Mercat a La Planxa

4.5
4296 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Latin American
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Hours of operation
WEEKEND BRUNCH
Saturday 7am-3pm
Sunday 7am-3pm

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

DAILY LOUNGE MENU
Everyday from 4pm-6:30pm
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Phone number
(312) 765-0524
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Diego Amat
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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 our Sales & Marketing Manager at (312) 542-3454 or bob.bracy@sagerestaurantgroup.com for more information
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Balbo
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Parking details
Valet Parking is available on Balbo located at the entrance of the Blackstone Hotel $16 per car.
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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.
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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

Private Dining

La Veranda, our private dining space that overlooks the main dining room of Mercat. Seats 30, reception-style can hold 60 guests.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Good spot overall. It can be hard to find quality Spanish cuisine, but they executed well.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was very expensive! I have lived in Spain and I know many of the recipes. Many have have changed and you may expect something different than what you order.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Nice place for casual dinning, good service, excellent food.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Very good service, outstanding food. They need to do some acoustical dampening as the noise level was too high for the prices! Beautiful setting in old hotel.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

A great menu to choose from, matched with imaginative cocktails and wines that will complement the tapas. I suggest the patatas bravas and the fig and serrano ham salad. They are truly outstanding. The room is lively and well-appointed.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Location to theatre was good, atmosphere great and food was EXCELLENT!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed Mercat.
Had the Chef's Tasting Menu with Wine pairings - delicious.
Only drawback was the boisterous table that got seat next to us after our dinner began.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Everything was delicious. Miss the short rib flat bread but the tuna flat bread didn't disappoint. Suckling Pig was delicious as was the rack of lamb. My favorite bacon wrapped dates ended a lovely meal.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

As the hostess seated us, I remarked on the beautiful view from the windows. She asked us if we would like to move to a seat by the windows, which we did. The waitress answered our questions about the brunch items and made a great recommendation. Our brunch was relaxed and unhurried. The price was reasonable.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We had a great dinner. Loved the food. The server and the kitchen were very good at spacing out our dishes.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The service was spot on. My water was consistently filled. The food was fabulous. This was our third visit to Chicago and Mercat. The food was as good as the first time. I spent time in Spain and this takes me back to that wonderful country. The meat paella was flavorful, and came out piping hot. The stuffed dates are not to be missed. They have a great salty sweet from the bacon and date. The almond in the middle provides some great texture. The meatballs were moist and flavorful. The smoked paprika was a great flavorful addition. This is still my all time favorite restaurant.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Be advised that on Saturdays their kitchen closes at 3pm. We made 2:45pm reservations and arrived close to 3:00 only to be informed that we could only orde from the limited bar menu - about 5 or 6 items. They were great, but we were extremely disappointed!!! Why take reservations at 2:45 if the kitchen closes at 3:00?

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Ah, the secrets ! The octopus, flash fried peppers, grilled dates, mushrooms were all wonderful too. Go with a group and share the diversity of flavors. Just note that a lot of items have cured meats so if you are salt sensitive be careful.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

The food is excellent and the whole space, and the hotel itself, is great.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Great Spanish tapas restaurant in the heart of Michigan Avenue. The red sangria was by far the beat I’ve had since Spain.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Food was not up to expectations and not a good valu

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1.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Coffee had floaters in it, when I told the waiter he said that is normal. LoL. Couldn’t leave fast enough!

Wonder what’s in the food?

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

This is my second visit to Mercat and was no disappointed. Everyone was super attentive to our needs.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

we arrived early for our reservation and were told they do not seat until a certain time. So we left to walk around and arrived back on time. We were seated in an area where there were 4 or 5 other tables. Our server seemed very busy and tried to get us to order the Chef's special, which is very expensive. We decided on a paella and some plates so we only had to interact with/bother the server for another glass of wine. She came back to sell us dessert and we did order sorbet.
There were some really tasty plates that we had and the paella was perfect for 4. Our bussers were the folks who worked the hardest-- replacing plates, filling water glasses, removing empty dishes, etc. not sure I'd go back but glad I've gone!

