Mercado

4.5
489 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Spanish
Top tags:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Mercado pays homage to Moorish, Spanish dining with understated detail that is warm and grand. A rotisserie and wood-oven led menu created using traditional cooking practices of pickling, cheese making, whole beast butchery, charcuterie as well as bread making.
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Was extremely happy with food, service and vibe at the restaurant. Could not fault it. Loved my experience

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M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We dined at Mercado for our anniversary. The service was impeccable and our waiter was lovely. Our starters were beautiful (pork empanadas and flatbread with smoked hummus) The chorizo main was delicious and the tomato salad was lovely. We weren't a huge fan of the chicken dish. We didn't enjoy the soft texture of it but that was just a personal preferences. All up it was a lovely meal and we enjoyed our night.

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M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Even though we booked it got busy so quickly, but it was a nice relaxed Sat night crowd and despite this it wasn't particularly noisy, my friends and I could chat away without raising our voices. Despite it being busy we were always looked after and served our food very quickly. We went for two mains (lamb, prawns) and a few sides (roasted cauliflower was lovely) – they were all really nice and flavourful, very moorish. I really appreciate restaurants that put the same amount of "heart & soul" into their sides as well as mains. Also order desserts (the ginger & lemon pudding was amazing).

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J
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Restaurant is very noisy. Food is very hit and miss.

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KI
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent choice of tapas and wines. But no beer on tap when we visited. Highly recommended for anyone yearning for Iberian themed food in the city.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service! We will definitely be back. Great for gluten free and vegetarian also.

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KT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

It was our first dining experience at your establishment.
We would definitely come again and certainly recommend it to others
Thank you

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C
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The chicken dish needs to go back to the one they made two months ago, a part from that this is a good place for share plates/tapas

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BR
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A perfect prelude to a wonderful concert at the Recital Hall next door. We were there for an early sitting so had the full attention of the friendly and informed staff. Even at that time the restuarant had a good vibe. We chose four tapas and perhaps were a little conservative in our choices but the quality was very good. I would definitely go back and next time would try the dinner menu.

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A
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Food is okay but nothing amazing and service is not great. The wine we had was very good. Overall, it doesn’t compete well with its competitors in the price range.

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JB
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had a pleasant evening, though there was an issue with our order, incorrect food to what we ordered was brought to us, the food was nice but our mains were not delivered to our table hot.. a little disappointing. Overall it was OK but with the variety of good restaurants in Sydney there are better ones that I would recommend.

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FD
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

The food and service were very average for the price.

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c
3 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My Spanish guests could not believe they were in a Mercado like at home. They felt they were immediately transported to Barcelona and San Sebastian. Good food tastes, good portion sizing, and service as well as a grounded confidence in the servers and chefs made for a comfortable evening.

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a
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great place, great food, better in the front room for ambiance.

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A
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

High quality food but on the expensive side. Good service

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JB
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We always enjoy eating here. And they’re very efficient at getting us out for theatre bookings. Thankyou

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C
4 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

This popular restaurant is open later than some so it's worth going after a performance in the City Recital Hall. Noise levels were very high the night we attended and one of the dishes we would have liked to have ordered was sold out. Overall the food was tasty and well presented but rather over-complicated. There was also a good wine list. After an initial hold-up, service was good.

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RS
7 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was here for Mardi Gras, excellent!

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NS
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant, food was nice though a little on the pricy side

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DC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Enjoyable Spanish tapas with great combination of flavours. Staff were friendly and attentive.

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EP
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Extraordinary experience, the Mercado team takes you on an amazing adventure welcoming you with great customer service and spoiling you with delicious and eye catching food.

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TW
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

This was our 2nd visit to Mercado and we were disappointed this time around as the food which was meant to be served hot was luke warm. I enjoyed it much better on our 1st visit. We still had a lovely evening.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Bit corporate and slightly indifferent service because we were sat near the reception so our server was also the welcoming host. Good food though.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Warm, attentive service paired with a smart beverage program and, a sophisticated, produce forward menu.
All class👌

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Very nice ambiance creating a good setting for a date or small get together with friends. The food was delicious. All the flavors complimented each other very well in the dishes (pre theater menu). The waiters were very courteous and attentive, no glass was ever empty.

The only suggestion I will add is that the plates on the table should be changed at least before the main course arrives, if not for every course. The leftover flavors from the previous courses can clash with each other.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Loved the ambience but food wasn't exceptional. They moved us to another table before the main meal arrived to accommodate table for 5..not very nice. Ravioli was a bit blend....overall okay restaurant.

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AA
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service and a lovely atmosphere.

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VB
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and good service. We had a good time there

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IM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

The service was very slow, we waited a long time for the main and accompanying vegetable dishes.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was of the highest quality that my wife and I have experienced in a while, from a restaurant perspective. The quality of the food and the class of the service was more than enough to guarantee us a return visit in the near future.

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KB
9 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and ambiance. A must do. Highly recommend.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly and attentive staff made our visit to Mercado even more enjoyable than expected. Interesting food, well presented and delicious. We had a pre-concert dinner, so it needed to be quick. A lovely place to go for dinner. Highly recommended.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food and service was fantastic.

Restaurant is very noisy - it was difficult to have a conversation at one point.

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B
4 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and great atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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JP
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A suprise..awesome on all levels, the best ...thank you....

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LH
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The only thing that surprised us was the minute servings with the banquet menu - the chefs grill selection was 2 slices of roast pork for 4 of us and the dessert was 2 tiny little chocolate ice cream cubes that we had to cut in 2 and share.
The service was fabulous as was the atmosphere.

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K
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Mercado was amazing for its food. So good....... I went there with my partner. We were super hungry as we hadn't eaten all day with work. We ordered a lot of dishes, at least 6. Every single dish was a new and amazing experience. The service was efficient without any chat. The price spot on. Would eat there every day after work if I could.

We are still talking about how good it was and dreaming of kingfish fillets with pea mash,,, what the???? How does that happen?

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MM
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

I’ve patronised this establishment 3 times before this night. Each time the service was abysmal, sometimes rude, but the food was delicious and so it never bothered me as much. I even booked a friend’s bridal shower one night which, to my surprise, we had better service.
So I returned on Thursday night with my partner hoping for an amazing date night. And shame on me for thinking service has improved. Actually it was worse. After being seated right away (we had reservations) we waiting for approximately 11min for a menu. Which I know seems like nothing but you try sitting for 11min while you watch everyone around you being attended to.
Finally my partner asked for a waiter. By then we had googled the menu and knew what we wanted. When asked what the specials were, the waiter looked over at the kitchen, and I quote “Ummmm, I think...ummm it’s a wagyu rump?”. This lovely Frenchman had no idea what the specials were! And then when we asked for a bottle of wine he said oh no one likes that wine trust me. But then why is it being offered, we thought.
We asked for the dishes we had googled and the bottle of wine we wanted we ordered. And it was delicious! When the dishes came I don’t think he knew what he was putting down. Hardly told us what he was giving us. Never really spoke to us.
The only saving grace was the lovely Laura. She checked in on us and was great. If it were not for her we would have left and gone somewhere else.

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A
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved our experience at Mercado! Lovely place to eat and just be. And staff are above all gracious and lovely!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was prompt and the service was really exceptional.
The food was well presented and delicious

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