Mercado - Los Angeles

4.7 based on 555 reviews
Cuisine Type Contemporary Mexican
Price Range $30 and under
Neighborhood Beverly Grove

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About Mercado - Los Angeles

Mercado on 3rd St. is the 2nd location for partners Jesse Gomez and Executive Chef Jose Acevedo. The restaurant is an inventive mix of food, atmosphere and tradition, reflecting the heart & soul of new Mexican dining. The restaurant is set up as several different spaces, with the main dining area as a covered patio space that looks out to 3rd street for a beautiful view. The open air bar is a relaxing way to enjoy a cocktail and food. The menu exemplifies the cuisine and flavor of the partners Mexican roots, featuring items such as Chef Acevedo's signature Carnitas, created from a recipe handed down through generations. With tortillas made by hand, the finest meats, poultry and seafood, flavorful sauces, enchiladas and tacos, produce from the local farmers' market, and everything made from the freshest ingredients, Mercado offers handcrafted cuisine, artful design, warm atmosphere and service that is both friendly and informed to guide each guest through the dining experience.
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  2. Happy Hour
  3. Brunch
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4.7
Excellent
Based on 555 reviews
Noise Level
Moderate
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
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carne asada
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great food
guacamole and chips
margarita is the best
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4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We Loved it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is incredible – from the nachos that are homemade with fresh guacamole topped with pepitas, to the incredible fish tacos, we had an amazing time and left so full we could hardly move.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great spicy margaritas! Also recommend the al pastor.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was way too rushed. We had two cocktails each, apps and entrees and exited the restaurant within 45 mins of being seated. Everything was served at once. And the waiter was efficient to the point of being robotic. This feels like a volume business where turning tables is their highest priority. Won't be back. Oh, and terrible, sugary, mushy carnitas. How does a Mexican restaurant manage to screw up carnitas?

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and drinks (particularly liked the hibiscus margaritas)...lively atmosphere but not so loud that you couldn't hear...overall a very good dinning experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We LOVE Mercado! Mercado used to be one of our neighborhood haunts but we recently moved and were so sad to no longer be as close to Mercado, so we try to eat there any time we are Mid Wilshire. Our favorites are the jalapeno cucumber margarita, the dip duo (that queso! that guac!), and the carne asada (melt in your mouth) with the market veggies. I've tried most things on the menu though and you can't go wrong! Highly recommend this place if you love tex-mex!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Mercado Los Angeles is amazing. From the service to the food everything was top notch. I do not remember the name of our server but he was outstanding. Very friendly and personable. Made sure our experience was top notch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to Mercado several times and I have always had a great experience. I did a low-key dinner with my friends for my birthday and everyone enjoyed it!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Their best asset was quality food. The seating was a little crowded but there was enough space for our coats. Real booths would give more privacy. \n\nThe service was good. They were informative and prompt. The prices weren't a bargain but they didn't overcharge.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is great and surprisingly authentic flavors. Especially their guacamole! Margaritas are average, their not bad but not the best I've had. The food definitely is much better!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We couldn't have had a better time. Service was incredible. Food delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

They tried to seat us in the main dining room but we wanted something more romantic. Gave us an amazing table by the fireplace! Waitress was fantastic as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food! Amazing ambience! The service was perfect!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food! Always a good experience at Mercado.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing service, delicious food! Came here for the first time and was blown away at the quality.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and drinks

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waiter was amazing!!!!! The food was good , guacamole rocked!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

we enjoyed the guacamole and chips, both of which were outstanding. Other dishes were either good or very tasty. While it was noisy, we were at a booth and could engage in conversation with others in our party of four.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I wish I had known three years ago this place had opened in Hollywood - I had been to the restaurant in Santa Monica a couple of times but didn't know they had a second location - now I know! The food is amazing - yum! I took a date and had our amazing waiter Kenny pick our shared plates, he was spot on! The food was delicious and it was a great place for a date, good conversation, lots to look at and a great atmosphere! I would highly recommend it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We moved out of LA, so we were very sad that this turned out to be our last dinner at Mercado. This was one of our regular places in LA -- and a candidate for best Mexican food in the country. Service was always uniformly great -- of course, we had our regular server who was wonderful to us. But it's the food that puts Mercado on top. Many dishes here are 'bests' in their category: best scallops, best carnitas, best flan. The only thing that would improve Mercado would be opening one in our new city: DC.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was slow. Waited 30 mins since i sat down before taking our drink order and someone to notice us. WE had to call a server over.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was my friend's birthday, and a great night!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a great time. I wish we knew for parties of 5 or more it would only be communal seating but still the service was quick and tasty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Mercado never fails to deliver innovative and delicious Mexican cuisine in a beautiful and chic setting. From amazing margaritas to tasty entrees, this spot is one of my favorite restaurants on 3rd street. I also dream about their queso dip.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We mad a reservation and were told our party could not sit until everyone was there even though there were plenty of open tables. This is a terrible policy. We would have bought way more drinks if they had sat us at our reservation time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food, looking forward to returning when in LA!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to this place over and over and over. Never disappoints. Love it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great modern Mexican food!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've always bragged about the fish tacos you serve here and this time I wanted to prove it to my friend. Boy was I disappointed! The fish tacos came out with the smallest piece of fish ever and was in general pretty bland tasting. I felt embarrassed for bragging about it and I could tell my friend wasn't very impressed either. Your guacamole though is amazing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

They have good drinks and great food! Great for happy hour too

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I dine here several times a month, and Mercado never disappoints... awesome, healthy, fresh cuisine.... great for vegans... we adore this restaurant! :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The best carne asada I've ever had!!!!! And the warm quest chorizo dip was yummy.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time at this location and in spite of making a reservation about a week in advance (had a client coming to town) was still put in the most remote booth possible (near the restrooms and exit). Seriously? Can I ever take a client to a 'hip' restaurant without this happening????\nThe food was good, server was nice but too busy, and clients loved the drinks. One person, looking for a non-alcoholic beverage found it difficult (almost comical) to order a sparkling water/club soda with a splash of juice and lime. It was served in three different glasses!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is DELICIOUS and brought out separately when ordered to enjoy appetizers and meal. The customer service is exceptional. Great ambiance! I keep coming back and enjoying it each time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was pleasantly surprised with Mercado, loved it. From the fresh, great tasting chips and guacamole to the creative and delicious fish tacos, I enjoyed every bite. The great server was an added bonus.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

A typical start to a dinner, noise level was a bit high, but nothing to complain about. The waiter was prompt on our arrival and the drinks and appetizers arrived at our table without a hitch. Really good guacamole. My wife excused herself to use the restroom. She back in a state of pique. The condition of the facilities really had her upset- so much so she wanted to leave. I thought she was overstating so I took a look for myself. I would have been shocked if the restrooms where at a truck stop. Really shocking. I complained to the waiter. He offered the staff bathroom, but by then, we had lost all confidence in the kitchen. We walked out leaving two drinks and that excellent appetizer on the table.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The guacamole was great. It was very well seasoned and a good balanced, spiciness. I had chicken enchiladas. The mole was a bit sweet for my taste and the chicken breast meat was a tad dry but overall the dish was good. My wife had Mahi Mahi tacos that were really good. \n\nMy only complaint was I indicated in the reservation notes that it was my wife's birthday. I wasn't looking for a free dessert or half the restaurant running out to sing. But I did expect the host, server, somebody to say Happy Birthday. To acknowledge her would have told me you read my note and paid attention to what was going on. I was so surprised that on the way out I checked with the hostess again to make sure she checked us in through Open Table and had the reservation. She confirmed that she did; disappointing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came with a largish group for a weekend brunch. We were seated promptly and all else went without a hitch -- good drinks, food, service etc. It's not the cheapest, and certainly not the cheapest Mexican, but it's tasty food in a beautiful setting and great neighborhood and thus was a solid choice for our particular gathering.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant's decor was very nice; Server was great; food was good, especially the quacamole, but the, 'drink special' (cucumber margarita) was too expensive ($14).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best cucumber margaritas and guacamole I've ever had. Everyone enjoyed their food and drink.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and great owners. The family owns Yxta downtown as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Mercado staff rolled out the red carpet for our one year anniversary. We met and had dinner at Mercado a year ago to date. The staff placed us in the same section we sat in and brought out champagne. The hostess was very friendly and the waiters were attentive. The food was amazing and the ambiance was perfect! Mercado has a special place in my heart. Thank you for your amazing service!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We felt that even though there were many tables open, their policy of not moving tables at their banquette together is incredibly pretentious. When asked if they had any juices as mixers they said no. I asked for their special margarita, which was blood orange, with no Cointreau and change the tequila to bourbon, no problem. This gave me bourbon and blood orange juice. It just seemed all the way around they were very pretentious. The food however was delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the Spicy Cucumber Margs!! Carnitas is delicious. A good amount of goers for the price. \n\nThey were a little pushy with the two hour time limit for 8 people which I thought strange. \n\nOverall I would be back. Great food and drinks.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was not your usual Mexican...very good quality. The atmosphere was a little banal...not enough color and not enough light to really see the menu...needs some red light and more art.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is just delicious

