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El Maya

4.3
211 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Fit for Foodies (193)
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Modern Mexican Cuisine. We have fresh Margarita mix every day.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Monday 5:00PM- 10:00PM
Tuesday 5:00PM- 10:00PM
Wednesday 5:00PM- 10:00PM
Thursday 5:00PM- 10:00PM
Friday 5:00PM- 11:00PM
Saturday- 5:00PM- 11:00PM
Brunch Saturday - Sunday -10:30AM to 2:30PM
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Phone number
(773) 878-1882
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What 211 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.3
  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
3.7
ambience
4.1
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0
Dined on November 4, 2017

First off, the place says it is BYOB in Yelp and website. It is not. Drinks were good but skimpy. Food OK. My wife had Salmon, which was good. My entre, nothing special. Overpriced. Half way through the meal, staff seated a couple with a screaming and ill-behaved child next to us even though the place was virtually empty. Would not return

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GregR (Dallas)
4.0
Dined on October 1, 2017

Delicious and authentic. Would recommend to anyone in the city. Affordable and very good service.

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vipTableTalk (Chicago)
3.0
Dined on September 22, 2017

No longer BYO, they need to update social media. Salsa tastes like tomato-basil spaghetti sauce. Disappointed overall.

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Arlecchino (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on September 9, 2017

It was our first time here and we enjoyed it very much. The service was exceptionally friendly and pleasant and the food was quite good. It had an interesting preparation and was beautifully plated. You should know that they now have a liquor license, and a full assortment of cocktails and other beverages. Also I want to recommend the cheesecake. it is really more of a cake than an American style cheesecake, but it is quite heavenly and large enough for splitting. Not overly sweet, either.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0
Dined on July 30, 2017

Friendly, fast service, suitable for before or after theater. Place was practically empty from 7:30 until closing on a Saturday evening, makes me wonder why they bothered with a liquor license. I understand it was more popular as a BYOB. Pitcher of margaritas very weak. Food-wise, well prepared but unusual ingredients for Mexican fare, on the pricey side, and the dishes seemed over-worked. The Venezuelan restaurant a block away was hopping, with a menu of standard fare. El Maya might be better off sticking with a more traditional Mexican menu rather than the "fine-dining" approach that isn't at all what most people would expect.

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vipCaldafron (Chicago)
3.0
Dined on July 18, 2017

We were there on a Tuesday night and one of the two dining rooms all to our group of four. The menu is more promising than the food delivered, but the food was generous, solid and nicely cooked.

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Teterec (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on July 15, 2017

great food and nice staff. food always tastes great

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0
Dined on July 8, 2017

The food was fresh and ok but trying to be trendy. I prefer authentic Mexican food. The margaritas were very sweet and dense with lemon flavor.

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Jenn (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on June 11, 2017

Delicious ceviche, fresh and authentic dishes, fun decor

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0
Dined on June 10, 2017

service was incredibly slow. waited at table for over 25mins and still the waitress did not take our food order. walked out.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Monday 5:00PM- 10:00PM
Tuesday 5:00PM- 10:00PM
Wednesday 5:00PM- 10:00PM
Thursday 5:00PM- 10:00PM
Friday 5:00PM- 11:00PM
Saturday- 5:00PM- 11:00PM
Brunch Saturday - Sunday -10:30AM to 2:30PM
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Cross street
Ashland Ave
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(773) 878-1882
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Public transit
Brown Line at Montrose
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Executive chef
Javier Cruz
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine