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“Really great mexican food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mercado

Mercado
1416 4th St., Santa Monica, CA
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Ranked #22 of 573 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Santa Moinca
Blue Bell, Pa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Really great mexican food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

I recently went here with my family and had a great experience. We were late for our reservation but were seated at a communal table immediately. The food was outstanding. For my kids though the tacos were very spicy. Without saying a word the manager appeared with a non spicy dish for the kids because he could see they were having a hard time with the kick. It was really a great overall experience and the kids and I had a excellent meal.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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105 reviews 105 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“What a find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

Mexican food California nouveau. Amazing flavors, beautiful presentation. Unlike any Mexican food around. Service was EXCELLANT. If you don't like noisy rooms, ask to be seated upstairs. Drinks were perfectly blended....try the blood orange Margarita....

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Los Angeles, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Best Mexican restaurant. Wow.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

A friend recommended this restaurant, so I thought I would try it. I was in heaven. The carnitas and carne asada were the best ever, which is too bad because I was going to eat less pork and beef in the new year, and now Mercado comes along with grub this good. Warning about the double dip duo appetizer. It is fantastic and generously sized, but it will fill you up. Ah, get it anyway, it's that good. We ended the dinner with flan, which they bill as the best in the universe. I haven't tried the flan on other planets, but this is a spectacular one, especially with the sauce they put on the side for you. I can't wait to go back. Love this place! Oh, and the service was excellent too.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Monica, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Hmmmm, delicious food & margaritas!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I've been here a few times with friends and have never been disappointed. The food is awesome and margaritas fantastic. I definitely recommend the dip duo, dos gringos and the carne asade. The only downside is that the place is quite loud but we find during the week is better. We also find that the booths upstairs are good if you want to be able to have a conversation without shouting...

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Park City, Utah
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Good but loud”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Make no mistake about it, this is a place worth suffering through the close confines and the loud noise to get to the food. The menu is limited but excellent. The guacamole is about as good as you'll find anywhere....even you're own homemade. And the night I went there I had very good service. All in all, this place is def worth a trip. If I lived in LA I would be regular and I would bring earplugs with me.

Visited November 2012
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