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Baco Mercat

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408 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1311
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's been a while since I went there and I have no idea why. This was the first place in a while where I could describe the food as great-- there were bold interesting flavors not found in our usual California cuisine or sushi which are the mainstays for us in LA. At that time reservations were tough to get,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We started out meal with the Za'atar, eggplant and fava dips. So yummy with the flatbread. Then had the amazing Bazole soup and the salad. Both were a lustful blend of ingredients which your palate begged for more. We had several other sides including the brussel sprouts and the cauliflower. Both were delicious. This was followed by the yellow beet... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

was looking for another restaurant for lunch and read about the good review of this one. I made a booking and drove all the way from South Pasadena to try it with a friend. The waitress was very enthusiastic and recommended the special Baco Sandwitch. As I said that I would go easy with carb but would still try one... More 

Thank Alex C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cool restaurant in downtown LA. Mostly smaller plates and several larger ones. Highly recommend -- ricotta fritters, Brussels sprouts, mushroom flatbread, hand torn pasta, Japanese eggplant, steak (large plate only one), and half chicken. The only thing we didn't love was the octopus and pork belly plate. Great for sharing and trying lots of dishes. Too full for dessert :)... More 

Thank HBerke
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

Wow! Just wow! Went here because we were nearby based on yelp recommendations. It really exceeded our expectations. Ricotta fritters were especially delicious and so was salad with goat cheese and warm pears. Amazing ingredients creatively combined. I only had food of this quality in France. I wish we had something like this on the east coast!.

Thank 504
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

Fabulous quality, great taste and perfect sized portions. It's tapas, but not too small. Very friendly staff as well, we had a great evening!

Thank Cindy V
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

DTLA must have a lot of wonderful restaurants, b/c this place was fab and we didn't have a problem getting a reservation. We ate outside on the sidewalk tables which made for a fun people watching experience. We focused on the small plates, and didn't try the baco's, big plates or flatbread. We started with the (almost) obligatory ricotta fritters.... More 

Thank mkctn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

Located on a gentrified section of downtown LA, Baco is small plates with Spanish flair. Favorites: the warm brussel speouts Caesar, skirt steak and the Mondays-only spaghetti and pork meatballs.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

we came here on friday night without a reservation and at prime dining time. the place was packed but luckily a couple of seats opened up at the bar. we had the the seared albacore and two of the signature sandwiches, oxtail and tongue. but the highlight was the snap pea and pear salad. i'm not usually excited about non... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

I don't know much about the non-vegetarian food as I am a vegetarian and this place has got alot of veggie options which works best for me. My favorites are: 1. Za'atar, Eggplant and Fava (the flavor is to die for) 2. Ricotta Fritters (It has a sweet and salty flavor) 3. Okra Basil (this is my favorite. Sadly they... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Spanish, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 408 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1311
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 213.687.7000

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