Mercat a La Planxa
Came here with my dad for Father's Day brunch. The menu was pretty standard as far as brunch goes. We each got a bloody mary. I found mine to be a bit salty, but it got better the more the ice melted. My dad ordered the burger, we shared the pancakes and I got eggs sunny side up with wheat toast, potatoes and sausage. Everything tasted just fine, although I would not say that this was any better than any other brunch place. I felt it was expensive for what it was and prefer to have happy hour or dinner here as the Spanish food is divine.
Booked on Open Table and told them it was our 40th wedding anniversary. We arrived on time, was seated quickly at a great window table. Service was spot on, wine was very good and food was excellent. One of the items ordered was I believe a pork dish that had some bleu cheese “puffs” with it and I even ate those (and I usually hate bleu cheese anything). All really good and go back in a heartbeat. Kudos to the staff and chef!
Beautiful dining room; tables not too crowded; great food and wine.
An amazing dining experience from beginning to end! Authentic, fresh food that is seasoned to perfection. We shared around eight tapas & the vegetable paella. All were exceptional, seasoned to perfection. Sangria was refreshing. Service was impeccable with a very attentive & knowledgable. We will from now on always make a point to dine here every time we are in town!
Celebrating a mother daughter weekend and wanted Spanish food. Didn’t want the hustle and bustle of Cafe Ba Ba Reba so tried something new. Food was terrific, drinks were amazing (recommend the Mercat gin and tonic) and Jerry, our server, did a great job! I’d go back!
Food was very good, but a bit too salty, especially the paella.
This location was very close to Hilton Hotel on S. Michigan. It has an upscale feel and the food was good.
It was very confusing how to get to the front entrance. We entered through the street and walked into a bar area. There was no clear signs that we had to go upstairs. We made it upstairs and it dropped us off in the corner of the restaurant floor so we had to walk thru tables to get to the front. And then we had to wait to be seated.
Wonderful meal in a beautiful space. The service was excellent and we had a great time.
Celebrated a birthday here and it was an absolute great experience. The staff were super friendly and helpful in figuring out what to order. They really made me feel special. Would 100% recommend a visit.
Agree with several comments that everything was over salted and I generally am heavy with the shaker. Pimientos de padron were undercooked. Should be blistered and falling off the stem. Garlic shrimp okay flavor but tough. Cod croquettes served cold and were tasteless. Marinated olives were a generous portion but not good flavor. Tortilla was bland. Had a rocking table. Decor seemed tired. Other than pleasant and efficient service it was an overall disappointing dinner experience.
The food was quite exceptional. The blue fin tuna flatbread was amazing. The only item that disappointed, oddly enough, was the paella. Our waiter was nice, efficient and knowledgeable. The tables seemed a little too close together and, as a result, the noise level was higher than it might have been. We will definitely go back to get some more of the tuna.
Large menu provides an opportunity to try a lot of traditional tapas. The food on our visit was good, but nothing stood out. The upstairs dining room is large and loud, even with not that large a crowd. The service was poor-- we had to wait awhile to put in our orders, the food took a really long time even for tapas (5 items over 90 minutes), and we had to flag our server down to get the check after a long wait.
This was the worst dining experience I’ve had in Chicago. With a reservation, we wouldn’t be sat down at our table for another 30 min. We ended up sitting at the bar to order drinks. We waited another 30 min and ended up ordering food because of the wait. The food did not even come out. From beginning to end, the experience and service was terrible. The manager and staff apologized, but acted as if this behavior was typical of this restaurant. We will not be returning.
Great food!! Problems at the beginning with service since we had a reservation but had to wait to be located, but the initial impression improved with the fantastic food we had.
Food is good but the staff needs training. Requested a specific table and were told it was reserved just be seated 30 minutes later and the “reserved”table that we were denied remained empty.
Greating food in a busy bustling large open format restaurant. The waiter was inattentive due to the large amount of customers that he served.
Best Spanish cuisine in U.S. Iberico secreto extraordinary.
What a great place the food was fresh interesting and very tasty the service was gracious the room in the atmosphere beautiful we had a perfect experience thank you
First and foremost, the food was excellent as was the service.
The reason I maked the value down is because I don't think it was the price. We had the tasting menu and it was 55.00 per person. There were certain items that there definitely could have been more of, like the croquettes and the bacon wrapped dates. All in all, it was a good experience, but just be prepared for smaller portions that aren't really worth their asking price.
The room was empty. No visible host or location to check in. Stood in front of staff (who were congregated together) and looked visibly confused. No one approached. Approached staff and the room was EMPTY. They couldn’t decide where to seat me. At the table it was awkward with the host/server. We ordered. Food came out. Good flavors except the sausage disc which looked and tasted like it had spoiled. No “check backs”. Food runner was very nice, but again, that sausage dish was terrible. Bill came and was at least double what we felt it should be. I think others felt that, too, because it was empty. Never going back. Save your money and go somewhere else.
Just flat out bad food! Call it what you want but Spanish
Wow! Amazing Spanish restaurant - that cannelloni will be something we talk about for years. But every plate was delicious. We also got the special treat of a 10 year old (that’s right, 10!) Shaya Verdejo that was among the best we’ve ever had. If you want a great Spanish cuisine experience in Chicago, don’t miss this place!
The chef’s tasting menu was delicious and filling.
Great paella — specialty cocktails! This is my 3rd visit in as many months. Check it out if your around the south loop!
Lots of choices on the menu. Great recommendations from our server. Branzino was excellent. We should have followed our server's suggestion and gotten the pork more medium well done.
The food quality is excellent, wine selection pretty good and service is correct. This is a good place to enjoy food, but very noisy for couples. I highly recommend it.
Very enjoyable! Great menu selections, presentations, superb service and friendly atmosphere.
My sister and I took my mom here for her birthday. We’ve both lived in Spain and the tapas we ordered were pretty authentic. We decided to just do tapas instead of also ordering paella but it looked good on other tables. My favorite was the tortilla española although it was strange that it was served hot. The calamares were good too but the only dish that looked more American than Spanish. The sangria tinto was delicious. We’d definitely go back on another trip to Chicago.
Service was great. Each dish was special in some way. Server was knowledgeable of the wine list and made good recommendations.
Menu is great, and some items are more amazing than others. Great: desserts, bacon-wrapped dates, lamb chops (but so pricey!), branzino (good deal, but a bit over-vinegared). Good: various croquettes (mushroom, cod), paella (mariscos paella didn't have much flavor), drinks.
My friend and I were on our way to a concert. We were seated and declined to order drinks. Our waiter disappeared until I spoke to the host about our time-frame. We friend and I ordered the same entree, the grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers and onions on flat bread. The restaurant specializes in tapas dishes. This item was served cold (!?). That was a shock. The flatbread was hard to detect as it was so thin, and was completely soaked through. It was not appropriate to support the heaviness of the vegetables. The table next to us had the paella. It looked and smelled delicious. Both diners raved about the dish. I'll go back to try that entree!
The host did a wonderful job getting our checks to us so we could get to our performance on time.
Came here for Mother’s Day. DELICIOUS FOOD but a little overpriced. I would come here MUCH more if it wasn’t so expensive. We got tapas and split the vegan paella. Incredible
Overall the five of us were pretty luke-warm on the experience for brunch. The menu was limited (which is OK) but I was a bit put-off when the waiter informed me that the restaurant did not have the smoked salmon which was a featured part of the dish I had ordered (TRUITA DE SAMO). He offered sushi grade tuna, but that didn't seem to fit, so I suggested bacon (hoping at least the smokiness would work). The four other people at the table then immediately were served while I had to wait another few minutes for my dish to arrive. Nothing worse than being that one guy at the table who doesn't have a dish, while the others awkwardly stare at their plates not sure what to do. I encouraged them to go ahead and not soon after my plate arrived.
How disappointing. It was obvious that the egg/potato "pancake" had been already made when the chef discovered there was no salmon. There was a smattering of bacon crumbled over the egg with the capers sprinkled about, but no hint at all of the roasted tomato cream cheese which is called out on the menu. Perhaps the chef decided to leave that off since the salmon was missing? If so, it was a bad call - the dish was rather dry and bland.
I opted to not make a scene as everyone else seemed to be enjoying their dishes and I didn't want to potentially make an already awkward brunch even more so.
Not on their game. Service was poor, food was not prepared to order. Never received Mother’s Day wine my daughter pre-ordered with the manager.
Wonderful food, atmosphere, and service. Everything is prepared with attention to flavor, texture, and composition. Mercat provides a memorable dining experience.
Nearly every dish was overly salted. Service was indifferent to poor. Meal was timed poorly, first three dishes came out - 25 minute wait - another dish, 15 minutes more - the final asparagus dish. No one available to take dessert order, so we flagged another server to pay and left. Was much better when I was there a few years ago. Maybe it was an off night.
Most of the food was quite excellent. Their Romesco sauce is unbelievable. Two Dishes were extremely salty and they ran out of the sea bass I had come for. We also had an 815 reservation but weren’t seated until well after 9. Our server was excellent though. Nice but disorganized. Great building and cocktail bar. We were at it for a long time.
Years ago, I dined at Mercat 3 times and enjoyed it immensely. This time, years later we found the overall experience lacking. The food was not up to par, it was fine, but not special. Our order was mixed up a bit and we received a few plates that we didn’t order.
Having said that, our server and everyone who served our table were kind, responsive, helpful.
The overall experience felt like the servers were very busy, and perhaps the kitchen was very busy as well and didn’t have the time to fully focus on getting everything right.
I’m sure I will return again one day, and hope it is more like the delicious, special place that it was in the past.
Absolutely fantastic food and service. Highly recommended.