurant, but the feeling was like private dining. We chose the Chef's Tasting menu and it was perfect. The staff, from the greeting to the goodbyes made this a truly special occasion.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Merchant serves truly creative food. Everything completely fresh, delicious and interesting! I love the space and service too.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Worth the Drive
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