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Mercato

102 North Market St, City Market, Charleston, SC 29401 (Downtown)
+1 843-722-6393
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Ranked #47 of 715 restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Meeting
Transit: Charleston City Marina Transit, the Downtown Trolley, and the Charleston Harbor Resort Trolley all drop off in front of restaurant.
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English first
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I just discovered via Charleston's newspaper "Post & Courier" that Mercato had closed it doors in January 2014. However, they just reviewed the new French bistro that opened in it's place called Brasserie Gigi. It opened on April 1, 2014 to very good reviews, and I can't wait to check it out!

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Silver Spring, Maryland
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Highly recommended by a coworker and was disappointed it had closed but when I tried the website it come up with a completely different restaurant.

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Arlington, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had great service and a fun dinner at Mercato. I wasn't sure about having Italian food in Charleston, but the food was really well prepared. They also had a superb wine list. We split some appetizers, including a pizza and some calamari and then I had the gnocci for my entree. I loved Mercato and would definitely go there... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We had reservations during Restaurant Week, and the restaurant closed indefinately, January 5th 2014?

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Kingston, Canada
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Stopped in on a busy Sunday night and were pleasantly surprised to get a nice table for two. Overall service was prompt, courteous and efficient. The atmosphere with music and lighting made for easy dinner conversation. Food was good but pricey. The only negative observation is that the brown paper table covering over the linen tablecloth was somewhat tacky.

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Dallas, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

My husband and I are both Italian. My father was from Italy and my husbands both sets of grandparents were from Italy so we know good gravy (sauce). All I can say is their red sauce is not good. We sat at the bar and had ziti. The bartender was good, I liked the specialty drink "The Italian Job" I... More

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MercatoCharleston, Guest Relations Manager at Mercato, responded to this review

Dear Patty B, Thank you visiting Mercato and taking the time to share your experience via TripAdvisor. We appreciate your candor regarding both the areas in which we fulfilled your expectations and opportunities for improvement. All the best to you in 2014! More

Woodstock, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Being Italian from New Jersey, I wasn't expecting great Italian in Charleston. We went to Mercato and we're surprised just how good it was. Chicken Parm was tender and full of flavor, pasta was cooked just right. Swordfish was excellent. All in all a great restaurant.

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MercatoCharleston, Guest Relations Manager at Mercato, responded to this review

Dear CL D, Thank you for both dining with us and taking the time to share your experience via TripAdvisor. We appreciate your positive feedback and are happy to know we exceeded your expectations! We look forward to serving you again on a future visit to Charleston. All the best to you in 2014! More

Northeast
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We did Christmas Eve dinner there, with six of us and we had a variety of dishes. Overall, we give it an "average" for the food. The whole yellow tail fish special at $36 was overpriced and nothing special, so we wouldn't have it again. Scallops, spaghetti and meatballs, scampi, pretty much the same comment. The service was very good,... More

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MercatoCharleston, Guest Relations Manager at Mercato, responded to this review

Dear JimBob Traveler, Thank you for both dining with us on Christmas Eve and taking the time to share your experience via TripAdvisor. We appreciate your candor regarding opportunities for improvement. We hope to have the chance to serve you again on a future visit to Charleston. All the best to you in 2014! More

Lake City, South Carolina, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We had their New Years menu, so not the day to day, but the food and service were top notch. They gave me an extra large drink after my wine "sat for a few minutes at the bar" before they brought it out. I hadn't even noticed the delay. Happily recommend it.

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MercatoCharleston, Guest Relations Manager at Mercato, responded to this review

Dear Patrick R, Thank you for both dining with us on New Year's Eve and taking the time to share your experience via TripAdvisor. We look forward to serving you again on a future visit to Charleston. All the best to you in 2014! More

Annapolis, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I LOVED Mercato. First off, we almost didn't make it because we fell into a food coma after lunch at Leaf and slept until 15 minutes before our reservations. We called and cancelled, and then called right back and asked if they could get us in (even though we knew they were totally packed). The hostess told us "no problem"... More

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MercatoCharleston, Guest Relations Manager at Mercato, responded to this review

Dear Avasant, Our goal is to provide a dining experience like the one you describe in your very detailed review. We are absolutely delighted to know "It was one of those meals where all the stars aligned." Thank you for letting us know we fulfilled your expectations! We look forward to serving you again on a future visit to Charleston.... More

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