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Central Chicago, Grant Park

Bodega N. 5 (at Mercat a la Planxa)

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Amber Gibson
Great Spanish food

Order the Catalan Express if you're here for lunch, it includes a first course and second course, plus soft drink or iced tea for $18. This is a great deal considering that the priciest second course, Tuna, is already $17. Our waitress was great and she gave us a very thorough rundown of the menu to begin our meal. The busboy though, was completely clueless, mixing up dishes between tables and amongst diners at our t... view more

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Marcat and the Table-Side Pig

The best part about group dinners is group orders. Usually, a party of 8 at a Tapas place would mean that one could sample 1/2 the menu. But today we sampled 1/2 a pig and were ripped off with no denominator. As most gimmicks in the restaurant world, table-side swine is heavy on price, light on meat and lax on preparation. If one wants to nibble more than pork, it's important to dine with a large, sample-friendly par... view more

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My Boyfriend and I were visiting Chicago and got a recommendation to go to Mercat. We both absolutely LOVED it. I understand why some people think that you get little for what you pay for, but you have to go into it knowing that tapas are going to be small plates and this is an expensive restaurant (I think it was a little misleading that Google gave it a ""$$"" rating when it should be ""$$$$"") . Our waiter clearly... view more

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Terrible Service

Went there on June 20th for a birthday celebration. When the waitress asked us whether we had been there before, we responded no, and she offered no explaination. We chose the tasting menu. Most dishes were good. The tapas that was a dumpling of some type was terrible. When she asked us, what we thought we told her and her repsonse was ""how odd, most people think this is the best. I had pre-ordered a dessert to be b... view more

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great food, small plates, leave w/light wallet and stomach

we had some great tasting short ribs, cheeses, rice dishes, mushrooms and shrimp but the portions were somewhat ridiculous compared to the typical tapas places around the city. a $16 rice dish is 2-3 spoonfuls. $20 gets you a couple slivers of meat. not as if we expected to stuff ourselves at a tapas restaurant, but after a $50+ meal, we had to go somewhere else to get more food.

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?Horrid service, staff with an attitude and not a good one?

We stayed at the Blackstone this past weekend and were looking forward to a pleasant stay. This is a wonderful hotel but this restaurant, which is the one option for food, leaves much to be desired.\r We arrived around lunch, went immediately to the restaurant as we had read the good reviews. We were seated and ordered. The food did not come for at least 45 minutes.The manager apologized as the food arrived. We were ... view more

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Stay away!!!

By far one of the worst meals I have had in this city. Service was SLOW! The food was cold! The prices are out of this world. One shining spot is the atmosphere, energizing. I can not believe how many positive reviews this place gets. There was 6 in our group and no one wants to eat there ever again.

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Check this place out. I was simply delighted - where to start. Chef Garces culinary talent shows: food was delicious! Loved the higos con almendra, cocas de costillas de ternera, and the scallops a la planxa, . Our waiter was very friendly, cognizant of wines, grapes, and regions - they have a great selection of Spanish wines. We arrived over 30 mins early, so we had time to relax and enjoy some sangria on the downst... view more

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Great addition to the Chicago dining scene

GOOD: Virtually everything on the menu. We had two of the grilled items (a la planxa; squid and chorizo -- both very good), a flatbread with shortribs (very good), stuffed dates (amazing) and patatas bravas (the weakest of the bunch). The room is great -- big, colorful, and with a buzz. And the staff is genuinely welcoming and friendly.\r SO-SO: our waiter needed a bit more seasoning, and could rush diners less. He t... view more

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Amazing Food, Spectacular Space

We arrived for a Saturday evening reservation for 6 people at 8PM and had a short wait. The host staff and bartenders on the first floor were accomodating while we sipped the seasonal sangria steeped with an unusual hot pepper--it was unexpected and delicious and set the stage for the rest of the evening. We ordered the chef's tasting menu with three courses per person at $55. We had plenty of food and I'm sure we ha... view more

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