The Best Mexican Restaurants in Chicago

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.

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

$$$$·Mexican·
River North (Chicago)
1,654 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Hot Spot

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 classic styles like al...

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Las Palmas Restaurant

$$$$·Mexican·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
467 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 like ceviche get a l...

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Bar Takito - West Loop

$$$$·Latin American·
West Loop
875 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot

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 looking for well prepare...

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Uncle Julio's - Chicago

$$$$·Mexican·
Lincoln Park
648 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Kid-friendly

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 guacamole service. Lo...

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Pink Taco - Chicago

$$$$·Mexican·
River North (Chicago)
495 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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 Vegas and Los Angeles ...

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Adobo Grill

$$$$·Mexican·
Old Town
501 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

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, tacos and ceviches, the...

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La Luna

$$$$·Mexican·
Pilsen
360 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

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 classic carne asada and...

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Mercadito - River North

$$$$·Mexican·
River North (Chicago)
5,355 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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 standards like braised pork b...

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TallBoy Taco

$$$$·Mexican·
Chicago
85 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Casual
  • Fun

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 potatoes, carrots and crema,...

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Takito Kitchen - Wicker Park

$$$$·Mexican·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
581 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 hip Wicker Park area...

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Cantina Laredo - Chicago

$$$$·Mexican·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,845 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot
  • Fit for Foodies

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 come sitting on a bed...

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Cafe El Tapatio

$$$$·Mexican·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
199 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic

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 it opened its doors mo...

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Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town

$$$$·Mexican·
Old Town
256 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 different styles and flavors,...

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8 people mentioned the Guacamole
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Barcocina

$$$$·Mexican·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
660 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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 patio built from a con...

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Guanajuato

$$$$·Mexican·
Winnetka
176 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • 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 house made mole sauce w...

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Good for Groups in North Suburbs
7 people mentioned the Margaritas
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El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill

$$$$·Mexican·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
574 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch

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 plates matched by strongl...

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40 people mentioned the Bottomless Mimosas

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 and honey sourced in pa...

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Blue Agave - State Street

$$$$·Mexican·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
137 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual

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 the grilled steak, c...

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