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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” (38 reviews)
“tapas” (299 reviews)
“serrano ham” (24 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, 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 848 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

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.

Thank TGA2014
Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank Gabriel H
Shayla S, Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

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

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 2 weeks ago 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

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

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 weeks ago 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

Thank ddmullis
Shayla S, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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

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

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.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mercat a la Planxa, located in the South Loop overlooking Grant Park, has an excellent assortment of Catalan/Spanish tapas. Excellent choices included the garlic shrimp with toast points (the garlic infused olive oil was so tasty that we asked for more toast). The pulpo (octupus)...More

Thank PamplonaBound
Shayla S, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback! We are so happy that you had an awesome experience. Please visit us again soon.

Reviewed 16 May 2018

Once we were staying at the Blackstone we decided on this for supper. It is decidedly Spanish tapas although it has full entrees as well. The staff very friendly and we felt the food quite good. We had a window seat which lookedout on the...More

Thank Mark B
Bob B, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Mercat a la Planxa and for sharing your review. We are so happy to hear that you and your wife had a great experience. Please come back and visit us again soon!

Reviewed 10 May 2018

The food is very good, and there is a good variety. The waiters push the more expensive items - though maybe they are more expensive because they are the top quality/taste? Portions are reasonable, but it will be an expensive dinner before you are finished...More

Thank PATraveler062010
Bob B, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Mercat a la Planxa and for sharing your review. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 7 May 2018

Came here to eat because I was staying in the hotel and didn't want to go anywhere else. The service is good (but not great) and the food is good (but again- not great) and it's a bit overpriced because I think they have a...More

Thank Tiffany M
Bob B, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Tiffany M. Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at Mercat. We are concerned to read that the service and food was just good. This is not acceptable, and I will personally address these issues with my team. I am...More

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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, Validated Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, 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
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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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