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Takito Kitchen
Takito Kitchen

Takito Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.takitokitchen.com
  • Phone: (773) 687-9620
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Friday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Sunday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Latin American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: David Dworshak
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Takito Kitchen can design a custom food and beverage menu for any event. Our event planners will help you determine precisely what you need and will work within your budget. Our catering service is perfect for formal business lunches or more informal private parties. We can cater for 25 to 100+ guests.

    To get more information, please contact us at INFO@TAKITOKITCHEN.COM.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Damen & Division
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Takito Kitchen
One of the "10 Hottest New Restaurants" in Chicago! -Zagat

"I ate nearly every item on [Takito's] easily navigable menu and I didn't have a single throwaway bite." -Mike Sula, renowned Chicago Reader food critic

Four out of four. -Redeye

Located at 2013 West Division in Wicker Park, Takito Kitchen features Mexican-inspired cuisine created by Executive Chef/Partner David Dworshak and a complementary beverage program. The menu features seasonal shared plates, ceviche, tacos and more with a focus on fresh ingredients and complex flavors, all tucked inside a homemade tortilla. The Takito drink program showcases margaritas and cocktails centered around various high-end tequilas and rum in addition to Latin beers and wines.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "Our margaritas were very good. I thought the tacos were interesting flavor combinations and more filling than I thought they would be for their size. Median priced. Gabriel was our server and he was wonderful. We will go back."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "These are not at all typical tacos and yet reminiscent of traditional ones. The chef chooses ingredients, tastes, and textures carefully. The result are individual, complex yet not complicated tacos that taste good!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Food is good. Enjoy the dishes and variety. Margaritas are tasty. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The salad, tacos, and margarita were all great. Tacos took a little long but our server was very apologetic so I could tell that wasn't a typical wait time. Will definitely come back for more!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "amazing margaritas! We had the cucumber and the seasonal margs. The seasonal was infused basil tequila and it was outstanding! We also had the pork carnitas (taco of the day), crispy fish and the lamb chorizo. They were all delicious and a fun and different take on your typical taco. The lamb chorizo might have been my favorite, but it was a close race. We also enjoyed the polenta and one of the salsas. Great food, fun energy and vibe - we'll be back! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We realized we have accidentally coming here each week for a month. The menu rotation makes it easy to forget as there is always something new. This is our new favorite neighborhood spot and we've been here for almost 15 years now."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "No chips and salsa or enchiladas. This is an uber hipster taco joint. Pretty expensive for mediocre tacos. Ambiance is cool. Not as good as big star. Great for gluten free folks. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Recently had dinner at Takito on Cinco de Mayo. We had a group of six girls and chose Takito because you could make reservations, unlike many other Chicago taco joints. The three sisters polenta was unexpectedly delicious. The hibiscus tortilla on the crispy fish taco was interesting, but perhaps a bit overly floral. The beef barbacoa tacos were a group favorite, as well as the yucatan style chicken. All three salsas held a good amount of heat, but the avocado pine nut puree (their version of guac) was too much like a puree for my liking. Also--we were not huge fans of the masa crackers over chips! Overall a great night and a fun twist on traditional taco joint. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I heard about this place from a friend one year ago. I had the "honor" of being their "1st customer" and ever since I have not any problems with their food or service. Their little tacitos (hence the name) are flavorful, their appetizers are meant to be shared, and their cocktails are innovative. I definitely am a fan and am excited to hear that their new location is coming soon."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "One of my favorite spots to dine in the city, with top-notch service. So happy to have been able to celebrate my birthday here with nine friends. And just to note: some of the best fish tacos ever!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I was here for Easter brunch and it was a great decision I was here with my daughter and wife and let me tell you that everything was amazing from the service front of the house to food in a timely manner back of the house great spot and we are defiantly coming back again "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Forget Big Star, Takito is where it's at! I took 4 foodie friends of mine and they were all blown out of the water. Our favorites were definitely the Pork Belly and Lamb Chorizo Tacos. The staff and management team were super helpful and very friendly. I would recommend this place to anyone!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Drinks are great- ambiance was alright.. it feels a bit like you're in the bar/behind the bar/in the service well when you have such an open area where they are making drinks and prepping food. It was a little awkward. The food was good- but not GREAT. The seasonal salsa was a beet and tomato salsa, but it simply tasted like tomatoes. The tacos were a good portion size. We had four of the king crab between two of us and two larger ones which was a perfect amount of food. The king crab tacos were alright in flavor.. could have used a little kick of spice or sauce to it. The special was a wagyu beef and pickled onions and it was fantastic!!! Would definitely eat those again- they should make this a regular menu item. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "When we pulled up I have to admit I was rethinking my restaurant choice as from the street it looks like a fast food restaurant. We walked in and I was pleasantly surprised as it was not fast food at all. The atmosphere was festive and cozy. The drinks selections were really good with a nice variety of margaritas. I think we had everything on the shared plate menu. We liked it all but felt the three sisters polenta stood out as a favorite. I had the Maple Creek Pork Belly Taco was absolutely delicious. Others had Alaskan King Crab taco and Crispy Fish Tacos and everyone had good things to say about their entrees. Overall, I loved this restaurant and will be back!!! It was a great experience. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We're foodies from Toronto and Takito was recommended as a reasonably priced restaurant with a funky vibe and fresh local food - it was all that and more."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "With all the places in Wicker Park that pack them in for brunch, and all the people milling around the neighborhood, it's hard to imagine why this place is virtually empty for brunch. Maybe because brunch is relatively new there or because there are so many other places already. I was glad to see a place that serves absolutely great food, great drinks and fun service that isn't packed to the gills and overly loud. Every dish we had was superb, and the kitchen was extremely gracious in accommodating dietary restrictions on existing dish offerings instead of just pointing out other dishes on the menu. You can choose from the brunch, or normal dinner menu as well. The sope was great. Also highly recommend the big caliente margarita."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "And so should you. The tacos are tiny, inventive, and delicious. The drinks are grand slam winners. GET THE POLENTA. It's yummy. The only thing that can be improved is the chips. They don't have them. We'd like them."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "lamb chorizo tacos. chicken mole tacos. caliente margarita. yum!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My husband and I went with somewhat medium to high expectations and our experience far exceeded that. The openers and the tacos were fantastic! We would recommend the restaurant to all, and look forward to our next visit. The service was fun and informative and welcoming as well!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I eat and cook Mexican dishes often. I enjoy discovering a Mexican or Mexican inspired restaurant that I can't wait to return to and this is one of them. Service is excellent from the moment you walk in the door. The ambiance and decor is welcoming and hip. We went with their classic margaritas and matzo with salsa to start. The drinks were perfect with fresh lime juice. Interesting take on chips and salsa, the matzo cracker was a good change up. We tried the bass ceviche which was excellent. I had the king crab tacos which was a first for me and I thoroughly enjoyed. I tried the chicken mole tacos and they were very flavorful. I can tell they take pride in what they do. I will definitely return for the food, drinks and friendly staff."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Excwllent find. Would have never known about his place except for Glitz City Chicago. The appetizer - Three Sisters Polenta was delicious and the Cucumber Margritaswere refreshing and very good. The tacos - Beef Barbacoa were also very good; at first the looked small but were very filling and very good. Outstanding overall. Thank you."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "All of the ingredients were so fresh and flavorful and blended really well together, in the food and drinks. Also, we couldn't have asked for better service, and their décor was very fittingly all their own. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Takito is a cool place to go. The atmosphere is fun and lively and the food is really good not to mention the unique and tasty cocktails! Service was pretty good, our waiter was very gluten free knowledgeable which was nice but he did mess up my order (i hate when they don't write things down!) My only complaint would be they opened a back door while we were there probably because the restaurant got full and possibly warm but it froze out those of us that were sitting by the door. We actually left earlier then planned, wanted to try another tasty cocktail, but we were so cold we decided to leave."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My wife loves Mexican food. Typically of a more authentic variety. I prefer more of the high end Mexican we come across. This hit both of our tongues on the nose, sorry. Food was amazing, Margaritas were as good as we've ever had, and we have had our share. Just great all around."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Found this amazing little place through Open Table. Somehow it stuck out from the crowd. We went as a group of 6, and had the best time, best food and best fun. The menu is creative and fresh in every way. The food was delicious and different. Service was with lots of smiles and great assistance for the eating adventure. Adam, one of the owners was not only present but his interaction made our evening even more fun and charming. THIS PLACE IS A DEFINITE MUST TRY!!!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Our party of four had a great time at Takito. The Margaritas were excellent and different--loved the cucumber and the caliente. The avocado puree (like guacamole) and tomatillo salsa were great, as were three of the four types of tacos we ordered--especially the lamb chorizo. Wow! We thought the crab tacos were pretty bland, though, and not worth the price. Fun, lively atmosphere, and the service was terrific and friendly. In comparison to Antique Taco, this is much more of a "real" sit-down type of restaurant, and easier to make an evening out of. But for the tacos themselves, I'd give a slight edge to Antique Taco."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Brunch options are non-traditional, which is much appreciated, and the variety of drinks (alcoholic & non) is broad. Everything I had was delicious. Prices are reasonable, too, especially for the drinks. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "This place is a great neighborhood find. Everything they do is spot on. The vibe is cool , the drinks are amazing and the food is delish!