I tried this place with a friend because I'm in the Arboretum quite often and it's great to see new restaurants over there. I wasn't sure if we'd need a reservation on a weekday, but made one online just in case and glad I did as it cut our wait from an hour to about 10 minutes (we went on a Thursday.) The service was good, they have a lot of people to attend to different things, our water was always full and there was never an empty dish on the table for more than 30 seconds. The food was good, I had a mole, which I had never had, and it wasn't my favorite thing, but again, I am not super familiar with Mexican fare, so this probably had nothing to do with the quality of the food. My friend had classic fajitas and they were amazing.
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were very pleased with
We were very pleased with the quality of the food and the service. Great selection of margaritas and beers. We were especially surprised to learn that they have been opened 10 days - it was a very well run restaurant with the executive chef visiting the tables and overseeing the service. Definitely go back again.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is magical!
Best Mexican food I have had! They make amazing drinks as well. We will be back again and again to try all the delicious options they have.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Mexican high in South Barrington
Lots of people in the restaurant but I could actually hear my partner. Not like another Mago we have been to. Fabulous place. I am thrilled to give a good review. Love it love it love it. The waiter was very friendly and could speak english well.
The guac made at your table is really great, even though it should sit for a bit. It didn't sit long. We had steak fajitas. A bit chewy but nonetheless fabulous.
We will come back. Couldn't eat anymore we were stuffed. Must check out the flan. If that is good, then this place is the best!
I didn't check for outdoor seating. Probably not. THAT would be cool.
A great addition to the Arboretum. Prices are what you'd expect in South Barrington. GO.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great mexican good. We are so glad the south Barrington location finally opened !
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
great place for mexican with a twist. right away you get 3 salsas & chips. had 3 tacos for $10. any 3, not just 3 of one kind. they were all excellent and full of fillings. that was more than enough for me! and a mango margarita :) will definitely be back.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mago's is a hit!!
My new favorite Mexican restaurant! Wonderful colorful ambiance and decor. Tableside made guacamole, fabulous food! Three different salsas complimentary with your chips for dipping! Yummy tortilla soup included with your meal. You cannot go wrong! Also burritos as big as your head!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was good and some different takes on old standards.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful freshly prepared
wonderful freshly prepared food. Had the tacos pastor they were excellent, my daugter had the fajitas great portions and very tasty . We both enjoyed the Sangria, you get a great selection of flavors we had the pomagrante and the mango passion fruit. Next time will try the margaritas. They have a guacamole cart that comes around with fresh ingredients mixed at your table. Looked fantasti c and will definitely try on our next visit/
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not your ordinary Mexican food!
Absolutely delicious. The restaurant is beautiful and the food is fantastic.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my third time there. I will not go on a Wednesday night again as there was a large, way too loud, Mariachi band performing. While the band was talented then do not belong in a restaurant setting. The loud sound did not allow us to speak to each other and changed our experience completely.
Otherwise, the food is great. More upscale but the prices are reasonable. I will go again but not on Wednesday :)
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lively and a bit loud
Noise leve was a bit high even though dining room wasn't full, hostess was a bit curt but service and food were fantastic. Beautiful modern decor and some menu items I can't wait to try next time. Table side guacamole was a nice surprise.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gorgeous and Yummy
The food is just as fabulous as the one in Arlington Heights and the décor is much more generous size and exciting! The service was good but a bit confusing as we had a trainee and an involved trainer. Fabulous welcoming by the hostess and the margaritas were just as we hoped.
7/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best Mexican Restaurant in area
Service was outstanding! Food was absolutely delicious and the guacamole dip is the best I've ever had. We sat by the screen window and it was refreshing. Mexican music plays in the background. Best Mexican restaurant in the area.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lights were a little bright
Lights were a little bright for the place at night. Food was great. Drinks were delicious. Second time there. First time service was awfu.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a great experience at Mago's. The food was amazing! You have to get the guacamole! The service was also very helpful. It is very nice. A little challenging to find though if you do not know the Arboretum very well.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh ingredients, awesome flavored
We've gone twice in the past week. The flavors are absolutely awesome. Margaritas are great and the service was impeccable!
