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“It's like being in NYC with an amazing view of the Bund” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mercato

Mercato
Ranked #13 of 16,842 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $130
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: The Bund
Description: Mercato is a new coastal Italian restaurant from celebrated three Michelin star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Three on the Bund. The gorgeous space created by Neri&Hu, bridges the organic and natural with elegance and emotive modernity. The experience begins from the moment guests enter Mercato's stylishly rustic surroundings. Reclaimed wood and warm leather tones serve as a gentle complement to the exposed steel, iron and glass to create an atmosphere that is polished yet warm and inviting. The design imparts a sensual feeling of comfort and lightness that redefines the idea of "farm chic". Mercato's decidedly simple and understated approach represents a refreshing addition to Shanghai's dining scene. The relaxed sophistication, addictive cuisine, and friendly, thoroughly unpretentious service paints a picture of Italian life as it should be experienced in its purest form.
Los Angeles, California
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“It's like being in NYC with an amazing view of the Bund”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

We went to Mercato based on several recommendations from friends in Shanghai and it did not disappoint. Inspired by Jean Georges ABC Kitchen in New York, which I recently visited as well. The food was quite good and loved the ambiance. The kingfish carpaccio was fresh and simple. Very lofty, urban feeling, with exposed concrete posts, reclaimed wood tables and Edison light fixtures. It feels very New York. Pricing will cost you but well worth it in cosmopolitan Shanghai. We went on a Wed evening and still had to make reservations, and the restaurant was quite bustling even at 930pm when we were seated. Try to ask for a table by the windows if you want a great view of the city skyline and bund.

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Singapore, Singapore
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“Excellent Italian food, vibrant, hip and moderately sultry atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013 via mobile

Solid. Excellent Italian food. Perfect location at Three on the Bund. Impressive decor and ambiance. Aim for lounge like area if you're there for drinks an light dinner; window-side table with a view; or at the counter surrounding open kitchen. Top choice for dates, nights out with friends pre-clubs, dinner with visitors or colleagues who want Shanghai scene but maybe not necessarily Shanghainese food

Excellent pizzas (fave is kale with sausage) and pastas. Fine wine, beer and drinks list.

Not cheap but good value for the quality.

Pop down to drinks / live music at Spanish tapas lounge on 2F after if you don't want to go far.

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“Excellent restaurant with a great view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

This is a very good Italian restaurant with the added bonus of looking out onto Pudong's dramatic skyline.

Visited December 2012
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“Disappointed by the "Commercil Spirit"”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

I've been to Mercato few times already... The place is well designed even though tables are to close one from another (the first time I preferred to seat at the bar as I was feeling to have a romantic dinner with the people behind).

The food is usually really good and you can especially their pizzas (looks strange to order pizzas in a high end restaurant) but the crust is made beautifully.

I have not mentioned a waiter named Louis which was exceptional as well (really helpful)

This being said I have been quite disappointed on my last visit. I have not mentioned but the restaurant is a bit expensive and:

* Prices are +15% (which is unusual in Shanghai) and I consider this "Cheap" from the management
* We had a nice dinner with approx 700 CNY per head (we knew this before coming), went to the bar and ordered Limoncello... We had several glasses and ended up with a bill of 350 CNY per pax (:()

OK, well, we know we were going to a fancy place which is not cheap... We asked the barman to offer a glass as I think this is the least he could do in such occasion and the guy simply refused.

Bye Bye Jean Georges !

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Great atmosphere, average food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

My wife and I had the pleasure of dining at Mercato. Congratulations to Jean George's on a well designed and beautifully appointed restaurant. The restaurant was full however the staff in general appeared to deliver a professional and efficient level of quality service.
Then there was the food.
I ordered the Fritto Misto seafood, the calamari was well overcooked and rubbery and the spicy Anchovy dip that accompanied the dish was far to spicy and overpowered the subtle flavour of the seafood and fish pieces. I then ordered the Seared Sea Scallops, Lemon cauliflower sauce with fried onions, garlic and capers and unfortunately it was also very disappointing. The dish had a thick white sauce but was also swimming in oil, was too heavily flavoured with lemon, the scallops were nicely seared but relatively small in size and again overpowered by a sauce that competed with the delicate flavour of the scallops and really didn't complement the dish.
My wife ordered the wood oven roasted asparagus, Fontina and wrapped in Prosciutto where the dish was OK. She also had the Parmesan risotto with wild mushrooms and again that was OK but certainly nothing special. The freshly baked bread and the coffee were very good.
In summary, a very well appointed and beautifully designed restaurant but based on the dishes we tried, there is some serious room for improvement.
I am a big fan of Jean Georges restaurant, but unfortunately was not impressed with the food at Mercato

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Debra L
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