May St. Cafe
May St. Cafe

May St. Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.maystcafe.com/
  • Phone: 3124214442x
  • 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: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Steakhouse, Mexican
  • 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 private dining need. From rehearsal dinners and corporate gatherings to cocktails on the patio, we will help you create a special experience like no other.
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator 8887043597
  • 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: 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
May St. Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)great for outdoor dining (28)fit for foodies (22)great for brunch (12)romantic (9)special occasion (7)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (2)good for groups (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food and drinks were delicious. ..but the service ruined the entire experience. .just wish they cared about have as amazing service ad they do food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    They have been around of 10+ years - so not really a find for many, but I hadn't heard of it before we found it on OpenTable. Great food (steaks were excellent!) and the service was friendly and outstanding! Everyone really enjoyed themselves and the owner came over personally to introduce himself and check on us. We will definitely be back....
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bummer
    Chefer22
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I have been to May St Cafe once befor and had a great time and a great meal, went ther again and it was so dissapointing the margaritas were Wonderful but the Caesar salad was basic and soggy the pear salad was the best of the night but still a bit to much dressing but great flavors...the Entree's were not good at all. The braised pork that is so highly recommended on the menu was so bland, no flavor at all and dry, no sauce in the bowl and the paella was so off from a traditional paella, way to much rice, small pieces of fish and way over salted. Service was was very nice, tables were a bit close to one another I did feel like I was dining with the couple next to us. All in all my special date night with hubby was a bust... So sorry
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  • Needs updating
    Ak47
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    They really need to update their furniture and carpeting. Food was awesome, but the decor did not match it by any means. Service very slow as well.
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  • Definitely will return & recommend.
    Serr
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food, service, & ambiance great & they have parking. It's intimate. Would recommend chicken tortilla soup & want to try their mole....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pilsen area gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    First time diner. Staff was helpful. Outside dining area was quaint. Food was very good and reasonably priced. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Localgal
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We haven't been to May Street for several years. They've added the lovely outdoor space so now I will make sure to think of May Street Cafe when the weather is nice. Food was exceptional. So unique with many unusual flavors. The staff was fun and friendly and we had a super time. BTW the margaritas are awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TDNL
    TDNL
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I took my husband here for his Birthday and was pleasantly surprised. The staff was friendly and the food was very good. They even brought us out chocolate cake for Donald's birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saw them at Chicago Gourmet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our group of 3 had a wonderful Tuesday night dinner on the outside patio. Service and Food were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch with LATIN Flare
    Bronzevillefoody
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Went for brunch on Sunday with 4 friends. We all enjoyed great drinks (mimosas) and Latin spins on traditional brunch offerings. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love May Street Cafe
    redheadfoodie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I've been here before and I found a deal on Living Social to try their new brunch menu for Sundays. I ordered the wild mushroom and kale crepes with roasted poblano salsa and they were delicious. They came with a side of green grapes and herbed red potatoes. I had a mango mimosa and a strawberry. They used fresh strawberries for the mimosa and that was my favorite. My husband ordered the jibarito with Allen Brothers steak on it-and the meat was amazing-wonderful flavor. We really enjoyed eating outside on the patio and the waitress gave excellent service. The ambiance was nice and there was Spanish rock type music playing the whole time. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Enakshi
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went prior to a concert and we let the waitress know that we were attending a concert - she was very good about getting our food fast. We sat on the patio and the weather was awesome. The food was delicious. I would recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alkav4
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great Food, Great People!!! Say hello to Mario !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great margaritas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our group loved our experience. The cucumber margaritas are wonderful
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another fabulous evening!
    Roxy5038
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Best restaurant in town! Terrific food, great service, friendly staff. Chef Mario is very attentive to guests.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    77312
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Visited for the first time and went for brunch, food was served as described. Portions were great and flavors were spot on. Various friends have recommended, will return soon for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DISAPPOINTED!
    DRobert831VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    After reading reviews, we were very disappointed in the food at May Street. Husband's Lechon Asado was bland, overcooked, and looked terrible: grey pork chunks swimming in watery liquid. My meal was pretty, but $20 for a half pineapple stuffed with Spanish rice, 3 overcooked shrimp and a few small cubes of fishy-tasting scallops is ridiculous. The cocktails were good. The guacamole delicious, but that is a given at any restaurant: I am no cook, but even I can make a great guacamole. We ate on the deck which is lovely, but we were the only ones there on a Wednesday night. We ended up watching TV with the waitress and bartender/busperson. A huge disappointment for us. It seems we have missed the prime of May Street Cafe.
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  • Wonderful Spot for Brunch
    earpster
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My date and I picked up a LivingSocial deal and headed to the May St. Cafe for a wonderful brunch. There's outdoor seating under an awning and the food was fantastic. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 389 reviews are from the May St. Cafe reviews archive.
