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Mercat a La Planxa

4.3
4.3
4553 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
Mercat offers an authentic dining experience that combines fresh meats and produces with the energetic spirit of a Barcelona market.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
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Private dining

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 7:30 am–1:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 765-0524

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Gee Cuyugan

  • Catering

    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!<br /><br />Please contact our Sales & Marketing Manager at (312) 542-3454 or kai.wilson@sagehospitalitygroup.com for more information

  • Private party facilities

    La Veranda, our private dining space overlooking the main dining room of Mercat, can seat 30 guests. We also offer Private Dining in the Barcelona Room, which seats 66 guests. Our spaces allow for receptions of up to 130 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Kai Wilson: (312) 765-0524

  • Neighborhood

    South Loop

  • Cross street

    Balbo - Entrance to the hotel is through The Blackstone Hotel lobby

  • Parking details

    Valet available in the front of the Blackstone Hotel located on Balbo

  • Public transit

    Nearest Red-line Stop is Harrison, head east on Balbo, restaurant is on the corner of Balbo & Michigan.<br />Bus lines are the #3, #127, #129 all three stop at the entrance of Mercat a la Planxa.<br />

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

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  • Chicago

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Good food and service.
  2. I

    Ilikefoodyums

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Large restaurant, went for brunch and had the salmon amd mimosa. Absolutely delicious and service was great.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded 5 days agoThank you so much! I am so happy that you liked the salmon and service!

  3. SH

    SteveH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere. A nice escape from the Lolapalooza nonsense going on outside.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded 5 days agoThank you! I am glad we were able to be your getaway!

  4. DJ

    DavidJ

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I had dinner here several nights ago. The signature tapas plates were wonderful. Portions were great! We left feeling stuffed and happy. I’ll definitely return!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 29, 2022Thank you for the wonderful review!

  5. JC

    JohnC

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Food was disappointing. I had dined there before in years past and it was wonderful. Unfortunately this trip did not live up to my expectations.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 29, 2022Thank you for your feedback, I am saddened to hear that we didn't live up to your expectations. We thrive to continuously improve. We hope you give us another try.

  6. EJ

    ElizaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I wanted to enjoy a night out for ourselves as a treat and this was the perfect place! The food was amazing and the overall vibe of the restaurant was fantastic !🥂

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 26, 2022Thank you so much for the 5 stars!

  7. G

    Great

    Baltimore

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food and ambiance are great - traditional tapas don't disappoint

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 26, 2022Thank you for dining with us and the positive review!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef tasting were amazing

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded 6 days agoThank you! Love to hear this!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    The restaurant was clean and had modern decor. The waiter was very accommodating with our dinner selections as we wanted one chef’s tasting menu and one traditional tasting menu. She made it work and it was delightful array of tapas. I only wish the pork tenderloin was over cooked and I felt the price of the tasting were expensive for how much you actual got.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 25, 2022Thank you for dining with us and your feedback. We have a new menu coming out this week, please come back and see us again.

  10. NG

    NicolasG

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVE THE STAFF!!! FOOD WAS DELICIOUS!!!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 25, 2022Thank you!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a great evening at Mercat with a friend. Food was very nice overall except the paella that was ok. The mushrooms were the best dish ever, together with the pan con tomates with prosciutto!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 25, 2022Thank you for your great review, we have a new menu coming this week, we hope you come and try it out!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The assistant (busboy?) to the waitperson was very attentive. Waters filled, plates removed in a timely manner. Friendly.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 25, 2022Thank you, we are proud of our team here.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Waiter literally shouted at us due to poor acoustics -- interior and furnishings due for a refresh -- lit like a cafeteria.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 25, 2022Thank you for your feedback and dining with us.

  14. MC

    MaureenC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible. Don’t miss the bacon-wrapped dates!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 25, 2022Thank you for the great review! They will continue to be on our new menu that is coming, please come and give it a try!

  15. JG

    JulieG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service. Our server Jeff was great and knowledgeable. Food was fantastic!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 25, 2022Thank you for the great review! I will let Jeff know, we think the same way about him!

  16. CW

    ChristopherW

    Grand Rapids

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time and meal. The Chef’s Selection was a great set of dishes that everyone in our party enjoyed. The drinks were also very nice.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you so much, we appreciate the great review!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chris the waiter was amazing

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 19, 2022We 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!

  18. TL

    TLC1

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing and service was excellent. Did the chefs tasting - it was a lot of food!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 16, 2022Thank you for the great review! Please come back and see us soon!

  19. ET

    EricaT

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had a lovely time! My parents had the Chef's Tasting Menu and they were able to create a vegetarian tasting menu for me, which was great. They said that the food would come out staggered / timed appropriately for our meal, which was not the case - it all came out at once and was wayyy more than we needed, even though we came hungry. Probably wouldn't do the tasting menu again, but the dishes we loved we really loved (the pan con tomate, mushrooms, asparagus, vegan paella...).

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 15, 2022Thank you for the feedback, we will discuss it with our team. We are so gald you enjoyed the meal!

  20. TN

    TomN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    We order a sparkling rose - it was very good. Disappointed on the Paellas - we ordered a small portion of the Arros De Maariscos. There were two mussels which never opened - this indicates they were dead when the dish was made, also one of the shrimps was musk - OLD

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 16, 2022Thank you for dining with us and your feedback. We definitely should have caught the unopened mussels before the paella was served, we apologize. We do want to assure you that we only use the freshest ingredients available.

  21. FC

    FoodCritic

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really attentive service. Food was delicious and courses were spaced out. A great option for a nice dinner on South Michigan Ave.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 16, 2022Thank you for dining with us and the 5 stars!

  22. AC

    AlejandraC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The place is amazing. The foos is good. I loved the gambas and Paella. The Dessert, almond cake, was delicious. The service was very good.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 25, 2022Thank you for the great review and dining with us!

  23. TL

    TheLast1

    Memphis/West TN

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small Plates LARGE Flavor!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 13, 2022Love it! Thank you!

  24. s

    skvanenk

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food and service were good - perhaps a little to quick. I had my food within about 15 minutes after I sat down. Also there was a crowd of what appeared to be business colleagues at the bar which is in the restaurant. The noise level was very high when I started by meal; they were gone by the time I finished and then the ambiance was much better.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 15, 2022Thank you for dining with us and being patient with the loud group!

  25. LC

    LindaC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a nice dining experience and food it very good.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 12, 2022Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed everything!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food exquisite. Drinks, very watered down. Very light pour. Too much mix, really light on the alcohol. The drinks are a rip off at $17.00 per cocktail. Food amazing. Would I go again, absolutely. But expect to either order straight alcohol on the rocks or ask for a double.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 11, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. We will pass along your feedback regarding your cocktails to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING everything! Beverages (both Sangria & mocktails), appetizers, Tasting Menu, Paella, desserts were outstanding, and service was top-notch!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 11, 2022Wow! Thank you for the great review!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Die Tapas sind ohne Zweifel essbar, aber bei weitem nichts außergewöhnliches oder besonderes. Eher einfache Herstellungsweise. In Spanien würde ich das bis auf den Manchego und Schinken zurück gehen lassen.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 7, 2022Danke, dass Sie bei uns speisen

  29. OT

    OutofTowner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had the Chef's Tasting Menu plus the Arros de Mariscos paella. Everything was absolutely delicious and the wait staff were all excellent. There was more than enough food so work up an appetite before you go.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 4, 2022Thank you for the amazing review! We are so happy you enjoyed everything.

  30. WG

    WilforGreatfoods

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, nice dining room, and fabulous service in a location conveniently located near Grant Park and museums.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on July 4, 2022Thank you for the great review! We hope to see you back.

  31. OT

    OTKF

    St. Louis

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first dinner at Mercat a La Planxa and the first time we've tried Catalan cuisine. It was great. We chose the traditional tasting menu. It's smaller than the Chef's tasting menu, but we were so full by the end of the meal that we were glad to have opted for the smaller one. We enjoyed every dish, and some more than others. The service was excellent and the restaurant was roomy and attractive. We'd like to come back here again and try some of the other dishes.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on June 27, 2022Thank you! We are so happy that you came and enjoyed your meal with us. We will share this great feedback with our team!

  32. LF

    LumberingForester

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A wonderful dining experience; the chef’s tasting menu is a variety of delicious dishes offered.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on June 24, 2022Thank you for the kinds words!

  33. s

    smirnoff

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I was really disappointed, expecting more based on reviews. We ordered ( bacon wrapped date, sardines, grilled octopus & paella negra) only the bacon wrapped dates stands out. The sardines came out of the can, Really!?, paella is bland and the rice is still raw, squid is rubbery. My husband has sangria which is pretty good, but the Mercat GT is just like water with a hint of gin & rosemarie . Sorry but won’t be back

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on June 23, 2022Thank you for dining with us and giving us your feedback. We will review this with our team and continue to make improvements. We hope to see you back again.

  34. R

    Rjackson100

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The Chef's Selection is still the best value and variety on the menu.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The traditional tasting menu is delicious and features the best items on the menu and is incredibly affordable to boot! Loved every bite, especially the dates, green salad, and tomato/ham in crusty bread.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on June 20, 2022Wow! Thank you for the graet review!

  36. KC

    KatherineC

    Austin

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Would definitely recommend.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on June 14, 2022Thank 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.

  37. S

    Spokes

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect in every way. Extremely attentive service, food was all fantastic, and a nice view too. Worth the $$ for a great dinner.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on June 11, 2022Thank you for the 5 stars! So glad to hear you had a great experience.

  38. LF

    LaurieF

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great Spanish dining experience! Excellent ambiance and fabulous service! Beautiful menu. Good value for the Chef's Tasting Menu for two. I will definitely be back!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on June 10, 2022Thank you for the wonderful review! Please come back and see us again soon!

  39. CP

    CarrieP

    Oklahoma City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful location for tapas. Food was very good. Service was excellent and restaurant is beautiful. Nice wine list.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on June 10, 2022Thank you for the 5 stars!

  40. MI

    MIke

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to this restaurant many times and it is always a terrific experience. We had one of the tasting menus and all of the dishes were terrific. Mercat is one of our favorite Chicago restaurants.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on June 10, 2022Thank you! We are so happy you came back to see us, hope to see you again soon!

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Mercat a La Planxa is rated 4.3 stars by 4553 OpenTable diners.

Mercat a La Planxa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Mercat a La Planxa

638 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Balbo - Entrance to the hotel is through The Blackstone Hotel lobby

  • Neighborhood

    South Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 7:30 am–1:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet available in the front of the Blackstone Hotel located on Balbo

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gee Cuyugan

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 765-0524

  • Catering

    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!<br /><br />Please contact our Sales & Marketing Manager at (312) 542-3454 or kai.wilson@sagehospitalitygroup.com for more information

  • Private party facilities

    La Veranda, our private dining space overlooking the main dining room of Mercat, can seat 30 guests. We also offer Private Dining in the Barcelona Room, which seats 66 guests. Our spaces allow for receptions of up to 130 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Kai Wilson: (312) 765-0524

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