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: 3122667999x
  • 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
85 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (50)great for outdoor dining (29)good for groups (28)fit for foodies (26)hot spot (16)special occasion (15)romantic (10)great for lunch (10)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (8)great for brunch (6)scenic view (5)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long time Mexican Favoriet
    gmsattyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Although my wife and I don't do Mexican too often, when we do we almost always go to Adobo in Old Town. No one beats their great guacamole, and prices are very reasonable. We took our son and daughter in law there for her birthday and we all really liked what we ordered. I had the skirt steak and it was great, while my wife had the duck breast, which she said was very tasty. Adobo is great and you can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Review
    HollyVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great atmosphere and the food is excellent! Great for family dining or just a quick bite with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor summer dining
    APPLESAUCE6142014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Excellent service. The staff made us feel welcome! Interior has a beautiful bar, wood floors, and lots of seating. Authentic Mexican cuisine. Outdoor seating is for people watching. Delicious breakfast menu and great drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excelent service and great food.
    Fabulouso
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    You will not go wrong choosing this restaurant. The quality of food and service is always top drawer. And the best margaritas... You must have one!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience!
    urbanrev
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I have been here in the past and expected a crowd. Came in for dinner before a Second City show. Miguel took care of us well and did a great job of being there when we needed him and being gone when we didn't. The food was delicious and the Margaritas were excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad Food
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This was once a great spot but has not aged well the staff is not as good as it use to be
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Arizona
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Sat at the bar when we first arrived but had a really great bartender so stayed at the bar to eat! Was right next to Second City which was great for our next stop.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond the ordinary
    dineoutalot
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    While the menu goes well beyond the ordinary in Mexican food they also do the classics with a flair. As others have noted, the guacamole is amazing. The service was attentive and quick so is perfect for a pre Second City dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Webergirl
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Love the food here! Adobo Grill never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Friday!
    Ruba
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It was a first date and we dined here before the early show at Second City. We sat outside and had the guacamole (medium...so good!) fish tacos, tilapia entree, margaritas and wine. Our server was friendly and answered all our questions patiently. (One of our diners has dietary restrictions.) Everything was great. It was the last Friday of the month, so Critical Mass http://chicagocriticalmass.org/ rode past us. The energy of everyone on their bikes shouting "Happy Friday!" added to the enjoyment of the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Food want very good. The guacamole was the exception. Only one option for margaritas and it was lackluster at best. Skip this place and move on. The staff was very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 774 reviews are from the Adobo Grill - Old Town reviews archive.
  • Great before Second City
    justsayin
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Right next door to Second City. Great place for a pre-show meal. Fast attentive service, flavorful food, strong margaritas. Loud. Fun vibe.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Margheritas!
    AbcdVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Always reliable, good but not great, food. Nice service
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • thebannie
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Brought a friend who had never eaten "real" Mexican food before. Server's recommendation was perfect. She loved it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and atmosphere
    Lizlam2317
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I recently went to adobo grill for mother's day and it was great. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. There was 6 adults and 2 children in my group and the staff was very accomodating to our needs. All of us had a very good time and ate some amazing food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Nice!
    shocohen
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I've been to Adobo Grill many times. I always enjoy it, whether I'm with one other person, or a few, or a larger group. The Margaritas are fabulous. The guacamole they make by your table, letting you choose the level of spiciness is really great. And personally I recommend the carne asada.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent mexican food
    foodie59
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We went here for dinner on cinco de mayo. The atmosphere and food was great! We were entertained by a marachi band too. The service was slow but it was a very busy day so that was to be expected. The staff was very courteous. I would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the festive Cinco de Mayo
    decaffeVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Enjoyed the meal experience (flank steak, fish tacos) in the Mariachi music setting. Special menu was available. Guacamole was outstanding. First Margarita round was very good (but not the second round). Service was attentive (but seemed overworked). Would return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accomodating, expensive, small...
    LoveNess813
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    This place has good ambiance overall. I went on Cinco De Mayo and the place was PACKED. They were quite accommodating when I asked to change my reservation by 15 minutes. However, for being such a small place, it was probably not the best choice to bring in a live mariachi band to perform in the middle of the restaurant. Granted there wasn't anywhere else for them to stand/perform, but it was extremely hard for not only my waiter to hear me (which of course resulted him in bringing me an entree I didn't ask for), but it was also just as difficult for me to hold a conversation with my company. The trumpet was blaring! Food-The guacamole is really good, but other than that, nothing all that special about the food.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall