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Mexique

Mexique Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mexiquechicago.com/
  • Phone: (312) 850-0288
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sat-Sun 10:00am - 3:00pm Lunch: Tues - Fri 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, French
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Gaytan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Mexique is available for private dining events for all occassions.
  • Private Party Contact: Cynthia Sanders-Grush (312) 850-0288
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join Chef Carlos Gaytan on Monday September 12, 2011 at 7pm for a special dining series "Back to Our Roots" where he will showcase the traditional Mexican flavors and ingredients that inspired him to create his unique French Influenced Mexican Cuisine at MEXIQUE. In this dinner Chef Carlos visits the flavors of Jalisco and offers a Four Course Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings highlighting the traditional cuisine of this region. Chef Carlos will also be providing cooking demonstrations for selected recipes in the evening’s menu. Join us for an interactive and unique dining experience! This event is by reservation only. Make your reservation today! **Please visit our website for menu details and pricing** Mexique is the perfect place for your special events or meeting! We assist in menu selection and full event execution. From lunch meetings to receptions, we'd love to help! Call to plan yours today!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chicago and Ashland
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Additional street parking available
A word from Mexique
Mexique is a full service restaurant offering modern Mexican cuisine with a French influence. French recipes and cooking techniques during the French occupation of Mexico in the 1860's became an important element in the evolution of modern Mexican gastronomy. Come join us at Mexique as we introduce this historical blending of French and Mexican cuisine with a modern personal style by Executive Chef Carlos Gaytan in a fun and casual environment. Walk-ins always welcome, but reservations are highly recommended. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Every item tried by our party of 4 had unique imaginative flavors. This was one of our best meals ever!"
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "We got there 10 minutes before the other 2 and our reservation and were asked to sit at bar Apparently no bartender, 1 guy said someone would be with us in a minute, never to return Reservation was 8 and our guests arrived on time only to be told it would be 10 more mins by hostess Went back to the bar to be ignored for 10 more mins, talked to the hostess, table still not ready, can we get a drink? We finally got a drink 30 mins after we 1st sat down The chef sent an app out cause we waited 25 mins past res time Finally seated 35 mins past 8, where we sat for 10 more mins until the chef came by, he got us a server right away The wine was delicious and the food was absolutely fantastic! Saved the day, we will try once more due to turnaround"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Wonderful twist on Mexican cuisine. This chef is at the top of his game. Not in downtown but just a short cab ride. Worth the effort"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Michelin star is well-deserved; defenitely in the creative gourmet category. We opted for appetizer+entree+dessert for around $50 instead of the $75 tasting menu. Pork belly + giant shrimp entree and the mahi mahi entree were both outstanding. Appetizer and dessert portions are large and worked well sharing three for party of four. Good wine list by the glass. Store front looks shabby but interior ambience and noise level very good, better than expected. Very friendly service. Will return"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "First, the idea of fusion between Mexican and French is what attracted us to try Mexique. Then we were pleasantly surprised by the choices on the menu, compelling us to try several started to split. The skate wing entre was delightful and the side dish even better. Service was consistent, friendly and attentive w/o being overbearing. Chef Carlos was doing what any good owner would do....checking each meal and visiting an occasional table. Don't be confused by the neighborhood. You must try this place."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I love fusion food, so was definitely up for trying Mexican/French fusion. Exceeded expectations"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had the tasting menu with wine pairing and it was really good! My only complaint would be that the franco-mexican fusion is not that evident sometimes (sometimes it was a bit more like Mexican-Asian), but the food is really good nonetheless."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I had relatives visiting from out of town and they were looking for a good place to have brunch. I had never tried Mexique before and was intrigued by it. We had a wonderful time with delicious food and they want to come back next time they visit. I really couldn't have asked for a better crowd pleaser."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "What a find in Chicago!! Absolutely fabulous brunch experience. Crab cakes over eggs--OMG!! Can't wait to return to try the dinner menu. Service was top notch. Quaint table up front allowed us to look out."