The Mercato in Mission brings the gourmet Italian culture to Calgary. Guests can come in for lunch or head in for dinner and wine for a romantic evening or just to enjoy time with the family. Both the lunch and dinner options are served family style, which means there is plenty to share with others in the group.
Mercato in Mission serves an extensive antipasti menu that includes bruschetta, carpaccio, polpo and cozze. Diners can choose from the insalata options or go right to the entrées. Mercato in Mission main dishes include traditional favorites like gnocchi, tagliatelle and gigli. Make sure to try something new, like the pollo, spade or bistecca for interesting flavor combinations.
We were unable to get a reservation so we sat at the bar where you have the same menu options as the restaurant. The atmosphere was great.
The restaurant has been family owned for 40 years and all were there. Everything was great except for the service, it took 45 minutes to get two pasta dishes. Great place but one star for major service failure.
1st time was a lunch with a group of 4 and 2nd time was a dinner date with the gf. All the portions are huge and perfect for sharing (and for getting well fed) the steak is legendary (had it with the mushrooms and they are delicious!) and the appetizers are amazing! Worth every penny!
We love Mercato...when we can get in. Our youngest daughter identified Mercato in Mission as the place she wanted to dine for her 15th birthday. We wanted to ensure we got in, so we made a reservation. The meal did not disappoint.
The food was delicious. Fresh ingredients, timely service...the food came hot and tasty, but did not come to us fast or rushed. We took our time and ate a 4 course meal that was very memorable. And our waiter, Dino, from Dublin, Ireland was fantastic.
But don't try to get in without a reservation. This place has been there for years and is still busy ALL the time. A real gem.
The menu was difficult to understand. We are on a low-carb diet and we ended up ordering pasta thinking it was something else. The pasta dish was only average. We then ordered the rib steak, waiter told us to order it medium rare, it came blue, they then finished cooking it. It was too large for us to eat, There was a large rib that we had not touched. Plus it took so long we had to leave, so we asked to take it with us. They brought us someone else's leftovers not ours, so I just through it away. Chairs were uncomfortable, the tables so close you could hear the next table chew. Our waiter was not attentive, really a lousy and expensive experience.
First visit here for lunch. Deli always looks inviting! Found the food to be mediocre, overpriced for what you get. Much better options in Calgary these days.
I liked the atmosphere of this place. Clean, well decorated, with smart floor plan and many tables available for customers. We had a brunch and our server Lauren was very helpful and friendly to ensure we made a right choice when selecting and combining our dishes. Pasta was superb! Bistecca was incredibly juicy and scrumptious. And chicken liver as an appetizer met our expectations! We will be back again.
As usual an excellent meal which we enjoyed family style with shared courses .
I have traveler a great deal and enjoyed many a fine meal however I have never been served by someone like Brady. He made a special night with someone an epic experience that will never be forgotten.
Haha, I almost forgot the food was equally as amazing as the service, truly great dining experience.
Thank you so much for the evening!
Our family went there to celebrate my daughter's birthday. We quite liked where we sat - service was great, our server was very attentive. The lamb dish was really very good. We were in an out in an hour.
Definitely recommend making a reservation at the kitchen bar! Where you can watch chefs cook in an open kitchen.
The Caprese salad is amazing....not like any other caprese salad. Wish there was more table seating instead of bar seating though.
Took my parents to Mercato this week and everything was perfect. The server picked the right wine for my parents on their preference and recommended the rib steak to share with a couple sides. Was absolutely an amazing dish and we left very impressed.
The only feedback I have is that the tables should be upgraded - ours were wobbly which was a bit annoying.
I must learn to order the bistecca as a first course so I am not so full when it arrives! The bruscetta and caprese salad were excellent. Then we had a pasta course, both were good but neither exceptional. Finally the bistecca. At that point bistecca for 2 fed 4!
Another great evening!
We love Mercato. It never fails for food and the service is phenomenal. The servers go above and beyond and are extremely knowledgeable.
From the moment we arrived as newbies we felt comfortable and Laura our server was so helpful in explaining the amounts of food for each family style item on their diverse menu. Foccacia with olive oil and balsamic and a small bowl of two types of olives made for a great start. Mussells to die for and the best pasta and sauce we've have had in Calgary. What a delightful dining experience. Got a healthy appetite and enjoy good food? This is a can't miss!