Moe's Cantina River North
Moe's Cantina River North

Moe's Cantina River North

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.moescantina.com/
  • Phone: (312) 245-2000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday 11:00am-2am
    Tuesday 11:00am-2am
    Wednesday 11:00am-2am
    Thursday 11:00am-2am
    Friday 11:00am-2am
    Saturday 11:00am-3am
    Sunday 11:00am-2am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Special Events: please visit www.moescantina.com to stay update to with upcoming events & specials.
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Getting there

  • Cross Street: LaSalle
  • Public Transit: Brown line- Merchandise Mart
    #156 LaSalle
    #22 Clark
    #36 Broadway
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Moe's Cantina River North
Moe's Cantina is a modern Mexican cantina -- Mexican fare with Spanish & South American flare. The menu features small sharable plate choices such as skewers and tacos, plus more substantial fare like banana leaf-wrapped halibut with chipotle sauce and parrillada de carnes, with rib-eye, rib ends, skirt steak and bone-in chicken served on a tabletop grill. Moe's has quickly become famous for the sangrias and margaritas. So who is Moe? He's a friend of the family who developed quite a reputation for his culinary skills.
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Moe's Cantina River North reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.4
    Service3.2
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
69% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (11)vibrant bar scene (8)great for lunch (7)hot spot (7)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (2)special occasion (2)fit for foodies (2)great for brunch (2)neighborhood gem (2)Show More
  • Food has gone downhill
    LadyBVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I had not been to Moe's in awhile and wanted to try it out. HUGE MISTAKE. My fish tacos were bland as heck! The rice was luke warm and didn't taste fresh. Horrible. Didn't help that I had AMAZING fish tacos from Chicago Cut earlier that week. Skip Moe's, go elsewhere.
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  • where is our waiter
    ga25vq
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We booked a table for a birthday dinner celebration (18 people) for Friday night 8:45pm. They placed us upstairs and by 9:30 we still didn't have a service person taking care of our table. After calling the hostes she send up one girl who brought only two menus for 18 people. We didn't start eating until about 10:15pm and they had ran out of several things in the menu. Food was ok.
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  • Must order Tacos al Pastor
    Adeser2030
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The Tacos al Pastor were amazing. The grilled vegetables were some of the most tasty I have ever had. Will definitely be ordering them again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I had a group of 12 people and not a single order was right. This could be understandable with a large group, but the waitress/server was unhappy when we we asked for things to correct our order and also didn't follow through with requests. We also did not get any cheese on our skillets, or even the other fixings such as sour cream and tomatilla salsa. When I asked for cheese and sour cream for the whole table, we only got one small dish. When we kindly asked for water we got attitude too. The food was okay but could have been great! Same with the experience, if the waitress was kinder.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Friday night!
    mbt725
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've been to moes several times and this last visit was really good! I haven't had drinks there in awhile but the margaritas were amazing! Also had food which was pretty good as well..overall a really fun time! If it's nice out definitely try for an outside table. But plan you firiday night carefully cuz we went after work and moes gets the clubby later on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 235 reviews are from the Moe's Cantina River North reviews archive.