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good. Service was quick and the food was good. I recommend the flan over the tres leches.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Would have liked to have gotten a table where initially requested - near the street. Our main dishes took quite a while to come - but the chef sent a free desert bc of our wait, so that was a nice touch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good- did not plan a big meal. Enjoyed a kale salad and again Tamales

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I really enjoyed dining here. It was my first time there and I did not know what to expect. The waiter was great and friendly. The drinks were delicious and the chips were homemade. The food flavors were terrific!1 I highly recommend this restaurant for both a date night or with friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Just arrived in LA and it was my first meal for the day. Wonderful tamales, fish for the day and all perfect!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lovely dinner with my husband. Great service. Wonderful food. I had skirt steak with grilled corn. Very tasty. Husband had fish tacos, which he said were excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The noise level in this place is a little loud for my tastes (seems like the bartender kept dropping something that would clang LOUDLY and didn't seem apologetic), but the food was pretty good. The queso dip was amazing and the kale salad that I got was great for my appetite level (not hungry, but not looking for a large plate). \n\nThat seemed to be the only mid-sized/priced option on the menu though. So either come for chips and queso or with a HUGE appetite.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the open space and communal vibe. The guacamole was some of the best I've had. We had tacos and tamales off the happy hour menu and everything was delicious. Never even looked at the regular menu. Definitely want to go back and/or try one of their other locations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is actually great for any occasion. All of their locations are wonderful, have great service and amazing food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for a family meal on last night of vacation. Valet parking so easy to get there. Service was friendly and fast. Food very fresh and tasty. Don't make our mistake of filling up on guac and dip.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoyable dinner. The food was excellent. I enjoyed their special tamale which was a turkey tamale (since it was the day after Thanksgiving). The chips and guacamole are yummy. I would definitely dine here again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Hate to complain... been to Mercado many times and always have enjoyed the experience. To me, Mercado is a middle of the road restaurant, perfect for a night out where you're not breaking the bank, but still having a decent dining experience. The food is always predictably good, and our server on Friday night was excellent in his attentiveness. My complaint, unfortunately, is the drinks were tremendously watered down. We all ordered 4-5 rounds of Margaritas, and we all walked out of there pretty sober. If the drinks had been made correctly, 5 margaritas should have had a little more of an impact. If you can't taste the tequila, then there's too much other stuff in there - and upon discussion the next morning, we all had the same experience. I'd certainly give Mercado another go, but if I have the same experience and discover they're cutting corners on the drinks, I don't need to ever go there again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent as always. Tamales outstanding. Love the nachos

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was very impressed by Mercado. I am hard of hearing and requested a quiet spot to dine. They put us in a nice room with a fireplace, where I was able to have a conversation. You don't always get that, even if you request it. So thank you Mercado for the thoughtfulness and the excellent food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place! Such great food. You definitely want to get the choriqueso as an appetizer. Everything I've had here is wonderful, including the salad! It was one of the best I've ever had.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

While I can appreciate the trendiness of this place, and the food was good, I'm in service with nice, we're still trying to figure out how to women had one glass of wine shared one entrée shared a salad and ended up having $130 dinner tab? This is not a value restaurant, this is a very overpriced midtown LA trendy evening spot.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Mercado is refined Mexican cuisine that still has heart. The carnitas plate & torts, the kale salad, the huevos rancheros and the chile relleno are especially worth a try. Great location at 3rd Street and Fairfax allows you to get your shop on too!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loud, overpriced small drink, nothing special. It was my second time there in three years. I was not impressed either time. I ordered the expensive (happy hour) margarita--which came in a small glass filled with ice. The various tacos were mediocre--I had guests in from Japan and wanted to broaden their taste horizons--we were not wowed in the least...

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time for brunch here. Everyone in my group loved their choices: kale salad, breakfast burrito, and huevos ranchero/chile relleno. I definitely want to return to try other dishes. Service was wonderful. Atmosphere is bright and welcoming. Parking is a challenge if you don't do valet.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We sat in the West Room, it was a little quieter then the east indoor/outdoor room but still hard to hear each other.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

fabulous - as always - although i do miss the fabulous camerones plate they do....its been swapped with a lobster taco that i'm sure is fab....but i miss that plate dearly....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Took some friends here from out of town because they were looking for something different. By the end of the night they already wanted to come back again. The dip duo, dos gringas,tamales, mango sorbet...it all was top notch once again. One of my favorite spots.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

the food is always really good, the service too - my thing is I hate having to sit with a table full of strangers all night and left with no choice but to have your entire conversation in front of them if you want have one at all. but you're really only two margaritas away from not even noticing they're there, so grab a drink at the bar before you're seated and you're half way there

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Frequent patrons. Mercado has two sides. One is more open and as a result, is louder. The other is a bit darker and quieter. Just make sure to request which side you want...I typically prefer the latter.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Mercado's food is modern Mexican, with great flavor and fresh ingredients. The calabacitas and cahuenga cucumber salad were outstanding. We love the grilled fish tacos. The cucumber jalapeño margaritas are worth the visit alone. We prefer the banquette seating but during happy hour that part of the restaurant isn't open. Happy hour menu is shared high top seating. We ate at the low top private seating since we prefer the full menu but happy hour is a real bargain.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great modern Mexican option in WEHO.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant has some good seating on the darker, more spacious side and terrible seating on the more 'cantina' side. We went for a nice meal but struck out when we were seated in the cantina... you just can't have a relaxed meal there. Too noisy, and you're crammed in next to others. The food was enjoyable as usual, but next time we'll have to either wait for the better side or go elsewhere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really great food and service. We enjoyed everything including the drinks which were unique. Just a wonderful restaurant. We will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The fish tacos, cilantro lime rice, and guacamole and tortilla chips were all incredibly tasty and I would go back again for all of them. The blood orange margarita was also quite tasty and potent.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We arrived earlier than our reservation, so we bellied up to the bar and ordered drinks and appetizers. The Tacos de Carnitas are to die for! Service was slow and perfunctory, but the food is well worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had the carnitas which were delicious. Generous portion.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

we were sat at a table next to the door to the kitchen. I do not recognize this location in the restaurant. Perhaps that area it should be turned in the bar top tables for more bar top style dining. Otherwise it's good neighborhood Mexican place at the Chefy flare.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the food, drinks were delicious (had to wait a little longer than usual for the second one which is the only reason for the 4 stars instead of 5 on service). Great guacamole, ceviche was fresh and the scallops were very flavorful. I love the open air seating and there's easy valet parking. Will definitely come back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Second time here and it was just as amazing as before !!! It's not my go to spot for dinner date or pre outing with the girls !!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food at Mercado is excellent, but it has the highest noise level of any restaurant I've ever seen. It is literally impossible to hear across the table without sharply raising your voice. They need to add a lot of soundproofing for this to be a place I would recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The overall ambiance of Mercado was nice. The service was good and if you're looking for a twist on Mexican cuisine look no further. The cost is a bit pricier than most restaurants in this category, but if you want to dine in West Hollywood this is expected.\n\nI would recommend this restaurant for a date, taking the folks out for a chill evening or hanging out with friends. Mercado has an environment that is inviting for all.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful attentive service, great atmosphere, modern decor and food was absolutely delicious...Best flan dessert ever!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was so good, especially the cocktails. Great place for a get together

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

What can I say... except I love this place! Went with a friend that also loves it. He's been there 4 x's and this time brought his sister. I made a reservation for seating by the windows as usual but they were super crowded and we sat at a banquet. No biggie... it was still comfortable and delicious. Food's unreal. Been going there since it opened . Met the chef Jose when they first opened who is so creative with his dishes. Met the Manager Jeff who couldn't be nicer. So accommodating and friendly. I just love going to a place were everyone is nice ...duh ! Jeff said to mention his name when I book a reservation by the windows next time. Our waitress was great too ( forgot her name) ! Usually Kenny helps us and he's a doll. I'm glad they are doing so well. But I'm not surprised !!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

There is a reason this place is busy. Great food! Portions are not massive, well ours weren't. Server was very welcoming and informative.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fun beautiful space with tasty creative Mexican eat but a little on the pricey side.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always great food

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

At Mercado, we can always count on consistently good food, drinks, service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We always eat the same dishes here because they never disappoint! The carnitas are the best in town and the fresh fish dishes, a daily special, are fresh and full of flavor. They had a special pumpkin flan on the menu on this visit and, while we hesitated on ordering it, we were very happy we did!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We are never disappointed. Great food, great service, great drinks!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Consistently delivers good food, good service and fun atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We eat here often - too often - but keep coming back because the food and service are excellent! The kale salad, fish specials, carnitas, guac and flan (the stuff of dreams!) are our go tos, but you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The place upon arrival was packed. Reservation was timely honored. I asked for seating in adjacent room hoping it would be less noisy but it wasn't. Service was prompt and informative. Food arrived timely and was very tasty. Overall experience was very positive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ceviche is the BEST I have ever had! Great place for people watching and the spicy marg is perfect

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ribs and cucumber salad are amazing!!! Floors are very slippery though. Very scary.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Made a reservation for 8:30 was alittle late but when I arrived me and my party were seated instantly in a very nice location in the restaurant .. the waiter was very attentive and accommodating .. the food was delicious and so were the drinks . Def plan on going back for sure

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Found this place on Open Table...it's right on a VERY busy corner and it is completely open so you first get the street noise...lots of honking, etc. Then, they BLAST the music...so you have to yell to talk. \nToo bad because everything we ate at happy hour was delicious...especially the guacamole.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love the food and staff. It's too loud to hear people you are with. Maybe they an bring the music down before 9:00 so we can hear other and not have to scream.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server looked bored whilst taking our order. My daughters and myself felt as if he was doing us a favour by taking our order. We ordered Habanero salsa as a side and he got us 3 of them. And he didnt ask us if we wanted dessert- he just got out check and placed it on the table. I told him we wanted dessert and he made a face as if to say - really?.\nWhy is it that servers in resataurants in WeHo and other trendy places behave as if they are doing us a favor and have an attitude?

