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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "Been to Cantinia Laredo twice when meeting out of town guests. It has been easy to get a reservation, good food and service, and convenient location."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Another wonderful meal!!!! Food is fresh and well prepared. Service cannot be beat."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Everything was fine except the noise level. This group of people were literally screaming."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Nice decor, good drinks. Don't order the fish tacos."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Have been here several times a couple years ago and was always great........ This past visit was terrible. Service was poor and amateurish. Bus person were playing games and obnoxious in behavior. Never will go again!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I loved the atmosphere! Food was fantastic! The waiter forgot a couple of our orders. Besides that it was a great experience!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We've been here many times when visiting the city and love the food. When it's busy, the noise level is terrible. Not as good of a trip this time. Server spilled an entire margarita on my wife and she wasn't offered anything. Could have complained but we were on our way to a concert and short on time. May think twice about coming back next time."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My mom and I were not impressed with the food or the service at Cantina Laredo. The food was very bland. We ordered the made to order guacamole, but there was still not taste to it. I didn't think it was possible to ruin guacamole, but there was way too much lime juice and the tasted seemed watered down in someway. I had the fish taco, which was a house special, but I have definitely had better options elsewhere. The only thing I would go back for is the drinks. The Ginger Mango Rita was delicious!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I am in Chicago at least 10 times a year and this spot makes a great cocktail, outstanding food and reasonably priced. You can go wait in line to get into the cramped and trendy Frontera Grill down the street, but Laredo has equally good food, at a better price. Fun place."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We love the food, and the atmosphere is happening. Love the outdoor fire feature."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Cantina Laredo had amazing food, from the guac to the tacos, we were very impressed! Also great margaritas and a fun modern vibe to the restaurant"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Guacamole, which in the past had been outstanding, was tasteless, except for the heat from too hot jalapeno bits in it. My guest asked for it to be made mild, but even though there wasn't a lot of jalapeno in it, even one tiny piece made my tongue burn for a long time after. and I like hot! My Chicken enchiliada with mole was tasty, but sauce on top had been there long enough to soak in, and there was no sauce under it, making it way too dry. My Patron Silver Margarita too sweet and very limey. Couldn't tell there was any tequila in it. My guest asked for her steak to be medium rare, but was medium to well-done."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We were very disappointed in the restaurant. Mostly it was the service, but the food was just adequate. We ordered a margarita and chips and guacamole. We gave the waiter our dinner order but told him we wanted to relax and to please not put the order in right away. We had not even finished our guacamole or our first drink and the dinner plates arrived. We were in and out of there in less than 45 minutes. Not the relaxing dinner we had expected. When I told him our dinner came too early he said well Mexican food doesn't take that long to make. Not only did the waiter lose out on a larger tip, the restaurant lost out on us ordering additional drinks and dessert. If I wanted fast food I would have gone to Taco Bell or Chipolte."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I love when restaurants honor reservatiom times! Our table was ready upon our arrival and we were promptly seated despite having only 3 of 4 in our party. Will come back."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • " Great for pregame and light food before going out on a weekend night. Margaritas are good. And the music gets you in the mood for a enjoyable night ahead"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I have been to Cantina Laredo a couple times before and usually had a great experience. This time....not so much. I found the margarita to be pretty poor quality and I thought the guacamole was lacking taste. My main entrée was just ok. I think it's a great place, maybe just off on Saturday."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service and wonderful atmosphere. Have been here many times and am never disappointed."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food is delicious and comes out quickly. We had the fresh made guacamole (so fresh and tasty) appy ahi tuna tacos, tacos de carnitas (the best!) and tacos de castillos. Everything tasted amazing! The margaritas are tasty and go down way to easy. Warm, social environment, but good for date nights as well."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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