Bar Takito - West Loop

4.5
476 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
Bar Takito is a Latin inspired shared-plate restaurant and bar drawing inspiration from Mexico, Central and South America; with LIVE MUSIC (no cover) every Thursday evening (7:30pm); think Super Club atmosphere. The menu is driven by acclaimed Chef Yani Sanchez.

The contemporary urban setting (West Loop/Fulton Market) sets it apart from all other area restaurants. The knowledgeable & pleasant service approach complements the experience.

Enjoy an award winning menu; we use fresh and local ingredients, & feature artisanal (handcrafted) tacos where every tortilla is made-to-order, shared plates, ceviches, seafood from the plancha, arepas and more. The widely popular cocktail program offers an expansive specialty cocktail, margarita, and craft beer selection.

Bar Takito can accommodate parties from 10 to 250 persons comfortably.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Latin American, Bistro, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Kitchen:
Monday & Tuesday: 11 - 9pm (bar open until 10pm)
Wednesday & Thursday: 11 - 10pm (bar open until 11pm)
Friday & Saturday: 11 AM - 11 PM (bar open until 1am)
Sunday: 11am - 8pm
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Phone number
(312) 888-9485
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Yanni Sanchez
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Catering
Absolutely! We've served as many as 900 people. Call the restaurant for details: 312-888-9485
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N. Lake St.
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Public transit
The restaurant is right next to the West Loop Morgan Station and the Green/Pink Line.
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Entertainment
Bar Takito houses features three built-in flat-screen TVs above the main bar, a giant projection screen above the side bar, and a top-of-the-line audio system to showcase music provided by bands and in-house DJs.
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Special events & promotions
Call the restaurant so that we can host your event: 312-888-9485
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Sun 3:00PM - 7:30PM
Mon - Thu 11:15AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:30PM 4:00PM - 8:30PM
Fri 11:15AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:30PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 10:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 4:00PM - 6:00PM 10:00PM - 10:00PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.5

Bar Takito is like a tuxedo T-Shirt - it wants to be formal, but go here for some tacos, drinks, and to party.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
What 476 People Are Saying
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HB
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

My date’s food came out at least 10 minutes after mine. I waited to eat my food until hers was ready so it was cold by the time I ate it.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a nice time and the food was great, but the server didn’t check in with us after the food was served. And we had to go find her to get our check.

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j
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

The place was empty and the service was terrible!!!!!

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L
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great Margaritas, wonderful service! Thanks Phil for always taking great care of us!!

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j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very over priced. Shrimp taco was inedible. Not sure if it was the sauce or fish itself.

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M
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at Bar Takito. The tacos and arepas were amazing, guac trio was awesome. The servers did a great job with everything. Would reccomend.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

It was really nice but our server was very slow

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D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food, not great for children as they do not accommodate.

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C
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was poor. Waited forever to order. Once we did, 4 of 5 entree’s came out. I finally called attention to this. Waiter apologized, then after some time brought out the wrong entree. He was totally confused.

Then he never came back to check on us or bring our bill. Again waited forever. And there was only one other table of patrons.

My tacos were very good(fish with coconut) but others thought there tacos were just OK. Coconut rice as a side was good.

Overall not impressed and not worth a trip from the Loop for lunch

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LM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We did not receive good service and that brought the whole experience down. Food was good, nothing notable.

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DG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambience. Great Staff. Good Drinks. Food was good as well, however the price for two bite tacos are on the expensive side.

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K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Great creative drinks and food combinations. Small
Plate options which show the culinary art of the chef. Affordable.

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I
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for Sunday brunch. The food was delicious portion size was good. Hostess was kind and sweet.

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c
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

We dined at Bar Takito to celebrate a birthday in which I coordinated dessert and candles in advance. To our disappointment, the waitstaff visited our table twice the entire evening and was preoccupied with the other patrons around us. Our waitress recommended way too little food - we all left starving. Although the food was good, we received our entrees over an hour after we sat down and it came one by one. Management was flippant and impatient with us, despite never complaining once! We sat for over thirty minutes without drinks or appetizers and could barely hear one another given how loud the establishment is. The table next to us received their meal within minutes of sitting down and were doted on all evening while we could barely track someone down. We did not receive any dessert to celebrate the birthday and honestly could not wait to get the heck out of this place. Although the value is good for the quality, I would never recommend Bar Takito to anyone given the incompetent and disrespectful management, aloof waitstaff, and average food. There are WAY too many other good restaurants in the city to waste your time at Bar Takito. Huge disappointment.

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this place. I'm just sad that they discontinued the ceviche!!! 😔 The Seasonal Margerita was the bomb!!!

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MY
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was Taco Tuesday, I’m not sure if that meant tacos were on special though. We ordered three different tacos and all were delicious. The shrimp cocktail was not typical but was very delicious. The service was pretty subpar. There are so many great restaurants in this city so I don’t think I’ll go back here any time soon.

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AB
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing- per usual. The cucumber margaritas are THE best margaritas I’ve ever had. The steak arepa is my favorite item on their dinner menu. All their tacos are delicious and their avocado pure is out of this world.

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MP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Tacos are kinda small but good. We had the shrimp and steak tacos. Guac was excellent!

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KT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Order at least one app and one entre or you'll go home hungry. Portions are tiny. Smallest steak tacos I've ever had. About the size of half a dollar bill. Less than an ounce of meat. It was comical.

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E
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! Food was amazing and service was exceptional! I will definitely be back.

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MG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to bring visitors to eat in Chicago. Even my picky eater friends walk away amazed at how good the food and drinks are!

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TP
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere experience! We went before a concert and took advantage of happy hour drinks and tacos. Presentation and taste was excellent. Such a fun treat! A true gem in the west-loop.

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SO
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food....great variety. Awesome Chef....let the chef pick your food. Fantastic drinks, love the spicy cucumber Marg.

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EL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Was really excited for the happy hour because they had tacos and margaritas. Margaritas weren't bad, the tacos were par.

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Popped in for a lite bite. Enjoyable staff was eager to please and provide quick food. Almost too quick.

All day mimosas area deal, but the abbreviated menu will delight.

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N
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. Had to move our table twice because of the noise level of large groups. We couldn't even hear each other talk. Ordered a drink at 5:50pm - during happy hour. When we got our bill the drink was $15.50, instead of the happy hour price of $6. I asked the waitress and she said "Well, I didn't put it into the computer until after 6 when happy hour is over so that's the price." Wow, great customer service. P.S. I would NEVER order a tiny margarita for $15.50. That being said, the spicy cucumber margarita was delicious, but not worth the price. Our bill was $80 and we left hungry. I would never go here again.

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NF
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great, delicious Mexican with a twist brunch spot. We sat outside for a couple of hours and had a great time.

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MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big drinks, great food, great service. Great for a special occasion or birthday.

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KC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I went to Bar Takito a few weeks ago with a friend and it was pretty empty that Saturday morning. Our food was great, great service - I told all my friends I thought I had found my new favorite brunch spot, especially with $10 bottomless mimosas and amazing food. Their patio is adorable, especially in the summer.

I had friends in town this past weekend so I made a reservation to go back as a group. It was a lot more busy on Sunday during brunch and we had to flag down our waiter several times to order, ask for mimosa refills (after waiting 10 minutes with an empty glass and our waiter passing the table without noticing several times). One friend joined us a bit late and ordered after the group did, but the food never came. He asked after 30 minutes and the manager apologized and said his mimosas were on the house - but cancelled his order instead of giving it to him on the house. Overall I’m really disappointed with the service this past visit, but may give it another try.

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GS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Celiacs and those with a gluten sensitivity- please read this.

Menus says it is gluten free. I asked about that and was told 2 dishes on the menu have gluten and that, as someone with celiac disease, I should avoid them. Why the menu as a whole is labeled gluten free, I have no idea. They brought out guacamole and chips. I asked if the chips were gluten free and was told yes. I asked if they were corn vs wheat and was told corn. I asked if they were fried in a fryer with items that had breading on them and was told no. That nothing else is fried in the fryer. I ate 3 before the server rushed over with vegetables for me to eat rather than the chips. Manager said chips are cross-contaminated at the manufacturers, not in-house, with gluten in a fryer. I felt sick from a gluten reaction for next 2 days.

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GG
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was the 3rd time I've dined here. We sat on the patio. They manage to create a nice ambiance on the patio despite being right under the train. It gets congested with foot traffic crossing between the patio and door that the servers are using. The servers also struggle to get past guests using the same door. This seemed to cause a delay in service just dealing with the congestion. Besides that our server was great she made sure we got in the happy hour specials before it ended. She got us different drinks when we didn't like the first round that was recommended. So over all the food and service was great but the location seems to do them a disservice.

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GG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food is excellent here, but the service wasn’t great. We visited early on a Friday after work, and the restaurant was maybe half full. It took our server nearly 15 minutes to come and take our drink order, then another 20 minutes for her to come back and take our food order. She seemed more interested in chatting with the bartender than checking on her tables...

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CF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a group of friends. Happy hour margaritas were delicious!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing food and environment but the red metal seats are so uncomfortable. Almost unbearable

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JJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for group dining/drinking. Fun cocktails and good food to share.

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MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Despite being one of the only groups in the restaurant, our tacos took ~45min and were cold. The waitress was not attentive. The only redeeming part was that since we only had two tacos each, it was an affordable meal, and the margaritas were great.

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j
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service and the wait staff takes forever to assist you. I won’t be returning any time soon

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GP
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This place had no A/C, my date and I were sweating the entire time. Service was okay but on the slow side.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service is slow but I’m not sure why

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B
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The restaurant was HOT inside. Granted, it was 100 degrees outside, but the A/C could not keep up and everybody was sweating.

The waiter tried to convince us that the happy hour special listed in the menu as being valid Monday-Friday were not valid on Fridays. He was basically trying to scam us. And after that, he screwed up our order.

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