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was better than expected. Considering the numbers in the restaurant, service was managed well. The place was packed but we were seated on time for our reservation.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not Just Mexican Food
Unique combination of flavors and variations on the old standbys. Food served hot and prices very reasonable given the quality of the food. Busy spot and good we had reservation for 6p during the week. One of my new favorites...excellent fresh drinks.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant was very loud, but other than that everything was excellent!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Three times already
I've been three times since opening in SB - amazing, love it!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great New Mago Location
We've been going to Mago in Arlington Heights since its inception. This new location in South Barrington's Arboretum is more in our 'neck of the woods'. The location is huge, compared to the AH's restaurant. Very modern and the overhead garage doors were open and screened to let in the fresh air. Our waiter recognized us from the old location and Chef Juan came by to say hello.
The guacamole made table-side is fresh and delicious. We usually try their specialty mole... it did not disappoint. As always, the margaritas and the food are Mago-nificent.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Twice in 4 weeks!
Margaritas are near perfect, food is flavorful, in generous portions, and more than the typical burritos and tacos. Girls night out, a date, or large group... You won't go wrong
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food. Great staff. Very loud and that is without the Mariachis on Wednesdays.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service!
Mago Grill has so many great-sounding items on their menu I feel like I need to go back time and time again so I can try everything! I had the shrimp enchiladas in green mole sauce - excellent! I also recommend the guacamole that they make right there at your table. They offer different types of mole sauces that I had never heard of before. I want to try them all. The chips come with three unique salsas. Our group of three people all voted the hot peanut-based one as our favorite.
The wait staff was excellent, attentive and accommodating.
The noise level does get a bit high, but that is my only complaint. Overall, I highly recommend Mago Grill in South Barrington.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great but noisy!
Food and service were great. Went on Sunday before Labor Day so restaurant wasn't too crowded so noise wasn't too bad. Have been there before and noise is unbelievable. At that time, hard to carry on conversation!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a very good meal. We
We had a very good meal. We were with another couple and everyone enjoyed
9/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
I ordered vthe fish tacos and they were awesome! Also ordered the guacamole and it was so fresh and tasty!
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mago Grill for Nuevo Mexican
The menu is pretty large and basically expensive, being in Barrington, the prices are the norm. The Guacamole made fresh at the table is good, ours had way too much Cilantro. The moles sauces are the stand out here. get the sampler plate
My Steak Tampequeno ( Steak with enchilada ) was a sad for the fact that the portions were a major disappointment! The skirt steak was delicious however the portion was 3- 4 oz. The waiter who promptly told the cook who eyeballed my portion and came back with extra meat which was nice. Item #2 , the enchilada was tiny.
Service was excellent and the waiter who was very attentive. The Margarita's were very good with a great selection of Tequila's.
A good place to come with a group!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh New Mexican Restaurant
Being a lover of Mexican food, there were items on the menu I had not seen in other similar restaurants and it was very tasty. The food was not greasy at all. The guac was AWESOME and it was fun watching her make it at our table. My friend got three meals out of the pork medallions. I tried a bite and it was excellent and very flavorful, both she and her husband thoroughly enjoyed it too! We dined at lunchtime, so it was not noisy and the windows had screens, so it was as good as dining outside without the bugs! The margarita sure hit the spot too. YUM!!! The waiter was very attentive, but did not push us to hurry along at all. I look forward to dining there again and soon!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best Mexican Restaurants
The quality of the food was great. The carne chihuahua was juicy and tasty. The guacamole was very fresh. It is made right away in front of you. The waiter was very attentive and made wonderful recommendations for the drinks and dishes. Chips, salsa and soup are served as courtesy. The atmosphere is vibrant.
9/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
We always enjoy coming to Mago in South Barrington. The food is always good, service is superb, the ambience is energetic and the prices are very reasonable.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great addition to the South Barrington Arboretum! Very good food, good and friendly service and nice size portions. Can be loud (music)...but not overwhelming. Not a fabulous sweet menu...sadly.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Mexican food, spicy or
Good Mexican food, spicy or mild, big menu. Noise level was a bit too loud. Hard to converse with friends.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was very fresh. Great
Food was very fresh. Great flavor. Atmosphere nice. Service was great.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Mexican food
Great place for authentic Mexican Food. Most items are old family receipes very delicious although a little salty.
Waiters very attentive and friendly. Noise level is high with patrons and music . Maybe volume of music could be turned down a little.
Try the guacamole , prepared table side Can be a wait for same when restaurant busy as there is only one lady making it.
Have enjoyed all the food up to now.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Carne asada was wonderful.
Carne asada was wonderful. Enjoyed the guacamole made at the table. Jose our waiter was the best. Will definitely go back soon.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great authentic Mexican Food
We went here to celebrate my sister in-laws birthday. The menu was great with a lot of choices. I am gluten free and easy to find items I could have as well as offer gluten free beer. Every one at our table of 6 enjoyed there dinner from the guacamole made fresh at our table to the complementary Tortilla Soup to there main dishes.
Our waiter Henry was very friends and accommodating.
We will go here again!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A new place in South Barrington. Apparently a chain restaurant but very differant than expected. The calamari appitizer was excellant.So tender and flavorful. Three people in our group had tacos and they were impressed with the flavor and freshness. I had the braised lamb shank that came in a flavorful broth with hominey. It was great. will return to try other items.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite restaurants!!
I have been to Mago several times (at both the Arlington Heights and South Barrington locations). Every experience has been great! The prices are extremely reasonable and the food is delicious! I absolutely love the ambiance as well.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ambiance and cuisine!
We went on a double date to Mago on a Thursday night. While the sangrias were amazing and the food was very tasty, the service was awful. While it was worth the drive (we came from Carol Stream), the service was dumb. Highly recommend the guacamole cart- it was delish.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Great Mago Restaurant
Chef Juan's recipes were executed to perfection. The waiter recognized us from the Arlington Height s location. They worked with my wife to customize a great dish with lots of flavor and mild heat. I would definitely recommend that you give Mago a try.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Entrees were just OK
Came here with my mom and we ordered drinks, table-side guacamole, and and entree each. Drinks and guacamole were fantastic, but the entrees left something to be desired. Service was good--server was helpful recommending drinks. Table chips and salsa were fantastic. I'd return, but try something else for an entree. This was the first time I've been to this South Barrington location. I've been to the downtown Arlington Hts location several times before and always had a great experience, so I'd return and give this place another chance to redeem itself.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
food and service was good,
food and service was good, a very nice neighborhood gem
10/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
I'll be coming back!!!
Went with a party of five, everyone had something different and it was all excellent. Service was friendly and perfectly paced. Food was a refreshing change from traditional Mexican restaurants. I'll definitely be going back.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place in a great location.
Great place in a great location. Food is spectacular. A little different then your normal Mexican/latin menus, which we liked. Servicewas a bit slow, even though the restaurant was half empty.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We dined for a late lunch so the place was quiet. It's a large place so unsure what the noise level would be like if it was crowded. Excellent variety of food and several varieties of mole which you don't see at most restaurants. The service was outstanding. Our waiter was very attentive, made good suggestions and even gave us a sampling of the sauces that were on the featured specials. The tamales were only featured as an appetizer but the portion was more of an entry style. Fish tacos were delicious and manageable size. Entries came with rice and beans. Good flavor on all the dishes we ordered. 4 of us shared 4 dishes which was a good way to sample a variety of dishes. Chips and 3 salsas were complimentary. We would return.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time at this location
We love Mago and the new location did not disappoint! Food just as good as the Arlington Heights location; service actually a bit better and definitely better ambiance as it is less cramped. Love the decor, a bit eccentric but it works!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great eclectic Mexican food,
Great eclectic Mexican food, with incredible guacamole! Entrees were excellent, but very filling!!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We go there as much as we can. I always get the tacos so I can try different things. It's always good. Don't try to go on the weekends though. Way too packed. BEST. SALSA. EVER.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM