Authentico

4.3
638 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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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.

*Unfortunately, we are not able to accept reservations for the outdoor patio garden. It is on a first come first served basis.
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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

The constant diesel fumes from a standing running train and the noise level from trains made this the worst atmosphere I have experienced anywhere on the Northshore
Very unpleasant air quality and noise off the charts bad.

JV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was good but the margaritas had way to much ice and too little margarita. Our waitress was not that good

d
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Service really down this past Saturday. Hostess could not figure out where to sit people. Servers were under water. Tables not bused or cleaned. This is not characteristic and I hope they fix it soon!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Never got to sit down. Had a 7 pm reservation. Got there and was told it was a 15 min wait (no problem). Went to the bar to get a couple cocktails. The bartender was engaged in a lengthy conversation about margaritas with a customer and could not give two cents that we were standing at the bar waiting for a drink. After waiting and waiting and waiting to be served, we walked out. Went down the street to MLG and had a wonderful cocktail and delightful dinner. All the staff at Authenico seemed overwhelmed and under trained. Need some help guys.

GP
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad experience - great friendly service and excellent kitchen - a neighborhood gem

l
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Noise level was low during this visit. Other times it’s very loud with families and kids. Outdoor seating is area is quiet and relaxing. They now have new “Bowl” dishes. I ordered the blackened halibut. It had some spices on it but by no means would I consider it blackened. The overall dish was very good. Lake Forest margarita is my favorite. Unfortunately their prices are very high for a suburban Mexican restaurant.

i
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The watermelon margarita was refreshing and delicious. Our server, Brenda, was very attentive and helpful. While the food was good, I thought my beef enchiladas were rather ordinary and the beef brisket was dry. Our $6.00 portion of guacamole was ok; it was mainly avocado with little else in it. Unlike some Mexican restaurants, I thought they'd let us choose ingredients, and have it freshly prepared on a side table, but that's not what they do. Overall, the food was good, but not exceptional.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are so glad to have discovered this gem of a mexican restaurant in Lake Forest!! The food was delish specially their house salsa and guacamole Am a vegetarian and had the veggie burrito and it was yummy!!! The service was quick. Vanessa who helped our table was very friendly and prompt. This will be our to go mexican place from now on!!

P
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great...the service was outstanding!

DG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

only disappointment was that i requested outside seating in my reservation and it was not available.

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great but it did get very busy just after we arrived. Our food (2 salads) didn't arrive until 40 minutes after we ordered. We had to send one back because they forgot to add the chicken.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

We had requested a table for 4 outside as a modifying our reservation
When we got there they said sorry
No outside table available even though we had made a open table outside table reservation
Not happy
Sat inside over booked but community is small and not much to choose from
Waited a long while for wait staff and for drink order
Would only go again if we could sit outside... there are other better Mexican restaurants in other community
Only went there because of time construction it is close by our home
Thanks for asking

GP
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcey and her staff are always happy and go above and beyond - 10 ⭐️’s!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Had to wait for an outside table, but got a great one. Waitress was slow and a little forgetful, but clearly very busy and very very sweet. Overall good experience and will definitely go back.

NW
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful all around. The food was soggy, salty and just not good. Service was super slow. They jam tons of tables in so super squished too.

JA
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Slower service but tasty!

RV
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Essentially, the reservation didn't matter. They still put us on a waiting list when we arrived behind walk-ups. It was very frustrating. When we were seated, it took quite a while for the server to take our order and our food came out long after others that arrived later...with some ordering the exact same dish. Needless to say. It wasn't a great experience.

OH
New Mexico
43 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at Authentico! Fantastic service and everyone had delicious food and drink!

DG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and exceptional service.
I’ll be back!!

JN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute place. Great food. We’ll be back for sure !

W
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Nice atmosphere & outdoor dining. Good menu with lots of gluten free options.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and ambiance are always great at Authentico. Margaritas as well!

CJ
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We return often based on our past experiences, and tonight hit the mark again. Excellent food, great margarita's, and friendly service delivered an enjoyable evening. Suggestions include the guacamole (mix of smooth & chunky and not a lot of add-ins) , enchiladas barbacoa (suggest substituteing with their mole), and finishing with chirros with chocolate sauce. Finally the atmosphere is a mix of couples enjoying drinks and families with children. A must stop location when in Lake Forest.

D
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good but service disappointing. Had to ask for chips with the guacamole we ordered 3 times and eventually had to go inside and ask hostess. Fajitas came without tortillas. Had to ask 3 times as well. Fajitas were cold by the tome the tortillas arrived. Enjoyed sitting outside.

S
Naples
38 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food is good not great. Chips are terrible. Taste like out of a bag. Bar just does not pour a good drink. Seriously couldn’t tell if mine had any alcohol.

t
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible service took over an hour to get food and arrived over cooked and cold. So disappointing.

W
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food is good & like the indoor/outdoor seating. However, we were disappointed they did not set up our table correctly. And, the food took an extremely long time to get out of the kitchen.

Strangely they weren’t that busy so I’m not sure where was an issue. Even after we informed servers we had people who had long way to travel home, the service was very slow. We started taking things from other tables because we could not get silverware, plate requests, etc

I like the restaurant but it felt there was no management on site. Our dinner party grew weary & people were hungry & tired of waiting.

SM
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We have been here many times but have to say the service this time was less than normal. After trying to flag down the waitress to replace a water glass which had something nasty on the outside, when we got the bill after a wait, the charge on the credit card was about $30 more than the bill. My wife had to go find the waitress to have her correct it.

On the upside the seafood enchiladas are amazing.

IL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Server was great, but the kitchen was backed up so we got our appetizer kinda late and they brought the main meal before we finished our appetizer. Not a big deal but we felt rushed once the meal came.

AN
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was good but the food delivery was a problem
It took three tries to accommodate a cilantro allergy in the guacomole

MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

After reading several other reviews, I was excited to try Authentico. Unfortunately, our experience was just okay. We ordered an appetizer and two entrees and all three were incredibly bland. My barabacoa enchiladas had almost no sauce on them, and were so dry I could barely eat them. Our cocktails, however, were great.

OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my friend and son for our first visit Friday. The menu was extensive and innovative. Everything was very good. I had the chicken enchilada with mole and it was very good, especially the mole. The other two dinners, beef rib meat tacos and a grilled chicken were also very good. The bacon wrapped shrimp was excellent. Service was good, a bit slow, but we were in no hurry. Definitely will be back.

A
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service were great. Our waiter was wonderful and very accommodating. I had a new dish, taco bowl with grilled halibut, and it was delicious. I absolutely recommend it.

JA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening as usual, and the Mother’s Day rose was especially nice!

SS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Reservations don't mean there will be a table ready, had to wait 25 min. Food was great, staff very nice but very slow service on Sat night. Will give another chance to improve! Overall, really liked the restaurant

p
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fun and casual atmosphere with outstanding food. Extensive menu with all our Mexican favorites and great margaritas!

DC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day dinner- my favorite restaurantb

LC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Authentico. We live downtown and regularly see family in Lake Forest. We love to go to Authentico. The service is excellent. From the minute you walk in the door with the host/hostess, the servers and the staff that run the food and fills the water. Everyone is kind and welcoming and always have a smile on their face. The food is wonderful. Always fresh, delicious and cooked perfectly. I tried the Authentico enchiladas this past trip. It’s my new go to! I am already craving them 2 days later. There’s a sweetness to them because of the blue crab and shrimp that is indescribable. It’s just one of my favorite dishes I have had at any Mexican restaurant. They are excellent and I would drive to Lake Forest from the city specifically for that dish. The ceviche special is awesome. You can never go wrong with the guacamole. Margaritas are great as well. Made perfectly with good tequilas. We just really love Authentico. Probably one of favorite restaurants in the city or the suburbs.

G
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We came in with a reservation ON TIME and waited almost 10 minutes to be seated. They sat us right in front of the door which kept opening letting in cold wind. Our server was very nice and accommodating. Overall, very noisy and overpriced.

l
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Let me start by saying that I've been to the restaurant many times before for dinner and I loved it. I'd only recommend the restaurant to a friend for their dinner service. They're not usually open for breakfast, but the added the service for Cinco de Mayo. I had a breakfast burrito with chorizo. The chorizo wasn't ground, but more a slice of chorizo. The burrito was overall below average. The cost was was way out of proportion to the value of the meal. For two adults with one margarita each it was $65. I could have had a better quality breakfast burrito for $7 at a local authentic Mexican restaurant. The outdoor patio was great and the drinks are always wonderful.

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