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Mago Grill & Cantina - South Barrington
Mago Grill & Cantina - South Barrington
  • Address:
    100 W Higgins Rd, Suite M05
    South Barrington, IL 60010
    Neighborhood:
    South Barrington
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican
    Price: $30 and under

Mago Grill & Cantina - South Barrington Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.magodining.com
  • Phone: (847) 844-4400
  • 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: Mexican, Latin American
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Great fresh Mexican Food. The table side (during dinner) guacamole is made the way you want and the chips are very good. You can make a meal of the combo. The entrees, tilapia and skirt steak were fantastic. Service could not be beat."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I've been twice and both times the food and service was excellent. Our server brought out samples of their famous mole sauces (6 of them) for us to try and explained each of them and what meat or fish they went best with. Server and bus boy were very cheerful and helpful! I had a flat iron steak with one of the moles for chicken or beef and it was EXCELLENT! Perfect medium rare! They also have guacamole prepared table side which was also very good. Several margarita choices - I had El Diablo which comes with a lager floater. Very different! Churros for dessert…warm and crisp and enough to share. It can get loud and festive so if you're looking for quiet and stuffy then go elsewhere. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Mago has become one of my favorite restaurants. Everything I have tried has been delicious. I always gauge a mexican restaurant based on their chips and salsa and Mago definitely exceeds expectations. I love going on wednesdays for $5 sangria and to enjoy the Mariachi band! Great place for a group celebration or a romantic night out!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Mago for my birthday and had a delicious lunch! Our server, Maria Elena was absolutely fabulous! We told her it was our first time here and she thoroughly explained items to us. She even brought us a few samples of the mole to try! The menu has a nice selection of items; something for everyone's taste! The guacamole was so fresh and yummy! We are looking forward to going back for dinner. Ceviche will definitely be next to try! The restaurant is colorful and inviting. I would recommend going to Mago!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Surpassed my expectations!I had just flown in from Texas 2hrs prior & needed to find a trendy, yet affordable, place to take my fiance for an early Bday dinner.The food, ambiance, & music were all very trendy/modern Latin. Mago takes boring-I mean typical-Mexican dishes & transforms them into something new and unexpected. Mago lets you venture out from what you believe Mexican food should be and shows you what it could be. The tacos, tamales, empandas,& Ropa Vieja were delish! Also, the staff was AWESOME and accommodated to my food allergies! We will be coming back & trying more. As a Mexican who is engaged to a Chef...I'm pleasantly surprised. It's about time someone got upscale Mexican food right near us!(Cute Bday Sombrero,song,&dessert)"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Mago Grill is the best Mexican restaurant in our area! Fantastic specialty dishes. My favorite is the Carne Chihuahua. The place is a real gem if you love mole sauces - they have several authentic mole to choose from. Great margaritas and sangria add to their authenticity. I would also highly recommend getting the guacamole and chips appetizer - they make the guacamole fresh at your table. Not the place for an intimate, quite dinner with your date. The place is loud. They have a mariachi band that wanders the dinner area enhancing the loudness - although they are very good. I would recommend getting your weekend dinner plans reserved a week in advance. They fill up and have long waits even on weekdays."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Please close the ceilings it's way too loud and then we add the strolling music yikes. I can't hear the people at my table"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "When you walk in you know this is a different experience - a more sophisticated Mexican restaurant. Three interesting salsa's, table side guacamole prep, attentive service. My favorites - shrimp ceviche, skirt/flank steak, red snapper and the cheese rellenos. Took my 72 yr old Dad there who is a trained chef and he loved it. Wish someone had ordered a mole dish, can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Guacamole made fresh at your table was very delicious! Will be returning for sure."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "A lot of food and great skinny margaritas! The espresso flan was delicious and the service was great!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Great spot in South Barrington for Mexican. Table-side guacamole is fantastic as are the margaritas. Plenty of authentic entree choices with daily mole sauce specials. Service is attentive and very friendly. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had previously visited Mago Grill and loved it so much that we returned. During this visit we were disappointed due to our server being relatively new (as he explained to us), and the wandering band was playing so loud that we couldn't have conversation easily. The food was good, although due to our server, we had to ask for items that are normally replenished without having to ask. We WILL RETURN with hopes it was a one time thing."