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“Skip it for breakfast” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mercat a la Planxa

Mercat a la Planxa
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Ranked #116 of 9,466 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
Cross street: Balbo
Transit: 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.
Description: 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!
Chicago, Illinois
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423 reviews
315 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Skip it for breakfast”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

The hotel is great and the Spanish lunch and dinner specials may be too, but my breakfast here with a colleague was average at best.

The server seemed clueless, asking us to repeat our orders thee times. Sample, "I'd like two eggs over easy." Server, "How do you want your eggs." Etc.

The food was fine, but we had to waive down another server to get a coffee refill. Okay, maybe we had the only lax or clueless server in the place, but it was not full at 8:15 am on a Thursday and the inattentive treatment plus average food does not rate better than a "C."

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Odense, Denmark
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381 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Excellent tapas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

This is a very good tapa restaurant! We had a 14 course menu and got to taste some very very good food. The atmosphere is excellent. I can highly recommend this place and I will defenately be back.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Massachusetts
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good food, service and pricing need attention”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

We walked into Mercat ready for a interesting selection of tapas. Our waiter, whose booming voice was painfully to our ears, urged us not to miss the signature dishes of grilled meat and fish. While we found the one we ordered good, we also found the price of this highly recommended dish excessive at $40 (for about 8 oz of marinated pork tenderloin with three dipping sauces on the side). Also the pacing was odd, to say the least. Our wine flights were delivered one glass at a time. Our first glass of wine didn't arrive until our second round of tapas. Our third and last glass didn't arrive until after dessert had been ordered and delivered. While the food was good, at the
prices they charge, I would expect the pacing and the service to be much better

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sacramento, California
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453 reviews
305 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“A waste of time in a bar”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

This only refers to the Mercat Bar. The bartender seemed uninterested is serving or explaining beer choices. Personality of a "rock"!!!The poorest example of a wine list that I have ever seen for a major hotel. I get the Spanish themes but to be so narrow in choice is a travesty!!! We ordered 2 beers, only finished less than half and left this pathetic bar at the Blackstone. Never to return!!!

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Lake Mills, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

This restaurant is excellent. The food is great as is the service. Our server made excellent recommendations and brought the dishes out well paced. We had the Calamari, DÁtiles Con Almendars, Espinacas a La Catalana, and Iberico Secrito for dinner. For desert we had Croquetes De Xocolata and Xocolate Y Avellana. Everything was delicious.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 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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