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Mercat a la Planxa

Mercat a la Planxa

Tapas Restaurant, Spanish Restaurant, and Paella Restaurant$$$$
South Loop, Chicago
133 Tips and reviews
  • tapas
  • tasting menu
  • sangria
  • bacon wrapped dates
  • blackstone hotel
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  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago Tribune1 week ago
    The Iberian pork shoulder at Mercat a la Planxa is naturally delicious. Read more
  • Marilyn O.
    Marilyn OrtegaSeptember 10
    excellent food and service! loved everything about this place
  • Alison F.
    Alison FaganAugust 12
    Big disappointment. Zero accountability or ownership. Servers being blamed for management and kitchen staff errors. Not cool.
  • Erin F.
    Erin FlynnJuly 30
    Remarkable wine list, including multiple types of txakoli! Hard to find around here!
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 30
    Sharing tapas is great way to keep conversation flowing. After all, you have to talk about what you’re ordering if you’re sharing. By the time the garlic shrimp arrives, you’ll be old pals. Read more
  • Marta
    MartaApril 26
    Everything is amazingly delicious! But this seafood and meat paella tops it all! Good to share with 4 people!
  • jiresell
    jiresellNovember 13, 2016
    Delicious tapas restaurant. Try the tasting menu.
  • Samuel G.
    Samuel GiddinsJuly 28, 2016
    Waiter told us paella takes an hour and is for 4-6 people.
  • Carlos L.
    Carlos LopezMarch 29, 2016
    A tad expensive for tapas but it's excellent food so it's worth it!
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinFebruary 21, 2016
    Good tapas (upscale) and nice service, but the place could me a bit cozier.
  • Celia A.
    Celia ArredondoDecember 19, 2015
    Delicious tapas & lamb chops!
  • Ramon R.
    Ramon RiveraNovember 17, 2015
    All tapas, good wine
  • flying f.
    flying felizNovember 6, 2015
    Try the French Toast - #otchefstable #chicago #breakfast #michelin #bibgourmand (via @Foodspotting)
  • flying f.
    flying felizNovember 6, 2015
    Try the Coffee - #otchefstable #chicago #breakfast #michelin #bibgourmand (via @Foodspotting)
  • Ilia F.
    Ilia FishbeinSeptember 27, 2015
    I came for Sunday brunch, but opted out of the tasting menu. The chicken sandwich was fantastic and my girlfriend's grilled cheese with jam was great. Highly recommended!
  • Amber N.
    Amber NelsonSeptember 23, 2015
    Sensational food recommend the tasting menu although it's a lot of food!
  • Erika Enid
    Erika EnidSeptember 19, 2015
    The food is delicious, we loved it. #NAHREPsf #miamirealestate #bienesraices
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CieslikAugust 13, 2015
    Tapas and drinks
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzJuly 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Upscale, creative tapas & a delicious seasonal sangria or two.
  • Ben S.
    Ben SJune 14, 2015
    Cocktails are legit.
  • Miquel F.
    Miquel FeliuJune 3, 2015
    Restaurant català a Chicago!
  • Andreas K.
    Andreas KleinerMarch 11, 2015
    Amazing food and drinks on the expensive side. Friendly staff. Overall best tapas in Chicago hands down!
  • Jim O.
    Jim OFebruary 16, 2015
    The lamb chops are the best item on the menu followed closely by the bacon wrapped dates.
  • Alex Z.
    Alex ZaltsmanJanuary 9, 2015
    Absolutely outstanding tapas restaurant at the Renaissance Blackstone hotel. Highly recommend the chef's tasting menu with wine pairing.
  • Rob v.
    Rob van HalDecember 2, 2014
    Amazing tapas and surprising deserts and good quality of service...
  • Rob v.
    Rob van HalDecember 2, 2014
    Amazing food and great service and venue. We can really recommend the restaurant ...simply WOW😃
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyNovember 28, 2014
    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 K.
    Cole KennedyNovember 26, 2014
    The Ensalada Verde is fresh and delicious. A great early evening snack.
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Teri P.
    Teri PytelAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Bacon wrapped dates and any pasta
  • Marco V.
    Marco VaschettoAugust 10, 2014
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    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
  • Shannon B.
    Shannon B.May 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best spots in the South Loop. Iron Chef, Michelin Bib & great option for pre symphony or post McCormick Place!
  • Holly B.
    Holly BoundsMay 28, 2014
    The menu is longer than both of your arms. Order the tasting menu!
  • Ariel D.
