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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 the Tastemaker 20. We have compiled data from thousand 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
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Barrio

$$$$·Mexican·
River North (Chicago)
882 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
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
87% recommended
Mexican in Chicago

Las Palmas Restaurant

$$$$·Mexican·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
454 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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
93% recommended
Mexican in Chicago

Bar Takito - West Loop

$$$$·Latin American·
West Loop
612 reviews
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
  • 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

Uncle Julio's - Chicago

$$$$·Mexican·
Lincoln Park
537 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
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

Pink Taco - Chicago

$$$$·Mexican·
River North (Chicago)
153 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Happy Hour
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

Adobo Grill

$$$$·Mexican·
Old Town
394 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
95% recommended

La Luna

$$$$·Mexican·
Pilsen
56 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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
100% recommended
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Mezcalina

$$$$·Mexican·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
365 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Authentic
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
89% recommended
Mexican in Chicago

Mercadito - River North

$$$$·Mexican·
River North (Chicago)
4,736 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Fun
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
91% recommended
Mexican in Chicago / Illinois

TallBoy Taco

$$$$·Mexican·
River North (Chicago)
71 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
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
Hot Spot in Chicago / Illinois
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Takito Kitchen - Wicker Park

$$$$·Mexican·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
428 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
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
100% recommended
Mexican in Chicago / Illinois

Taco Joint - Lincoln Park

$$$$·Mexican·
Lincoln Park
79 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Mexican comfort food served in a festive cantina style dining room makes the Taco Joint one of the best Mexican restaurants in Chicago for the whole family. Located in Lincoln ParkRead more
100% recommended
Mexican in Chicago / Illinois

Cantina Laredo - Chicago

$$$$·Mexican·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,765 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
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

Cafe El Tapatio

$$$$·Mexican·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
144 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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 itRead more
100% recommended
Mexican in Chicago / Illinois

Blue Agave - State Street

$$$$·Mexican·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
112 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
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

Broken English Taco Pub-Old Town

$$$$·Mexican·
Old Town
183 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
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
88% recommended

Barcocina

$$$$·Mexican·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
607 reviews
  • Fun
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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
84% recommended

Guanajuato

$$$$·Mexican·
Winnetka
97 reviews
  • Casual
  • Kid-friendly
  • 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
91% recommended
Kid Friendly in North Suburbs

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill

$$$$·Mexican·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
385 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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
81% recommended
Great for Brunch in Chicago

Quiote

$$$$·Mexican·
Logan Square
393 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
89% recommended
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