Mago Grill & Cantina - South Barrington
Mago Grill & Cantina - South Barrington

Mago Grill & Cantina - South Barrington

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.magodining.com/
  • Phone: 8478444400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
  • 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: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Mariachi Music Every Thursday Night from 6-9pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Northeast Corner of Higgins Road (Route 72) and Route 59
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Mago Grill & Cantina - South Barrington
Mago Grill is a modern twist on everyday dining featuring a delicious menu of authentic Mexican and Latin dishes created by chef Juan Luis Gonzalez. Open for lunch and dinner daily, 7 days a week. Family friendly dining, great for groups, too!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Mago Grill & Cantina - South Barrington reviews from OpenTable diners
162 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (80)fit for foodies (74)neighborhood gem (51)hot spot (50)great for outdoor dining (46)special occasion (44)great for lunch (44)kid-friendly (35)vibrant bar scene (25)romantic (12)late-night find (9)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I love this restaurant, but the mariachi band on Wednesdays is way too loud to have any sort of conversation. We also made a reservation and were seated 30 minutes after the reservation time at a table in the bar, not even in the restaurant area. We were told our guacamole would be comped, and then it never was and there was no one around to help with that when we noticed the bill. I was disappointed since I always recommend this place to people.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty avant-garde Mexican food
    Dermmom
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I love this restaurant for their interesting flavors and presentation. We had the spicy shrimp fajitas that they served us in a volcanic bowl to keep the food warm. The shrimp and cactus leaves were flavored with a dark mole with slightly bitter accents that I really enjoyed. My husband and I shared the dish and there was plenty. They also include their chicken tortilla soup with all entrees and delicious chips and three tasty salsas. It was my daughter's birthday and they gave her a large sombrero and yummy chocolate pudding with whipped cream. We love to eat there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moles !!!
    mauimafVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I do love the design of Mago - the colors - the art. And the background music was at a perfect volume - something like Mexican soft jazz - conversation friendly. I now know how wonderful moles can be. They are sauces or gravies for savory dishes. And Mago does moles like nobody else. Their moles are created to marry with their entrees. Each is formulated by mixing, marinating, melding spices with the juices from the entree's protein. Each day there's a special menu and, of course, one or feature moles. And the main menu offers a list of moles that you can pair with meat, fish or fowl. Heaven!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place1
    AndyCGVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Mago is the best mexican food in the northwestern suburbs. It is also the best I've ever had but I haven't been to those famous ones downtown yet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good veggie variety
    Great
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I like Mago mostly because they have several vegetarian options. The flavor is very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Awesome
    Mcwhed96VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Mago in the South Barrington Arboretum is just awesome. The service is always great, the food never fails and the fresh made guac always delivers. Make reservations!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Find
    FlamingoVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This is a great addition to the South Barrington area. The table side guacamole is wonderful and there are lots of margarita choices. Fajitas are my favorite - classic chicken - but you gave multiple choices, beyond just steak/chicken, here too. The live music can be a little loud, but it contributes to the overall experience. A great choice for Mexican food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food was just average. They had a mariachi threesome playing that was way to loud and very annoying. The restaurant was not filled, and the server disappeared for long periods of time, especially when trying to pay.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food and great service
    Sara
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    For our first visit, we were pleasantly surprised about Mago's amazing food and friendly staff. We look forward to returning again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Awesome!
    JustOKonceinawhile
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The only complaint that I really have is the lighting in the restaurant. There was a glare on the menu and it was hard to read. Our waitress was scarce but that wasn't actually a bad thing, however, we did have a little trouble understanding her. We had to ask her two times what was in this one salsa and we still don't know what we were eating, but it was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and margaritas
    Loveeatingout
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My husband and I loved our experience starting with El Jeffe margaritas and moving to the chips and salas they give you as well as chicken tortilla soup. We had to also try the table side guacamole before our dinner. Each of us tried a different version of their skirt steak. Our only complaint would be that there is not a lot of room to wait before a table is ready.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your ordinary Mexican
    Lisa
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Inventive/Fresh Mexican dishes, along with the standards. Tableside Guac is a MUST!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timers
    Wendella
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was my husband's and my first time here at the recommendation of a co-worker. We loved it! The food and the service was fantastic. I would call it gourmet Mexican food but with reasonable prices. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Seriously awesome! Food was great, staff efficient and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELENT!!! Best guacamole around
    Jason
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went first time on a Wednesday and wife and I went back saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican gourmet
    MitchVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Best Mexican food in northwestern illinois Recommend guacamole side dish and mole optins
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for date/girls night
    Aliciamarie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Had drinks (amazing margaritas) and apps with a few girlfriends. Service was great so nice and on top of it:) food was very good. Guacamole was fresh and delish
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ole!
    2foodiesVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Delicious, fresh mexican cuisine, and the best guacamole around! Excellent service. It gets very loud in there, but we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You could do better
    worfner
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This Mexican restaurant seems to care more about ambiance than food. The small serving of chips was dismal compared to most Mexican restaurants. Why put their salsas (they have 3) in containers so small that you can't get a chip in it to dip out the salsa? The salsas were bright orange, pale green, and dark brown, and altho not much for eye appeal, tasted okay, but nothing like standard tomato salsa that most people are used to. The mashed potatoes that comes with the carne asada is inedible--worst I've ever had in my life. The black beans were warm at best, and the carne asada (my comparison entree for Mex. restaurants) was rubbery and thick, not the thin flank steak that is normal. My wife's enchiladas were good. Pricey for the genre
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Mexican Around
    sarahp
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    By far our favorite Mexican in the Chicago burbs. Excellent food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mago
    MAtthew
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    For an upscale Mexican restaurant, you cannot go wrong. Their salsas are amazing!! It is a must try for the South Barrington restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
    rgala
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The best Mexican food I have ever had! Guacamole was amazing. Everything was DELICIOUS!! Service was phenomonal!!! Our waitress was excellent and very attentive and helpful. I cant wait to go back!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice for birthdays
    schruszchVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a great dinner there for my husband's birthday! They do it up right - gave him a Mexican sombero and a great choc moouse dessert with a song!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Do you like Mariachi?
