Mercato West is located in Calgary, Alberta and offers upscale Italian fare in an elegant setting for diners of all ages to enjoy. Guests who visit Mercato West are greeted with a menu of fare such as dry ribs, fried squid, cheese gnocchi, tomato pizza, ribeye steak burgers, veal spaghetti, chicken burgers, ground pork, assorted mushroom salad and chicken bruschetta.
Indulge in a sweet hand crafted dessert at Mercato West for a sweet end to your dining experience. Try the lemon curd cheesecake or tiramisu for the authentic flavors of Italy, or enjoy a chocolate cake or carrot cake for a classic taste.
Very disappointing evening. Server rushed us through our meal. Main course was brought to the table within minutes of getting our appetizer. Isn't the server supposed to properly coordinate timing of courses? Our table was too small for all the dishes, not to mention our main courses were cold by the time we got to them. Presentation was poor, pasta came in Corning ware type dishes. Not a fan of the decor/ambience......nothing like the amazing experience at Mercato in Mission...
Mercato West provided another great evening for our party of 4. Food was delicious and delivered to us at a perfect pace.
All dishes were spot on. Was worried as so many reviews said dishes were salty; not the case. Had aranchini, penne, Bistecca w/ asparagus. Can't fault one dish nor our server. Favourite was the penne though. The tomatoes exploded with deliciousness, honestly, and whole dish was infused with the flavour of the sausage. Anyways, highly recommend. As night progressed the spot became more and more busy. Noise was not an issue. We've eaten at the downtown location and this surpassed them; also they offer full bar here which makes a difference for our family.
The main reason for choosing Mercato-West was the convenient location. I did read through alot of the reviews and picked up on the common themes: good food, not great service; noisy; salty food. Our experience mirrored most of the common themes. Although I must say we had very good service, from the hostesses at the door to our server to those who brought food. One gentlemen was difficult to understand (soft-spoken with an accent and noisy atmosphere!). The noise didn't bother us beyond that. I find it allows for our own conversation to be "hidden" in the rest of the noise. For us, the main reason we will not be in a hurry to go back was the price of not fabulous food. The octopus starter (as mentioned in other reviews) was amazing, but the rest was just too salty. We did mention this at the end to our server (who was also the manager) and she said that next time we could ask for it to be made with "low salt". OK, good to know, but if most of your reviewers complain about the salt, maybe it should always be low salt! It's much easier to add salt to your own taste than take it away. We only had 3 of 4 courses (skipped the pasta) and each had drinks and our bill was over $100 (no coffee or dessert). For us, in this economy, this is too much for food that just isn't "to die for".
We have been going to Mercato for many years and went there for our anniversary dinner. Everything was excellent and exactly what we expected.
Sometimes I feel service at mercato hit and miss and it's at both locations. Though I find the service at mercato west substantially better than mission. But today we had an amazing waitress!! I can't describe it but she was tentative but not overly and gave great suggestions. The food was amazing. I don't like my food too salty but my partner does and they have salt on the side but not that really coarse sea salt where you just get chunks of salt- just nice salt! We had the char, with cauliflower and risotto. All were amazing! Then pavlova.
There were four adults for dinner, and this was not our first time at Mercato. We have been here many times and the food is always good. This time though, the prices seemed outrageous especially everyone's favorite capreses salad. It is now $29 for a simple tomato salad that only feeds 2 people. It used to be $17 which is a bit more reasonable for what it is in my opinion. Our server was ok, but we felt rushed to order to the point where I had to ask that our dinner not be brought out for at least a 1/2 hour after our salad, which delivered almost immediately after we ordered it. Not sure we will go back.
The steak is the best dish I've ever had. It is juicy and tender. It literally melts in mouth. Excellent cut and cooking.
This was the second time going to Mercato, first time to the west location, we enjoyed everything about it. The atmosphere was great, the food was incredible and we loved the family style dining. It gives you the opportunity to try every dish and not just what you ordered.
A fantastic place to go with a few friends.
We always enjoy the food and service. Highly recommend.