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic all around place! Loved the ambiance and the food. Perfect GNO!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was great. Food was delightful as always and the margaritas were a hit!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

had the tacos and guacamole, super good. The margaritas are clever and tasty

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was amazing - we will definitely go back - The Carnitas were so good and the margaritas were very tasty -

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had the carnita taco special, pork tacos and guacamole and chips and it was delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It's great to have Mercado in the neighborhood. The drinks are delicious, and their happy hour is fantastic. Try the tamales and anything with their carnitas.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Dos Gringas tacos are delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of my favorite chic Mexican places for brunch. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Excellent!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was delicious and the service was great!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was very good as were the cocktails. Noise level was very high but we had asked for a table in advance which was quieter. Some of the prices seemed very high - drinks, especially. The small plate I ordered was barely an appetizer size, really a 'smallest' plate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The elote and guacamole with fresh chips are so good you can have them as a meal alone! The BBQ beef ribs- only served friday and saturday are also fall off the bone tender, but not enough for a shared plate - unless there's only two of you-- or as a meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place but if you want quiet romantic or be able ta talk get a table instead of communal area. Drinks are great even no sugar on requests. Guacamole is expensive but worth the large very exotic tasting portion. We had lobster tacos good but could barely find lobster. So...will order something else. The steak entrée amazing delicious and huge good for two maybe. Flan dessert very nice with a great sauce and I am not a flan fan. But great. Thanks mercado. Well be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Read the reviews on Open Table before selecting this restaurant. There were so many positive reviews I felt I could not go wrong. I was not disappointed! The food was creative and the service was fantastic. it is very noisy, but after the second margarita you won't even notice.....and boy are they yummy!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

To try the shrimp, well the shrimp was not on the menu. The food was just so so. Decently prepared, but utterly lacking any kind of 'wow' factor. The service the same, we ended up shoved at the back in an area that looks like an afterthought, and they were intent on turning the table. It is a very busy see and be seen place and not the place to go if excellent cuisine is your primary motivation for eating out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

As always everything was great. From the parking attendants to the excellent food & wait staff, \nit continues to be the favorite places for my wife and go to relax. I especially appreciate the\nwarm reception by Jordan and his team to try to accommodate us. When you receive that\nlevel of welcome, it sets the mood for everything that follows and we have NEVER been\ndisappointed. Ron & Rose Weber

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

As always, the dining experience was fantastic. Starting with the valets, Jordan, Chloe, \nKenny & David, the night was hitting on all cylinders. The food and dessert were great &\nthe service always attentive. What more can I say, the Mercado is one of our most favorite\nrestaurants. Already looking forward to coming back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

As always, our dining experience was outstanding. From the valet staff, the host to the\nwaitress were made to feel welcome. The food and drinks we ordered were once again, \nabsolutely delicious. Then, when we thought it couldn't get any better, the dessert we\nhad proved us wrong. Mercado continues to be our all time favorite Friday night dinner\nlocation after a long hard work week. It is truly one of those 'LA secrets' but certainly\nwon't be one for much longer.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Just got back from Costa Rica where the food was fresh but had no kick. Missed Los Angeles south of the border fare and decided to finally try Mercado. Great choice. Everything we ordered had not just 'kick' but intense flavor. The queso chorizo dip was too good and it was hard to stop noshing on it to move to the poblano chilis which were delicious and had good heat. Lastly we shared the beef skewers which were really tender and came with lovely handmade (I'm assuming) tortillas. Rounding out the evening were a few margaritas, the best of which was the Pina which had nice jalapeno spice but tempered with the pineapple sweetness. The space itself was bright and buzzing (our side of the restaurant anyhow - the other side looked a bit dark and removed). Will definitely be back - and soon!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food and drink was great as usual. My favorites: Carnitas and Cucumber Margarita. Chips are tender and crisp. \n\nOur Server was hardly at our table, or within visible vicinity for that matter. Had to ask others for service.\n\nValet was badly overwhelmed. Clients were reaching over each others' shoulders, competing to hand over their ticket. Took 15+ minutes to get our car. Next time, I will spend up to 10 minutes to find a parking spot on my own.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Their valet service is awful. My daughter's car was issued a traffic citation while the car was in their care. Her friend's car was damaged on a different visit. My car was very late to arrive, and when I gave them a $10 Bill (Valet is $6), the attendant said that he has no change, and shortly after walked away. \n\nI like the food and service and Mercado, but will be hard pressed to return, unless I am in the area and can walk to it, or otherwise Uber.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We eat at Mercado regularly, and we're still impressed by the quality of the experience. This time, in addition to some favorites, we tried the the carnitas tamale. It was delicious -- light and airy, with that great carnitas meat inside. Another 'favorite' to add to the list! Service was great, as usual, and the room is always fun. We'll be back to get our fix in a couple of weeks.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We've eaten at Mercado so often that we're now 'regulars'. And yet, we're still a bit excited when we have plans to eat here. Service is fantastic. The room is fun, with a great view of Third Street out the huge front windows. And the food never disappoints. They have our favorite versions of ceviche, scallop, carnitas, and pozole -- each is amazing, and together, a feast. Even the guacamole is better than elsewhere. Top dinner off with their perfect flan, and you'll leave a very happy diner. We'll just keep coming back for more!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This time, we visited Mercado with a friend from out of town -- she'd been wanting to try if for a while. We started with guacamole -- it's great. Two of us had carnitas , and there was enough to feed a small army -- and delicious too. We also tried the pozole (really good) and the nightly special shrimp tacos -- which were both unusual and amazing. As always, service was spot-on -- friendly and professional, and the room is always fun. It's our go-to upscale Mexican spot.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

My children took me here for Mother's Day and it was a real delight. I found the menu very interesting - no matter what you like to eat, and if you like mild, spicy or someplace in between, meat, fish or vegan - you can find something here. I will go back again. I wrote about it on my FB page and one friend commented back that she loves this place also

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food is tasty. Deep sea scallops and chicken mole enchiladas were both very good. I find the drinks there a bit expensive. $14 for a watermelon margarita that's mostly ice was not satisfactory. Noise level is high and very dim lighting. With everyone using flashlights to read their menu, you'd think they'd get the hint and add some lighting at the tables.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The best Mexican food is almost always made at home. The second best? From roadside food trucks or hole in the walls like Frank's (no relation). And these all have one thing in common: affordability. \n\nIf you subscribe to this belief than Mercado is not the place for you. Granted, we had more than the traditional Mexican fare. Halibut, scallops, and good guacamole as an appetizer. But with two drinks each the bill came to $125. That's dinner at the nearby Plancha's for two weeks. \n\nBut if you can get your head around the fact that Mercado is a good restaurant that happens to have a Mexican theme, then you'll enjoy it. The vibe is lively, the cocktails unique and tasty, and the fish was cooked to perfection.\n\nSo all in all, Mercado is pricey, but a nice choice.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I don't know why, but it's not easy to get really good Mexican food in LA. We lost Sonora Cafe, Rosa Mexicano closed on Sunset (leaving only the LA Live location, which is a pain), La Serenata di Garibaldi has slid down seriously since owner Jose Rodriguez passed away. So we've been looking for another Mexican restaurant to add to our list of 'go to' places. The food at Mercado is flavorful. The primary problem is that the emphasis at Mercado is on the drinks, not the food. Literally half the menu is devoted to alcohol. The other half is pretty limited. Only one enchilada option -- chicken with mole. Tacos are fish or steak. The guacamole is very good; our 12-year-old son gobbled that up. But due to the limited menu, he had a hard time with anything else on the menu. As a result, Mercado is not on our list of regular places to dine.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Horrible Service! They wouldn't but items on another bill because of business expense.\nI will NEVER go back. Average food...disliked server...she should not be a server bottom line

