Mercat a La Planxa

4.5
4332 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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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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.
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

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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Dallas
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best tapas I’ve ever had! Perfect before going to see a show at the CIBC theatre. Outstanding service and one of our favorite places in Chicago.

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j
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was average & the service was okay. We wouldn’t turn down an invitation to go again, but also wouldn’t go on our own.

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

This place had very interesting food that was very good. The wait staff is something to be improved on. They were not bad but could really care less what they were doing.

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Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service!

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M
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were spot on. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and the complimentary dessert was a very nice touch

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was fantastic! The only dish i felt was lacking just a tad in flavor was the octopus. Thw rack of lamb and the scallops were among the best I've ever had! Thank you to Sam for being an excellent and knowledgeable waiter. Great birthday dinner for my wife!

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PV
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everytine my business partners come to Chicago we make this great place a stop. This time I was in town with my wife and she loves. Spanish tapas. Great service

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DD
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

The food lacked flavor, octopus was too rubbery, and the meal was way overpriced for the portions received. Will stick with other tapas restaurants in the area

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RK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, very different (in good way) serving . Service is brilliant

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NN
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

On 2nd floor up the stairs.
Never saw hostess stand but server quickly noticed and seated us.
Beautiful setting. 10+ service.
Nice array of food choices. We had bacon wrapped dates, calamari, beef/lamb meatballs, ham croquettes, & lamb chops.
Sauces were tasty, plating gorgeous, but overall food was not impressively tasty. Rather bland. N lamb was fatty.
Crowded 4 a Monday night so others obviously love but we were not impressed especially 4 the $. Chicago has better tapas restaurants.

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a
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Spanish and Catalunya foods for brunch, in particular the Mercat Benedict and Truita de Samo. We can't wait to have a dinner prepared by the chef from Barcelona!

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Q
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Has the Chefs tasting menu for dinner of 6. Food and service was very good. Will go again.

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D
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious food and attentive service.

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RK
Montreal
36 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was nice but they only had a brunch menu since it was during the weekend.

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MJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food and ambiance were great. The service- not so much. They lost our reservation and managed to squeeze us in and never apologized. Then, our waiter said he “would portion out” our order based on our group size. I guess I misinterpreted what that meant because the $500 bill was a bit of a surprise. It’s a shame that the poor service overshadowed the delicious menu and pretty atmosphere.

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B
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate with friends. While it can get pricey, the menu is fantastic if you like Spanish food (Tapas). It's one of my favorites.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Samuel, was very knowledgeable, friendly & patient. He guided us through quantities to order & never pressured us to place the next round.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to share a delicious warm up to the concert with friends. Meat and cheese platters with sangria to celebrate!

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LF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We love this place but beware - we were there in a Friday evening before a show at the Auditorium and our server was great but got totally overwhelmed as the evening went on. We barely were able to have our glass of wine before we had to rush off for the concert. Food was great - we especially enjoyed the tapas over our entree!

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AD
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have to start with the fact that I used Open Table to book our reservation and used the "special request/instruction" field as a bit of a joke. I asked that the waiter treat my husband as if he was a regular (it was our first time trying this restaurant) and insist that he was just there this week a number of times. Completely forgot I put that into the reservation, as at the time I thought no one actually reads this stuff.

We arrive at the restaurant which is inside the beautiful Blackstone Hotel (Art Deco gem). The Mercat is beautiful and sumptuous. We are seated in a corner booth, which is lovely and cosy. My husband and I had already checked out the menu and had our game plan on what we were going to share. This restaurant is all about sharing small plates. The waiter starts his "pitch" and then sees my husband and completely changes his his mood from all business to old friend. "Hey buddy! you back so soon? You closed this place down last night!" The look on my husband's face was priceless. I couldn't stop laughing and did a horrible job of helping the waiter out with his improv! High five to him! They do read the special instructions people!

But really, this should be about the food. Our waiter told us about the chef's choice tasting where you get to pretty much run through the entire menu. You get to try smaller portions of many dishes and we were on board. It did not disappoint. We started with warm olives, delicious bacon wrapped almond stuffed dates, and shaved Spanish ham on warm bread with a tomato reduction. Then a bright salad arrived consisting of pea shoots and arugula with nice cheese and asparagus. Diver scallops, then shrimp! Both just perfect. A bowl of broiled peppers YUM. Then the steak came out - it was the best flank I have ever had - perfectly cooked and so flavourful & tender. It was accompanied by two sauces, one was a very vibrant garlic and herb sauce - the other a smokey tomato and almond. Really stole the show!

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WW
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

despite glowing reviews this place didn't cut it. We were staying in the attached hotel and were happy to read this was a good choice as we were tired of going out. The first thing that strikes you is the need for a total makeover. Been a while since I sat in a cracked final chair and it wasn't pleasant. The fig salad was very good but the shrimp over cooked. I can't even remember what else we ordered... must be trying to blank it out! Would not return

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LW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Sadly, this was one of the worst dining experiences I’ve had in a long time, anywhere let alone in downtown Chicago.
Worn out, unkept dining room. Good quality but extremely overpriced wine selection.
Limited, uninspiring menu and worst of all poor preparation and food quality. Server was thoughtful enough to steer us away from 2 dishes however we still ended up sending our main entree back due poor quality.
Sorry to say but this place needs to close.

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HP
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mercat has been a favorite of ours since it opened. We have yet to bring an out of town guest that didn't love it. Our waiter Sam who has been there from the start is another reason to go, he's excellent!

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OK
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose this for my birthday dinner and it was absolutely wonderful!

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LC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, but pricey. Did not offer bread service, which is a staple in Spanish cuisine, and a must with tapas (??). Nice ambiance.

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WS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing service. Food was delicious, but very expensive for tapas.

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AC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience...will return next time in Chicago

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B
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overpriced but offers cuisine you don’t find elsewhere.

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NC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was visiting Chicago with my son and a friend recommended Mercat a la Planxa. Great food, service, wine and ambiance. Best Paella I've ever had.

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g
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ales was a phenomenal server and very knowledgeable...brunch menu had ample options for any type of eater...only suggestion would be to add more mint to the carrot/(israeli)couscous dish...likewise quinoa would be a nice substitution .

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FL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is tucked in the Blackstone Hotel... don't think it's typical hotel food - it's not! Great tapas style restaurant - every dish we had was amazing. The paella was fantastic - just be prepared to wait 35 minutes for it as it is cooked to order. Highly recommend!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

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TT
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best tapas in Chicago. Great food, great vibe to hand out and enjoy the evening. Service is great often but not always.

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m
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Not to much selection and portions are very small. The food was very good though.

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P
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came in for a family get together and had a fantastic time. Not only was the food delicious and the drinks amazing but our server Katie was fantastic. She was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and wine list and really made our dinner special. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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SS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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M
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall I was quite pleased. The tapas were excellent. I was very disappointed with the paella. I am Valencian and as a rule I never order paella but my friend never tried paella before. We ordered the seafood paella and to be brutally honest it tasted like soggy rice with some seafood. I wouldn’t call that paella. It didn’t have saffron and the rice was not cooked properly. Everything about this “paella” was wrong. I am sure the average costumer would not be so harsh but the costumer who has tasted paella done right would be very disappointed.

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Naples
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KR
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

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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