Mago Grill & Cantina - Arlington Heights
Mago Grill & Cantina - Arlington Heights

Mago Grill & Cantina - Arlington Heights

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.magodining.com/
  • Phone: 8472532222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 11:00am-4:00pm, Sunday: 11am-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 4:00pm-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm-1:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Juan Luis Gonzalez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For personal service, call Chef Ric Munoz at 847-253-2222.
  • Special Events: Live Mariachis every Wednesday night from 6-9pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vail Ave. and Campbell St.
  • Public Transit: Just 1 1/2 blocks South of the Metra Northwest Line, Arlington Heights station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking and nearby public lot.
A word from Mago Grill & Cantina - Arlington Heights
A celebration of Mexico's heritage, Mago Grill & Cantina is the creation of award-winning Chef Juan Luis Gonzalez. It's original Mexican and Latin menu is comprised of authentic favorites including freshly smashed tableside guacamole, seafood ceviches, savory salsas, fresh salads, and main dishes of steak, chicken, pork and seafood including the chef's own Grandma Paula's family recipes with vegetarian and gluten-free friendly items. The full service bar caters to margarita and tequila connoisseurs. Open for lunch, dinner and cocktails daily, 7 days a week. Family friendly dining, great for groups, too!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Mago Grill & Cantina - Arlington Heights reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (58)fit for foodies (43)good for groups (30)great for outdoor dining (29)great for lunch (27)special occasion (24)hot spot (23)kid-friendly (16)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (8)romantic (7)scenic view (5)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great service. Food is fresh and tastes good. I would go back. Like the coctail selections, mole selections, and the 3 table salsas.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Disappointing. Drinks skimpy for the price. Felt we were being pushed out the door before we had finished our meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodtoo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    good food although fish was cold..pretty loud/hard to carry on a conversation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable Lunch
    Jimbo
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I took some international visitors to Mago so that they could experience some great Mexican food. The restaurant did not disappoint us. The food was excellent and so was the service. Our group really enjoyed the lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Mago never dissapoints. The food is always great. Form a wonderful tequila selection to spectacular mole the chef always delivers
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything but Service
    Navigcar
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very friendly, awesome food, a little loud and service could have been better. None are deal breakers, I will go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tastebud1
    tastebud1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant is in the downtown AH area, next to the tracks. The neighborhood is fitting for eclectic venues and this fits right in. Good food, service, but wow, is it loud! High ceilings and long tables for groups right next to tables for 2 to 4 make for a bad mix. The groups at the long tables end up shouting over themselves and before you know it, everyone in the restaurant is yelling just to converse. If I were management, i'd find a way to segregate larger groups or tables, maybe with half walls, corner spots, or the like. Back to the food - very well done. Margaritas a little sweet, but not bad. Good mole's. The ceviche - maybe less tomato flavor and more citrus. Outside of that, thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food and service, but noisy
    yum234
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    went to mago on a Thursday night with my boyfriend. the food was great. I had veggie fajitas And my boyfriend had the veggie enchiladas. our server was great, and would have overall been a positive experience, but the noise level in the place in outrageous. we ended up leaving before finishing our drinks because it was too loud. however, it didn't bother me as much as my boyfriend, so I'd say as long as you know it's going to be a loud place, you will be fine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch El Fresco
    Jimbo
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had an enjoyable lunch outside at Mago. The food was good and the service was very attentive. I would definitely recommend this to my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food is always good with a diverse menu rather than typical tacos & burritos and House drinks are tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sangria!
    Reunion
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Fun place with Good food and Great Sangria!! This restaurant has consistently good food. Great place groups or to catch up with a friend. Option to eat outdoors is plus as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good choice
    Jtcosgro
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Love me some Mago! Great menu, mole sauces and fresh guacamole always keep us coming back. My kids love it too - great local place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty yet disappointing
    casualdiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Typically Mago is great. On this night, the service was slow. It took at least 15 minites to get our drinks from the bar. The server delayed bringing out the soup after we ordered, our food came just as we were finishing our last bite of soup. My boyfriend said the flavor of his steak was good, but it wasn't hot when he received it. He assumed it had been sitting around for a while. We were a little disappointed especially since it wasn't that crowded and there were empty tables around us. I find the service at the Barrington location much better and will be going back there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Popular dinner spot
    Member
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Nice for outdoor dining, with good quality and quantity of food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So loud!
