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El Mercado Modern Cuisine, Santa Ana, CA

El Mercado Modern Cuisine

4.3
4.3
250 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
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El Mercado Modern Cuisine brings you the daily adventure of obtaining fresh ingredients from the market to cook the perfect supper. At El Mercado Modern Cuisine, we take this every day trip and transform it into a modern dining experience. We carefully choose our ingredients for our hand crafted cocktails and dishes to bring you the best expression of our Modern Cuisine. Offering a Taco Thursday special of 3 Tacos for $10, Happy Hour everyday (5pm-7pm). Bottomless Mimosas on Sundays from 10am-3pm. New Togo food and cocktail menu available.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Global, International, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (714) 338-2446

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Let us plan your special event. Celebrate your birthday, private corporate event, happy hour gathering, etc. We have multiple options from our Patio, Dining Room and semi private lounge area.

  • Private party contact

    Jose Cerrudo: (714) 338-2446

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Ana

  • Cross street

    3rd Street

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 250 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Healthy

  • Orange County

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Orange County

    Mexican

  • North Orange County

    Fit for Foodies

  • North Orange County

    Healthy

  • North Orange County

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • North Orange County

    Mexican

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  1. M

    Mtd85

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect birthday experience! Enough sitting for 7 people, music, drinks, and food was spectacular. Food came out quick and the band personalized a song for my birthday. Thank you for the experience
  2. C

    Cachick2013

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went out with our neighbors for dinner and had a great experience. Delicious appetizers and amazing tacos, fabulous musicians playing gorgeous music, wonderful service, and delicious cocktails. This was my second time here and I will be back!
  3. T

    Tyugrdd

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The food was just bad, even the rice, definitely I would not recommend to any
  4. RL

    RaeanneL

    Portland

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it. Great music, terrific food and cocktails, would definitely return!
  5. SC

    SaraC

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best tacos we have ever had. Daniel is great welcoming presence. Passion fruit margaritas spiced up rounded out a great evening
  6. c

    chinyerea

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food as always, with great service from staff and tasty consistent drinks. Will be back!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, food and great ambience
  8. CH

    1CHS

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The service was outstanding. The cocktails are creative and very tasty. The food is good and could use a bit more attention to flavors and making sure it’s not overcooked. The music they had was great! It’s wonderful to see this restaurant in DTSA. I recommend it highly!!!
  9. OD

    Out2Dinner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were outstanding! Any time the waiters overheard us mention a drink, food or dessert they were there in a split second making recommendations and taking our order. Most attentive service I’ve ever had besides the Ritz in London. We were with a couple of vegetarian’s and they were very pleased with their offerings. The live music was great but a little loud although we were still able to have conversations. The food was fantastic. Our favorites were definitely the Brussel sprouts, the Carne Asada, shrimp Diablo with lentils and the hibiscus vegetarian tacos.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely brunch, great food, awesome live music and impressive cocktails
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food. The Brussels sprouts are to die for!
  12. B

    Badger

    Central Coast

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Service was below standard Music was extremely loud for Brunch hours
  13. Y

    Yuliana

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely people, enjoyed my time. Food was super good, definitely add to bucket list. <3
  14. E

    Eloise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a cute, cozy joint with a great vibe! Traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist. Food and drinks (specifically the "Ay Madre") were delicious!!! The tortillas had me reminiscing of being sent to the tortilleria by my abuelita 🤤 The staff was incredibly welcoming and the live music was a great touch! Would definitely go back!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m Mexican and I can tell you this place is really good. The empanadas, quesadillas, chicken quesadillas, camarones a la diablada… everything. The cocktails are very good as well. This is more like fine dining so it’s a very nice experience. We love to go there.
  16. AT

    AleT

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alejandro helped making our experience an excellent one! The food is great, the cocktails are great, live music is great. Second time we went there and definitely many more visits in the future. RECOMMEND
  17. V

    Veteran

    Las Vegas

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place and more important great service by all that work there .
  18. BB

    BethB

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I was really excited about going to El Mercado. Overall, the food was just OK, the service mediocre, and I felt the whole experience lacked the 'oomph' I was expecting given the cost. I may try it again to see if it is better a second time.
  19. TP

    ThaliaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I recommend their cauliflower dish or their guacamole & chips as an appetizer, super yummy!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fun and delicious place! Food was yummy and beautifully plated! Service was also attentive and kind
  21. m

    mbrianm

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was absolutely great. Unique takes on cocktails. Traditional Oaxacan dishes, a great space and super service
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    I went there looking for a Michelin experience. I knew it was not a Michelin star. Nonetheless I was hoping for something more. Location is very good, and I really enjoyed it. The food on the other end it was just okay. Only mention might go to the coconut sorbet.. all the rest it was dull. Definitely not the sort of food experience I was looking for.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well worth it
  24. AB

    ArelyB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Really bad customer service. The waiter a female was rude.
  25. LS

    LeoS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great.
  26. AO

    AaronO

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Service was very good and attentive My food came first and I had to wait until my wife’s food arrived in the future I would recommend to bring both dishes at the same time. The guitarist was very good. The noise level was very loud hard to communicate with others. Overall we had a great time we will definitely go back soon.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden jewel ! This place is great and tasteful from beginning to end
  28. RJ

    RuthJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent customer service. Friendly staff members. Great food.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolute wonderful experience ! We had a group of 17 for our wedding rehearsal dinner. Jose was great to work with in coordinating our set dinner menu and the customer service during our meal was perfect ! Would highly recommend for a special occasion, dinner date or their all night happy hour on Wednesday!
  30. JC

    JoseC

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was expensive, mediocre, and bland. If they are billing themselves as a "Modern" Mexican restaurant, flavors should pop. There should be no blandness. Food should be very flavorful. Tortillas were good. Salsa was flavorless and had no spice to it. When asked about a spicier salsa, we were provided with a green sauce that was very nice. Still not very spicy. However, I would say it was the best part of the entire meal. The Jamaica drink was made using apple cider vinegar. There is a reason why real Mexican Jamaica drinks do not have apple cider vinegar mixed in. It tastes awful and bitter. Service was also not very good. Slow, not friendly, and not attentive at all. We spent $70 for dinner for two with no alcohol served. So, their pricing is definitely not cheap.
  31. K

    Karen

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    The food was great! Every dish was extremely tasty. The vibe was perfect for a Saturday night…live music, lounge area, soft lighting. The service was incredibly disappointing. It took an hour to get our drinks and then another hour plus to get our meal. We were not sure what really happened to have experienced such excruciatingly slow service. The dining area was 60-70% full so it wasn’t completely booked. Perhaps it was a staffing issue or the operations of lounge/dining area hadn’t been ironed out yet, but the customer service experience was extremely poor. Our water glasses were not refilled until close to the last 30 mins of our 3 hr dinner. Fortunately, the food was spectacular, but it gives me pause as it whether I would return.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience1
    Extremely high volume live music. Detracts from the food and conversation.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great experience for our Easter celebration! The food does take a little longer then expected but to us that was a great sign (made fresh). The ambiance was great and the live music really enhanced the experience. Every dish we ordered was tasty ‼️
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Live music was good, but WAY too loud. Concert level volume instead of ambiance.
  35. MS

    MikeS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My best friends 35th birthday
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and great service!
  37. p

    pelican

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good contemporary Mexican. Great drinks and great bartenders. My only complaint is not having a paper menu I can peruse. I rarely bring a phone to a restaurant and discourage others in my party as they are so distracting Worth trying but personally will probably not go back
  38. N

    Naga

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is contemporary Mexican but really good. The team has put together a good ambience, the drinks are innovative just like the food. Give yourself sometime to get a parking spot.
  39. RB

    ReyB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Waitress wasn’t very friendly. Asked for more salsa twice and never received it. Very expensive and not worth the price for the taste of food and quality of service
  40. A

    Andy

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shirley was our waitress and was super awesome food was extraordinary

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

El Mercado Modern Cuisine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 338-2446.

El Mercado Modern Cuisine is rated 4.3 stars by 250 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for El Mercado Modern Cuisine

301 N Spurgeon St, Fl 1, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    3rd Street

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Ana

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Global, International, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (714) 338-2446

  • Private party facilities

    Let us plan your special event. Celebrate your birthday, private corporate event, happy hour gathering, etc. We have multiple options from our Patio, Dining Room and semi private lounge area.

  • Private party contact

    Jose Cerrudo: (714) 338-2446

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