Adobo Grill - Old Town
Adobo Grill - Old Town

Adobo Grill - Old Town

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.adobogrill.com/oldtown/index.aspx
  • Phone: (312) 266-7999
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 3:30pm - 9:30pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Paul Loduca
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Adobo Grill can accommodate 8 to 150 people.
  • Private Party Contact: George Ortiz 312-266-7999x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Avenue and Wells St
  • Public Transit: Brown Line - Sedgewick El stop
    North Ave bus
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $11.00 for dinner
A word from Adobo Grill - Old Town
Adobo serves the finest authentic rustic Mexican cuisine.
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Adobo Grill - Old Town reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (51)fit for foodies (30)good for groups (30)hot spot (20)great for outdoor dining (19)special occasion (13)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (6)romantic (6)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Delicious!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Amazing mango cocktails.... Delicious steak dinner. Portion size was a bit small but definitely worth it. Table side made guacamole was really tasty and added to the evenings enjoyment. Adobo margaritas were greatly enjoyed too! Great evening out!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Margaritas Make Everything Better
    Dana
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The boyfriend and I went here before a comedy show at Second City. While the food - guacamole made table side, pork and chicken tacos - were delicious, it was the margaritas that stole the show. We got the house margs with the Mezcal floater (don't skimp - the Mezcal MADE the drink). They were the best margaritas (yes, I drank two and would've had more if we didn't have to go the the show) I've ever had. They weren't overly sweet and were super-fresh tasting. The combination of the salted rim, tartness from lime juice, slight sweetness of the drink and smokiness of the Mezcal were perfect. My only complaint is that they don't offer margarita pitchers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good drinks
    PgL2013VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Went here for some drinks-very nice vibe and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality mexican food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I had two guests visiting from Italy who wanted "American Mexican food" and brought them to Adobo. They LOVED the guacamole made right at our table and the enchiladas they each ordered. I loved the assortment of ceviches (though one was a little too sweet for my own palette), and though it was listed as an appetizer, it was more than enough for a meal. We all loved our cocktails, too: margaritas, a mojito, and sipping tequilas after dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cork
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Excellent location .... filet and guacamole were absolutely amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food great service
    love2dive
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food was great. The service was terrific. Perfect place to go before going to Second City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite restaurant in Chicago
    MLK1
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We are from Northern California. During three trips to Chicago we have eaten here three times, each prior to attending a show at Second City which is next door. The tequila list is long. They make the guacamole fresh at your table to your request. The main dishes are superb. We come early enough to avoid the crowds, so noise is not an issue. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay.
    AnnieCat
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We enjoyed several outstanding dinners in Chicago, but this one was just okay. It was late-ish, but not for Old Town on a Saturday evening and we were not tucked away in a corner. So it is hard to understand why we felt forgotten by our server. (Could it be we did not appear hip enough?) My martini ordered with a twist came with an olive, and when it returned it had no twist either. The guacamole was fresh - made with just-right avocados; but we ordered it very spicy and it was barely mild. (Why did she ask how we wanted it?) Our entrees were adequate, but three days later I can't recall what I ate. (Does that tell you something?) Perhaps Adobo Grill is simply overshadowed by the other outstanding food Chicago has to offer.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Night Out
    PartyOf3
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Took an out-of-town friend to Adobo before seeing a show at Zanies. It's a great location with so many fun entertainment options close by. Excellent service - even when busy. Wide selection of tasty food. Most dishes had stronger, heavier flavors. The guacamole made table-side was light and fresh. Somewhat noisy restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and Food
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The service at Adobo Grill was outstanding, it was as though they were reading our minds! Everything came out quickly and tasted excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    great location especially if going to Second City. Food and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great upscale mexican food!
    HollyG
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I really liked Adobo Grill. They had excellent Margaritas, guac and meals. The service was great and it is a very lively place to go to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent
    SoLReePzz
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Food and service are good. Plenty of Margaritas to choose from.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodysplz
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Adobo makes the best margarita I've ever had. It is absolutely amazing.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food ok, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our food was fair but nothing really exceptional. My dish did not contain one of the ingredients listed on the menu and when I told the server he just said he would bring it on the side. Not quite the same as having it in the dish! Server was very cold and apathetic. Never really seemed interested in offering suggestions, answering questions, etc. Probably would not return.
