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Posted by Kathleen & Kim on 07/25/2011
On July 9, 2011 we stopped in at 5:30 PM to have a nice dinner. We were sat at a table outside which was a lovely spot to be. We ordered a drink and asked what the people next to us were having. We ordered a started and were brought the wrong order and when we told the waiter it wasn't what we order he was very rude. When we got the right order the young fellow that brought it to us was very polite. We waited and waited for our server to come and ask for our dinner order which he never did so we had to stop him when he was walking past. He again was very rude to us asking us if we were sure we wanted to order what we were asking for. He gave us a look that made us feel very uncompfortable, a piercing look. When or order came it again was brought to us by the the same young man that had brought our starter. We were never asked once if we would like a nother drink or how our meal was. the meal was very, very good. We had the Halibut. When we finally got our bill, which we had to ask for he droped it on the table and left. Did we leave a tip? No. As a tourist, who was really enjoying the visit in Chicago, this man has left me with a bad memory. I will never forget the way he looked at us. If I'm ever back in Chicago, I will go back to the Mercat a la Planxa, but I hope that Carlos is not working working there.
Posted by scott on 07/25/2011
While the atmosphere is pleasant, the noise was not. Our server made good recommendations but the quality and size of the portions was disappointing. Most of the dishes were not served hot and should have been. We have tried many tapas restaurants in many countries and this one was not up to par. The value was just not there. And our Sangria was mostly ice and water and lacking in fruity taste.
Posted by Brian on 06/23/2011
Fantastic luch menu! When I entered, I thought, "Oh boy. This is going to be expensive." Not so! They have an option where you can order two courses for 1 nice price. I had a delish soup to start off. I was well informed by my server what was a good choice. The soup had big pieces of shrimp, artichokes, and chorizo. Fantasic! My second course was a juicy, well cooked, chicken breast. Big! After my large bowl of soup, this was almost too much to handle. It did come with a large side of white beans, too. A lot of flavor in this dish. Well presented. Overall, for lunch, this is a great place to visit. I wouldn't call it a "quick" lunch. So, if time is on your side, go check out the Mercat.
Posted by AshWCO on 10/26/2010
We were in town for work and staying across the street - what an amazing find! As two New Yorkers, we are pretty spoiled with the best food around, but Mercat completely blew our minds. We shared several dishes and each one was better than the next. Our waiter was exceptional at guiding us through the menu (not to mention charming & handsome!). We recommended Mercat to everyone we in Chicago and wish NYC could offer it too! A tremendous experience!!
Posted by R3 on 07/21/2010
I really wanted to love this restaurant but was extremely disappointed. The room was decorated well but it is a huge cavern and all the noise in the room echoes so you can't have a conversation. I was excited about the description of the menu items but when they arrived found the portions for the price to be ridiculous and the taste to be subpar. We had 7 items and not one stood out as being something we would order again or thought was special. I also ordered a mojito and for $11 I received a drink that I could finish in swallow. Mostly ice mint and basil. The server was good except it was difficult to hear him. Overall I would not go back not even on my expense account. There are just too many other tapas or small plate options with better quality, larger portions and far superior value to choose from.
Posted by chucho on 06/15/2009
Good variety of tapas, and most everything we tried was delicious. Patatas were nothing special but the rice, meat, seafood dishes were great. Portions are bite-size (like too spoon-fulls of rice) and still take as much time to prepare as a large plate. Everyone was still hungry after a $50 meal....went to a burger joint immediately after. Not really good for groups - the small portions don't facilitate sharing.
Posted by H on 01/25/2009
Highly recommend - for the most delicious, beautifully plated, most refined tapas in Chicago. Excellent quality ingredients prepared with care by talented people. Thoughtful - and long - wine list. The cheeses with creative accompaniment were a favorite (and they have the real deal Iberico ham). So many menu choices, we can't wait to go back. Service was friendly and gracious in a great-looking room.