Mercat a La Planxa

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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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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our shared dinner for three -- we started with a pitcher of the red sangria (not the best I've ever had but good enough), marinated olives, fried cauliflower (really delicious!), cheese croquettes (also very good), dates wrapped in bacon, and seafood paella. If I could have had one do-over, I would have gone with a more traditional paella. I prefer chorizo, shrimp, and chicken paella to ALL seafood.

H
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The kitchen sent out the last plate ordered before I was finished. I did express this to the server.

OT
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting dinner!

KJ
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice to try tapas. Like the small plates and sharing. Noisy and service was spotty. However the food once the order was put in came out promptly. The table runners were great.

h
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mercat a La Planxa is a solid place for both intimate or group dining experience. The food was really good. The service was attentive. Price point is a little high for what you get. We ordered a salad, 3 seafood tapas, 2 small bites and a pork tapas and the bill comes to about $140 without any drinks before the tip. The scallops and octopus were our favorite 2 dishes. Bacon wrapped dates were tasty as well.

r
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful meal, we did the tasting menu. Almost too much food for us - we ended up taking some paella home! Wrapped dates and potatoes were especially good. We had a calamari appetizer additionally that was lovely. Fine service from all hands. We thought the wine list was higher priced vs. comparative restaurants.

We also had a drink in the little bar below stairs. Very fun. The Mercat Gin and tonic was fabulous.

JK
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a birthday party for a great friend. Dinner was delicious and the service was wonderful.

CB
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tapas here is always terrific and, yes, also expensive. Fast service, a wide menu of food, interesting wine options, and good drinks make it very worthwhile. We reserved a table after an event at the Auditorium Theater, and it was also convenient. Alas, their tasty little meatballs are no longer on the menu.

EI
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had been wanted to dine at Mercat a La Planxa since it opened, and finally made it last Friday night. At 8pm it was still relatively quiet (started filling up more around 9:00), and we opted for the tasting menu, paired with a vermouth flight. Both were excellent choices! The tasting menu is a steal at $55, especially considering the amount of paella that comes to the table, although each dish was wonderful in its own right. The one slightly-less-bright spot was the cocktail (Bol me over) - it was fine, but mostly tasted boozy, lacking much for subtlety.

Totally glad we made it, and will be back. Absolutely recommended.

SN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of my favorites when staying in the Loop. Definitely not your usual bland hotel dining, Mercat would hold its own as a stand alone. Great atmosphere and the plates and cocktails are superb, and the paella is worth the wait.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Paella was outstanding! We will definitely return.

DS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Ambiance was great. Only thing to note is that the tapas menu starts at 5pm. Will definitely be back to try that out.

OT
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lunch menu was limited, much better for dinner if expecting a variety of tapas and paella. Still, their take on omelets and eggs Benedict was delicious.

MM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great destination for tapas. Extensive wine list, including Spanish wines. The menu has many traditional tapas, and some non-traditional options, too. Lots of choices, not so many as to be overwhelming. We were delighted with everything we chose, especially the patatas bravas and the grilled branzina. The service was impeccable, and our server was helpful and attentive, without being overly so. Definitely on our "return" list.

P
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reunion with friendd

M
Grand Rapids
60 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been to Mercat before for breakfast while staying here. This time I brought a friend and we had the tasting menu. Yum! The bacon wrapped dates were lovely as were the shrimp. Croquetas and potatoes and an escarole salad. The main course was a seafood paella that was amazing (but by this time we were quite full, lots of leftovers). Flan and ice cream dessert. Great drinks and lovely service. Recommend easily.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service

WB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was very nice. The service was excellent.

I
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Setting is terrific, but food and service don't live up. Dinner took over two hours -- which would be wonderful if the food and service good. Unfortunately, several of the dishes were over salted. The server would dash by, with a "How you are enjoying," and dash off. At some point we just wanted it to be over. Avoid this place.

SS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered the tasting menu an 8 course meal for two and each dish was delicious and artistically presented! You will not leave hungry ! The staff was friendly and professional.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! Highly recommend.

SB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not busy at all for a Saturday night. Food came out very fast, I felt like we were being rushed even though there were only about 20 other people in the restaurant. I was here about a year ago and the quality of the food and service is not the same as my first experience - it’s worse.

OT
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere. We didn’t know what to get. So we got tapas our wonder server had recommended and let me just say how phenomenal it was. Presentation was beautiful and so so flavorful. It was our anniversary and they surprised us at the end and really made the experience so amazing (you will have to go and see for yourself). It was so special and they were so attentive. I would also highly recommend the Mercat gin and tonic!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great experience over all. Wait staff was not as attentive as they had been on previous visit - but didn’t neglect us either. Good & drinks always a A+.

RK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the 55 dollar tasting menu...the highlight being the fantastic paella. We had leftovers for breakfast as it was too much food...but everything was delicious and the mix they chose was perfect

DW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience - the room is amazing and the food is up to the challenge of living up to an awesome space. The service is attentive and helpful. All-around hit.

MP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Nice decor and ambience- sadly our waiter had no clue and certainly no knowledge of Spanish food or wine. Brought us the wrong starter.

The Paella rice was over cooked and the cook had not removed the antennae of the giant shrimp so every mouthful you had to remove pieces from your mouth - so average

LA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious! Freshly prepared and delivered in a timely fashion. Will most definitely become our new favorite Spanish/Tapas restaurant. Cannot wait to return....

GO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here about 10 times over the past 5 years. The food is always fantastic and always changing. The service and the sangria have been consistently top notch. Highly recommend this place, though it is a bit pricey.

CW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our food was prepared to order, arrived piping hot and was delicious. Those returning from the brunch buffet appeared to also be enjoying their food.

F
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for authentic tapas and other Spanish dishes. Pricy compared to Cafe Iberico, but location has a lot to do with that. Super cocktails. Friendly and attentive servers.

M
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good tapas in a great setting. We were happy to get reservations on short notice. Super cool hotel attached. Food and beverage are very pricey - but that's true of any major metropolitan area. We asked our server for recommendations and also asked about portion size. Tapas can be very generous or downright skimpy. Our server did a good job leading us in the right direction. Paella was yummy. I've been 2x and would go again. This time brought our 15yr old and 8yr old who are well behaved adventurous eaters. We all went home satisfied.

ZF
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

When they say small plates they definitely mean small plates but was super delicious!

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great except for the drinks. We sat at the bar and we both ordered dirty martinis. I ordered mine slightly dirty and no vermouth. What I got could have been mistaken for a glass of water. They must water down the spirits here, will have cocktails elsewhere before we dine here again. Very sad.

TI
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I expected more from the chef. Everything needed a little more salt, and there was no flavor explosion. Very disappointed.

DV
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A place with perfect food, good vibes and nice location! Recommendable!

k
Toledo
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice Spanish tapas restaurant. Cocktails were original and quite good. The tapas that our party shared were all very unique and delicious. One suggestion would be for a more expansive tapas menu.

P
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great location. If you like Tapas, its a must try. All dishes were prepared well and met or exceeded our expectations. Paella was excellent! I would skip dessert, was not their specialty.

MW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Worst tasting chorizo I have ever had. Serving breakfast brunch on tapas plates is just plain silly.

p
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I’m not a big fan of the brunch menu. I love this restaurant for dinner and I wish there were more dinner items on the brunch menu.

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