Mercato Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 1216 Spruce St

    Philadelphia, PA 19107

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  • 215-985-2962

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Monday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Thursday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Friday 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM Saturday 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM Sunday 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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Amazing! One of my favorite byobs. The pyramid pasta and meatballs are the way to go.

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★★★★★

Amazing! One of my favorite byobs. The pyramid pasta and meatballs are the way to go.

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Saturday night dinner... waited 30 mins. This is a small restaurant and we were shoved into a small corner. Our waiter came right over, explained the one special, then vanished for 20mins. We then placed our complete order. Had the

3
★★★★★

Saturday night dinner... waited 30 mins. This is a small restaurant and we were shoved into a small corner. Our waiter came right over, explained the one special, then vanished for 20mins. We then placed our complete order. Had the

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Wonderful service, food is amazing. My wife and I love the place.

3
★★★★★

Wonderful service, food is amazing. My wife and I love the place.

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We had walked in Christmas Eve after seeing The Nutcracker. We were warmly welcomed and seated promptly, it turned out to be a wonderful and romantic evening to ring in the holiday season. The antipasto selection was delicious and as a

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★★★★★

We had walked in Christmas Eve after seeing The Nutcracker. We were warmly welcomed and seated promptly, it turned out to be a wonderful and romantic evening to ring in the holiday season. The antipasto selection was delicious and as a

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The food here is amazing! I first went with three friends during restaurant week and we sampled a bit of each other's food, nothing disappointed. I was so amazed by the flavors in my own entree and appetizer. The basil and garlic olive

3
★★★★★

The food here is amazing! I first went with three friends during restaurant week and we sampled a bit of each other's food, nothing disappointed. I was so amazed by the flavors in my own entree and appetizer. The basil and garlic olive

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Wonderful food at this place. Hostess put us off at first, but was soon forgotten when we got our dinner.

2
★★★★☆

Wonderful food at this place. Hostess put us off at first, but was soon forgotten when we got our dinner.

Pros: Amazing food

Cons: Hostess unaccommodating

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I have been here over and over again with friends and family. This BYOB is one of the best in town. The food is exquisite, the staff (especially Dom) are fantastic and the atmosphere is relaxed and we never feel rushed. If you don't go here once you haven't lived.

5
★★★★★

I have been here over and over again with friends and family. This BYOB is one of the best in town. The food is exquisite, the staff (especially Dom) are fantastic and the atmosphere is relaxed and we never feel rushed. If you don't go here once you haven't lived.

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We tried making reservations for a night during Restaurant Week. Even though they won't usually take reservations for 7:30 on a Friday night they do take them during this special week. When I called I was told by the person answering the phone that they don't take reservations during service hours but she took my name and number and told me I would get a call the next day between 10 and 3. Two days later I was called back but missed the call. When I called them back I had to leave another message and never got any call back. After another message and no call back I decided my money would be better spend at another restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

We tried making reservations for a night during Restaurant Week. Even though they won't usually take reservations for 7:30 on a Friday night they do take them during this special week. When I called I was told by the person answering the phone that they don't take reservations during service hours but she took my name and number and told me I would get a call the next day between 10 and 3. Two days later I was called back but missed the call. When I called them back I had to leave another message and never got any call back. After another message and no call back I decided my money would be better spend at another restaurant.

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I really like going to a BYOB for dinner. My friends and I had a great meal here and didn't feel rushed out. gret atmosphere and friendly staff. Definitely will return.

4
★★★★☆

I really like going to a BYOB for dinner. My friends and I had a great meal here and didn't feel rushed out. gret atmosphere and friendly staff. Definitely will return.

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Mercato is a great little BYOB right in the heart of Philly! The food is amazing! I had great service then I was there! They have an area for outdoor seating in the nice weather!

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★★★★☆

Mercato is a great little BYOB right in the heart of Philly! The food is amazing! I had great service then I was there! They have an area for outdoor seating in the nice weather!

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I went with a group of 4 during restaurant week on a Friday at 8:15. We had reservations for 6 but the other couple had canceled an hour before so my friend who made the reservations called to let them know and they still insisted on charging her card $50 for the no shows. When we arrived at the restaurant my friend went to speak with the hostess who was ignorant and rude. She told my friend that she could not get the money back and that was their policy. even though the place was on an hour wait and the table would get filled immediatley. this is a horrible policy and the hostess needs to get a different job, preferabley in a place where she needs no interaction with other people. Our food was great and so was the service until our waitress gave us the dessert menu and reminded us that it is restaurant week and that they were on a wait, implying that we needed to eat our dessert fast and get out. UNBELIEVABLE, seeing as they just charged us an extra $50 for the canceled reservations. I would love to return because the food is good, but the staff is terrible, they need to get some training on how to treat the customers. I would give them four stars for the food and 1 star for the staff.

