Authentico
Authentico

Authentico

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://authenticorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8472953500
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Antonio Gutierrez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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 8472953500

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Westmister
  • Parking: Street Parking
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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
Authentico reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (58)neighborhood gem (52)good for groups (25)kid-friendly (21)fit for foodies (20)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (10)special occasion (7)great for lunch (7)late-night find (4)romantic (3)Show More
  • dianeVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wonderful dining. Great service. Wonderful, creative cooking. Excellent selection. Can't wait to go there again.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food/management need alot of work
    Michael1VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I'm sorry I have to be so direct, as a family we eat out several times a week, our server and the staff were engaged, the manager and the cooks need training My wife food was small, showed up with out shrimp after a very long wait period as we watch may others get served, the manager cam over, but nothing was done Clearly, it was a Friday night and you can focus on just serving drinks and not take care of local guest Not my problem as we will never return, as its clear this place is headed down hill again, nice staff, the manager and ownership should look in the mirror and know what they want
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mixed feelings
    JoleeVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    After reading mixed reviews I visited Authentico a while back and had a fantastic experience. So we returned and discovered why the mixed reviews. This time it was just average. (I was excited to order the same dish, tasted totally different). Perhaps they have different chefs on different nights. That may explain mixed reviews. Unfortunately, I brought a guest that wanted to go elsewhere and I convinced them that this was better. Bummer, she too was not thrilled. No big deal here, we just do not have to go 2 towns over for Mexican food in the future. I was getting treated to that dinner and I felt bad so I picked up the tab since it was my idea to go. Perhaps you will go on one of the "lucky nights"
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  • CONYIL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our first visit to Authentico. Service was good, our waiter was knowledgeable and provided insight into some of the dishes. All of our dinners were delicious. The manager came around and spoke with us too which was nice. Wish we could have sat outside but that area was booked.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Although seated right away, it took over an hour for our dinner to arrive. Free dessert was offered but it was so late, we needed to leave. We probably won't ever return.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious & healthy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great place for healthy and delicious mexican food. Found our new place!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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....
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy enchiladas
    NateMPVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful
    Ryanb
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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
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  • What, am I chopped liver?!?!
    KathyInLakeForest
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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?!?!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DinnerDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fridayniter
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It was highly recommended and it did not disappoint us. The service was very attentive.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Summer Night Dinner
    TimB
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out-of-towner who visits often
    olawsal
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Best Mexican fare I have had, even when considering my home state. By far, they have the best margaritas - I recommend the coconut margarita!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food, Service OK
    firehead4
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WAY OVER PRICED
    skinnylynVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
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  • Did not disappoint!
    JoleeVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but price service ratio off
    PatDVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good food but for the prices charged the service was so-so.
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  • Sometimes you win,
    MmmmmVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once is not enough
    HarryB
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Our first visit was so good we came back the next night for another dlicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentico
    WilburVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great place and wonderful consistent food quality. The service is outstanding and. We love sitting outside, I highly recommend this experience
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What has happened?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lucky Lake Forest
    AmyP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date night
    Momstimeout1
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cost exceeds value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Either lower the prices or increase the quality! No value added. Drinks and food too pricy compared to value and quality
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  • MikeVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Had dinner on a Saturday evening, very busy everything was very good but a little pricey.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday night madhouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Loud
    EllenVIP
    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.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing service
    Famous659
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yummy
    bizsimpson
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service not on par
    Foodcritic7
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Good ambience, fajitas were terrible, Crab enchiladas and tacos good, Service stinks, extremely slow or understaffed
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  • Terrific food, average service
    BillVIP
    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.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Overpriced and under good
    Meiguoren
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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...
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 108 reviews are from the Authentico reviews archive.
  • Enchiladas Authentico
    MG43
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Fast Too Furious
    ajlewis48
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
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  • Great Food and Service
    lfvj
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great food and service. Great salsa options.Friendly
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Really authentic
    MundeleinMikeVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was good but service reminded us of being in Mexico where the waitstaff don't rush.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • antoinette
    antoinetteVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
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    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new find.
    detra
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    It's now my favorite Mexican restaurant. Everything was perfect--food, service and ambiance! Fun, lively place.
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    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.