Mercadito - River North

4.6
4321 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
We are the city’s top Mexican restaurant for authentic cuisine, specialty tequila and mezcal cocktails, located in the heart of River North. Our culinary team led by world-renowned Chef Patricio Sandoval features popular Mexican dishes, including our signature tacos, as well as fresh salsa and guacamole, ceviche, elote, mexicano, our killer Lobster Mac and Cheese and more.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;

Brunch:
Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner:
Sunday - Tuesday: 3:00pm - 12:00am
Wednesday - 3:00pm - 12:00am
Thursday: 3:00pm - 1:00am
Friday: 3:00pm- 2:00am
Saturday: 3:00pm - 3:00am
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Phone number
(312) 329-9555
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Patricio Sandoval
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Private party facilities
Plan your next birthday, office party, or event at Mercadito. For parties of seven or more we offer a range of tasting menus and open bar options to fit any budget and palate. We are happy to help you plan a memorable event that will exceed your expectations.
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Private party contact
Rachel Florez: (312) 329-9555
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Catering
Mercadito Catering: website: mercaditocatering.com
Call: (312) 487-1607

Our team's knowledge is grounded in their experience as consumers and connoisseurs, and then improved through decades of restaurant and industry experience. We strive to create a remarkable and unique experience by perfectly detailing every aspect of your catering and event needs. It is important to us that every guest has an exceptional experience and is provided with extraordinary service.
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Cross street
Kinzie between N Clark and N La Salle
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Parking details
Valet parking daily
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Public transit
Merchandise Mart stops Purple and Brown Line and 156 Bus LaSalle.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Sun 9:00PM - 11:30PM
Mon - Thu 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 11:30PM
Fri 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:15PM
Sat 3:00PM - 5:15PM

What 4321 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Fun alternative to nearby Frontera Grill.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

When I came in they said my reservation was at 730pm. When I showed them on open table and showed them it said 815 they didn’t seem to be sorry for the inconvenience.

Later they said they will figure something out. I had to ask them three times what was going on. After waiting almost 2 hours to be seated. We got no sorry. No discount no free chips. Nothing. Very disappointed. Won’t be going again.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Energetic, fun place with great service for a group birthday dinner. I normally get the tacos but tried the Grilled Seafood and I have been wanting to go back again for it ever since. I had to have the spice on the side as many dishes on the menu are a bit too spicy for me. That made it perfect for me. Service was great and bartender did a great job making all our special drink requests.

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GR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never been disappointed. Always beyond satisfied with their food, drinks, and service.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

Open table allowed us to place reservation online however when we arrived we were initially treated very rudely and told we shouldn’t have been allowed to reserve because kitchen was about to close. Everything worked out in the end and we were able to eat but the experience was initially very uncomfortable and I was treated as if I did something wrong. And, btw, we were nearly 30 minutes EARLY for the reservation, so I cannot imagine what would’ve happened if we arrived at the time of the reservation. I think we probably would not have even been served.

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S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my parents here. My mom is a total foodie so the steaks were high and the food knocked her socks off. The pollo tacos are delicious, and my dad’s margarita was fabulous too! We went at 5:15, but s crowd really began to come in at around 7.

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LB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pricey!! But, I can't complain about the food or the service. Both were fantastic. And, the margaritas were out of this world good!

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MW
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food & drinks, a little expensive for what you get. Cocktails are $15.

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JC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for evenings but equally well suited for a business lunch. Superb high end Mexican cuisine.

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DM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant! Great food and great margaritas!

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B
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lot of energy/ fun space/cool space/great margaritas omg!

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

👎🏾 Only dine here if you want tacos spilled on you and subpar service.

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JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fabulous and atmosphere is energetic! Great guacamole!

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VB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Try the pork tacos, they're really good. The traditional guacamole is also well seasoned. The fish tacos didn't have a lot of taste.

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KL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great ambiance! Loved our server who was extremely attentive along with other staff. Drinks were stiff but delicious, and the tacos were so good! Would also go just for the chips and salsa and guacamole for a light dinner!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The waiter this time was extremely slow. Not sure why as this is not usually the case.

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P
Detroit
44 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner at Mercadito was spectacular! The margaritas are truly the best I've ever had. We were in town for a conference and I'd been there before, but invited my colleagues and they loved it. We shared a few plates, had the chips & guacamole and everything was outstanding. I can't wait to go back next time I'm in Chicago!

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EG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Salty!! Food and place was clean. Service was very good. Food was overly salty or simply lacked sufficient flavor. Wait staff was really great though

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CT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Louder than a crowded college bar
Guacamole so hot was inedible
18 $ including tip for house margarita way over the top. And it is in a small glass filled with ice
Very bad dining choice

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NN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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IT
Birmingham
61 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous tequila cocktails and street tacos. Some of the best I've ever had! Eat here you will not be disappointed.

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W
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food!

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LC
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

One of the top restaurants in the City. Great food and energy.

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GC
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy coming here when I'm in the city. Great food. Great Margaritas. Great time.

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L
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

food was great. took over thirty minutes to get sat after my reservation time. then once sat we not greeted till after 10-15 mins once sat.

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AO
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and drinks were ok but was too nosy could not hear my friend across the table, also tables are so close together you literally are sitting inches apart from others.

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AM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very busy place on a Saturday night. Pretty loud but surprisingly we could still hear each other.
Plenty of support staff and great teamwork- we never needed to ask for water or have used plates for long.
Drinks were great and I loved the different guacamole options.

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M
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding margaritas and tacos! Great atmosphere! But don't expect to have a conversation without yelling at the top of your lungs! We gave up trying to talk, ate our meal, and went elsewhere so we could actually hear each other.

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SF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

It was very good food but the service was not great. Water was spilled all over our table because they were not paying attention. It was also way to loud in there. We were yelling to each other

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G
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was good but not great for this price point. Service was excellent

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FG
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Sounded like a great choice for a New Mexican food. Very loud, dirty, and I have not seen so much dust in restaurant’s restroom, well, never. Food may have been average but after seeing all the dirt, broken towel dispensers (how does anyone washes and dries their hands, if you don’t want to use a blower)? What a disappointment for a Friday night dinner! Hope someone, that can make a change or cares enough to make one, will read this and improve on the cleanliness.

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s
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Very expensive mexican food for what you get. Skip the salsa, it's a joke! Tiny little portion for like $3.50. Not much but cant you just fill up a small bowl rather than an ashtray? Food is good, space is nice looking, service is great. I just feel like you can get good mexican food like this elsewhere for a lot less money.

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JF
Nashville
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of my Chicago favorites. The appetizer choices are varied and innovative. The tacos are really delicious and the fish tacos are excellent. Service is above average on less busy nights. Average on busy ones. Drinks are delicious. Not cheap but not bad. $60-75 a person with drinks.

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SK
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fun dinner celebrating finishing the Chicago Marathon

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J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Margaritas are outstanding as usual. Lobster tacos were also excellent

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MA
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It is very loud! You can’t carry a decent conversation. The food was good but I felt rushed. I will probably go back when I don’t have another option.

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AR
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I brought some out of town guests here for a 50th birthday celebration. We enjoyed our food, but the noise level made it impossible to have a normal conversation. The staff did, generously, help us celebrate the birthday was a candle topped dessert. However, the noise level will keep me from returning to this restaurant.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bachelorette

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OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Server was extremely rude and rushed us. Food was wonderful but spoiled the experience. My wine was taken away before I even finished it. Came in for marathon. Two thumbs down

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Buona cucina messicana servita in un locale di buon livello. Unico difetto è il troppo rumore dovuto al vociare.

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