  • Excellent Puerto Rican Cuisine
    mgp1981VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This place was wonderful! First off the margaritas were amazing! I had the special watermelon and the jalapeño cilantro. Secondly, the server was nice! It was the best service we have had in a while. My only complaint as a tourist is how far it is from the l stop and Chicago! It was not the best neighborhood. I would recommend a cab or driving .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really special - in good ways
    Aek3rdVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Patio is wonderful, prix fix options are so summer-y, everything made fresh based on your order, staff is always so friendly. Most unique view I've ever had for a restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guavarita
    CarmenVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Best guava margarita I've ever had. Loved the quesadilla with Brie and pear. Great service sweet outdoor space. Enjoyed the salmon in mole!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not all dishes as great as others
    rical
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Overall the food at may st cafe is very good to outstanding, however it seems that the preparation on some dishes are more reserved than others if not lacking imagination. For example the queso appetizer with cheese and vegetables has few vegetables and are cut very small so all you really get is the cheese. It is still good but it seems that more vegetables would really go a long way. The ceviche only has talapia as opposed to a variety of seafoods. We did not order the ceviche based on its simplicity but i bet that if it were prepared with the same attention as many of the other dishes it would be spectacular. The food here is great and you cannot go wrong but i think that they can go a small step further.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drinks alone are worth a visit!
    NegroniGalVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Outstanding margaritas! Food was delicious, and clearly freshly prepared. Nothing was your typical Mexican or South American fare. Definitely recommend Abuela Ina's Chicken Con Mole and the Lechon Asado. There was a private party on the patio or we would have enjoyed outdoor dining. Complete surprise given the surroundings - give them a try!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    Macreviews
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were able to get a same day Saturday evening reservation so weren't sure what to expect and ended up being extremely pleased with every aspect of the restaurant. The outdoor seating area was very comfortable, the menu was interesting and the staff was fantastic. The Executive Chef stopped by and was very enjoyable to talk to. This is a diamond in the rough in the Pilsen neighborhood. This can easily become our "go-to" restaurant in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • May Street Can and Does
    Jasper
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great food carefully prepared by Chef Mario Santiago, who checks in with diners and has a megawatt smile and personality. Nice selections and friendly service keeps regulars coming back. Great outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Started with guacamole, which was outstanding. Had Caesar and chef's salads, which were very fresh and flavorful. Wild salmon with chipotle sauce and la pina de la playa both excellent. Chocolate lava cake and white chocolate flan were perfect ending. Open windows and doors gave it an outdoor feel without sun beating down. Got there early for dinner on Saturday evening, and service and ambience were fine. Would like to try a later seating to compare.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great friendly atmosphere
    Fun4All
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Have fun and enjoy good food (ample) celebrate an occasion with a group or dine for two. Recommend this place and the location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good find - pleasantly suprised
    AmusedJimVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I looked at the menu before going. I checked out the location before going. Both were good, but different. Menu with Latin and steaks. Location kind of between Chinatown and ?? I said to my wife let's try it. I'm very glad we did. I had a jalapeno margarita and later I had a house margarita. Both were good. I had paella and my wife had steak. Mine was very good - piping hot and flavored mildly - just right. The NY strip was seasoned nicely. We agreed we would try it again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, missed service
    docsmoothVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a 7pm Saturday dinner, and the food was excellent - great flavor combinations, great texture, and wonderful presentation. However, the servers seemed to not be communicating, and we were asked many questions 2 or 3 times, each by different servers. Our food took longer than expected, and they offered us dessert on the house, which was excellent, even though we both hate coconut. This was our 2nd visit here, the first was several years ago. We'll likely be back some time.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as I remembered
    kd8rVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Such a lovely evening at May St. Delicious food, lovely setting and wonderful staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    Adda40VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    May St Cafe is a hidden away gem in an unusual industrial neighborhood. The latin based fare is excellent and the service attentive. Whether you are interested in meats, veggies or seafood, the dishes were fresh, well prepared and delicious. I also highly recommend the cocktails and wine selections. The freshly made mojitos came in a variety of flavors and were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Came across this restaurant on OpenTable and thought we'd give it a shot because of the reviews and to be honest, the 1,000 points. But, so glad that we tried it as everything was just great from the music playing to the very attentive service. They have figured out how to apply a contemporary twist to some staple dishes. The empanadas had a flavorful filling while encased in a flaky shell. The house margarita was awesome as were our main dishes. We'll be back, count on it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's NOT all about location!
    NurseLove
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Was referred here by an acquaintance. Atmosphere was relaxing and intimate. Service was stellar! Extensive list of beer, wine, and cocktails. Best margaritas EVER. Everything we ordered was delicious, especially the guacamole! Chef Mario has definitely mastered the art of creating new and exciting dishes you won't find elsewhere. His warmth and smile fill the dining room as he personally greets each guest. Don't miss out on this hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place in the near south side
    ddp312
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I wanted to take my wife out and decided against going downtown. I found this place on the internet and decided to give it a shot. The restaurant was small and dimly lit. I must admit, there might need to a bit more lighting, but then again, I have old eyes. :) The service is awesome, our waitress was helpful and very, very kind. When the food arrived, it was fantastic. I place to go back - and - I will try to make this place a regular destination.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    AndreaL
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My husband & I met another couple for Easter brunch at May Street Cafe. We each brought along our kids -- one 18-months & one 8-months. None of us had eaten there before, so we did not know what to expect, especially on a holiday. But what a wonderful place! Our server was so friendly & very knowledgeable about the food. The exec chef checked on us a few times & chatted with the kids. The bus staff was so available and smiley, they all took such good care of our table. We felt like guests in someone's home, even though the place was busy, and it was a holiday morning. The food was outstanding. We all had the Easter buffet, but each dish tasted cooked to order. We cannot wait to return, again and again. Thanks May Street Cafe!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • patitta
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    amazing staff great neighborhood food and drinks are outstanding
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    skvasnicka
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere!
    Cook1
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    love2dineWfriends
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate