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Reserve at Authentico
770 N Western Ave
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Private Party Contact:
Gina Troiani (847) 295-3500
A word from Authentico
The Authentico cuisine is healthy Mexican combined with a modern twist. We offer the freshest ingredients available to create dishes from scratch every day. Even the tortillas and sauces are created fresh daily. Authentico's ambiance is a blend of rustic and old world with a modern flair.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
Diners' Choice Winner
Best Restaurants in Lake Forest
We have enjoyed your restaurant
very much, however we think you need to improve the service..... It really makes the dining experience not as nice as it could be? We were always looking for our waiter ......and I think the wait staff needs some more training..... Your food is delicious.....and I have recommended your restaurant to friends...."
Dined on 8/24/2014
We have been to Authentico a
couple of times. Great chips, interesting salsas, even served warm! Nice outside area with tiny "fire pits" on table tops. Warming lights for the fall. Food is good. Also, bar area is nice. People can sit around a square area w bartender in the middle. Don't know if bartender likes it but it looks great as a customer!"
Dined on 8/23/2014
After making us wait for over 30
minutes for an outdoor table we finally had to seat ourselves The waiter came over to take our drink orders and came back 20 minutes later with our drinks. After ordering the waiter came back 15 minutes later to tell me they were out of what I ordered and to pick something else. I then order the tacos. We get out appetizers and 2 minutes later our food comes. My tacos looked like a piece of beef jerky on a soggy tortilla for $18. I didn't want a make a scene and tell them how gross it looked so I just doctored it up and ate what I could before I couldn't eat any more of this They also screwed up one of the dinner salads. 5 minutes later they asked us if we were ready for dessert. Overpriced"
Dined on 8/16/2014
This less than stellar review is
due to the unhelpful staff at the host stand. Upon telling the young man that I had a reservation (which I made on Open Table), he proceeded to point to what must be the worst table in the restaurant located right next to the bar and waiting area. Mind you, it was 6 o'clock and only about 3 tables were occupied at that time. When I asked for a nice little booth off to the side, he said, "Oh, some people are coming in and that table is reserved." When I suggested a quieter table in the back of the empty restaurant, he said he couldn't seat me back there either. I'm thinking, "Hello?!?! I'm standing right here, I also have a reservation (made on Open Table!), the restaurant is empty, am I chopped liver?!?!"
Dined on 8/14/2014
Quality-better than average,
Price-more than average, Portion size-smaller than average. Eventhough the quality was very good the price does seem steep due to the smaller than average portion which made the price seem a bit less justified. There are some menu choices that might have better value than others. It was too chilly to dine on the patio on this August evening (unseasonably cold breeze coming inland from Lake Michigan) but it looks so nice we plan to be back to give it a try."
Dined on 8/12/2014
It was highly recommended and it
did not disappoint us. The service was very attentive."
Dined on 8/8/2014
We had another great dinner.
Summer nights are the best time to visit Authentico. Cerveza and great Mexican food is what summer evenings are made for"
Dined on 8/2/2014
Best Mexican fare I have had, even
when considering my home state. By far, they have the best margaritas - I recommend the coconut margarita!"
Dined on 7/30/2014
We had a delicious dinner. I don't
"do" Mexican food but this restaurant is totally an exception for me! I have been there many times and I always order the salmon dish which is consistently awesome, as are the sides that come with it. We had a huge booth that fit all 6 of us comfortably. Everyone LOVED their meals! Our only problem was our waiter. He was a sweet guy, but was a little "off" and kooky in his demeanor with us. Perhaps he was new? He didn't know the answer to a question about an entree on the menu. He didn't have the smoothness of an experienced waiter. Every encounter with him was awkward to say the least. I would still go back and I have never had that issue in the past. Excellent restaurant!"
Dined on 7/26/2014
Really, $5 for iced tea?? Mexican
food is one of the lowest overhead foods and this place is WAY overpriced. Stick to El Barrio in Diamond Lake for real Tex-Mex at reasonable prices."
Dined on 7/22/2014
We heard mixed reviews on this
place but decided to give it a shot. We were one of the lucky ones! My GF thought it was the best she had in the area in a while. My meal was fantastic. I cleaned my plate and tasted some of hers. She had chicken enchiladas I had a special that was shrimp and scallops. I must say hers was ok to me, but mine was a reason to return. Margaritas tasty but weak. Drink beer and order the specials. We will return for sure."
Dined on 7/22/2014
Good food but for the prices
charged the service was so-so."
Dined on 7/19/2014
sometimes you don't. My husband
ordered guacamole appetizer, chipotle ribs and bacon wrapped shrimp dinner. The guac was,at best, so-so. The ribs and shrimp were AMAZING! Came with an avocado sauce we could have just drank with a straw it was so delicious. The guac on his plate was great, much better than the appetizer. I ordered the salmon because I saw a magazine review that it was one of the 50 best dishes on the north shore. It was good, but not great. It was forgettable. The green beans on the side, however, were delicious. I guess it's in what you order because he won, I lost."
Dined on 7/18/2014
Our first visit was so good we
came back the next night for another dlicious meal."
Dined on 7/14/2014
Great place and wonderful
consistent food quality. The service is outstanding and. We love sitting outside, I highly recommend this experience"
Dined on 7/9/2014
Authentico used to be such a great
place to meet for an awesome, fun dinner with friends or family. We live in the area - so we try to support our local restaurants if at all possible. But Saturday night's experience was dismal. That's three for three. Not only was the service very poor, the food wasn't good at all. Everyone at our table has been there many times - and we all agreed it will be a long time before we are back. So sad!"
Dined on 7/5/2014
Husband and I ate at Authentico on
a Saturday night Really good atmosphere- great service- and I was wary since I had ready that the service is erratic We all enjoyed our food- the nachos appetizer was creative and delicious my Halibut was a little spicier than I anticipated, but I enjoyed it the chicken Fajitas smelled divine Our friend who does not really enjoy Mexican food loved the skirt steak- so menu has something for most Will definitely return"
Dined on 6/21/2014
Good food. Salsa could be better.
Service was less then average. Not a lot of variety of vodka for mixed drinks. Okay place. Not worth all the hype."
Dined on 6/21/2014
Either lower the prices or
increase the quality! No value added. Drinks and food too pricy compared to value and quality"
Dined on 6/20/2014
Had dinner on a Saturday evening,
very busy everything was very good but a little pricey."
Dined on 6/7/2014
As locals we are always trying to
support local restaurants..previous experiences at Authentico had been mediocre but decided to give it another try. Big mistake. The place was a chaotic madhouse and not in a fun way! Clearly understaffed and disorganized, we received horrible service and average food (nothing complicated.... Simple fajitas). Paying top price for unacceptable fare and service is an experience I won't repeat. "
Dined on 5/31/2014
Good casual neighborhood spot. I
like energetic, but its so loud inside you have to yell across table to your friends to have a conversation."
Dined on 5/31/2014
While the overall experiance was
above average, it was disappointing due to the waiter not paying attention when we first placed our order and ended up with the fish tacos rather than the steak toacos. My wife had completely finished her meal while I waited for the for steak tacos to arrive. The manager didn't even come over and at try to appease us."
Dined on 5/31/2014
I love going here for dinner or
just drinks and appetizers. Tasty tequilas and very good fajitas. I recommend the chocolate cake for dessert. The best! Service can be iffy. Some nights it is great other nights not so good."
Dined on 5/30/2014
Good ambience, fajitas were
terrible, Crab enchiladas and tacos good, Service stinks, extremely slow or understaffed "
Dined on 5/25/2014
Varied Mexican menu that includes
staples such as tacos, burritos, etc. and some interesting fish, chicken and beef entrees. Food is very good, prepared with fresh ingredients. The guacamole is terrific. Our few times there service has been average. Waiters do their job but do not "engage" guests in a friendly way that would make the experience complete and more enjoyable. "
Dined on 5/25/2014
The restaurant is really a great
location. The outdoor seating is quite nice. I like everything about this place but the food. The drinks were way overpriced and watery. The food was bland and lacking in any form of character. I really wanted to like this place, it's too bad. The service was great and the vibe was really good too. Yet, all that is overshadowed by a $16 margarita that tastes like it is half water. Oh well, I guess the search for a great Mexican place on the North Shore continues..."
