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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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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (34 reviews)
“tapas” (261 reviews)
“croquettes” (34 reviews)
Closes in 24 min
6:30 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
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LOCATION
638 S Michigan Ave, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL 60605-1901
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Reviewed 29 July 2015

Five of visited Mercat on a Sunday night in July. The restaurant was very busy and although we had booked, it took about 30 minutes before we were seated. We all decided to go for the chef's tasting menu as it took away the decisions...More

Thank IanNI
Andy P, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2015

Hi IanNI - Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. I'm very glad to hear you and your group enjoyed your dinner, the Chef's tasting menu is definitely the way to go to get the full Mercat experience. I will be sure to...More

Reviewed 27 July 2015 via mobile

Mercat a la Planxa specializes in tapas. Two of us split four small plates. The portions are small, truly a tasting menu. And the prices are high for the amount of food. We spent $100 for four plates, two drinks, tax and tip. But the...More

Thank Vacationqueen1111
Andy P, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2015

Hi Vacationqueen1111 - Thank you for taking the time to review your experience dining with us. I'm glad to hear that you and your companion enjoyed your tapas, as well as the service. We hope you come see us again next time you're in town....More

Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

We went for Dinner and from the time we were greeted at the door the time we left the restaurant, the experience was fabulous.. The server was very knowledgable, explains very carefully the flavours and dishes. The food tasted fantastic.. The flavours were outstanding.. I

Thank Chefsuman
Andy P, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2015

Hi Chefsuman - Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience. I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed the dishes and the service. We hope to see you again soon next time you're in Chicago. Cheers!

Reviewed 25 July 2015

The only reason it didn't get an excellent review was because of the price. Waitstaff was incredibly attentive! From the moment we were seated we wanted for nothing! We ordered from the regular Tapas menu and we were delighted with the dishes. The Anchovies with...More

Thank pattycat2015
Andy P, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2015

Hi Pattycat2015 - Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Mercat. I'm glad to hear that the waitstaff took good care of you, and that you enjoyed the food. We do enjoy a pretty great view of Michigan Avenue and Grant...More

Reviewed 24 July 2015

My husband and I took our "babymoon" to Chicago and stayed at the Blackstone Hotel and Mercat a la Planxa is located in that hotel. A huge fan of Iron Chef, I was really excited to try Jose Garces's creations and I was not disappointed....More

Thank VTHarvey
Andy P, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2015

Hi VTHarvey, thank you for the wonderful review! You sound like someone who is well versed in Spainish culture and Catalonian cuisine, I'm so glad to hear that we exceeded your expectations! Our flatbreads are amazing, and truth be told, I could exist on the...More

Reviewed 22 July 2015

The breakfast is a little expensive but everything was great. The staff was helpful and efficient and the food was tasty!

Thank maxxiep
Andy P, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2015

Hi Maxxiep - Thanks for sharing your experience at Mercat! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your breakfast, we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 22 July 2015

We stopped in during our stay at the Renaissance for a quick dinner, the staff was friendly and attentive during our dining experience. The food was also quite delicious, prepared quickly, and very flavorful. Our only real gripe is the smaller portion size of most...More

Thank Jake A
Andy P, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2015

Hi Jake A - Thanks for taking the time to share your experience at Mercat. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your dinner, we pride ourselves on having a wide variety of delicious tapas. I hope you can come back to visit us again...More

Reviewed 21 July 2015

This place was attached to the hotel we stayed in. It was packed when we arrived. Great sign. We were seated pretty quickly and had a quick glance at their menu. We enjoyed Mercat a la Planxa a lot. The next day, we weren't satisfied...More

Thank gtg934v
Andy P, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2015

Hi gtg934v - Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner, and being your choice for a second dinner after dining at Alinea is an honor I will happily share with our team. I...More

Reviewed 21 July 2015

My dining partner and I ordered the chefs tasting menu and had one of the best meals of my life. Bacon Carmel apples with stinky cheese, pizza, shrimp, chartreuse... that was only the beginning. I loved getting surprised by a new small plate of something...More

Thank digreg06
Andy P, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2015

Hi digreg06 - Thanks for sharing your dinner experience at Mercat. The chef's menu is the best way to get to try a little of everything, as you experienced. I"m glad to hear that you enjoyed everything, and that we were able to satisfy your...More

Reviewed 18 July 2015

We enjoyed the luxury tasting menu to take us outside our comfort zone and try new things. The three course meal was fantastic! We certainly didn't leave hungry. From almond stuffed dates (wrapped in bacon) to grilled/charred octopus and oxtail ravioli and on to lamb...More

Thank Elizabeth H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Validated Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 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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