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "You should get resv on weekends. I had them, and good thing. Sat at 7 was packed. It's a nice looking place. They make the guacamole fresh at your table, to any spiciness you desire with little bits of jalapeños. We loved it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Got there a little early and they were able to seat us right away. Waiter was polite, explained items on menu, and stayed around to check on order or get another drink. Food was delicious. Everything went smooth. No complaints"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I've eaten lunch here twice, once inside and once outside. The food is delicious, authentic Mexican, and plentiful. The waitstaff is great, everyone is friendly, helpful, and constantly on the move! The one problem for me was the ambient sounds. Because I have a mildly difficult time hearing table conversations, the surrounding sounds hampered my ability to hear. When we ate outside, this wasn't a problem."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great foods in general. Guacamole is excellent so do various types of margaritas. Dinner time (even weekday) is very busy so a reservation is recommended."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The guacamole is made fresh, table side, and is delish! A must! The chicken tortilla soup tastes so fresh, like the veggies were just harvested specifically for your bowl of soup. The main dishes (our entire table ea. had something different)... Were so rich with flavors, steaks were so tender, everything just melts in your mouth! And you can't forget about the drinks... You will not regret these Margaritas in the morning! Again, so flavorful... Just wish the glass was bigger!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food and service was very good. One of the women in our group couldn't eat some of the food she ordered because it was too spicy. Maybe the next time you redo the menu, you can indicate how spicy the different tacos are. Loved the mariachis, however, when they played, it was so loud we couldn't even talk at our table. They seemed to stay in the same location."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "good atmosphere & margarita specials. Good luck getting quick patio seating or a pleasant hostess."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Great food and drinks. I enjoy this place very much."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Not your run of the mill Mexican food. Many unexpected dishes on the menu for a "chain" restaurant. Multiple mole sauces, salsas that were excellent. Restaurant is VERY noisy. Not good if you want to have a conversation, but food is worth it. We will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went for dinner on a Saturday night. Great menu, marked with gluten free items. Poor execution overall. Good, knowledgeable waiter who was so busy we rarely saw him at our table. Food took forever to arrive. When it did it wasn't hot and the tacos requested on flour tortillas were on corn tortillas. The remake was fast, though. There are two different versions of the menu being distributed in the restaurant, each with a different list of available beers. But it turns out neither is correct and only your waiter knows which beers they really offer. Ridiculous. When our bill arrived it was wrong. It listed a bar drink we never ordered, which the waiter promptly removed. The place was also so loud the the four of us couldn't hear one another."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I did not receive 100 dining points for this reservation. I honestly can't remember if I made the reservation through Open Table or the Mago website. Regardless, I should still receive points. Why does Open Table confirm my reservation and ask me for a review if I am denied points? In my opinion this is a flaw in your system."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I ate at Mago's once and decided to come back. Food was entirely too spicy - had to send it back. Rate is as not as good as the first time I visited. Won't return"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Lively restaurant with very good food. Mexican food with a twist, tastes fresh, and the mole sauces are fantastic. There was an outdoor concert taking place, the restaurant had the windows open, so with the breeze and music coming in, it was a very nice atmosphere. Good variety of people, from couples to families with little kids. It's a nice option to have a place like this in the suburbs."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Outstanding gathering at Mago. All the meals had nice large portions. Fresh guac was, well, fresh. Sauces were good and varied."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was the first time I had ever been to Mago. It was a very neat vibe - the mariachi band was walking around and playing (although when they were close by, it was very difficult to carry on a conversation at our table), and the restaurant was full. Right away, it took a long time to get waited on. When we finally did, we ordered our food. While waiting, our waiter came by, threw 3 bowls of chicken tortilla soup down without us even telling us what he was serving us. When we finally got our food, it was delicious, however, our waiter did not come back and check on us at all. He was not rude, but it seemed like he was flustered because they were clearly understaffed. I will probably go back to give it another shot."