    Ariel DineenApril 27, 2014
    Food was very good but service was slow.
  • Russ B.
    Russ BelueApril 5, 2014
    Bacon wrapped dates. That's all I'm saying.
  • Caroline W.
    Caroline WongJanuary 14, 2014
    EXCELLENT tapas restaurant located in the South Loop, very close to the Symphony Center and the Art Institute. Perfect for a special occasion.
  • Vladymyr A.
    Vladymyr ADecember 18, 2013
    It is in a Michelin list...
  • Masha S.
    Masha ShinderNovember 29, 2013
    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.
  • John D.
    John DotySeptember 22, 2013
    Ask to sit in the 20's. Sofa bench seats.
  • Andy W.
    Andy WallSeptember 21, 2013
    The Bacon Wrapped dates are delicious!
  • Uber Chicago ..
    Uber Chicago .September 19, 2013
    Offering 25% off bill during Uber Chicago's CHILOVESuberX, 9/20-9/22.
  • Lauri L.
    Lauri LauritsenJuly 29, 2013
    Food and service is spectacular! We will probably eat here 3 or 4 times before we leave!! Don't miss it!
  • Eyal
    EyalJuly 28, 2013
    The bloody Mary buffet is great: build and garnish your perfect drink. The eggs benedict are phenomenal.
  • Erik S.
    Erik ShaniJuly 16, 2013
    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!
  • Eduardo O.
    Eduardo O.June 25, 2013
    Great food and vegetarian friendly!
  • Janette H.
    Janette HansenJune 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Sunday Supper is a festival of pork!
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RogersJune 18, 2013
    Try the Embotellado Kiwi - a carbonated cocktail made with kiwi, thyme-infused vodka and a syrup of kiwi, thyme, coriander, sugar and white wine.
  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie GrahamJune 16, 2013
    Sunday brunch is the way to go!! And more sangria or the bloody mary bar!!!!
  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie GrahamJune 16, 2013
    The sangria flight, bacon wrapped dates, and garlic shrimp...OHHHH MY!!!!
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanJune 15, 2013
    Great lunch & brunch items. Excellent lamb chops!
  • Elena M.
    Elena MaríaMay 5, 2013
    Brunch is only $25 and the food is ridiculously amazing. Mimosas and bloody's are $5. AMEN.
  • Elena M.
    Elena MaríaMay 3, 2013
    The lamb chops are outstanding. A must order!
  • Johnna
    JohnnaApril 20, 2013
    Steak w/manchego & bacon biscuits in sausage gravy is delicious. Ditch the diet for this breakfast item!
  • godless girl
    godless girlMarch 10, 2013
    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.
  • Benjamin S.
    Benjamin SpiegelMarch 8, 2013
    Best octopus !!!
  • 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.
    Kelly DressJanuary 27, 2013
    Dessert isn't included in any tastings.
  • Kelly D.
    Kelly DressJanuary 27, 2013
    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 C.
    Kelly ConroyJanuary 7, 2013
    Amazing food, amazing service. Try the bacon-wrapped dates, patatas bravas, arroz coliflor... Ok everything is wonderful!
  • Megan B.
    Megan BannisterJanuary 3, 2013
    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.
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LewandowskiDecember 23, 2012
    Try the chef's tasting menu, it's worth the price :)
  • Omar P.
    Omar PerezDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Lamb Loin
  • Bill S.
    Bill SkodaNovember 9, 2012
    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.
  • MoRiza
    MoRizaOctober 20, 2012
    Try the Grilled Baby Octopus - Never had it this good before.
  • MoRiza
    MoRizaOctober 16, 2012
    Try the Gambas a la Plancha
  • MoRiza
    MoRizaOctober 14, 2012
    Try the Gambas Al Ajillo - Grilled perfectly!
  • Jace
    JaceOctober 3, 2012
    Food was awesome and the portions were perfect.
  • Lillian L.
    Lillian LinSeptember 26, 2012
    The $20 lamb curry isn't that great
  • ACME Hotel Company Chicago
    Mercat serves Catalan cuisine in a stunning Mediterranean setting. Pretty good. Hands down.
  • Dani N.
    Dani NelsonAugust 5, 2012
  • Chirag P.
    Chirag PatelAugust 5, 2012
    Creative recipes and really good spot for the loop but too many dishes rely on their traditional Spanish alioli sauce
  • Paul A.
