Ixcateco Grill

4.6
45 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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Owned by chef Anselmo Ramírez, former student of culinary pioneer Rick Bayless, Ixcateco Grill provides a fresh take on authentic Mexican cuisine to Chicago's North Side. This cozy spot is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and offers extended brunch hours on weekends. The menu is updated seasonally and features housemade chips and guacamole, a variety of mole preparations and wood-grilled favorites such as lomo de puerco and carne asada. Stuffed portobello mushroom and squash dishes offer tasty options for vegetarian guests.

Brightly colored walls and eye-catching artwork throughout the space give Ixcateco Grill a vibrant and inviting feel. The dining area is lined with tables that can be reserved ahead of time by phone. Ixcateco Grill has a BYO alcohol policy and is conveniently located across the street from a liquor store, making it easy to grab a six-pack or bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday & Tuesdays- Thursdays: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Friday- Saturday: 5:00-10:30PM

Brunch:
Saturday- Sundays: 10AM-2:30PM

Closed Mondays
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(773) 539-5887
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Anselmo Ramirez
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Additional
BYO Liquor, Weekend Brunch
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Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. The food is always excellent, and the service is friendly and good. BYOB is always a plus.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I can’t believe I waited so long to try this place! It really is a gem! Our party of five was blown away with the first bite of chips and salsa. The meal only got better. The octopus salad was one of the best, if not the best I’ve ever had and the mole was exceptional!!

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DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had my birthday dinner with friend December 8th. Great food and service. Will be returning.

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BW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Not the usual list of Mexican dishes but, wow, each dish is wonderful, flavorful and doesn't feel like it has been sitting on a steamer table or just the tired old same thing.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Dined with a party of four. Service was very good. The quality of the food was good, but we were all so disappointed with the Chef’s heavy-handed use of sugar in dishes that shouldn’t have a sweet profile - e.g., the green tomatillo salsa that arrived at the table with chips was super sweet. A surprise, and not in a good sense. Mole would have been super tasty if not for the too-sweet taste. It would serve the kitchen well to turn down the volume on the sugar. It’s not typical, nor expected in Mexican cuisine.

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V
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a gem! Amazing food and a neighborhood gem! The octopus was delicious and a bonus is that it is BYOB.

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TI
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit for a group of 4. Birthday dinner on a Friday night and everything was extremely enjoyable. Everything we tried was fresh, delicious and flavorful. A smaller menu with interesting choices, not the typical taco, enchilada and burrito fare. Service was very good and the space was relaxing and comfortable. BYOB kept bill very reasonable. Will definitely go back soon.

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AP
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu changes with the seasons. So many reasons to love this place. Oh, and BYOB!

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H
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

CONSISTENT AND REALLY YUMMY. CHEF ALWAYS HAS A CREATIVE, DELICIOUS MENU. WAIT STAFF IS FRIENDLY AND NEVER OVERLY ATTENTIVE. A GREAT PLACE TO DINE.

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FS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service. Everyone is very helpful. Meal service is timed well.

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DS
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious and freshly made. Love Ixcateco Grill!

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LD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at reasonable prices! If you want a drink, it’s BYOB.

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H
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Friendly & helpful service. BYOB makes it even more affordable.

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g
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Simply a best value in Chicago. Great mole from a Rick Bayless protégé. Also care and creativity in the ensalada pulpo. The rack of lamb with black mole is complex and outstanding as are the camarones and avocado with linguini. The pastry chef is also from Frontera and does a light yet very satisfying tres leches cake. One waiter is an artist who painted many of the artworks and colorful walls. Probably the most reasonably priced top-quality upscale Mexican food in Chicago!

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e
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, especially the asado and the pork loin. But perhaps the star of the show was the house salad which I would buy by the tub if I could.

Service was very gracious and patient. The waitress made excellent suggestions.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. One of the top BYOB places that I have been to in a while

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our second visit to this friendly, warm spot with a fantastic take on authentic Mexican cuisine. Our dishes were bursting with complex and delightful flavors. Everything was at the same high level as our first visit several months ago, and the BYOB option keeps it in the highly affordable category as well.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This place has amazing food and the value is great. The only thing I would recommend is don't think you are here for a quick in and out dinner as their service does take a little longer but I like that because you can spend longer in the restaurant and enjoy yourself.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing gem! Northside prices for downtown quality from the star chef and long time student of Rick Bayless. BYOB makes it even more reasonable. Staff is knowledgeable and rightfully beaming with pride over the menu, the team and everything they have put together. I've already been back and will be again.

