Excellent food and service.
Excellent food and service. A little loud but we enjoyed the experience very much.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very good food. It's one
Very good food. It's one of the best Mexican restaurants I've been to in the city. My only complaint is that it would be nice if they provided chips and salsa at no cost. I definitely recommend making a reservation or going off hours as there are only about 10 tables in the entire restaurant.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Everything was delicious!
Everything was delicious! The waitress gave us some great recommendations
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Absolutely fantastic food,
Absolutely fantastic food, atmosphere and service. Excellent and we come back again and again!
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, food and atmosphere!
Decent prices, excellent food and they'll even make margaritas for you (on the rocks) if you bring your own tequila. Chilapan is byob. We tried the shark cevice and the chile con queso for appetizers - both were super tasty and disappeared in seconds. We did have request more bread ad chips to finish them, but the staff were quick to the task. Restaurant is quiet for weeknight dining and they are good for large groups. Not sure how it is on the weekend. All thumbs up for Chilapan!!
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mexican with a twist
If you're looking for tex mex, don't come here because the dishes here are AUTHENTIC Mexican dishes with a twist;). It has one of the best moles I've ever had!!! Also the guacamole is to die for! I've enjoyed the enchiladas, volcano, stuffed salmon with crab n none of disappointed in the least! Also the best part is its BYOB! We just bring our bottles of tequila n Jose mixes up a pitcher of STRONG margaritas for $11...no joking he uses half your bottle of tequila in each pitcher! The price is moderate $18-20 for each entree, around $8-9 for an appetizer which I think is fair for the quality of food you are getting. Next time you think Mexican,forget LaLo's n go to Chilapan. You won't regret it!!!!
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chilapan was a memorable experience. I took my boyfriend for his birthday who is quite a foodie and has been to many outstanding Chicago restaurants. He loved it! I called ahead to make arrangements to surprise him with some of their delicious flan and everything went swimmingly :).
I ordered the Volcano as my entree and oh my goodness was it delicious! The dish is composed of steak, onions, and peppers served on a sizzling hot dish with a side of corn tortillas. It's essentially just a steak taco dish, but I felt as if I was treated to meat from a top steakhouse.
Chilapan is also BYOB so we brought a bottle of tequila for their virgin margarita mix and they mixed them for us.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always excellent BYOB...a favorite spot for a delicious selection of Mexican beef, fish, chicken and vegetarian dishes, priced right. Great appetizers, too. El noise may occasionally interrupt the conversation, but doesn't interfere with a great night out.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I stumbled upon Chilapan randomly on Open Table and when I Yelped them, the reviews were raving. My boyfriend and I LOVED IT! I had the chicken and he had the skirt steak and both were amazing. I can't wait to go back and bring more people. Hidden Gem for the neighborhood!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband is Mexican and he loved this place! Service is great, food is authentic, and it's BYOB. The prices seem high but the BYOB makes up for it. We ordered an appetizer, two entrees (salmon and steak) and a dessert for $60. Will definitely be taking my inlaws when they come into town.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I arrived weary of the location and was pleasantly surprised as soon as I opened the door. Very kind staff seated and walked us through the menu. We took advantage of BYOT = Bring your own Tequila and had them mix up a pitcher for us. The waiter literally poured half the bottle in one pitcher but it was amazing.
The Volcano was amazing and I would highly recommend. Great experience overall.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every mouthful was a delight
I was blown away with my octopus starter. It was incredibly tender. I will be ordering it again the next time we go. My husband said the warm mexican chocolate cake was the best dessert he'd ever had. The staff were very polite. The restaurant itself was really cute; brightly colored with some really interesting art on the walls. The fact that it's BYOB really keeps the price down too. I brought a wonderful bottle of Reisling that really cut through the spice of the sauces. Highly recommend. We will be going again.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent mexican food
a hidden gem. awesome guacamole. we will return soon!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second visit to Chilapan. We enjoyed our meal as much this time, if not more, than our first vist. I can not rave enough about this place enough...2 days later and I am still thinking about the food! Additionally, the service is wonderful!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small restaurant with great
Small restaurant with great atmosphere, but slightly loud to have a conversation with four. There was a large table in middle which may have contributed to the high level of noise. The food was incredible, we had pulled pork and flat iron steak. The homemade guacomole with medium spice had just enough kick. Tamale brownie melted in your mouth. We brought our own Tequila for the homemade magaritas and they were outstanding. The service was perfect.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mexican food with gringo customs
