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El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill

4.5
280 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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.
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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Private party facilities
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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Private party contact
Fernando Leon: (844) 236-8106
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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!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 280 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
value
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Table for 6 reservation was ready at 7:30 on a busy Saturday night, so that was a plus. Guacamole was fantastic, but food otherwise dismally average.Chips and salsa were good. Beans and rice were bland. Cheese and poblano tamales were inedible; two came with the order but I could only eat half of one; ratio of masa to filling was way off, with a thick coat of masa to undetectable filling; truly, it was like eating a wad of masa. Waiter was inattentive, and the kitchen, even after the rush slowed down, was slow; we waited while several other tables after us received their guacamole, then their food. We watched several tables finish and leave before our food arrived. Overall, nothing to recommend it over any other average Mexican restaurant in town.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

I live in the neighborhood and have been going to El Mariachi for years. At some points we would go once a week. At this point we may visit once every 6 months. Something has changed... at first the staff became less friendly but the food was still great. After the last few visits the food quality has also declined.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We made a reservation for 12:30. Got there on time and had to wait another 25 minutes to be seated. They were VERY crowded for their Saturday Brunch. Normally we wouldn't have minded the wait but the cut off for the bottomless mimosas was 2:00 pm so we were a little annoyed since we had to rush through our brunch. The food wasn't the best but overall the service was good.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Don’t sit by the bar for brunch if you’re seeking speedy service. The term “bottomless” is used loosely considering we hit it several times waiting for refills.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I love El Mariachi and always have at least one meal there when I am in town. The venue is small but doesn’t ever feel crowded. The portions are generous without being excessive. Great margaritas. Great salsa. Everything on the menu is authentic and fresh. Service is swift and attentive. They do take out and delivery. The staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming. There is also a great neighbourhood bar next door - Jacqueline’s - for before or after. Reservations recommended for special days like Cinco de Mayo. Highly recommended.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very disappointed with service and responsiveness to dietary restrictions (vegetarian).

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Love this place! Great margaritas, fun ambiance, and a large menu!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Fantastic place for brunch. We came on St. Patrick’s day and the mimosas were green - food fantastic, pricing really reasonable.

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1.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We get there at 9:15 me and my boyfriend are vegetarians we order our food but we had completely different food when we ask why the server said we are out of that so the chef decide to give us what he like whit meat. We decide to go straight to dessert and when I asked for the dessert menu the server said “sorry the kitchen is close”
Just horrible horrible place

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great brunch deal. Food is delicious. Mimosa deal is fantastic. Cocktails are creative and yummy. Service is friendly and upbeat

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I love El Mariachi and I eat there frequently. Yesterday, the experience was completely different for a party of 15 people and I was very disappointed. We purchased Bottomless Mimosa brunch - the server only filled our glasses twice, three small basket of chips for 15 people (did not offer offered more after they were gone), we had to listen despacito song more the than 10 times (only song they played), the server dropped some Platanos Al Tequila French Toast sweet 3 leches syrup on my sweater. In general the experience was ok, no pleasant. Would I try again, yes!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The service was great, food was prompt, and our glasses were almost never empty. The value was great for the brunch package and the personalization for my birthday celebration was fantastic. The restaurant accommodated my group and mad for a great event.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great place for boozy brunching with friends!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great bottomless mimosas special!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I am a regular the food is always hot and taste great and let's not forget the margaritas

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

A decent spot, but for advertising National Margarita Day all over social media they were very understaffed. 10 minutes to greet table, never checked on how food was, when asked if we were ready for check my response was “I’ve been waiting on a margarita for 20 minutes now.” Not an ideal experience. I’ll still go back. Manager was trying hard - perhaps they had call offs.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Great margarita choices!

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5.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food and service

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2.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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1.0Dined on September 24, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on September 23, 2017

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

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