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Mercat a la Planxa

638 S Michigan Ave, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL 60605-1901
+1 312-765-0524
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (39 reviews)
“tapas” (307 reviews)
“serrano ham” (24 reviews)
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CUISINES
Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
638 S Michigan Ave, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL 60605-1901
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1 - 10 of 860 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here on a whim, but were glad we did. As usual, with tapas, the final bill was quite high, but definitely worth it. The suckling pig was excellent, but the creme Catalan was not as good as it is other places. The atmosphere...More

Thank SrgnFsh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited during a conference. Thought I’d try something a little different and gave this place a try. Was not sure what to order so the wife and I chose the Chef’s Special with the wine pairing. Wow! We were blown away. Highly highly recommend Mercat....More

Thank RickB10303
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The entrance to the Blackstone Hotel/Mercat a la Planxa looks like it is no longer on Michigan Avenue. We had to enter on the corner, which is Balbo. We really enjoyed our evening here. There were 4 of us, & 2 had been here before....More

Thank T10racing
Shayla S, Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kathy, Thank you for joining us at Mercat a la Planxa and for taking the time to review the restaurant. We take pride in our service and food and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for a drink before heading up to our hotel room. Great atmosphere, friendly staff and tasty drinks! I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the wildly overpriced wine list. $17-$42 for a 9oz glass is a rip off for sure!

Thank Foodie4Life1982
Shayla S, Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us at Mercat a la Planxa! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our service and drinks. We appreciate the feedback regarding the wine list and will discuss this topic with the team.

Reviewed 13 September 2018

I already covered this in a review of the hotel. The tapas was OK, but not outstanding. The wine which was average was wickedly overpriced ($20-40 a glass for regular wines. Cheapest was 17). $90 for modest meal for one was just not worth it....More

Thank register653
Reviewed 8 September 2018

The restaurant and bar are beautiful. We had drinks and tapas after checking in late afternoon and all was fine. Our last afternoon we relaxed during happy hour, and the happy hour prices were great, but the quantity of food was not. A $9 potato...More

Thank greenhaba_11
Reviewed 16 August 2018

It was an unexpected treat to find such a great place to pop in for a drink or have a delicious and romantic dinner right in our hotel. Their signature gin & tonic is a must. The service was impeccable. Our server for our dinner...More

Thank wendy w
Shayla S, Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Wow! Such kind words. Thank you so much for joining us. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed both the service and food. The Gin & Tonic is definitely a fan favorite. We hope to see you again next time you are visiting.

Reviewed 13 August 2018

Had friends come into town and we decided to go to Mercat's for some tapas. They were small servings, some very small, pricy but good. For 3 of us, we only had only 4 tapas, 2 glasses of wine and one sprite, it was almost...More

Thank Steven D
Reviewed 6 August 2018

One excellent dish after another. Start with glass of Pala Cannonau and the marinated olives. Then the Verde salad. Order the Diver Sea Scallops (Verneras) and must finish with the Gambas Ajillo (garlic shrimp). Great ambiance too.

Thank L3107UKianr
Shayla S, Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Thank you for joining us and for taking the time to review Mercat a la Planxa! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience. Please come in and see us again soon.

Reviewed 3 July 2018

Outstanding dinner, will definitely go back and recommend to others. We had the chef's tasting menu where we got a variety of tapas plates. Every dish was Excellent! Shrimp, scallop, seranno, beef, veg all prepared and tasted fresh and homemade.

Thank StSChgo
Shayla S, Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Thank you so much for the kind words! We are happy to hear you had a great time with us. Please come back again soon!

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BillM551
26 August 2018|
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Response from BAB0821 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they have hamburgers but the Artist's Cafe and Kitty O'Shea's are a block away in either direction.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Meals
Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, 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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 638 S Michigan Ave, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL 60605-1901
    (Balbo)
  • 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
  • E-mail
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!
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