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Mercat a la Planxa

#92 of 7,638 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Downtown / The Loop
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638 S Michigan Ave, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL 60605-1901 (Balbo)
+1 312-765-0524
Today
06:30 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 06:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 23:00
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

That's a cool place well designed with different levels but almost out of light. Why??? Good but not fantastic food and good staff

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Thank JOE M
Bogota, Colombia
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167 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being in Chicago for Christmas was a lot of fun. On Christmas Day there are not many restaurants open. So well in advance I had looked up some options and made reservations for 4:00 PM at Mercat a la Planxa. It was an excellent choice. When my wife and I arrived the place was relatively empty. The host checked our... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

"Matteo" took very good care of me and steered me in the right direction on the menu. This is the second time I have been here and will keep coming back. The quality of the food is outstanding, along with the service. Ole'!

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Thank GuyTraveler324
appleton, wi
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Our group of six ordered every tapas available and just spent our evening tasting a wide variety of excellently prepared dishes. We did the same with dessert, tried every one. The dinner was amazing, and the desserts were even better.

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Canada
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

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 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

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.

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 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.

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Thank Clevlander
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

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.

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malibu
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 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.

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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Spanish
Meals
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
Sunday
07:00 - 23:00
Monday
06:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 23:00
Thursday
06:30 - 23:00
Friday
06:30 - 23:00
Saturday
07:00 - 23:00
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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