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server was excellent, he had specific recommendations (instead of saying 'everything is good') and he paid attention to the details (we asked to have the items sent to our table staggered). He was excellent , unfortunately, I can't remember his name. (I think it was Steve)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We sat in a quieter section of the restaurant where there were a lot of booths, I can't speak to the noise level throughout the restaurant but where we sat it was an excellent place for friends to connect and have a conversation over drinks and appetizers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

For 'fancy' Mexican they really deliver. Great drinks and wonderful guacamole.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious food!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great time. We like the place a lot

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The specials are always enticing and the food is very good as well as the service. We like to sit in the room with the banquettes as it's a bit quieter.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very good food - average service - worth visiting

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We love this place...one of our favorite LA spots. Our waiter was a little aloof, not bad...just not as energetic as others. Highly recommend this place!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food & service. Guacamole & salsa excellent. Ceviche, tamales, & relleno excellent. VERY noisy.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We ordered a Choriqueso appetizer and never received it. Our food came out and though we weren't charged for the Choriqueso, we still wanted it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service always perfect, as is the food and the energy. Jordan at the front is amazing, and always makes sure we have a great time. We've been going since it's been open and it's always perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always have a great time at Mercado. They are very friendly. Service is great. Best guacamole and chips ever !! Happy hour is a great deal. Great Margaritas. Our waiter Kenny is always a doll!\nPrices are fair. The chef Jose and I think part owner is amazing. Great neighborhood restaurant.\nHighly recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great design, vibe, crowd and food. Amazing guacamole and Ceviche. Also good vegetarian options.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved the space and the small plates were great. Guacamole was delicious. Kale salad was amazing as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My son and I have eaten here several times and the food is outstanding. The menu choices are a little limited compared to the typical Mexican restaurant but there is still excellent variety and everything we've tried has been superbly prepared. The restaurant is very popular so its extremely crowded and noisy, not a good place for a quiet meal but its great if you are looking for energy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Took my son here for dinner, both of us thoroughly enjoyed it. The menu is a little limited but what they have is superb. Excellent service as well as food. Highly recommend it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was great the drinks very nice. Loved our waitress. It was her first day and she described the specials very well. Made them sound quite delicious

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Not sure why this location of Mercado was so bad (both service and food). Was not worth the price and portions were small. Other location was much better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Their guacamole & margaritas are the best! Love them every time!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was delicious. The Duo Dip is a favorite for sure! The service is fast and friendly. The food is delicious. I suggest getting a wide assortment and sharing. Everything is so good!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great vibe, pretty place. We were originally seated straight back from the entrance behind the bar, which is not ideal and I could smell cleaning products from the supply room; they switched us. Avoid this area, as it's also basically just off a walkway between the supplies and the kitchen.\n\nOnce reseated (kudos to the front of house staff for doing so on a busy Friday night) we had a great dinner. Awesome creative margaritas, and be sure to get the two dips combo, which was perfect guacamole and chorizo/queso dip. The carnitas were outstanding, my diver scallops were huge, but nut crust really didn't work. However they were still delicious and the sauce over mashed potatoes was great.\n\nService was a big cut above the usual West Hollywood apathetic attitude, and was on the casual side, which fits the place.\n\nWill DEFINITELY go again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything is delicious, Mercado never fails to disappoint.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love Mercado-- best margaritas and food but pretty expensive for what you get.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

$$$ prices; street parking; young clientele.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've never had a bad meal here or anything less than a fun, casual evening. Both dining rooms are good places to sit. Waiters are cheerful and informed without going overboard. The Carne asada is delicious, the guacamole is fresh and it may sound boring, but the Cahuenga Cucumber Salad is a knockout. Seriously insane. Just order it as a starter, you won't be disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We always come here for their michiladas!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I took my two daughters for Valentine's Day and we had an amazing meal. The servers were all very friendly and catered to our every need. The food was excellent, but I had no doubt it wouldn't be because I'm a big fan of their sister restaurant, Yxta. It was the first time in a very long time I ate every single thing off my plate and my kids did as well, from the first sip of my Jalapeno Cucumber Margarita all the way down to the mango sorbet dessert. My youngest daughter even said it was the best Shirley Temple she ever had (and she's had quite a few). I will definitely be going back for more happy moments for my tummy!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great drinks. There are plenty of better Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles but if you are looking to vibe with the crowd that lives by the grove it is perfect for you! Very energetic restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

As usual, Mercado was amazing. I am a big fan of this place along with the sister restaurant, Yxta. The food is fresh, the drinks are strong and the service is always on point!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Yum yum yum! It's all amazing but particularly the carnitas tacos and carnitas nachos! And the flan!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Best guacamole and chips in town, great happy hour menu. It's definitely a go-to restaurant any time you feel like eating tasty,fresh delicious food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We thought that the food was fantastic. As we were amongst the older people there, we found the noise level to be almost unbearable. I think I discovered some seats that might be a bit better next time.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

very disappoonting that the restaurant was not willing to accomodate any allergies and gave reason it would not make any changes to the food to keep the integrity of the recipe

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My husband and I have been vegan for a few months now, and this lovely place has great options for us! We LOVE the food at Mercado!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food. I would recommend this place to everyone and would definitely return!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Mercado does what few other Mexican restaurants can: it combines really tasty Mexican cuisine with a truly stylish ambiance. The service is friendly and attentive. The cocktails are great. Half of the seating is at communal tables, so make sure to ask in your reservation if you want a private table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Mercado was the perfect place to celebrate my birthday with my husband. When making the reservation on OpenTable, I requested a more secluded table since it would be my birthday. Mercado sat us at a table just the two of us and even gave us a free dessert for my birthday. They were accommodating, friendly, had great service and the food was delicious! This was a great birthday dinner thanks to Mercado.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food, drink, and service. Friendly and comfortable. Definitely will return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had an amazing carnitas dish and a side of corn. The guacamole was great. My\nPineapple margarita was nice but not amazing.\n\nVery inexpensive valet- $6.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was good and different. The service was decent. Overall a good experience but nothing fancy.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Hated the pre fixed menu. Food was very bland. :( I wish the pre fixed menu was actually mexican food...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is always a fun place to go on a Friday or Saturday night, but make sure to make a reservation in advance. Several friends and I dined here before walking across the street to see a movie at the Grove. Great margaritas and the carne asada is amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The salmon dish was very yummy and the fish taco was tasty as always.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great lobster Tacos!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I took a friend there for her birthday. The food and drinks were amazing! Small portions but wonderful tasting food. She loved it! The ambiance is hip and energetic. It's a moderate noise level but doable. You can have a conversation. We sat in the room with the fireplace so it felt more 'cozy'. I will definitely go there again!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server brought drinks , not to be seen again for about 25 min. We placed food order all at once, thinking we'd never see her again...we were right. No one even came by to bus the table , with 4 people , empty glasses and dirty dishes. We were able to flag a different server to re-order drinks. We then had another 25 min. lag trying to find ANYONE to give us the check since dessert was not going to happen, it would have been a midnight snack. A different server brought the check , we then-you guessed it - waited for someone to come and process our payment. We gave up and went to hostess stand, the manager promptly arrived and ran to a register to process our payment. He then came back to us and insinuated that we were at fault because we should have spoken up 'sooner'. While he was putting the responsibility of poor service on us, our 'ghost' of a server walked past us and rolled her eyes. What a pair they make. We would have been totally fine with ' we apologize for the bad service'. Dear manager:\nIt is not the responsibility of the customers to train and SUPERVISE your staff. We won't come back... ever. Thank you

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved everything about this place. It was a new find and I will definetly be going back. The Mole Chicken Enchiladas were out of this world and the extensive 70 tequila options was too tempting. Great place!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We love it here and try to make it here at least once a month. The food is always consistent! Tasty Mexican food with a great bar.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this place!!! Lively and delicious! Great cocktail program... Food is great.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ordered drinks from the Happy Hour menu, but when we got the bill I was charged 8 dollars more pr drink because I asked for a slice of jalapeño in my margarita.. !!! That's insane. Food was ok. Very small plates, but the fish taco was good. Carnitas Nachos were super sweet, so I would not recommend that, as none of us liked them. Good atmosphere, by the bar, but.. If you go for happy hour.. Don't ask for jalapeños in your cocktail.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I really enjoyed the dinner at Mercado. Ambience was cool and very modern, but it was little too loud and gets louder later. Service was really good. We ordered Tamales, tostadas de ceviche, and carne asada. After we got our dishes, we realized one of us can't eat shrimp. So waiter helped us canceled ceviche and change it to Fish tacos without any complains or attitude. Food was really good, their Guacamole was amazing! Also, loved their beer selections. Overall, it was a good experience, and Definitely a recommendable place. I will try Brunch next time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a date night at Mercado and the food was really good. We were a little bummed we got sat in the back, as it felt not as connected to the restaurant front section did, but still was a great meal. We ordered the corn, chicken enchiladas, pastor tacos, and fish tacos. All were delicious! The fish tacos were probably the best fish tacos I have had in a long time. Pastor tacos were yummy as well.\nThe only two issues were the service. Our server was good, but he had a lot more tables and a big group so it took a while to get waters and get our chips and salsa. Actually, the chips & salsa we ordered at the beginning of the meal didnt come until after our meals were served. Everything is overpriced by a few dollars, but we would for sure go back because the food was good. Good for groups and a good date night spot.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

we love this restaurant however the menu has become very limited and the food not as top notch as it used to be. hopefully it was just an off night for the kitchen.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Small portions for the price but it is Beverly Hills. Guacamole was amazing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was decent, the service was awfully slow but pleasant enough.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

the hostess remembered me upon arrival - manager catches your eye as he moves about the room and smiles as if he also remembered. The food - ordered something different than last time and still I am remarking about it to friend. love the experience and attention they give to me

