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El Mercado

#415 of 3,153 Restaurants in Austin}
$$ - $$$Mexican,
1702 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701-1316
+1 512-477-7689
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  • Excellent20%
  • Very good46%
  • Average20%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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“enchiladas” (13 reviews)
“taco plate” (2 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
1702 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701-1316
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

We went to watch the bats under the Congress bridge.. left there and were trying to decide on a place to eat.. we passed by El Mercado and turned around to go back.. thank goodness we did!! It was a great experience!! Friendly staff and...More

Thank txkimber65
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Visited El Mercdao with some local Austin friends. Great food great service great atmosphere. Pleasantly surprised at the value for money. Must go again on my next visit.

Thank Kiwicyclo
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Nothing special. It's ok but I won't be hurrying back. Service was good but all the food tasted the same, drenched in Pico.

Thank scometz
Reviewed 2 August 2017

The restaurant is a bit like that .... but the food and service are good, the menu is complete with all sorts of Mexican cuisine and not only

Thank mmqnvo
Reviewed 28 July 2017

I'm a frequent visitor here. Food is good. It's not the greatest, but it's consistent, wait staff is friendly and it's cheap! Good lunch specials, good happy hours. Each location is a little different, but they're all good

Thank Janet S
Reviewed 21 July 2017

The El Mercado has been in Austin way before I ever came to Austin, and it is still going strong. So one knows that the food is good no matter what time of the day or night you want to eat.

Thank 106cliffordw
Reviewed 13 July 2017

It doesn't look like much from outside, but once inside it opens up into quite a spacious restaurant that is very nicely and tastefully decorated. The smoked brisket enchiladas were excellent and the beans, for once no mere sideshow, are lavishly flavored with bacon and...More

Thank Erik L
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Good Tex-Mex. Say it again, good Tex-Mex! Three of us had business lunch and so getting the salsa and chips re-filled on each walk by was a big plus. Enchiladas are very good and prepared the authentic Tex-Mex way; chile relleno is roasted rather than...More

Thank CperiodLperiod
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

The food was alright but the server Danielle was rude and b***** after we spoke with manager about a bill issue as she didn't understand the question about happy hour prior to us ordering drinks. When we paid she was so rude she throw the...More

1  Thank Travis J
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Nice atmosphere. Service is good and the food is better than average. Chips were a little stale otherwise ok. Worth giving it a try.

Thank diverpilot66
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1702 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701-1316
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 512-477-7689
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