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★★☆☆☆

I went with a group of 4 during restaurant week on a Friday at 8:15. We had reservations for 6 but the other couple had canceled an hour before so my friend who made the reservations called to let them know and they still insisted on charging her card $50 for the no shows. When we arrived at the restaurant my friend went to speak with the hostess who was ignorant and rude. She told my friend that she could not get the money back and that was their policy. even though the place was on an hour wait and the table would get filled immediatley. this is a horrible policy and the hostess needs to get a different job, preferabley in a place where she needs no interaction with other people. Our food was great and so was the service until our waitress gave us the dessert menu and reminded us that it is restaurant week and that they were on a wait, implying that we needed to eat our dessert fast and get out. UNBELIEVABLE, seeing as they just charged us an extra $50 for the canceled reservations. I would love to return because the food is good, but the staff is terrible, they need to get some training on how to treat the customers. I would give them four stars for the food and 1 star for the staff.

Pros: great food

Cons: rude staff, horrible host, horrible cancellation policy

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A friend and I just had dinner at Mercato for restaurant week. Mind you, this is a recession, it was not as crowded as it could have been. We showed up and waited over half an hour past our reservation time - this is a "work night," lovely how little respect they have for our time, but no apologies, no, instead they deliver to us two salads one WITH SHARDS OF PORCELAIN IN IT. My very polite friend points out to the waitress that there are shards of porcelain (plate? someone else's plate?) in her salad, which she had been chewing and potentially swallowing during her enjoyment of the entire first course. The waitress's response? "Oh, I'm sorry," and walks away. If any of you have watched HBO's "Oz," you will know that putting shards of porcelain or glass in somebody's food can MORTALLY WOUND THEM, if this waitress or her incompetent manager had realized the same and also the legal liability they at that moment had on their hands, they would perhaps have discounted the price of our food, thrown in some favors, but no, only rudeness can follow rudeness at our dear Mercato. I used to love the food at this place but the hostess - tonight is the 28th of January, 2009, whoever worked tonight should be fired - is unbelievably rude, incompetent and unaccomodating - it is hard to savor great food when it takes 30 minutes to sit down after the time for which you made a reservation (when three tables have been set for parties of 3 or more, which you are not, and they have remained sitting there for the entirety of your wait in a drafty doorway). The service is not generally a sore spot but, I'm sorry, if you deliver someone pieces of sharp porcelain in their salad, you should do more than have the waitress (not the chef, not the manager), meekly say, "I'm sorry." I have been a faithful supporter of Mercato for over three years now, after tonight's experience I don't think I will ever go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

A friend and I just had dinner at Mercato for restaurant week. Mind you, this is a recession, it was not as crowded as it could have been. We showed up and waited over half an hour past our reservation time - this is a "work night," lovely how little respect they have for our time, but no apologies, no, instead they deliver to us two salads one WITH SHARDS OF PORCELAIN IN IT. My very polite friend points out to the waitress that there are shards of porcelain (plate? someone else's plate?) in her salad, which she had been chewing and potentially swallowing during her enjoyment of the entire first course. The waitress's response? "Oh, I'm sorry," and walks away. If any of you have watched HBO's "Oz," you will know that putting shards of porcelain or glass in somebody's food can MORTALLY WOUND THEM, if this waitress or her incompetent manager had realized the same and also the legal liability they at that moment had on their hands, they would perhaps have discounted the price of our food, thrown in some favors, but no, only rudeness can follow rudeness at our dear Mercato. I used to love the food at this place but the hostess - tonight is the 28th of January, 2009, whoever worked tonight should be fired - is unbelievably rude, incompetent and unaccomodating - it is hard to savor great food when it takes 30 minutes to sit down after the time for which you made a reservation (when three tables have been set for parties of 3 or more, which you are not, and they have remained sitting there for the entirety of your wait in a drafty doorway). The service is not generally a sore spot but, I'm sorry, if you deliver someone pieces of sharp porcelain in their salad, you should do more than have the waitress (not the chef, not the manager), meekly say, "I'm sorry." I have been a faithful supporter of Mercato for over three years now, after tonight's experience I don't think I will ever go back.

Pros: Food - though relatively mediocre

Cons: Service, hostess, Shards of Porcelain in Salad

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Went here during restaurant week, so needless to say it was pretty packed. The service was slow-we asked for an ice bucket for the wine and had to ask again 10 minutes later. It was another 5 minutes to receive it. Once the food arrived, I was pleasantly surprised. i had the lobster pyramids, which were tasty and filling. Would go back, just not during restaurant week.

3
★★★☆☆

Went here during restaurant week, so needless to say it was pretty packed. The service was slow-we asked for an ice bucket for the wine and had to ask again 10 minutes later. It was another 5 minutes to receive it. Once the food arrived, I was pleasantly surprised. i had the lobster pyramids, which were tasty and filling. Would go back, just not during restaurant week.

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Food was excellent, but the hostess and manager were terrible. Very unaccommodating, especially for a large party. We had a party of 6 and they sat us at a cramped table and refused to give us a larger table, even though one was available. Perhaps better for a party of two

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★★★☆☆

Food was excellent, but the hostess and manager were terrible. Very unaccommodating, especially for a large party. We had a party of 6 and they sat us at a cramped table and refused to give us a larger table, even though one was available. Perhaps better for a party of two

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I have been to Mercato numerous times since it opened 3 or so years ago and have always enjoyed the food. The kitchen and servers are always consistently on point and I have never had a bad meal there. I never add extra salt to my food when I am out, and therefore do not consider myself a salt-lover. That being said I have always found the food at Mercato to be perfectly seasoned. Additionally, if I were to ever find something at a restaurant that I less than enjoyed eating, I would not hesitate to send it back to the kitchen and ask for the staff to make any necessary changes. I have never been to Mercato during restaurant week, but can honestly say that visiting the restaurant during the week, when one can avoid a wait, has always been a positive experience for me and my family. I would be happy to recommend Mercato to anyone I know and strongly suggest trying the short rib ragu; it's one of my favorites!

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★★★★★

I have been to Mercato numerous times since it opened 3 or so years ago and have always enjoyed the food. The kitchen and servers are always consistently on point and I have never had a bad meal there. I never add extra salt to my food when I am out, and therefore do not consider myself a salt-lover. That being said I have always found the food at Mercato to be perfectly seasoned. Additionally, if I were to ever find something at a restaurant that I less than enjoyed eating, I would not hesitate to send it back to the kitchen and ask for the staff to make any necessary changes. I have never been to Mercato during restaurant week, but can honestly say that visiting the restaurant during the week, when one can avoid a wait, has always been a positive experience for me and my family. I would be happy to recommend Mercato to anyone I know and strongly suggest trying the short rib ragu; it's one of my favorites!

Pros: food and service

Cons: weekend wait

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I ate there last night for philadelphia restaurant week. It was my first experience and I have heard great things. I was completely disappointed. It began with my appetizer - the artichokes....WAY to salty! My entree was the short rib ragu..again WAY to much salt, salt, salt. I suppose the chef enjoys salt and is a shareholder of Morton's. I would not go back sad to say!

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★☆☆☆☆

I ate there last night for philadelphia restaurant week. It was my first experience and I have heard great things. I was completely disappointed. It began with my appetizer - the artichokes....WAY to salty! My entree was the short rib ragu..again WAY to much salt, salt, salt. I suppose the chef enjoys salt and is a shareholder of Morton's. I would not go back sad to say!

Pros: BYO

Cons: the salty food!

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This place is VERY small but the food is great and so is the service. I went here during restaurant week a few months back. You definitely need a reservation and the tables are kind of on top of eachother- which was a little annoying. They had to move a table aside so I could actually get in my seat. But it's worth putting up with the tight space for the food. There was an overly loud group in the restaurant that I really could have done without because there is no need to scream in a restaurant, no matter how many people are in your group. And it's a BYOB- another plus!

2
★★★★☆

This place is VERY small but the food is great and so is the service. I went here during restaurant week a few months back. You definitely need a reservation and the tables are kind of on top of eachother- which was a little annoying. They had to move a table aside so I could actually get in my seat. But it's worth putting up with the tight space for the food. There was an overly loud group in the restaurant that I really could have done without because there is no need to scream in a restaurant, no matter how many people are in your group. And it's a BYOB- another plus!

Pros: Food, BYOB

Cons: small

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We went to this fine BYOB last night for a celebratory event. The restaurant is fairly small and fills up quickly, but it seemed to create stress for the hostess. There was a beleagured-looking manager who appeared frustrated with the staff at a few occasions throughout the night but was quick to apologize for the small infractions (we had to wait to sit even though two tables were open and could have sat our party, though we had a reservation). But there was a few loud bangs and crashes from the kitchen throughout the night and the manager almost suffered a bad fall on spilt water or liquid of some kind.
But the food was truly top-notch. The special that night was Mahi-Mahi, and it was excellent. The striped bass was also delicious, with a crispy skin and with mushrooms on the side in a wine reduction sauce. When you go, at least one person in your party MUST order the scallops - succulent and tasty. One of our party ordered the rib-eye steak, and while he said it was delicious, it came out looking like a big ugly slab of meat. Of course, that's really all it is, but the size of the cut was very large. Good for getting your money's worth ($28.00) but it had a bit of eating-competition look to it. There's only so much red meat one can chew on while there are other more delicate meals being shared on the table. I heard the server tell another table that their menu had recently changed slightly, and the filet had been taken off. That would have made a more suitable substitute and blended in more with the menu's other offerings.

The deserts are fantastic! The tart was excellent, and by far the favorite of our party. Cheesecake was sublime, the cookie crust and drizzled sryup on the plate was excellent. The molten chocolate cake was good, but sadly could not live up to the awesome description of it on the menu, nor could it live up to the other deserts.

Definitely worth going to!

2
★★★★☆

We went to this fine BYOB last night for a celebratory event. The restaurant is fairly small and fills up quickly, but it seemed to create stress for the hostess. There was a beleagured-looking manager who appeared frustrated with the staff at a few occasions throughout the night but was quick to apologize for the small infractions (we had to wait to sit even though two tables were open and could have sat our party, though we had a reservation). But there was a few loud bangs and crashes from the kitchen throughout the night and the manager almost suffered a bad fall on spilt water or liquid of some kind.
But the food was truly top-notch. The special that night was Mahi-Mahi, and it was excellent. The striped bass was also delicious, with a crispy skin and with mushrooms on the side in a wine reduction sauce. When you go, at least one person in your party MUST order the scallops - succulent and tasty. One of our party ordered the rib-eye steak, and while he said it was delicious, it came out looking like a big ugly slab of meat. Of course, that's really all it is, but the size of the cut was very large. Good for getting your money's worth ($28.00) but it had a bit of eating-competition look to it. There's only so much red meat one can chew on while there are other more delicate meals being shared on the table. I heard the server tell another table that their menu had recently changed slightly, and the filet had been taken off. That would have made a more suitable substitute and blended in more with the menu's other offerings.