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  • best mexican food ever. EVER
    Yogifoodlover
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Blown away by the food quality, speed of service, quality of service and overall experience. Very reasonably priced, drinks were incredible too. Can't wait to go back! !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KgrreitVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Best Margarita in town! Guacamole is great and food is good. OUtside tables give plenty of sight seeing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • katzke
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The service couldn't have been better and the food was delicious. It's a very welcoming place. I could do without the TVs, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    Santarium
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I really like this place and I keep coming back. Its always very good food and drinks. The guac appetizer they make table side, is outstanding! If you go here, you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, and very convenient
    Jessica
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My friends and I headed to Adobo Grill because I have heard such great things about it. We also were seeing a Second City show, so it was the perfect spot to grab dinner before the show, especially on a rainy evening. Food was very good, loved the tamales, wish they were 3x the size!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jules
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were very pleased with our food choices; quality and flavors were excellent and the service was outstanding. The noise level was low which was a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 8/22/2014
    DanoverVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Last minute selection for Friday night....as usual, it was extremely good. Staff very good and the food was tremendous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dinner before Second City
    atlanta
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We recently had an enjoyable dinner at Adobo before a Second City show. Since we weren't very hungry due to a late lunch, we asked if we could share our salad and entrée. The mango jicama salad and grilled mahi mahi dinner were each beautifully presented on individual plates. It was delicious. We saw the waitstaff making tableside guacamole and it looked wonderful. We will recommend this restaurant to friends who visit Chicago
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Mexican
    LouisVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great service here, consistently cleaning the table between courses. The Chipotle shrimp were excellent, as were the churros. Made-at-your-table guacamole is a must.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and flavorful
    Nonni
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Guacamole made table side is a must as is Adobo margarita. Great accommodations for my vegan diet. Spouse enjoyed fresh fish with Spanish influence. Service attentive. A cut above traditional Mexican fare.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ehh
    NoflavorVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I didn't find anything special about this place. There was no flavor.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm and welcoming
    ChristyViewpointVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The people who work at Adobo are kind, helpful and caring. They are proud of their restaurant and they should be. This is high end Mexican food, beautifully plated. Brimming with fresh, exciting flavors, artfully plated. The decor is bright, warm and embracing. Everyone down to the buses are gracious and responsive hosts. Bravo. Absolutely delightful. And the quacomole made fresh at your table was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We went before a Second City Show and thought everything was perfect. Food delicious, service great, and atmosphere warm and upbeat. Would go there often if I lived in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Wonderful!
    KanEat
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Everything is wonderful here! The food is fresh and the service is great. We started our meal with the guacamole which was prepared tableside and delicious. The tradional margaritas were perfect! We shared a variety of entrees....fish tacos, shrimp and steak....and they were all so good. I think that you could order anything on the menu and be very happy with your meal. This meal was one of the highlights of our trip to Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great authentic Mexican food
    Kobeburger
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Freshly made guacamole mixed table side to your liking. Great tequila and drink selections. Great food and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food that Taste Great!
    Gr8foodalways
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food is always taste really good, the server are very helpful and able to fully explain the specials. The drinks are always made to perfection. I would recommend this place a thousand times over!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near Second City
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is a good option for those looking to have a dinner before a Second City show.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a solid Oldtown option, but .
    regulardinerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went to Adobo Grill with an out-of-town guest for Second City. At the least, Valet parking is a bargain relative to the horrible attached parking garage, but the food and serviced has always been an added plus. We enjoyed our meals but noticed a smaller menu and a smaller, made-at-the-table guacamole. Still a great option for the neighborhood but if it slips further, the parking may not be enough to get us there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The tamale appetizer was fabulous. The vegetarian enchiladas the waiter recommended were watery and tasteless, very disappointed and my husband found his steak a bit tough. The menu needs an update, it feels like it has been the same for years -- and the special of baby octopus was not going to happen for us. The margaritas were great but I thought overpriced. It was not crowded on a Friday night -- but we were sitting next to a party of four who were drinking the tequila flight and they got very loud and annoying.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Time
    AlDiner
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Came here with a group of 3 others for dinner and drinks before a Second City show. It definitely didn't disappoint! The tableside guac was amazing, and they shook & poured our margaritas at the table -- they were also delicious. Service was great, very attentive. I had the fish tacos which were really good. Maybe not the best i've ever had, but definitely up there! The server recommended the Carne Asada, so I'll definitely come back whenever I can to give that a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 791 reviews are from the Adobo Grill - Old Town reviews archive.
  • Delicious food!
    fatkid
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Adobo's food was delicious. They say they're famous for their guacamole, and it lived up to all of its hype. The food came out quickly, the waiter was fantastic and friendly, and overall it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, casual fun
    mrbillcoach
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Adobo cafe is a place for Mexican food well above tacoria quality, yet fairly priced. We had beef pork and shrimp among the three of us and all three were excellent tasting, well prepared and perfectly served. But don't miss the guacamole prepared table side. It's superb. And like all the places in the daVinci group, the service is higher quality than the price indicates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will definitely be back.
    Momanddaughter
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Must try pineapple margaritas! Table side guacamole was wonderful. Loved our waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Banana
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Yummy food, good location, nice ambiance. It's a great place to go before Second City. Fave thing on the menu was definitely the margaritas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • daisyluv07
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    the food is delicious and authentic, there is not a bad dish on the menu
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.