    Ottyr
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We've dined at Mago for lunch numerous times and enjoyed the experiences, inside the dining room and when warm enough, outside on the patio. This was our first dinner experience and if it weren't for the overpowering mariachi band (which was very talented), I would have given this a fifth star in my overall and ambiance ratings. We were seated about three tables directly back from the front door and one table over from the 'garage' doors to the patio. The mariachi band started out standing right by the front door and we couldn't hear one another at our table until the band took a break. Once they resumed and moved around the dining room, conversation was still challenging, but not outright impossible anymore.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but expensive for Mexican Food
    SherryDVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was quite good, but if you're gonna spend $90 for two people, it should be an expensive steak dinner. I had a very small skirt steak with mole and a chili relleno. My mom had three small tacos. We shared a shrimp ceviche - each had two cocktails. She was not a fan of the vegetarian taco at all, but liked the chicken tinga. Drinks are expensive. Decor is really nice and vibrant. No booths. Good food, but not worth the price, even with a Groupon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints!
    bigfamily
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Such excellent service, the homemade, complimentary chicken soup is the BEST! We love the guacamole made table side. Mojitos can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bbrn
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Very loud, had a hard time conversing with my friends
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch
    Linda
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Nice place for Mexican food for lunch. Good guacamole and large menu to choose from.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mago
    Stephanie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I went to Mago for the first time and I absolutely loved it! The service was great, the food was amazing, and I was able to get a reservation without a problem! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Twice There, Twice excellent
    SirDineALotVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Unusual take on Mexican cuisine. All flavors work together- especially in the varioud complex moles - but beware! Spicy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes!!
    t57dinnerout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent 'authentic' Mexican food, friendly staff, fun atmosphere. The guacamole cart is a must!!.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    FlamingoVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We celebrated my birthday here and everything was great. Table side quac was awesome, as were the drinks and food, as usual. The special treat was the birthday salute, including a sombrero to take home!!!!!! A fun place to get some great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Feel
    DonnaFiedler
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This restaurant has a great vibe, great food - terrific service! The only complaint was the Mariachi Band. I'm sure in a less condusive environment they'd be great - but the accustics are so good in there that the horn/singer comes across SO LOUD and vibrates off the walls that you literally have to start shouting to speak to the person next to you - really. When they weren't playing - it was great!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was great!!!
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Had an early dinner there on Labor Day. Food was really good (fajitas for husband, quesadilla for me). Drinks were great. The only thing that kept us from rating it a "5" is we had churros for dessert and they were warm in places and very cold in others. Overall, loved the food and the experience. Good value and fun spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not enticing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I took my family out to dinner here. The hostess seated us promptly and told us about their complimentary salsa .... and then it went down hill. They didn't know how to serve tequila "neat". I had to order kiddie cocktails for my kids from three separate people to get it and the they didn't anticipate our needs -more napkins, drink refills, etc. Nice atmosphere, horrible service, ok food-not worth the cost
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit or miss
    HonestDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It was my second time here and the food wasn't as good. The squash tamale was disappointing. The service was inattentive. Fajitas were too smokey and making the dining room polluted. The decor is fun. It's something lively in the arboretum. The dessert special was pretty good - donut with hazelnut chocolate filling.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the place
    MomDadNightOut
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went there with friends, sat outdoors, very relaxing and friendly atmosphere. Will go again...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I loved this place!
    Bebbie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was such a pleasant surprise from the standard mexican restaurant. The food is prepared with a special touch. I had the skirt steak with Ranchero mole sauce. It was delicious. My friend had the Tiger Shrimp with a coconut mole sauce. We both were very happy with our meals. Oh and dont forget the Margaritas. Wow! the tortilla chips are served with 3 different salsas to try and they were all good. Definitely will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal!
    ScubaProVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Mago just continues to impress. Every meal is consistent and Saturday's was no less. The quality of the meals is at a high level and Mago competes with the best in Chicago. Service is excellent for the suburbs which typically lags the best city restaurants. We had the Ropa Vieja which was a very tender brisket-based dish with a lot of authentic Mexican spices surrounding it and the table made guac was wonderful as well.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All around great dining experience
    lesap
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Mago had a full menu that provides something for everyone. Although the prices are moderate the food is gourmet - not only in taste but presentation as well. Everyone from the hostess to the waiter to the buss persons - all were energetic, pleasant and accommodating. I am not usually a fan of fruity sangria so this sangria was amazing. More wine than fruit and very flavorful - I felt that $8 was a bit much for a small glass of sangria but if you get it on special it is only $5 which is well worth it! I witnessed a couple celebrating a birthday and the servers put a sombrero on the guys head and sang happy birthday - kind of fun. Lots of large tables of groups sharing dishes. Lots of couples. Definitely a great mix of people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate