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
250 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (138)hot spot (82)fit for foodies (73)vibrant bar scene (63)special occasion (62)great for lunch (51)neighborhood gem (47)romantic (41)late-night find (33)great for outdoor dining (30)kid-friendly (25)great for brunch (22)scenic view (20)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was my fourth trip to Cantina Laredo and as always, it did not disappoint. It's the perfect dining spot before a night out in Chicago. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Mexican Food
    Phrjeff
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was excellent, the short rib tacos were outstanding and others that dined with us were please with their meals as well. I found out later one guy had fish that was dry and his rice undercooked but since he didn't bring it up to the waiter I guess it's his loss. We will definitely return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SLOW SERVICE
    coffeelovers
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We dined on a Thursday night And the restaurant was packed. The waitress was slow and not very friendly. She told us the coffee pot was broken because it has been used so much that evening (excuse me? Isn't that the purpose of industrial coffee makers?) anyway, Two minutes later we see another waiter deliver what looked like coffee cups to a table near us. We will never know what was in those cups but I certainly didn't see any teabags...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Spot
    vedhead
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Nice little spot, great food, service was a bit slow and server was distracted/busy with other tables, but overall a great dinner experience. Definitely go visit Cantina Laredo if you're a foodie. Their brownie dessert was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad bad bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I have ate in so many resturants in chicago, we come from 4 hours away for dates to chicago all the time, and by far this was the worst restaurant we have ever been in. The hostesses when we walked in were terrible...no smile no welcoming. We sat 15 min..no water no server, no chips no nothing. there were only a few people in the resturant too. Not crowded not busy. 10 other servers standing around just standing there doing nothing. I had to stand up and get someone to come help us! No drinks no one came by to say they would be with us. Nothing. It was terrible. we should have talked to the manager and demanded our money back. We ordered drinks...straw daq. and they were really really bad. we deserve a refund!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Well, it's a chain.
    NameVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great/good Mexican food should be big on flavor (but not here), and of course, I could have ordered the wrong thing. Chips (OK) and salsa (not hot or spicy) were OK. The ceviche salad looked great on the plate, but had rubbery shrimp and bits of some other vague seafood. I had standard, non-inventive food for the entrée: chicken and beef tacos you can find in Anytown, US. So, maybe that's why I missed the unique flavors. I ordered corn tortillas and they came with flour tortillas. They got it right the second time, but both the dry chicken and beef were flavorless and under-seasoned. Service was spotty as the wait-person disappeared for long periods of time. Huge, loud place with a big bar; designed for a younger demographic.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nosam
    EatingAgain
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Dinner was great, had the special of the night. Second time there and can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Oregonmom
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Table was perfect for group of 5, service was very good - attentive, knowledgable; food was very flavorful. Table side guac and salsas were wonderful. Our group was international and they all raved about the evening! I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A-mazing!
    mizlaraVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I have been walking past this place every day for a few years now. I'm so glad that I finally stepped inside. It's a cool, open concept of a place with a nice-sized bar downstairs. The wine list was substantial, the homemade salsas were delicious, and our dinners were spot-on. I can't wait to come back to try something else! Huge fan!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    Ishan
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    A really nice place with really good food. Loved their desserts(Flan is to die for) and drinks. The service was kinda slow. But enjoyed everything else. Will definitely give it another chance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Funtime
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Hostess did not record our open table reservation & I had to correct. We were seated behind the hostess desk in a booth. When I complained she just rolled her eyes & walked away. Food and service from our waiter were great. Hostess need some training on how to please guests.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They take care..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Actually the food was not so good, but service was excellent and they take care about the table and make u relax.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    CheshireVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food was excellent, service was good and prices were reasonable. We will be back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Euphoric Experience
    ncook78
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I reserved Saturday for my birthday with a friend. The experience from the beginning to end was superb. The atmosphere, the food & Mojito, the desert, and the server were absolutely wonderful. To boot it was the best authentic Mexican cuisine I have tasted! A wonderful experience, can't wait to eat here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    LouG
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food is excellent. Great selection, fresh ingredients, good service, nice decor. The food is a good or better than many of the other more expensive Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outoftowner
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We had a late fast lunch mid week mid afternoon and the restaurant was not crowded. The service was very good. The waiter was very knowledgeable, informative and attentive. The food was very good. We were served quickly and were on our way. I will go back and referr it to friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GreaT environment
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This is a great place to eat after work. They have great guacamole! The service is fast and to a great place to talk and catch up. Well done!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food, Friends, Fantastic!
    Dawn
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Your restaurant was very accommodating to our group of 20 gals from Michigan on a weekend getaway trip! The reservation process was great! They even called to confirm with us. The food was phenomenal, the atmosphere was great and the service was splendid! Thanks for helping to make our weekend getaway so very special! Can't wait to do it again! Dawn
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KellyVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    A must when visiting a Chicago! The Enchiladas Veracruz is the best item on the menu! Can't beat the margaritas or the service at this restaurant. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • doesnt disappoint
    deliciousVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    been here before. came back to celebrate my birthday. service and food was consistant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food was incredible and fresh and the server was outstanding. He should be promoted!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthdau Dinner with Family
    Momo
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Tried Cantina Laredo in Las Vegas in Summerlin this past August. Loved it. Everything was outstanding. Asked when they were putting one in Chicago and the GM said we already have one and he gave me a list off all the restaurants locations. It was 500 N. State. Well We planned to have my husband's Family Birthday dinner there, since it was close to my daughter college and my Brother in law that is so hard to please, would like it. First off our Server Mike was great. And the food was delish I had Conundrum red wine. it was great. Desserts fabulous. Everyone enjoyed it. The only thing I didn't like was my guacamole made table side. It tasted too sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No es buena
    ChitownfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    There really were no redeeming qualities for us to return to Cantina Laredo. The server was inattentive; my husband had to keep asking for his cocktails, etc. The food was bland and mediocre, and the space was extremely noisy; it's not a place where you could carry on a conversation with your guests. However, if you're 20-30-something, enjoy going out in large groups, and really don't care if the food is edible, then seems to be Cantina Laredo perfect for you!!
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  • Loved the food & vibe
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Really great meal! This is fresh & flavorful Mexican, not the type that makes you feel too full & lethargic. Very quick, friendly service. Design of the space is very cool- and location is convenient. We will return when in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.