Welcome to Il Mercato!

Designed to reflect the historical beauty of its Garden District location, il Mercato embodies sophistication and elegance for romantic weddings, philanthropic fundraising, corporate events, and social celebrations.

Built in 1931, Il Mercato’s unique architecture features an expansive private courtyard surrounding an outdoor fireplace; a beautiful ballroom with herringbone wood floors and Italianate chandeliers; an intimate library; and a luxurious women’s lounge. Original architectural details like brass doors, steel frame windows, and grand arches pay homage to the building’s history while gas lanterns, reclaimed brick, and French wall panels give the space a modern romantic aesthetic.

This stunning setting is the exclusive backdrop for award-winning cuisine and cocktails crafted by the Joel Catering team. From multi-course gala dinners to elegant weddings to lavish cocktail parties, Joel Catering prides itself on delivering a superb experience every time.

Named one of the “Best Wedding Venues in America” by Brides magazine il Mercato’s history, design and unrivaled food make it the premier romantic New Orleans wedding venue.