Our venue is located in the heart of the Lower Garden District facing Sophie B Wright Park. Built in 1931, Il Mercato is a Spanish colonial style building designed by prominent local architect Sam Stone and originally constructed as a neighborhood market.The 2014 renovation by local restaurateur Joel Dondis added herringbone wood floors, Italianate chandeliers, and a furnished library with banquet seating. The property also features a large private courtyard, perfect for your next event or ceremony.
Interior space: 5,000 square feet. Comprised of main hall, annex, and library
Exterior space: 3,500 square feet. Comprised of courtyard and covered arcade
Occupancy: 450 guests for a cocktail party or 225 for a seated dinner
A ceremony in the courtyard can hold 250 guests seated, or up to 400 with a mixture of seated and standing guests
Il Mercato events are exclusively catered by Joel Catering and Special Events. The expert and efficient staff have a combined 50 years of experience in the food industry and will work with you to coordinate every aspect of your event.Sample Menu Fall/Winter 2017