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May St. Cafe
May St. Cafe

May St. Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.maystcafe.com
  • Email: maystcafe@gmail.com
  • Phone: (312) 421-4442
  • Hours of Operation: Spring and summer hours tuesday,wednesday,thursday friday,saturday 5pm to 11pm
    sunday open for Brunch 10:00 am to 3:00 pmopen for private parties year round for lunch,brunch and dinner) during summer only for alfresco covered patio sunday brunch starts feb16 2014 10 am to 3 pm
    serving Allen Brothers the geat steak house steaks with a Latin flair
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Steakhouse, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Mario Santiago
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: May St. Cafe is YOUR one stop destination for any and every dining need.offering contemporary and traditional american menus and latin menus, bar packages From romantic nights, special event catering on or off premis for 200 or 20 close friends in your living room, we can do it all! Visit us today for dinner, inside or outside on the terrace! check out our new event loft space seating up to 450 We know you'll have a special experience like no other.
  • Private Party Facilities: May St. Cafe is YOUR one stop destination for any and every dining in and off premises need. From romantic nights, corporate and Holiday events catering for up to 450 in our loft or for 200 cocktails in the patio garden or seated outside covered terrace for 75 to 300 inside or outside on the terrace We know you'll have a special experience like no other.
  • Private Party Contact: mario santiago (312) 421-4442
  • Entertainment: dine with us before or after all games and concerts we offer full pacakges obtain the best tickets and seats through Gold Coast tickets dine with us and we will limo you and your group we are just a few minutes to United Center for Chicago Bulls, Chicago Black Hawks, Chicago White Sox, Concerts, Soldier Field, Chicago Bears, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium close to Mc Corrmick Place Convention Center, Burnam Harbor, we also offer on and off premiss full service catering we offer our private space for events
    weddings rehersal dinners private cocktail parties corporate receptions, from 20 up to 450
  • Special Events & Promotions: sundays have your private event day or join our email list to enjoy guest chef night also available for rehearsal dinners private party for all events holiday corporate events
    weddings up to 450 in our loft space or in our garden terrace
    email wecater2@aol.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: May St.
  • Public Transit: red line chinatown cermak bus 21 blueline to uic halsted bus to cermak cermak west to may st or ashland bus to cermak bus west may st
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking & private lot available
    special event valet parking available
A word from May St. Cafe
Contemporary seasonal cooking featuring Mexican and Puerto Rican traditional foods with a modern twist. All beef, pork and lamb products come from Allen Brothers - "The Great Steakhouse Steaks."

Best house-made margaritas in town and an excellent boutique wine list. Watch all games. Dine before or after games concerts or conventions. The restaurant is located close to United Center, White Sox, Soldier Field, and McCormick Place limo service.

Enjoy the warm summer weather while dining al fresco on May St. Cafe's outdoor patio. Available for private parties and catering, try our patio for your private party and our new May St. mini late night menu of small plates and Latin inspired fresh cocktails. Watch special events and Chicago's teams win on our large flat screen TV without the distraction of sound while at the same time dining in style.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "amazing staff great neighborhood food and drinks are outstanding"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "although there were a number of items unavailable or i could not eat bc of my allergies, the food was really good. my friend is a vegetarian and she had no problem finding something to eat and feeling full and satisfied after dinner the drinks were good too I didnt try the steak but i will be back to try more menu items"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Went their becasue we saw a bit on "Best Thing You Ever Ate" Couldn't have been happier with the service, treated you like family, and the excellent food. Really seemed to care that you enjoyed your food and service. Will certainly go back."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I have been hearing about this restaurant for years and was finally able to get there. The service, first and foremost, was impeccable!! The hostess was kind and gracious and did everything in the world to make us feel at ease. While my hamburger was a little salty, it was delicious and the portion size was HUGE!!! The jalapeno and cilantro Margarita was not overly sweet and was refreshing and different from the standard fare. The room is intimate and it feels like you are in someone's home. It was a wonderful evening and I am planning to return when the weather is warmer and I will be able to enjoy eating outside."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "What a nice way to celebrate our anniversary there. The staff was friendly, the food delicious and they played quite a bit of my favorite Cuban music. Would do it again anytime! THANK YOU May's Café for going above and beyond to make our anniversary so special!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Pleasant setting with friendly, warm service. The food is authentically Latin and delicious."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "My wife and I have been going to May St. Cafe for years. We have seen it grow from a terrific neighborhood place to a fine dining destination. The flavors of the food are unique, original and always delicious. There is nothing on the menu I do not like. I really like dark moles and the chi;c;ken with mole is fantastic, rich and complex. My wife specially likes the butternut squash soup if it is on the menu you must try it. We come to May St. whenever we have the time for a night out and are never disappointed."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "My wife and I very much enjoyed our visit to the May Street Cafe. The guacamole was fresh and delicious, and the Mexican burgers were outstanding. They were huge and very tasty. We will look to come back, though we don't live anywhere near the restaurant. My wife was coming back to town, having arrived at Midway Airport."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in, our server greeted and sat us while saying "Welcome Home." We were impressed immediately by the friendly and attentive staff. The drinks we had were delicious. I strongly suggest the jalapeño cilantro margarita. EVERY single food item we had was amazing! I had the Pollo con Mole and I am still thinking about it the next day! It's very rare that I find cooking that reminds me of my childhood and my mom. May St. Cafe was definitely like being "home" and I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Food was delicious, from appetizers through main courses and dessert. Really nice evening."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Went on a very quiet Wednesday night. Had the place almost to ourselves. Good place for quiet conversation. Food was delicious. Parking is great. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "This time around the service was incredibly slow. However, the food was great and my pineapple mango margaritas were delicious."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was introduced to this gem for the first time years ago from the television show, Check Please. Every since I have introduced several of my friends to this fantastic dining experience..from the ambience to the food..a winner every time! This time, I had taken a friend there for her birthday celebration. She was impressed with the food and the friendly staff. I LOVE the MAY STREET CAFE!!! A must go and see for yourself."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food was delicious-I had the sirloin ke-bobs and my husband had the shrimp dish-both were delicious. Also I had the coconut margarita, yum! Service attentive w/o being intrusive."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "May St. Cafe was an amazing surprise. It's Latin infused cuisine was flavorful and not overly spiced, with a fabulous variety of meat, seafood and unique sides and appetizers. A must try!!!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "They food was good, but a bit overpriced for 22nd street. It's defintely a good place to visit. Guacomole was Delicious and the lechon was yummy. A must visit."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Food delicious, great presentation. Staff - always on point, makes you feel like you have come home for dinner."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "This restaurant is a little off the beaten path but well worth it! We found the margaritas to be wonderful (try the jalapeno/cilantro marg) and the food was fantastic. Definitely try the guacamole!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "May St. Cafe never disappoints. The food is always outstanding. The service is impeccable and the owner Mario couldn't be more welcoming and friendly to the guests. Wish we could eat there every night."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Always a great experience, Chef Mario goes out of his way to make you feel welcome. May Street offers a unique variety of culinary delights that are never run of the mill. Great Steaks, perfectly cooked from Allen Bros. and the best Puerto Rican Paella you will find anywhere. Try the berry margarita."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "May St. cafe has some good food, albeit my Lechon was extremely greasy and fatty, but is really overpriced for what is provided. Drinks are outstanding but also overpriced. The desserts are miniscule in size and also overpriced. Won't be coming back."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "My friends and I came in on Marathon weekend and had a late 9:30 reservation. We sat in the outdoor covered patio, which was a perfect temp on an October evening. Service was outstanding and wonderfully polite. The guac was excellent, and the chicken mole was phenomenal. My friends raved about the chicken fajitas that were flavored with a touch of cinnamon and crisp, not soggy vegetables. We topped it off with the chocolate flan, split between the three of us. The lovely owners sent a complementary round of the smoothest tequila I've ever had over to our table, as they were sharing some down time with their friends at the table next to us. We felt very welcomed in their restaurant at the end of the evening and had a lovely evening overall."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Imaginative and fresh approach to Latin/American cuisine. Top notch ingredients and thoughtful preparation. Don't be in a rush, but the enclosed patio is a wonderful place to visit and enjoy the appetizers and really good drinks. Honest portions means you may want to skip desert. That would be a mistake! Have some of your dinner packed to go so you have room for at least sharing the flan or cake. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013