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

Moe's Cantina River North Details

  • 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 & Promotions: 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "My sister recommended this restaurant to me, so I decided to meet a friend here for dinner on a Thursday night. My first impression was that the restaurant lacked ambiance. It certainly didn't feel like a cantina. The restaurant was busy, but not packed. Service was slow. I felt that the servers paid more attention to tables where larger groups of business-dressed clients were seated. The overpriced food was the same quality that I could order at a typical Mexican restaurant. There are better places to dine in downtown Chicago."
    Dined on 7/18/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Skewers were fair/good, mango salsa was great and chips were fresh. Quesadilla and taquitos were as expected."
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Despite recommendations to visit Moe's I was not pleased with the service at all!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Moe's never disappoints. Food and service always great. Love coming here."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Came for lunch. not crowded at the time, but the food was just warm when served."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "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.."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Gerät Place for easy going dine out, mexican food and great cocktails."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Great food; even better atmosphere. Extremely friendly staff"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The drinks were great but the food was average, which was disappointing given how tasty it looked on the menu (great food photography!)."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Food was good but the service was very poor slow and did not pay attention to needs."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Loved it all: food, drinks, service, atmosphere! Fun night! Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "It was a walk from michigan ave shopping but the food comes quick and with a lot of flavor"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "This was our first time at Moe's and would probably go back. Was started off with chips and three types of salsa's. All three where very good but the portions were small....lots of leftover chips. Moe's tacos are quite delicious and they don't skimp on meat. Overflowing and nice balance of meat, cheese and such. We were there for a late lunch, early dinner and it was quiet, almost too quiet. Our server was excellent. She allowed us to mix up our orders a bit which was very nice."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "We enjoyed the fish (talapia) tacos very much. A perfect mix. The mango salsa is fantastic as well."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Great place for drinks and food. Also, place always has very attractive women there."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Delicious food, great margaritas. Would be great fun with a big group, but was also perfect for our group of 4"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Overall a nice restaurant, but my chicken tacos were extremely dry and bland. I would not order them again. The ambiance is great... modern and trendy, but it is noisy so it is a bit difficult to hear conversations."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Second time here. Premium Margaritas fantastic. Everything was great except the mini sopas (too hard...maybe over done). Loved the tacos and paella and skewers. Volume on the tvs was a bit high especially when only a handfull were watching the game. We'll come back."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Came with a big group (15) for a Bachelorette Party! They called ahead to confirm reservation and were all set up when we got there. They didn't bug us or rush us. Our entire group got a round of shots! Very fun time!"
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "We went for my husbands birthday. The afterwork crowd was full of energy. The many conversations and music made it sound like bees buzzing. He loved the flatscreens showing sports all over the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "Did not stay it was WAY too loud. Thought it was a restaurant not a club."
    Dined on 7/12/2013