El Mercado Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 1702 Lavaca St

    Austin, TX 78701

    Map & Directions
  • 512-477-7689

About El Mercado Restaurant

Hours
Mon. - Thu. 8am - 10pm;Fri. 8am - 11pm;Sat. 10am - 11pm;Sun. 11am - 9pm

Food

Food
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We went to El Mercado for the first time today (a Sunday). As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by the smell. Not a yummy-food smell, but more of a sewage / mold smell. But we decided to stick it out and try.

There were only 4 other

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We went to El Mercado for the first time today (a Sunday). As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by the smell. Not a yummy-food smell, but more of a sewage / mold smell. But we decided to stick it out and try.

There were only 4 other

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I think what I have to say why I love this place is for their drink prices! Chocolate Martini for $3.50 and super strong?! YES PLEASE! I WILL TAKE 10 OF THEM. Even without their happy hour, their drink prices are not to bad at all! You can

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I think what I have to say why I love this place is for their drink prices! Chocolate Martini for $3.50 and super strong?! YES PLEASE! I WILL TAKE 10 OF THEM. Even without their happy hour, their drink prices are not to bad at all! You can

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I had been hyping up El Mercado to my boyfriend because I had been with a few friends the week before and had loved the South Austin location! I ended up taking him to the Uptown location and I was very disappointed because the service, atmosphere, and waiters were NOTHING compared to the South Austin location! The service at South Austin was impeccable to say the least and the waiters are so friendly and can definately keep a conversation going!!! Ended up taking him to that location and we've been back 3 times in the past week! DO NOT GO to the uptown location if you are looking to have a great eating experience! They have by far better margaritas and better food!!!

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I had been hyping up El Mercado to my boyfriend because I had been with a few friends the week before and had loved the South Austin location! I ended up taking him to the Uptown location and I was very disappointed because the service, atmosphere, and waiters were NOTHING compared to the South Austin location! The service at South Austin was impeccable to say the least and the waiters are so friendly and can definately keep a conversation going!!! Ended up taking him to that location and we've been back 3 times in the past week! DO NOT GO to the uptown location if you are looking to have a great eating experience! They have by far better margaritas and better food!!!

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We had a wonderful dinner here before a bachelorette party! The food was delicious! I suggest the enchiladas! Wonderful service, fantastic food, spicy salsa = wonderful food experience!

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We had a wonderful dinner here before a bachelorette party! The food was delicious! I suggest the enchiladas! Wonderful service, fantastic food, spicy salsa = wonderful food experience!

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A tex-mex restaurant should not leave the seeds in a stuffed chili relleno. It just shouldn't happen. Austin restaurants have a knack for taking accepted good food and trying something "cool and artsy" which completely destroys the edible element of any dish. If you are going to stuff a chili relleno, take out the seeds and ensure the cheese melts. I was disgusted by the cheese chunks and seeds. If you want good tex-mex, go to San Antonio.

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A tex-mex restaurant should not leave the seeds in a stuffed chili relleno. It just shouldn't happen. Austin restaurants have a knack for taking accepted good food and trying something "cool and artsy" which completely destroys the edible element of any dish. If you are going to stuff a chili relleno, take out the seeds and ensure the cheese melts. I was disgusted by the cheese chunks and seeds. If you want good tex-mex, go to San Antonio.

Pros: ????

Cons: food, service

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If you're looking for Tex-Mex, go to Maudie's, Vivo's or even Serrano's. Cheese enchiladas are not well-cooked (I like my cheese melted, thank you very much).

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If you're looking for Tex-Mex, go to Maudie's, Vivo's or even Serrano's. Cheese enchiladas are not well-cooked (I like my cheese melted, thank you very much).

Pros: cheap, quick, decent hot sauce

Cons: bland - like real Mexico Mexican food

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Okay, so apparently citysearch will not allow to me write a review containing a certain word, (which I find disturbing because I would want to know what I'm about to tell you) so I'll just leave that word to be "blank". Just know that "blank" is code for a certain insect that is disgusting, you get the raid when you see it, they were here before us and they'll probably out live us all. Ok, here goes my original post : this place is ok. I went once and got a a chicken plate of some sorts, felt like I could have made it myself, the sauce was meh. They have really good salsa I hear. But the best thing they have are blanks. Yea, that's right, blanks. My parents were eating lunch, LUNCH, not dinner, so it was the middle of the day in a well lit restaurant, and two baby blanks proceeded to walk across the very table they were eating at. I know stuff like this exists everywhere, back there in the kitchen, but at least it's out of sight, out of mind, and you don't have to look at it while your eating. Baby blanks strolling across your dinner table midway through your meal? Ew. Salsa's good though.

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Okay, so apparently citysearch will not allow to me write a review containing a certain word, (which I find disturbing because I would want to know what I'm about to tell you) so I'll just leave that word to be "blank". Just know that "blank" is code for a certain insect that is disgusting, you get the raid when you see it, they were here before us and they'll probably out live us all. Ok, here goes my original post : this place is ok. I went once and got a a chicken plate of some sorts, felt like I could have made it myself, the sauce was meh. They have really good salsa I hear. But the best thing they have are blanks. Yea, that's right, blanks. My parents were eating lunch, LUNCH, not dinner, so it was the middle of the day in a well lit restaurant, and two baby blanks proceeded to walk across the very table they were eating at. I know stuff like this exists everywhere, back there in the kitchen, but at least it's out of sight, out of mind, and you don't have to look at it while your eating. Baby blanks strolling across your dinner table midway through your meal? Ew. Salsa's good though.

Pros: salsa

Cons: blanks

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Whenever I visit Austin I always make time to visit one of the many locations to this moderately priced restaurant. Not only is the food fresh and one of the BEST Mexican feists in town, the service is also warm and friendly. The interior is very family oriented and children are always welcomed. It's a peaceful, warm environment with great food that won't empty your wallet.

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Whenever I visit Austin I always make time to visit one of the many locations to this moderately priced restaurant. Not only is the food fresh and one of the BEST Mexican feists in town, the service is also warm and friendly. The interior is very family oriented and children are always welcomed. It's a peaceful, warm environment with great food that won't empty your wallet.

Pros: Inexpensive, Family friendly, Delicious food

 

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