Shaman by Chilam Balam
Shaman by Chilam Balam

Shaman by Chilam Balam

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.shamanchicago.com/index.html
  • Phone: (312) 226-4175
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Shaman by Chilam Balam
Mexican small plates restaurant in the heart of Chicago's west town neighborhood. BYOB and we take Visa and MC. BYOB, but no vodka, rum or whiskey allowed.
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Shaman by Chilam Balam reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (9)neighborhood gem (8)good for groups (2)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great experience. Tasty food. Good prices.
    Nat30
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The only thing we didn't like is the limitation of 1 bottle of wine per 2 people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    One of my favourite neighborhood places! Great food you won't find anywhere else. Half the menu changes once a month so always some great new things to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but tight quarters
    CheriVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We enjoyed all the dishes we had, the food was interesting and tasty. The tables are packed tightly in the small space. Despite our reservation and a restaurant that was nearly empty they wouldn't seat us till the other couple joined us. We had to sit at what they called the bar. There were no drinks served. Tough we brought wine they wouldn't open it till we were finally seated. So come for the interesting food but not the hospitality or comfort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service/ ridiculous rules
    Sid3
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Service was horrible, they were rude and the food wasn't even good. Now I understand why they always have reservations available. Diners beware! This was the worst dining experience my friends and I ever had. None of us will ever return!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    LaBrujaBuena
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Innovative and well executed Mexican food. Yes Barramundi is a real fish..and the dish was excellent. Check out the chocolate flan - incredible...Amazing that two chefs in the kitchen can aptly handle such a big crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really great Mexican food!
    LovelyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    For being a "small plates" kind of place, the portions are quite filling. I'm inclined to call them "medium" plates. The menu changes monthly with few items recurring. We had the chile with pork filling, duck breast and steak and all were excellent. Great flavors and so unassuming! The lime-ade / margarita mix they provide with your BYO tequila was really good too. Will definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy with great food
    JackMVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Inventive delicious food served in small plates. Great variety and well prepared. We arrived early but as the placed filled it became almost intolerably noisy. If this sort of thing bothers you definitely go but on the early side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Mexican BYOB
    jules
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I have been to Chilam Balam a couple times, but just discovered Shaman on OpenTable last week, while some family was visiting from out of town. We decided to check it out because, well the food at Chilam Balam is amazing, so assumed this would be too. And it's BYOB and accepts reservations. We were not disappointed- had a fantastic time. Our server suggested doing a sampler of some of their most popular items. It ended up being 9 courses-- all amazing! And he also mixed the tequila we had brought with their home-made limeade- fantastic margaritas! Loved it. And all for a very reasonable price. Only note is that the ambiance is pretty low-key (school chairs at the tables). But we had a fabulous time anyway. Definitely will be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food. Shared plates. Generous enough for 3-4 to share. Would return
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting food
    foodiegirlVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I still enjoy Shaman even 'tho I am not enthralled by small plates. Many small plates come in threes and I wonder what the 4th person does... However, when it is just my husband and I it works well. The salad was wonderful with the spicy dressing. The pork belly tacos are a winner. Service is lovely and the people are very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
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