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Mercat a la Planxa

#90 of 7,611 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown / The Loop
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638 S Michigan Ave, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL 60605-1901 (Balbo)
+1 312-765-0524
07:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 06:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 23:00
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ordered the luxury tasting menu with the wine pairing. There was just too much food. All items were good. If you decide to go there, make sure that you do not for the whole day. Perhaps the regular tasting menu would have been enough. However, the people sitting next to us had that and they also had trouble in... More 

Thank Waterdown
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193 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mercat is located in the lobby of the Blackstone . The Spanish style breakfast was great . The Blackstone Benidict will leave you wanting to come back every weekend for brunch . Just like any other Benedict but they add a truffle sauce that is great . We didn't get a chance to try dinner but it looks like they... More 

Thank Michael A
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chicago has many fine restaurants and this is amongst them. If you like Spanish tapas and similar food this is a great spot. A wide choice to pick from. Staff very good & knowledgeable of the choices. Has good wine pairings. Not too expensive and good atmosphere.

Thank PAUL F
Springfield, Illinois
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818 reviews
526 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's like being in Barcelona The food is excellent with a distinct Spanish flair The place is always packed and hip The main dining room is beautiful with high ceilings. Good service.

Thank Clevlander
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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182 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The downstairs has a bar and some tables for some casual seating while the upstairs has the bar and a dining area. It is located right off of Michigan Ave. The dishes are served tapas-style. They are delicious. The Short ribs are spectacular.

Thank LMK101
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183 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped into the bar with my wife and son after the Ireland rugby game last weekend. The bartender was rude beyond belief, asking for the money before I even completed my order and doing so with total lack of charm and borderline hostility. One of his co-workers did try to apologize for him. We will never go back.

Thank malibuirishmike
Andy P, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this review

malibuirishmike - I'm very sorry to hear about your experience at the bar. The interaction you described is far from the expectations we set for our staff, and is atypical of the level of hospitality our guests are usually given. I can assure you that this will be addressed with the staff, feedback like yours gives us an opportunity to... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We showed up on a weekend evening after our other plans fell through. The place is a bit hard to find, a small door at the base of the Blackstone. Downstairs is a bar, which was not quite what you would expect at a tapas restaurant. The decor upstairs is modern, much more fitting for the type of food and... More 

Thank Perrycollective
Swansea, Illinois
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354 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great tapas, full bar, great service and a really cool space are the highlights. Really no low lights. We went with the "chef's choice" which is three courses of a mix of different items. takes the guesswork out of it plus allows us to taste a wide range of choices. Really had no bad item, and a few (appetizer cheese... More 

Thank David F
River Forest, Illoinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Based on the food and service, I would have rated this restaurant five stars rather than four - and it is possible that my wife and I are pickier about noise levels than most people. But we found the noise level (we were part of a party of 7) bordering on intolerable, making it difficult to talk to those next... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Delivered everything we were hoping for. Prompt, friendly and attentive service and an excellent variety of nice presented and flavourful tapas. The bruschetta sampler brought to our table just after arriving was made fresh and good indication of what was to come. The charcuterie plate was an interesting assortment of non-typical meats and the garlic shrimp came in oil that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Mediterranean, Spanish
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Validated Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 638 S Michigan Ave, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL 60605-1901
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-765-0524
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!

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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