Mercat a la Planxa

Mercat a la Planxa

Tapas Restaurant, Spanish Restaurant, and Paella Restaurant
638 S Michigan Ave (at E Balbo Ave), Chicago, IL 60605, United States
Closed until 7:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 7:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 7:00 AM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Take a culinary tour of Barcelona right on Michigan Avenue at Mercat a la Planxa, a Chicago Tapas Restaurant by Iron Chef Jose Garces!


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    Charlie J.
    "Just get the tasting menu and let the chef take care of you."(11 Tips)
    Andy W.
    "The Bacon Wrapped dates are delicious!"(7 Tips)
    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    "Chef Jose Garces’s colorful Catalan place pairs park views"(3 Tips)
    Karin K.
    "Hidden Gem within the BlackStone Hotel on South Michigan."(3 Tips)
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  • tapas
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  • catalan express
  • blackstone hotel
  • octopus
  • brunch food
  • pork belly
  • wine
  • chorizo
  • park views
  • lamb
  • authentic
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  • Bloody Mary bar
  • breakfast food
  • margaritas
  • Kirstjen L.

    Upscale, creative tapas & a delicious seasonal sangria or two.

    Kirstjen Lorenz · 3 days ago
  • Ben S.

    Cocktails are legit.

    Ben S · June 14
  • Miquel F.

    Restaurant català a Chicago!

    Miquel Feliu · June 3
  • Sam W.

    Flights of sangria! By the way, if you're a fan of paella, it is served after 5pm. Sunday brunch is a limited menu, too.

    Sam Wakim · March 30
  • Andreas K.

    Amazing food and drinks on the expensive side. Friendly staff. Overall best tapas in Chicago hands down!

    Andreas Kleiner · March 11
  • Jim O.

    The lamb chops are the best item on the menu followed closely by the bacon wrapped dates.

    Jim O · February 16
  • Alex Z.

    Absolutely outstanding tapas restaurant at the Renaissance Blackstone hotel. Highly recommend the chef's tasting menu with wine pairing.

    Alex Zaltsman · January 9
  • Rob v.

    Amazing tapas and surprising deserts and good quality of service...

    Rob van Hal · December 2, 2014
  • Rob v.

    Amazing food and great service and venue. We can really recommend the restaurant ...simply WOW😃

    Rob van Hal · December 2, 2014
  • Cole K.

    Start your day off right with the Blackstone Benedict (eggs Benedict with truffled hollandaise). Head downstairs and grab Starbucks for coffee, though - $4 is too much for diner coffee.

    Cole Kennedy · November 28, 2014
  • Cole K.

    The Ensalada Verde is fresh and delicious. A great early evening snack.

    Cole Kennedy · November 26, 2014
  • Gabi M.

    ¡Quiero volver!

    Gabi Montero · September 14, 2014
  • Kirstjen L.

    The horchata dessert is, I think, the best thing on the dessert menu. Wonderful flavors, and you can get a small amount or a large amount.

    Kirstjen Lorenz · August 31, 2014
  • Teri P.

    Bacon wrapped dates and any pasta

    Teri Pytel · August 16, 2014
  • Marco V.


    Marco Vaschetto · August 10, 2014
  • Time Out Chicago

    The sous vide pork belly at Mercat a la Planxa is like warm, pig-flavored ice cream, the meat and fat of it melting in the mouth. Read more

    Time Out Chicago · August 2, 2014
  • Shannon B.

    One of the best spots in the South Loop. Iron Chef, Michelin Bib & great option for pre symphony or post McCormick Place!

    Shannon B. · May 30, 2014
  • Holly B.

    The menu is longer than both of your arms. Order the tasting menu!

    Holly Bounds · May 28, 2014
  • Ariel D.

    Food was very good but service was slow.

    Ariel Dineen · April 27, 2014
  • Russ B.

    Bacon wrapped dates. That's all I'm saying.

    Russ Belue · April 5, 2014
  • Caroline W.

    EXCELLENT tapas restaurant located in the South Loop, very close to the Symphony Center and the Art Institute. Perfect for a special occasion.

    Caroline Wong · January 14, 2014
  • Vladymyr A.

    It is in a Michelin list...

    Vladymyr A · December 18, 2013
  • Masha S.

    Me and my husband were here on Thanksgiving, we split thanksgiving dinner and it was absolutely amazing experience, I also had a glass of Chardonnay, and it was a perfect addition.

