Bäco Mercat

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183 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
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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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time there and the food was better than expected! The oxtail had so much flavor and the beet salad was really good.

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m
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful as usual! This was our second visit here and the food was fantastic. Will definitely be back.

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TA
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The pork shoulder was delicious and the peaches with kumquats so tasty. Honestly, every dish we got was nuanced and highly enjoyable. The mango habanero shrub (kind of like kombucha) was very refreshing. Can't wait to go back to try the items we weren't able to try this time.

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N
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great! Usually at these small places only one or two of the dishes taste great. Here everything tasted delicious. The staff was very accommodating as well. I will definitely come back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, wonderful service! Would definitely come back when next in LA!

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d
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

food was refreshing; different from what most of la offers and i appreciated that a lot; those ricotta fritters were amazing

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LE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Travis was a great server. The atmosphere was good, the food was outstanding and there were many side dishes to share. I loved the branzino, pasta and cauliflower. Can’t wait to return,

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Z
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It is one of those hip places that have popped up in those downtown factories/warehouses. The surroundings have been improving as the city is revamping its downtown. Parking on the street is reasonably easy to find.

As expected, the ambiance is rustic and pleasant. The service is friendly.

My colleague and I each ordered a sandwich and we shared them. They were absolutely delicious. One can tell the ingredients were high quality and fresh. The cooking itself was perfect as well. With that, of course, comes the price. It's a bit on the pricey side for the portion. For us, it was perfectly fine because we're older guys and don't need a big portion. Because the food is delicious it more than satisfies the hunger.

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VF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

This place used to be great. Food was SO disappointing. Everything, even the veggie dishes, was dry.

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JL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The food was good and the layout of the restaurant is nice.

Service was poor. Our server took our order and delivered our food but he never checked on us over the span of an hour.

A busser came and cleared the dishes. I had to flag down another server to ask for the check.

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M
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was fantastic! Our server was great, the food was amazing- bursting with flavors and the Macho nacho margarita is to die for. Literally stumbled on this place by accident and will be going back as often as I can. It is truly that good!

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c
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Mini vacation in L.A., stayed downtown and this restaurant was walking distance. Have been to sister restaurant Bar AMA previously and enjoyed that too. 3 of us, $170 approximately including tip. We probably should have ordered one less or one smaller item. We enjoyed all food & cocktails. Cocktails $15 but generous. Recommend.

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JO
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am in love with this restaurant! The food is amazing!!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had! We came for a birthday dinner and ordered the Brussels sprout Caesar salad, caramelized cauliflower, and el pesce baco. Definitely coming back!

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F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food , service, comfortable ambiance made lunch delightful. Will return next for dinner.

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LS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

The small plates at this place are great. I've only eaten bruch here. We will be back.

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MD
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Place is great. Nice vibe, interesting food and cool ambience.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent and so was the service. Very unique dishes and cocktails with lots of flavors. The ambiance is great and works for something both formal and casual. One of the oddities is that happy hour is only available at the bar and outside on the patio. The biggest reason for 4 stars instead of 5 though is the value. Even though the food and drinks were great, for the portions I found it to be overpriced. Evenso, I would recommend it. Just be warned that you'll spend more than you think.

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AM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

An explosion of flavors. Great combination of Spanish, Turkish and Arabic cuisine into eclectic courses that bmw your taste buds.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was so delicious. I had the bone marrow! Devine!

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ML
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There should be a quality rating for noise. It was low and that was good. We avoid high noise. It's not "energy" to us. You should review noise level.

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DZ
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal, and we could have a conversation.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was excellent! We split the hamachi collar which was absolutely delicious. Added two small plate sides which were equally delish and not small at all. The restaurant is “intimate” and space was tight, but not obnoxiously so. Our server was great... attentive and checked on us throughout the dinner. A small thing, but my partner and I are partial to gin martinis and the choice of gins is pretty limited. We’ll be back again!

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Five of us enjoyed a shared plates dinner; only complaint was the din-like noise. Food excellent and original.

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J
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We shared many dishes and they were all terrific. Very interesting combinations that tasted great. We had the stuffed blossoms, ricotta fritters, and caramelized cauliflower. We also had the skirt steak which was tender and well seasoned. The Turkish Love flat bread was outstanding. The albacore tuna was well prepared and the special lamb riblets were a bit spicy and also delicious. The flourless chocolate cake and ice cream sundae were both solid but not as interesting as the other dishes.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best friend came to visit from Dubai he loved it so much!!! Thank u

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MM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful and original food. Highly recommend this place.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience yet again

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J
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We arrived right when they opened for dinner and food came out quickly. We have been to Baco Mercat several times and this time did not disappoint! We ordered a lamp special, a flat bread, and two appetizers and had enough to take home. Food was delicious. As the restaurant became more crowded, it seemed they may have been a bit short staffed for a Friday night but it was still an overall great experience.

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CC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Personable, but not pushy service, great food. One of our favorites, can't wait to come back!

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H
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Baco is our favorite restaurant and we love Miguel. Only issue this time around was the portion for the Hamachi seemed small.

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P
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Excellent food - definitely some inventive flavor combinations you won't find anywhere else in LA. Habitual diner at this restaurant, and 10/10 would go again. Just be ready for a lively atmosphere (inside, at least!).

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SR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nobody can do veggies like Baco Mercat! We tried five different plates and loved them all. The octopus and the skirt steak were perfect, as well.

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RS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So Good! Everything was excellent, I cant wait to go back next time I'm in town. Go Eat Here!

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BW
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to go out for a date or just have a great meal!

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RD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Generally very good food with sometimes slow service and VERY uncomfortable chairs.

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was absolutely incredible! Our group of eight had the best time there! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

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L
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Food very tasty and interesting combinations for a foodie. This is not the place to come if more than 2-4 in party. Seats very uncomfortable, tables small, and noise level so loud you can not hear person across the table. There were 7 of us and we ordered to share. Restaurant not accomodating about cutting food into sharing pieces. Make sure you ask about each dish and how it is served. i.e 3 small meatballs does not make it for 7 people. I suggest ordering more traditionally - appetizers for every one or two people and main for each one or two. Ordered 9 dishes for 7 people and some of us left hungary.

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i
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The menu initially seems brief, but that deceptive appearance is misleading. The options in each section are quite varied in substance, texture and flavor. Nonetheless, Mediterranean styles predominate throughout. Each selection was very good, though not to the level of rapture that would merit a full 5 stars. Still, a solid, delicious option.

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