Discover Il Mercato

Expect to be captivated by the beauty of Il Mercato from the moment you arrive. Located in the heart of the Lower Garden District on New Orleans’ coveted Magazine Street, Il Mercato offers an elegant oasis. Adjacent to the French Quarter and steps away from the historic Sophie Wright Park. At Il Mercato, you’ll have everything you need to host a stunning celebration unlike any other.

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Our Canvas, Your Vision

Il Mercato is designed to serve as the perfect backdrop for any vision you can dream up. Our venue offers all the historical and architectural charm of New Orleans with an open floor plan, neutral color palette, and distinctively European aesthetic. With versatile indoor spaces plus an expansive outdoor courtyard, there are endless possibilities for celebrations of all sizes.

“Il Mercato was an absolute dream. It’s a little oasis tucked away among the bustle of Magazine St.” – Amber K
  • Indoor/Outdoor spaces

    There are no limits to what you can create within our 3 versatile spaces; a beautiful ballroom with herringbone wood floors and Italianate chandeliers, an intimate library, and a breathtaking courtyard.

  • Premium Location

    Il Mercato sits in the heart of the Garden District, surrounded by historic landmarks and iconic New Orleans’ style buildings adorned with wrought iron balconies. Just a stone’s throw from the famed French Quarter, Il Mercato offers a quintessential New Orleans setting, steeped in history and charm.

  • Unique Architecture

    Our venue boasts a distinctive Spanish-style architecture, characterized by grand arches, authentic details, and a harmonious blend of historic charm and modern sophistication. The expansive, private courtyard, with its outdoor fireplace boasts endless places to capture beautiful photographs.

  • Elevated Decor

    Our bespoke spaces feature accent furniture pieces and elements that blend effortlessly with the venue’s overall aesthetic. Complemented by premium linens and sophisticated bistro seating for both indoor and outdoor settings, we ensure an unmatched ambiance.

  • World Class Cuisine

    Our culinary philosophy is guided by our founder and executive chef, Joel Dondis, together with our devoted team meticulously crafts each culinary detail, from menu creation to impeccable presentation, ensuring an unparalleled dining experience for you and your guests.

  • Historical Charm

    Get all of the historical charm without the parameters of preservation or divided reception space. Our flexible floorplans mean there are endless possibilities to accommodate your every need.

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Explore the Spaces

The Courtyard

Our expansive, secluded courtyard sets the stage for any event, offering a picturesque backdrop for your celebration. Capture the moment amidst the lush greenery of Sophie Wright Park, savor culinary delights beneath a custom tent, or revel in the starry night beneath our ivy-clad archways. And don't miss the opportunity to frame your memories against the captivating backdrop of our iconic outdoor fireplace.

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La Sala (The Main Room)

Whether for seated affairs or cocktail receptions, this adaptable space brims with endless potential for your event. Unlike many historical venues that can feel restrictive and segmented, our Main Room serves as an expansive gathering space, ideal for your guests to come together in celebration. Spanning over 3,000 sq. feet, it's a canvas ready to transform your boldest visions into reality.

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The Library

Perfect for romantic wedding photos or a unique post-dinner lounge, the Library is adorned with original wood beams, custom cabinetry, and unique art furnishings, creating a captivating, moody ambiance. The soft, ambient lighting enriches its sophisticated atmosphere, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the evening's celebrations.

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  • Wedding Ceremony

    Up to 275

  • Cocktail Style Reception

    Weddings: Up to 400
    Corporate: Up to 450

  • Seated Dinner

    Weddings: Up to 185
    Corporate: Up to 225

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  • "This venue is the most beautiful venue in New Orleans - indoor and outdoor space for your guests, wonderful fireplace, crisp and clean appearance."

    Haley W
  • "All of the staff here are incredible. Everything went seamlessly! There is no other place in New Orleans that will give you the beauty AND the food."

    Rebecca O