We made 7:30 dinner reservations for our 1st evening in Charleston and were pleasantly rewarded with a fine dining experience. They had a live jazz band that evening that provided enjoyable music for much of our dinner. Our server was very knowledgeable about the specials and the food on their menu. We were there with friends for a birthday dinner and informed the server we were in no rush. We all ordered a glass of wine and our appetizers. When our entrees were brought out, they were piping hot and everyone thought they were delicious. Their homemade Italian bread and pasta was especially good. The ambiance of this restaurant was nice and overall we had a very fantastic dining experience.
I definitely recommend this restaurant for a great Italian meal with an upscale flavor, although for me, it was a bit pricey, mostly driven up by our wine consumption. I especially recommended MERCATO for first timers to Charleston and special occasions, like ours.