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Mercat a la Planxa
Spanish Restaurant$$$
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638 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605
638 S Michigan AveUSILChicago60605
(312) 765-0524mercatchicago.com
$$$Spanish Restaurant, Tapas RestaurantToday 6:30 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 6:30 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 6:30 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 6:30 am – 10:00 pmThursday 6:30 am – 10:00 pmFriday 7:00 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 7:00 am – 11:00 pmSunday 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
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Take a culinary tour of Barcelona right on Michigan Avenue at Mercat a la Planxa, where Catalan inspired cocktails and cuisine comes to life.
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Creative Catalan-focused tapas, tasting menus & inventive cocktails in a stylish, swanky setting.- Google
People talk about tapas, tasting menu, bacon wrapped dates, jose garces and iron chef
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Victoria G
reviewed 3 months ago
I have heard about this place so many times and finally this one cold winter night we went there to celebrate special occasion. It was a wonderful experience. They kept bringing food... more and more (we ordered tasting menu with wine). But every bite was simply delicious. I was surprized that desert was not included in the tasting menu but we ordered separately. the cheesecake with some fancy sauce and berries was melting in my mouse. Definitely would love to go back one day again.
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Rob Kein
reviewed 2 months ago
Tasting Menu was Fantastic. Luckily it was Sunday so we got to try the suckling pig without the 72 hour advance notice. I was afraid the tapas style would not be filling but I was stuffed by the end. Highly recommend for anyone staying at the Blackstone or in the area.
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Stuart Conover
reviewed 6 months ago
I LOVE TAPAS. Not only do I love tapas but I love GOOD, QUALITY, and ORIGINAL tapas. I just wanted to get that out of the way first so you know where my review on this place is coming from. Also as my wife has me addicted to Iron Chef knowing that it was owned by Jose Garces made me want to come here even more and wow does the quality of his originality show. Every dish we tasted was good. Truita De Patata (Spanish omelette), Pimientos se padron (flash fried peppers), Gambas al aillo (garlic shrimp), mixto croquetas (chorizo!) datiles con almendras (bacon wrapped dates!) and finally the albondigas de cordero (lamb meatballs) are what we've tried so far and WOW are they all good. We've also mixed in with that the 'mixto' (3 cheese selected by the chef) two of the times we've been there and it's been a great mix. We've tried a few other things as well though so far every single thing on the menu stands out as being fantastic. I have a few favorite tapas places in the area though I do have to say I think Mercat stands out as my favorite. Writing this is making me think I need to come up with an excuse to head over here again. Thankfully I have a couple reasons to spoil my wife coming up!
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Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Hi Stuart, Thanks for the fun, detailed review - it made us all smile! We are happy to help you spoil your wife whenever you please! Best, Shamama Cheema Marketing Manager
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Jess Mean
reviewed 2 months ago
Came here for a birthday lunch and the guest of honor was pleasantly surprised by the decor and food. They offer a nice prix fixe menu that includes two courses and a non-alcoholic beverage – perfect for work lunches with that one guy who never throws in enough cash!
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Harvey Morris
reviewed 6 months ago
Affordable. Delicious. Inventive. Because this restaurant is inside the Blackstone Hotel, it sometimes gets passed by from the tourists. But that's not a bad thing. The menu is limited, but solid in options, and very affordable. The prix fixe lunch is one of the best values in downtown Chicago.
Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Hi Harvey, Thanks for the awesome review and joining us! Hope to see you back soon. Best, Shamama Cheema Marketing Manager
Ruben Astorga
reviewed a year ago
Innovative food in a vibrant environment are a definite win. The food is authentically Spanish which was a very welcome surprise. Because tapas are small plates, if you are in a group, you will have the ability to try several of the creative dishes without feeling over stuffed. The atmosphere here is definitely lively and not the place to have a quiet conversation. At least not for dinner. But in my opinion that just adds to the fun!
Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Hi Ruben, Isn't it fun to get to try so many dishes? We think so! Thank you for the review and please come back for some more fun! Best, Shamama Cheema Marketing Manager

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Tonight's Special: Albondigas de Pato - Duck Meatballs, Saffron Duck Ju, Fennel Orange Escabeche, Micro Basil.
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Check out why +Travel + Leisure says Mercat is one of the 'Best Tapas Restaurants in the U.S.'!
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Proud to be a Bib Gourmand Recipient by Michelin Guide for 2014!
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Chef Jose Garces' signature restaurant -- +Mercat a la Planxa located at +Renaissance Blackstone Hotel Chicago
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