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“Quick Meal” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mercado

Mercado
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Ranked #32 of 672 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Santa Moinca
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Quick Meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

We ate here just before heading out to the airport. Had read the good reviews and we weren't disappointed. The staff turned us around pretty quickly upon our request and the food was excellent. I only wish we had time to come back and try a few of the other things on the menu.

Visited January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Mexican food in LA”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Mercado is a very hip establishment in downtown Santa Monica. The cuisine is sophisticated, fresh and the service is excellent. The chef shows that there is much more to Mexican food than nachos and tacos with the occassional burrito. I really loved the vibe of the restaurant downstairs. The mood lighting is extreme upstairs making the diner look for extra carrots. You may need a torch to read the menu. better still, just ask the friendly waiters to bring you the best food in the house.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Michael T
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Blue Bell, Pa
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108 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Really great mexican food”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank DrBob5
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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147 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“What a find!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Level Contributor
97 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Best Mexican restaurant. Wow.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank VitalSpring
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