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Mercat a La Planxa

4.4
4.4
4644 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
Mercat offers an authentic dining experience that combines fresh meats and produces with the energetic spirit of a Barcelona market.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
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Private dining

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 7:30 am–1:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 765-0524

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Gee Cuyugan

  • Catering

    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!<br /><br />Please contact our Sales & Marketing Manager at (312) 542-3454 or kai.wilson@sagehospitalitygroup.com for more information

  • Private party facilities

    La Veranda, our private dining space overlooking the main dining room of Mercat, can seat 30 guests. We also offer Private Dining in the Barcelona Room, which seats 66 guests. Our spaces allow for receptions of up to 130 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Kai Wilson: (312) 765-0524

  • Neighborhood

    South Loop

  • Cross street

    Balbo - Entrance to the hotel is through The Blackstone Hotel lobby

  • Parking details

    Valet available in the front of the Blackstone Hotel located on Balbo

  • Public transit

    Nearest Red-line Stop is Harrison, head east on Balbo, restaurant is on the corner of Balbo & Michigan.<br />Bus lines are the #3, #127, #129 all three stop at the entrance of Mercat a la Planxa.<br />

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. JenB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious cocktails and yummy food. Especially loved the pork dish and asparagus. Service was wonderful.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on March 15, 2023Thank you for the amazing review! we can't wait to have you back!

  2. claudial

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pre-theater brunch. The restaurant might consider advertising as several people, or not sure if it was still open. They might also consider leaving brunch open until 2 PM for those of us going to a matinee show .

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on March 16, 2023Thank you for the great review and your feedback!

  3. Mdonnelly

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Second time dining here, and it did not disappoint. Excellent drinks, generous portions of amazing s foods on the chef’s tasting menu, and an all-around fantastic experience.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on March 15, 2023So glad you came back to see us! We hope to see you back again.

  4. Reedjr

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and very nice ambiance! Prices a bit high for the small portions, but overall a winner on our list. Hope to dine there again!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on March 15, 2023Thank you for the great review, we hope to see you back soon!

  5. Kelly

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    This was a very special occasion for my son and myself, and it was ruined by the experience we had here. Our Service was extremely rushed. My son was on crutches and The staff was not particularly accommodating of his need for extra legroom. We did traditional menu chef’s tasting. It was a ripoff. The cocktails were skimpy and overpriced. They charged us $6.00 for and order of bread. Bread used to come with water. We ordered wine and they didn’t give us any options or offer to bring a wine menu, tell us the price or type of wine— just brought 9 ounces and charged $27.00. The menu was far more limited than in the past. Some old favorites were gone and everything was very overpriced. We lived many years in Spain. We know the food and what tapas are. Such a shame since there are so few Spanish restaurants in Chicago. I used to love this place. Now it’s simply unaffordable for mediocre and unabundant food. Will not recommend or return. Almost brought up the wine issue but didn’t want to make a bad experience worse.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on March 15, 2023I am so disappointed to read this review and will follow-up with my team. I will also send you a private note as well.

  6. LThomas

    Chicago

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Dined before a theater performance. This is our regular dining spot prior to shows at the auditorium theater. Walking distance to venue. Good food and drinks. Service was very good. Attentive and got us out in time. Although the menu change much, there’s enough variety to choose from. Shrimp in garlic sauce a very good classic. Spanish tortilla, kale salad and salmon very good. Chicken ok. Dessert is a short list and not as enticing for us. Enjoyable evening.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on March 15, 2023Thank you for dining with us and the great review. we love to take care of our pre-theater guests.

  7. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Our waiter was awful. He never checked on us once the food was served. The pork was raw and no one attempted to see how things were going throughout the meal. We paid $400+ for 3 people to eat and it was mediocre at best. The octopus was so chewy you couldn’t eat it. The wine was the best part.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on March 15, 2023Thank you for dining with us and I apologize about the service. I am hoping that you can send me more information regarding your meal and server so we can properly review with our team. Once again, my apologies.

  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our breakfast was excellent and the service was friendly and on the ball. Highly recommend!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on March 6, 2023Thank you for coming for breakfast! Hope to see you again!

  9. ExplorationsInDining

    Detroit

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mercat is a great place for tapas! The variety, portion sizes and service are consistently good. They also have an extensive selection of Spanish wines.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on February 28, 2023Thank you for the amazing review!

  10. AHipp1965

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food was very good and the service was good. We were fine with six dishes for four people. If we had ordered the three plates per person our server recommended, it would have been too much food and very expensive. It’s a nice space and overall a good experience.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on February 28, 2023Thank you for dining with us, we hope to see back again soon.

  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    The host and server was great! I had a reservation and was promptly seated on time. My server recommended the prosciutto which was excellent! Overall ambiance was good. I’ve been looking for a good paella here in Chicago and San Francisco Bay Area. Hence I wanted to give a try at Mercat. The initial impression of the dish was good but as soon as I scooped the rice out, I knew it was wrong. Too moist and had the texture of porridge. Mushy. My search continues for the elusive good paella. I’d would considering coming again to try other foods because of the server and the ambience. But I definitely won’t be ordering paella again.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on February 19, 2023Thank you for dining with us and your paella feedback. We will address this with our team immediately. Thank you for the kind words for our host and server. We do hope you come back in and we can get you a great paella.

  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for a date night drinks really good and the food is always fantastic. Also the servers are very polite. Definitely will return.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on February 19, 2023Thank you so much! See you soon!

  13. urbano

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tasting menu was a great introduction to the restaurant. Attentive service in a gorgeous space.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on March 4, 2023Thank you so much for the great review!

  14. TomPap

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and came at perfect times. Staff was on top of everything. A great experience

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on February 15, 2023Thank you so much! We love to hear this!

  15. OpenTable Diner

    South Dakota

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was good but cheesecake was dry. Overall a nice experience at a new restaurant for us.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on February 13, 2023Thank you for letting me know about the cheesecake, we will have Chef look into this.

  16. Slhow

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    It was Valentine's Day special tasting menu. Food was very good, portion size were large, almost too much food. Value was very good. The problem was they were not prepared for the number of costumers and were understaffed. So service was spotty and slow. Also our server did not seem to feel well I really wish he would have put on a mask. The place was very crowded that evening.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on February 14, 2023Thank you for joining us and we are glad you enjoyed. Unfortunately we had a few of our team calling off which put us behind. We apologize for any service hiccups.

  17. yums

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a reservation for when Mercat opens, got there early & had a great drink at the bar. And right at 5pm on a Saturday, a line was already forming. ( packed by 6pm ) Comfortable chairs, and our table had a nice view of the park. The service was impeccable. The menu overwhelmed…part of the fun. We loved almost everything we had. ( & the purpose of tapas is try new things. Ya win some/ lose some. Prices are dear, but a good value for a special occasion. We just enjoyed the whole experience. And who doesn’t love being inside the historic Blackstone? Gorgeous.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on February 13, 2023Wow! Thank you for the great review!

  18. Vicc

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    overall1food4service2ambience1
    I wouldnt recommend it over a week-end. it was super empty

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on February 7, 2023Unfortunately it was a quiet weekend here in Chicago, my apologies if that detracted from your dining experience. We hope you come back on a busier weekend!

  19. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was stellar! Order the sangria and the Chef’s Tasting menu with added paella. Delicious!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on February 1, 2023Thank you so much for the great review!

  20. Jgmoran

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    A beautiful room and a delight to share the various tapas with friends.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on January 30, 2023Thank you for the awesome review!

  21. Jen247

    Chicago

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious tapa bites, wonderful wine and cocktail selection and fast, friendly and capable servers. Also LOVE the room.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you so much for the amazing review!!

  22. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable ambiance. The food was delectable with great flavors in each plate. Highly recommend the paella. We will happily return with friends!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you for the great review, we look forward to seeing you again!

  23. LucyM

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We came back to Mercat a la Planxa after a great New Years Eve dinner a few years ago and we were a bit disappointed with our experience this time. We were charged for water without being consulted on what type we would like or even notified about the charge. They forgot one of our dishes but gave us free dessert to make up for it which was appreciated. The waiter also thoughtfully checked with us ahead of time to see if we were on a schedule which we were because we were seeing a show which was also appreciated.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on January 16, 2023Thank you for your feedback, I am not sure what happened with the water as that is not typical, I will follow up with my team. Thank you for dining with us!

  24. JohnB

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. We felt like we were in Madrid. Very authentic tapas. Good sized portions too. We appreciated the tasting menu as we got to try a number of different tapas.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on January 16, 2023Thank you so much for the awesome review!

  25. AndreaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Food was very subpar. The tasting menu was not worth the money.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on January 16, 2023My apologies for not meeting your expectations, we hope you do return and give us another try.

  26. AidaC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Date night

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you for the great review!

  27. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Quiet in midweek - which we were happy about- and outstanding service. The food was overall good but I thought the octopus was a little over cooked and the bread was all crust. Pricey, but not outrageous.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on January 16, 2023Thank you for dining with us and thank you for the feedback!

  28. Biff

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a birthday dinner and the service, food and ambiance were all really outstanding.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on January 8, 2023Thank you for celebrating with us! Happy Birthday!

  29. BBKB

    Omaha

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Beautiful room. Standard tapas serving style…all the food was delicious. Service was a little out of order. We would have ordered a cocktail first if we’d been asked. We eventually got one after having been served our first dish. There was a pause before our paella was served. We would have ordered a glass of wine if we’d been asked. Don’t get me wrong…we’d go back. The food was good and the room is terrific.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on January 8, 2023Thank you for the great review and feedback!

  30. Ross

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Attentive service, limited menu but good choices, well-prepared food, comfortable seating and pleasant ambiance. The complimentary cheesecake with fresh blueberry sauce for our birthday celebrant was a very nice touch. A most enjoyable evening.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you for the wonderful review! Thank you for celebrating the birthday with us!

  31. RobinS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I've eaten here a few times in the past as it is a solid choice if you are going to Buddy Guy's Legends or the Symphony even. The food is delicious, in particular our crew really enjoyed the Iberico Sopretto and the mussels (which were very tender). The cocktail list is also very interesting and several of our group really enjoyed the Granpa's Flask.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on January 7, 2023Thank you for the great review!

  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food4service2ambience2
    Greatly disappointing. On New Years Eve they served us one cocktail - after half our food arrived - then said the bar was closed. Our reservation was at 9:15pm and we were rushed out before 10pm. Expensive and a complete let down.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on January 2, 2023My apologies, on this situation. I will look into this right away. I sent you a private note as well.

  33. PeriG

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the chef’s tasting. Our server was very knowledgeable and accommodating.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on December 27, 2022Thank you for the great review!

  34. Shelly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most delicious, well flavored and balanced tapas I’ve ever had! Service was excellent. We had a great experience with the chef’s tasting menu. Would come back again!

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on December 29, 2022Love this review! Thank you so much, we hope to see you back!

  35. jack

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Went on Christmas Day... Had the chef's tasting menu and with the exception of one out of what had to be at least 10 courses, all of them tasted like they had been sitting uncovered in the fridge for the last day or so... regardless, the food in general was bland or too sweet (I so wished I brought a salt shaker)... and, despite being the first to be seated and first to order drinks after the 2pm opening, we were the last to be served from the bar (although we did have at least 3 food coursed delivered)...

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on December 27, 2022Thank you for dining with us and your feedback. We will review with our team. We hope you will return and give us another shot.

  36. michaelD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Server was polite and took care of us well. Will be returning.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on December 27, 2022Thank you for the great review! We can't wait to see you back!

  37. EricK

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    It was good but not great. Limited menu

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on December 26, 2022Thank you for dining with us!

  38. RuthL

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food was good, but pretty pricey.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on December 19, 2022Thank you for dining with us!

  39. Eugene

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Had the chef special for two with interesting variety. The plates were just enough and services was excellent. Good value for money and will be back to try other dishes soon.

    Mercat a La PlanxaResponded on December 19, 2022Thank you for the great review!

  40. EmmaG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious! Service was friendly and fast.

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Mercat a La Planxa is rated 4.4 stars by 4644 OpenTable diners.

Mercat a La Planxa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Mercat a La Planxa

638 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Balbo - Entrance to the hotel is through The Blackstone Hotel lobby

  • Neighborhood

    South Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 7:30 am–1:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet available in the front of the Blackstone Hotel located on Balbo

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gee Cuyugan

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 765-0524

  • Catering

    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!<br /><br />Please contact our Sales & Marketing Manager at (312) 542-3454 or kai.wilson@sagehospitalitygroup.com for more information

  • Private party facilities

    La Veranda, our private dining space overlooking the main dining room of Mercat, can seat 30 guests. We also offer Private Dining in the Barcelona Room, which seats 66 guests. Our spaces allow for receptions of up to 130 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Kai Wilson: (312) 765-0524

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