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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” (29 reviews)
“tapas” (264 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 17 October 2015

Late night had tapas after recently haveping been in Madrid was pleasantly surprised the shrimp were good as well as the Jamon Serrano Ambiance ok service very casual not impressive .

Thank laloux
Reviewed 12 October 2015

This Spanish tapas bar is a wonderful space in a building on Michigan avenue . We had a good selection of tapas and excellent Rioja. The tapas were not much really like those I've had in Spain but were good though expensive.

Thank susanwalsh
Reviewed 10 October 2015 via mobile

Since we love Spain so much I took my wife on a culinary tour of Barcelona right on Michigan Avenue at Mercat a la Planxa. Whatever your pleasure, Chef Jose Garces' mod-Mediterranean kitchen delivers a dose of Catalan soul straight to your table. Direct from...More

Thank djekels
Reviewed 8 October 2015 via mobile

We were looking for a good lunch spot after the Field Museum. Being across the street the location is great. However, you need to know they stop lunch service at 3 pm and dinner service starts at 5 pm. Being a tapas place this made...More

Thank Stephen C
Reviewed 5 October 2015

Although service at the bar was a little patchy,and not the kind of welcome expected after booking a table at this higher end restaurant,when seated , things began to improve. The menu has many of the dishes I had enjoyed in both Barcelona and Seville...More

Thank seja452
Reviewed 4 October 2015

Foods are only average, we had the grilled octopus, oxtail ravioli, the best was the 5J Iberico. The worst was the seafood paella, the seafoods on top of the paella were bitter in taste. We let the server know and asked if thats normal as...More

Thank K W
Reviewed 2 October 2015

I'm always amazed at the excellent ratings this place gets both here, on Yelp, Google, etc. Makes me feel like I'm an unsophisticated rube. That being said, I just don't get the high ratings. Maybe it's the number of hotel guests or tourists who are...More

Thank ChiTown360
Reviewed 26 September 2015 via mobile

We visited there for a dinner. Restaurant was inside the renaissance hotel by the lake. The tapas choices were good so does the cocktails we have had. Good place to try a sharing menu of 4-5 different tapas.

Thank platinum_maverick
Reviewed 25 September 2015

Every time my coworker and I visit Chicago, we go to Mercat for dinner. We don't even discuss it, as it's just a given that we're going. The cocktails are great, as are the tapas dishes. BUT, the seafood paella and black rice will bring...More

Thank Michael O
Reviewed 24 September 2015

This restaurant was recommended to me and much to my surprise, it was the restaurant in our hotel. We went for lunch and I had the short rib flat bread. It was delicious with great flavor and the meat was so tender. My husband had...More

Thank Fairfield_CTBina
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 50
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, 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
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 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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