Mixteco Grill
Mixteco Grill

Mixteco Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mixtecogrill.com/
  • Phone: 7738681601x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Raul Arreola
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Ashland Ave
  • Public Transit: (between Ashland Ave & Paulina St)
    Nearest Transit Station:
    Montrose-brown (Brown Line)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Mixteco Grill
If you are looking for a unique eating experience, Mixteco Grill is the place for authentic Mexican cuisine. Mole sauce is the essence of this restaurant. The menu is simple – a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts that are made fresh daily. Chef Raul Arreola, formally a sous chef at Frontera Grill of Chicago, puts his special touch to every dish he prepares.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Mixteco Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (61)fit for foodies (55)good for groups (40)special occasion (17)kid-friendly (12)hot spot (9)great for brunch (8)romantic (7)great for lunch (4)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Mixteco never disappoints.
    food4thought
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I don't know why I save Mixteco for special occasions, as the moderate prices plus BYOB policy make it easy to dine there regularly. Maybe it's simply because it feels special being there. Gourmet level Mexican cuisine, wonderful service, terrific ambiance. This past visit was consistent as ever on all three. Maybe I won't wait a year for my next one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • don't bother
    CandyVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    worst experience ever. food was bad. restaurant smelled. no margaritas.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Byob
    Eater15
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I love that it was byob! You don't find too many places like that in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • akways good
    kd8rVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Some of the best mole I've had here or in Mexico: dark, rich and multi-layered. The calamari salad is one of my favorites and had the fish tacos this time with just the right amount of spice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I can't stop coming back
    souschefVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Always great, everything is well worth trying and the coffee... Let me tell you it's a winner, their own special brew.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    JanetBVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was delicious, especially the mole. Service was attentive and the only flaw, was that the food came out too fast. We were done with appetizers and entrees in an hour. The food was flavorful and for some, a little too bland but I didn't miss the heat because the flavor was there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dgmillsVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great BYOB option. Excellent gourmet Mexican Food. Good variety and preparation. BYOB enhances the price point. Great Liquor store across the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food and Service
    TubemanVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is my first written review but I'm compelled to share this experience. I thought this place would work great for a birthday party. We had a group of 15 and decided to go with the prefix deal which allowed each guest to pick a appetizer and entre' followed by desert. The restaurant is BYOB which also helped greatly on the cost. I brought in wine and had a friend mixed up some margaritas. Every guest raved about the food which was much better than couple options most other venues provide for large groups. For our desert, the chef made a beautiful birthday cake for our group to share which way exceeding my expectations decorated beautifully for the birthday. The staff sang when they brought the cake in and it was very delicious as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Mixteco Grill was just what we were hoping for and more.... we were looking for a festive, quaint, BYOB place and we found a gem!!! The food was outstanding!!! I ordered rack of lamb with mole sauce and it exquisite. Hands down, everyone's favorite dish. I can't wait to go back and order cerviche which was sold out by popular demand. The desserts we sampled were out of this world! I highly recommend going to Mixteco Grill for a wonderful night out on the town. We all loved it and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quality mexican food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Everything on the menu was great and staff was very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing flavors
    PickieEater
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I am not a food aficionado - could even be considered a "pickie eater" - so my first peek at the menu was somewhat stressful - I was brave however and have to say was greatly rewarded - the presentation is wonderful and the dishes unique, flavorful and terrific - everyone in our party was raving and we each had different entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine Mexican Food
    Grantling
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Mixteco is a treat. The meats and sauces blend beautifully, the deserts are excellent and the service is good. I prefer to sit in the back room as it is more intimate.This is a great introduction to a different kind of Mexican food (I would say better).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Your Everyday Mexican Fare
    ArneVee
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Special neighborhood joint. Brightly lit, noisy(fun noisy), colorful and the food is great! Best Queso Fundido EVER. Borrego Con Mole' to die for. BYOB keeps the cost down, not cheap, but great value. Great versions of more familiar Tex-Mex and Mexican American standards too. Just go there already!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal - Wallet friendly
    EatOutNowVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We love a BYOB, especially when we are with people who will triple the bill with the bar tab. Everyone very satisfied with their appetizers and main course. It was a very warm evening - did not feel A/C so that could be an issue this summer, we were seated under ceiling fan, so we were okay, but the open kitchen concept + no A/C = warm, dress appropriately. Always find street parking and the staff is very accommodating and pleasant. Add Mixteco Grill to your restaurant rotation, you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Ciccone
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Went in for a mid day brunch..Restaurant wasn't crowded at all. However, the food was fantastic as always and our server was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • window
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is the second time we've had a table by the window so I consider that a good view while savoring those edgy flavors, unexpected sweetness on the tamales and tangy bite on my shrimp and a different tang on my husband's salmon special of the night. With the distinctive sauces on the appetizer and main course, I made a mistake of having a delightful but heavy dessert which I won't do again. The service by Mexican men is subdued but attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    JD1120
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We brought a great bottle of wine to accompany the delicious food they served us. The service was amazing. Granted, we went early on a Saturday evening and the place was not yet filled to capacity, but even if it was, I think the service would be the same. We keep going back because the food is so good and it is BYOB.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Mexican Food
    mysharona
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We dined at Mixteco Grill on Friday night. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with appetizers and dessert/coffee. Our server was very attentive. He allowed me to try a sauce from a dinner item that I was not sure about. Turns out I ordered the item because the sauce was excellent. I am a vegetarian. The menu offers several non-meat items. My friend ordered a chicken dinner and said the veggies and chicken were so fresh and flavorful. We plan on coming back for more fabulous food from Mixteco.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As usual, delicious fare
    Arlecchino
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We've been here before and we're not disappointed. Our party had. The shrimp entree and the pork chop entree. Both were delectable and skillfully prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointment
    Cona
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I really enjoyed this restaurant when it opened years ago. Things have changed. The service was poor. An the food was worse. Overcooked fish, gloppy luke warm mole sauce on the chicken dish. Even the black beans seemed as if they had seen better days, days ago. What a disappointment.
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  • Best Birthday Dinner in Years!!!
    DMarie
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I choose Mixteco on the strength of the owner and head chef working under Rick Bayless for 20 years and it did not disappoint!!! My server David was awesome and the food was so freaking delicious! True authentic Mexican food made with fresh ingredients. My lamb with mole sauce made my knees buckle! But most important so affordable!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummers
    dluz
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    At Mixteco grill i had two of the appetizers which were delicious, my mom had some lentil patties that were also delicious and my dad had lamb which he said was pretty good, and he is super picky. what i liked best were my appetisers which were sopes and tamales that were so delicious. The place was pretty empty on a sunday afternoon and after tasting our food my mom wondered why there werent anymore people at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our favorite local spot
    SCJo
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Fabulous food and bend-over-backward service (they let my kids watch part of the World Cup game on the business iPad). We started with the guacamole and fish tacos that were terrific-- crispy fish with fresh cabbage slaw and homemade tortillas. We then moved on to the Cochinita Pibil and the Entomatates (veggie enchiladas). The mix of spices and flavors is always perfect and my two boys, 11 and 13, always love what they order. If you like Mexican food with flair, try his place!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Food is always so good and so fresh! The menu is paired down which is a good thing. Every item on it is special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Delicious
    Drakeshire
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    There are so many wonderful foods to try. It's an adventure to go and never a disappointment. It's hard for me to order anything other than my favorite chicken breast dish, but the rack of lamb is a tough one to miss! It's a wonderful find in the neighborhood and the fact that it's BYOB makes it even more appealing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    LJAnn
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I live a block from Mixteco and always take my out of town family and friends here. So when celebrating my boyfriend's birthday it seemed the perfect place. Not only were we jammed into the second room with 5 large parties that made it impossible to converse, but then I received the wrong entree. They did put in another order but in the meantime my boyfriend had to eat his dinner while I watched him (unable to share because I was allergic to an ingredient) and then he had to watch me. I don't know if it was just a human error, server had too many parties, or what. I felt his apology was sincere but also that there should of been more done, i.e. manager involvement, at the price point of the entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Excellent food. Friendly service. We've been several times and loved it as much this time as in the past. Only caution is that it can be noisy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nelli085
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I made this reservation based on a friend's recommendation. The restaurant was great as far as ambience. The wait staff was friendly and great at timing. If you are looking for more upscale Mexican, this is a great spot. I was hoping for more standard fair, but the queso fundido and chicken enchiladas were really yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MMJC
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Mixteco was recommended to me by a number of people. Love how it is byob with no corkage fee. My meal was alright, but the portion was very small. I love fish tacos so I ordered the tilapia tacos. I received two miniscule tacos, that were good, but if they were a bit larger I'm sure I would have enjoyed them more. For $7, I would have expected each of them to be able to be eaten in more than two bites. I didn't want to order a full entree since those are rather large at most Mexican restaurants, but the small plates were definitely not filling and overpriced. I think that they could improve by having medium sized dishes at a price point between the small pates and entrees or else by making their small plate food portions slightly larger.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 156 reviews are from the Mixteco Grill reviews archive.
