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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” (31 reviews)
“tapas” (266 reviews)
“croquettes” (34 reviews)
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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 5 September 2015 via mobile

We had late dinner at 10pm. Maybe Chef was tired and tapas were cold. Service was average but wine list is good. Maybe I will try to go early next time before making final evaluation.

Thank joe9999369
Reviewed 3 September 2015

We had breakfast here during our stay at the Blackstone. The service was not great and we were one of only 3 tables in the restaurant at the time. The food was fine, but nothing great.

Thank Dayna C
Reviewed 29 August 2015

We were staying in the Blackstone Hotel which is attached to the Mercat. We tried it one night and found that we really enjoyed most of the shared plates we ordered. The tuna was a favorite. Dinner (including a 20% discount from the hotel) was...More

Thank Marty D
Reviewed 29 August 2015

We had the tasting menu at brunch, relaxed tapas style but impeccable food. The dining room overlooks Michigan and the park across the street. Service was great!

Thank MeganBrew
Reviewed 27 August 2015

Three of my friends and I had dinner at Mercat last month after going to the Theater. It was my first time. It is a Spanish tapas restaurant. My friend ordered for all of 4 of us. At first I thought it would be too...More

Thank J W
Reviewed 24 August 2015

Having been to Madrid and Barcelona, I am familiar with tapas. It is never easy to replicate dishes from one culture and attempt to share them particularly here in the U.S. where people are used to big portions. Spanish tapas are supposed to be small...More

1  Thank Manhattan418
Reviewed 24 August 2015 via mobile

I had lunch here on a Saturday afternoon. I ordered the lunch special which for me meant a salad and a chicken sandwich. The salad was huge and delicious. I really also enjoyed the chicken sandwich. The staff was really nice and attentive too. I...More

Thank Matilda_26
Reviewed 24 August 2015

Being Mexican i always enjoy when i can find some spice and real taste, i definetly enjoyed a couple of lunches at Mercat, even being vegetarial i found plenty of options.

Thank Alexj44
Reviewed 23 August 2015

In the land of heaping plates and comfort food, it is refreshing to find a restaurant that offers so many tasty and attractive options. Despite an aversion to a quantity approach, I still had reservations about small plates or tapas. I guess I'm not alone,...More

Thank Alan Y
Reviewed 22 August 2015 via mobile

Mercat a la Planxa is a great restaurant. The food is outstanding. Very nicely prepared. Of all the dishes we had, the flatbreads were particularly good. We enjoyed the beef short rib so much, we opted for another with wild mushrooms and sausage. This place...More

Thank Karen G
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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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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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