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My entree at Mago's was disappointing. I ordered a beef burrito without beans. What I received was a burrito with lots of rice and maybe some small pieces of meat -- I'm not really sure. It was flavorless. On the other hand, the cocktails and the guacamole were fine, so I will give Mago's another chance."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food is excellent! Tableside guacamole is a must. Love the 3 different types of salsa. Really enjoyed the bread pudding. Service is ok…probably caught waiter on a bad day. Server should explain that tortilla soup comes with meal."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "In the old days, when restaurants wanted to turn tables, they offered free coffee in the bar/patio to lingering patrons. The trend of playing music TOO LOUD and not having acoustic tiles to absorb sounds was a problem for everyone at our table. I know consultants encourage noise to add "brightness" and turn dining into a "scene" and, of course, to speed diners along their way. We couldn't hear the server or each other. It was so loud that it was disorienting. We have often taken visitors to Mago. But it was embarrassing to my husband and me when our guests were champing at the bit to leave. No one wanted coffee, dessert or after dinner drinks. We won't be returning anytime soon."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service was excellent. Mago was very busy when we dinned but our server made sure to tend to our requests. we brought my son with and he loved the food as well as the atmosphere"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "As 1st timers hostess explained everything. Waiter Jose was knowledgeable and courteous. Fast service. Tasty and well presented appetizers and entrees. Will go back with friends. Loved it!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This was our 2nd visit to Mago and we loved it as much as the first time. Great food and service both times. Unique food options you don't often see at other places. I love Mole sauce and this place offers 5 different kinds that are all good. The problem is only in deciding which one to get. I had two different mole's with my meal this time. We took our college age kids and they loved it too. Save room for dessert because they offer some amazing choices."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Excellent food and vibrant restaurant. Tequila a bit overpriced. Not actually a huge fan of Mexican cuisine, in general, but will continue to return here for the great steak fajitas and fabulous tableside smashed guacamole."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We went on a Tuesday night, didn't seem particularly busy. We have been to this location before and the Arlington Heights location. Great experiences both times. Not sure what happened, but service was slow, appetizers took a long time to come out, entrees even longer. Staff weren't keeping on top of the orders. Food didn't taste that good. First I went on a Tuesday, but we were not impressed. Definitely hesitant about returning."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We have had dinner and lunch at this location several time. Always a decent meal with decent service. Not last Saturday. Service was deplorable. Wrong drink order taken, wrong meal order taken. When the food server arrived, it was like a "food auction." Who ordered what? He didn't even know what the entrées were. Then the food. Very bland tasting and not served hot. Overall, a very disappointing evening. By the way, the noise level in the dining room was over the top. Way too noisy to have a conversation. It is not an option on the chart above."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great food. Good service. Called to confirm reservation, but upon arrival could not find it. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Why aren't there more Mexican restaurants like this? One trip and you'll want to be back again. Great food and great mojitos! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We have been to Mago several times and have had great food and great service every time. I have ordered the same thing every time because it's so good! Our server was helpful with our selection of margaritas and we love having the homemade guacamole made right in front of us. It's a great experience for everyone!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Inviting atmosphere, great decor, good lighting. Attentive staff, checked on our table often. Some of the drink choices were exceptionally refreshing and had a twist on the mainstream version which was nice. Tableside guac mixed to order was fresh and delicious (although a bit heavy on the salt). Loved the triple salsa paring. Main entry left a bit to be desired and most was sent back to the kitchen uneaten. Specifically came for fish tacos since the website photo looked so inviting, but was very disappointed. The combo plate included two other versions that did not impress. Other diner had flat iron steak. Presented beautifully but nothing standout. Price points were good. Might revisit."
    Dined on 5/21/2014