Cafe El Tapatio - Glenview

4.5
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Cafe El Tapatio was established in 1974 becoming a Chicago Staple for Authentic Mexican Cuisine and Drinks. Brought to the North Shore in 2017, Cafe El Tapatio brings the heat to the suburbs in a hip and urban environment. Focusing on traditional Mexican flavors we go above and beyond the typical run of the mill Mexican restaurant bringing one entrees like Arrachera XX, Pollo en Mole de Reyna, Camarones al Tequila, and Salmón Citrico; alongside various other traditionally flavored dishes. In regards to our drinks, all our specialty cocktails are made with small batch boutique 100% Blue Agave Tequila.

We hope to see you soon! We're open for Lunch and Dinner during the week and Brunch and Dinner on weekends.

Find us on Instagram & Facebook: @cafeeltapatiogv
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c
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner party of 5 enjoyed a delicious dinner with wine, beer and margaritas. We had the $4 taquitos as an appetizer, chicken queisadias, beef tacos, salmon and burito bowls. We were all very pleased with our choices and will return soon.

AS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Manuel, made us feel comfortable and even popped some jokes to lighten the mood. He was very friendly and also thorough with our order. The food was delicious and I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others. Make sure you check out the churros room. You can order churros made many different ways for dessert or just pop in to have it as an afternoon snack.

U
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming here. The staff is great. Kids menus, but you could come here for a date. Food is outstanding

K
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went to celebrate friends graduation. Great deals on margaritas! Appetizers tasted great.

MA
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great find! Truly authentic comida mexicana: mole and caldos!! Even offered the usual tacos and fajitas. I’m going to have to try the churro parlor

BH
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The food is always great. The service was very erratic and slow. It may have been an off night, since we usually don't have to flag down servers.

R
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful gem we found in the Niles/Glenview area. The food is amazing; especially the salsa, Carne Asada and Pechuga Tapatia. The service was friendly and fast. While it is quite loud in the place, the ambiance is warm, yet colorful and festive. Highly recommended.

IW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We wanted to try a new restaurant, however, we were very disappointed. The noise level was so high, I couldn't hear the people I was dining with, the food was not very good, gaucamole was watery, would not go back.

LG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family loves this place! Great service and food!

B
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

One of the worst restaurants we have been to in a while. The shrimp were spoiled and the fajitas were not even edible. It was some weird preparation that was soupy and greasy

O
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner is outstanding! He walked around making sure every table was happy and enjoying the evening. This is a very rare quality but so appreciated! Excellent experience!

MS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would absolutely recommend this restaurant. Everyone was extremely friendly. They were very busy but service was still on point. Actually we at times had 2 or more servers taking care of us to make sure our needs were met. Food and drinks were very good. We highly recommend the corn on the cob appetizer it was amazing!

m
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always we loved our experience at El Tapitio!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with a group of 5 and service was excellent. We ordered a few appetizers, drinks and shared some entrees. The portions are big! Great value and very flavorful food. We will be back.

KN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & great service. This was my second time here and we had the grilled salmon, grilled steak over fried plantains and shrimp ceviche. All delicious! Last time had queso, fish ceviche, grilled shrimp, guacamole and I can’t remember what else. Bottom line is this is the best Mexican food in Glenview by far.

R
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great food. Hands down. Go and try it. I wish I had another stomach. Like a cow. Because I wish I could eat more. No room for desert for me because I can spare it. But another taco, or two, or three, si por favor

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience1

Very disappointed have been many times before after tonight maybe not again

TK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, drinks and service.

c
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 6 enjoyed a delightful Mexican dinner. This was the first visit for 4 of our friends and they loved the experience. The service was attentive & friendly. The noise level a little too much, but we will still return.

m
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food quality has gone down
My fajitas were swimming in red oily sauce
Enchiladas had little to no filling and my guest asked for sour cream and cheese on side and it was served all covered over
Will not be returning

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Good food. We had to wait quite awhile to get each course. It was very noisy when we first arrived. It did quiet down a bit after about 20 minutes and 2 or 3 groups left. We would go there again.

BE
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food at Cafe El Tapatio is just so-so - it's surprisingly bland for a Mexican restaurant (with the exception of the fresh salsa, which has a kick and fresh flavor). Value for money is good - lots of food for the price. The presentation is cute - little metal demitasse cups for the refried beans, wood planks for tacos, etc. Nice patio - the interior is a little crowded but festive.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food & best customer service around!

CD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good but I just had tacos. Waiter wasn’t that friendly.

MH
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Friendly staff, festive atmospher but plenty of T.V's if you want to watch some soccer. There is outside seating too. Spicy salsa and chips are started at your table for free. Plenty of options to choose from on the menu vegetables, fish, chicken, pork, beef, steak entrees.

NT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Steak was too salty, never got tortillas that were supposed to come with it. Instead of nopalas had some relish that tasted like it was from the can. Mild salsa tasted like warmed up ketchup. Overall meh impression.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Staff was friendly and helpful, food was great. The only thing I didn’t like was that they didn’t have a good mild salsa. Everything else was excellent!

r
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Special margarita was watered down plus glass was filled to the top with ice. Guacamole was not made in-house. Tasted processed, off and way too expensive. Carne asada tacos were good with a decent amount of meat. Grilled tilapia tacos were good as well. Enjoyed the jicama salad with citrus vinaigrette. Best thing was our server Eli. He had a great disposition.

LK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was terrific. Very authentic. Great Margaritas! Wonderful service

TB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Mexican food. Reminds me of the food from Mexico city. Great daily specials too.

NM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Came in here for happy hour, ordered from the happy hour menu. The food came and it was good no complains. The bill arrived and our items weren't billed at the happy hour rate, told the server (not our original server) about the mistake and she said she would fix it but not our drinks because they weren't part of happy hour. She immediately walked away before I would reply, as we sat there to ponder about why not? If the tequila our drinks had are part of the "daily tequila happy hour special" but ok fine our original serve didn't specify, or let us know when we ordered that our drinks weren't part of it¿ a simply "our bad" "sorry" would have done it. I tried to explain Jazmin the server and she cut me off with a bunch of attitude and said she didn't want to argue so she would change it this one time. She come back with even more of an attitude to let me know that she changed the bill but my card was decline (with a smirk). I so badly wanted to go to bar and tell the manger to run my card again but my sister said she had cash and I didn't need to cause a scene. Just bummed cause I've been here several time and the service is always a hit or miss but never disrespectful so I never wanted to complain about the bad service because the food is good. Definitely not coming back.

D
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was a crowded evening when we arrived yet the Opentable reservations showed availability for after 7pm. Our reservation was for two people at 7:30pm. We still had to wait almost 30 minutes and people ahead of us at the bar were being seated ahead of us. I wondered how attention was paid to reservations versus walk ins. Our entres were nothing unusual but they had a good selection of margaritas. The shrimp empanadas, an appetizer, were very good.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great as usual; the owner was friendly and walking the room, talking with guests, also as usual. But, the waiters were a bit gruff and hurried. The restaurant was full, but wait staff should should not make guests feel rushed. Still a great place, though.

LG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, great Staff and best Margarita in Town!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great margaritas and wonderful food.

KA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. The best margaritas in town! Thank you for making my birthday real special!

FR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back dining area very loud. Food excellent.

LM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was so good! We had the elote and ceviche as appetizers. They were perfect! Drinks were on point. Not too sweet. We both had the steak entrees and the seasoning was excellent. Such a fun evening!

JW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had been to the sister restaurant in the city several times- it’s close to where our son and his family live- and always enjoyed it. Our daughter wanted Mexican food and we were in the suburbs. So we decided to try this location. The special margaritas were wonderful and the food was excellent too. We tried fajitas and a couple different skirt steak dishes. The owner came over to introduce himself and make sure that we were enjoying our food. Service was responsive and a little too quick at times. This is not a place to sit and talk. Nonetheless, we will be back.

D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They were not prepared for Cinco de Mayo. Understaffed. Food not up to usual standards