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Located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica, Mercado serves as the third installation of a classic and contemporary Mexican restaurant group that includes El Arco Iris in Highland Park and Yxta Cocina Mexicana in Downtown LA.

Mercado is an inventive mix of food, atmosphere and tradition, reflecting the heart and soul of Mexican dining. The beautiful space by New York architect Poonam Khanna, is an eclectic fusion of modern design, accented with traditional touches, that create the ultimate in intimate upscale dining, while remaining accessible and comfortable.

The menu exemplifies the cuisine and flavor of Chef Jose Acevedo's and co-owner Jesse Gomez’s Mexican roots, featuring items such as Chef Acevedo’s signature carnitas, created from a recipe handed down through generations. With tortillas made by hand daily, the finest meats, poultry and seafood, flavorful sauces, carefully crafted ceviche, enchiladas and tacos, produce from the local farmer’s market, and everything made from the freshest ingredients, Mercado offers handcrafted Mexican cuisine, artful design, a warm atmosphere and friendly service.

Mercado’s bar offers over 70 premium Silver, Reposado and Anejo Tequilas, as well as 14 draft and bottled beers. Try a creative cocktail like the Escabeche Martini, Jamaica Margarita, or La Picosa.

From large party dinners to private dining on the mezzanine level overlooking the main room, or a cocktail at our eclectically stocked bar, Mercado welcomes you to join us for any occasion. We look forward to seeing you soon

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