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“Cool Jazz, Hot food!”
Review of Mercato - CLOSED

Mercato
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Meeting
Transit: Charleston City Marina Transit, the Downtown Trolley, and the Charleston Harbor Resort Trolley all drop off in front of restaurant.
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Cool Jazz, Hot food!”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

Ate here Saturday evening Nov 16, 2013. He had gnocchi and i had Vongole pasta (white clam sauce). Calamari starter was melt in your mouth good! Both dishes were HUGE and we ended up donating our leftovers to a homeless guy we saw at Marion Square. Altho the place was very busy it was quiet upstairs, but we could hear the music. The price was right for the quality and I felt it was a very good deal. Our server was smart and efficient. We really enjoyed it.

Visited November 2013
Helpful?
Thank Redee2GoGoGo
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MercatoCharleston, Manager at Mercato, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your recent visit. Our House Made Potato Gnocchi is delicious and very popular. The Vongole served with delicate capellini pasta and Local Clammer Dave Clams is definitely another house favorite. We appreciate you taking the time to review Mercato. Please join us again soon!
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Port Hope, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Family tasting menu”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

We did a family style dinner and it was terrific! The cauliflower pancake was the best, the gnocchi with short ribs was fabulous, enjoyed the brussel sprouts, veal piccata and mussels, all was very good enjoyed every bite. The service was fantastic would definitly go again when in the city. The chocolate torte was wonderful!! There was a live jazz band also nice not too loud

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank gardner59
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MercatoCharleston, Manager at Mercato, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
Our staff was honored to hear how much you enjoyed your recent visit to Mercato! Enjoying a family style dinner is a fantastic way to sample many of our delicious menu options. We look forward to serving you again on your next visit to Charleston. Thank you for the wonderful recommendation!
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Miami, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Great bar with jazz”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

We only hit their bar, but it was a great choice. Live music and friendly service hit the spot late in the evening.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank KPboulder
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MercatoCharleston, Manager at Mercato, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
Thank you for choosing Mercato. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your evening at the bar! Please join us again soon!
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Ambler, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Cool atmosphere and great food”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

This was the last restaurant we visited and we definitely saved the best for last. If you like seafood with an Italian flair, you will not be disappointed. We started with the calamari and had the fresh fish catch of the day and plenty of Chardonnay. The jazz trio entertained us during the whole meal and set a very relaxing tone. A must do in Charleston!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank 13phillytraveller
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MercatoCharleston, Manager at Mercato, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
Thank you for the fantastic review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your recent experience at Mercato. We offer live jazz seven nights a week. We appreciate your recommendation. We hope to serve you again soon.
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Napa, California
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Go for the pizza and jazz”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

Out for a late night meal. Sat in the back away from the music, which was not overly loud...
Started with calamari good, ceaser salad which had no taste at all was horrid, pizza was the star item....the scallops on risotto were almost mushy....
Stick with the pizza...

  • Visited November 2013
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Helpful?
Thank Napafoodlover
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MercatoCharleston, Manager at Mercato, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the live jazz, crispy calamari and our delicious thin crust pizza. The Grilled Scallop Entrée is one of our most popular menu items. It is disappointing to hear that it was not as you expected. We offer a wonderful variety of traditional and regional Italian cuisine. We hope you join us again in the future.
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