Bäco Mercat

4.7
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245 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Inspired by Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine, Bäco Mercat is Chef Josef Centeno's first restaurant in Downtown LA. This restaurant offers guests a casual atmosphere in a modern, yet comfortable setting that includes outdoor patio seating. Its doors are open for dinner, lunch and brunch. Bäco Mercat also offers a variety of flatbread sandwiches, as well as seafood, meat and vegetable dishes. Bäco Mercat has a bar that serves wine, beer and spirits, and it accepts reservations.
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4.5
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4.5
Ambience
4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time .. Sat outside. The food is great and even better, so is the staff.
Fantastic drinks!

G
Los Angeles
320 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious flat bread, fried chicken sandwich and squash blossoms. Great wine list

L
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Excellent food, poor seating. Service could be improved, especially for such a small restaurant. Had to locate our server a few times.

TT
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great DTLA spot before a show at venues in the surrounding area

MK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Ate outside and it was a perfect evening.
Our waitress was exceptional, Alyissia!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great fresh flavorful food

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really great experience here for my girlfriend’s surprise get together with friends. Food & Service were great. Staff was attentive and pleasant to interact with. Assisted us without fuss on adding a chair to our party, adjusting a dish to accommodate all of us having a piece, & worked with me to make the dessert birthday ending a hassle free enjoyable experience.
Food = amazing. Very veggie friendly. Got one of almost all their veggie dishes and we loved it. Ginger Smash cocktail was also a hit.
Thank you Eve and Baco! We’ll be back!

CH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve loved this place since it opened. Great drinks, wine selection is thoughtful and the food is stellar. OG Bäco is pure genius. So happy it’s stayed so great.

P
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall the food was fabulous. The cauliflower dish was a group favorite. Service was friendly.

SC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

such an interesting combination of flavors in every dish--will def. be back to try more! must get: the noodle salad (not very salad like, but delicious), and the oxtail baco and the shrimp baco.

MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and drinks are excellent, interesting, creative, complex and wonderful. Loved ordering multiple shared smaller plates and enjoying all the flavors. It is true that the chairs are very uncomfortable. But we will go back for the food!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food is OUTSTANDING one of the best meals I’ve ever had in LA

MB
Philadelphia
405 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding meal. Menu is printed daily, with many, many choices. Service is top notch. Had variety of small plates and large, vegetables and dessert. Creative cocktails and wine list. Reasonable prices. Highly recommend.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Attentive service. Beautiful fresh food.

E
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great experience, good food, excellent service. Cheers

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was great

BA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We had a lovely time, but the chairs were uncomfortable and it was odd that the benches were higher than the chairs.

K
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderfully flavorful and creative food served by a very attentive waiter. The meal was not cheap, but well worth the money.

AB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was yummy! The vanilla lemonade (non alcoholic) was good , different but good!

LS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent. The carrots are a must!

JM
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service, and a really welcoming and casual atmosphere

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and drinks. Waitress was very sweet and helpful.

F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food - we ate outside and took advantage of their happy out deals in addition to regular menu items. Everything was excellent!

OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Too spicy, unimaginative salads with too much naranja or oranges with too much dressing, even fried squash blossoms had too much filling.

Needs improvement and better presentation as my friend wants to celebrate his birthday on Oct 19 at 7pm

DS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The palette is refreshingly different from everything else in LA. The pacing of the dishes is great.

CA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, there are too many delicious items to choose. Everything was delicious, even the iced tea.

c
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food and drinks were delicious. So many tasty items on the menu. We plan to come back to try more.

O
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We ordered so many dishes and they were all amazing. They each had such a unique flavor. We wanted to order double! Try the squash blossoms, Hamachi crudo, the soup, and oxtail dish with polenta.

BM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was delicious, insanely expensive but good. The service made us feel like we were in Europe. They just never showed up! Restaurant was empty so it wasn't like they were slammed.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 2Ambience 1

The kitchen is splendid. Superb and inventive. But Once the food leaves the kitchen it all falls apart

JS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I loved it. The food was innovative and yet familiar, comforting but edgy. I would defintely go again.

BL
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food. My only complaint was that we had to ask a few times for an extra setting and they took our spoons away while we were still eating dessert. Had to wait a long while before someone came back with new spoons so we could finish our dessert. Otherwise, food was top notch!

SK
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Staff was friendly and informed about the dishes. Additional info on the menu or from the server that the "Toron" Baco is served on the rare side would have alleviated some initial concern that it was under-cooked, but it was delicious. The "Tuscan Melon with Persian Cucumber Salad" is about as perfect as a dish can get -- creamy, cooling, spicy, crunchy, flavorful. Wishing now that I had bought the restaurant cookbook, since it appears that it is among the recipes included.

KG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Za-Atar+Eggplant+Fava Dip was amazing and so flavorful. I could have eaten this appetizer, all day! The service is wonderful, patient, kind. I would recommend this place - without hesitation as a DTLA dining destination!

RA
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always an amazing experience! The staff is very friendly and super attentive. I’ve never regretted having a night out here, the food is always delicious and the drinks are always perfection.

KS
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Been here a few times now. Great food selection especially vegetarian options.

DH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

First time visit, food was very good, service was great

DC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time going there. The first impressions were good: pleasant ambiance and attentive and friendly service. The area where we were was a little too loud for us but other people may be ok with that. We both got the fix prix dinner and it was a good value.

The food was amazing. The eggplant and fava bean dip was delicious: a perfect combination of ingredients. It came with a wonderful fluffy bread. The Caramelized cauliflower was also very good. The peppery albacore tuna was covered in a delicious sauce. My husband had the steak and he loved it. Highly recommend this place.

If we come back to LA, we will definitely dine here again.

KT
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The entrees are good, but the desserts are super tiny!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It is not a large restaurant but cozy enough to have a wonderful meal with friends and family. Dishes are amazing and tasty, Drinks are adequate and some are really creative. We definitely will come back again.