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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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Overview
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (40 reviews)
“tapas” (310 reviews)
“serrano ham” (24 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Food
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Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
638 S Michigan Ave, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL 60605-1901
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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.

Date of visit: July 2018
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.

Date of visit: July 2018
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!

Reviewed 27 June 2018

Tapas restaurant we came upon while walking back to hotel. Small plates done with style and absolutely delish. Just right for late eve meal.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Dasibeth
Shayla S, Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review Mercat a la Planxa! We really appreciate your kind words. Please visit us again next time you are in town!

Reviewed 25 June 2018

We’ve only been here for breakfast and it was better the previous time we ate here. The menu changed a bit for breakfast but the food is still above average. Stay away from the orange juice. It was terrible. It’s not fresh squeezed. The waitress...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Magytrac
Shayla S, Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! We will make sure to address the quality of the orange juice with our culinary team. Please visit us again for dinner!

Reviewed 18 June 2018

I love tapas restaurants. Lots of choices and food for most any palate. Service was beyond good. Easy to get to, relax and enjoy good food with good friends.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank TGA2014
Shayla S, Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Thank you so much for the glowing review. We really appreciate the nice comments. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 15 June 2018

Mercat is on the second floor of the Renaissance Blackstone hotel, overlooking Michigan avenue. Large windows let in a lot of light and the view of the park as well as the lake behind it. The furnishing is classic, tables relatively small. There is a...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Gabriel H
Shayla S, Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2018

Hi Gabriel, Thank you for taking the time to review Mercat a la Planxa! We appreciate the kind words. Please come in and see us again soon!

Reviewed 4 June 2018

I came to Mercat for dinner because it was in my hotel. It was right before closing time, and I might have been one of only two customers in the restaurant. They could not have treated me more graciously. They brought me a wonderful array...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank egulyas
Shayla S, Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Mercat a la Planxa! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner. Please visit us again next time you are in town!

Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

My daughter spent time in Barcelona and was eager to compare her foodie experiences! Mercat provided a flashback! The bruschetta was pretty true to form as were the scallops, peppers, and octopus. Best of all was the Boquerones- anchovies with olive ! My advice to...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank X8210EPdebrab
Shayla S, Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Hi Debra, we are so happy to hear that you had a wonderful time. We strive to provide outstanding service and authentic Catalan food for all of our guests. Thank you so much for coming in!

Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Overall I would suggest this place is not bad or great just average The brunch menu is interesting and different meaning a lot of focus on non traditional breakfast entree The blue cheese burger was average at best however the smashed breakfast potatoes was outstanding...More

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank ddmullis
Shayla S, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Dear ddmullis, Thank you for dining at Mercat and for taking the time to share your experience with us. I am glad that you enjoyed our breakfast potatoes and pancakes, however, I deeply regret that your experience did not meet your expectations. We truly appreciate...More

Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

We recently visited and tried five of the tapas: the tomato bread, the shrimp, the octopus, the croquettes, and the flatbread. Some of the tapas were incredible—the croquettes and shrimp were great. The shrimp was not only delicious, but came in a generous portion for...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Christina M
Shayla S, Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review Mercat a la Planxa! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your tapas and gin & tonic. Please come back and visit us 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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups
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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