Located in Downtown Santa Ana, DTSA, "EL MERCADO MODERN CUISINE" brings from the heart of Orange County the best in modern Mexican food, inspired by the gastronomy of all Mexican states, and other foods from around the world. 


EL MERCADO MODERN CUISINE's owners, renowned OC chef Danny Godinez, Fernando Franco and Jose Cerrudo, have joined forces to collaborate in a vision that is now a reality, to bring a restaurant to the OC that will execute their interpretation of the classic Mexican cuisine.


With their expertise and experienc in the restaurant industry, a dream was born with the objective to elevated the Mexican cuisine and introduce it with a modern, yet cultural approach that will bring restaurant goers an unforgettable experience, starting with a warm and cultural welcoming, and culminating with an overall delicious and fresh cuisine.


All of this while upbeat world music pleasantly fill the background. 


At El Mercado Modern Cuisine, everything is to be "shared," or "family style," meaning everyone at the table will be encouraged to order an entree, from the varied menu, to share with the rest of the party, making sure everyone gets to taste El Mercado's culinary couture, which, if it's shared, will be placed at the center of the table. 


El Mercado's romantic and upscale restaurant setting is to serve food lovers with the best by creating dishes that are healthy and rich in nutrients, but overall full of flavor. 


In Mexico, we call family style dining 'Comida de Centro' and we love this idea for our restaurant because this way everyone gets a well balanced meal while sharing their entree choice. 


The name, EL MERCADO, was chosen because it is a custom wihtin families in Mexico to go the the market or "el mercado" on a daily basis to get fresh and top of the line ingredients to make exquisite meals, which is also the goal of EL MERCADO MODERN CUISINE-to bring the best to its customers. ​​

lOCAL ART AND MEXICAN-STYLE VINTAGE DECOR ADORN THE LOUNGE-LIKE ATMOSPHERE AT EL MERcADO MODERN CUISINE, WHICH OPEN ITS DOORS ON SEPTEMBER 2016