Cantina Laredo - Chicago

Cantina Laredo - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cantinalaredo.com/
  • Phone: 3129550014
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Cantina Laredo - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
272 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (137)hot spot (86)fit for foodies (68)vibrant bar scene (68)special occasion (65)great for lunch (61)neighborhood gem (54)great for outdoor dining (36)late-night find (33)romantic (30)kid-friendly (27)great for brunch (26)scenic view (18)Show More
  • Another awesome brunch!
    Eric
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food is great, the atmosphere is awesome, the wait staff is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Pleasant Surprise
    BobbyPVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Cantina was a pleasnat change in menu selections from the standard fare Mexican restuarants. A broad selection of main courses and appetizers. Our waiter was not shy to make recommendations and did not rush us thru the meal. The table and chairs were also ezxtremely comfortable an often overlooked feature to a pleasant meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better and better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Have been to this neighborhood gem numerous times and it simply gets better and better. The ambiance is fantastic, the food is outstanding and the service is great. Prices are reasonable and I and the people I am with always have a great time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    MissDani
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Really enjoyed our meal. I like how the bar and the restaurant seating are right next to each other yet they didn't interfere with each other. It was Monday night football and you would never know it sitting in the restaurant. Food was delicious, wine list was deep and tasty. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv2 party
    Luv2party
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Very good restaurant One of my favourites Would go back for sure
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun but loud place with good food
    BoozeGuy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Cantina Laredo is a huge space with a bar in the middle and a second floor to accommodate even more people. The guacamole was very good. We also had fajitas and enchiladas which were all prepared well and arrived hot and delicious. The drink list is a little "rita" focused with many different versions of a margarita, a few mojitos, and sangrias. My main memory of this restaurant was the noise level. Our table of 3 was barely able to hear ourselves over the Saturday night cacophony and the place wasn't even totally full. Some noise buffering structures in the ceiling would go a long way towards making the whole place more enjoyable. Overall, delicious food and drinks but don't expect good conversation other than "HOW'S YOUR FAJITA?"
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Night
    EattingOut
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Have been here several times and it is a favorite. For whtever the reason everything was a bit off this visit. On th plus side the guac was good but difficult to eat with the chips. Service was adequate. However, the Margarita's seemed waterdowned and not very good. The beef on the fagitas was very fatty, tough and not very flavorful. Will have to think twice about returning anytime soon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Mexican Food
    FloridaGal
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I never thought I'd find the best Mexican food I've ever had in the heart of Chicago. The food was even better than the local fare I've had in Mexico, definitely a must stop on my next trip to the windy city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud
    ChieaterVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It was very, very loud. We were at a four top and the waiter had to do the specials once for each side of huge table. When he took the order, he had to lean in close to hear each person. We had to talk at elevated levels to hear each other. Just too loud for me. Also, one of dour party was an accommodating vegan and the menu was not ver accommodating. The staff and kitchen were not well versed in the ingredients of their dishes and would not make substitutions until we pressed all the way to management. Even then, they messed up the dishes by adding cheese.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome dinner
    Parttimer
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Everything about the place was excellent. It's a must place to dine at.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Average Mexican food at High Prices
    ukdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went for my husband's birthday and were very disappointed. All of our food was cold and his beef fajitas were so chewy that he couldn't eat them. The children's menu only had sodas as the included beverage and we had to pay extra for milk. The server was very sweet and brought a manager over to discuss our concerns however, she was completely uninterested and did nothing to address our issues. For this amount of money, the food should have been stellar - save your money and go somewhere else!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for everyone!
    MShizzle
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Lots of options for different food restrictions. You can have your celiacs, vegetarians, folks watching salt intake, etc all at the same table! The energy and ambiance of your meal totally depends on where you're seated. There are a couple of romantic nooks, but the majority is meant for big group dinners. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok not amazing
    Poppy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had great margaritas. The food was good. The meat in my beef/steak tacos was quite chewy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    jennyh
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great food, awesome ambiance.....pineapple Margarita was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Upscale Mexican
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great Mexican fare with an upscale vibe to it! Margaritas were the BOMB!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun place
    bday
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had a fun time at Cantina Laredo. I think we'll make it a place to stop in for drinks and snacks. The ambiance is vibrant and fresh. The drinks appetizers and desserts were excellent...some main dishes were just ok (veggie taco and pork taco were similar to other places and ok; barbacoa tacos were excellent). Maybe fewer options would allow all dinner plates to be outstanding?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place to meet visiting guests
    alex
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KellyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Another wonderful meal!!!! Food is fresh and well prepared. Service cannot be beat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Everything was fine except the noise level. This group of people were literally screaming.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice decor, good drinks
    ALF1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Nice decor, good drinks. Don't order the fish tacos.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a disappointment!
    BillyKlub
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    BPMMiller
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I loved the atmosphere! Food was fantastic! The waiter forgot a couple of our orders. Besides that it was a great experience!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the visit but.......
    Wolfgang
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4th Time... always good.
    Charlie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food!
    diner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We love the food, and the atmosphere is happening. Love the outdoor fire feature.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • modern vibe and great food
    Kate
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food very disappointing this time.
    BPragmatic
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't Waste Your Money
    mamasars
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Mexican Place
    ECVH
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect weekend night ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This time I was disappointed
    maybenexttime
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food, excellent service and wonderful atmosphere. Have been here many times and am never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Muy Bueno
    SarahJ
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    HalMVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Food and Average service.
    Chitownnewby
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud
    Suarules
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place to Eat
    Amazing
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I just love this restaurant. Amazing food, great service. I would recommend this place to everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frank
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great place! Great food! We are looking forward to our next visit.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    Love2eat
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.