Dined on 5/24/2014
Food was very good; service was
wonderful. I would give this restaurant high praise. We never felt rushed even though they were busy. Prices weren't outrageous. Everything tasted delicious. I really liked our waiter. Offered suggestions and described the dishes to us. Helpful and funny. There is a nice outdoor seating area that looked really nice. In good weather, it looks great for groups! "
Dined on 5/24/2014
Enchiladas Authentico are my
favorite. Salads are great as well. Portions are not too big which make for guilt free Mexican Dining. The Margaritas are outstanding."
Dined on 5/17/2014
I have been to Authentico before
but not since change in management. Overall characterization is that food has come down a couple notches and emphasis on turning over tables. After one drink, we were not asked whether we wanted another. Manager/owner was over our shoulder repeatedly. I understand wanting to be present but I felt like every time I took a bite, manager or waiter was asking how things were. Waiter described dessert choices, left for us to consider, and did not come back to ask whether we had made a choice or wanted coffee. Just presented the bill. Was a fan but may have to travel to Zapatista for a better experience."
Dined on 5/16/2014
Great food and service. Great
salsa options.Friendly "
Dined on 5/11/2014
The food was good but service
reminded us of being in Mexico where the waitstaff don't rush. "
Dined on 5/10/2014
David was our waiter. He was
friendly and made us feel very welcome. The food is superb. Fresh, flavorful and simply a classy mexican restaurant with a twist. although the menu is a bit higher than normal mexican food, it is well worth it."
Dined on 4/26/2014
It's now my favorite Mexican
restaurant. Everything was perfect--food, service and ambiance! Fun, lively place."
Dined on 4/25/2014
The food there is excellent. Best
tacos I have ever eaten. However, the service was horrible but it was only because we had a bad waiter. I was watching the other waiters around us and they were so much better than the one we got. He never noticed that our water glasses were empty and I had finished my water before we even ordered and I didn't get a refill until I had to ask another waitress to get us some more. I was already half way done with my entree by then. I also asked for a side of pinco de gallo and he charged me $3.50 for it and didn't even tell me that it was extra. It was just ridiculous. He was no where to be find the entire dinner too. Only came by once. "
Dined on 4/25/2014
Excellent dinner. Good chips and
dip right away as we sat. Nice job on cocktails. Entrees were great. Had chicken taco special and steak taco special. Will definitely go back."
Dined on 4/12/2014
Had a great experience the first
time we went. This time around our waiter was horrible! Forgot to serve us 2 items included a drink we had ordered twice. The wine list (by the glass) had very few options, including 1 item that was not even available."
Dined on 4/11/2014
Authentico is my go-to restaurant
for celebrations & business meetings. It's a bit of a drive for me (I live in Wisconsin), but it's worth the trip every time. I have several food allergies, & am restricted to a diet of fresh fish, vegetables and no gluten. The mahi mahi tacos (w/ corn tortillas) are amazing. Even the accompaniments (the steamed rice and the black beans) are fresh, simple and perfect. The mango margaritas are a special treat. And if you come when the mariachi band is there, your night will be especially festive. (They serenaded me on my birthday!) My only complaint (a minor one) is that the corn tortilla chips are not fried in a dedicated gluten-free fryer, so some of us are unable to enjoy the amazing salsas and chips."
Dined on 4/7/2014
We had a 7:15 reservation and they
took us immediately. Food was great and atmosphere was fun. We were with Another couple and we were still able to talk."
Dined on 4/5/2014
We recently dined at Authentico on
a Saturday evening with friends. The staff went out of our way to make it a fabulous dining experience! Will definitely be back. Our server Dina (along with the rest of the staff) was exceptional, engaging and attentive but not intrusive."
Dined on 3/15/2014
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