Great tasty fresh food presented simply. A varied menu, good Spanish winel
Absolutely amazing from the start.
Great cocktail( and bartender!) while we waited at the bar.
Spectacular service from hostess to waitstaff with help choosing the right tasting menu ( we went Deluxe and enjoyed every belly filling morsel)
Food was moorish.
Will be raving about the experience for a long time to come
Delicious and perfectly cooked food, the chorizo was a highlight as was the pumpkin ravioli. Staff were friendly and attentive. Loved it.
Celebrating in Sydney. A lovely evening. Great food and friendly staff
Amazing food, great service and would definitely go again when I’m visiting Sydney! Thank you
Terrific tasy meal - excellent service. Sharing plates is ideal - great tasting food.
Very good service, and food was amazing. Great ambience in a perfect location.
Excellent food and friendly staff had a great night!!
The staff was helpful and courteous, and the food was outstanding.
Food, wine and service were excellent and brilliant for a special celebration
Food was very small portions. Not worth what you pay..
Could do with better table service
The buffet option was fabulous , provided a taste of their more popular dishes. The rotisserie and each tapas dish was extremely tasty & well presented. The wine list extensive with some exceptional wines form Spain and Italy . The waitresses knowledge of wine from each of the regions were very good and her recommendation was fabulous. Would highly recommend this restaurant to foodies as a must try restaurant.
The service was outstanding the food fir me was disappointing
I’d had good reviews on the previous visit this time very average
Wonderful food and lively atmosphere.Great waiter who we let order for us and match the wine.
If you offer the pre theatre option staff must ensure the food is managed so patrons can make the show! We had to remind wait staff we had a concert at 7 on several occasions.....desert had not been provided 7 minutes prior to the concert start time so we suggested we come back after. Not an option for the wait staff so we gulped down a spoonful of ice cream as we raced out the door.
Very different to service on previous occasions.
Wonderful share plates of interesting and delicious pieces. Crab burgers and the cauliflower are definitely a must. And the lamb! Brilliant. Just watch the wine prices!
Fantastic food and great atmosphere. Will definitely be back.
Great night with friends for my birthday celebration! Food fabulous.. service great!
Perfect food. My favourite place to eat !
Love the oysters and the cocktails ! Everything on the menu is great ! You won’t be disappointed
Fantastic food. Good service. A little noisy due to hard surfaces in the restaurant. Good pacing of the meals.
Firstly the service was the best we have had at any restaurant in a long time.
We were extremely disappointed with the meal sizes. Yes we understand it’s for sharing, but the sizes for a large dish were crazy small. The lady recommended that we order 4 or 5 small plates to share and 2 large. When we ordered the John Dory, we were told it was Snapper which was fine. When it came out we were surprised to see a serving size, that is meant to be shared between 4 adults the size of a fillet. It was the size I would cook to share between my 3 toddlers. It would of been better to inform people before hand the size of the larger meals when they are being shared between a group of people. Even the side of carrots was ridicules to share between 4 people.
Amazing food and amazing service. Flavour combinations and dish ideas were creative and delicious, and the waitstaff were friendly and professional. Would definitely go again for a special occasion.
I could not recommend this place highly enough. The food was outstanding, wonderful Spanish influenced, modern and perfectly cooked.
The waiting staff all seem to be male models but incredibly friendly and helpful. The open kitchen is a joy to watch and the layout is cosy and romantic.
We will be back next time we visit from Melbourne.
Always great and consistently great
This would now be the third time we have come to Mercado . It was initially driven by our lust for Spanish food after a trip to Spain. Mercado just doesn't disappoint, my wife and I just love it. Every single time , the service, the food , the attitude have been just sensational. No arrogance, just great food and fun. I cant remember the name of our waitress last Saturday, (dark hair with glasses , late 20's) , but she was perfectly attentive without being overbearing , dealt with changes to our order mid meal without fuss and professionally , kept us updated, made great recommendations and engaged in great banter. My wife and I joke about our first visit to Mercado and that the ONLY thing that we could fault was that her plate was a slightly different colour white to mine . It was just perfect. See you guys next time
Food was amazing and great wines too. Definitely will recommend to all friends and family.
