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About Authentico

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.

770 N Western Ave
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Westmister

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 295-3500

Website:
http://authenticorestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Antonio Gutierrez

Private Party Contact:
Gina Troiani: (847) 295-3500

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Authentico Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (18)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Authentic (11)
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Good for a Date (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fun (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Cozy (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Romantic (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Very good service at our table. The food was very good. The burrito was tasty and the beans had a nice hint of lime in there. The elotitos were the right size and the new take of flavor worked well. Great experience and will go back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We've eaten here before but were very disappointed this time around. The service was inattentive and the food was definitely below par. It was also very expensive. $10 for a little bowl of pre-made guacamole? The fish was VERY fishy.

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Good chips salsa and guacamole. Wasn’t a fan of my pork tacos. Have had other things here that are munch better

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I sooooo love Authentico which is what I say every time I write a review. We went with friends who had never been there and they sooooooooo loved the food!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Had a great evening! Good food, drinks and dessert!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Service was very good.
Good beer and wine options, margaritas looked very good.
Food was great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

My fish tacos were very fishy tasting ugh. My husband 's enchiladas had no flavor.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food is always delicious! Drinks too. We had a few appetizers, a couple of fish entrees, one entree salad and a traditional Mexican Dish, as well as 3 different desserts. Everything was great.

Tags: Live Sports, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

My sons (6th birthday celebration with the family. Great service and wonderful food. Made him feel special!

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

They threw away my leftovers (almost entire meal), and “replaced” it. When I got home, I found a lone enchilada. I was disappointed. There are better restaurants nearby.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Festive atmosphere, very accommodating staff, good drinks, great food!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Very nice excellent food and service

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We had a good experience

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I soooooo love this restaurant!!! It's my go to place when I want amazing mexican food!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Not Authentico best
Food was served very cold
Steak over cooked and dry
Asked for more Chips and salsa had to ask again.
Come here often..
The Mageritas are excellent
But another bad meal like this one and we won't come back..
Get it together!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food good but service BRUTAL

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Ordered tacos and kids quesadilla - waited 35 minutes to get dishes that take 4 minutes to put together. Food was ok nothing extraordinary but service was an insult. Not recomended. You get better food and service at the chain that serves similar food.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Girls night out was wonderful thanks to the delicious food and great service of our waitress Ellie. She was energetic and helpful. We will return for sure!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Food was very good unfortunately we sat outside the train came by many times and was very disruptive if I went back to this restaurant again I would sit inside my wife and my friends wife didn't mind the train as much is my friend and myself

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Our first visit but won't be the last. Interesting menu, great tasting food, friendly service staff and family-friendly ambience. A true neighborhood gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Our fist time at Authentico, looking forward to going back!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

The food, wine, drinks & indoor atmosphere were just average. The outdoor seating looked really nice but it was drizzling out when we arrived so stayed indoors. If going, recommend sitting outside with the fire.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

This place was amazing. We love the food

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Food is always delicious! Service can be slow at times. Fun atmosphere!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

As always it was amazing!!! Authentic is my favorite mexican restaurant !!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Service wasn't great on a busy Sat. night. Food was good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

All good great food and drinks

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Service is slow and inattentive. However, food came out fast.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Our server was wonderful unfortunately I don't remember her name, but the food all came out cold. We sent the soup back, it was cold. Also the fajitas were cold even though they were on a hot plate.
We didn't complain about the fajitas. They took the soup off the bill and brought us a dessert. I wouldn't rush back

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 20, 2017

The service was horrible! The food is just okay. We won't be returning.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Authenticity is a local gem and never disappoints 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Extremely slow service! It was a Sat night 8pm and we were 1 of about 10 tables filled. Waitress did not show up until at least 30 minutes then when ordered guacamole it came late and didn't bring chips until another 15 min. My parents were dining there earlier on same night and said same thing about the slow service. They did not appear to be short staffed that evening just very inattentive.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We've been coming here for great Mexican food since it opened. Good people, tasty food. Always offering up new and creative dishes. Not sure what's happened but I think possibly a change in management? We were seated outside as requested - took at least 10 minutes for someone to take our drink order (2 of our 4 drinks ordered did not need mixing). Drinks arrived 15-20 minutes later. We weren't in a hurry but joked that maybe we should order our next round immediately! Ordered dinner - 3 of the 4 of us got our meals - they brought me an entirely different entree. They were apologetic and sincere. my salad arrived (a special with mahi mani) and it was just a so-so salad for $22. They also had run out of a specific tequila which has never happened. Please know we have enjoyed many great meals here. Hoping things will pick up again when they get back on track - at this point, feeling it's not the value it used to be.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Typically one of my favorite spots; this last visit was disappointing from a service standpoint. The server accidentally spilled an entire margarita on 2 of the three people in my party. He apologized and brought towels. We were kind and acknowledged that it was an accident. However, we still sat through dinner sticky and wet. It would have been thoughtful for the establishment to buy a round of drinks, dessert, appetizer-ANYTHING or take a bit off the bill for the lackluster evening. Not impressed by this most recent experience.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Server had too many tables. Took forever to get drinks. Forgot chips and salsa. Had to order beers rom bar. Grilled fish tacos were tasty.

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