  • Disappointed Lunch Experience
    TheFairCritic
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Reasonably priced, but the food was not good. Will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful
    Bkkk
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Food was mediocre, ice tea smelled and tasted like well water and I gave it back to the waitress right away - she still charged me for the ice tea.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good friends
    SusieQ
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had a wonderful Saturday brunch with friends at Moe's. The food was awesome; it was a first-time visit for my friends and they loved it. Sat at a big table just inside the restaurant but close enough to the open windows to feel like eating outside. Totally enjoyed the experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad customer serving
    Aaaapppppfoods
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I usually don't rate restaurants just tip the waitress a good amount to let them know how satisfied i was but I never had a worse experience than this .... Not only was the food just okay the waitress would only check in every half hour and the door man was horrendous. after spending over 200$ and leaving we realizing It was raining the doorman did not allow us to take cover by building from weather and after which said we are not allowed inside since we didn't move.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I'm too old for this place
    Foodiewannabe
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food is solid at Moe's, the service is quick but it's too loud for me and it seemed to be more made for bachelorette parties.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointing Food Experience
    PatP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This place is in a great spot and the decor and ambience are outstanding. I was very disappointed with the food. I ordered the chicken sliders - meat was sliced thick, too much bread, not enough sauce, not enough rice or beans (barely a spoonful). I'd wanted to go there for a while and I did not enjoy. I didn't complain or ask for a manager - probably should have
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Luvchitown
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Been here previously about 6 months ago & was a fun experience. This time around Friday 7:30 -9pm July 4 th wknd was not impressed. Bartenders seemed distracted & in conversations with each other & unpleasant. Four of us got a table ordered appetizers & food was good but service was sub par. Server was not visible for over. 15mns. We left went to a sushi restaurant around the corner which was excellent overall. Bartenders & Servers working there need to realize that it is about customer experience & it was disappointing. Too many choices in Chicago to have the poor experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok Mexican
    Foodie912
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Skewers were fair/good, mango salsa was great and chips were fresh. Quesadilla and taquitos were as expected.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mexican food is okay
    DaveSchanVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Moe's Cantina is wide-open seating, with movable front windows of glass, so on a nice day the inside is exposed to the outside. The service was acceptable and the food was average for Mexican restaurants we've been to. I felt like the demographic sought at Moe's was a bit younger than us (we're in early 60's). It was a fun place to try and, I think, worth it for anyone who likes outdoor eating and Mexican food to give a try. Prices are reasonable and menu is pretty varied.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Crowd pretty cool, but food weaker
    MaxGoalie55
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great location, vibrant crowd and super friendly servers, but food quality declining over time. Overall, impressive cuisine for the price despite the great service and nice crowd.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just plain awful
    dadwritesVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This place is often busy, but it must be the bar scene, because the food is really, really subpar. With your tortilla chips, a mainstay in Mexican restaurants, you get a small server of dipping sauces, not a bowl of salsa, and it lasts through about five chips. The chicken tacos were unbelievably bland, offering no hint of seasoning, as were the dipping sauces/salsas. My companion asked for some salsa on the side, for which they charged us three bucks, and we had to flag down busboys repeatedly because the waitress was nowhere to be found. Like the heading says, this place is just plain awful.
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  • Spice up your next biz lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Moe's provides an affordable alternative to the Chicago business lunch. With a fun selection of salsas to stir up conversation, they set the tone for a lively outing even without margaritas. Really enjoyed my ceviche and my colleagues Cobb with fresh grilled corn. The open windows onto the steet provide the best of all worlds: open air dining very much like you find in Mexico+ air conditioning. Very fun!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Triathamom
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went to celebrate my son's 10th birthday. Group of 5. Sunday early evening. Not crowded. We ordered a bottle if good wine and entrees. Took 30 minutes to get our food and equally long to get our check. I think our server was more interested in the World Cup than us. I likely won't be back but the food was good. This is a good place to go catch a game or hang out with a crowd.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Despite recommendations to visit Moe's I was not pleased with the service at all!
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  • Just okay
    chifoodsceneroxVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The best part of coming here were the margaritas, which were served with tumblers for us to refill. If you're doing a boozy lunch, this is your option. The food was just alright. We ordered the guacamole to start, which was delicious, so make a meal out of margs and guac. There are better options in the area though.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Foooodsta87
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Food was decent; the fish tacos were a little bland but my friend got carne asada and they were very good. Service was fast but the waitress wasn't very friendly and was pretty preoccupied. I'd come again, esp. during a sporting event. TV set up is perfect for watching hawks/bulls/anything
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was good
    nduddlesVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The best thing about this place is the service and decor. The waitress was awesome, knew just when to check in. The food is okay, being in River North they take advantage and have overpriced food and drinks that are just mediocre. I went because I saw a bunch of GF on the menu for gluten free items which is awesome but then they go and put flour in their "corn" tortillas so I can't have any tacos - that makes NO sense to me. Overall, I would go somewhere else to actually eat, if you are going for a cool looking place where you cant hear the people you are with talking then head to Moe's.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good choice
    gardenangel
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Moe's never disappoints. Food and service always great. Love coming here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh
    SIM61
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Margarita was tiny and weak. Ice tea tasted so fishy we sent it back. On the other hand, the guacamole was very good and plentiful and we enjoyed our tacos. Overall, nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good location for business lunch
    raviVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I had the special for the day, the flank steak and was not a fan, the meat was overcooked and poor quality. I also didn't appreciate them canceling my reservation AFTER I had ordered. Not sure I would repeat unless doing business at the Mart
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  • TimV
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Disappointed to say the least. Party of 18 and the meals all came out at different times bit was hour from the first meal to the last. They also called me earlier in the day and tersely explained the would only split check five ways. I found their reservation confirmation to be less than welcoming. The food was below average. In some cases tasteless. I would not recommend Moes to anyone.
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  • LombardVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Came for lunch. not crowded at the time, but the food was just warm when served.
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  • Not so festive
    CityGirlVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I made a res in advance for Cinco de Mayo, we were put upstairs, out of the way, it wasn't remotely festive, the waitress acted as if she were doing us a favor... The guy at the front desk was a bit full of himself.. couldn't crack a smile or even acknowledge guests coming in. The food was good, but no need to return..
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  • Club Atmosphere
    M1ke
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Gerät Place for easy going dine out, mexican food and great cocktails.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, disappointing service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I chose this restaurant for a bachelorette party,12 girls. food and drink was VERY good. Recvd confirmation call with stern tone that we needed to keep it to 4-6 different tabs. I had reminded all the guests to bring cash, bc I know it's considerate to restaurants to do so, and didn't appreciate the tone. Our guest of honor ordered a round of tequila shots. Asked waitress price ,was told $6/shot. AFTER shots were served, waitress informed her that the house tequila was out, we were served Patron and she was billed $10/shot. She should have been informed this before shots were served, that is a significant difference in cost. Lastly, when we were seated we waited 5-7 minutes before we were approached by our waitress. restaurant was NOT busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the atmosphere...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Let's face it - the food here is really bad. It had no flavor, and it's just really generic. Although I do like the salsa. We go here because it's close to work and the drinks are good and it's a fun environment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks for bringing back the
    Chicago2367VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Thanks for bringing back the Octopus Ceviche Appetizr! Although this time it was combined with shrimp & whitefish, which. Made as my entree! That paired with chicken tortilla soup made for a satisfying meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    BobB
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great food; even better atmosphere. Extremely friendly staff
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • more of a drinks than food spot
    MissP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The drinks were great but the food was average, which was disappointing given how tasty it looked on the menu (great food photography!).
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food and ambiance!
    sajni32601
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This was my first time having dinner at Moe's Cantina in River North, and it was an amazing experience. We went into the restaurant with a reservation for 3.. several other people showed up to our group afterwards, and the restaurant was very accommodating. The food was amazing.. we are shared 2 small plates and a skewer, and it was more than enough food. I recommend this restaurant for a fun group setting. Moes has an awesome bar atmosphere with great music and a great crowd. Definitely will be going back to Moe's to try the rest of their food options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Does mexican food mo Justice
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    This is a bar that wants to be a restaurant and fails at the restaurant end....somewhat a sports bar very loud music
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  • Disappointed by Moe's
    Zena13VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I really wanted to like Moe's and had been wanting to try it. I really liked the space, the decor and different seating areas. The sangria, which the server did remember to bring, was good. The elote was good. For main entrees my husband got the tacos el pastor and I got goat cheese and poblano tacos, one of the few very few vegetarian entrees on the menu. The goat cheese tacos had absolutely no flavor. They did take them off the bill, though, which was better than nothing. After the entrees, my husband wanted to try a slider and we ordered dessert. They both came out at the same time, rather than dessert last. The slider was nothing special. The sever never brought the second drink I ordered. Mediocre food, weird service. Oh well.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food good service not good
    Jerry
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Food was good but the service was very poor slow and did not pay attention to needs.
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  • This is Bar not a restaurant
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    The food was served cold and not very good This is a BAR...VERY LOUD STAY AWAY UNLESS YOU ARE BETWEEN 21 AND 35 YEARS OLD
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  • Absolutely wonderful
    Chgochik
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Loved it all: food, drinks, service, atmosphere! Fun night! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.