El Hefe - Chicago

3.9
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198 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria in Chicago is not your average taco joint. We serve up delicious little tortillas full of flavor, but we also boast the best Tortas and Beer-Garitas in Chicago.At El Hefe we dish up all kinds of tacos: Pork al Pastor, Braised Beef, Duck Carnitas, Chicken, Carne Asada and more! And they don’t stop there– add in an entrada (appetizer), Hefe Dog, Torta or finish off the meal with a dulce (dessert).

Are you more concerned with the beverage? El Hefe has some of the best Margaritas we’ve ever sipped. Grab one – or a beer-garita, frozen marg, beer, boxed wine (seriously!) – the list goes on and on!

How do you say “Cheers” in Spanish? At El Hefe we have earned it!
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3.9based on recent ratings
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3.9
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3.8
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3.7
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Okay space. Definitely a young rambunctious vibe. Service was so rude. Johanna I will be sure never to return.

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Rick
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Food was amazing but the service was a really bad experience we did not have an assigned server long wait time very frustrating.

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LeesaD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

This restaurant is for a younger crowd. The margaritas come in very big glasses and they are not very flavorful, mostly sweet. I had two different Margaritas, the first being exceptionally sweet. I would rather have a smaller well made drink with higher quality ingredients for the price we paid. The food was good, again nothing exceptional. We had the street tacos, which were not highly seasoned. I like my food spicy. We asked for extra salsa for the tacos and were charged extra for it. Chips and salsa do not come with the meal, again had to pay extra.

Our server was very attentive and friendly.

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Vicki
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a terrific server , Lisha. Very helpful with menu, and attentive. Food very tasty and nice portions.

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Steph
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, good vibes & great service. Had a great time

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience1

This is a Michigan state bar- I had no idea they would have the football game on with sound when I made the reservation. My friends and I were looking for something a little less loud.

The food was DELICIOUS I was just disappointed to have girls night tainted by football!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The waitress didn’t know about the Happy Hour Menu that was advertised at the website, since it‘s different from the one which is advertised in the bar. I ordered my tacos without cilantro and surprise: they came with cilantro. The beergarita was not good at all and at the end on top of a 22% gratuity there was a ominous tech fee of 3% on the bill. Wouldn‘t recommend going there

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KrystalO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a girls night out, food and drinks were perfect. No complaints!

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KelseyS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was good & the atmosphere was fun, but service was quite poor. The server was unorganized and failed to tell us that we would have to be on one check due to being a party of more than 6 people. Also, one round of shots was $100, which she also should have mentioned before serving them to us.

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Chatty
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Couch seating was busted Waitress was horrible. Wasn't crowded just not interested in being a good server

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and service were okay. My group and I got there at 5 and the music was already louder than needed, by about 7:30 we had to scream at each other to be heard.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Taco Tuesday deals & $9 20 oz margs!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Cool environment! I wouldn’t go here to catch up, the music is very loud. We were celebrating a bachelorette party so it worked out ok! We didn’t like that we had to pay on one ticket since our party was larger than 6.

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Sigv
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food - loved the tacos!

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vipSand
Greensboro
37 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had dinner after work with co-workers. Picked a good taco night. Tacos were very good. Would go back.

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Sandra
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Margaritas and appetizer we ordered was good but omg for two items I ended up paying more than $40, too expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

3 of 6 food orders were wrong

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CourtneyM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food was great! Nachos were unbelievable. Unfortunately though, our service was very much sub par. We had a group of 6 so it was our prior understanding that tip would be included, which is completely understandable. The problem we had with this is that our server came by our table MAYBE twice throughout our entire meal. We were expecting to drink more but were unable to get her attention. We were one of three tables and felt we were put on the back burner because our 22% tip would be included regardless. We didn’t feel the 2 trips to our table warranted the $48 tip or a $5 “tech fee” even when you are paying cash.

Everyone thought the food was great, I will continue to tell others the food is worth the price but unfortunately the food is not worth the service. We will not be returning based on the standoff service we received.

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vipSaraH
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went for lunch and happened to be Taco Tuesday. Great deals and the food was fresh and delicious. Highly recommend if you work in the area.

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vipBobL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tacos, good and fun environment!

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MorganS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I made my reservation for a party of 8 online for brunch. I went in for it and the young lady informed me that there was no longer brunch service, although a brunch menu is listed on the website. Brunch was also being promoted on the back of the lunch menu. If brunch is no longer being served, please remove it from the website and the menu. It is very misleading to guests.

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vipLmp1985
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall1food2service5ambience2

This place is dirty. Bathroom is a mess soap dispensers don’t work. Floor is sticky. I hope the kitchen is clean, but have my doubts. But of all of that the WORST thing is they charge a 3% tech fee on everything! What is a tech fee? Not really sure. We were going to pay cash so we didn’t have to pay a tech fee.....not true all bills just come with a tech fee already added. JUST CHARGE MORE, don’t trick your customers. I will never go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was good. I really enjoyed the tacos, but it was the worst service I’ve ever experienced. Our waitress was straight up rude, and didn’t check on us at all. The restaurant was fairly empty when we were there and we watched her hang out and chat at the bar all night. I live in the neighborhood and definitely will not be back. Ive heard from friends that this restaurant wasn’t worth going to, but wanted to give it a try. My recommendations to other will be the same as my friends: don’t go to El Hefe.

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JenniferT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of 9 of us went to el hefe for my birthday. Our service was pretty quick, the food was excellent and authentic. If you like spice, I highly suggest the street corn!

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ljg1601
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed the food & lively atmosphere. However, it’s a bit loud for conversation & not kid friendly.

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ChrisS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Good Tacos, small portions, and definitely and bar/club scene.

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AndrewF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was really good, service was OK. I did not appreciate the surprise "tech fee" that was added to the check without my knowledge.

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JillS
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were top notch. Price was great for Chicago , in the middle of it all. Nice to make a reservation and know we had a table! We will return!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It was good!:)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a total group of 6 and everyone enjoyed the food. It was pretty loud, and we sat at a weird booth that had us all sitting on the same side, so it was difficult to talk to each other. Seemed like the main focus of the place was the TVs. Would go back with just 2 or 3 people so we could actually talk. Service was great and the food was delicious (my husband and I each got 3 different tacos and loved all of them).

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vipJulieM
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Foot at El Hefe was excellent. I would highly recommend visiting this restaurant. The Guacamole was wonderful. I had the grilled chicken fajita's and they were delicious! We were with a group of 6 people and everyone was very satisfied with their meals. It was Excellent! Waitress could have slowed down a bit and paid more attention to us - she was so quick to run and get our appetizers and meals that she really didn't listen well and follow through. Also, tables where the tip is already added, should be informed.

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vipQueensTom
Phoenix
49 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A find. Relaxed and fun, informal restaurant with excellent food and energetic service.

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ChiDan
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Terrible experience this weekend and won't be back. Waitress was rude and not attentive to our table at all. She never made eye contact and was very hard to communicate with. It took two hours to have two friends and have dinner.

A group of adults came in, very clearly intoxicated, and sat in a booth near us. Members of their group began to make out with each other at the table which was not what I expected out of a Friday evening dinner. One woman climbed over the booth to others to try to kiss other people at the restaurant. Everyone was watching them and the staff did nothing to stop any of it. Disgusting.

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vipCarolW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was excellent. We had the tres tacos and the steak nachos. The steak was cooked perfectly. My only gripe is our server. It was not overly busy, but she was not attentive at all. I had to flag her down multiple times to get refills. After we finished eating someone cleared our dishes. We were going to order dessert, but after waiting 20 minutes for our server to even come near our table, we were over it and just asked for the check.

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Tequizatoo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service and quick food delivery

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Mattel
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped by while in Chicago for a conference. I am and MSU alumni and came for a Saturday MSU game. Couldn't have been happier. Great table, great service, amazing food, great environment and lots of Green and White! We had a blast. Also - loved the live DJ during commercial breaks. What a cool idea!

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PhillipV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service.

SM
vipSusanM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation and asked about a specific football game to watch. They lied to us and told us they would change the channel so we could watch the game we wanted then kept us waiting for 15 minutes and finally told us they wouldn't change the channel. Wasted a lot of our time when they could have honestly responded to our comments on Open Table.

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HilW
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nachos and tacos at el hefe were fantastic! Went for dinner on a Friday night. The atmosphere was lively and very, very loud.

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El Hefe - Chicago does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

El Hefe - Chicago is rated 3.9 stars by 198 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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