    Masha Shinder · November 29, 2013
  • John D.

    Ask to sit in the 20's. Sofa bench seats.

    John Doty · September 22, 2013
  • Andy W.

    The Bacon Wrapped dates are delicious!

    Andy Wall · September 21, 2013
  • Uber Chicago ..

    Offering 25% off bill during Uber Chicago's CHILOVESuberX, 9/20-9/22.

    Uber Chicago . · September 19, 2013
  • Lauri L.

    Food and service is spectacular! We will probably eat here 3 or 4 times before we leave!! Don't miss it!

    Lauri Lauritsen · July 29, 2013
  • Eyal

    The bloody Mary buffet is great: build and garnish your perfect drink. The eggs benedict are phenomenal.

    Eyal · July 28, 2013
  • Erik S.

    Wow!!!! Very very good!!!! We did the tasting menu and enjoyed every single dish. Standing out we're the figs in bacon, the garlic shrimp and the cured meat. If you are in the city, come here!

    Erik Shani · July 16, 2013
  • Eduardo O.

    Great food and vegetarian friendly!

    Eduardo O. · June 25, 2013
  • Janette H.

    The Sunday Supper is a festival of pork!

    Janette Hansen · June 24, 2013
  • Melissa R.

    Try the Embotellado Kiwi - a carbonated cocktail made with kiwi, thyme-infused vodka and a syrup of kiwi, thyme, coriander, sugar and white wine.

    Melissa Rogers · June 18, 2013
  • Stephanie G.

    Sunday brunch is the way to go!! And more sangria or the bloody mary bar!!!!

    Stephanie Graham · June 16, 2013
  • Stephanie G.

    The sangria flight, bacon wrapped dates, and garlic shrimp...OHHHH MY!!!!

    Stephanie Graham · June 16, 2013
  • Leyla A.

    Great lunch & brunch items. Excellent lamb chops!

    Leyla Arsan · June 15, 2013
  • Sonalee J.

    The brunch tasting menu on weekends is delicious, and includes a lot of food for the price.

    Sonalee Joshi · June 9, 2013
  • Elena M.

    Brunch is only $25 and the food is ridiculously amazing. Mimosas and bloody's are $5. AMEN.

    Elena María · May 5, 2013
  • Elena M.

    The lamb chops are outstanding. A must order!

    Elena María · May 3, 2013
  • Johnna

    Steak w/manchego & bacon biscuits in sausage gravy is delicious. Ditch the diet for this breakfast item!

    Johnna · April 20, 2013
  • godless girl

    The chef's tasting menu is blissful. They will customize it for you if you have allergies or preferences--even down to the wine pairing.

    godless girl · March 10, 2013
  • Benjamin S.

    Best octopus !!!

    Benjamin Spiegel · March 8, 2013
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    Chef Jose Garces’s colorful Catalan place pairs park views with a menu of delicious ambition. Bodega N. 5 downstairs is a tasty bargain. – Green Guide Editor

  • Kelly D.

    Dessert isn't included in any tastings.

    Kelly Dress · January 27, 2013
  • Kelly D.

    The luxury tasting was delicious. Disappointed in the amount of "wine pairings" (only 3) and the price of wine is ridiculous (find it at Binnys). Excellent service and great food. Get dessert!

    Kelly Dress · January 27, 2013
  • Kelly C.

    Amazing food, amazing service. Try the bacon-wrapped dates, patatas bravas, arroz coliflor... Ok everything is wonderful!

    Kelly Conroy · January 7, 2013
  • Megan B.

    A little bit pricey but the food was absolutely incredible. I highly recommend the jamón serrano & the arroz de coliflor. The staff was extremely helpful and very attentive as well.

    Megan Bannister · January 3, 2013
  • Jeff L.

    Try the chef's tasting menu, it's worth the price :)

    Jeff Lewandowski · December 23, 2012
  • Omar P.

    Try the Lamb Loin

    Omar Perez · December 9, 2012
  • Craig T.

    Por service. Food average. Nothing to do with real Catalán food

    Craig Taylor · November 25, 2012
  • Bill S.

    Try the Queso And Charcuterie Tapas - Way outside my comfort zone, rabbit and foie gras rillette was amazing. Queso tapas were Goat, Sheep and Buffalo.

    Bill Skoda · November 9, 2012

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