    Happy
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Went there on a Monday night - place was full because the food is tasty BUT the noise level is unbearable. It's quite amazing and not in a good way. You seriously can't hear the person directly seated directly across from you. The owners need to pay attention to these reviews and do something about it or pull some tables... It's REALLY bad. noise level is in practically every review - I obviously did not yield the warnings but will in the future.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • too noisy, bad service
    localcustomer
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The restaurant is extremely noisy on a busy night. Can't hear your dinner companions. Not sure what they can do about this but they should look into it. The service was very very slow. One of my companions had to take his meal to go because he had to get to work. When the food finally came they brought me the wrong side dish. They not bring flour tortillas for my friend with corn allergies despite asking a few times. Asked for a to go box for my left overs which never came, instead someone just took my plate away. It's too bad because the food is delicious and I doubt I'll go back soon.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bob
    Squat
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Have eaten here numerous times. They are always welcoming with great food. Its worked out great for special occasions and a fun night out, but they have also been accommodating when we have our kids too. Great menu, great venue.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would Not Go Back
    jgklVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Ambitious menu that promises upscale Mexican food and drink. They deliver on the drinks and fail on the food. Flat Iron steak so tough that my dog could not eat the left overs. Alaskan salmon with mole sauce. Great salmon, the mole was a joke. Tables-side guacamole was excellent. Problem was only one servers and so many tables, took over 45 minutes to get it. Tight quarters, sat with elbows pined to sides to avoid getting clipped by staff rushing back and forth. Had to yell to hear person across table, (so was everyone else). It was like eating in a Mexican bus station at rush hour. Never again....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mago is great!
    mcfly89
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I always love coming to Mago because their food is amazing! I've never been disappointed with their food or their service! I recommend this place as often as I can! The guacamole is to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal!
    acady
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    First dining experience at Mago and had a wonderful meal. We ate outside in their patio as the weather was nice. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. It was difficult to decide on which entrée to order as there were so many mouthwatering items on the menu. They even had gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. We liked the trio of salsas that came to the table first, especially the orange one. We ordered the mole ranchero chicken and some tacos for dinner. All the food was delicious. Can't wait to go back and try more dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the usual Mexican place
    BikermomVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Our third time there. We had a flank steak with Mole that was truly out of this world. Everything is done to perfection. Highly recommend their Calamari appetizer which is done as a type of salad with a spicy vinaigrette.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Experience
    IdinealotVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our entire experience was sub par. Food was ok but appitizers and main courses came out at same time. Noise level was unbearable. Tables to close together to not get bumped every time someone walked by. Drink orders took too long and no desert was never offered. Will not be going back....ever!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Fun Birthday Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I took my parents (in their 80's) for their first visit to Mago on my mother's birthday. We had reservations and were seated right away. Our waitress was AMAZING! She was very attentive as well as patient in explaining MANY items to my parents. She even gave us a sampler of all the different Mole sauces - much appreciated. My parents & I LOVED our food! Then my mother was presented with a fun sombrero and dessert treat for her birthday. They were so happy! Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Betsy
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Our party of 5 had reservations at 6 p.m. on a Monday evening; the table was ready and waiting. Our service was great and everyone enjoyed their meals. The Tortilla soup was a nice surprise and delicious! The guacamole was freshly made at the table and was made to our liking (medium spicy, few onions). I would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    JKC9
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Great place with excellent food and service! Only drawback is it's loud....watch where you sit, stay away from larger parties...
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD! LONG WAIT!!!
