The Best Mexican Restaurants in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

Chi-Town has no shortage of high-quality authentic south of the border eats. But where are the savviest spicy food fiends getting their Mexican fix in Chicago? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We have compiled data from thousands of diners to find which restaurants are getting the most love. So welcome to our list of the best Mexican restaurants in Chicago, get ready to be impressed.

Restaurants:Barrio, Las Palmas Restaurant, Bar Takito - West Loop
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Mexican, Latin American
Neighborhoods:River North (Chicago), Bucktown / Wicker Park, West Loop

Barrio

$$$$·Mexican·
River North (Chicago)
1,194 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
With a menu created by top chef Katsuji Tanabe, this River North area culinary hotspot does fusion style Mexican in a hip modern space with an outside patio. House tacos come in clRead more
91% recommended
Mexican in Chicago / Illinois

Las Palmas Restaurant

$$$$·Mexican·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
469 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Located in the trendy Wicker Park neighborhood, Las Palmas is a multi-generational family owned Mexican restaurant with a light and airy atrium like setting. Traditional favorites Read more
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Bar Takito - West Loop

$$$$·Latin American·
West Loop
707 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
Specializing in Nuevo Latin cuisine, Bar Takito is a popular after-work gathering spot in the bustling West Loop area. One of the best Mexican restaurants in Chicago for those lookRead more
87% recommended

Uncle Julio's - Chicago

$$$$·Mexican·
Lincoln Park
647 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
Ranking on lists of the best Mexican food in Chicago since it opened back in 1993, Uncle Julio’s does everything from scratch, from the mesquite grilled fajitas to the table-side gRead more
91% recommended
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Pink Taco - Chicago

$$$$·Mexican·
River North (Chicago)
251 reviews
  • Fun
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Groups
Taco truck style goodness made with farm fresh ingredients from local producers, Pink Taco offers a bit of the best of two worlds to its hungry diners. With outposts in both Las VeRead more
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Adobo Grill

$$$$·Mexican·
Old Town
447 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Operating out of historic Old Town Chicago since 2001, Adobo Grill does fresh and authentic Mexican food in a festive and friendly ambiance. Besides a wide variety of starters, tacRead more
89% recommended
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La Luna

$$$$·Mexican·
Pilsen
126 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Happy Hour
Ferns adorn the walls of this artsy Pilsen neighborhood Mexican eatery, where traditional Mexican recipes get a creative make-over. Tacos come in succulent styles including the claRead more
90% recommended
Mexican in Chicago / Illinois

Mezcalina

$$$$·Mexican·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
389 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Showcasing artists from the Oaxaca region on its dining room walls, Mezcalina does authentic Southern Mexican style food in styish digs in the Gold Coast area of Chicago. From the Read more
81% recommended
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Mercadito - River North

$$$$·Mexican·
River North (Chicago)
5,039 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for Groups
Inspired by the bustling produce and meat markets of Mexico, Mercadito is a River North area culinary magnet painted in warm Aztec themes. An extensive taco menu includes standardsRead more
82% recommended
Mexican in Chicago / Illinois

TallBoy Taco

$$$$·Mexican·
River North (Chicago)
85 reviews
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for Birthdays
Tallboy beers and freshly made tacos is a winning combo for this casual local favorite of the River North area of Chicago. From the Pulled Chicken Tinga tacos, topped with potatoesRead more
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Takito Kitchen - Wicker Park

$$$$·Mexican·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
462 reviews
  • Fun
  • Great for Brunch
  • Gluten Free Options
Drawing from local farms and tapping into seasonal fresh produce to create a changing menu that is always fresh, Takito Kitchen is an industrial-chic Mexican eatery located in the Read more

Cantina Laredo - Chicago

$$$$·Mexican·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,872 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
The haute cuisine of Mexico City come to Chi-town at this elegant Gold Coast eatery where modern art adorns the natural wood paneled walls. Hearty chicken and skirt stake fajitas cRead more
82% recommended
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Cafe El Tapatio

$$$$·Mexican·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
169 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
A family owned casual Mexican eatery located in the Lakeview area, Cafe El Tapatio has been racking up local votes for being one of the best Mexican restaurants in Chicago since itRead more
92% recommended
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Blue Agave - State Street

$$$$·Mexican·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
137 reviews
  • Fun
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
Serving up authentic Mexican fare and libations since 1992, Blue Agave is a culinary institution of Chicago’s Gold Coast area. A buffet style fajitas bar means diners can stack up Read more
92% recommended
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Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town

$$$$·Mexican·
Old Town
210 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
The Old Town outpost of this Chicago chain is a colorful ode to Mexican street style tacos and a fun and vibrant place to fuel up when in the area. Tacos come in multiple differentRead more
90% recommended
Great for Lunch in Chicago / Illinois
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Barcocina

$$$$·Mexican·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
659 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
Sleek and stylish with a floor to ceiling steel and hardwood decor, Barcocina does a Mexican with a modern twist in the upscale Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. A large outside paRead more
94% recommended
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Guanajuato

$$$$·Mexican·
Winnetka
123 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Located in Winnetka, just north of Chicago itself, Guanajuato specializes in authentic dishes from different regions of Mexico. Enchiladas Poblano come smothered in a rich dark houRead more
87% recommended

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill

$$$$·Mexican·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
426 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
A family run authentic Mexican eatery serving the Lakeview area since 1992, El Mariachi garners praise as one of the best Mexican restaurants in Chicago for hearty home style plateRead more
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Chicago / Illinois
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Quiote

$$$$·Mexican·
Logan Square
393 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Classic Mexican with a farm to table flair makers Quiote a destination for those in the Logan Park neighborhood, where the local dining scene just keeps getting hotter. Produce andRead more
92% recommended
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