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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Mago Grill & Cantina - South Barrington reviews from OpenTable diners
133 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (61)fit for foodies (54)neighborhood gem (44)hot spot (44)special occasion (38)great for lunch (34)great for outdoor dining (34)kid-friendly (21)vibrant bar scene (17)romantic (11)late-night find (6)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • My favorite restaurant!
    doeverythinginlove
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I tell everyone about Mago South Barrington! The service is superb and the food amazing. The sauces and salsas are flavorful and unique and everything I've tried has been delicious. I have a gluten intolerance and they have so many options that are clearly labeled on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good; too noisy
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Made the mistake of going on a Wednesday when they had strolling musicians. Way too disruptive to enjoy dinner. Manager tried to help by seating us outside (thanks) but then the window wall opened and it was pretty loud. I will go back but on a different day of the week!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    ricachica
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was great, and the staff was good too. It was busy so the support staff was trying to help. They kept forgetting things, like when we asked for water, but when reminded they were very sorry. There were 5 of us girls, and we never felt rushed, so we took our time, had a few drinks, and enjoyed the time we had there. Usually they are putting down the cheque and trying to get us to leave, but they let us have our time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    NotEasilyImpressed
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have been a patron of the Arboretum for years. Can't tell you how many times I've passed Mago and wondered what it was. SO glad I finally checked it out! It's a little loud but the service and food was unbelievably spectacular! Steak waspperfectly cooked, guacamole was so good I could have made a meal of it... and the cocktails were delish. This place is my new standard for Mexican/Spanish fusion. Can't beat the quality!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service, and drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    As stated above, this place is great. Not only is the food great (if you like non tex-mex Mexican food), but the service is great. One of us spilled a drink by accident, and they replaced the drink free of charge. They make guacamole right by the table and customize it for you based on your tastes. We've been here a couple times now and definitely intend to keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, fun ambiance
    Rachael
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Delicious food and insanely good margaritas! A friend and I went here on a Wednesday night for dinner/ birthday celebration. Boy... was it busy for the middle of the week. So glad we had a reservation. The food was great and plentiful. However, due to the crowds it was a tad noisy and was exacerbated by the mariachi. Not complaining though as it adds to the ambiance of the restaurant. Overall a pretty great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MNFoodie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I loved the variety of food choices. We shared queso with chicken, chilis rellenos, enchiladas, and shrimp fajitas. They were all outstanding. The server was knowledgeable about menu items and friendly. I can't wait to visit my friends in the Chicago suburbs again. We'll certainly be dining at Mago Grill and Cantina.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happyfoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Delicious dinners, great service. Excellent guac!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh Via Mexican
    SteakVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome server
    LoveDiningOut
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this place!
    cpinedo8VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    AdrienneM
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gives Abuelas food a run for its $
    LifeAsAChefsWife
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How do you say YUM in Spanish?
    HockeyDad
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy
    choppedVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Unique and delicious
    Happycamper
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food & service
    Bababooey44
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Guacamole made fresh at your table was very delicious! Will be returning for sure.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    A lot of food and great skinny margaritas! The espresso flan was delicious and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Johnny3VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Off day for Mago Grill
    Seahorse422
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy Mexican Restaurant
    ElginiteRestaurantMan
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just as planned
    Ourtimeout
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fun Place to Eat!
    Joseph
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Foods and Drinks
    SolarMax
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.