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Diners' Choice: Mexican restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Mexican cuisine in Chicago / Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of La Catedral Cafe & Restaurant - Little Village restaurant
4.8
4.8 (78)
$30 and under
Mexican
Cicero
About the restaurant
A Mexican coffee house-restaurant located in the Mexican Capital of the Midwest, Little Village, offers a variety of different, non-traditional coffee and ice cream flavors. We also have an extensive menu of European inspired Mexican dishes that include options like paninis, salads and all-day breakfast. La Catedral, is a name inspired by the cathedral in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, which is also reflected in the establishment's logo.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
This has become one of my favorite places for brunch! All of their food is amazing
A photo of Kie-Gol-Lanee restaurant
4.8
4.8 (135)
$30 and under
Mexican
Uptown
About the restaurant
Opened in 2016, this Uptown Mexican eatery continues to gather accolades, including a spot on The New York Times' recommendations "36 hours in Chicago" and four straight years of being a MICHELIN Guide Bib Gourmand restaurant right up to the present.

An immersive experience of Oaxacan cuisine featuring layudas (a.k.a. Mexican pizza), tamales oaxaqueños, enchiladas de mole, cornish hen and tacos de birria just to name a few. Their selection of margaritas made with homemade agua frescas with no artificial syrups and mimosas on the weekends is a must! Diners know to leave room too for the Oaxacan nicuatole (a flavored flan) and tres leches cake.

Kie-Gol-Lanee comes from the Zapotec dialect meaning "Piedra Antigua" (old stone). Its Spanish version "Quiegolani" is the name of a small village in Oaxaca, Mexico, where the owners and siblings are from. Maria and Reynel Mendoza run this operation with their spouses, Leo and Sandra, whose mission is to preserve their family’s original recipes.

Top review
TLiang
Dined today
Fantastic margarita and food. The venue was very popular on a Thursday night, so the noise level was moderate and tables were quite close to each other. The patrons were respectful of the close space and it was a comfortable & enjoyable dining experience. The menu was diverse with unusual delicious dishes. :)
A photo of Zentli restaurant
4.7
4.7 (49)
$30 and under
Mexican
Evanston
About the restaurant
Hear the joyful music of Mexico with a mix of Latin American and world rhythms, enjoy the colorful art, and taste delicious tacos in a warm community space.

Zentli (indigenous Nahuatl Language for "corn" or "maize"), is a casual restaurant that serves the best locally sourced Mexican street food in Evanston, Illinois. With fresh, natural ingredients and vegan & vegetarian options in eclectic, artistic digs, we’re your new local favorite.

We built Zentli to honor the ingenuity and hard work of Mexican people by bringing you the genuine flavors of street vendors through tasty food and mouth-watering drinks.

Top review
Susiequeue
Dined 6 days ago
The food was delicious. The service was excellent and very friendly. I loved the decor - very charming!
A photo of La Catedral Cafe & Restaurant - North Lawndale restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5)
$30 and under
Mexican
North Lawndale
About the restaurant
An award-winning, Mexican café serving up a Guadalajara-inspired, extensive menu
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 25, 2024
The new location is nice, I loved the decor, more modern. Food was great!
A photo of La Luna restaurant
4.6
4.6 (756)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Pilsen
About the restaurant
About La Luna
Luna stays true to the communities cultural, ever-evolving roots and offers a place for both locals and visitors alike to enjoy traditional Mexican recipes in a creative space that pays homage to the diverse, artistic vibe of the neighborhood.

Nice to Know:
Walk in Friendly (please call ahead)

Please have your complete party present before checking in to be seated. As a courtesy, reservations are held for 15 minutes past the reservation time.

Top review
Lisa
Dined 6 days ago
Wow. Wow. Wow. I was left amazed by the flavors and the display of every single item brought to our table. The wetness of the flautas but still had the perfect crunch. The fullness of the birria tacos. I swear I might have moaned! Don't get me started on that elote! It legit explodes in your mouth! Leaves you wanting to eat the entire dish! I promise you this isn't a 1 for the table to share! The Dj spinning was a huge plus! Can't wait to go back!
A photo of Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street restaurant
4.7
4.7 (648)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Downtown / Loop
About the restaurant
From the minds of Adolfo Garcia (Son of a Butcher, Pearl Tavern) and long-time restaurateur, Phil Stefani, comes Broken English Taco Pub. Located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street, Broken English is steps away from Millennium Park, and in the center of the new vibrant hotel and residential area.

On the name, Garcia says, “I speak English with my friends, and I often find myself mixing in Spanish words because there are some phrases that simply don’t translate to English. This happens in many other languages and cultures, but that is what makes the name ‘Broken English’ fun – it is part of our daily slang.”

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The steak tacos were delicious and tender. The frose was awesome. The guacamole was not fresh
A photo of Cafe El Tapatio restaurant
4.6
4.6 (316)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
The Parra family has owned and operated this cheerful restaurant for 46 years and make frequent trips to Mexico for menu ideas and cook up several family specialties. Beyond the standard tacos, burritos, and chimichangas are dishes such as crepas de pollo.
Top review
MaritzaFvip
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
Very welcoming. Staff were friendly and prompt. Dfood is good
A photo of Big Star West Town restaurant
4.7
4.7 (22)
$30 and under
Mexican
West Town
About the restaurant
Culinary Director Chris Miller introduces an all new menu including ceviche, aguachiles, and Mariscos classics with signature Big Star tunes and an open-air patio.

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Top review
Vegitoboivip
Dined on Jun 18, 2024
Excellent as always. Food and whiskey selection is top notch.
A photo of Tzuco restaurant
4.7
4.7 (544)
$30 and under
Mexican
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Located in the bustling River North neighborhood of Chicago, Tzuco, helmed by the Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytán, offers a blend of authentic Mexican flavors and sophisticated French techniques. Named after Chef Gaytán’s hometown, Huitzuco, the restaurant boasts a menu rich in ceviche, seafood, and traditional Mexican dishes, served in a spacious dining room, lively bar, lounge, and an all-weather outdoor terrace.

Tzuco’s captivating interiors, designed by the acclaimed Cadena + Asociados Concept Design, tell a story of Chef Gaytán's heritage with preserved materials from Mexico and handcrafted furnishings, ensuring guests not only savor exquisite dishes but also relish an immersive cultural experience.

Top review
AidanMvip
Dined 4 days ago
Only complaint is that it was hot. AC apparently not working well.
A photo of Big Star Wicker Park restaurant
4.7
4.7 (22)
$30 and under
Mexican
Bucktown / Wicker Park
About the restaurant
Big Star's original Wicker Park location offers a taco-slinging atmosphere complemented by an extensive house-selected single barrel bourbon program.

interested in hosting an event or large group with us?
email vipevents@oneoffhospitality.com to book with us today!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Loved the shrimp/seafood boil event. Solid food. Great drinks. New patio is swell. Thumbs up all around.
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