Mercat Bistro is located in Uptown Dallas but feels like you are dining at a little sidewalk cafe in Paris, France. It is tucked into a little building off Harwood and is located on the corner next to St. Anne’s Cafe. This small eatery serves contemporary French and American cuisine and is now one of my favorite brunch places. It is an intimate venue that is perfect for couples, friends or family. The noise level is energetic and the service has been very attentive when I have dined here.
The main dining room is quite small with very cozy marble-topped tables. The artsy, hand-lettered menu is located over the bar. The decor is European modern with touches of antiques and recycled items throughout…I feel safe calling it “French Charm.” There is an outside covered patio that truly looks as if it is steps away from the Metro in Paris. The metal scrollwork and open air dining is very indicative of an authentic French cafe. There is a beautiful view of Uptown from the patio as you overlook a spacious lawn, shady trees, fountains, strings of lights, etc.
The cocktails at Mercat Bistro are magnifique! You can order delicious Mimosas by the carafe. On my first visit, I enjoyed the Santa Rosa – a very refreshing cocktail made with St. Germaine and champagne. The “star” for me was the Peche Mignon (pictured above). Champagne was poured over a frozen fruit ball made of muddled berries, orange juice, pineapple, peaches, and Creme de Violette Liqueur. It was light and delicious and as the fruit melted – it sweetened the dry champagne. Be sure to ask for a spoon to eat the remaining ice ball when your glass is empty….it was yummy!
The menu had a nice selection of pastries, salads, sandwiches, wraps, egg dishes, crepes, quiches and desserts. Their Ricotta & Honeycomb dish was my favorite appetizer. It consisted of creamy ricotta cheese, a fresh honey-filled honeycomb and crostinis. My only complaint was that I wanted more! The Green Chile Crepe was also impressive. It was a thin crepe filled with scrambled eggs, green chiles, cheddar cheese and herbs with a creamy mornay sauce and was served with roasted fingerling potatoes on the side. The Strawberry & Mascarpone Crepe was so light and delicate that it literally melted in my mouth. One word -DELICIOUS!
For those of you looking for a cool new brunch place to try and would like to experience a little piece of Paris, put Mercat Bistro on your list. Portions were on the smaller side but the quality was top notch…I guess this just gives you an excuse to order more!
Valet parking was available in front of the restaurant and across the street. I am looking forward to returning and trying out lunch and dinner. They have a wonderful dinner menu and also feature live music a couple of nights. I hope to see you there. Au revoir!
We enjoyed our dining experience here, couple of years ago, but haven’t been recently. It really did have a great vibe!
I can see you here! It’s a Henny kind of place 😎
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Omg this sounds good! Is this where you got the ice/fruit ball idea?
It is! Michelle and I ate brunch here and got that Peche Mignon for the first time. She was the first to make the homemade fruit ball and we have been experimenting ever since! 🍷
Well… it was a little like putting a bull in a China closet this morning as I took Bruce to Mercat Bistro- how fun!!! Strawberry crepe- divine! Ricotta/ honeycomb was really good and the quiche was so light- thanks Susan!!! Another great place. Happy Saturday. Karen Williamson
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So glad you guys approve! I think their food is so good and different from the everyday fare at most places. The ricotta honeycomb and strawberry crepe are so delicious….yum!
Thanks for letting me know about your experience 🙂
I have been trying to make this cocktail at home! Did they tell you they included Creme de Violette Liqueu in the ice ball?? Is that the secret??
No idea! I make mine with cranberry or cranapple juice, fresh fruit, and mint leaves. I love trying different fruit combinations!