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El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill

4.4
262 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Fun (5)
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 15 years. They offer a more genuine and unique experience than your typical Mexican restaurant with an extensive selection of over 150 tequilas (100% Blue Agave), 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 and 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Breakfast, Regional Mexican
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Hours of operation


Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00 pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm- 10:00pm,
Friday: 11:00am- 12:00am,
Saturday: 10:00am - 12:00am
Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 549-2932
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rafael Alvarado
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Catering
Catering menu available @ elmariachitequilabar.com
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Cross street
Sheridan & Irving Park
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Parking details
Free parking is available in the back of the restaurant. Must sign up with the host after parking.
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Public transit
Red line (Sheridan stop), 36 Broadway bus.
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Special events & promotions
Join us for happy hour from 4 pm to 6 pm! $5 House Margaritas! $3 Baja Brewing Beers! Enjoy Amigos!
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

From business meetings to holiday celebrations, birthdays or rehearsal dinners, we're occasion ready and waiting to serve you. Our Party rooms can accommodate private events up to 120 guests. Contact our management team and we will make sure to help you plan a memorable event that will meet you ex

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What 262 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.1
service
4.2
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4.4
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

I think our server was covering too many tables so the service was horrible. Took 40 minutes before they took our food order. He also never came back around after the food was served so I found a bus boy who could find condiments and never got a second drink. He was friendly enough, just spread too thin.

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5.0  Dined 4 days ago

This place had GREAT FOOD and a great deal for brunch. Will definitely be coming back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Great margarita choices!

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FoodiesWorld (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Lakeview neighborhood find for authentic Mexican fare! Gather with friends or first date for a grande margarita or exotic smokey pineapple one. Javier was a pleasant and graceful server. The table side guacamole is such fun and delicious. You will be swept away to embrace viva la Mexico!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

I’ve been here many times. The food is generally okay, but the service is subpar, and on this last occasion, it was awful. We saw our server three times: once to take our drink order, once to take our food order, and again, when we flagged him down to get the check at the end of the meal. He never checked on us, which is a shame for him, because we would have purchased more drinks if he had showed up.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Fun night. Food was good. Restaurant was short-staffed that night. I felt bad for our waiter.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

First time & will definitely be back!! Endless mimosas and great food, and you can't beat the ambiance.

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vipPinkster (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a 615 res for nye. When we arrived we were offered only one table choice. It was near a door through which people were continuously coming and going. It was 1 degree outside. We sat there for a few minutes with our coats on, then realized we could not enjoy our dinner this way. We told the greeter and we left. This restaurant has a sister restaurant a few blocks away and I was amazed that the greeter did not at least offer to check the availability of a table at that location. We drove over there ourselves and were fortunately able to have a lovely dinner there. But the hospitality at the larger restaurant where we actually had reservations was non existent.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

The food is great, the restaurant was freezing though. All guests were wearing winter coats.

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BHBH (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Brunch was awesome. The mimosa brunch deal is great. The menu has a lot of choices. The chips and salsa was tasty! Mimosas were very good.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

Really great value! Perfect for Sunday brunch/bottomless mimosas. Was very noisy but this did not get in the way of the great food, service, and quick refills!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Ok food. Slow as molasses service. You’ll be lucky if you can even get your waiter’s attention to order another drink.

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ChicagoCouple2017 (Cleveland)
1.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

To the manager's credit he comped our meal for what happened and my friend says this isn't typical.

However, it was a weekend, even though there were tables open, it took 15 minutes to get seated, once we were seated it took 30 minutes to get our first beverage. Then another 30-40 to get our food. The waiter basically ignored us other than delivering the food. Overall, it took 1 hr 45 minutes for 1 pitcher of plain margaritas and 2 plates of a basic entree. The food itself was good. Due to the manager being so apologetic, I'll probably try it again sometime to see if the service really was just a one time thing.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Our experience was okay. Waiters were nice, but they put our food at another table. After the other diners had opened my tamales with their fork, the wait staff realized the food was at the wrong table. Instead of offering to make us new food, they slapped it down on our table. Since the food hadn’t been eaten at all, we felt bad wasting it, but in the end the food was not very good. The tamales were very dry, bland, but super spicy. Will not return.

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vipTony (London)
2.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

This restaurant group has some of the best food in the neighborhood and some of worst service. It was a Saturday night and the place was about half full. It took nearly 15 min to get 2 margaritas and another 15-20 minutes for a burrito and 2 tostadas. Our server was barely around and there was, what appeared to be a manager, walking around the dining room asking if everything was ok. He seemed to be oblivious to the fact that our waters were empty, we'd been sitting for a long period without drinks, the table next to us had their credit cards out, and the table on the other side was sitting there with dirty dishes in front of them, clearly done with their meal. We'll go back because we love the food, and we've come to expect drinks to take a while, but hopefully the service will be better.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food! Great atmosphere! Great drinks! Came in no waiting for table. Great service

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vipKermit (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

Some real effort is going into making this place a bit more than run of the mill. The sopes with plantain showed some real imagination. Too many dishes are still just ordinary Mexican-American choice-of-chicken-or-beef. The special Baja tacos with grilled mahi-mahi had a superior salsa, and the refried beans were fresh. Margaritas tasted of tequila and weren't as oversweetened as some, but were quite tame. Would return, but would hope they could find a table for two that wasn't up against a large group that shouted from one end of their table to the other.

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vipKelshallP (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Our server was excellent. Great recommendation on the jalapeno margarita. Give him our thanks.

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AMS2 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

Food was very good. Prices were reasonable. The table spacing was a bit crowded, but the service was good. We walked there after a Cubs game. You definitely want to make a reservation if going after a game. A lot of Cubs fans had the same idea.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

They need to do a better job posting their brunch hours on the website!

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LM15 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

Come to this place a lot and generally have a good time. Service was awful this time around which was a bummer since we had out of town guests with us.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

The only negative was the smell of the garbage in the patio area

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nmlowery71 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

Outdoor patio was great, service was friendly and timely - food could be better for the price.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 10, 2017

Great patio space and a solid brunch menu with a great variety of options! Waiters were very generous and quick on the bottomless mimosas refills

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vipBirdman (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on September 5, 2017

The margaritas, queso fundido, and enchiladas - ask for the chorizo - are very good. The only complaint is the extremely slow service, even on a Tuesday night at 7 pm. While the water and chips came quickly after we sat down, after 10 minutes waiting we had to call the manager over to order drinks and the food. The drinks were slow in coming, as was the food. They seemed to be a bit understaffed in the front of the house and I assume in the kitchen. We love the food and drinks, but this is the third time we have been there and had the service problem.

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chilsatx (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on September 4, 2017

As usual, I enjoyed the Mimosa Brunch at El Mariachi. The service is friendly, attentive, helpful. Starting your day with this Mimosa Brunch will start your day off right!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

The staff unfortunately was a little slow and the waitress messed up an order. Management was accommodating and understanding, however unsure if I would return.

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vipJessicaD (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

If you live in the neighborhood, it is a decent place for Mexican food. The drinks (margaritas, palomas, Mexican Mules) are pretty good without being overly sweet, the problem is that the speed at which they come out is consistently slow. The last few times we've gone, I didn't get a chance to order a second drink until my food was being delivered, but it always seems to come when we are done or almost done with our food. The manager is very attentive and takes note when we've waited a while (last two visits) but have not seen a resolution.

The food is pretty consistent and typical Mexican restaurant fair. Seems a tad overpriced for what it is, but what isn't?

When it is busy it can be pretty lively. I don't have kids but it seems kid friendly as there are always a few families when we are there.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on August 27, 2017

Everything was good but it was too loud

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