Mercat a La Planxa

4.5
4678 Reviews
$50 and over
Spanish
***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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    Oct 19 - Oct 30, 2021

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GinaL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was phenomenal! We enjoyed everything, lighting, food and we had a window seat. The fig salad, Ribeye and seafood Paella were divine.

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vipFoodiefromct
New England
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed most of the dishes. Beautifully presented. Paella was a bit dry and mushrooms were overly peppered

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IreneB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We dined here in 2013 and really loved it. This time it was good, but not outstanding. From the tasting menu, the mushroom course was extremely spicy and salty. The octopus was chewy and the duck salad was overwhelmed by acid. The meal as a whole was good, but we were expecting better.

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DevM
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the tasting menu so it included the venison and the duck.
It was delicious

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JenniferB19341
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Chicago!

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HelenG
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I went to Mercat 8 years ago and it was one of favorite restaurants in Chicago. And the quality of the food has gone downhill. I was so disappointed with the food yesterday. The portion is small and the taste is nothing to rave about. My pallea is so salty and they don’t have choice for the menu considering this is a tapas restaurant and the price is high considering the quality of the food. I will not go back to this restaurant again.

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Michek
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The people bussing the tables were awesome.


Disappointed. Rushed. Mediocre with hints of interesting flavors.

Soggy potato chips don’t deserve a place on a $75 tasting menu. This is an example of a food place coming up with a pricey menu to rush you through a dinner to be cost effective.

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Kimw
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was Jerry and he was very friendly, gave us good recommendations, guidance on menu choices. The flavors were outstanding

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vipSnorks
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place for dinner after a long day of travel. We were staying at the blackstone hotel and went back to our room easily. Hard surfaces make the venue a bit noisy even with few diners

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SusanA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in until we left everything was spot on perfection!! The knowledgeable waiter guided us through the amazing tapas menu. As our small plates came, timed perfectly, we realized the talent in the kitchen was serious. Best thing, the bacon wrapped dates. Really next level. Go have a delightful culinary experience, you’ll feel brilliant for having found the place!!

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NadineM
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I had a fantastic dinner at Mercat a la Planxa. We chose the traditional tasting menu and every dish was delicious and very well presented. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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RichardW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING I Mean EVERYTHING was Perfect. Would recommend to anyone for any event.

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DavidD
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A great experience -- we did the smaller taste sampler and the food, variety, and amount was excellent. The Blackstone is a terrific historic architectural setting. The only fault is the noise level, which is probably compounded by the architecture. A bit pricey, but given the locale, VERY WORTHWHILE! We'll be back!

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vipRogerV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food quality was pretty good…. BUT!!! Our waiter Dante just tried to sell us at least 6 to 7 plates, while 4 is more than enough for two.. Compared to Spain this is a ripoff. Service for that price is very poor! First time, last time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wow! Exceeded our expectations. Great

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 27, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and for choosing Mercat a la Planxa. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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LauraC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Excellent food and great drinks! The service was a bit off, we ordered the standard tasting menu and had 4 courses delivered in 15 minutes! We had to ask for the pace to slow down, which was a bit frustrating. It seemed that the restaurant wanted us gone within 45 .minutes.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 27, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Laura! We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great overall experience, excellent waitstaff! Would highly recommend

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 27, 2021

Thank you Elizabeth 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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vipJanS
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious- the MERCAT G&T was outstanding - they just need to remember to add the finishing touches of the Rosemary sprig :)! You won’t be disappointed- each time I come to Chicago Mercat is on my dining list!!!

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 22, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Jan! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us! We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are in Chicago!