    Rpitty
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    If it wasn't for the amount of time for us to receive our entrees, I would rate this place 5 stars. The food was amazing even though it's a bit on the pricey side. It took forever to get our food, close to 90 minutes and it was quite empty at the time we were there. I can't imagine what the wait would be like during a full house.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ropa Vieja on point
    w8lifter21
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    It was delicious! Restaurant was a little loud on a Friday night but we were seated outside.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Senorita
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Atmosphere is energizing! Fahitas and guacamole is crunchy delicious! Wine glasses need a stem!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and ambiance!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Good variety and tacos are tasty. Not impressed with the timing of the entree coming out at the same time as the appetizer. Tacos got cold while eating the ap :(
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal!!
    peaches
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Mago grill is a family favorite when looking for excellent mexican food. The food quality is great & their salsa & Moles are really good! We really like the personal attention that we get when eating there. They are always welcoming and friendly. I would highly recommend Mago's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't go here
    lvnvrio
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food is average and overpriced, hostesses are totally unaccomodatimg, and the noise level is unbearable. The only good things I can say are that our waitress was good and even though it wasn't prepared table side (because there was absolutely no room), the guacamole was pretty good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch at Mago
    Jimbo
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Good food. The service was just OK. No host hostess available when we arrived so we waited about 5 minutes to be seated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE this place
    trisarahtops94
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I absolutely love going to Mago. I have to eat gluten free and nearly everything on their menu is gluten free or can be made gluten free. I have yet to be disappointed by anything I've ordered. Their chips are the BEST. This is my boyfriend and my favorite restaurant!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mago Cantina Arlington Heights
    th79
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Had a Saturday 6:30pm reservation and seated immediately. Tables are spaced out nicely, not on top of each other like a lot of places. Chips and salsa came fast but without explanation of the 3 salsas. Had to ask the waiter when he came a few minutes later to describe them. Either way they were good and the chips were good - still warm. We got the guacamole, asked for medium heat and were disappointed. Very bland. They should offer 2 sizes of guacs because it is way too much for 2 people. We both ordered the tacos. I had the hongos, chicken tinga, and the blackened red snapper. All great but the snapper was under-seasoned. The sauces on the tinga and hongos had good heat. I had a mango ginger margarita, hubs had sangria that was fab.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Normally a favorite ...
    lovetorunandeat
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Mago is one of my favorite places to eat! But this last visit was by far the wost dining experience I've had in a long time. Our waiter was beyond terrible. He left us with a single drink each for well over an hour and disappeared. We had to talk to the hostess to get service. The waiter then came running to our call and proceeded to bring the meals ... eventually. My burrito was luke warm and the cheese inside was clearly not melted. I sent it back and it was returned with the wrong sauce. Eventually it was right, but WOW. I will return, but I hope this waiter will not be there, as he wrecked what should have been a fun girl's night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 502 reviews are from the Mago Grill & Cantina - Arlington Heights reviews archive.
  • Fun Arlington Heights dining
    1suburbandadVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Get your mole sauce on the side unless you like your entree drowned in the sauce. Enjoy the guacamole prepped at your table to your specifications. An interested selection of margaritas and similarly themed drinks are a plus. A good place to go if you are seeing a show at the nearby Metropolis.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite New Restaurant
    SBCBVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We just moved into the area a few months ago, and Mago Grill has fast become our favorite little "go-to" place for great food, service, and fun. The presentation for food is outstanding!! We usually go here at least once or twice a month.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mago Always Satisfies!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    My husband & I use Mago as our go-to neighborhood dinner spot! The food & service are always excellent, we've never had a dish we didn't like. Always would recommend Mago to friends & family!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but service lacked
    kevin
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I am going to keep this short, we came for mothers day and have been here probably 20 times. Food is always good, which helps make up for the horrible service you get about every other time. Does a margarita take 20 mins to make?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Mexican
    JPJP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This place has amazing Mexican food. The taco choices are out of this world and the mole is great as well. They also offer table side guacamole which can be made spicy as well. The servers and staff are very friendly. One of my favorite Mexican joints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet