il Mercato is dedicated to providing you with an excellent and memorable event experience in historic New Orleans.

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.

il Mercato Building Specs

il Mercato Building Specs - About

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

Floor Plan

Exclusive Catering by Joel

Exclusive Catering by Joel - About

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
Sample Menu Spring/Summer 2017
Sample Seated Dinner Menu 2017