  • Great food
    prettythang42
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Arrives late due to crazy traffic from southwest suburbs. Had to make it to a play at Black Ensemble Theater with start time of 8pm. Told out waiter. Food came out promptly and was delicious. Wish I had known it was BYOB because I was looking forward to having a margarita but will know for next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CONSISTENTLY GREAT!
    MARTINEZ
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Sincere and friendly staff,food consistently great and generous. Easily, our favorite restaurant and BYOB. Oaxacan with delicious moles. Great brunch menu. Quite a big difference from any other Mexican restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love Mixteco!
    JudithofGold
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We have been to Mixteco for dinners and brunch. We love it! The flavors are rich and authentic and the menu has something for everyone. This time we had 5 people. We brought wine and beer (yes it is BYOB), and our waiter immediately brought an ice bucket and offered to put beer in their fridge (also brought iced beer mugs). We ordered queso fundido and a combo appetizer plate to share. They were so delicious, not a crumb left. We actually ordered a second queso, it was so good. Did I mention that the tortillas are freshly made in house? Our entrees were ribeyes, pork chops and a veggie platter for my veggie friend. Fabulous service... can't wait to come back. Thanks Mixteco!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicagofoodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food is terrific but the service was dreadful. I had to repeatedly get up to try to find a waiter and then we never saw him again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificent Mexican
    foodie16VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were part of a party of 10 foodies and all of us enjoyed everything we had from beginning to end. Wonderful, subtle flavors that made us all part of the clean plate club that night. The waiter made recommendations and modifications for spice levels on some of the hotter dishes which was extremely helpful and very accurate. Space is tight and when crowded it is loud but put this restaurant on your list for a fun, casual night out in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    spoiled
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had been here many times for dinner, this was the first time for Saturday Brunch. The food and service was great as usual! Very unique from other brunches.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food done right
    Damian
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    It's been a year since I last went to Mixteco and some of its trendy popularity seems to have faded as we had no problems getting a reservation and the restaurant wasn't completely packed. Neither of these things are a detriment and Mixteco still serves up good well-prepared food in a timely manner. It can get loud between the many patrons and the open air kitchen where servers hustle back and forth from, but a quiet setting isn't why we go there. We had a couple of appetizers (the tamale was fantastic) and four entrees, which all came out fast and were very good. Conchinita Pibil was very tender, and tortillas were very fresh. We brought a couple bottles of pre-mixed Margaritas to enjoy with our meal. Very pleased overall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    DrDoug
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I have been to Mixteco each of the last few times I was in Chicago. Neighborhood place with very well prepared Mexican dishes (not tex-mex). The Oaxacan black mole is a signature dish but the dorado and the shrimp dishes were quite good as well with well balanced and complex flavors. Service has always been cheerfully good. Rack of lamb in mole is only $21, byob and the store across the street has good wine selection. What's not to like?
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    FoodFan
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Don't be fooled by the unassuming appearance of Mixteco. The food was superb, especially the creative combination of ingredients and the fabulous sauces. Beautiful presentation, too, and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good meal
    LovesGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Love the empanadas and my steak was perfectly cooked as medium. Never had to wait for water, or to have plates removed for next course. I did order plantains with my meal which were never delivered.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family Recipes - Mexican
    Steve
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This is a good BYO neighborhood place. Nice service and really good Mexican dishes that are not the typical Mexican-American style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate