Mago Grill & Cantina - Arlington Heights

4.6
1187 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
A celebration of Mexico's heritage, Mago Grill & Cantina is the creation of award-winning Chef Juan Luis Gonzalez. It's original Mexican and Latin menu is comprised of authentic favorites including freshly smashed tableside guacamole, seafood ceviches, savory salsas, fresh salads, and main dishes of steak, chicken, pork and seafood including the chef's own Grandma Paula's family recipes with vegetarian and gluten-free friendly items. The full service bar caters to margarita and tequila connoisseurs. Open for lunch, dinner and cocktails daily, 7 days a week. Family friendly dining, great for groups, too!
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vipKariW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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Cath
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, very patient, and the moles were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was delicious and service top-notch.

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vipKathleenC
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not been to Mago in a few years. So glad we decided to go back. The food was wonderful and the services was top rate.

Our table had the guacamole appetizer - which was perfect. All of our entrees were delicious - shrimp tacos, Chili Relleno and Carne Chihuahua. We will be certain to go back to Mago again soon.

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foodie
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Celebrated a friend’s birthday. Outdoor seating was comfortable. Heaters kept us warm despite the winds. I truly appreciated immediate clean-up of utensils and dirty dishes transitioning from appetizers to entrees. Highly recommend and have returned to restaurant within 48 hours. Absolutely love the cochinita pibil tacos. Service that evening was the best I’ve experienced compared to my previous experiences. I believe our server’s name was Joan.

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EdwinO
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the service. Definitely will go back food was excellent drinks the waitress everything

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vipElaineT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved this place -and our waiter was superb. Only gave a 3 star for ambience because we had to sit outside on a less-than-perfect weather day because of the pandemic. Food was great - will return - and look forward to going post-pandemic!!

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JillianH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is an authentic experience. The mole choices are amazing! We had a lovely time and will be returning soon!

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JeffreyR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic. What Mago has done to accommodate outdoor dining into the fall season is commendable.

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Foodie
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service, good drink options

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vipgeorgetteR
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There isn't much to NOT like here. Margaritas were delicious. Nice variety to choose from on the menu. Food was fabulous as was the service. I would recommend giving this restaurant a try.

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lorenem
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Disappointed that they didn’t make our gauomole table side. They us too.

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BonnyS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I went here with a friend to catch up after a long time. The server was good and we got all suggestions to help with our choices.
All in all a good experience

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JaniceL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've eaten here a few times and the food is always good. The service was very good. Our only complaint (and this was obviously through no fault of the restaurant) was that there was some construction work going on across the street - and we had chosen to sit outside, which made it extremely noisy at times. If it weren't for that factor, I would have no complaints whatsoever and would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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vipReed
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service! A really nice outdoor setting!

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vipJodi
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great Service. The outdoor seating is great. Seating outside is very cool and they bring out heaters as the sun sets. Great ambience. The streets are lighted up and there was a DJ. Really love the food and come here quite often.

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vipKCferg
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food very good. Service good. Ate outside but table didnt sit evenly on brick street. Tilted enough that dishes would slide. Why would they even sit someone at a slanted table?

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vipKat1202
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The tiny plastic cups for margaritas ....cold tacos...and poor service made for and average experience at Mago. With so many Mexican restaurants competing for diners in town, Margo unfortunately misses the target. We dined inside and knew it would be loud because it’s always very loud at Mago, but this night was exceptionally loud. The other part that seemed to make no sense with our margaritas served in small thin disposable plastic cups. This is the only restaurant in town serving diners INSIDE with plastic cups. Their margarita prices are on the high end and to serve them this way was disappointing. With many restaurants looking for customers these days it seems that Margo can do better. We ate the week before at salsa 17 and had a much different experience. Delicious margaritas served in a traditional margarita glass ...warm food and the service was top-notch.

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AlmaM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was disappointed that tortillas were not severed with my meal at a Mexican restaurant!
I find this very strange, I needed to pay extra....

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kellyt
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Mago is always the same, which is great! We always know what we’ll get when we order and are confident in our selections. I recommend Mago for good food in a relaxed atmosphere.

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vipjjshig
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outside dinning with great food and service.

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KathJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pleasant evening at an outdoor table on the street enjoying authentic Margerittas and excellent Mexican fish dishes. One of our favorite local places

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KimberlyB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, from the service, to the food, to the margaritas. The tamale appetizer is a must try. Very enjoyable all around, make your reservations early!

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Happydiners
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a quick taco lunch at Mago. They offer a nice variety of tacos. And the esquites was delicious.

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vipJulie
Chicago
170 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor seating !! Met up with a friend for lunch who I hadn't seen since all this craziness started. Miquel was our server and he was absolutely fantastic. We told him we may be awhile and he was attentive but not overly and did not rush us at all. We enjoyed a long lunch catch up. Tables are spaced nicely and it wasn't crowded (otherwise we wouldn't have lingered so long). Food was fabulous. Service was Fantastic. Before we left we talked about meeting here again next week. Thanks for the great service Miquel. See you next time !!! (ps Shrimp Tacos are AMAZING).

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vipDrumr3
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Outdoor seating was good, draft beer and mohito and volcano fajitas worked well. Poblano n cheese taco, shrimp taco , veg tamales, guac ok.. Server rushed a lil bit...1 1/2 hr time limit , half hr more would be good.. we had plenty of drinks too.

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SherriC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, friendly waitstaff, great food. Highly recommend.

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vipDonnaM
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely delicious!

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LesleyH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious but the service was the most rememberable. Every one was in such a good mood and so down to earth and friendly. Great job with the patio ambiance as well!

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AlmaM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Need happy hour values or something to entices customers

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, and amazing service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor patio. Good spacing between tables. I am a big fan of their food and have always had good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food, service, and drinks were great. Outside dining available during this covid phase

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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MarinaK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. We enjoyed our dinner very much and will be back soon!

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vipPenguin
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mago has never let me down. Excellent food and great service. The outside seating was well spaced and comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor dining, socially distanced.

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Dorothea
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was always of of my favorite restaurants. Never got disappointed. Great service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. Service and food were amazing. Tables were nicely spaced. Did not have to wait long for the food. Was our first time on a date since having our baby; was overall a great night!

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JoannL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was great -- very helpful and patient with our requests. Because of the location, eating alfresco is very pleasant as opposed to other locations in town where it is more congested. Absolutely recommend!

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Mago Grill & Cantina - Arlington Heights is rated 4.6 stars by 1187 OpenTable diners.

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