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El Maya
El Maya

El Maya Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Email: elmaya1522@att.net
  • Phone: (773) 878-1882
  • Hours of Operation: Monday 5:00PM- 10:00PM
    Tuesday 5:00PM- 10:00PM
    Wednesday 5:00PM- 10:00PM
    Thursday 5:00PM- 10:00PM
    Friday 5:00PM- 11:00PM
    Saturday- 5:00PM- 11:00PM
    Sunday- Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Javier Cruz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ashland Ave
  • Public Transit: Brown Line at Montrose
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from El Maya
Modern Mexican Cuisine. Don't forget your bottle of Tequila; we have fresh Margarita mix everyday.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
Diner Reviews
  • "You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu, Ive been here many times and food and service are always consistently great. This place should be busy all the time! From the starters to dessert, delicious."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is my new favorite place. Delicious food and excellent service. I will be back here again and again. I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and he loved it."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "awesome flavors, generous portions, fun night out at great byob - spreading the word to all our friends!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were sort of shocked. Here we were, 100 yards from Mixteco - another neighborhood treasure - we found a worthy competitor. The food was all very good. My girlfriend had Salmon and I had the Flank Steak Special. The menu is not extensive but it is interesting. The BYOB approach at el Maya is very smart. At very reasonable prices, they sell virgin Sangria and virgin Margarettas. Both are just begging you to bring your own wine or tequila for an excellent dinner accompaniment."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The only reason the do not get an outstanding overall is the lighting and heat, the temp was very hot inside and they definitely some dimmers to make the ambiance a little more inviting, fluorescent light is a no no for any restaurant"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I was able to make a reservation for Valentine's Day dinner at El Maya the day before on Open Table. It was definitely busy and the service was a little slow, but, as always the food was excellent. We ordered the fresh guacamole (be prepared, even the mild is still medium spicy), the Pyramide (shredded chicken w/ mole, a favorite from our first visit), and the Evuelto (one of the steak dishes, delicious). And then for dessert we had the tres leches which was the best tres leches I have ever had. We were already stuffed from the main meal and the margaritas, but we still managed to polish off the whole dessert between 2 people. We ended up giving the remainder of our pitcher of margarita to a group table."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a 730 reservation for 6 on a Saturday night. It was busy but they were able to put a table together when we walked in. Service was extremely slow. We had to order our appetizers with the hostess. I don't think our server came over for a whole half hour. Appetizer- queso fundido was excellent! Everyone got a different entree and they were all yummy. I will definitely come back but on a weekday when it's slower."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I couldn't believe how yummy ALL our courses were. It was our first trip to El Maya. We ordered queso fundido and mussels to start. Both were seasoned beautifully...not just your run of the mill seasoning but definitely Mexican. My salmon was exquisite, with a side of spinach, both delicious, and, again, wonderful spices. My husband loved his rib-eye. After 2 apps and 2 entrees (although I took most of my entree home, having filled up on the apps), we didn't try dessert. Best part? It's BYOB so we took a rose sparkler and a pinot noir for our Valentine's Day meal."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "had a great meal on a cold night. all food made with care and knocked it out of the park with their chocolate masa in a tamale. will return"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Everytime I've been to El Maya (several now) the food is great! Service is top notch and I leave so full and happy! Thank you El Maya for being a great restaraunt and putting up with our crazy gang. You are the best and I'll be back for more!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Never had anything but an excellent experience here on all points."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Went with a large group for dinner. Food and service were great! Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Always amazing food, maybe not the best for large groups. Way easier to get into than that other place across the st."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I've been here a few times now - always with a large group. They are not only consistent with their service, but also with the food. It's byob and you can bring your own Tequila for their house mix of margaritas."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We live nearby and have been many times for a date night or with another couple. Recently we went to celebrate a birthday with a group of 16 and everything went great. Their margarita mix is dangerously delicious, and because you can bring your own Tequila it's even better on the bill. The staff is very friendly and attentive. Lastly, the chocolate tamale is the perfect ending to a great meal."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Took two hours to get through a dinner with two people. Waited over 45 minutes between appetizer and entree. Lots of bone and cartilage in the chicken piramide. Freezing cold inside. Will not be back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Executive Chef Jimmy is an amazing man. He is very attentive to the needs of the customer. We had a Vegan at dinner with us and he created a dinner just for him. The food is layered with flavor and great presentations. Has quickly become my favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We were there for 3 hours with about 45 minutes between courses. They brought out the wrong dish for one of my friends, but we went for it, because we didn't want to wait. They did comp us dessert - but what was funny about that, is that it added another 35 minutes to our already LONG dinner. Good food though. Maybe try it on a week night."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Great food and service at a very reasonable price, had out of town guests and they were very impressed. Have been several times and its always consistently good."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Was a bit loud Friday night but otherwise an excellent friendly and delicious experience and a great value. We will be back."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Was completely surprised with this place. The food and service were amazing. Every person at the table cleaned their plates and every bite was as good as the first. Jimmy, the chef owner, came out and provided a history of the restaurant and ensured we were happy with our entrées. And it's BYOB!! Will definitely be back"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "El Maya is definitely a hidden gem! I was able to go on OpenTable only a week before my birthday party and make a reservation for 20 people @ 8:15pm on the next Saturday. The restaurant was also very accomodating when my reservation turned into 22-25 people. The wait staff were also very nice and prompt in bringing more pitchers of margaritas. The freshmade guacamole was delicious (BEWARE even the mild is pretty spicy) and everyone loved their entrees. My favorite was the Salmon Del Sol, but EVERYTHING was delicious."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Great food, great service. One of the best mexican I've had. Fresh lime juice mixers. Loved it."
    Dined on 10/18/2013