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My newest favorite local place to meet friends. Close tasty and fresh

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Too crowded and loud. I don't think I will ever return on a Friday night. We sat in close quarters to the guest next to us and weren't very comfortable. This was my least favorite dining experience I've had there but I think it was mostly because it was a Friday night

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Mercado was awesome, can't wait to go back, I prefer to sit at the bar, the bartenders make amazing cocktails and give great service.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was ok .. Plain Mexican food which you can pay less at a taco truck ... You pay for ambiance.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Carnitas wonderful! The kabobs were way too salty!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had an excellent dining experience here at Mercado on 3rd. The staff are very attentive and courteous. The food is awesome and their margaritas so good I lost count!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent and authentic food, solid service, great atmosphere. Great choice

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Came in on 2/22 to celebrate 'National Margarita' day - the waiter was unaware of this & so was this establishment! They indicated the 'flavor' of the day margarita - conveniently not on Happy Hour menu - I tried it MEH! Truly no alcohol in it. I am by no means a drinker but I did not taste too much alcohol in this drink - \nA friend tried the Cadillac Margarita - she stated the same sentiment no alcohol!!\n\nFood: tasty no argument there - potato tacos, tamales and guacamole delicious.\nStaff: easy to find as they dashed about tables, tho I did order there amazing corn (never came) and had to request a coke two times before it came.\n\nParking: Good luck tho they have valet from 4-11 supposedly they didn't appear until 5:10 pm - I parked at Farmer's Market hiked in and then paid $20 for parking (valet is $6).\n\nWould I go again - no\nI live in the suburbs and frankly can find as good or better elsewhere.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

If you're 20 years old and want to submerge yourself in deafening aural stimulation, this is the place for you. For all others, preserve your hearing and go elsewhere. One shouldn't have to choose between dinner and deafness. I think the food was okay, but the environment was so uncomfortable I didn't notice how anything tasted. We left after 45 minutes. Curiously, of all the reviews I read about Mercado prior to making this reservation, there was no mention of the rock-concert-level noise factor. Perhaps those reviews were written by above-noted 20 year olds.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food but the service was awful. We had a terrible waiter and I had to get up to get the hostess to get my drink, place an order and ask for a change in waiters. Very noisy. Plus expensive for Mexican food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great happy hour food and drinks! Love the choriqueso and guacamole here. I was much happier having made a reservation than previously just showing up, we were seated and served immediately and it made for a much more enjoyable experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food. Good servers. Noise level was high. Too many parties crowded into their 'communal' tables. Prices were high but they were amenable to sharing plates.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The quality of Mercado has increased during my few short years dining there. The guac has become my favorite in LA and the carne asada is by far the best thing on the menu - don't even bother with the corn tortillas. It's great for catching up with friends over great Mexican food in LA.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ceviche was really good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Like every other time it was great! I love this place

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Favorite place in the world. They treat me with the ute most respect since I probably pay their bills, I eat there all the time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Frequent customer! Always pleased with the service. The Margaritas are incredible and the Carnitas, Carne Asada, and Chips & Guac are incredible!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We enjoyed everything about this Mexican restaurant

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Margaritas are fab and the food is delicious- service always friendly and reliable.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very tasty place--the guacamole is fantastic and their margaritas are very good. Perhaps a little overpriced and very noisy when the place is full. I've also experienced a semi less than attentive wait staff when we've eaten here several times.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Was really excited to celebrate my Birthday here and I left disappointed. We were a party of 5 and had a nice booth. We sat underneath an air vent and it was freezing. Luckily they were able to shut it off. It took about 10 minutes for our waiter to greet us. He wasn't very friendly. The food was just ok. Nothing to rave about. I guess they also don't recognize when you're celebrating a special day at their restaurant. I wish I could have loved it but I didn't.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good quality has gone downhill since management change. Too many premade large batch modifications to menu

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Mercado is a hot spot with a beautiful environment, but the food was at best below average.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The place was heaving when we arrived at about 7.30pm. Our server was lovely and very efficient, the food was nice (as usual) and cocktails were very good. It was REALLY noisy, so noisy that we couldn't really talk so we ordered boxes after an hour and left.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Yummy food and incredible Margaritas. Would love to be back more often. See you next time we are in LA.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good spicy cucumber margs

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had never been here. i was pleasantly surprised . I think they should focus on all the 'small 'plates. There was enough food without a full meal. The guacamole was sensational...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We ordered the carnitas tacos, vegetable tamales and guacamole as an app based on our server's recommendations. Our food was great! The portions were perfect and the food was seasoned just right! Our server was friendly and accommodating and gave a great tip on a spot to visit after. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 star rating was because we were seated in the back corner and were secluded from the mix of things. It was Cinco de Mayo though, and they were slammed! I would definitely go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been a couple times and everything on the menu is pretty good. I always start with the house margarita and guacamole.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Everything was good, except my meat was dry :-( I enjoyed the flavors, but wish they had properly cooked the meat, so that it wasn't dry.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My family enjoys Mexican food & tequila to sip, margaritas. New slant on traditional favorites, accommodation for birthday event, pleasant, good service

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I had to wait 15 minute even with a reservation. They seated us at a table in the far back right next to the restroom which was a distraction from the quality of the food. If this is what normally happens to people who make reservations through OpenTable then I'll hesitate next time I need to make one.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This was my first time at Mercado and it definitely won't be my last. The drinks lived up to the hype — the watermelon basil margarita was out-of-this world! The food was equally delicious. My favorites were the guacamole (so good!) and the carnitas tamales (OMG!). Despite being absolutely stuffed, we ordered the bread pudding and it was AMAZING! I'll be back soon!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Everything was perfect, from the service to the cocktails to the food. My god, the food. It's a revelation. I love you Mercado!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

This was probably my tenth time dining at this establishment. Previously I had almost always sat at the bar and had great service and great drinks. This past weekend I sat in the main dining room and the service wasn't efficient and the drinks were poorly made (way too sweet).

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Delicious and healthy Mexican dishes. I had the fish tacos, ceviche and a salad. House margarita was good too, with fresh ingredients and not overly sweet. Good spot & on the trendy side.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Was my first visit at Mercado - Los Angeles. The waiter was very helpful and made a few suggestions which we tried and happy we did. From Small Plates, we tried the Dos Gringas which was delicious. Also had the Dip Duo which includes their fresh chips, guacamole, salsa and choriqueso. The choriqueso was very-very good... and we enjoyed how the guacamole and salsa was also well seasoned, usually I find myself adding additional seasoning to the guacamole and salsa on other restaurants but not here... it had a great taste and do really recommend it. For large plates we had the Enchiladas de Pollo en Mole Oaxaqueno and the two Chefs specials for the day which was a steak and fish plate. I tasted the Steak and was cooked perfectly. I really enjoyed it. Also recommend the Elote Callejero and Arroz which is cooked very good with a little twist of a lemon seasoning.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

They were on time with the reservation which is fantastic especially since we requested our own table. When ordering drinks I loved that the server suggested drinks off the menu to us that were similar to the ones we were contemplating. Very cool. The food was timely, I ordered the carne Asada well done, it was definitely more of a medium. I cut a few pieces of the steak and our server was so fantastic he actually called it out and grabbed the dish before I could even say anything about the steak. Anticipation at its finest. Very good.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

A good choice if you are looking for creative Mexican food in Los Angeles. The prices are reasonable and the service very good.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Food is amazing and always is but\nThe drinks were the weakest I've had in a long time\nIt made me feel ripped off

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

The margaritas were so filled with ice that each drink came out to about maybe 10 sips. Ridiculous. I asked for much less ice in the next drink and the server complied, but in general the service was slow, inattentive, and less than friendly. I've been here 4 times now and this was really bad compared to the first few times, which I was happy with. The food this time was not as good as I remember.\n\nIt's also too loud, but I say that about most places so take that with a grain of salt!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Hands down one of the best Mexican restaurants I have been to. Great neighborhood, nice table for a party of 6 and food to die for. Favorites: dos gringos, carne Asada, elote corn dish, Spanish rice, blood orange margarita, carnitas tamale. Average, lime rice and Rajas appetizer. We all wish we had a second stomach to eat again! Amazing. Only criticism is it's really noisy so if you want to catch up with old friends be prepared to yell. It's not an intimate place. Love love love!!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Mercado has great food. The guacamole is stupendous. We had a few of the little dishes and wonderful kale salad. However, the noise level is a bit high for my taste.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Great margaritas & good atmosphere

