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About Mago Grill & Cantina - Arlington Heights
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!
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Mexican, Latin American
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 10 AM - 9 PM
Monday: 11 AM - 10 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM - 10 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM - 10 PM
Thursday: 11 AM - 10 PM
Friday: 11 AM - 11 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 11 PM
Vail Ave. and Campbell St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please visit http://www.magogrill.com/catering.html
Street parking and nearby public lot.
Just 1 1/2 blocks South of the Metra Northwest Line, Arlington Heights station.
Juan Luis Gonzalez
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mago Grill & Cantina - Arlington Heights Ratings and Reviews
Disappointing visit. The Waiter brought my soup at the same time that he brought my meal. So my meal got cold while I ate my soup. He also did not stop by much.
Also, they did not log me in, and they told Open Table that I did not show up.
This place is definitely going down hill.
Started with their warm tortilla chips and three kinds of salsa. We didn't do any additional appetizers, etc. Ordered two delish entrees and took home half of the one. Hot, tasty and ample. Server was attentive, but didn't hover. Sat by a HUGE TV which was a bit distracting, as only sports programming was on, which my husband watched periodically. Would rather skip that when dining. Two entrees and soft drinks came to around $50.
Food was good but our server only came by a few times. He was ok I guess. We were seated in the east dining room and it was VERY LOUD!!! It was very difficult to have a conversation. There are LOTS of other choices in downtown Arlington Heights, so I don't think we will rush back to Mago.
Worst Mexican food we ever had. My husband and I ordered the Tampiquena. The enchilada was tasteless. I told the waiter we didn't want the mole sauce, however, he didn't seem to understand me even though I told him multiple times. Needless to say we got the mole sauce. The skirt steak was okay but very small given what they charge. The service was subpar. Definitely not going back.
Our server greeted us and we were served glasses of lukewarm water.He couldn't explain the specials, but assured us they were good. Had to ask three times for a glass of ice for our water.
We each ordered a margarita - one regular and a frozen mango margarita. He brought 2 regular margs. I wanted something without cilantro, but was informed that it was pre-made earlier in the day. Food was just so-so. Had asked for separate checks, but the server brought 1 check. All in all not a pleasant experience. Will not be returning.
Our first time there was for our pre anniversary dinner. It was great. The service was lovely we were attended to often by our waitress. She was very friendly and made sure to check in and peek over to check on us. The food was served hot, and was flavorful. My favorite part was the guacamole being made fresh in our view. The flavor was amazing and everything even the main dishes were freshly made with fresh ingredients. Our table was in a well lit open area, we were able to converse amongst ourselves in comfort. The dining experience was one to remember because the place was so clean, bright, smelled of the foods being cooked(yum) and the service was great. Waitresses and waiters are very polite, helpful to one another and speak English & Spanish. We will be making plans to return for another date night. Plus there was a convincing Groupon coupon available which is why we decided to try it out. Best place we could have gone for our date.
This is my favorite restaurant! Everything is always great. They always give you 3 unique salsas with chips and and if you show any interest at all in mole, they'll probably bring you a flight of 5 different kinds, all of which are fascinating, delicious and awesome. It is hard to decide what to order. But that's why I love coming back again and again. Birthdays are fun here.
Always love visiting Mago! Great food and wonderful sangria. Dined with a friend early on a Saturday night - we both had tacos and loved them. I had a chipotle shrimp and mahi mahi - both were delicious, with bright flavors and just enough spice. (Don't remember what type of tacos my friend had, but she loved them.) The complimentary chips and salsa are always yummy. Only less than optimal experience: the host sat us in a room where there was a large noisy party - a kids party - and we had to ask to be moved to the other room, which wasn't as raucous. Not sure why she thought we'd be okay with the loud room, but we were moved and our meal was great, as was our server.
Service was fine. Food was fair but not exceptional. My pork tenderloin medallions were over cooked and hard. Sides for the mole dish were fine but didn't add to the meal. Mole sauce was complex and flavorful but did not save the meat. Drinks were sweet and strong.
We came here on a quiet Monday night with out of town friends. The food was pretty good as usual (as we expect, for the relatively high prices). Service was friendly, but the entrees arrived 5 minutes after appetizers. Then they wasted food by bringing new chips & salsa after the entrees. Seems to be having some growing pains, or just going thru the motions, not so much focus on service as in the past.
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