Mercat a La Planxa

4.4
4361 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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.

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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Latin American
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Hours of operation
WEEKEND BRUNCH
Saturday 7am-3pm
Sunday 7am-3pm

DINNER
Sunday-Thursday 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday 5pm-11pm

DAILY LOUNGE MENU
Everyday from 4pm-6:30pm
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Phone number
(312) 765-0524
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Diego Amat
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Catering
Sage Restaurant Group has been successful in creating memories for clients by providing them with superior food & service. 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!

Please contact our Sales & Marketing Manager at (312) 542-3454 or bob.bracy@sagerestaurantgroup.com for more information
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Balbo
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Parking details
Valet Parking is available on Balbo located at the entrance of the Blackstone Hotel $16 per car.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

La Veranda, our private dining space that overlooks the main dining room of Mercat. Seats 30, reception-style can hold 60 guests.

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MA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Spanish restaurant in the U.S. The Secreto Iberico pork is one of the best meat dishes I have ever had.

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LL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Overall, the best things were the sangria and that staff. The food and is mediocre and often much greasier than we expected. The exceptions were the olives and the scallop dish - both delicious.

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JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best authentic Spanish tapas in Chicago. Almost like being in Barcelona! Try the bacon wrapped dates for sure!

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AV
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. Decor is a bit tired, but not distracting. The bar was dead when we arrived at 7pm on a Saturday, which was a bit unusual. It did pick up as the evening progressed. This place has amazing food, if you like Spanish Tapas. We will be back!!

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TL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visited Chicago April 2-6,2018. Decided to have dinner at Mercat a La Planxa with a friend on the last night of my trip. We had sangrias, mushrooms, albóndigas and crema catalana. I loved everything that night, the delicious food, the drinks, the service, the place... Would love to come back if I ever get the chance!

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RP
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been at Mercat a half dozen times and the food is usually excellent. This time the Polpo (octopus) was a bit rubbery and that was very disappointing. Everything else was very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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GM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the servers choice and were not disappointed! The food was varied, creative bountiful and really tasty. The service was beyond great- courteous, friendly, helpful and some generous additions on the house. We had such a great meal and a great time. I would recommend!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

In our attempts to avoid a noise and an over the top bill, we landed on Mercat to celebrate Easter. Wow! This place truly delivered not only on fulfilling our goals but also delighted us by the quality of the food. Our party included carnivores, vegetarians and vegans.....all of us where happily fulfilled by the brunch menu. If you want to check out an unexpected pleasure for brunch then I highly recommend Mercat a La Planxa.

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P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Some food very good, some salty, greasy.

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AA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a fantastic brunch. Service was phenomenal. Our group did not all come at once and our hostess was so patient. She made excellent recommendations and got the food to our table with a nice pace. It wasn't very busy when we were dinning, so we ended up staying for a while. The sangria kept us there even longer.

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H
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice experience.

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C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All of the tapas plates had amazing flavor! We even had sorbet at the end that was delightful. The only thing I would suggest is for them to make their tapas servings just a bit bigger especially, since each were a bit pricey.

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. Love the Chef's Tasting menu with wine pairings.

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KF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was surprised that the entrance from Michigan Ave was closed and was redirected through the hotel.

The area for happy hour was small and intimate as was the menu. The gin & tonic drink was a lovely way to start the evening. A few drinks and tapas and everyone had arrived.

We followed up tapas with paella and the Secreto ham. The Secreto was beyond our imagining good and a reason for future visits.

We did not have room for dessert, another reason to schedule a return visit.

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JS
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Mercat delivers with great food

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AJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tasting menu and left the choices in the hands of the chef. Everything was fantastic!

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NL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting tapas, lively atmosphere. Nice wauters

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A
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We have dined here 10+ times. It is nice to see a specialty restaurant survive in the South Loop. Unfortunately, the service was very slow and they brought several courses that were not ours. This was on a Friday night before several locals shows were playing in the area (ie, they should be better staffed for this). The food was quite good as was there interesting wine selection. I will give them another chance to fix their service. I hope they do because I do enjoy their food and vibe.