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Hands down the best meal we had in Chicago. I totally see why they have one Michelin star. Every dish shined. I could have eaten 3 bowls of their chilled soup. We did the tasting menu and it was worth every penny. The wine pairings were excellent and complimented each dish. Service could not have been better. Chicago has great restaurants and this one shines. We will dine here every time we return to Chicago. Each dish had many components. The duck, sole and pork dishes were all cooked perfectly. The dessert was beautiful! My husband and I are used to DC restaurant prices. Mexique is worth every penny!!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "No matter how often we go to Mexique, we are always delighted. Whether we choose a dish we've had before (can't seem to deny myself the Sopes) or a new menu dish or one of the evening's specials, every dish is outstanding. This visit, sole was the fish special and it was truly delicious, with a wonderful blend of sauces, but respectful treatment of the fish and a perfect sized portion. We always leave looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great little restaurant. Limited seating and noisy but the food makes it worth it."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Both my pork and my friend's duck were cooked perfectly. Falling apart in our mouths as we smiled and quickly went for yet another bite. I was tempted to lick my plate of mole and tomatillo sauce. Incredible!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The chef greeted us as we walked in. That is always a good sign. The service, relaxed atmosphere and food was outstanding. All four of our party ordered the tasting menu and two of us ordered the wine paring. All I can say is aI am looking forward to going back. The tasting menu is a great way to experience Chef Carlos Gaytan's technique with a variety of protiens. The wine paring was great as well."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Food was absolutely delicious. We did the 6 course tasting menu, and the chef accommodated dietary restrictions wonderfully without compromising integrity of food (I am a vegetarian). The chef came out and greeted all the tables. Excellent food and nice comfortable atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Without a doubt, the play presentation was masterful. Truly beautiful, but the food was lacking the type of flavor that would complement such beauty. The order to fish dishes and both were on the bland side. By the time our dinner was completed, the restaurant was packed. Obviously, they are giving something right, and maybe our dishes were just poorly season. Nonetheless, I would recommend coming to check out this restaurant as a new opportunity to discover you're not so ordinary Mexican cuisine."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "i never really write reviews but i have to this time. as always the food was great!!! i love that the chef, carlos gaytan, always has time to visit with us at our table. we usually try to go 3-4 times a year and try the tasting menu. it varies with the season but i must say i have never been disappointed. apart from the chef coming in at 4th place on TOP CHEF (which i followed closely) he is so down to earth and fun to talk too.. he does not have that h and mighty attitude as i have encountered before. Carlos, his staff and his restaurant are a CHICAGO GEM! iam honored to have MEXIQUE as part of chicago!!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Wonderful flavors and combinations. A true delight for foodies. Wonderful way to put the two cuisines together. Well done!!! Nice touch to have the chief greet the table after the dinner to ask for input."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "our experience at mexique was amazing - the food was all cooked perfectly, and the fish for the ceviche was the freshest fish I've ever had. the owner came out and asked about our meal which was really cool, and the service in general was spot on."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "This place is great. Somewhat unassuming as you pull up, but the food is unreal. Had the trio of sopes appetizer and the escargot sope I wish I could have had a whole plate of. Got surf and turf for entree and it was delicious as well. And had the ancho-chile chocolate ganache enchiladas for dessert, which just typing this is making me hungry for it again. This place is not scared to pack a ton of flavor into each dish. Definitely do not need to worry about where the salt n pepper is (which is a good thing, to me). If/when we are back in Chicago, will be back for more."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "My daughter and I went on a Saturday. We had a reservation for 2:30 which looks like it is the last slot before closing for dinner prep. First the positives: the sangria was excellent. The space is lovely. I had the pulled pork with homemade tortillas. It was pretty incredible. My daughter had the shrimp which she really liked. The cons were so easily fixable but horrible. We got there at 2:33 by my watch. We waited for 5 minutes before anybody came out. That should have been a clue. We both got coffee (whcih was not good) and no one ever asked if we wanted a refill (which we did). Everyone (including people from the klitchen) studiously avoided looking at us. No one stopped by to ask how everything was."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Creative and delicious choices. First course items were tremendous followed by very tasty main course dishes. Our group shared all items to allow all of us to experience a wide variety of the menu. It was a very fun time."