Mon–Wed: 5–10 pm
Thu–Fri: 5–11 pm
Sat: 4–11 pm
Sun: 11 am–3 pm, 4–10 pm

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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. With an inventive mix of food, atmosphere and tradition, Mercado reflects the heart and soul of Mexican dining. Architect Poonam Khanna of The Union Works designed the modern and intimate space for an upscale and comfortable experience.

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, enchiladas and tacos, produce from the local farmer’s market, flavorful sauces 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 60 premium silver, reposado, añejo and extra añejo tequilas, as well as mezcal, and 12 draft and bottled beers. Try a creative cocktail like the New Fashioned or Spicy Cucumber Margarita. We have happy hour at the bar and communal tables Monday through Friday from 5 to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 6pm. 

From happy hour at our communal tables to intimate dining on our mezzanine 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!