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Posted by AndreaD on 08/26/2010
I was taken here as a surprise for my 25th birthday recently, and boy was I surprised. The food was absolutely spot-on. We had one of the meat and cheese plates as a starter and could not have been happier with our selections - fresh, tasteful, incredible. Entrees came a bit later and the veal was absolutely decadent. No words can describe the flavor that encapsulated this plate. I found myself scraping the plate when I was finished and wishing I had just a few more bites. My boyfriend had the "pyramids" and again - delicious. We topped our meal off with a tiramisu that beats any other I've had. All in all, if you're looking for a reasonably priced BYOB with good/excellent food, go to Mercato. Though the space inside is small, it does not take away from the incredible food and pricing - it actually makes you feel at home.
Posted by Jason on 08/23/2010
Recently i visited with my wife and her parents. Luckily we got a table right after arriving. While we were given water soon after sitting and our order was taken 15 minutes later it took over 30 minute to receive our appetizers, and at least 20 minute from the time our appetizers were cleared from the table to be served our entrees. When these were served, two of us got our entrees first, followed 5 minutes later by the third plate and at least 10 minutes later by the final entree. The first two dishes were cold by the time the last dish was served. The third and fourth plate were served by a different waiter and even after we made a point of expressing our disappointment with the poor service our waiter did not show back up until we were done dinner which is hard in such a small place. This had been one of my favorite places but i doubt I'll return
Posted by Kim on 11/02/2009
My husband and I have been many times and the menu changes seasonally. Tomato soup in the winter is my favorite. Every time we go one of us gets the special and it never disappoints. Staff is nice and accomodating. We have eaten there with ten people and everyones meals was great. This restaurant is so good it gets really busy so you should plan to wait on a saturday night. But it's well worth it!
Posted by jamie on 08/07/2009
mercato is one of my favorite byob's in town. always great food. the short rib ragu with gnocci is out of this world!! only downside is they do not accept reservations after 6:30 which is pretty early to me. if you go on a fri or sat night after 6:30, expect to wait 2 hours. i think it's totally worth it though!
Posted by Rosanne on 07/19/2009
After hearing lots of positive remarks about the restaurant I was excited to take my daughter and her boyfriend to Mercato. Upon arriving our waiter told us about the daily specials and we decided to order the delicious sounding heirloom tomato salad with fresh mozzarella, corn and avocado. We also ordered the diver scallops and veal cutlet. The tomato salad was a great dissapointment, the salad was tasty with the glaring exeption of the "fresh mozzarella" which was actually rock hard cubes of something closely resembling polly-o cheese. The entrees were another dissapointment. The veal cutlet was ok but nothing special but the scallops were not good. We had specifically asked the waiter if the scallops were wet or dry, and were told they were dry. The scallops were wet and we got into an argument with the waiter about them and sent them back. The scallops were replaced by a homemade fettucine with shrimp in cream sauce which was mediocre at best. This meal cost $120 for three people and was absolutely overpriced for food that was mediocre at best.
Posted by Water girl on 07/02/2009
Cute atmosphere and dinner was tasty. Quality was high, though value was low. Still hungry after dinner. The wait staff was very interactive and helpful when available, though we found it difficult to get their attention. I had expected a little substance for this BYOB's price points. Would recommend to a friend if you have money to burn!
Posted by GZA on 04/27/2009
Mercato's interior is pleasant enough. But that's the best thing about it. The food is just about average for an Italian-ish restaurant in Philadelphia. For example, in our party of four, one person got a well-prepared steak. But another got a sour, truly lousy "pyramid" ravioli stuffed with seafood. I had the short-rib pasta, which was nicely cooked and tasty, but also basically just barbecue ribs dumped on top of some macaroni. Uninspiring, in a word. Another diner was pretty pleased with her cheese platter and puff pastry. But averaging everyone's experience out, you get, well, an average experience. The prices were none too kind, but about what you'd expect from a middlebrow joint like Mercato. (Incidentally, the service was just a little less attentive than I would've liked--and the bread took a long time to come out in the beginning.)