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El Mercado

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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1702 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701-1316
+1 512-477-7689
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there for a drink during happy hours. The sign said that they served a food buffe for free during happy hours. The buffe was almost empty, just some sad left-overs. The drink, one of their signature Margaritas, was the worse ever - Tequila (don't know the brand) with a splash of lime, that's it! To top this of, cockroaches... More 

Thank Matgla
Shawnee, Kansas
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped for lunch on a Saturday. I had the chicken burrito and my husband the breakfast burrito. Both were fantastic. I would definitely recommend this place.

Thank kansas_2003
Madison, Wisconsin
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63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Almost as if you stepped into a restaurant in Mexico! It is an old established place with very good food.

Thank CAH6145
Austin, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Fantastic - as long as you buy a drink there is a buffet that is complimentary - the food is delicious

Thank yasminr73
Austin, Texas
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Been here a couple of times when visiting Austin. Casual place with mid-range quality food. Not fancy or high-end by any stretch of the imagination but the service and food is reliable and is a good value.

Thank richardmA4802BD
Buda, Texas
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645 reviews
415 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

This is an above average Mexican Food restaurant. The service is quick, friendly and efficient. The atmosphere sets this place apart and there is lots of seating for couples, friends and large groups. The taco plate, enchilada plate and combination plates are a step above most other places in Austin. Salsa and chips are tasty and are a good appetizer... More 

Thank daddymo2
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76 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

They say location is key in any business, and that could be true to some extent here. Near the capital and right across from a hotel would be a saving grace. The staff is friendly, but the overall interior needs an update. It's got the shell of a winning urban restaurant, but needs some tlc. I didn't try the food,... More 

Thank Troy S
Houston, Texas
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

First, I'll start with the positives. This restaurant was just across the street from the Hampton Inn and served until 10 p.m. so it was convenient. The staff was genuinely friendly & provided excellent service. Although the salsa was a bit odd, the tortilla chips were some of the best I've ever tasted. Warm, nice fresh corn taste, neither greasy,... More 

Thank EpicuriousExplorer
Boulder, Colorado
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162 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

came here for lunch. service is excellent. salsa they put on the table is fantastic. i had achiote chicken tacos, very good. the beans are fantastic. i wish the chips were real fried tortillas and not something mass-produced, but that is my only negative comment about this joint.

Thank Virgil_Boulder
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219 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Our family ate at El Mercado two nights as we were staying across the road and the weather was freezing. The motto is "World peace through Tex Mex" and the decor is quirky. As soon as you sit down you're given huge bowls of corn chips and salsa that just keep coming. Maybe because we're Australian we found the portions... More 

Thank jaynic

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1702 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701-1316
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 512-477-7689

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?