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“"Gormet" Mexican.”
Review of Mercado

Mercado
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Ranked #34 of 699 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Santa Moinca
Reviewed 20 November 2013

The menu had an upscale feel with interesting ingredients and combinations. What stood out were there excellent salsa and queso. The pork belly tacos were also delicious. They did right with their cocktails too. Our server was sweet and the ambiance is nice.

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Reviewed 4 November 2013

We appreciated the restaurant that used to be in this location but will never go back to the new and different Mercado. The restaurant is SO noisy I couldn't even hear our server and we kept having to say "what?, I can't hear you" which became quickly annoying. The tables are ontop of each other with barely enough room for a server's behind to fit through sideways. The food sounds much better on the menu but is only so-so tasting on the plate. Very disappointing experience and it's a big No Thank You to Mercado!

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Thank RhondaRobbins
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Popular mexican restaurant
food was excellent
The place was busy and fairly noisy all night which was not a bad thing
Service was very good and so was the tequila!!!!!!

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Thank kc5488
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Everything was delicious. A little spicy for an average diner but flavorful. Don't forget to try the margaritas with jalapeno.

Thank fiasophia
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

This very popular downtown restaurant can get very busy. On a weeknight, without a reservation, the management seated us, with the proviso that we complete our meal within an hour and a half. The food was extremely fresh, imaginative, and well prepared. It was a modern creative spin on traditional Mexican dishes. Service was pleasant and attentive. The decor was simple, and the noise level was high, but this restaurant is worth a visit.

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Thank phillyvoyagers
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