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Came here on a cold, snowy evening last week with the husband. Loved the double margaritas that were offered - the cucumber margarita was refreshing. Husband had the caliente margarita which was spicy and packed a punch but overall flavor was great. Masa crackers are NOT gluten free which was disappointing as I try to follow a GF diet and feel as if there must be a GF alternative to the masa crackers. Crispy fish tacos were delicious (love the flavor of coconut custard) as was the polenta. Ordered the dulce de leche desert and was not impressed."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This suburbanite met my two friends at Takito Kitchen since I have dreaming for months about eating those crunchy fish tacos again! The combinations of flavors in every dish we ate are mind blowing. We started with the polenta and my friend was happy and said she could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then we consumed the crunchy fish tacos, lamb chorizo tacos and the jambalaya tacos. The portions are smaller if you have someone who craves steak and can eat a half pounder but I found it perfect. We finished with a chocolate, cherry crumble something that also was awesome. I also like that the food is grown locally when possible and very healthy, I a already thinking about who I can introduce next to this gem of a restaurant."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "First,we will be back! The menu was creative and fun. We had the Barbacoa tacos which were exceptional,the king crab which was too shredded and the lamb chorizo which was very good. The margarita was world class and the best we had since we moved from Chicago from Los Cabos in 07'. The only downside was our table was near the host stand and we got blasted by cold air every time soeone cam through the door. However this is a great value at a great price point so do check it out. It is worth it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fabulous but limited menu not a problem. Blood orange margarita wonderful. Spice level good. Staff exceptionally attentive and helpful."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Excited to try this place as menu looked great -we were disappointed. Hostess tried to seat us in a back corner table; asked to be moved to a better one in the back. She had to "check and see" although the restaurant was almost empty. Started off good with their version of guac. The barbacoa tacos were great. Didn't like the crab tacos at all. They were kind of fishy (crab is my favorite food) and didn't like the other ingreds. Also ordered 3 of the chicken mole tacos. They were OK - pretty spicy; tasted like BBQ ck. Right when we got our last dish, they seated another couple RIGHT NEXT TO US while the restaurant was still empty. We couldn't believe it; got food to go and left. Complained to mgmt but don't think they cared."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This place is fantastic. My girl and I have been here a few times now and it has quickly become one of our favorites. The last time we brought a group of people... some who were questioning our statement of it being on par or better than Big Star. After the meal, they all agreed. We had a bunch of margaritas, the three salsas, and 5 different tacos each. The favorites were the lamb, the king crab, and crispy fish. The barbacoa wasn't bad either. Everyone thought the pork belly was rated 5th. That said, I highly recommend this gem... just don't get too busy that it's tough to get a reservation!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I chose this restaurant from Open Table based on the reviews and the menu. The drinks were great! The food was a little odd, needed a little bit more work on the menu to add more variety. We had the fish tacos and chicken bbq tacos, which were very good. The service was excellent and everyone was very hospitable. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The food here is great. The service leff a lot to be desired. The waitress forgot or screwed up 75% of what we ordered. She brought us the wrong number of tacos - why would we order 3 when there are 4 of us. And was completely oblivious to the fact that there were 4 of us sitting around the table. She brought us the wrong drinks all THREE times we ordered a round. She was friendly & nice, but after awhile it got old."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We went to Takito for a bachelorette dinner and it was a great choice! They were accommodating to our large group which was so great. The tacos were interesting and tasty and there was something to fit everyone's tastes. Nearly all of the menu is gluten-free which makes it easy if you have dietary restrictions in the group. Great cocktails, especially the Caliente Margarita! Very reasonably priced for a good group and plenty of food!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I'm so intrigued by the layout...and impressed by the food. I really love the fish tacos, the salsas are amazing! I feel like they do tacos better than most."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "In all honesty, I loved the food and drinks (probably one of my favorite drinks in the city here). My only issue was that we had to wait forever for our table when I had made a reservation weeks in advance. Further, the setup of the bar is quite awkward as it is turned to the outside where people are walking past. We had to stand at the tight spaced bar uncomfortably for about 20 minutes until they finally had our table ready. The owner was quite accommodating but the service was still not up to par whilst dining. In their defense, it is fairly new(ish), and it was a Saturday night, but that should not necessarily be an excuse."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "If you appreciate food and understand the complex nature of food done well then you will love Takito. If you are expecting typical anything then you will be disappointed. The chef has obviously put detail and quality into every bit of the menu from the salsa right to the cowboy coffee (you have to have that) at the end of your meal. The variety of authentic tacos was completely off the charts good and flavorful. The food here is amazing and the friendly, rustic, and vibrant setting made the whole dinner an experience. It was so good we returned the following Sunday for brunch."
    Dined on 12/6/2013