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Santa Monica
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1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2309 (Santa Moinca)
17:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Wed 17:00 - 22:00
Thu - Fri 17:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 23:00
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

The service was terrible. Waitresses were snooty and rude. Although the food was good, I would not recommend this restaurant to others.

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Salzburg, Österreich
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Delicous food, beautiful location and very friendly service - love coming back to this place whenever I'm on vacation in Cali. Especially the Guacamole as well as the Ceviche are super yummy!

Thank DinaMx
Fairfield, Connecticut
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

Make the time to dine at Mercado! Great vibe and super friendly service! We arrived early on a Saturday evening and were seated right away. We dined upstairs which was a bit quieter than downstairs - but still very fun! Service was spot on. Blood orange margs were the way to go - strong and delicious! Guacamole was fantastic and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

Yummy margaritas and carnitas with a funny and friendly atmosphere. Like many other Trip Advisor reviewers have shared , this place is a must in Santa Monica.

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North Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Superlative food. Guacamole was exceptional, red sauce subtly smoky, chips thick and home made. White fish tacos excellent, the soft tacos were fresh and tasted so home cooked. Service was good, food came quickly. Margarita was very average. I have had better ones at my favourite place in Vancouver. Definitely need better drinks to accompany the delicious food.

Thank DTM5_17
san juan, PR
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

Im not a mexican food lover but I have to say that this place was to die for. The nachos! The guacamole and their specialty the carnitas all tasted awesome! The margaritas were really good too and the flan will leave you wanting more! It is expensive mexican food but worth every penny!

Thank taniaskein
Sydney, Australia
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71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

Traveling with another family we had 8 people in total and from the very beginning the restaurant was very accommodating with seating and kids menu recommendations. The blood orange margarita hit the spot and. The food was fresh and super tasty. Highly recommend!!!

Thank Belindatp
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391 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

After spending the day at the hotel pool, we were hungry and thirsty and craving Mexican food. We decided to try Mercado, which was a quick 7-8 blocks from our hotel. We read good things about the blood orange margarita, so we started with that and some guacamole. The guac was terrific and was topped with roasted pumpkin seeds or... More 

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Los Angeles
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84 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

The food was really good here. Corn, cauliflower, steak tacos and pork tacos. All delicious. We showed up without a reservation on a Saturday evening at 6 and although they were full they were able to seat us if we thought we could leave by 7. Since we had the toddler with us, long meals are not an option and... More 

Thank churwitz
Chicago, United States
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

This is a fantastic restaurant. We were looking for something with a unique feel, excellent food and a great bar. Mercado hit on all three. We split the large plates in order to try a broader range of the menu--I highly recommend that approach. The food was top notch. In particular, the chips and guacamole were the best I've ever... More 

Thank Dean L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Mexican, Latin
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2309
    (Santa Moinca)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-526-7121

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Monica

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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