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Mexique was super accommodating and everything was delicious."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We eat at Mexique often, especially when friends come from out of town. There are many more fish dishes on menu. We had corvina and skate.... excellent!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food at Mexique was close-your-eyes good. We had the tres sopes, escolar fish dish, and pork belly. All delicious. Hibiscus sangria was awesome too. It was very fun to meet Carlos as we are huge Top Chef fans. He was so friendly and personable, it was really nice that he genuinely cared about meeting and making sure each guest was having a great experience."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The valet parking was missing in action when we arrived and we had to park our own car. My wife's Mahi Mahi was lukewarm at best, while my steak was very good. My wife wanted to meet Carlos Gaytan, and was assured he would come out and greet us. He did greet several other diners, but seemed to make a point to avoid us. The hostess was dressed rather shabily and gave a bad immediate impression. The waiter was polite and knowledgeable Overall, we're glad we tried it, but probably won't be back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food at Mexique was excellent. I had three appetizers: the beef tar tar, the chicken tinga tostaditas, and the ceviche of the day. Everything, including the sangria I drank, was excellent. I particularly appreciated that the owner and head chef (and "Top Chef" contestant) Carlos Gaytan greeted everyone at their tables. The overall atmosphere and food was superb. My only reason for providing an overall rating of 4 stars is because the service was not impressive. My waitress was not very knowledgeable in the food she was serving, and she also told me a few times that I was ordering too much even after I told her that my intent was to try a few things. With that said, do not let the service stop you from going! Mexique is a must try!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We did the prix fixe and it was delicious. A great variety of flavors and the portions were plentiful. Service was impeccable as well. All in all, a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My wife and I love Mexican food and were intrigued by the name of this restaurant we discovered through TripAdvisor. Our first night in Chicago we had to try it. We were not disappointed. We got the tasting menu since we wanted to sample as many items as possible. It's a pricey for a routine dinner ($75 per person not including beverages), but we considered it a good value for such a special experience. The service was a perfect match for the quality of the food. We highly recommend Mexique which I would describe as a French Mexican fusion restaurant."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Fantastic fusion of flavors. From presentation to tastes, this is a top notch restaurant. Don't put it on your list. Go there now."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "In all fairness to our server it was very difficult to "hear" him because of the noise. Therefore the soup du jour was much to our dislike as we had no idea of its composition. While food was unique our experience was uninspiring."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • " 100% recommended, wonderful food, you must try the pork with mole its amazing."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "we shared a ceviche appetizer @$13, we're light eaters, there was barely enough for one. The entrees were delicious and reasonably priced. The plating was beautiful but our overall experience was the value was not there."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Menu is creative, food delicious, lovely presentation."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "French influenced with Mexican chutzpah! Love this place for consistency, surprise, great specials and choice. Fish or meat you can't go wrong with your selection. Wait staff is friendly and informed. Sangria is fab!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We traveled to Chicago on a foodie vacation, and we absolutely loved Mexique. The food was outstanding, the service was excellent, and the chef/owner came out and spoke to the diners. Would definitely go back every time I am in Chicago."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "delicious and complex sauces with each dish. the onlu complaint i have is that not all dishes came out at the same time so for our party of 6, that was a bit awkward."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Food was interesting and delish. Wine pairings were perfect and generous. Service was friendly and efficient. And the the best part - the chef made the rounds of the restaurant stopping to chat at every table. Charming!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I am originally mexican, although very familial with the french culture and cuisine. This fusion is absolutely great. Mr. Ortega has combined the best of the two worlds. Every innovation was scrupmtious! This unique novel creation deserves not only recognition and appreciation but at least a visit to experience such a delicious and different food. Congratulations!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was fantastic! The only downside of this restaurant was the portion size. We got lucky by ordering a main dish as an appetizer, there is no way a single plate would fill you up. If you do the tasting menu, I believe there would be plenty of food. Would I come back? ...Absolutely!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014