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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
  • "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 six piece tasting menu with wine pairing was a delight. Our waitress, a beautiful Bangladesh import, guided this gently through a lovely meal with excellent wine. The owner and chef came by to check with this partway through meal and our waitress asked after each course how we enjoyed the fare."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "What can you say about a restaurant that has received a Michelin Star in addition to many other awards and recognition? It had better be very good, right? Mexique not only meets but also exceeds all the expectations. We have eaten there several times and it keeps getting better. The food is fabulous and the service is knowledgeable and friendly without any pretenses. Simply remarkable!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Food was perfect. Service was informative, patient and provided a nice addition to the food. When we arrived there were fans on. It was hot during the entire meal."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Went here because of top chef contestant Carlos Gaytan. I was not disappointed. Parsnip and almond soup was very smooth and flavorful. Loved the Asada dish. The mussels were well cooked but the cheese broth was a little too much cheese, would have preferred a thinner wine broth. Atmosphere I marked down because it was very warm- but i think there was a problem with the air-con. Overall, excellent and would eat there again."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My wife and I chose the tasting menu. The parsnip soup to start was perfect. The app was a calamari ceviche, it was ok at best. First course was shrimp and polenta. It was good, the polenta was reminiscent of a fine tamale masa. Next, we had pork belly that was executed very well with a peanut sauce that was good. That was followed by a seared duck breast that was as good as any fine beef. Finally, the served sweet guacamole and chocolate enchilada for desert. The guacamole was ok, the enchilada left a lot to be desired. The crepe was chewy and the ganache was average. Overall, it was a good experience. The food was good and in the case of the soup, great. Next time, I'd stay away from the tasting menu."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My son and I at there on June 28, 2014. It was truly a memorable meal. Yes the air conditioning was not working, but that did not detract from the meal. Starting w/ the mussels, then the escolar on cedar plank and the lamb and ending w/ the chocolate enchilada, it was a meal bursting w/ flavor and impressive presentation. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went with two friends. All of us were very impressed. We each ordered different entrees, so we could share. Each one was better than the other. Unique preparation. Presentation was amazing, straight out of a magazine. Server explained each dish in detail, and chef came out to the dining room at some part of the evening to inquire about our experience. Go early because it gets filled up pretty quick. Already planning my next visit."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our fourth time dining here and the food is just as amazing as the first time. The mussels are just one of the things that keep drawing us back... and don't be afraid to ask for some extra bread to sop up all of the savory broth (and little morsels of chorizo) that the mussels are swimming in!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Tried the tasting menu. The food was well-presented and imaginative in concept but the flavor and consistency were underwhelming. Also, fairly suprised at the lack of attention from the waitstaff at a Michelin starred restaurant. Took 10 minutes on a slow Sunday night to take a drink order, rarely re-filled the water glasses, and could not answer questions about the dishes or identify many components on the elaborately plated dishes."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Fish overcook... duck confit overcook... pannacota wast not soft and cream."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food at Mexique was just outstanding. the appetizers awesome and the meal was fantastic. The sauces were special. I will go back and back and back. i highly recommend Mexique."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I live a block away and have eaten at Mexique several times. I've brought different family members/friends each time. Everyone has enjoyed it! Most recently was last Saturday. My daughter ordered the French Toast and I ordered the Hurricane De Asada. We share plates. The goat cheese fondue sauce on the Hurricane De Asada was so smooth and flavorful ... and the compote on the French Toast was delicious! It was a party in my mouth! Every time I've been there I have seen Chef Carlos Gaytan there which lets me know he's either cooking my food or over seeing the kitchen to his standards. It's obvious he worked hard for his Michelin rating and it wasn't just handed to him! I highly recommend anyone to have a meal at Mexique!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "From the amazingly creative and tasty food, to the superb service, to the owner/chef personally coming to our table to ask how we were doing, it was an "11 out of 10"!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Crazy good! Nothing was even "very good". It was crazy good. Hamachi appetizer, mahi mahi and then dessert enchilada. Can't believe you have Mexique and Frontera Grill in the same city. Just went for second time and did not disappoint! Tomatillo and apple soup and skat entree were great. When I know I'm coming to Chicago I make the reservation. Carlos Gayton was there to add to a cool night."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We were celebrating my birthday so my friend asked me to chose favorite restaurant. Excellent meal....as always!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Food was really good, what there was of it. Pricey, small portions."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The restaurant deserves the star and is reasonably priced. Food is highly innovative and beautifully presented. Worth the taxi ride ($13 from city Center )"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Sleek and sparse ambiance. Amazing menu. The tastes and technique in all of the dishes are fantastic. Brunch and lunch were fabulous, can't wait to go again for dinner."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "WE ordered the tacos and split 3 different varieties, I have to say the the pork belly was my favorite. I will go back again, the apps were wonderful! We even got to meet Carlos and take a picture with him."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food is great. The service is helpful but not hovering. It is a place for adults. We took our friend from NYC and he loved it"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I was lucky enough to be recommended to go to Mexique by a friend of mine. I still havent gone for dinner, but brunch is a winner!!! You have the pleasure of eating Michelin star rated food for under $17 a plate. The Huarache w carne asada and goat cheese fondue still has me salivating!! Great spot, must go!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had Father's Day brunch in this well-appointed, intimate room. Our server was excellent, attentive and available but not intrusive. We enjoyed our meals, (one, a version of carne asada, another, a version of crab cakes for ex.)and the obvious care that created the unusual combinations of ingredients. Mexique is a good dining experience for foodies, for our traditional Mexican Dad, not so much."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Fabulous! We went with another couple and had a great experience. We started with Ahi tuna appetizer, it was made with watermelon and was fresh and fabulous. The skate is out of this world, the sauce makes the dish. Two had the fish special and it was really good as well. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014