    Paul A.July 16, 2012
    Easily a shining example of Chef Jose Garces' considerable talent. Everything on the menu is great, especially the bacon-wrapped dates and the lamb meatballs in a fois grois sauce.
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KoltsJuly 12, 2012
    Um gee... The service was ridiculously slow, the food was average compared to real tapas and the desserts felt like they sat out for about 20 min before we got them. The beer will fill you up!
  • Sergi
    SergiJuly 9, 2012
    dates with almond and bacon
  • Jake S.
    Jake SungMay 11, 2012
    The Pork Belly(TOCINO CON CIDRA) is a must!!
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineMay 7, 2012
    Looking for something rich? Try the rabbit agnolotti with brandied cherries and truffle-chestnut purée or slow-cooked pork belly in sweet cider glaze. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 4, 2012
    Your mom will like the three-course Catalan-inspired brunch menu. But she'll really like the bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas for $8.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 3, 2012
    Carving station featuring rosemary-roasted lamb and cider-glazed salmon: check. Dessert station: check. Three-course prix fixe (paella, prawns, bacon-wrapped dates)? Sounds crazy, but: check. Read more
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoMarch 11, 2012
    Pre-order the roasted suckling pig!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 9, 2012
    The Spanish restaurant has a new cocktail list from bartender Jake Daniken. Read more
  • Chris A.
    Chris AvilaFebruary 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    My favourite dish is the pulpo (octopus with confit yukon potatoes with olive oil) and gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp with guindilla chilies)
  • Roosevelt Collection
    Roosevelt CollectionJanuary 24, 2012
    Get the chef's tasting menu. If you'd rather make your own selections, be sure to order the bacon-wrapped dates.
  • Sami S.
    Sami ShlimonDecember 8, 2011
    Having Late Tappas At mercat A la Planxa
  • Rebekah H.
    Rebekah HaferbeckerNovember 13, 2011
    It is inside the Blackstone Hotel!
  • Michael P.
    Michael PerhaesNovember 8, 2011
    I have no recollection of having been here.
  • Kristen H.
    Kristen HundleyNovember 5, 2011
    Think they've fixed the slowness ... Very nice experience
  • Annie C.
    Annie ChambersOctober 30, 2011
    Unbelievable creativity in each dish, a blending of unexpected ingredients that suit each other beautifully. You can watch them cook too.
  • Karin K.
    Karin KovitvongsaOctober 20, 2011
    Hidden Gem within the BlackStone Hotel on South Michigan. Great interior, awesome Sangria, and best bacon-wrapped dates in the city!
  • Maureen V.
    Maureen VOctober 13, 2011
    My white sangria had a half of a slice of lime chopped up in it - but the bacon wrapped dates are scrumptious!
  • Laurence W.
    Laurence WeinsteinSeptember 18, 2011
    Sunday brunch. Roast pig. Unlimited bloody marys. The yellow tomato gazpacho is tops.
  • Chiara P.
    Chiara PiccinottiAugust 6, 2011
    The burger is good and the ambiance is fun, but the drinks aren't great and the service (Saturday, lunch, not busy) is abysmally slow. Hope they fix that.
  • Megh D.
    Megh DuwadiAugust 6, 2011
    My bloody Mary tastes like turpentine, and our food orders are nowhere to be found. Dislike.
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzJuly 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The chilled spring garlic almond soup is very refreshing on a hot summer day.
  • Kevin A.
    Kevin AllenJuly 10, 2011
    Order this!
  • Kevin A.
    Kevin AllenJuly 10, 2011
    Possibly the first place in the city to have Estrella Damm on tap! Please reward them by ordering it. :)
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew TorgomanJuly 3, 2011
    Tried to redeem foursquare special and was told they are nit aware of it and I got denied.. A little embarassing and unecessary, especially for frequent customers..
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterJune 21, 2011
    $1.99 Sangria for checking into 4sq. Also, ask the hostess if there's a Iron Chef menu: 5 tapas tasting for $35!! It's not always offered.
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsJune 20, 2011
    Our concierge Catherine @ Sax Chicago loves having brunch here. The adventurous can place an order (at least 72 hours in advance) for a whole Cochinillo Asado (aka. a roasted suckling pig) for dinner.
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PortellJune 14, 2011
    Their brunch is great and you get more food than you could possibly consume for $25 Read more
  • Sima D.
    Sima Dahl, CSPJune 6, 2011
    Amazing prix fixe options - let Chef Jose Garces take you on a gastronomic ride! Read more
  • insun k.
    insun kimMay 17, 2011
    Tried to redeem the foursquare special but the waitress told us the restaurant never honored a deal like that. Take it off foursquare if it's expired, geez!!!
  • Shannon B.
    Shannon B.May 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Do the Chef's Tasting Menu! Your taste buds will not be disappointed with this culinary journey!
  • Ariel J.
    Ariel JApril 12, 2011
    Amazing menu. The Atún (Yellow Fin Tuna) and the Calamari are extraordinary.
  • Chiara C.
    Chiara ChristienApril 9, 2011
    Happy birthday ms Reavy
  • Sarah V.
    Sarah VassalloApril 3, 2011
    If you're waiting for your table, wait in la veranda.
  • ShoeHefner
    ShoeHefnerMarch 23, 2011
    $8 for all u can drink mimosa/bloody mary/sangria bar 4 brunch sounds like a deal even though I don't drink-womp womp!
  • Megan
    MeganMarch 16, 2011
    Watch out for the mango sorbet ... the chilis that it's made with aren't listed on the menu and if you're not expecting it, the heat will win! Described as the hottest item on the menu.
  • Marisa S.
    Marisa SantiagoFebruary 18, 2011
    Chicago Restaurant Week!! $18 Catalan Express is awesome, go with friends and try everything!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkJanuary 18, 2011
    Mercat a la Planxa, the Catalan restaurant from Jose Garces, offers exciting tapas dishes and delicious Jamon Serrano.
  • Matt W.
    Matt WeitzmanNovember 7, 2010
    show the special!
  • ECava
    ECavaOctober 1, 2010
    The octopus a la planxa is legit divine. Baby octopus grilled, but still succelent and served with a bright, bracing sauce. Also, the pork belly and truffle cucumber slaw will make you see God.
  • Kate R.
    Kate RitchieSeptember 27, 2010
    Try the El Bolero marg, anything including chorizo, and one of the flatbreads. Love jose garces!
  • Nicole W.
    Nicole WilliamsSeptember 27, 2010
    Get the tasting menu... incredible!
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan RegaladoSeptember 26, 2010
    The food was good but the portions were too small for the price.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerAugust 11, 2010
    'jamon Iberico' best in the city at Mercat
  • Charlie J.
    Charlie JudyAugust 10, 2010
    This place is seriously off-the-hook. Unbelievable...go here. Just get the tasting menu and let the chef take care of you. Sangria along the way is a must.
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Chicken, chorizo, rock shrimp and piquillo pepper aioli combine for bold, stew-like Arroz a la Cazuela, one of the finest soups in town. Read more
  • Henry S.
    Henry SJuly 4, 2010
    The arroz con leche is my new favorite!
  • Fraser M.
    Fraser MackenzieJune 3, 2010
    Food is off the charts aMazing and my job is to eat out! Wicked!
  • vanessa m.
    vanessa mentorApril 30, 2010
    Bacon wrapped dates!
  • Paul J.
    Paul JonesApril 22, 2010
    Get the chef's tasting menu. The best!!
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GoodSmithApril 13, 2010
    The Monday special- a surefire way to awkwardly get a glass of decent sangria for just 2 dollars and all the judgement and hatred a spurned waiter can provide
  • Rick T.
    Rick TorresFebruary 15, 2010
    Try the El Bolero (Lime/Avocado Margarita). Sweet & tasty..have 1 or 3!!!
  • Duong S.
    Duong SheahanJanuary 27, 2010
    If you love tapas-must visit. Try Albondigas de Venera (scalops, shrimp, meatballs marinatd grapes & shaved Idiazabal
  • Kathryn J.
    Kathryn JanicekJanuary 25, 2010
    I have suggested Mercat to many friends -- and they all loved their experiences. The biggest hit: the avocado martini.
  • Todor K.
    Todor KrecuDecember 9, 2009
    The Catalan Express is $18 and includes choice of First Course, Second Course and soda.
  • maddie
    maddieNovember 24, 2009
    Chicago's very own Iron Chef!!
  • Kim R.
    Kim RussellNovember 15, 2009
    The words I put here cannot do justice to how good the food is. Just go.
  • Christl V.
    Christl VerbiestAugust 2, 2016
    Gezellige sfeer
  • Roberto F.
    Roberto Franco do AmaralSeptember 18, 2015
    Talvez uma das carnes mais macias que comi na vida #lamb
  • Gabi M.
    Gabi MonteroSeptember 14, 2014
    ¡Quiero volver!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 17, 2010
    Try the Ensalada de Jamon Con Higos
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