Mercat

4.6
995 reviews
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Contemporary French
Nestled within HARWOOD DISTRICT, Mercat Bistro is a contemporary European-Style Bistro in Uptown Dallas.

Walk into a romantic setting that is inspired by some of the finest European design and culinary practices. Mercat Bistro is known for being an intimate venue filled with stunning antiquities that have been recycled and reclaimed from all over the world.

@Mercatbistro @harwooddistrict

Specials

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us for Easter Brunch! Offering our regular menu and Easter specials from 10 AM - 3 PM.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Dallas
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I have heard so many wonderful things about Merkat but we must have gone on an off night. Maybe someone didn't show up to work that night. The restaurant is beautiful and the menu looked amazing. Our waitress was very attentive but service was very slow...for drinks and food. 3 of our 5 were served their dinner plate but we waited for at least 5 minutes for the other 2. The escargot was very tough and the butter sauce was not good. I mean how can butter turn out bad? I ordered the chicken and it was so dry, I couldn't eat it. My husband thought his short rib was also very dry. I think we will try Merkat again, but not with guests.

Mercat
Responded 7 hours ago

We are so sorry to hear that you did not have a pleasing experience with us. Thank you so much for bringing these issues to our attention. Please be assured that the chef will address this immediately. We would love for you to join us again so that we can show you how great we really are!

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere on point for brunch!

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MS
Dallas
41 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our server required a wake up call. We waited 15 minutes for him to take the drink order then another 15 for him to serve 2 of the 4 cocktails. I had to have a bit of a conversation about priorities with him at that point. The remaining 2 drinks were promptly served. Good news - he listened and responded. Bad news - at this price level a customer should not have to educate the server.

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L
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Way too loud due to obnoxious table that should have been told to keep it down. Food was mediocre—the filet au poivre did not have much flavor. Service was below par as wait staff would disappear for stretches.

Mercat
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review of Mercat. We are so sorry to hear that your experience was not a fantastic one, and we would love another chance to make it up to you!

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Very loud inside but otherwise excellent food, excellent service, and great value for the quality you're getting.

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TG
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding French cafe ambiance and excellent food! The foie gras was creamy and served with an amazing variety of flavors to bring out its unique taste. The filet was perfectly cooked, juicy and oh-so tender. Service was unobtrusive yet attentive. We will definitely eat here again.

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BM
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So great! The ambiance is perfect - calm, serene, beautiful. The service is unparalleled and the good is even better, not to mention the drinks. Amazing.

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c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Note: ask if there's a large party and ask to be seated elsewhere. There's little to absorb noise and a big party can make conversation impossible. Oysters were good but served with a minuscule cup of ketchup and no horseradish. Duck confit was a single, small leg, overcooked and ridiculously puny. Should have been an appetizer. Bread was brought halfway through meal. Mussels were plentiful and delish tho they serve with french fries (??) and a single piece of toast. Not the cuisine level of past experiences. 8:45 was earliest res we could get but other than a party of 18 next to us, only one other occupied table on the bar side.

Mercat
Responded on April 10, 2019

Thank you for the review on our restaurant. Your feedback means a great deal to us. We apologize that you didn't have the experience you had hoped for, and we hope that you will join us again sometime so that we can show you how excellent we truly are.

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F
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for date night. Waitress stayed out of our hair and paid attention to the fact that we were not in a rush to order. It was pretty noisy which made it hard to hear the waitress. I loved the atmosphere and vibe of the restaurant. We sat in a structurally beautiful room that was open to outside. Quaint outside seating available as well. And most importantly, the food was great!

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B
Dallas
150 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice bistro menu with varied selections. Reasonably priced. Beautiful outdoors seating.

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DF
Dallas
55 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Jorge, our server, made our visit very pleasant. He was friendly and yet professional. My colleague and I enjoyed speaking with him in Spanish. Also, the hostess, whose name escapes me, but who is from McAllen, TX, was also very welcoming. My friend and I both enjoyed the mussels as well as the crabcake. In all, it was an enjoyable lunch. Together or separately, we plan to return.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place

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J
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mercat is one of our favorite places to go in the Dallas Area. I am never disappointed when I leave.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tables were too small. Otherwise great.

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Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints - great food, friendly attentive service and great ambience- one of our favorites for dinner and brunch - highly recommend!

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1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the waiter George!!! Amazing service. He’s warm, personable and engaging! The French toast, honey and ricotta platter and quiche are fabulous: rich and flavorful.

Management/hostesses could be more engaging, they don’t seem to care about customers compared to the hardworking wait staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about Mercat Bistro except the noise level. They are like all restaurants, sadly, that refuse to incorporate sound dampening acoustics into their design.

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

One of my favorite spots, but this night, the Steak Frites was over cooked, not near Medium rare. The pour of scotch straight up was itty bitty. We told the hostess about the steak, not intending to have it comped, but they did. That was nice, but mostly want the steak to be great again! What's happening in the kitchen? My French 75 was wonderful as usual. :)

Mercat
Responded on April 10, 2019

Dear MichaelIT , Thank you for your valued feedback . We will share your comments with our Chef and we apologize for our standards have not been fulfilled at the time of your visit . WE hope to see you back soon .