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R
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious, fresh, authentic Mexican food. Cute, cozy atmosphere and BYOB. Great brunch - try the coffee with cinnamon, yum! Beautiful food at a wonderful neighborhood spot.

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KH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was friendly, attentive, informative, well paced and contributed to an excellent experience. The gentleman that opened our wine was very good and fun. The rack of lamb special, the pork loin and the shrimp were the favorite of the table and the mole with every dish was deep, rich, smooth and delicious. The other favorite was the octopus salad and the guacamole starters. We can't wait to visit again and we all thought the value compared to the quality and portions was fantastic. Plan ahead as you might drive around a bit to find parking but there is available free parking on the side streets in the neighborhood.

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PS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always friendly and welcoming. Excellent food and very BYOB friendly. One of our favorite places in the city.

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A
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food!

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B
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved this place! The waiter was charming and the food was delicious!

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CL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was absolutely fabulous, and tres leches cake was to die for. Service was good albeit a little bit slow as there was only one waiter (the place was busy for a Tuesday night). Owner came out to ask how our meal was and was genuinely interested in our feedback.

Wonderful place--we will definitely be back to try everything on the menu.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican Restaurant in the area. High quality food. Great service.

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Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Mole and More. Nothing trendy or hip but the food is terrific with everything fresh and flavorful. This BYO charmer showcases seriously delicious food in a bare bones setting.

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W
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We waited 35 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. The servers were clearly overworked. It took a few requests to get wine glasses. It took a couple requests to get a steak knife.
Everyone was polite and apologetic, but the wait time and service was still an issue.

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j
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

LOVE the food and the staff is great but seems a bit disorganized since our last visit??
Front of the house could use a little help and then I think this place would be in the outstanding category!!

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RD
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

I hate to even write this but I'd wouldn't go back. The service was slow like a turtle and we had all night to burn. They ran out of margarita mix mid meal and we still had over half a bottle to kill between four of us. We went out for beer and was told that they would store it in the fridge while we ate. It was difficult getting one when we wanted it. They didn't have enough menus for all the patrons at the restaurant so we shared one between four of us. No buser so getting water or extra napkins was tough and then the final moment was when our server slipped and fell next to us and hit his cheek on our table. I felt terrible for the poor guy, I'm sure he had a nasty bruise the next day.

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TB
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service here is excellent. These people know how to cook. We had guacamole, a salad, and the vegetarian entree, and all were excellent. It's a BYO restaurant, making it a very economical dining option.

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D
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Wonderful authentic food! We drove in from the suburbs twice in a month to savor the flavors.

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W
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding.

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C
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Really enjoyed our girls night. Great BYOB. $23/person = great value for terrific food!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This was our second time at Ixcateco. They seemed to be a little slow or possibly surprised to be so busy on a Tuesday evening. The food was good but the wait was longer than it should have been. We'll go again but maybe over the wknd when more staff is scheduled.

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. What a great find. One of the best Mexican restaurants in Chicago by far. The mole, shrimp, and the grilled octopus are must haves

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p
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband pulled out an article in the weekend section of the newspaper at the beginning of the year. He misread and thought it was another Rick Bayliss restaurant but in fact is a former chef of Frontera and Topolobango. Wood fired entrees and appetizers, small memo but excellent choices. It is BYOB which makes for an economical meal along with outstanding food and reasonable prices. Our server Dee was great. Went on a Thurs. evening, good number of tables occupied, street parking. Will definitely return.

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a
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful meal! We tried a few appetizers (guacamole and octopus) and both were fantastic. Yes, who doesn't like guacamole but this was a bit different than the norm and really good. The octopus was a must try if you go!
Then we all split 4 entrees (pork, chicken, salmon and beef) and plantains and all were very good. The sauces are so flavorful, the sides tasted good and complemented the meal.. just a great meal. Everyone enjoyed the food. We also had a great server. Only reason ambience score isn't as good is b/c the lights went out for a short bit while we were there and it was a bit too warm inside, however, this did not deter from the great meal. Would definitely go again!

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m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu. Friendly staff. Accommodating to vegetarians. Delicious. BYOB

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A standout among many very good local Mexican restaurants - not "haute", but very good attention to detail, excellent moles, BYOB a plus - reservations recommended, as this is a (justifiably) very popular spot, especially on weekends.

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