The deserts are fantastic! The tart was excellent, and by far the favorite of our party. Cheesecake was sublime, the cookie crust and drizzled sryup on the plate was excellent. The molten chocolate cake was good, but sadly could not live up to the awesome description of it on the menu, nor could it live up to the other deserts.

Definitely worth going to!

Pros: unique menu, delicious food, awesome deserts

Cons: noisy, decor not as interesting and unique as the food

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Mercato is the best place to go for a group of 4 or less. We always have a great meal and the menu changes a bit seasonally so that we can always try something new. Try the basil olive oil, the cheese plate and the pumpkin pasta in the fall/winter. Short rib ragu is awesome. All of the fish is extremely fresh...strongly recommend the crispy skin striped bass...so good!!! Very small, very hard to get in at peak dinner time...but worth the wait (while grabbing a drink or two) across the street at newly-expanded Valanni.

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★★★★★

Mercato is the best place to go for a group of 4 or less. We always have a great meal and the menu changes a bit seasonally so that we can always try something new. Try the basil olive oil, the cheese plate and the pumpkin pasta in the fall/winter. Short rib ragu is awesome. All of the fish is extremely fresh...strongly recommend the crispy skin striped bass...so good!!! Very small, very hard to get in at peak dinner time...but worth the wait (while grabbing a drink or two) across the street at newly-expanded Valanni.

Pros: Amazing food, fantastic staff

Cons: Long wait, crowded

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I dined here with 5 other people. We arrived at their opening on a Friday night and were promptly seated (they only take reservations up to a certain time). I'm glad we decided to dine pretty early because the place filled up very quickly. The prix fixe is a great deal if you're hungry and you're a first-timer - I highly recommend it since you get the run of their menu and basically get 4 courses for the price of 2. You can even order their specials for a little additional charge when you choose the prix fixe menu. The service was attentive and polite. The food was phenomenal. Everyone in my party enjoyed their meals - everyone left happy.

2
★★★★★

I dined here with 5 other people. We arrived at their opening on a Friday night and were promptly seated (they only take reservations up to a certain time). I'm glad we decided to dine pretty early because the place filled up very quickly. The prix fixe is a great deal if you're hungry and you're a first-timer - I highly recommend it since you get the run of their menu and basically get 4 courses for the price of 2. You can even order their specials for a little additional charge when you choose the prix fixe menu. The service was attentive and polite. The food was phenomenal. Everyone in my party enjoyed their meals - everyone left happy.

Pros: Delicious food, great prix fixe deal

Cons: Gets packed quickly - show up early or be willing to wait

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Well run, great service and wounderful food. You could hardly do better for a BYOB in Philadelphia. Make sure you try the antipasto which is one of the best in the city (just make sure you share as it is huge). We have eaten here several times and never had anything we didn't like.

2
★★★★★

Well run, great service and wounderful food. You could hardly do better for a BYOB in Philadelphia. Make sure you try the antipasto which is one of the best in the city (just make sure you share as it is huge). We have eaten here several times and never had anything we didn't like.

Pros: As with most restaurants, it gets loud at night

Cons: Great service, lovely presentation

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I dined here for the first time a few weeks ago, and went w/ several girlfriends. I would not suggest Mercato as a romantic dinner setting, but it's a great place to dine with either friends or for a more relaxed atmosphere if it's a date night. The food is excellent, and so is the service. They offer an variety of salads, they are all delicious. I found the Olive Oil menu to be unique. You can order off of aseparate list, with over 20 olive oil offerings. It comes in a shot class and bread for dipping. It was so good that we ordered a full bottle of our selection to take home. The dinner was equally impressive - I had a fresh pasta dish w/ duck and pumpkin/squash - yummy!!! It was a fun atmosphere, with great food, I will definitely be back!

2
★★★★★

I dined here for the first time a few weeks ago, and went w/ several girlfriends. I would not suggest Mercato as a romantic dinner setting, but it's a great place to dine with either friends or for a more relaxed atmosphere if it's a date night. The food is excellent, and so is the service. They offer an variety of salads, they are all delicious. I found the Olive Oil menu to be unique. You can order off of aseparate list, with over 20 olive oil offerings. It comes in a shot class and bread for dipping. It was so good that we ordered a full bottle of our selection to take home. The dinner was equally impressive - I had a fresh pasta dish w/ duck and pumpkin/squash - yummy!!! It was a fun atmosphere, with great food, I will definitely be back!

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I have put Mercato's on my repeat list. From the appetizer to the dessert this place belongs on the A list. Enjoy!

2
★★★★★

I have put Mercato's on my repeat list. From the appetizer to the dessert this place belongs on the A list. Enjoy!