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TW
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Had the family out for dinner before a Performance. Arrived at 545pm for a 6pm table and seated promptly after a drink at the bar. Great Sangria, but $12 a glass. Informed the server of our schedule and how far we had to walk for the 8pm event. Timing was great but then a 35 Minute wait for the $68 paella was really poor. Had ordered it at 6pm so server could figure it out but got it at 7:40 pm and had to move fast. Also, it was remarkably small for the price and too salty. Spoke with the manager as we rushed out but he didn’t care. Too bad because this place has potential.

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BW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional, I love the new menu!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice, they gave complimentary dessert for my husband’s birthday!
The only thing that could have been better is the table we got. Would have preferred a better table location.

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C
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space with chandeliers and view of Grant Park. Delicious food. Accommodating to my food allergies. Friendly helpful service.

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MM
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I finally got a chance to try this place after hearing good things. We went for lunch on a Saturday before a matinee performance. Service was friendly and prompt. Food was very good, but not unique or exceptional (at least what I had). Sangria was great! Would definitely return for a friends get together.

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RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Server was terrible. yelled at us for our order. Food took forever to come. We actually left before we received some of our entrees . Terrible experience. Ruined our night.

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AR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We were attending a show at the nearby DePaul theatre, so that's why we chose it. The service was terrific, our waitress was very attentive and very funny, she was awesome! The food on the whole was very good. We ordered a bunch of tapas, drinks, and a paella to share. The rose sangria was delicious! The tapas were perhaps a little slim on the serving size (4 bacon wrapped dates for $10? -- that's like $1 in food costs...) but all very good. However, the vegetarian paella was unedible. It was so salty we could barely eat it. We didn't return it or say anything because we were getting late for our theatre tickets, but I definitely wouldn't orderit again. I brought about 2/3 of it home and added about 4 cups of brown rice, and then it was ok. If we'd had the time I would have returned it. I was disappointed that a spanish restaurant didn't deliver on the one thing they should excel at. This is a gorgeous room, the service was great, and I would definitely come back and stick to the tapas, sangria and maybe a dessert!

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VQ
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great time at Mercat. Only our 2nd time, we enjoyed a lot of tapas dishes and loved all of them. The croquets were our favorite and they went well with an exceptional garnacha we drank all night!

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PK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there on a weeknight with my wife, and we absolutely loved it!
Great drink menu, and a great selection of very creative dishes.
Highly recommend, and we will definitely go back again soon!

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D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal overall. It’s an attractive dining room with subdued lighting. Service was excellent and the food was delicious. The paella easily fed three especially after several tapas. It’s pricey, but worth the splurge.

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CM
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great place to meet up with friends and hang out instead of committing to a large meal

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TB
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing and every body at this wonderful place are, well, WONDERFUL. I particularly like to go before or after an equally wonderful event at Orchestra Hall -- just a brief and pleasant walk south of that venue. By all means, GO!!

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T
Cologne Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice Tapas options with a good amount of vegetarian selections. Unfortunately, the most interesting Tapas were out, although we visited on a Sunday afternoon with maybe 4-5 other tables being occupied. The service was very attentive, and they knew how to handle the 3 yr old kid in our part very well. Expect steep price tags!

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NH
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Fun spot for brunch, friendly service and good portions!

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8
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Not a good experience. Went for brunch and ordered tapas. The tapas menu at brunch is more limited than the dinner menu. Still, the restaurant manage to run out of two of the options we were interested in. As for the tapas we did order, several items were overcooked; one was bland, and another too salty. On top of which, the tapas were way overpriced for the amount of food served. Would not go back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and ambiance

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BW
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal and service. Ambiance a little industrial, but quite enough to have an intimate conversation. Best Spanish food I've had in Chicago.

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R
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all the way around. Perfect place for dinner before the show. Staff keeps you on time.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had Saturday night dinner pre ballet. it is a short walk to the theater and the views of Grant Park were quite nice. We asked for a window seat and had the most lovely view of falling snow in the park. We began with a glass of Cava followed by a very good bottle of Tempranillo. Starters were the tomato bread, olives, and bacon wrapped dates. All were excellent ! We really enjoyed the tuna flatbread and a wonderful chocolate dessert. We love Sam the waiter as he is extremely attentive and kept an eye on the time for us. Would definitely recommend !

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L
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great waiter. Best Spanish style tapas in the city

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