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The pastor tacos were excellent

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Fantastic food...great margaritas!\nSmall plates here are a great way to try several dishes! Really flavorful guacamole too!\nHighly recommend this restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great service. Great ambiance. Great food. And perfect cocktails. Message for the management - don't nickel and dime on the tortillas. 3 tiny tortillas to share between 2 people for carnitas?? C'monnn!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food overall is amazing. Can't go wrong with Mercado. My favorite restaurant in Los Angeles by far. Been celebrating my birthday and valentine's day for the past 3 years at Mercado. Best Mexican restaurant in LA. Love it!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Unusual take on Mexican cuisine! Delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

There isn't a bad thing on the menu. The guacamole is rich and chunky, topped with pine nuts. Their chili relleno is one of the best I've ever had. It is unique being filled with farm fresh vegetables and then baked instead of deep fried. It leaves the taste of the chili intact and not a lot of grease. Superb!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This place is just the best. Food, drinks, ambience, staff. One of my favorites and I come once a week. Favorites are the nachos and fish tacos - honestly the best I've ever had.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I live just across the street from Mercado so dine here quite often. I until now have had consistently solid food and consistently solid service. It's never exceptional but is always a good choice so we find ourselves there quite often. We dined here last Saturday night and had incredibly disappointing service. \n\nOur server took forever to greet the table, forgot the drink order of one guest, never returned to the table to once the food had dropped to make sure it arrived as we had ordered (it had not) and when he finally came back at the end, we asked to see a drink menu to order another round of drinks. He brought the drink menu and then a few minutes later, came back and dropped a check, said nothing, and walked away. After a few minutes of waiting for him to come back so we could explain, we flagged down a food runner and asked them if they could tell our server we wanted to order another round of drinks. We then had a different server, come over and drop a check yet again. At that point we said to the server that we had tried to order multiple drinks and if he could please tell our server that we wanted another round. Our server came back, very shortly said, 'you want more drinks?', and returned with the drink and the check again, saying nothing when dropping. \n\nJust to reiterate, I've dined here dozens of times and have had consistently good experiences so I'm sure this was just a diamond in the rough, but it was incredibly disappointing service to receive from a place we consider a neighborhood staple, without so much as an apology from the server for the miscommunication.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We had a great experience on our first visit to Mercado. I requested a relatively quiet table in the comments box on Open Table and was happy that our request was taken so seriously since the bar side is quite loud. At our lovely, quiet table, we had Mercado Margaritas, then a mouth-watering grilled shrimp appetizer special followed by two entrees: chicken enchiladas with mole and mahi-mahi. The food was tasty, the service perfect. All in all an excellent experience though a little pricey. Glad to find valet parking too. We will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This was my second time at Mercado and I can't wait to go back. The good and service are outstanding. I just wish they were open for lunch.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We shared the scallops and the stuffed peppers and the guacamole. Each of the salsas that came with each dish were spectacular and not something you would make at home. They were sophisticated and interesting. We all had a glass of red wine, which the waiter helped to select by generously letting us sample one possibility before choosing. Lovely ambiance by the fireplace in the front of Mercado, making it a perfect meal.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

As a visitor to LA we stumbled across Mercado in our local neighbourhood and decided to give it a try and we are glad that we did. The restaurant has a cool, somewhat minimalist vibe but is warm, friendly and casual. Our group of 5 ordered a broad range of dishes from the menu and all were delicious with good sized portions. Our waiter was also very friendly and helpful. Overall a great night. My only recommendation is don't over order and save some dishes for you next visit.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Overall, I had an okay experience at Mercado LA. Reservations were made, we were seated right away on a Friday night. The food was delicious, and the service was okay (considering it was a busy Friday night) up until it was time to pay our check. We went with another couple, and forgot to mention to split the check from the beginning, which was our fault. We ordered quite a few dishes and drinks between the 4 of us since we wanted to experience the restaurant. Since we had 1 full bill, we of course asked if few of the things can be on a separate check - the server replied we would have to calculate the separate dishes/drinks, tax and the split ourselves, we understood since the check was already printed. We calculated, then flagged her, and informed her x amount in cash (since we had no change), and the rest on the card. We were due 30$ in cash back as change, which she never brought back. She only brought the credit card receipt for the signature. I am not sure if it was too confusing, or she determined her own tip, the register would of known the $30.00 overage. (mind you, the bill came out close to $200.00, she would of been due more than a $30.00 tip) We decided to let it go, since it we would have to be sitting there forever to flag our server again. Other than that, experience was okay.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Sophisticated, inventive food served in lively but not too crazy setting. Very good drinks Great happy hour bar menu. Friendly, professional servers. Convenient to Grove.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Food is great! Love this restaurant location for dinner and the one downtown for lunch. The pork is my fav. \n\nThe place is very very nosy. You are horse when you leave from yelling to talk to the person next to you. But! It's worth the taste of the pork.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food was so delicious and tasty. You can't go wrong with the guacamole and chips. Absolutely loved the ceviche as well. Everything was so good, it makes me sad I won't find a place like this back home.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We loved every moment and every bite! Get one of everything and share!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This is my favorite restaurant on 3Rd Street. I go at least twice a month. The margaritas are fantastic, and the small plates are superb. The large plate sea scallops are phenomenal. Love this place.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

A great restaurant with awesome cuisine, but if you're coming for conversation make sure to ask for a booth seat in the section to the right when you walk in. Music and conversational chatter make the main room impossible to not yell in, much less hear the person you're with.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The small plates are so incredibly flavorful that I have yet to venture out to the big plates . Ceviche is The best I've had in LA, must try! Arrachera tacos also amazing. Great ambiance with a friendly, laid back crowd in both Santa Monica and 3rd st location - hard to see that in LA.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Always a great time I go at least once a month love the drinks here and the best carne asada and corn

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Lobster tacos... Awesome!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Other hostess was super nice and took my request to be sat a booth. However after we were sat, we had the bad luck to be sat in a waitress's section that did not want to be there - at all. She never smiled, barely spoke and when she brought the check, she didn't even say 'thank you'. I mentioned the waitress's behavior to the hostess so perhaps she's turned her attitude around. The food was 'ok', not wow or anything and they wouldn't substitute my potatoes, which I can't even eat, with any more healthier option.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Excellent service and the food was so darn good! Came for brunch, drinks were well prepared! Loved the setting and the open space

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

5 of us met here and took advantage of the top shelf margs and happy hour menu.\nwe left very happy and full. it was tasty fun ! thanks,

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Their food is exceptional, but the service is rather spotty. Some of the servers have major chip on their shoulders, one of them is just too 'sassy' for her own good.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I love Mercado. I come for the specialty margaritas and fantastic food

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Awful service we were celebrating a 94th birthday and they ask us to leave after some time had past to top it off they overcharged us for drinks

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

This is the place to go when 1) you're craving tacos, guac, carnitas and a margarita 2) you have friends in from out of town and want 'style' but don't want to spend too much 3) you want Mexican food that isn't everyday 4) you want some place lively but not too sceney 5) you have a child or two (they can't make more noise than some of the grown-up patrons) 6) have vegetarians on hand as well 7) you need to find a place with something for everybody (as long as they know it's Mexican).

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Really awesome atmosphere. The drinks were delicious and the food very tasty. The Gucamole and chips was out of this world. The Carnitas were so tender. Definitely not a romantic spot but I am definitely going back!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This place was great! Really great atmosphere, and the food was fresh, seasonal and delicious. The spicy margaritas are great, and pack a good punch. The cucumber salad with fried cilantro was my favorite dish. Definitely order the Guac too. Overall, wonderful spot.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I took my college age son and one of his friends here for dinner on a Sunday night. It was happenin when we got there around 8. Our service was fast and our server was polite and friendly and took time to explain the menu (small plates and large plates) and was great with recommendations. We had the chips and dip duo to start (an outrageously good chorizqueso and a handmade guacamole with house made chips) and then we opted for large plates. Between the three of us we had the fish of the day (salmon), carne asada, and carnitas. The portions were generous and everything was good. Was it excellent? I'm not sure I would call it that. But it was good and I would go back. Maybe next time I would opt for a bunch of small plates.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The spicy cucumber margarita is excellent. The food was approximately an 8/10. Service started out strong, but after we ordered the second round of drinks and finished eating, things got really slow. It's a fun place; I recommend checking I out.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Went on a date and had a great time. The food was great, restaurant was full but we had a reservation so no wait, the service just a little slow. The server was great though, knowledgeable about the menu and a lot of fun. The room is somewhat noisy, we could hear each other if we spoke up, but we didn't have to shout (as I've had to do at Gjelina). We had the chips and guacamole to start followed by the lobster tacos and then the chicken mole enchiladas. We finished with the flan which is a huge portion, easily enough for two, and delicious. We both had cucumber jalapeño margaritas to start which were refreshing and excellent. There's a good ice cream place next door if you don't like flan. I would definitely go here again

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Got a steak here and it was delicious left very happy. However, a few hours after I left\nI could still taste and smell the meat on me and felt that the quality of meat may not have been the best. We also got a kale salad and fish tacos which were fantastic. The spicy cucumber margarita is a must try. The service was not too great either we had 3 waiters so we were unclear of who was actually helping us. We were there for a Saturday night and I don't recall it being extremely busy, we asked for water with our cocktails and didn't receive it until we had asked 4 different people including the woman who took our food order whom we had asked twice. Although everyone around us seemed to be getting their water order right away. We finally got the water right before our main course :/

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I was extremely shocked with their service. I brought a friend here for a special occasion- table of 2. However, we usually order enough food for 5 people, we are foodies...We requested a table that would sit 4 so we would have enough room. Surprisingly there was so much attitude for our request. What could possibly be the issue? We were very clear that we would be ordering that much food and need the space. The hostess finally sits us...and we were sitting there for 25 minutes before my friend had to flag someone down. He even asked me if we were supposed to walk over to the bar to order food (SO EMBARRASSING). My friend flagged down a waiter and was finally served. Our waitress was very sweet and the manager came by and offered us dessert on the house...I don't know if I will be back, rather just go to Toca...

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Super fun. Delicious food. The waiter was great and really helpful finding vegan options.\nWe went during happy hour time, and there was a great vibe from the beginning, when there were very few people there through the end when it had filled up. I passed by later, around 10:00, and the place was jumpin.\n\nA great place to meet a friend, grab a drink, have a first date.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu, and was able to give us great recommendations.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

We were 'greeted' at the host station with a look up from the hostess, no smile, no 'hello', no words at all, just a blank stare that came across as, 'What the eff do you want and why are you standing here?' Our table was ready and we were seated right away- still no words. Not even a 'enjoy your dinner.' We were still in the process of sitting down when the waiter was there asking us what we wanted to drink. We expressed that we would like to look at their drink menu and asked him to come back in a few minutes. He turned and walked away without saying anything- he didn't even tell us what the drink specials were. We weren't sure why the attitudes. Is that part of the experience or are the employees unhappy working at Mercado and it shows in their work? It was a topic of conversation all night long as the aloof surliness never went away.\n\nThe food was fine but nothing to write home about. The carnitas & guacamole were, by far, the best food we had all night. The fish tacos were flavorless. The lobster tacos were also flavorless. I dug through mine to make sure it had lobster in it as I couldn't taste it at all. The carnita tamales were good but I have a feeling if you put those carnitas in anything, it would make it taste good.\n\nIn summary, we would maybe go back for lunch (for the carnitas) if we were feeling a little masochistic and wanted to be treated like crap while spending a bunch of money on Mexican food.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

One of my favorite spots in LA. The food is a 5 star and the service is always respectable. Love the community sitting which makes it not have that pretentious type of feel. You must try the Halibut if they have it on the fish of the day!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Best dish on menu was carnitas. They have now ruined it... The original sauce was great, made the dish. Now they are using some salsa thats on other stuff on menu too and it sucks... Waiter told me some new corporate guy was brought in and made them do it... Took an amazing dish and made it 💩

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Could not recommend this place more highly. Trendy and fun without being as ta-ta as Marix or Tortilla Republic. Food isn't as cheap as say, Candelas, but worth it in quality and atmosphere. The server Nate is a complete gem.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Love this restaurant! The corn app was delicious as was the cheese dip with the guac, both must haves. The margarita was perfectly refreshing. We got full fast and were so bummed we couldn't finish the lobster tacos and ceviche, just wonderful. I would absolutely go back again and again.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This place is pretty great. The choriqueso was delicious, my brother was practically licking the bowl. We shared a bunch of apps and appetizers, it ended up being $330 bill + tip for 7 people. Ambiance was great, our server was so friendly and helpful.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Everything served to our table was excellent and well prepared. We started with the guacamole, which was chunky and delicious. Highly recommend the carne asada, the lobster tacos, and the tamales, which change daily.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Noisy crowd but the food is good and great for sharing. Favorite dishes include the corn, Mexican kale salad and chipotle chicken. Drinks are good and the guacamole is yummy! If you want to enjoy your meal and be able to have a conversation with your guests that you can hear properly, go on the earlier side.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We were seated right on time. As requested got private table not communal. Restaurant was packed on Wednesday Night. Drinks came quickly. Perfectly acceptable fancy margaritas but with none of the complexity of any drink ordered at Goldie's for example. Guacamole chips and salsa were great. An 8 or a 9. Sweet elotte was also fantastic. Fish tacos also good but nothing special. Chile relleno was not so much stuffed as exploded and was so smothered in vegetables and sauce was soggy. I found it inedible. Waiter without prompting took it off bill so points for that. In summary why go there when you can go to Goldie's or new resto from sycamore kitchen crew.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I have been here before a number of times, I recommend it to all my friends not only for the food but they have the best micheladas. I took my mother for Mother's Day and for some reason that wasn't the case, the food was amazing but our michelada tasted like lemonade. I was very disappointed since that was one of the main reasons why I brought her there. I'm guessing it was a new bartender or something .

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The food, cocktails, ambiance is fantastic and I will definitely be going back. The only thing that is left to be desired is service. I write this as constructive criticism because it really is a fantastic venue with exceptional cuisine. We were served our appetizers before we had any silverware, the tortillas were not served with our carnitas, and our cocktails were delayed after our first course. That being said I remain a fan and would highly recommend it if you're in the mood for something delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The food is great, but if you except to have a good conversation while you eat, forget. It is incredibly noisy when it is full. You'll have to scream and keep saying, 'excuse me' or 'what did you say' the entire time you are there. On another note, the food is delish and the wait staff is wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Every portion was good and just the right amount of each ingredient makes each item on the menu amazing. We ordered the civeche, tacos, corn, scallops and flan. Each item just had the right amount of taste, texture and finish. The flan was just amazing. My mom's flan can't compete with what they had, it was amazing!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Good casual new style Mexican food. Nice choice if you're in the area.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

All 6 of us enjoyed our dinner !! It was nice to have menu choices to appeal all eating preferences.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I love Mexican food, and upon recommendation I tried out Mercado with a friend of mine. We went on a Saturday night and it was really busy! Which is always a good sign. We had a reservation, and we were seated right away. Our server was lovely, very friendly and helpful. The food (we had the carnitas and a Mahi Mahi special) was good, and the Jamaican margaritas were great! My only real complaint is the noise level. It was so incredibly loud, I could barely hear myself talk. Overall, we had a nice time, but they should look into ways of fixing the sound problem.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Food was good but WAY too loud. I went there to enjoy a conversation with a friend and was put in the 'quiet' section, which apparently is by the bar. The food was good and the waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and had great recommendations. . . but again, way too loud. The demographics are on the younger side. . . 20 - 30 perhaps. I did not see any kids so not sure I'd return.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

A very nice dinner, great Restraunt but will not\nMake into our regular places. Still a awesome\nExperience

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Best margaritas, especially the jalapeño margarita , best steak taco and guacamole.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Been a fee times- on date night, took our clients and even our toddler for early dinner. So yummy, the food and drinks! Very versatile, romantic and busiling at night. Highly recommend. Get the spicey cucumber margarita and the carnitas. Carnitas nachos for happy hour!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I will go to this restaurant whenever I want to have Mexican food or somebody ask me for best Mexican food in LA!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

When Yxta first opened in downtown L.A., I thought, 'Finally, a Mexican restaurant with some imagination.' Loved it right off the bat. Soon after that, Mercado Santa Monica was born, and I was even more impressed. Same creative menu with the freshest of ingredients, bu a totally different environment. Ah, I'm in love! Now, after my first visit to Mercado Los Angeles II like to call it Mercado on Third), I'm completely amazed. Jesse Gomez apparently was BORN to own exciting restaurants. And Chef José Acevedo has the imagination and talents of a genius! Can't wait to try Mercado Hollywood and, when it opens, Mercado Studio City. But, back to my brunch last weekend. After pondering the menu for a good 10 minutes, I settled on the carnitas sandwich. It was so big, I had to take half home to finish later. And, it was chock full of not only the world's best carnitas, but also lettuce, tomato, avocado, some white cheese I didn't recognize but loved, and more. One of the best sandwiches I've EVER had. Now, ail I have to do is win the lottery so I can go to ALL of the Mercados (and, yes, ALWAYS back to Yxta) more often. Congratulations, Jesse and José, you've done it again!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Every time Ive been I've had an outstanding Margarita and outstanding food. The Carnitas are a must as well as the shrimp app!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The food was great. There were a few hiccups, but management was helpful. Service was friendly but slow at times.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This is a scene for the young 'uns: noisy, crowded, loud music, limited street parking, a hangout, etc.\nA good food experience and reasonably priced if one orders carefully. The waitress, Anna, was spot-on.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Went with a party of 7 and ordered 8 different plates and apps that we all shared. Food was very good, although if one doesn't enjoy spicy food then half the menu is off limits. Luckily I like my food with a little kick so everything was to my taste.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Customer service was great! We were seated right away and served quickly. Our server was very kind and attentive. Food was delicious & the drinks were perfectly matched.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I have no intention of writing too much after what happened last night. The food was ok, nothing spectacular (considering the bill). The alcohol menu is extensive and they have some really good stuff. I'm not mad at the food, or the fact that it was as loud as night club in there. I want someone to explain to me why the waiter felt it was appropriate to come outside and try to haggle me over the tip, asking if we had issues with the service or food claiming that the average tip is 18%..... The bill was about 158.00 If memory serves correct we left a twenty dollar bill and a couple singles. That comes out to approximately 14%. I understand that waiters are not highly paid employees. I also work hard for my money and feel that the tip was appropriate considering the majority of the bill was alcohol. There was absolutely nothing wrong with my evening at Mercado's until the waiter came outside and interrogated me. If by some unlikely occurrence the $20.00 flew off the table and all he saw was a few singles, my apologies. In any case, whenever I am a patron of a restaurant and am disappointed with the food, I do not punish the waiter. \nBy the way...there are industries that pay around the same hourly wage as waitering/serving, which prohibit accepting any tips of any kind. Count your blessings.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Delicious. Every single thing was great.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

First time here. We had an amazing Valentine's Day dinner. Fresh food and great tasting. Our waiter was kind, helpful and prompt. The ambiance was perfect. We will def return.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Having read all the great reviews, we were expecting a lot more! We started with the recommended Jalapeño Cucumber Margaritas and even those did not make things better. Overall, was not a fan of their cold ambiance, the high communal tables, or the overly salted & overpriced menu. The Only highlight was the Tres Leches cake and no not the recommended bland Flan! Will not be going back!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We had a party of 10 for brunch, amazing food and ambiance. Service was great too. Delicious blood orange margaritas!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Brunch at Mercado is terrific. Guava mimosas, yummy French Toast, a great chicken and kale salad. Can't be beat on a warm sunny afternoon. Great, friendly service.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Get the guacamole - it's probably the best I've had. And if you order the chilaquiles (also some of the best I've had in LA), definitely add the carnitas, which are incredibly delicious. No, I'm not exaggerating or speaking in hyperbole - the food here is really, really good!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Yum! This place was hands-down one of the best Mexican restaurants I've been to. \nMade a reservation same day on OpenTable for an 8pm dinner for two. Read about bad valet service, so we parked at the Farmer's Market and walked over. I think people are right about the valet; there were people grumpily waiting outside for their cars and I heard the guy say it's been over 10mins, so maybe park yourself.\nWe were greeted and sat immediately at a great table near a fireplace and windows facing 3rd. Served with waters immediately and asked about drinks. We both ordered the special cocktail, a blood orange margarita. Delicious, just enough tequila to taste it and know it's in there, not too sweet.\nWe got chips and guacamole as an appetizer and I was great; very fresh tasting. If you don't like cilantro, let them know because it is used heavily here. The sauce that came with the guac was great, too; perfect amount of heat.\nThen we split the corn, my husband ordered steak skewer tacos and I had the dos gringos pastor tacos. It was just enough food. Everything was muy delicioso! My husbands steak was so tender and had incredible flavor. We talked about the food for days.\nWe're picky New Yorkers, and it exceeded our standards. You won't be disappointed!\nGreat food, amazing service, chill and comfort ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

amazing service, great atmosphere, incredible food!!! I've had most the menu by now and each visit gets better and better! Hostess always has the warmest smile and our usual server Kenny, is awesome!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The food is very good. Great guacamole. Smallest margaritas in the city. For the price, they could give more margarita and much less ice, especially in small glasses.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Consistently excellent and creative food and drinks. Service is always friendly if not terribly attentive. On more than one visit we've had to beg for water, but this wouldn't stop me from going again. Elote Callejero and Tostaditas de Ceviche Cuatro Mares are favorites.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Nice selection of choices. Food was a bit salty for my pallet, but enjoyed it regardless. The place is hip and packed, and the service was good!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Mercado is a great place for those looking for authentic Mexican food with a twist of foodie. The Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita was refreshing and paired perfectly with the chips and guac. They have communal seating which I like, it's always fun to sit next to a stranger. \n\nEnjoy!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We have been here once before and love the food. We live on the East Coast where good Mexican is hard to find. I had a scallop dish that was amazing. Great for sharing as well. Will come back next time we are in town.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Tried the Carnitas plate, didn't really like the sweetness to it, very different to what I'm used to in my culture, but definitely worth a try otherwise how would you know? :) Tried the flan, the flavor was good but hated the texture, too creamy for my taste.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

After spending the afternoon at the LACMA, we wanted something in the neighborhood to sate our growing appetite. Looked on OpenTable and found Mercado with a time and table ready for us. We're not from LA so it was a gamble. We were pleasantly surprised by the friendly service and wonderful food. Being across from the Farmers Market at The Grove, it gave us time to walk off our filling meal. Guacamole with chips was amazing and vibrant. Tamales carnitas were spot on delicious. We were already sort of full from that but had already ordered entrees. Chicken Enchiladas and the Halibut Special were flavorful and presented beautifully. We would recommend this to all.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I had been looking into dining at Mercado for quite some time and finally made a reservation with high hopes for this modern Mexican restaurant. After an exceptional meal, I have nothing but great things to say about Mercado. From the decor to the drinks to the food, i was left feeling completely satisfied with my choice to dine here and have already recommended it to a few different friends who live nearby. \n\n1. The guacamole was as fresh as I've ever enjoyed. \n2. The New Fashioned cocktail made with Mezcal in place of the traditional Bourbon was a wonderful surprise. \n3. The Fish Tacos on the small plates menu are spicy but so full of flavor you can't help but keep eating them. \n4. Order the Carnitas. They're delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Really enjoyed dinner here before going to see a band at Molly Malone's a few blocks down. Good cocktail menu - I particularly enjoyed the spicy cucumber margarita with mezcal instead of tequila. The choriqueso starter was awesome - really good consistency and didn't harden up when it cooled like regular queso does. We were feeling carnivorous that night, so ordered accordingly. The carne asada was a very nice size and came cooked perfectly, if a little under-seasoned. The grilled corn under it was all right. The carnitas plate was the best thing all night though - a huge hunk of pork with the most delicious sauce and cooked so perfectly tender it made me proud to eat it. The roasted cauliflower under it was also incredible. I could come back for that dish again and again.\n\nDinner was so great we had no room left for dessert, but we would have gladly stayed longer. The ambiance was energetic but intimate and we were able to have a comfortable conversation without having to shout. Service was friendly but not suffocating. Five stars for the whole experience.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

In the area and in the mood for mexican food. Great drinks, guacamole.. Loved the Happy hour menu. Service was outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This is probably the best upscale Mexican/Southwestern food in Los Angeles. I had only been to the Santa Monica location. This location is much larger, quieter (you can actually speak with the guests in your party) and far more comfortable with outstanding decor. I was the only one who had been to a Mercado and my friends were surprised they had never been there once they tasted the food. The guacamole is outstanding. The two friends who ordered the special rib eye loved it. The scallops on a bed of mashed potatoes are some of the best I've ever had. Add to that the delicious cocktails and it seems we should be going there more often.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great apps and amazing food, both healthy options and more classic fare. Decent margs.\nAmazing guac! I've had a couple of special events here, as well as more intimate business dinners and they've all been good experiences. Highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Had a great dinner. Friendly staff and great food!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I have been waiting to find a restaurant in my neighborhood that I really wanted to return to and this is it. Start with the guacamole! A very generous portion, chunky and delicious with what tastes like house made tortlla chips. The salsa is just enough spice and also delicious. Carnae asada is my go to dish and this one had just the right amount of spice and ranked at the top of any I have had. The only complaint I have is the noise. It is hard to have a conversation if there are more than 2 of you at the table. That is the only thing that would make me hesitate to return. People..turn down the music! I go to dinner for good food and conversation and it is hard to have the later.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I went here on Friday with a group of friends and really enjoyed our experience. The food was delicious (recommend the Enchiladas) and the drinks were tasty yet still packing a little punch. I will definitely be back here again soon!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I've been to Mercado several times and they never disappoint. The handmade Guacamole is great and the simple Chips are amazingly seasoned with Sea Salt. I had the Beef Taco Plate and Flan! You have to get the Flan - its on an entirely different level than any other Flan you've eaten. Super-nice wait staff and manager. I'll be back again and again.

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