My birthday fell on a Monday, when alot of restuarants are closed, It is hard to celebrate on a Monday. We decided to give Mago a try based on reviews. It was outstanding. I noticed 1 review said this was the Frontera Grill of the suburbs. We have been to Frontera Grill twice, and once with Rick Bayless present, and YES I would put MAGO up in that catagory.. We were seated at a table by the window and it felt like dining in Lincoln Park. They let you try the mole's sauces before selecting, the waiter knew his food and beverages. We had ceviche, skirt steak with ranchero mole's sauce, magaritas (inferno is totally different and exceptional). The birthday desert came complete with complementy cake AND sombrero that you get to keep.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
very good food and very convenient
very good food and very convenient location
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mago Grill-Creative & Fresh
Had dinner on a weeknight at the Arlington Heights location, with a friend visiting from out of town; we both had a great experience. Reminds me of a tapas restaurant with a Mexican twist; everything on the well designed menu looked great!
Service was friendly and efficient; enjoyed dining al fresco too.
Staff kept water glasses full, as well as the bowl of warm tortilla chips, with 3 tasty salsas.
Our entree of 3 shrimp corn tortillas was excellent; came with sides of black beans and Mexican rice. Love that Mago will make just about all dishes gluten free upon request, and has a vegetarian section on the menu.
Restaurant is fairly small, and located in the Metropolis Playhouse building; make reservations.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
good guacamole prepared tableside
good guacamole prepared tableside is recommended. This is one of the few restaurants that has "Alaskan" salmon available and is quite good. The server was quite good at recommending different mole sauces for different entrees. Great place to go if you are going to Metropolis for a performance.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, a bit slow on service
Food was excellent. It was father's day and the service
Was pretty slow.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my second visit and
This was my second visit and I enjoyed it as much as the first. The food is very good and the guacamole is out of this world. The dipping sauces for the Tortillas were unique and quite tasty. I can't wait to go again. They also do carry out, which I have taken advantage of on several occasions.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is very good. The only
Food is very good. The only thing negative was that they had a Mariachi Band playing, and they were good, but the music was so loud it was difficult to carry on a conversation at our table.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
great service from the friendly
great service from the friendly and professional staff.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night out
This is a great place for dinner! you can dress up or down, and still feel completely comfortable. Great food, and the staff is wonderful!
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty and Loud
The food was very flavorful (I had the ropa vieja). The made-to-order guacamole was excellent. The noise level, however, was uncomfortable and intrusive. It was difficult to hear the servers, let alone my dining partner. We were there on a Saturday evening. Perhaps it's quieter at other times. We were delighted that the guacamole was free when we showed a ticket for a same-day performance at the Metropolis theater.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Time Visit
Ovrerall had a very good time. Food was flavorful and service was attentive, but their seem to be a problem in the kitchen. Our waiter was very good, but dinner took over 90 minutes.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service. Not your everyday Mexican food. Reasonable prices. A sombrero. tres leches cake slice and a Happy Birthday song to top off a great place to celebrate a birthday!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, long wait
The food is consistently delicious and fresh. If you like mole, this is your place. I love to sample the moles and get recommendations for pairing. I had enchilada with different moles. My husband had a spicy shrimp dish and a fried had carne asada. All were amazing. Henry was our waiter and he made the experience even more fun. The only draw back was the wait for the food. We went on a Monday night and when we arrived at 7 it was not to busy yet we didn't eat dinner until 8:30p. The restaurant did fill up so I am glad I made reservations.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wanna Go Back
Best Mexican food I ever had. A lot of options and variations of Mexican dishes. Would like to try them all. Service was respectable.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and nice people
I went earlier this week with my kids. Everyone was friendly and attentive without being smothering. The food was very good. I'd definitely recommend the guacamole, which is made fresh at one's table. I would definitely come back. Prices are reasonable given what you get.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Glad we went
I had dined at Mago shortly after it opened and I wasn't very impressed, but I was willing to try it again in the future. So, a long time later, we went there again and what an improvement! The service was excellent and the food was delicious. I do think it's a bit pricey, but would recommend it to anyone looking for some good Mexican food. My only complaint is the noise level - all wood and a high celing, so it's not the quietest restaurant. But I'm still going back for the food!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
All of the food is amazing. You really can't go wrong with anything. A must have is their signature peanut salsa. This has become my new addiction.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful mole, superb service, everything was delicious
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food at Mago's is the
The food at Mago's is the best anywhere. Great selection and made with quality ingredients with care
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Dinner - one recommendation
Overall experience was great. We really enjoyed the tableside guacamole prep, and it was excellent! The only thing I was disappointed in was the actual amount of steak in my steak burrito. It was very little meant and very heavy on the rice (which was underseasoned). I definitely won't get this dish again, which is disappointing as I love a good steak burriot. I didn't want to complain as I was with a larger group, but very disappointed in one dish.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was very busy when we were there, they still seated us right away. The host/hostess/server were all great. We were there with our family and were in no hurry - so spending 2 hours in the restaurant was not a big deal to us. It may not be ideal if you're in a hurry. The food & food portions were tremendous.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A gem for Mexican food beyond
A gem for Mexican food beyond the usual tacos,burritos and fajitas.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was great!!
I was having friends in from Kansas City who love great food...and after the Arlington Million we came to Mago Grill and Cantina. OMG- I'd been told this restaurant was good but it is actually FABULOUS! Check out the menu! Several different ceviches, several unique moles, and not only is the menu large and varied, but it appears that each entry was lovingly designed and prepared. SO MANY different flavor combinations subtly surface in each bite. And when you're finished sit back and have conversation with your friends until you're hungry enough for dessert. The flan with the salsa of watermelon, peaches and pineapple i one of the best things I've ever tasted.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Mexican Food
This has become one my families favorite places to celebrate with a special dinner. I have yet to try something that is not absolutely delicious! The portion sizes are generous and we usually have left overs, which I love! The flavor of the dishes is unique and outstanding. Nothing is bland! I highly recommend Mago if you want great Mexican cuisine that is anything but boring.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My second time here and the food is great. Servers and staff were friendly and attentive. Kitchen was a little slow this time.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
mexican food with upscale setting
Mago's location next to Metropolis in downtown Arlington Heights gives it an upscale urban feeling. The food is served quickly and with lovely presentation, service is courteous and attentive. Portion sizes are large with correspondingly large price points. I would prefer smaller portions and perhaps some more dishes that are different enough to set it apart from the rest. I had the chicken fajita, and it was seasoned well served piping hot. Great place to eat if you happen to very hungry and in the neighborhood.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time as always. Love the food and the service.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't Go Wrong!
We LOVE Mago! We've never been disappointed by the food or service, will return time & time again!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time checking this place out, gotta say it definitely surprised me, it was more than I expected and everything tasted delicious. Definitely will come back to this place again.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, great time
Food was good, service was great. Guacamole made at table was good and the margarita's were excellent.
It was my wife's birthday; nice touch with the sombrero and birthday sundae.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mago is one of those rare
Mago is one of those rare restaurants that gets everything right. I've tried many things on the menu and it's always great. Service is always excellent
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mago is a perfect place to gather with friends for lunch. Wide selection of good food on the menu. Great atmosphere.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent food, excellent
excellent food, excellent service.
it is difficult to make a reservation on a friday or saturday night so book early.
parking is a little challenging, but it is definitly worth the challenge.
not a romantic venue, but more a family ( lots of little children ) and a group gathering type venue.
will definitely go back, and this time take my children ( teenagers) with, even though the two of us really enjoyed our nite.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
OUR WAITER TOOK THE TIME TO DISCUSS THE VARIOUS FOODS AND MAKE RECOMMENDATION. IN FACT HE TOLD US THE ITEMS THAT WE SHOULD NOT GET. AS FOR YOUR FOOD IT IS ALWAYS OUTSTANDING.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
a nice short trip for food
It's usually difficult to find a "city" type experience in the burbs. This is it--hip but comfortable.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
More satisfied new customers
We've been here many times and came with four friends who haven't been there before. They all enjoyed the food, drinks and great service! And they'll all return again as well and recommend it to their friends. That's really all you can ask for.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mago Mago Mago
Love this place! Went her for girls night out. Food was excellent, and the service (ask for Raphael!) was outstanding!! I am gluten free and the menu was very helpful for someone who is gluten free. The portions are generous and full of flavor. The Mango Margarita's are yummy. Can't wait to go back! Thank you for a great time!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed dinner before the show at the metropolis theater. Good service and the homemade guacamole was terrific! I want the recipe.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been here several times and the food and service are always impeccable
, but my most recent visit seemed to be an off night for Mago. The food and margaritas were as delicious as ever and the staff was friendly but the timing of the meal was off. Our entrees were ready very quickly, but the waiter warned us that the for of was ready before the table side quac. He seemed to have entirely forgotten about our drinks, only going to the bar when we reminded him after the food had arrived. Nothing to ruin the night, but so,e seemingly rookie mistakes from the waiter.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicious Mexican food!
If you go make a reservation for a seat by the window, the food is fabulous and the restaurant is cozy. Make sure you get the guacomole!
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Big Mago fan
There are 3 Mexican restaurants in downtown Arlington Heights - Mago is the best by far! Your meal starts with outstanding chips and a variety of 3 salsas - all fresh and fabulous. The cocktails are refreshing and a little TOO tasty. There are classic options as well as new-Mex. The portions are perfect - not overwhelming, and the prices are reasonable. There are numerous vegetarian choices, which is greatly appreciated. The rajas tacos are my go-to order - don't miss them!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always the food and ambience
As always the food and ambience are always a winner.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well worth it.
Came here with my coworkers after work on a Thursday. We reserved seats, so we got a table promptly and it was a nice window side one. The chips and salsas were great, as was the fresh guacamole cart (costs about 8 bucks). I loved the food, and everybody left full and happy.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for what we were looking fo
The food overall was very good. Not heavy like you often get with Mexican restaurants. Great selection. We went as a group and it was perfect as the family was already riled up from a few drinks across the street. The food came timely but the overall taking of the orders was a bit slow. We were already done with appetizers before we ordered dinner - maybe that is to keep the alcohol flowing or our server didn't want to disrupt our vibrant conversation. Overall, I would recommend to others.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Go for the food!
This chef knows what he is doing. Take time to decipher your extensive menu options. I chose the Alaskan salmon with a coco mole and asparagus--one of the best meals I have had ever, and I have eaten many in six decades.Perfectly cooked fish, outstanding mole, and the use of asparagus, which I normally just tolerate, was pure genius. All ingredients were very fresh. The waitress was attentive and friendly without being overbearing. We were seated the minute we arrived for our reservation despite a crowd. The entire staff was friendly and welcoming. The room was loud so it is not quite the spot for romance. Portions were very generous. Pricey compared to more ordinary Mexican fare, but a great value.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food even better Margaritas!
Food was great and the selection diverse. Tableside guacamole delicious. But, the best thing is the Margaritas! So many different Margarita choices. My new favorite Mexican restaurant in Arlington Heights! Mmmmm Mmmmm Good!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was terrific as was service!
Food was terrific as was service! Arlington Heights location is a little small/cramped inside but that was the only downside.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
went again to mago, tried the fajitas out and i was more than satisfied yet again...love coming here!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the food and service...
Loved the food and service... Prices a little high
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Henry is the bees knees! Delicious
Henry is the bees knees! Delicious food as always and they make one mean mojito!!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM