Mercat a La Planxa

4.7
4751 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish

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Good Vegetarian Options
***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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MiriamM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The restaurant used to feel more premium, in terms of ambiance. Now, it feels more like a hotel restaurant. At least the good is still good and service was great.

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Diego
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service overall. Not the most authentic, but definitely worth every penny. The octopus was the best I’ve had in a while.

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vipKanamaker
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Mercat is a shell of its former self. Many of the names are the same and even the sauces are familiar but all the presentations and preparations have been simplified and in every case the food suffered compared to the same dish 10 years ago. I was a cook for many years so I understand the changes that were made for efficiency but it is sad to see the drop in quality. I wont be back.

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vipRickB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It wasn’t amazing experience. We ordered the traditional ensemble of tapas dishes. My girlfriend and I both loved it. I would recommend this as a date place.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded 4 days ago

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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KarenK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. We tried the tasting menu and we enjoyed everything . Our server was both efficient and personable and had great information/advice for us. Thank you for a wonderful dinner.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the glowing review, Karen! 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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UptownResident
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great selection of small plates, including great paellas that come in group servings. Service was polite and attentive. We got a warning when the kitchen was shutting down at 10:30, which allowed us to order a last plate of bacon-wrapped, almond-stuffed dates, once of my favorite dishes.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on June 1, 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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MichaelC
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Get the branzino! Best I've ever had.

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Lola
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am originally from Spain and I am very critical with all the Spanish restaurants in the US. This one is an excellent one! The best Spanish food I had in the USA. The quality of ingredients was excellent and the chef did an amazing job. In addition, the services was marvelous! I will go anytime and I will recommend it to all my friends. The chef menu is worth it the price! Do it!

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on June 2, 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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vipPeterM
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal
From the tasting menu. Dante was a great server and very knowledgeable about wine.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you Peter 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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ShellyEsq
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Great experience - the service was excellent.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on May 28, 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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vipVEllo
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful being back with the excellent team... we missed you folks!

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on May 24, 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! It's great to be back with you. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a last minute change for our diner plans and it turned out to be our top dining experience for the long weekend in Chicago.

If you ever visited Spain and experienced a true Tapas dining, than this is the place for you; it was surreal.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on May 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 hope to see you again soon!

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vipEatsOutALot
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as well as the service. It is always a great choice for a casual or for an upscale dinner.

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DavidDavid
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the service was superb, the restaurant was beautiful and my wife and I will definitely return!

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Dave
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food options. Wonderful wine selection. Wait staff was very attentive. We'll be back!

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vipSandraF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great tapas! Will be going back soon. Inside historic Blackstone hotel.

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vipckchic
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time there - great location and wonderful food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a wonderful late night dinner after seeing a ballet performance. Beautiful decor, ambiance is perfect, staff were friendly and the food was delicious.

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KevinS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was attentive without being overbearing.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Our waitress did not seem educated in the menu and did not help in suggestions. Octopus was like rubber and food mediocre at best. Garlic shrimp was the best dish. Such a shame we had really been looking forward to this dinner. We would not go back.

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TanakaR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were going to see an Alvin Ailey show after dinner. As we were getting ready to leave I told our server I wanted my food to go. Someone else came and picked it up and accidentally threw it out. When I asked about my food, a manager came over, apologized and offered to make me a new meal when I got back from the show. When the show was over I came back and the host had the food ready for me. Excellent customer service, beautiful atmosphere and delicious food. I’m definitely going back. I’ve already told so many people about my great experience.

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vipHeatherM
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a quiet night and got extra attention. Ordered the Chef’s Tasting menu which is an amazing deal with a lot of great food!

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Yates
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around. Something for everyone!

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AngelaF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mercat a La Planxa never disappoints. I always know I can count on them for excellent food and excellent service when I am trying to show my friends a great time at a great Chicago restaurant!

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KeitaE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely space with delicious food and drinks and spectacular service.

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ZofiaM
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent wine and tapas offerings.

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vipjesusrivera
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Paella was super good

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winetaster
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Nothing special. Food quality was uneven. Salad was delicious; the scallops were very rare and very salty.

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vipJshada58
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. Many choices and they were all very good. Thank he tuna flatbread and the potatoes were fantastic. Well done.

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viprykon
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food and drinks are good, but table and chairs so old and not stable anymore. Our table and bench was moving like during earth quick. LOL

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My most demanding and critical friend from NYC was in town and she was blown away by everything at "Mercat", especially the ambiance and cuisine . She often travels throughout Spain/Catalan for business and pleasure and she heartily approved of the paella, tapas and Spanish wines. On a personal note, this was my first time back to the restauarant after a 5 year hiatus and I was as just as impressed as I was on my first visit about 15 years ago.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful!

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PamS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu is great. Paella is worth every penny.

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VictoriaB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We couldn’t make up our minds about dining choices, so tried the tasting menu, which far exceeded expectations. We liked every course save one. Nothing wrong with exception, just a little too rich for our taste. Meal was well paced, service impeccable, server friendly and knowledgeable. Value was great. Recommended to everyone in very large wedding party which included many Chicago natives.

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vipjeff
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dependable food and friendly service. lol be the venue.

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Katline
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed the tapas and paella, as well as the sangria. The waitress recommended 4-5 tapas dishes with the vegetarian paella and we went with 4. I was with my daughter so it was a lot for two people but there were leftovers which my daughter brought home, always a silver lining.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service from Katie!

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vipSnappy
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I don’t know why you did not give me points for this reservation. Please explain.

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vipPatriciaO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu surpassed our expectations in every way, and what a great value for the price - awesome!

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vipExplorationsInDining
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a delicious pre-ballet dinner. Great service and well planned prefix menu. Nice wine selection as well!

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Mercat a La Planxa is rated 4.7 stars by 4751 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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