El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill

4.7
437 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Welcome to El Mariachi! They have a strict policy of only serving top quality, authentic dishes and the best margaritas. It has been family owned and operated for over 24 years. They offer a more genuine and unique experience than your typical Mexican restaurant with an extensive selection of over 100 tequilas, if you don't believe it come and see for yourself. Also, they are famous for tableside guacamole prepared at your table fresh to order, and offer the most authentic regional Mexican cuisine in all of Lakeview! The authentic Mexican experience is enhanced with imported handcrafted decor and artwork, intimate lighting and traditional mariachi music. They also have an outstanding patio and party room that can accommodate around 100 people. If you would rather be the host they can cater the food for your event! So next time you need to plan an event contact your friends at El Mariachi. You don't want to miss out! Hope to see you soon, your friends at El Mariachi.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 437 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
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4.5
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

I frequent El Mariachi, it’s my go to. I think the food is great and I have had good service as well. But this experience is the most appalling. I had an 8:30pm reservation for 5 people and was sat at 8:40pm. No biggie, absolutely fine. Within 3 minutes we received chips and salsa with water. Our first interaction with our server was not until 8:55pm. So naturally we were filling up on chips and water. When the server arrived she did not even greet my party. She asked if we would like something to drink. 3 out of 5 of us wanted margaritas so we ordered a pitcher. She did not ask how many glasses nor did she even allow anyone to speak as she walked away. 9:10pm comes and she delivers a pitcher of margaritas that had been sitting at the bar. (We were in clear view of the bar). She arrives with 5 glasses and fills them up and places a full glass of margarita in front of each one of us. Here’s the kicker... MY NEICE IS 15 YEARS OLD!!!! Our jaws dropped and the server goes “ are you ready to order?” We say yes and are about to tell her to take the glass from my NEICE but SHE WALKS AWAY!!!! Without even taking an order. Comes back 5 minutes later to grab our order. So it’s close to 917 before we even get an order in. At that point I was frustrated and appalled by her careless actions. I spoke to management and his solution was to give us more margaritas. A new pitcher and then he took the additional glass from the table. I understand that people are busy but there are rules, laws and guidelines and that situation was entirely illegal. It unfortunate because they serve underage children so as a parent or guardian you can not trust a local business. I think is the staff is overwhelmed then they should consider more support or stop seating until things are in order. Also, being busy is no excuse to serve a minor alcohol. I hope they revisit city and state laws and abide by them. Conduct training for staff. Ok I’m done. Thanks for reading!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

No complaints here! They were ready for us when we got there, food and drinks were amazing, pretty great customer service, overall really satisfied with my experience!

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chi13
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The thing that got us in the door was your mimosa deal...and you guys did NOT disappoint!

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miriamr
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food . Love the bottomless brunch

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Drinks were soooooo good but food was eh

g
goldcoast
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Mariachi was SO fun! I went with a few girl friends and it was exactly what we were looking for. Margaritas were great and the food was delish. Carlos was our server and he put the cherry on top of a great dinning experience!

AV
AniyaV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The brunch was well worth the price and offer for bottomless mimosas.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I went for the brunch deal on Sunday and it was a great experience! We plan on going back next week (:

MB
MoniqueB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Mariachi never disappoints for brunch! The food portions are massive , the customer service is fantastic and the pours don’t stop happening . The patio allowed for perfect social distancing and we had a personal heater for our table ! I had a guest in town and she loved it! Thanks as always 😊

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Noemi
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Our service was phenomenal. Very patient waiter and was sure to keep us informed on food and drinks. Definitely recommend

RB
vipRyanB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Polite staff, very accommodating to our group as we had a stroller

JS
vipJSChi
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here after a game of golf at the Waveland Golf Course. Nice patio for outdoor dining and friendly service. Extensive bar list and very good food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great time, great food, great service, great deals, but lots of bees

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Beans
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Lovely atmosphere but the service was definitely lacking. Everyone was kind, but we waited 20+ min for our first round of drinks and then only 2 of the 4 were brought and 1 of those was incorrect.

Then the 3rd drink came out and the final drink came another 10 minutes later.

We were not reapproached after entrees arrived except to give our bill.

However, The patio space is very nice.