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I've been to several BYO's in Philly, and Mercato is by far the best. I went on Sat night with a couple of friends. We were seated right away! The food was excellent- everything was extremely fresh and presented well. I had the Diver Scallops and Risotto...delicious. The portions were the perfect size...just enough, but not too filling. Our server was great and we never felt rushed. The next time I'm bringing friends/family out to dinner, we're heading straight to Mercato.

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★★★★★

I've been to several BYO's in Philly, and Mercato is by far the best. I went on Sat night with a couple of friends. We were seated right away! The food was excellent- everything was extremely fresh and presented well. I had the Diver Scallops and Risotto...delicious. The portions were the perfect size...just enough, but not too filling. Our server was great and we never felt rushed. The next time I'm bringing friends/family out to dinner, we're heading straight to Mercato.

Pros: fresh ingredients, innovative dishes, friendly service

Cons: none

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My boyfriend and I ate here on a whim after hearing reviews on the food in the past. I'm so glad we finally made it here, as it has to be one of the best meals I've had in a while. He ordered the veal and it had such a distinctive charcoal/grill taste, it was fabulous. I had the gnocchi with braised short rib ragu and arugula sauce- I never thought of pairing short rib with gnocchi but Mercato made the combo with such texture and flavor. I without a doubt suggest going here. Eat outside and bring a bottle of wine.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I ate here on a whim after hearing reviews on the food in the past. I'm so glad we finally made it here, as it has to be one of the best meals I've had in a while. He ordered the veal and it had such a distinctive charcoal/grill taste, it was fabulous. I had the gnocchi with braised short rib ragu and arugula sauce- I never thought of pairing short rib with gnocchi but Mercato made the combo with such texture and flavor. I without a doubt suggest going here. Eat outside and bring a bottle of wine.

Pros: Fabulous food and ambience

Cons: Can't think of any cons

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This WAS one of our favorite BYO's in the city until the kitchen noise level got so completely out of hand. Our last visit in May 08 was most likely our last, with the previous one also a disappointment. The appetizers were fine but two out of the 4 entrees were "just OK", the same experience as our previous meal. As on that other night, the Chef and kitchen staff were at it again - THROWING pots and pans around so much that it was actually hard to hear at our table. The poor people right below the window had it even worse than we did. I'm all for open kitchens but this was far past ridicules. If you go, wait for a table as far away from the kitchen as possible or you'll leave with a headache.

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★★★☆☆

This WAS one of our favorite BYO's in the city until the kitchen noise level got so completely out of hand. Our last visit in May 08 was most likely our last, with the previous one also a disappointment. The appetizers were fine but two out of the 4 entrees were "just OK", the same experience as our previous meal. As on that other night, the Chef and kitchen staff were at it again - THROWING pots and pans around so much that it was actually hard to hear at our table. The poor people right below the window had it even worse than we did. I'm all for open kitchens but this was far past ridicules. If you go, wait for a table as far away from the kitchen as possible or you'll leave with a headache.

Pros: Use To Be The Food

Cons: The Kitchen Noise Level

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Last week I was in town on business. (I live in Manhattan and often travel to Philadelphia for work.) I decided to meet up with some friends for dinner here before heading back, and they suggested Mercato. I had not yet heard about the restaurant, but they assured me a great dining experience. They were right! It's not fancy, or pretentious. It is a little tight, but as we settled into our seats I slowly became used to the space. I have to say that whether it be in New York or Philadelphia, the attention to detail in this restaurant is what really blew me away. They have a lovely olive oil list, by which one can taste and even purchase different bottles of oil that I have yet to see available elsewhere. The cheese plate, which featured "cheeses of North America," was beautifully, yet simply presented, paired rather well with apples, honeys, pears and cherries. The antipasto was overflowing with vegetables, meats, olives and crostini. I chose for my entree an addition to the menu for the evening of sablefish with parsnip puree and sauteed escarole with a crab salad and light vanilla bean sauce. My companions had the risotto, which sparkled with cranberries and was drizzled with truffle oil, and the boar ragu...which as far as boar ragu and pappardelle go, was as fine as I've tasted. The overindulgence left me exhausted and without room for dessert, but I definitely have something to look forward to the next time I come to Philadelphia. Absolutely one of my new favorites in any city.

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★★★★★

Last week I was in town on business. (I live in Manhattan and often travel to Philadelphia for work.) I decided to meet up with some friends for dinner here before heading back, and they suggested Mercato. I had not yet heard about the restaurant, but they assured me a great dining experience. They were right! It's not fancy, or pretentious. It is a little tight, but as we settled into our seats I slowly became used to the space. I have to say that whether it be in New York or Philadelphia, the attention to detail in this restaurant is what really blew me away. They have a lovely olive oil list, by which one can taste and even purchase different bottles of oil that I have yet to see available elsewhere. The cheese plate, which featured "cheeses of North America," was beautifully, yet simply presented, paired rather well with apples, honeys, pears and cherries. The antipasto was overflowing with vegetables, meats, olives and crostini. I chose for my entree an addition to the menu for the evening of sablefish with parsnip puree and sauteed escarole with a crab salad and light vanilla bean sauce. My companions had the risotto, which sparkled with cranberries and was drizzled with truffle oil, and the boar ragu...which as far as boar ragu and pappardelle go, was as fine as I've tasted. The overindulgence left me exhausted and without room for dessert, but I definitely have something to look forward to the next time I come to Philadelphia. Absolutely one of my new favorites in any city.

Pros: food, olive oil list, cheese menu, service

Cons: tight space

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I've never experienced a restaurant that used salt as excessively as Mercato. Everything was salty. From the appetizer, to the bread, to the two entrees tasted like they'd just made a voyage across the ocean in 1640 preserved in salt, to even the four cheeses on the cheese plate! What's up with this?

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★☆☆☆☆

I've never experienced a restaurant that used salt as excessively as Mercato. Everything was salty. From the appetizer, to the bread, to the two entrees tasted like they'd just made a voyage across the ocean in 1640 preserved in salt, to even the four cheeses on the cheese plate! What's up with this?

Pros: byo

Cons: salt, salt, salt

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If only I could still live in Philly. I would be fattening myself up every night here. Wow, this place is amazing. From the moment our cool waiter greeted us in the cozy, just distinct enough to differentiate it from the other BYOBs, dining room, we had a fabulous meal. We started out with the carefully crafted cheese plate. Mmmmm.... figs and honey made it all the better. For dinner, I had the pan seared diver sea scallops with the wild mushroom and pea risotto. I couldnt' have had a more perfect scallop. They were buttery and rich, but not too much so. the carmelization from the sear offset the smoothness of the scallop. The wild mushroom and pea risotto blew me away. Wow. A nice sorbet topped it all off. Thank you thank you thank you. Life couldn't have been much better than dinner at Mercato.

2
★★★★★

If only I could still live in Philly. I would be fattening myself up every night here. Wow, this place is amazing. From the moment our cool waiter greeted us in the cozy, just distinct enough to differentiate it from the other BYOBs, dining room, we had a fabulous meal. We started out with the carefully crafted cheese plate. Mmmmm.... figs and honey made it all the better. For dinner, I had the pan seared diver sea scallops with the wild mushroom and pea risotto. I couldnt' have had a more perfect scallop. They were buttery and rich, but not too much so. the carmelization from the sear offset the smoothness of the scallop. The wild mushroom and pea risotto blew me away. Wow. A nice sorbet topped it all off. Thank you thank you thank you. Life couldn't have been much better than dinner at Mercato.

Pros: Amazing cheese plate. Cute dining room. Carefully prepared food.

Cons: None.

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My husband and I took our parents out for a night on the town and were pleasantly surprised with this inconspicuous center city attraction. The food was phenomenal in every respect - from the salad and appetizer to the main entree. You should definitely order the butternut squash soup appetizer as it leads well into whatever entree you may choose. Of note, the filet mignon was so unbelievably good that I was actually a little bit uspet when I had finished. The portions are perfect...enough to feel full but not ill. I give this little place my highest reccomendation!!!

2
★★★★★

My husband and I took our parents out for a night on the town and were pleasantly surprised with this inconspicuous center city attraction. The food was phenomenal in every respect - from the salad and appetizer to the main entree. You should definitely order the butternut squash soup appetizer as it leads well into whatever entree you may choose. Of note, the filet mignon was so unbelievably good that I was actually a little bit uspet when I had finished. The portions are perfect...enough to feel full but not ill. I give this little place my highest reccomendation!!!

Pros: Whatever you order is the best thing you can purchase.

Cons: Must get here mighty early to avoid a wait.

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I love the food at Mercato, while there are many Italian BYO restaurants in Center city this is one of my favorites. The food is very fresh and delicious, and it's not too hard to get a table if you arrive early. I love the pasta pyramids and I've had great specials here (grilled fish). The flights of olive oil are also fun to order if you are with a group.

2
★★★★★

I love the food at Mercato, while there are many Italian BYO restaurants in Center city this is one of my favorites. The food is very fresh and delicious, and it's not too hard to get a table if you arrive early. I love the pasta pyramids and I've had great specials here (grilled fish). The flights of olive oil are also fun to order if you are with a group.

Pros: Great food and good prices

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We ate at Mercato last weekend with two other couples. Our waitress was lovely and the food was great! The lobster and shrimp "pyramid" pasta was excellent, as was the prociutto wrapped chicken breast. The desserts were amazing too! Highly recommend the cheesecake and the molten chocolate cake. We'll definitely go back there soon!

2
★★★★★

We ate at Mercato last weekend with two other couples. Our waitress was lovely and the food was great! The lobster and shrimp "pyramid" pasta was excellent, as was the prociutto wrapped chicken breast. The desserts were amazing too! Highly recommend the cheesecake and the molten chocolate cake. We'll definitely go back there soon!

Pros: Great food and service

Cons: It's a little cramped

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Mercato is always a special meal. The chief is outstanding and is supported by an equally outstanding service staff!
I've lived in Center City over 3 years. This place is my favorite!

2
★★★★★

Mercato is always a special meal. The chief is outstanding and is supported by an equally outstanding service staff!
I've lived in Center City over 3 years. This place is my favorite!

Pros: The experience is first rate.

