Taco Joint
Taco Joint

Taco Joint

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://tacojoint.com/
  • Phone: 3123378226x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Regional Mexican, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: TAQUIZA CATERING
    Taquizas are a fun and festive way to sample Taco Joint's selection of braised and grilled meats, housemade salsas and homemade tortillas with a variety of tacos and flavorful sides.
    Taquiza Options
    Delivery • We prepare and deliver the food to you.
    Pick-up • We prepare and have it ready to go.
    Pop-up Catering • Let us do all the work and bring the restaurant to you, from the decor to the staff. Be a guest at your party!
  • Private Party Contact: Julie Anderson x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: LaSalle
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Taco Joint
With a bustling location in Lincoln Park and another in River North, Taco Joint brings the different flavors found throughout the streets and marketplaces of Mexico to Chicago. The menu includes a selection of tacos made with braised and grilled meats, housemade salsas and handmade tortillas including; Barbacoa from Central Mexico, Cochinita Pibil from Yucatan and Carnitas from Jalisco. Other street fare includes flautas, tortas, tamales and quesadillas. The cantina features a variety of specialty margaritas and cocktails, Mexican and craft beers plus Chicago's first tequila cages. The interior combines natural wood accents and iron along with colorful distressed walls and murals to give you the feel of a small town in Mexico nestled in the hustle and bustle of Chicago.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Taco Joint reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (45)great for lunch (29)fit for foodies (27)great for outdoor dining (26)hot spot (22)vibrant bar scene (18)neighborhood gem (17)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (7)special occasion (5)scenic view (3)romantic (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great Food, Annoying Service
    GalwayGirl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We've been to Taco Joint numerous times. Each visit, we encounter the same overly quick service. We decided to take my parents there last Saturday, and this time, it was too much. You order your food and it comes out very quickly - almost too quickly (you're still working on your chips and guacamole app). Then, fork still in hand, they're removing your plates and the dish of rice and beans (with food still left on your plate!). We will only return if we're looking for a quick meal. You certainly can't plan dinner at Taco Joint as your evening activity.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious, options galore; a must!
    Danny35
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great Margaritas with an array of flavors to select from. Baja and Al Pastor tacos a must try. Great scene and location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tacos with a twist
    BucktownBobVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Taco Joint was great! Really inventive tacos, tortas, and such, and a spectacular drink list. A totally different kind of experience than Bigstar (in Wicker Park), but still an enjoyable one! While I thought the number of TVs was a little gratuitous (gratuitously too many, that is), I would come back here in a heartbeat. Don't miss the michelada made with cucumber verdita - so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local Fan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We made a reservation but there does not seem to be a system to hold tables for reservations. That is actually an important part of the reservation. We love the place but they should just state they do not take reservations.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scottie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Wait staff was friendly and kept coming over to see how we were...unlike many other establishments. All service people impressed me. They were not immediately familiar with specials, but they got us the info we were looking for. If you don't like spicy you might want to ask if the dish is spicy or not, bc I got tacos that were spicy and couldn't eat it. Not my thing. I would not return; however, the shrimp taco was delicious, so I will consider returning and trying that again along with other dishes. They have wifi, so woo hoo! And it was a bit warm inside; however, it was a very muggy and hot day, plus the spicy taco was not sitting well with my sweat glands. Good vibrant scene.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Too loud for good conversation. If hadn't needed to yell, I would have given it another star.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Not a lot to offer on the menu, limited. Many of the dining Tara were bar tables.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really fun; great tacos!!!
    Jillybean
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Loved these small filled tacos and loved the $2-$3.50 price range too! The gauc and drinks were really good too. Based off the name I thought we were going to a hole in the wall "taco joint". This place ended up being super cute and fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taco Joint River North
    Guillermo1215VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Casual urban vibe- busy-- unfortunately the good isn't very good- many superior options for Mexican in town- Margaritas weak. Friendly server but we tried four different tacos and all were average
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  • Good drinks and tacos
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Tacos are good and drinks are good. Great for groups.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Love the addition of the aqua frescas; strawberry-hibiscus is outstanding. The chips are bland. They definitely need salt. Good prices. Love the area and coming to Taco Joint now and again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I live in the neighborhood and I go to Taco Joint often for dinner if I don't feel like I cooking, if I am meeting a friend, or going out to dinner on a weekend night. It is inexpensive and the food is delicious! The homemade tortillas are amazing. Living in River North, there are few places this good at this price point. I highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Taco Joint
    elkapitan
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    fun spot and great tacos! I would definitely recommend Taco Joint for a quick satisfying meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic & good value
    GoodFoodGoodWineVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Our server, Jesus, was pleasant, attentive and patient as we took awhile to decide what we wanted. We enjoyed a couple of house margaritas, a variety of tacos, chips and salsa, and tortilla soup -- all really good! Outdoor dining was a special treat on a beautiful summer evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lincoln Park location is better
    25AndHungry
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I usually go to the Taco Joint in Lincoln Park, but was at the TJ in River North this last time. I got Sunday's Taco of the day for the first time and it was just okay. I don't know if it was the River North location or the taco, but usually the food is excellent whenever I go to the TJ on Halsted. Our server was nice, but seemed like she didn't want to be there and had no energy. I recommend the LP location, not the RN.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taconight
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I went out to dinner with my wife and sister in law and we descided to get tacos! My wife and her sister are both vegetarian so they had a great vegetarian options! I however had three meat tacos and all three where amazing and unique in there own ways! Great authentic tacos!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only here for the food
    foodie
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The service here is atrocious here every time we visit but I think it says something that we keep coming back for the food. Its a lunch time favorite if you have time to burn. Its almost impossible to get your waiters attention after you get your food and even when you do get the bill it'll be another 15 minutes before its picked back up. If you're looking for a quick lunch this is not the place to go. They did recently take a few of our favorites off the menu, but try the Barbacoa if you get a chance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cheap and tasty
    Blanco
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Tacos are only 3 bucks and 3 really fills you up. Good guacamole and solid mixed drinks. Cool place but nice and cheap
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outside seating
    sandiVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Great lunch here if you don't want to feel like you have to eat huge portions. I split the guac and had 2 tacos, and it was the perfect size. The huac was excellent, and the meat barbacoa taco and pulled pork tacos were spicy and delicious. The thursday special beef barbacoa was the best.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not so much…
    Chip
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Had great hopes coming here on a Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, our experience was really not that great. When we arrive there were only 3 to 4 other tables sat. There were 5 waiters walking around, none of which paid us any attention. We finally had to ask someone to place our order, and when our food finally arrived we realized they'd never brought us our drinks.
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  • Fantastic Tacos
    travelingeater
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My partner and I went here for lunch on a sunny Saturday afternoon. They only had two servers working, so service was pretty slow but still friendly. We started off with the Mexican street corn and chips & salsa. The street corn had entirely too much mayonnaise. The chips and salsa, on the other hand, were amazing. The chips are a variety of corn, plantain and rutabaga served with a sweet/spicy salsa. We each had a few different tacos. They were all delicious but el pastor was definitely the best. I got a side of fried plantains that were very tasty, nice and crispy on the outside but warm, soft and sweet on the inside - perfect! We ordered a bottle of the chili mango margarita, but it was so sweet we couldn't even finish half of it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 51 reviews are from the Taco Joint reviews archive.
  • Consistent
    JustinEats
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Food is always great 'street style tacos' are plumb with their fillings and very yummy! Don't pass up the Guac treo!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jtwyattVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    need more plantain chips in the chips and salsa basket. Came here for ladies lunch. Everyone loved the food. Will definitely be back and recommending the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Could have done better...
    HattyVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Take the Tacos out of Taco Joint and you have a great thing! Poor service pretty much ruins the rest... when asked for margarita recommendation, none given but pointing at a menu. So we chose an "upgraded" margarita... but our waiter who didn't like to communicate with customers, doesn't tell us is has a smoked tequila or liquor of some kind in it. Ruined our entire night... tasted the smoke the next day. If you don't make our mistake, your visit will be fine.
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  • Great Dinner!
    alc26
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Had a great time with friends. Staff was amazing and provided great service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't Go Wrong at Taco Joint
    ChiDot
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The selection of flavors is astounding and the price is right. You can satisfy any cravings with the array of tacos available.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Baja Fish Taco, Bad Service
    smithmp76VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We enjoyed the Baja Fish Taco, unfortunately we found the Shrimp and Ceviche did not meet our expectations. The service was slow and lacked professionalism.