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vipKimlet
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The tasting menu was fabulous - every dish was delicious. The churros at the end were the best I have ever tasted - crisp, light and flavorful.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 21, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your tasing menu and churros. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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Daniela
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seeing an old friend to celebrate my birthday. We did the tasting menu and added paella and probably had way too much food, but it was all delicious! Wine recommended by the server was perfect to blend our tastes. Really lovely evening.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 22, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Daniela! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your birthday 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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Joel
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tasting menu and enjoyed the wide variety of dishes. The lamb chops were some of the best I’ve ever had! Great vibe - big windows and decor

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 17, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Joel! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the lamb chops. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great it was a great experience for our 10th wedding anniversary

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Wolf
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went on a Saturday night and was fairly quiet in the dining room. Both food and service were very good, and the cocktails were delicious. All restaurant staff were diligent about masking, a good thing given current Covid transmission levels. Would go back.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 17, 2021

Thank you 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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FrancesM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and the staff were very helpful. A great place to meet friends. Love the tasting menu and it's really a lot of very tasty food.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 17, 2021

Thank you Frances 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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JoelS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good and interesting food, but many corners were cut. Had the Luxury Tasting Menu. It was obvious that most of the food was prepared some time before we arrived. Courses were rushed to table too quickly. I had to ask them to slow down and allow us to enjoy the food.

Beautiful dining room, but tables were varnished and sticky. Might be a good idea to buy some table cloths. Service was good, but dialogue was scripted and our waiter had personal hygiene issues.

Overpriced and underwhelming.

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CherA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very authentic Spanish food. Specifically enjoyed the octopus, it was very tender. I liked that the manager came to the table to ask us if everything was ok. Our only negative comment would be about the service. Our waiter took a while getting our drinks and check. Always seemed rushed and disconnected with our meal. I would still go back.

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on September 17, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was delicious!

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PaulY
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Tasting menus was fantastic, shared bites with kids 5 and 7 and they loved it too.

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BridgetD
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, fun place to try with friends or family! Try the sangria and the octopus!

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GretchenK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb. Octopus perfectly cooked, cod OUTSTANDING—tender with the crispiest skin— vieja vaca delectable. Mercat G&T highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Waiter recommended way too much food. Food was ok but not great

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SonjaT
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was excellent!!!!! We chose the dinner. They choose the plates for you. there was plenty of food, all different, great variety!
Drinks were good!
The ambiance was very nice, as the dining room is very open, and looks over the park.
There were plenty of servers to make sure we always had food, explained the dishes, cleaned off empty dishes right away.
The down note was our waiter. He was the only waiter. He had many tables to take care of. As I said, the servers were prompt, friendly....the waiter was pompous, rather full of himself. THey need to uplevel the servers to waiters. The waiter didn't ruin the evening for us, but it would have been a much more pleasant evening if he had not been such a distraction.
But, I would say go for the food! It was great!

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ColleenE
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. I struggled with the menu but everything I ordered was amazing.

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vipRayO
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

One of my favorite restaurants was a bit disappointing, the food as usual was great, the service was just ok. Table was sticky and it unfortunately seemed like the place was both understaffed and in need of an update. For a $500 meal I would expect something better.

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JustinZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. We loved the tasting menu!

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on August 30, 2021

Thank you Justin 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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vipMaryM
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The tapas were a mix of delicious and disappointing. We ordered a dish with mussels and they served them in the can they came from, for $18. Dont wastw your money here, there are plenty of other excellent choices in Chicago

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Great fast service , The price is also decent and the decor is great. I had a date night with my husband and this restaurant did not disappoint I’d give it an extra star if I could and the staff was friendly and helpful. TheLuxury tasting menu was all delicious ! I will definitely be returning.

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MiOlson
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had the “luxury tasting menu” - the lambchop was fabulous. As were the salad, mushrooms and cheesecake. Loved the meal. Service was good, but not exceptional.

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jharvey
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husband and I had a great dinner there. Each dish was absolutely amazing, and everyone from our main server, to the person who refilled out water, to other front of house people who would assist were excellent. We're both still thinking about the bacon-wrapped dates and almonds! It was also very easy to make a reservation there on a Saturday. That morning I logged into OpenTable and found plenty of spots, which is always nice.

Another thing we enjoyed was that we weren't sitting directly on top of people in our booth. I'm not sure if this was always the case for this restaurant pre-covid, but my husband and I often noticed how tight tables used to be at all fancier restaurants. You could easily hear other people's convos or you'd have to struggle to get out, regardless of your size. If we return to Chicagao we'd definitely come back!

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on August 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 look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are in Chicago!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

Mercat a La Planxa
Responded on August 30, 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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Mercat a La Planxa is rated 4.5 stars by 4678 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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