Cons: You can't make reservations

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I recently went to this tiny BYOB and was very suprised to find such a great restaurant in my neighborhood. First, the service is very helpful and friendly, which is contrast to some chain restaurants (Jones for example). They didn't rush us while we ate and finished our bottle of wine even though there was a slilght wait accumulating. The food was amazing. Both the Scallops and the Halibut were outstanding and just enough to fill me up (ok, there was still some food left on the plate). The dessert was great too. I didn't have one bad thing at this cute restaurant. The only drawbacks would be that you do sit close to your neighbors but that has to be expected in a restaurant this size, so I don't hold it against them at all. I will ENCOURAGE dinners who are looking for a new spot, try Mercato. They offer more atmosphere than any chain....and I do visit the chains too. But it just felt so cozy and welcoming, as if you were truly eating at home with friends. Thank you Mercato...I'll be back!

2
★★★★★

I recently went to this tiny BYOB and was very suprised to find such a great restaurant in my neighborhood. First, the service is very helpful and friendly, which is contrast to some chain restaurants (Jones for example). They didn't rush us while we ate and finished our bottle of wine even though there was a slilght wait accumulating. The food was amazing. Both the Scallops and the Halibut were outstanding and just enough to fill me up (ok, there was still some food left on the plate). The dessert was great too. I didn't have one bad thing at this cute restaurant. The only drawbacks would be that you do sit close to your neighbors but that has to be expected in a restaurant this size, so I don't hold it against them at all. I will ENCOURAGE dinners who are looking for a new spot, try Mercato. They offer more atmosphere than any chain....and I do visit the chains too. But it just felt so cozy and welcoming, as if you were truly eating at home with friends. Thank you Mercato...I'll be back!

Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere

Cons: None

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A friend and I recently made it to Mercato for dinner and were pleasantly surprised. After all, it seems like a new BYOB pops up once a month in this city any more. This one, however has caught my eye. Yeah, it's small and loud like all the others, but the quaint attention to detail and the overall "market-fresh" theme (as our quirky-yet efficient server called it) made all the difference, as did the quality of the food. It's still simple fare, but the balance of flavors and textures make this BYOB stand apart from others. The highlight of the meal was my entree: tender braised short rib meat with a rich red wine and tomato sauce over sauteed broccoli rabe and veal cheek ravioli. I recommend the 4 courses for $45; a good bargain. All in all, a pleasant experience.

2
★★★★★

A friend and I recently made it to Mercato for dinner and were pleasantly surprised. After all, it seems like a new BYOB pops up once a month in this city any more. This one, however has caught my eye. Yeah, it's small and loud like all the others, but the quaint attention to detail and the overall "market-fresh" theme (as our quirky-yet efficient server called it) made all the difference, as did the quality of the food. It's still simple fare, but the balance of flavors and textures make this BYOB stand apart from others. The highlight of the meal was my entree: tender braised short rib meat with a rich red wine and tomato sauce over sauteed broccoli rabe and veal cheek ravioli. I recommend the 4 courses for $45; a good bargain. All in all, a pleasant experience.

Pros: Efficient Service, Interesting Food

Cons: Small, Loud

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Mercato was recommended to us by a friend. The experience was outstanding. My husband and I were extremely impressed by how tasty the food was. Our server was fantastic. She knew the menu and made excellent suggestions. The mussels were the best we've had. My husband had the lobster pyramid pasta, and I had the strip steak. We were so amazed, we shared each other's entree. The decor made the place very comfortable and welcoming. We loved the large open windows overlooking Spruce.
Overall, we decided Mercato is our new favorite place to dine. We recommend it to all. We will definitely be back!

2
★★★★★

Mercato was recommended to us by a friend. The experience was outstanding. My husband and I were extremely impressed by how tasty the food was. Our server was fantastic. She knew the menu and made excellent suggestions. The mussels were the best we've had. My husband had the lobster pyramid pasta, and I had the strip steak. We were so amazed, we shared each other's entree. The decor made the place very comfortable and welcoming. We loved the large open windows overlooking Spruce.
Overall, we decided Mercato is our new favorite place to dine. We recommend it to all. We will definitely be back!

Pros: Excellent Food, Friendly Staff, Warm Atmosphere

Cons: parking

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This quaint little neighborhood spot has it all! The food is amazing, and affordable. The sevice is super friendly, and attentive. From the minute you walk in, the warm, cozy setting is perfect for a date or family get together. Though make sure you get there early on the weekends, because this place packs them in!!!!!!!!!!! Definitely make a trip to this new "hot spot", you won't regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2
★★★★★

This quaint little neighborhood spot has it all! The food is amazing, and affordable. The sevice is super friendly, and attentive. From the minute you walk in, the warm, cozy setting is perfect for a date or family get together. Though make sure you get there early on the weekends, because this place packs them in!!!!!!!!!!! Definitely make a trip to this new "hot spot", you won't regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: Food, service, atmosphere

Cons: cash only, no bar

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just moved into the city and came across what is now my favorite new place to eat. i had the mushroom salad and the special pasta. my friend had the crab salad and the whole fish. we both loved everything. we have already recommended this place to all our friends and co-workers.

2
★★★★★

just moved into the city and came across what is now my favorite new place to eat. i had the mushroom salad and the special pasta. my friend had the crab salad and the whole fish. we both loved everything. we have already recommended this place to all our friends and co-workers.

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I really love that Mercato highlights some amazing Italian regional dishes. So many Italian restaurants serve the basics only spaghetti, ziti, chicken parm....tired! Cheese plate was perfect, service was attentive (and attractive!), and my pork tenderloin with gnocchi had amazing flavors. Love it!

2
★★★★★

I really love that Mercato highlights some amazing Italian regional dishes. So many Italian restaurants serve the basics only spaghetti, ziti, chicken parm....tired! Cheese plate was perfect, service was attentive (and attractive!), and my pork tenderloin with gnocchi had amazing flavors. Love it!

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Mercato is my go-to neighborhood place. I love the attention to detail in every dish. The flavors are bold and exciting and the setting is quaint yet bustling. I always come in for the specials, I like the way the chef experiements with exotic meats and new found fish. Great food - great atmosphere. What more could one want.
My only problem is the long wait but the host sent us to Valanni to get a drink and we were seated after 25 minutes.

2
★★★★★

Mercato is my go-to neighborhood place. I love the attention to detail in every dish. The flavors are bold and exciting and the setting is quaint yet bustling. I always come in for the specials, I like the way the chef experiements with exotic meats and new found fish. Great food - great atmosphere. What more could one want.
My only problem is the long wait but the host sent us to Valanni to get a drink and we were seated after 25 minutes.

Cons: the wait

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The food was just average, it was pretty pricey, and the service was rude. We asked for bread and it was brought out the same time as our appetizers, then no butter. Such a shame because that space is so cute. But with as crowded as its been I expected better. Oh well, I am sure it won't last and maybe something good will come into its place.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The food was just average, it was pretty pricey, and the service was rude. We asked for bread and it was brought out the same time as our appetizers, then no butter. Such a shame because that space is so cute. But with as crowded as its been I expected better. Oh well, I am sure it won't last and maybe something good will come into its place.

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Had dinner there with a couple of friends the other night, we enjoyed some of the dishes but overall it wasn't what I expected. The mussels and the crab salad were the highlight. I don't really remember the pasta dish I had but it wasn't anything I enjoyed. I'm not quite sure why they say it's an Italian restaurant ! Our waiter was very nice.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Had dinner there with a couple of friends the other night, we enjoyed some of the dishes but overall it wasn't what I expected. The mussels and the crab salad were the highlight. I don't really remember the pasta dish I had but it wasn't anything I enjoyed. I'm not quite sure why they say it's an Italian restaurant ! Our waiter was very nice.

Pros: Cute Place

Cons: No Parking, No reservations

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I had a very average meal here for a high price. Aside from the nice room & open kitchen theres really nothing special about this place. The menu is very limited, the chairs were very uncomfortable and the so called hip waiters with the faux hawks weren't very attentive (however the food runner was). Go to south philly, have a better, much more authentic italian meal.

1
★★★☆☆

I had a very average meal here for a high price. Aside from the nice room & open kitchen theres really nothing special about this place. The menu is very limited, the chairs were very uncomfortable and the so called hip waiters with the faux hawks weren't very attentive (however the food runner was). Go to south philly, have a better, much more authentic italian meal.

Pros: BYOB, Nice Room, Open Windows

Cons: Price, Bland Food, Uncomfortable chairs

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What a find!! We tripped upon this restaurant and returned less than a week later. The crowd is fun and lively and the service is prompt and attentive. They have multiple olive oils from different parts of the world that you can try. Their mushroom puff pastry appetizer is unbelievable, the short ribs fall off the bone, and the veil tenderloin was delicious. The mascarpone cheese cake was an unbelievable end to the meal. Really not a bad thing to say about this place.

2
★★★★★

What a find!! We tripped upon this restaurant and returned less than a week later. The crowd is fun and lively and the service is prompt and attentive. They have multiple olive oils from different parts of the world that you can try. Their mushroom puff pastry appetizer is unbelievable, the short ribs fall off the bone, and the veil tenderloin was delicious. The mascarpone cheese cake was an unbelievable end to the meal. Really not a bad thing to say about this place.

Pros: Inexpensive, Service, Food

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We went here for a large party and were pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious and inventive. I especially liked their take on spaghetti and meatballs. Worth a try...

2
★★★★★

We went here for a large party and were pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious and inventive. I especially liked their take on spaghetti and meatballs. Worth a try...

Pros: food, decor

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This place is AWESOME!! The food is fantastic , the atmosphere is cozy and the waiters look like they just stepped off the runway of a Versace fashion show along with the attitude to prove it! I would recommend this place for a date without a doubt but only if your not a homophobic.

2
★★★★★

This place is AWESOME!! The food is fantastic , the atmosphere is cozy and the waiters look like they just stepped off the runway of a Versace fashion show along with the attitude to prove it! I would recommend this place for a date without a doubt but only if your not a homophobic.

Pros: oil samples , atmosphere

Cons: bad parking

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On the corner of a quiet side street, this petite and pretty box of a bistro caters to both gussied up first-daters and gym-bag-toting Washington West denizens. The tables--spaced edge to edge throughout the dining…

 

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