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Review of Mercado

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Ranked #35 of 713 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Santa Moinca
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We followed trip advisor and found this amazing place with Mexican food that isn't a cliche. Everything was right here from the service to the fresh tasting food. There's not a lot else I can say apart from a great night out and worth every cent.

Thank Wonkey2013
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We loved this place. They treated us like we were the only guests in the resturant and we could not believe how good the food was. The chef actually treated us to one of his house specialties that was fantastic. We are re-routing our vacation just so we can stop by and have another meal there.

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Thank Tim S
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

After an eventful day in LA from star-studded Walk of fame to the Hollywood Sign to Santa Monica pier, we concluded the memorable day with dinner at Mercado (Thanks to TA).

We ordered Blood Orange Margarita's at the recommendation of our server and Boy! Oh, Boy! was it good ?!!! We ordered guacamole and chips for appetizer and can say it was the best I have ever tasted. Also ordered Carnitas and it was delectably charred on the outside and juicy on the inside. Be sure to ask for corn tortilla ,they were good.
Th food was on the pricey side but totally worth it. Can't wait to go back!!

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Thank Pooja P
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

This was a great find (thank you, TA). We sat at a communal table, yet had plenty of room. Good wine and beer selection , as well as special margaritas, one of which blew my husband's socks off (it had jalapenos). We eyed our neighbors' app -- the duo dip-- which they were loving and we ordered it too. It was a huge plate of fabulous guacamole and a warm cheese dip. Oh so good! Then we shared chicken with mole sauce that was out of this world. Unfortunately we had no room for dessert. We had a wonderful waiter who was as sweet and prompt as could be. The vibe gets loud yet we managed to carry on a conversation without screaming (or so I think!). I'd come back here in a heartbeat.

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Thank TooterBoston
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Most "Mexican food" in LA is perceived as tacos and burritos. But Oaxaca food is another thing altogether. This restaurant was probably one of the best or best oaxacan food we have enjoyed in our many pursuits of this Yucatan specialty. The dishes were all outstanding. The small plates made a great start and one entre for four was a great finish. I understand this is the second restaurant owned by this owner (the other in downtown LA) but regardless, this ain't no chain food. If you are a "foodie" and want the best "mole" you may ever have eaten don't miss this spot. The service was spot on, the food really was outstanding, the service couldn't have been better. Who ever owns these two spots runs a tight well organized and well prepared kitchen and staff. Also for the price of bad "Mexican food" you can enjoy a real specialty treat. Also they have at least six types of margaritas the ones we had and shared where excellent. Go for the specialty ones they don't disappoint. I can't wait to get back from SF to LA so we can go again. Good reason to drive six hours, no?

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Thank Bruce O
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