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Cantina Laredo - Chicago

Cantina Laredo - Chicago Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cantinalaredo.com
  • Phone: (312) 955-0014
  • Hours of Operation: Hours of Operation Sunday-Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm Thursday-Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm Upstairs Lounge & Tapas Sunday-Friday 3:00 pm - Late Saturday 12:00 pm - Late
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

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A word from Cantina Laredo - Chicago
Cantina Laredo serves authentic Mexican dishes in a sophisticated atmosphere. We offer daily fish specials, grilled chicken and steaks complimented by signature sauces such as chipotle-wine with portobello mushrooms or sauteéd artichoke hearts and roasted red bell peppers.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were in town and with my college age kids. They had a great time. We love margaritas and street tacos. Both were great. Service was excellent. We would recommend to anyone whether they were with adults or families"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We had the chicken and steak Fajitas, which was good, but nothing spectacular. We did not do the table side Guacamole because neither of us can stand avacados, so I cannot speak to that. The restaurant is very modern and sleek and has a chic vibe to it, so I dont really recommend it as a family restaurant, but for singles on a date, or out for lunch it is more than adequate. In the end, decent food but the service was less than spectacular."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I have been to the Cantina Laredo in Branson, MO on many occasions and like that one better. The times I have been to the Chicago location it is very noisy and hard to carry on a conversation with those in your party."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I just love this restaurant. Amazing food, great service. I would recommend this place to everyone."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great place! Great food! We are looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My in laws were in town for the night and they don't come to the city often. We wanted to take them to one of our favorite places to eat. We took them to Cantina Laredo and they weren't disappointed. The food was excellent and our server, Tony was awesome! The entire dinner went perfect and no one left hungry. Never unhappy when we leave this place and that's why we love it so much."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our waitress was awesome! Extremely friendly and prompt! She chatted with us and recommended drinks, which were perfect. The food was absolutely outstanding! I was in a group with 6 people and all of us loved it, I got the steak fajitas and next time I'm in chicago I will definitely be back for those fajitas. My go to restaraunt for sure!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Cantina never disappoints. I have been going there since they opened and it has become my "go to" Mexican restaurant in the city. I seriously could eat there multiple times a week, oh right, I just did! Their tableside quac and queso dip are the perfect start to the meal. Topped off with their chips which are perfect, heavy enough to hold the quac and lightly salted. On to the entrees ... their tamales are wonderful as are the brisket tacos. Yum! The last two visits I had both the shrimp quesadillas for one and the trio fajitas (shrimp wrapped in bacon, steak and chicken) for the other. Neither disappointed! Have hosted dinners as well as private events there and it always receives rave reviews after!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food is awesome! Ceviche was great, I had the mole enchiladas, my wife had the crab enchiladas ( didn't think there was such thing ) although my mole enchiladas were a bit dry they where very good!. Must of been the mole sauce, the crab enchiladas on the other hand were amazing! Will definitely go again. Only thing that bothered me was that even though I had a reservation and was their 10 minutes early I still had to wait a few minutes after the reservation time."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great spot to enjoy drinks and appetizers. We always get the made-fresh-tableside guacamole to enjoy with the in-house made salsa. We usually get the fajitas but went on the lighter side with the tacos this visit. Recommended for date night or catching up with friends; relaxed atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Mexican food with a twist. Large portions - enough to share. Friendly and efficient staff."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Overall very disappointing. One of the drink orders were wrong to start of with. They never refilled my tea glass till the end when it was time to leave. One of the food orders that came out was also wrong. The 2 fajita chicken orders had a burnt taste to it and was not edible. The server never really came by as much as they should have. The server, table assists all seem to very disorganized. The value was not there for what we paid. I had eaten at this location months earlier and it was fine but not on the latest visit."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Server couldn't hear us because the noise. It was my friends birthday and he brought him the wrong drink. Never checked back with the table to see how anything was for the drinks or the food. I owned a restaurant for 20 yrs and that's the first thing you teach your staff " customer satisfaction" how can you have a great experience if you have no service? I enjoyed the food and will give you another chance."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Great location, atmosphere service and food. Service was excellent. Fresh food. Great presentation. Guacamole prepared at you table ++"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Went to Cantina for the 2nd time after over a year and I completely forgot how good the food and drinks are made...some of the best margaritas (you can tell it's good liquor and mixed well) and high quality food! I took my parents here who were visiting downtown and they had great things to say because everything was perfect! We had the freshly made guac (made in front of you!), one brunch dish which was good and two different taco plates (sorry forgot the names), but then we finished with an amazing brownie dish! I would definitely recommend Cantina if you're looking for really good mexican dishes and tasty drinks! It might be pricey to some but I think it's pretty average for River North."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Love the restaurant, it was a great experience. I had already gone once before with a friend and really liked it. I decided to take a few friends out on Friday evening and the service was excellent a bit loud but thats not the resaturant's fault I think people are just really happy and enjoying themselves and with few cocktails so the volume goes up just a bit so it makes it difficult to talk but I am sure on other days is not like that. But really loved the food and the mojitos!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We shared a delicious salad of greens, pecans, mango, shrimp & jicama; a carnitas entree; chicken stuffed with shrimp entree; the hot apple pie & nut brownie desserts. As a warning, salad dressing had a definite heavyhanded ginger note, which wasn't listed on the menu (for those not expecting the Asian spice). Entrees were a little on the spicy side for diners who can't handle much heat, but were so tasty nonetheless. We asked our waiter if he would leave off the sizzling Mexican butterscotch topping, which he said wasn't possible - why? I don't know, as splattering butter is poured over the top of our completed desserts. While all that butter is yummy, we could have easily done without it. Overall, a nice meal, I will go back!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was amazing, as were the drinks! The guac was made-to-order and at our table - it was fresh and delicious. My friends and I will definitely be back again."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "A nice place to entertain an out-of-town client. Reasonable prices. Fresh dishes - both classic and new twists."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great food & service. We have never had a bad experience!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Not very authentic, typical mass chain fare. Although the Carnitas chops were very good, everything else was fair at best. The table side guac, neat but gimmicky, was bland and lacked any pop. Fish tacos were mushy, not flaky. Chips and salsa seemed like it came from a Pepe's. Worst of all, the drinks were horrible. There was nothing refreshing about the mojito; it was bitter but somehow lacked acidity. I don't how they did it, but it was a chore to drink, a cringe with every sip until I gave up. the margarita was watery.... I guess I should have known better to expect a decent meal. Although the ambiance with the restaurant opening up to the patio outside was nice, it was not enough to save it. Service was good."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food was ok, nothing special. We had the table side guacamole, which was good. The Casarita "famous" margarita is nothing to shout home about. I don't know why every Mexican restaurant claims to have the world's best margaritas. If they were using fresh squeezed limes, then they might be in the running. I had one of the enchilada plates, and there was only one! I've never only seen a single enchilada served at a Mexican restaurant, usually it's two. It tasted good, but small portion size for the price. I would not come back here since there was nothing that stood out and I could get better food at nearby restaurants for better prices."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The drinks and guacamole was very good. The dinner was just average."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "cantina Laredo is not your father's Mexican restaurant. The decor is very sleek and modern but with a Southwestern feel. Our server was attentive. The food is average. I had the barbacoa tacos."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food was great and it was a nice setting for my boyfriend's birthday get together. The servers from the bar to when were seated were not friendly. They seemed preoccupied and unfriendly. It was towards the end of the night, due to our reservation being at 10:30pm. Near the scheduled closing time the staff kept walking back and forth near our table and shot us rude looks. I'm pretty sure management was included due to their attire. Although the food was great, the quality of service will keep me from going back or suggesting others to go."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was the first time my husband and I had been here. So we ended having dinner for his birthday. The restaurant is very nice and music was good, but the food was not what we expected. My husband ordered the carne asada, and I ordered the fish tacos. My husbands steak was cooked good but was really salty, and my fish tacos were really bland, no flavor what so ever. I had to put some ceviche on the tacos to give it some flavor, I think that was the best part of the whole meal was the ceviche. Needless to say the food was ok but the atmosphere was nice."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our waitress was the guiding force to an Outstanding review. Her name was Yessica, I believe. She knew her product; was personable; & did everything with a smile (I changed my drink twice & didn't see as much as a frown from her)."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We found the food to be fresh with a summery feeling. The ceviche was great! The chicken tacos were light!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our first day in Chicago we left Wrigley wondering what was for dinner. We'd spotted Cantina Laredo across from our hotel when we checked-in and decided to give it a whirl - we weren't disappointed! The food was superb, the ambience was fresh, the service was great! It was also fun having the guacamole made fresh, table side; it was scrumptious to eat as well! Definitely a spot to dine!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Surprised to find such a contemporary setting for traditional Mexican/TexMex fare. Great Margarita's (fresh lime!). The Seafood Chile Relleno was delicious!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Went there Saturday night for our moms birthday. Service was attentive and ambiance very nice. Beer list was very short but cocktails were plentiful. Ribeyes were perfect, carne asada very tasty. Chicken was just so so. Table side guacamole was spot on and complimentary salsas were Great. Would recommend to a friend."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I went there for my birthday brunch/Lunch with some friends and I wasn't disappointed - very good food, great design with open space and lots of light, very good service :)"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A good location near Michigan Avenue but out of the main crush. Very nice contemporary interior with clean lines and light colored walls with plenty of light. Outdoor dining is available but keep in mind the restaurant sits at a major intersection and so car noise and the occasional fire truck will compete with your conversation. As they will tell you they are known for their margaritas and made-at-the-table guacamole. I had both, both were spectacular. We lucked out and snagged a table for two at 7pm on a Friday night using OpenTable with only one hour leadtime, but they were packed with a line by the time we left. I would recommend reserving early if you can."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "GREAT for lunch! Awesome chips and salsa, amazing guac. Everything is delicious. I already want more."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great fresh ingredients. Must go restaurant! If you can believe this...the food comes out so fast its almost just too quick. So maybe pause before ordering next course."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Overall I enjoyed myself. However, the upstairs during happy hour was a bit confusing. I was told that a specific area was set aside for ppl during happy hr and that if I wanted to order off that menu I would have to move. Yet I explained my confusion to the waitress because this was my first time here, she was understanding, accommodating and very pleasant."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Glad they were able to accommodate a large party. It was kid-friendly as well"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Food and atmosphere are great! This is a vibrant spot! They were ready for us upon arrival. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is a very special Mexican restaurant. A variety of entrees which exhibit a complexity and subtleness of tastes."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Brought a last minute group here of about 10 and had a great time. Waiters were very accommodating and they put us in a semi-private room. I absolutely recommend this for brunch or to stop by the bar."
    Dined on 6/7/2014