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Mixteco Grill
Mixteco Grill

Mixteco Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mixtecogrill.com
  • Phone: (773) 868-1601
  • 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
Diner Reviews
  • "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)."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food is always so good and so fresh! The menu is paired down which is a good thing. Every item on it is special!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This is a good BYO neighborhood place. Nice service and really good Mexican dishes that are not the typical Mexican-American style."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Heard from neighbors that it was worth the drive north to try Mixteco Grill. The food was delicious, beautifully presented and the service was spot on. Come with your own beer/wine or stop in store across the street before you check in for your table. Must try - the guacamole & chips. Good luck trying to finish your meal after the guacamole arrives at your table, it is full of diced vegetables and delicious with the perfect chips for scooping. The Queso Fundido and Calamares al Ajillo disappeared as well with rave reviews. Tried 4 entrees which meant leftovers for lunch. Convenient street parking at $2/hr is a bonus for those of us tired of the $25 valet fees. Give Mixteco a try for dinner (brunch Sun) you'll wonder why you waited."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The food was truly excellent and all in our party of six enjoyed their meals. We were celebrating a special occasion with family and they were very accommodating. We were seated in the front part of the dining room, very close to the open kitchen. I believe the kitchen staff was roasting peppers (or some kind of food to a char) and the room did become very smokey. It was strong and present in the air all through the meal and the air was even hazy towards the end. All of our clothes have a very strong odor like we had been around a campfire all night. It would happily return to this lovely restaurant, but only if they manage this issue of venting the cooking smoke!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "always a good choice. Great service, food that is delicious and beautifully presented."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food here was quite tasty but the service can be slow at times. When the service catches up their personalities make up for any lag in dining. Great BYOB with very good authentic Mexican dishes, highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had a reservation for 7:00 on a Saturday night. Our party of 4 were seated promply which was a great way to start off the evening. It's BYO and our waiter was kind enough to ask if he could refrigerate the beer. The food was excellent. We all enjoyed the evening very much and will definately be back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The quality of food is fantastic and the sauces are out of this world! Pick any item of the dinner or brunch menu and you will be delighted with your selection. BYOB makes you smile when the bill comes. We can't get enough of this place!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I've been to Mixteco many times and I have yet to have a bad meal. The prices are moderate and it is BYOB. Try the rack of lamb or chicken breast. They are both wonderful."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Mixteco Grill definitely features some of the better Mexican cuisine in Chicago. While the prices reflect that, they are reasonable for the quality and quantity and the BYOB policy makes the meal a good overall value. The ambiance however is quite mediocre and not on par with the elevated cuisine."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "excellent service, great food. Only negatives is that the seating is very tight and the noise level is unacceptable. The great food trumps the other negatives"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This is my go-to byob spot. I also love to bring out of towners here. The food is always excellent, especially the appetizer tamales. Inventive Mexican cuisine, lovely presentation and always professional and friendly service."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "That pretty much sums it up. The service is great - professional and warm - and the food is fabulous. Big flavors, amazing moles, and expert preparation (medium rare is really medium rare). And serving sizes are appropriate - not skimpy, not oversized. Dinner here is a real treat."
    Dined on 3/8/2014