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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.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Contact:
Marcy Ramirez: (847) 295-3500
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Authentico Ratings and Reviews
We visited Authentico for an early dinner for a birthday celebration, on the way to the Genesee Theater. We were seated promptly, the food and service were just wonderful, and the staff worked to get us out the door and on our way to the theater right on time. We live a long distance away, but when we find ourselves in the area again, we will for sure stop in again. Delightful!
We had a 7:45 reservation and they seated us at 9. Didn’t offer us anything to drink or eat while we waited. The place was so crowded you could not move. I’ve been here before and this was the worst experience I’ve ever had. My food was inedible. No seasoning and my fish was not cooked properly. Again, lots of I’m sorry s but no offering of a drink or anything. Worst dining experience I’ve had I years
Got there for our 7:30 Reservation and they were slammed. We were a party of 8. It was so overbooked we had to separate into 2 parties of 4. They sat us near the door not far from our other group but we had people hanging over us who were waiting for tables and we were very near the door and it was cold that night so every time the door opened we got a rush of cold air.
We were eating with our jackets on. After a while a table opened up a little farther inside the restaurant and they let the 4 of us switch. They also had a big party of highschool kids and their parents celebrating a victory. It was a bit loud but it was ok with us since the celebration was a good thing. My major complaint is that no one from management cared to come over to us to see if we were ok. We have been to this restaurant many times and its usually great. We will give it another chance since it was so crowded that they were not functioning normally.
Stinks....as in stink bugs. Our first visit to the restaurant. Our server not once stopped by to check on us. To get refills we actually needed to stop the people bussing the tables. After finishing our queso fundido appetizer (which was very good) our entrees arrived. Within seconds a stink bug crawled around my bowl of frijoles and across my plate. I flagged one of the attentive people (again one that is bussing tables) who took it away and brought a manager.
After apologies they offered to replace my food. By then we had lost our appetites and just wanted to leave. I will be contacting state and local health services. Since it was january there must be more bugs in the kitchen and much like the overall service, they are oblivious to the issue.
It was a birthday dinner, which was specified on the reservation but not acknowledged by the restaurant. Service was poor. We had to wait about 30 min even though we were on time for our reservation. Then we watched people come in the door and be seated at 4 tops, which we were waiting for. The hostesses didn't apologize or offer to comp us some food. Quality of the food was good but hostesses and wait staff were awful.
I went here for a date night with my wife and was pleased with the trip. As a vegetarian, it has been difficult to find authentic Mexican places that offer options other than just cheese quesadillas. Still, we had a good experience here and enjoyed our food. I was especially happy with the street corn appetizer and my guacamole burrito. The salsas that came with the chips weren't overly flavorful (a bit mild and bland for my taste), but that was the only negative of the evening.
Food was just ok. It seems like this place is slipping. Soda in my drink was flat. It was vodka drink and I'm not sure it had any vodka. Second time that has happened. Special fish tacos were lacking in flavor and fish smelled a little. Was very disappointed. Don't think we will be back for a while.
We arrived early and the greeter suggested a seat at the bar to wait for our table. We ordered margaritas which might be the best in the area. Someone ordered a prickly pear margarita. Amy, the bartender, overheard us talking about it and offered us a sample. Wow! Tasty, but dangerous. It went down way too smoothly.
Finally got to our table. Chips and salsa were above average as was the guacamole. Good menu selection. My wife had cheese enchiladas that were exceptional. Likewise were the carnitas tacos that I had. Service was great. The place was lively with updated Mexican music.
We only came here because we couldn’t get a table at one of our regular spots. Glad we did. We will be back.
We had to wait about 10-15 minutes for a table despite having reservations and there really isn’t a great place to wait. The food is reliably very good, and once we were seated the service was very good as well. It’s a noisy fun atmosphere but you can definitely have conversations without shouting.
We eat there once in awhile. The food is good. The service the last few times is becoming problematic. There is not enough wait staff or the kitchen gets backed up. Never saw our waitress again after she took our order. The hostess Marcy was great she stepped in!
The food was creative and delicious - not just your basic Mexican food. I had a special - salmon tacos - made to order, hot and delicious with interesting toppings/sauce. My friend had a chicken dish she really liked, topped with mango. They brought churros with chocolate sauce and a candle for the birthday at our table - tasty! I hope to go back soon. Very casual. A good amount of street parking around the restaurant. Wait Staff very nice.
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