Great food, cocktails and overall ambience. Especially suited pre and post theatre. Not in a position to experience or comment on the bar option. Perhaps a suggestion to have a drink at the bar before dining at the table?
Enjoyed the dining experience and the innovative cuisine list. Friendly and attentive staff which was a real plus.
However some criticisms. Wine list leant heavily to imported wines and not a great selection of Australian varieties. Of those imported, they're overly expensive and make the comment having experienced both top end Sydney and overseas restaurants.
We were three to a table for four and found the size of tables too small for the combination of wine and water glasses plus the larger serving plates when participating in a shared meal with the three of us which made this a bit uncomfortable. It may have been due to our selection of the shared lamb dish which I carved at the table. For that dish, would it have worked being presented whole and then carved by the wait staff before commencing our meal?
I have a story to tell you about this restaurant.
Our first visit to Mercado was with another couple - friends of ours. We were looking to try somewhere new and Mercado had decent reviews and an interesting-looking selection of set menus. We booked, had a few pre-dinner cocktails, and then settled in to our table for the night. It was a fairly normal encounter (we ordered one of the set menus) UNTIL a bowl of steaming mussels arrived at our table, dropped by an obviously hustling/busy waiter.
We hadn’t ordered the mussels, though - they weren’t on the set menu.
We looked around. No servers in sight. The mussels were rapidly cooling. What were we to do? They wouldn’t be able to re-serve them. So...we dug in.
OH MY GOD GUYS. These mussels. These are the BEST mussels in the world. I don’t even like mussels but I’m one of those people who still tries the things I don’t like in hopes that I might discover what others like about them one day. WELL. I definitely devoured my fair share of these mussels. The mussels were so tender and fresh. Not chewy at all. Perfectly steamed. And the SAUCE. This saffron buttery garlicky slightly spicy sauce. I was scooping it with the leftover shells. SO DELICIOUS.
The server did come back, BTW, and apologised for delivering the mussels by mistake. He went to take them away but left them behind with a laugh at the chorus of “awww!” at the table.
My brother loves seafood, but he’s deathly allergic to crustaceans. One time, at a party, he ate a bunch of prawns because he loves them so much and then he had to call an ambulance because he couldn’t breathe. (He didn’t realise how allergic he was at the time - but needless to say the EMTs were pretty baffled). ANYWAY. He has redirected his love of seafood to mollusks. In particular, mussels. I’m running out of room in this review now but anyway he flew here from Canada JUST FOR THESE MUSSELS because I enthusiastically extolled their virtues to him. THX FOR READING!
Phenomenal food and service. Can’t wait to come back
A great find for a solo dinner ... great food, friendly staff who made time to chat when they could, nice vibe. Can't wait to bring others along, as the groups were also having a great time. Be sure to try to the Turkish pumpkin ravioli ... such a pleasant surprise.
Food was lovely, a varied and interesting menu and well executed. Service (absolute lack of) let this restaurant down. It was a busy night but there seemed no organization between wait staff. Several times we had to try and attract a staff member for a drink and to order more food. Drinks were slow to arrive. Three times we tried to get a staff member to come over so we could pay our bill. The three of us will probably never return as there are plenty of other restaurants in Sydney that have good food AND service.
10/10 - food, service and atmosphere. So many great options. Definitely worth a visit.
Amazing lunch - sorry it took so long to leave a review!
We were going to the Australian Chamber Orchestra. The tasting menu was delicious - the dessert outstanding and the service allowed us to enjoy our food and still be on time for the concert.
Absolutely wonderful dining experience. All of the choices on the menu we dined on was perfect and we can’t wait to come back
Good reliable restaurant with atmosphere. Wines a bit on expensive side. Excellent evening and thank you!
Our was not attentive , food came out over slow, not value for money as serve size is on the small end for what you pay
Food and service always great!
Beautiful dining room and furniture. Delicious, satisfying food and attentive easy-going service.