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El Mercado

#494 of 3,138 Restaurants in Austin
€€ - €€€Mexican, , Vegetarian Friendly
1702 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701-1316
+1 512-477-7689
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“enchiladas” (14 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 22:00 Hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
1702 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701-1316
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The service was so bad we walked out before the food arrived. Our waitress was extremely rude upon seating (not even saying hello or introducing herself), she just annoying bellowed “What do you want?” and could care less about us once we ordered. In fact,...More

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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

The food was bland and not very tasty. The tortilla soup is just salty chicken broth. The trailer park tacos came with lots of fatty meat and a side of barbeque sauce that was clearly just ketchup. It is convenient if you are staying at...More

Thank Nicole A
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Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

Had a large company of friends get together for a meal on Sunday, found this near the hotel. Seemed exciting but the place was almost empty. Large menu. Drinks were great, service was good due to we had the place to ourselves. we all ordered...More

Thank hpresas
Reviewed 23 January 2018

We liked the decor of this place as it was colorful and warm feeling. The food was fantastic! It was the first place we ate when visiting Austin and so we compared the other places we ate to this one and El Mercado kept coming...More

Thank PingPongButterfly
Reviewed 5 January 2018

After touring the state capitol with locals, this restaurant was recommended for its food and nearby location. The teens in the group ordered enchiladas and the adults had tacos (and margaritas). Service by Sam was great! Good recommendation.

Thank QueenBee0301
Reviewed 21 December 2017

This place is a hit or miss. One evening there is no one there, the next it is packed with large groups. Food is ok - not great, not bad. It's a popular stop before UT athletic activities. Best dish I've found is the chicken...More

Thank ronniew666
Reviewed 3 November 2017

This Austin area favorite serves up all the expected Tex-Mex classics like cheese enchiladas, fajitas and the rest. It is near the administration buildings so convenient for an on-campus business lunch. Also good happy hour specials!

Thank Tony H
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Went to this place for Tex-Mex on the advice of a local. Portions were huge! Not kidding. We ordered 3 main dishes for 3 people and we could have gotten away with 2 and had leftovers. Friendly service, huge margaritas, and decent food.

Thank Neilmtl
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

We went to watch the bats under the Congress bridge.. left there and were trying to decide on a place to eat.. we passed by El Mercado and turned around to go back.. thank goodness we did!! It was a great experience!! Friendly staff and...More

Thank txkimber65
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Visited El Mercdao with some local Austin friends. Great food great service great atmosphere. Pleasantly surprised at the value for money. Must go again on my next visit.

Thank Kiwicyclo
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1702 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701-1316
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 512-477-7689
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