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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%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (26 reviews)
“tapas” (257 reviews)
“croquettes” (34 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 23:00All hours
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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LOCATION
638 S Michigan Ave, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL 60605-1901
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Reviewed 6 August 2015

Four of us went here for dinner. We sat outside on a beautiful night. It's a little noisy due to traffic, but still fun. The waiter was really great and did a great job of recommending the correct number of tapas for us to share....More

Thank Luanne S
Reviewed 4 August 2015

A group of 10+ visited for a dinner. Everyone ordered a couple of dishes and all had a bite of everything. So I must've tasted a dozen different menus. Two kinds of paellas were a bit of disappointment, especially with $70 a dish. The "Negra",...More

Thank Yo K
Reviewed 3 August 2015

Amazing food! Every tapas dish we ordered was delicious. Especially the garlic shrimp and the eggplant fritters. Very different choices on the menu but both my daughters enjoyed what we ordered.

Thank Melster625
Reviewed 3 August 2015

The portions are small which is to be expected when ordering Tapas. I prefer this style of dining because you can try several menu items (or sample majority of the menu with a large party). I ordered 3 tapas: Conill Amb Castanyes (Braised Rabbit Agnolotti,...More

Thank Zenna W
Reviewed 31 July 2015 via mobile

This place have very unique and innovative tapas, we had the papas braves which were pretty good, two type of pasta which were one of the best one I have ever had, lamb ribs were excellant. The kids got past with grilled chicken and pasta...More

Thank gil100
Andy P, General Manager at Mercat a la Planxa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2015

Hi gil100 - Thanks for taking the time to share your dining experience at Mercat. I'm glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed everything, we strive to offer a well curated selection of dishes that appeal to every palate. We hope you will...More

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 31 July 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 26 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 31 July 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 31 July 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 31 July 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 31 July 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 23:00
Monday
06:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 23:00
Thursday
06:30 - 23:00
Friday
06:30 - 23:00
Saturday
07:00 - 23:00
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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