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

This review is for Brunch. I have been for dinner and really enjoyed it. My dining companion ordered the traditional Benedict. Nothing traditional about it. No English muffin and a very weird spice/seasoning. She did not feel well after and I had a few bites and didn’t feel great. Bacon wrapped dates are good with the blue cheese sauce but 4 very small dates (I order these everywhere and by far the smallest ortion and size) for $10-$12. Not many options. Do not recommend for anything but dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

50th birthday great time!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

The best Spanish restaurant outside of Spain. A great variety of tapas with wines to match.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Great time great view food was excellent we will return again

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Excellent, authentic spanish tapas restaurant. Go for the tapas, stay for the paella and great Spanish focused wine list. There are some great wine finds on this list you won't find anywhere else.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

The ten course variety absolutely delicious. It was perfectly spaced as far as timing. It’s the first restaurant I’ve been to in a very long time that I left totally satisfied thank you. The orange desert out of this world.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Our server was excellent and extremely helpful in assisting our decisions as it was our first visit. She was especially thoughtful of our teens who were there to celebrate a graduation. The food choices were perfect for our party and we enjoyed immensely. It was a great meal to introduce a new cuisine to the younger generation. Great and fast service with the high class experience.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Shared several tapas that were all good. My fiance & I each chose two so he was forced to try octopus for the first time & once he got past the suckers, he really enjoyed! Smoky & delicious! The tuna flatbread was amazing as well.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

A hidden gem.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Incredible!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Incredible experience. We enjoy dining st Mercat every time we get to Chicago.
Katie was our server and took awesome care of us. She planned our whole dinner and it was spot on.
We will be back not soon enough.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Did the 4 course meal with wine pairing and it was excellent and the price was just right for the amount of offerings.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The food was quite good, especially the fig salad. It is a large space but not too noisy and the large windows looking onto Michigan Ave add to the ambiance. My only complaint was the service. It was OK overall but we started with salads indicating that we would order our main course tapas later. The waitress did not come back to put the order in until we were completely done with the salads, despite me trying to flag her down. As a result, we had a long wait between courses. One of the orders then did not come out for a very long time and was charred. They did give us that one on the house. Overall, we felt ignored.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Amazing food!! Tapas are always fun but this time they were extraordinary!! Our group of four had 7 tapas including a few salads and a pitcher of sangria. Everything was excellent... hard to recommend one thing over another as it was all fantastic!

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2.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Very disappointed. I went there for a business dinner and was less than impressed which is a shame since I love Tapas. Plates were small portions and overpriced, very oily (greasy) and overall very bland. The few standouts were the garlic shrimp (tasty but bathed in olive oil) and the chorizo. Scallops and flatbread had no taste. The calimari was one of the worst I've had (bland and soggy) and the Octopus, while a bit more substantial, was also very oily with minimal taste.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Delicious food, lively atmosphere, excellent service. Our server, Jerry, was the best!

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

The service was excellent and we had a great table at a window. We really enjoyed the food. It is quite expensive.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

The tapas was excellent, the sangria was good, service was good, would not go with the black ink paella (Arros Negre del Ampurda (squid ink Paella, calamari, pork sausage, pork loin, artichokes, garlic aioli) though, too salty. I would not characterize the ambience as romantic. Specifically, we ordered: Patatas Bravas (spicy potatoes, smoked paprika aioli) - excellent vegetarian option, as was the Setas al Horno (grilled mushrooms, confit potato, shallot, cipollini onion, parsley). Both the Vieiras (diver scallops) and Pulpo con Patatas (Spanish octopus, confit potatoes, smoked paprika) were excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We ordered the sampler that provided seven or eight or nine different courses. I forgot how many. it was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We have been here several times and the experience is always really nice—the food is delicious, the service is great, and the ambiance is just right.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

As usual, we had a great dinner and will of course be coming bazck.

Waiter was a bit stiff, however very attentive.

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