SP
ShawnParekh
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good Mexican food and margaritas! We had a pitcher of Mango house margarita and also had a coconut pineapple margarita, both were really good. The chips that they give are different than most Mexican restaurant but they were great. Carne asada was cooked to perfection. No more table side guacamole, totally understandable but they should inform you when you order that. Service was still great by every staff member.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

I’ve been here many times, all have been great experiences - this time was different. Short staffed, it took 30 minutes to get our first round of drinks, I normally have about 10 refills throughout the duration of my stay, I was given 3. The bees were absolutely terrible (5 were constantly at our table) I couldn’t even enjoy my brunch because they were so bad. We had to move inside because of the constant swarm of them. Hopefully next time will be better.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Took one hour to get our order in from the beginning of walking in. This was with the reservation. Never told patio is first come first serve. The server took a long time to get our order. We received the wrong drink. The patio was loud. The food was good but will never eat at the restaurant again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Aurora was AMAZING! This is my 2nd time here and I’m not disappointed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the outdoor patio ambiance and music. The bottomless mimosa brunch is also a great deal! Food was ok and service as alright as well. Waitress could have made better rounds towards the end but understand if she was swamped with many tables.

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PammA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Make sure you clarify what you're asking for. Some of the servers speak English as their second language (makes everything authentic), but because of the masks, there can be misunderstandings. We asked for pineapple margaritas, but got regular and it was not offered to switch it. Also, I had asked specifically what was in the burrito I ordered, but it came with other things. Again, I think it was just a misunderstanding in communication. We will definitely go back!

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NicoleR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The coconut RioGrande margarita tasted like lemon the food wasnt real Mexican it has a American twist to it but it felt good to get out during this pandemic

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Jessica
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and drinks. Will definitely come again.

MM
vipMilagrosM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food is always great. The social distancing and mask ordinance are being obliged and I felt very comfortable dining here as usual.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a lot of fun! There was a group of 8 in our party and even with the Covid restrictions they were able to accommodate us sitting in 2 groups of 4. We very much appreciated that! The music was a little too loud but other than that I would recommend checking it out. The brunch deal was so worth it and I’m sure we will be back again! Make a reservation!

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Jessica
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love El Mariachi! Never had a problem there. I’ve eaten on their patio three times but in the past week. It’s beautiful out there but I just wish they’d turn the music down a little bit. It’s very hard to hear the servers and other people in my own party.

FL
vipFoodLuver
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating, great consistent service, multiple options.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks and service as always.

RG
vipRasithaG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

While we reserved an outdoor seating they didn’t give us outdoor seating. The manager mentioned it s on first come first serve basis even if we reserved an outdoor seating Time slot. There were 3 open tables outside so not sure why they didn’t offer us. Manager asked us to wait for 30mins outside until table is available. We went to order some drinks and then manager is like “ok we can give you a table”. Not sure why he hesitated to give the table at first. Service was extremely slow. Manager blamed open table for having the outdoor reservation option.

CR
ChristopherR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great sunday funday brunch spot. Everyone had fun and enjoyed their food.

PB
PaulB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious margaritas and we enjoyed the enchiladas. We were concerned about social distancing, but they put us on a 2nd story balcony with only three tables. It was a magical date night.

DK
DonK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Short-staffed, took too long for service. Drinks were delicious, food was mostly good too. Would come back for the drinks.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Will be great once the new windows are in. Eating great food in a construction zone now.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aurora was amazing!
Service was incredible!
Food was great!
Bottomless mimosas are always a plus!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

OD
OutdoorDining
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

They weren’t very busy and our food took a very long time to come out. We felt like an after thought.

R
vipRobert
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It is good but needs some help. The restaurant is nice but the service lacked a lot and was not very good. No follow up.

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Maricelhe
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I wasn't crazy about the food, it tastes like tex- mex, and not authentic Mexican cuisine, the margaritas weren't that great, it was so sweet you couldn't enjoy the Margarita, too much syrup, not a fan.

JK
JamieK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Great value for bottomless mimosa brunch and the wait staff is very friendly and attentive. Griselda was a great server. Chips and salsa are amazing too!

JB
JaneB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite mimosa brunch place. Great food and great pours.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite brunch in the city!!!

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You can order delivery directly from El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill using the Order Online button. El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 549-2932.

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 437 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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