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“Great Food, great service”
Review of Mercado

Mercado
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Ranked #30 of 693 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Santa Moinca
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Just in case your cabbie doesn't know where it is (ours didn't) make sure you write down the address - its worth it! We arrived late on a Sunday night but were treated well in a somewhat half empty restaurant. We split the Pozole which was delicious with side pork and chick peas plus a mini salad on top. They didn't have the chicken for my daughter's Pavo en Mole, so they substituted a (huge) turkey leg. There was too much for her to handle and that dish definitely had the heat. I was looking for something lighter in the Alambres de Camaron. My only suggestion is that the shrimp should be treated more gently, they had a rubbery texture due to overcooking. We had anticipated the flan for dessert but it was gone by the time we finished, so we had to settle for the chocolate ice cream which had a unique and much more creamy texture than the "usual". The Handsome coffee woke me up, in time for our walk to the Santa Monica pier (only 15 minutes away). Thanks Paris!

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Thank Traveling_Dad48
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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.

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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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