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  • Great meal at Taco Joint
    familyfoodies
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Great food, excellent service, and lively atmosphere. We were with our 2 teens, and they loved the tacos, especially the pulled pork. I had a sangria, which was outstanding. And we all enjoyed the chips and guacamole. We highly recommend Taco Joint.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Below Average Mexican Food
    HoyaDiner
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I'm at a complete loss for why this restaurant always seems packed on weekends. Tried the rojo guac, three different tacos, and a salad. The best of these was the guac - it was good, but nothing special. Two tacos - a chicken pozole special and a shrimp taco - were both very poor. Flavors were very poorly balanced and not particularly complex. The final taco - a steak taco - was only okay. Again, not very interesting or complex flavors and the meat was very over-cooked. Finally, the salad was little more than a plate of iceberg lettuce and some black beans.
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  • Great food and drinks
    MarissaG
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The service was quick and the cost per person was very reasonable. We had 2 types of guacamole, salsa and chips to start and then got 2-3 tacos each. Our server was really helpful, friendly, and patient with us as we were having trouble choosing from all the options. I had been to the Lincoln Park location before and was equally satisfied with the River North location.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good tacos, weak margs
    newtochi
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Being from Texas, I love my margaritas. Unfortunately, Taco Joint's margs have minimal, if any, tequila in them. The two of us shared a pitcher of the standard frozen margarita (about 5 full margaritas) and felt less than tipsy afterward. As I am 5'2" and 100 lbs, I am used to feeling pretty good after one or two margaritas. Other than that we really loved the food. Shared the choriza queso fundito as an appetizer (definitely recommend!) and each had two tacos of our own. The tacos are small so you have to get at least two with an appetizer or three with a side. Definitely recommend this place, but if you are drinking alcohol, I would stick to beer or tequila shots!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food GREAT SERVICE
    NadiD
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    The tacos were the perfect size for me. I love the estilo baja taco, my favorite! The service was great. The waiter was nice and attentive. This was my second visit to taco joint in one week and I'm ready to go back
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bartender was slow and seemed
    NickyCVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Bartender was slow and seemed annoyed to have to make drinks. Service was much better last time we were there. Maybe understaffed this time as it took 10 minutes after we were seated for someone to even approach our table. The table next to us said they had the same problem and offered us sssome of their pitcher of margaritas.The server was friendly just too many tables. After dinner, went to the bar for a drink and it was nearly empty but the bartender was ignoring us and then took way too long to make a margarita and grab a can of beer.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer
    diceman22VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Great food, fantastic drinks! Can't wait to return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty tacos
    Momcat
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We enjoyed our first visit to Taco Joint. We had a Groupon for a taco flight, which included a choice of six apiece. The were all very good, with generous portions, as were the margaritas and choices of guacamole. The desserts were also great--the flan was the perfect texture. Make sure you get credit for the Groupon--our server forgot to deduct it and had to redo our bill. Otherwise the servicw was fine.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, bad service
    em123
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The service at the River North location and the Lincoln park location is awful. Our reservation was for 9 pm and we didnt get sat until after 930. Our server was inattentive and seemed annoyed that he was working. The food is really good tho!! Margs are large and strong!
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    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great tacos
    Bourbonnais
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I have never had such great tacos. The ingredients they put together made them awesome! Plan on going back
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Good for a night out with
    TownMouse
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Good for a night out with friends. Taco Joint has a clubby atmosphere and a scene ambience. The margaritas were a little sweet for my taste, but the beers were priced well and the tacos were very tasty.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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  • Good fun, but RUDE hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had dinner at Taco Joint over the weekend and were very taken back by how rude the hostess was. Their computer had a "glitch" in the system and didn't have our reservation, even though I had my OpenTable confirmation number and a voicemail from the hostess earlier that day. She proceeded to challenge me and my reservation. Her manager was very helpful and helped resolved the issue, but the hostess was awful. She really needs to learn the service industry and how to be a good hostess. I wouldn't go back to that location just because of her. Overall, the food was very good, quick and delicious. The margaritas were AWESOME -- so many different options.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Cookie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had a delicious dinner at taco joint! Jeff, our server, was fantastic.
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    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate