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Mercat a la Planxa

638 S Michigan Ave, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL 60605-1901
+1 312-765-0524
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (25 reviews)
“tapas” (287 reviews)
“croquettes” (34 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
638 S Michigan Ave, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL 60605-1901
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Reviewed August 24, 2015

Having been to Madrid and Barcelona, I am familiar with tapas. It is never easy to replicate dishes from one culture and attempt to share them particularly here in the U.S. where people are used to big portions. Spanish tapas are supposed to be small...More

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Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

I had lunch here on a Saturday afternoon. I ordered the lunch special which for me meant a salad and a chicken sandwich. The salad was huge and delicious. I really also enjoyed the chicken sandwich. The staff was really nice and attentive too. I...More

Thank Matilda_26
Reviewed August 24, 2015

Being Mexican i always enjoy when i can find some spice and real taste, i definetly enjoyed a couple of lunches at Mercat, even being vegetarial i found plenty of options.

Thank Alexj44
Reviewed August 23, 2015

In the land of heaping plates and comfort food, it is refreshing to find a restaurant that offers so many tasty and attractive options. Despite an aversion to a quantity approach, I still had reservations about small plates or tapas. I guess I'm not alone,...More

Thank Alan Y
Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Mercat a la Planxa is a great restaurant. The food is outstanding. Very nicely prepared. Of all the dishes we had, the flatbreads were particularly good. We enjoyed the beef short rib so much, we opted for another with wild mushrooms and sausage. This place...More

Thank Karen G
Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

Was in town for a conference and went here with a large group. Great tapas with a lot of variety. The scallops were particularly good. Enjoy the atmosphere and passing dishes helped the group of folks from across the country get to know one another....More

Thank cindyn1966
Reviewed August 19, 2015

Came for lunch and was not disappointed by the food. (Gazpacho, angus burger, seasoned fries with aioli.) Atmosphere and decor very pleasant (it felt like I'd been there before a few years ago for a different event). Service was OK but not great...a bit scattered...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed August 17, 2015

Had a light dinner/snack here on a weeknight. We elected to eat in the bar area rather than upstairs in the dinning room. In fact, we ate here on 2 nights because it was very convenient to our hotel. The first night the place was...More

Thank Smiles3usa
Reviewed August 17, 2015

We had the Chef's tasting menu. It came with 12 small plates.(tapas) Each one was delicious and beautifully presented. Our waiter, Jerry was helpful, attentive and charming. Highlights: - The cheese course came with fruit and a dolche de leche sauce which was so good....More

Thank DivaZiva
Reviewed August 16, 2015

We had 3/3 lunches and one dinner meal here (staying in the Blackstone). Innovative and tasty Catalan fare, everything a winner (my wife didn't like the gazpacho as much as I did, so I finished hers!) Drinks likewise geared to that region of Spain. Will...More

Thank bilbo8
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
$31 - $50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Validated Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 638 S Michigan Ave, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL 60605-1901
  • Public Transportation: Nearest Red-line Stop is Harrison, head east on Balbo, restaurant is on the corner of Balbo & Michigan. Bus lines are the #3, #127, #129 all three stop at the entrance of Mercat a la Planxa.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-765-0524
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Mercat a La Planxa features an extraordinary selection of tapas dishes from cut-to-order charcuterie and cheeses to fresh seafood, steaks and chops, all inspired by Barcelona & Spain's Catalan region. The impressive menu includes an emphasis on meats and seafood served a la planxa or grilled-to-order. At the bar enjoy a tempting array of seasonally inspired sangrias, Spanish-styled cocktails and martinis, and for the wine lover choose from our extensive collection of Spanish cavas, and our carefully selected wine list featuring 40 Spanish wines available by the bottle or by the glass. 3 Private Dining Rooms available for that special event you are planning. From boardroom luncheons and corporate events to anniversary dinners and birthday brunches, Mercat is the perfect location for any celebration!
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