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El Mercado

#609 of 3,318 Restaurants in Austin
€€ - €€€Mexican,
1302 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704-3039
+1 512-447-7445
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good23%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible11%
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“tacos” (5 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 22:00 Hours
Mexican, Southwestern
€€ - €€€
1302 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704-3039
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Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

We stopped in to the back music room to see the Band Beat Root Revival. Very good show. While there we had some excellent Margaritas and good Appetizers of Mini Pork Chimis and Cheese Quesadillas. The full menu looked good. Nice staff, reasonable prices. Parking.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank albebuc
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

In Austin with my husband for a business trip. While in meetings I joined up with the wives and went sightseeing. Headed to the Greetings from Austin mural in S Austin and passed El Mercado’s. on the way back sweating and dying LOL we stopped...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank sportcat71
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Went with a few colleagues for lunch. More friendly than business... They place looks a little rundown and old, but do not let that create an opinion. I have had a craving for enchiladas but having braces and chewing meat has been a bit of...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank teddymalice
Reviewed 24 July 2018

Food is delicious! Waiter suggested the smoked carnitas tacos. We enjoyed them so much we went back for lunch. Extremely friendly staff as well.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Althea E
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Enjoy the margaritas which were on special. We started outside, however it was quite warm and the birds were out so we moved inside. The inside is actually a lovely atmosphere and I recommend it. The food was a hit with the kids. The six...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank sonys961
Reviewed 30 June 2018

Our primary reason for visiting this establishment was a live show at their Backstage music venue. The place was packed but the service was very accomodating and efficient. The food was above average. I had chicken fajita nachos with refried beans and no sour cream...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank 1twangster
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Fermin was our waiter of a party of 4 1/2 and gave himself an 18% grad tip on the bill. We left him nothing additional and will not be coming back. He seemed angry, just his demeanor vibe was that of one not wanting to...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Curtis J
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Never ever again! Didn't know what me or the family had done, but just breathing seemed to make this waiter furious. Avoid! Try Miguels or Guerros! The dude completely neglected our refills, made a face any time we asked for help. Totally hateful. My mom...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Severine S
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Very friendly staff. Love the chips and salsa... food was amazing. This bacon wrapped shrimp/jalapeño thing was so tasty. Definitely recommend

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Mark L
Reviewed 22 February 2018

El Mercado is a standard classic style Tex Mex place. They have a cheerful and lively atmsophere. It is easy to access, with a parking area, overflow parking, and plenty of room. The entire staff is 100% friendly and pleasant, seemingly enjoying their jobs. the...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank holly c
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1302 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704-3039
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > South Austin
  • Neighbourhood: South Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-447-7445
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