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LS
Dallas
72 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful evening. Love the Pesche Mignon

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JA
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our second time here and one of our favorite spots when we come in to the city for an event. Great drinks and food, service is friendly, place is very European feeling and on a spring or fall night when the weather is great the patio and garden dining room are especially great.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday pre-concert dinner! Awesome

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was very cool. Food was great. Would definitely go back!

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Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and attentive service. The ricotta and honey appetizer was delicious as were the profiteroles for dessert. However our entrees - the sole meunière and fillet - were not terribly memorable. The fillet came out undercooked (medium was requested and it came out closer to rare) and had to be sent back and the fish, while tasty, was overly salty. Otherwise a nice meal and our server was friendly and attentive.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter George was superb. Everything was great at brunch - from the food to the fun drinks (get the Péché Mignon !!) to the festive sparkler dessert for our birthday girl. We loved it and will be back again soon.

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EA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just absolutely love this restaurant. It's like a little piece of France, you don't feel like you are in the middle of the city. The drink menu is always fresh, current and delicious. A few favorites on the menu are the French Onion soup, ricotta & honey w/baquette and the Coq au Vin. I've been here for date-night, pre-game (you can valet here and walk to AA Center) and just with my daughter. Highly recommend.

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AS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I had the ham and cheese omelette which was nothing special and had a rolled up piece of ham in the middle of the omelette with not a lot of cheese. My friend had the eggs Benedict and the muffin/bread was so hard that she could barely cut it with a knife. The hollandaise sauce was skimpy and nothing special. We will not be back for brunch. Expensive for a very average to mediocre meal.

Mercat
Responded on April 1, 2019

Dear Susie , Thank you for sharing your opinion. We are sorry to read that we could not meet your taste with our gastronomic offer. We'll share your impressions with our Chef's team! We hope we can host you again in the future!

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MP
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the feel of this place- although it was loud, it was not a problem. Food was excellent too. C’est si bon!

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r
Dallas
82 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mercat never disappoints. It's a charming, classy bistro with great food always. Great ambiance and service. Perfect for pre theater. We had escargot, the sole, and the short ribs. So good.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place!! Their wine and food are delicious and the service was amazing!! The restaurant itself is beautiful with great atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was good but service felt uninviting. I took my girlfriend for our 2 year anniversary and it was our first time going. Waiter seemed in a hurry and wasn’t very talkative. After taking our orders, he didn’t return until he saw we were done with our food to bring the check. Doubt we’ll be back.

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DD
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My friend and I enjoyed the drinks and the pastry baskets, but weren’t crazy about our entrees. The pastry basket would have been better if served warm. I had a lobster roll and he had the eggs Benedict. It was lackluster, nothing special, more mayo based. My friends eggs were poached hard and he didn’t have much hollandaise sauce. I would only return for the drinks!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to France many times and Mercat is like visiting a tiny bit of Paris. Loved it! Can't wait to go back!

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N
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

We were seated in the solarium, which was noisy but, warm and charming. A party of six humans with 4 dogs were seated shortly after our arrival. The restaurant allowed 4 medium dogs in a very small, crowded indoor space. Our meal was disturbed multiple times by dogs that broke loose, all be it a really cute French bulldog once. The service was really good. Our server acknowledged the dogs were there and truly made the best of something out of our control. We had a fun brunch date, and made the best of it- even the numerous times the dogs barked, got into a little tiff, then a big big tiff and broke free. I like the idea of going to Mutts, when I know I am going to a dog park. This was my first experience at this restaurant and can’t say how it is usually. But, great place if you want to have a doggie birthday! The restaurant brought out a special plate for the dog with a candle.

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MS
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find. Food is simple yet prepared to satisfy the most demanding foodie. Atmosphere was perfect for a birthday celebration with my wife. Our service completed the overall experience!

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MJ
Dallas
204 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only the second time dining in the main restaurant. I prefer the conservatory as it is quieter. Quiche was extraordinary and champagne at brunch was delightful. Love the pastry basket here; that alone will bring me back. Wish they offered this during the week and wish they offered their French onion soup during the weekend.

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Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. My go to place for brunch when I am in Dallas.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mercat Bistro is one of my favorite spots in Dallas! The Parisian ambiance is absolutely delightful. Small details, like Le Creuset dishware, make for an authentic dining experience full of charm. The food is divine and I will most definitely be vising again soon.

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S
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed this restaurant although it is difficult to find for someone not used to this area of town - construction and some confusion but once found, it was charming and very reasonable for sharing a dish with friends - great for lunch I am sure when the weather gets better. One criticism - it is supposed to be a french-type bistro - bread was NOT good - sliced bread that had been toasted and it was hard and like a cracker - definitely need work. Will go back but hope they just ran out of fresh bread - will give them another chance.

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Key West
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I’ve been for brunch and had a great experience. However the other evening - not so much. Was at a round table for two that was incredibly small - and it wasn’t crowded in the restaurant. The food was decent but our waiter was not. Admittedly only has been there for three month but...couldn’t tell us anything about the menu. Asked about two wines and he had no clue - went to get the “wine guy” but instead came back with “this one is like merlot and Pinot” - this one “is like a Merlot and Malbec”. Really??? Asked what came with the sole fish - he said vegetables. Which I could see from the menu - what kind of veggies?! Had to go ask. I feel in this type of restaurant and price point - we should have had a more seasoned waiter. That kind of soured the evening for me and it was my friends first time. Not sure she’ll give it a second sadly.

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MB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tortilla Soup recommended by wait staff...superb 👍👍

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