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Authentico, Lake Forest, IL

Authentico

4.5
4.5
1319 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
  • Neighborhood gem
  • Great for outdoor dining
  • Great for creative cocktails
The Authentico cuisine is healthy Mexican combined with a modern twist. We offer the freshest ingredients available to create dishes from scratch every day. Even the tortillas and sauces are created fresh daily. Authentico's ambiance is a blend of rustic and old world with a modern flair.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (847) 295-3500
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Antonio Gutierrez
  • Private party contact
    Marcy Ramirez: (847) 295-3500
  • Neighborhood
    Lake Forest
  • Cross street
    Westmister
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Lake Forest Metra
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,319 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

1,319 Reviews
  1. Mrod

    Chicago

    159 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    159 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Let's start from the beginning. We were greeted and immediately seated on a half moon table on the patio for a beautiful summer night where the temp was perfect.Our server was prompt, welcoming, and took our drink order. We all ordered different margaritas, which were excellent!. 2- Types of salsas and chips were served. Both homemade salsas were excellent! Our entres were: Rib eye fajitas, grilled shrimp, and Arrachetta skirt steak dinners. Appearance was done nicely. The fajita steak was tasteless with no seasoning at all and dry. The only vegetables were green pepper and red onions. The shrimp were tasty but lacked flavor .the skirt steak again lacked flavor, and the steak portion was a bit skimpy. The lime/ cilantro rice that everyone received was good but not a hint of salt. The black beans were average. I think the restaurant in general was high priced for the food we received. Maybe I'm spoiled to Mago restaurants in S. Barrington and Arlington Heights who also put a spin on traditional Mexican food. The experience was good in general, but paying higher Lake Forest prices for what I received is questionable.

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    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    There were 4 of us, we got the frozen margaritas, they were probably the best ones we ever had!!! The service was fast and the food was amazing! Large Plates lots to eat! Only thing is the noise level was very bad! Couldn’t hear our waiter so we had to read lips lol!!! My son recommended this restaurant and we also agreed! Beautiful out side seating also!!!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food with great service. A bit pricey but worth it because our portions were huge. The Authenticity margaritas were fabulous.

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  4. Dennis

    Chicago

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were outstanding! Martha our server was amazing!! She anticipated our need. Delmar the helper was great! Thanks!

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  5. Lindsay5

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Last time we went the food was amazing. This time it was barely edible. Not sure what happened in the kitchen. Fish tacos were dry, overcooked and tasted fishy. Brisket tacos were dry. Service was slow and server was not attentive. So disappointed.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    food and service were excellent. i especially enjoy their al pasto bowl with either pork or skirt steak which they offer on the specials menu. i doctor that up with the red sauce that Authentico provides with the tortilla chips. that red sauce provides the right amount of heat without being too hot. i mix in one full dipping sauce bowl into my al pastor bowl.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good chicken fajitas and rib eye tacos! The staff was pleasant and happy☺️

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  8. Jack

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I just don’t recommend. The food is incredibly bland. It’s time to change the recipes because for expensive food it should match the price. I couldn’t even eat half of it

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  9. Millerhm01

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Authentico is our go-to place for upscale, delicious Mexican food. The chips and guac are great; so good, in fact, we have a hard time saying "enough already." We love the salad with adobe shrimp (its huge and so tasty), as well as the rib tacos. Both dishes never disappoint. Every time the fajitas pass by, they smell so good I say to myself ... "I have to get that next time." However, one time I ordered the fajitas and they just weren't as amazing as I had expected them to be. All in all, Authentico is the real deal.

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  10. JohnS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    overall, pretty decent. the service for food at the bar was a bit slow, but overall for a restaurant in a smaller suburb, it was pretty good.

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FAQs

Authentico offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 295-3500.

Authentico is rated 4.5 stars by 1319 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Authentico

770 N Western Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Westmister
  • Neighborhood
    Lake Forest
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Lake Forest Metra
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Antonio Gutierrez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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