Entrees were very creative versions and combinations of good Mexican gourmet-style cooking. In Mexico you would find this sort of food in an upscale colonia in Mexico City such as La Condesa. The gringo customs were 1) not to provide salsas with the meals but charging extra--although it was a nice little salsa called "la macha" made with habaneros; 2) charging extra for tortillas with some plates, especially since the tortillas were straight from the "El Milagro"--not even hechas a mano. For Mexicans, tortillas and salsa are the essentials of any meal--how could a meal not include them? Nevertheless, the clientele this restaurant serves is not Mexican, so it probably doesn't matter. That said, the deserts were fantastic.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I dined here for the first time this past weekend, and it was a very pleasant experience. The steak is outstanding, and so were the sides. Unfortunately, they seem to be a little short handed, as it's a small place and we had to have someone track down our waiter when our food took an hour to get to us. They rectified it by giving us a free dessert, which made it all worthwhile. I would definitely recommend this spot.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top Notch Mexican
Enjoyed our meal very much. Waitress (perhaps owner?) very helpful. We couldn't decide which 3 of 4 dishes we wanted so she offered to surprise us - all 3 were really very very good with excellent explanation of their preparations and ingredients. The restaurant itself is fairly basic in keeping with the neighborhood and although we sat under the air conditioner it was a hot night and so was the room (we found this to be the same at 3 other neighborhood "gems" we visited on this trip as it was a hot week). BYO is also great. Would definitely go back again.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
They seemed to have finally fixed the ventilation problems that used to make this resto so smokey inside. Food continues to be good, although I'm bummed they took my favorite shrimp dish and the excellent pineapple upside down cake off the menu. One tip: don't let the waiter take your tequila bottle in the kitchen to add to the margarita mix. He brought the bottle back 1/3 full -- putting 2/3 bottle of tequila in the pitcher was way, way too much. Next time I'll ask to add my own tequila.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food but cramped quarters
The food here is terrific. Since it is ago byo it is very affordable, especially for the quality. Definitely not a taqueria. However it is tiny and there is no place to wait for a table. Expect to eat, pay and leave, there is no lingering especially on a weekend night.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique, Delicious Mexican Food
My out-of-town girlfriends and I dined here on a Friday evening before a show. We brought our own tequila and the staff whipped us up a pitcher of tasty, and potent, margaritas. The guacamole and Tamale appetizers were a huge hit. We ordered a variety of entrees, including he rolled steak and spinach, the enchiladas, and the chicken breast. We were all impressed with the high quality and inventiveness of the preparation and presentation of the dishes. This is definitely fit for foodies! The chocolate tamale really wowed us and we talked about it for days. Delightful dinner!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice surprise
We attempted to go here a couple of moths ago, walked in 30 minutes before they closed and they told us they wouldn't serve us. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a restaurant doesn't stay true to their hours. We went to try again- The server never asked me for something to drink- he asked my husband and quickly left. He asked us for our order without giving us much time. Guacamole was fresh and tasty, and queso was different but very flavorful. For entrees we ordered enchiladas and my husband ordered skirt steak. Enchiladas were the winner. Sauce was Classic Mexican and had layers of flavor. When the dessert menu was dropped we were immediately asked what we want- at least give us 5 minutes to read it!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicious flavors, generous
delicious flavors, generous portions, yum, yum, yum!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chilapan is simply fabulous.
Chilapan is simply fabulous. One of top 5 restaurants in the city - hands down. Their sauces are second to none - could eat there once a week. Its BYOB as well which some see as positive, some negative.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my second time at Chilapan, although its been about a year. The food was as delicious as I remembered. It's a small place so be sure to make your reservation. My only complaint this visit was it took a long time for them to come back to our table when we were finished with our main course. I would definitely recommend this little BYOB find!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
They were obviously short
They were obviously short handed the night we went. The food was good, but everything was very slow.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect spot for a ladies night out
Chilapan is an intimate spot, but the owners were very accommodating to a group of 8. Entrees run about $20, not cheap, but Chilapan is BYO, so the total bill is reasonable. The food is refined but not fussy. I really enjoyed my meal, and everyone in the rest of my group did, too. Get the flan (you won't be disappointed).
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent sauces and flavors
We live in Lincoln Park and were delighted to discover Chilapan. Every bite of our dishes was outstanding. We began with the scallop escabeche and wanted to drink the remaining juice after we had eaten all the solid pieces. Then I orders the shrimp with pistachio sauce and my husband got the steak rollito. When our plates were cleared there was not a trace of food left because we used everything we could to mop up the sauce. The service was extremely friendly and prompt too on a busy Saturday night. I can't wait to go back.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
yum and yummy
Great time here with the woman. Was a sunday night and surprisingly quite empty, just three tables in our time there. Overall, nice ambiance despite quiet. Food was fabulous, didn't get appetizers but thoroughly liked the volcano dish and steak (rollito). Volcano especially with its delightful combination of meats and rice, yum. Dessert was AMAZING Tamal de chocolate (first one on the list) the chocolate flavored masa filled tamal, AMAZING.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM