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El Mercado

#459 of 3,122 Restaurants in Austin
$$ - $$$Mexican,
1702 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701-1316
+1 512-477-7689
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  • Excellent20%
  • Very good46%
  • Average20%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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“enchiladas” (14 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
1702 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701-1316
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 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 14 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
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Nothing special. It's ok but I won't be hurrying back. Service was good but all the food tasted the same, drenched in Pico.

Thank scometz
Reviewed 2 August 2017

The restaurant is a bit like that .... but the food and service are good, the menu is complete with all sorts of Mexican cuisine and not only

Thank mmqnvo
Reviewed 28 July 2017

I'm a frequent visitor here. Food is good. It's not the greatest, but it's consistent, wait staff is friendly and it's cheap! Good lunch specials, good happy hours. Each location is a little different, but they're all good

Thank Janet S
Reviewed 21 July 2017

The El Mercado has been in Austin way before I ever came to Austin, and it is still going strong. So one knows that the food is good no matter what time of the day or night you want to eat.

Thank 106cliffordw
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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