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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!

115 West Campbell Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:00am-4:00pm; Brunch: Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am-2:00pm, Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 4:00pm-10:00pm, Friday 4:00pm-11:00pm Saturday: 2:00pm-11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm-9:00pm

Cross Street:
Vail Ave. and Campbell St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 253-2222

Website:
http://www.magodining.com/

Catering:
For personal service, call 847-253-2222.

Parking Details:
Street parking and nearby public lot.

Public Transit:
Just 1 1/2 blocks South of the Metra Northwest Line, Arlington Heights station.

Executive Chef:
Juan Luis Gonzalez

Additional:
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

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4.3

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4.4

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4.2

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4.1

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Love to visit when we can.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was really nice and fun. They gave all the girls birthday sombreros

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great service, excellent food

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food and drinks. We especially enjoyed the guacamole made table side and the raspberry mojito. I like that you can order individual tacos so you can try different kinds.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very loud restaurant with average food and very expensive margaritas!

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Arlington Heights location is not quite the same quality of food as the South Barrington location. Had the same meal at both and flavors were not as on point as South Barrington.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Love Mago!! Great food, great service, great drinks.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Always excellent food and unique moles. Waitstaff is friendly and service is good.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very pleasant dinner. We took our time. The staff was patient but responsive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I love Mago!!! It's always super delicious ! I'm vegetarian and they have lots of tasty options! Drinks are superb too! It's a must go spot!!!!

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Live Music, Healthy, Vegan, Kid-friendly, Tapas, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Abraham was our server and he was a complete delight! We will come back and request him for sure.

Thanks!

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

We picked Mago's for their elevated Mexican cuisine. The only downside to the experience was that the restaurant was VERY loud. It we difficult to just have a conversation.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I really like this restaurant but would like to see broader options on the menu, unless their goal is to be the local mole restaurant. The food is consistently good and the service is always friendly.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 28, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

All and all, the food was good.
However my Hanger Steak and my friend's skirt steak was a bit tough.
We were 5, and I might add that the Guacamole that we ordered might serve 3 people at the very most.
The service was good but $ value just wasn't there.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Love the atmosphere very colorful! I was concerned because I don't like spicy and the menu sounded spicy. We ordered guacamole and they make it at the table. Even the mild was spicy for me so I asked the waiter what would be good. He offered to bring me my own guacamole! And he recommended non spicy dishes. And it was really good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 24, 2017

This was probably one of the best experiences I've had at Mago in Arlington Heights. I sat outside for the first time and the weather was perfect and it wasn't to noisy. The server that my party had was absolutely amazing!

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 (Österreich)·Dined on August 23, 2017

the restaurant had just opened in a new location so lacked a coffee machine ( I usually finish with aan expresso). Service was friendly and fast. My friend had not eaten Mexican food before so this was a good choice. Will go again next time I'm in Chicago's NW suburbs

Tags: Spicy, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Food was great and server was excellent and provided good suggestions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Normally Mago is top notch as far as food, but the last couple times it has come down a notch. Of the four of us, none were all that happy with our food. For instance, my chorizo taco's crispy potatoes were literally burnt Ruffles. I was very disappointed in that minor detail.

As always, it is a fun atmosphere and the homemade guacamole made at your table is a must.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Unimpressive bar menu- no mimosas or sparkling for a weekend brunch? Food and bar MUCH better at South Barrington location. We'll only be going to that location from now on.

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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Delicious food - great ambiance - good drinks -attentive service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

The food I was able to consume was delicious, however beware if you have an allergy. We placed an order of tamales for the table. There was no mention of either avocado or plantain on the menu but I reminded our server to be sure that there was no cross contamination in the kitchen. He assured the table that there was nothing that contained either of those ingredients. Well, as I scooped a serving for myself, I noticed green and decided to ask again (for the third time) if there was avocado or plantain. Our server said he would double check. Needless to say, he ran over to our table minutes later hoping that I had not tried the tamales yet as they contained BOTH avocado and plantains! Luckily, I had held off on trying the food.

A server should know the menu and the kitchen should read and be ultra sensitive to allergies! The restaurant should really focus on educating the servers, as well as the kitchen about how serious allergic reactions can be and to take all requests seriously. Needless to say, I will not be eating there again.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

I love going to Mago it's a great restaurant with a variety of menu items. Love the steak dishes there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Spicy, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Great food, extensive menu, good service. Outdoor sitting is a good option when weather permits. This was my 3rd time at this restaurant, definitely will be back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Food great. Service from Eliza was even greater. But, overall, the neighboring table conversation levels and incidental noise were too loud.

Tags: Casual
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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Wonderful food and service! We will be back!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 10, 2017

The food here is very good, different and tasty. I really like the variety of options and flavors on the menu. Service was excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Mago's is typically a staple for authentic quality Mexican in Northwest Suburbs. First time everyone thought was just average. They are remodeling next door and assume this is part of the reason for decline. We will go back, and expect overall will be excellent again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Food was pretty good. The shrimp taco was delicious. The steak was really salty. The margaritas/monitors were sooooo sweet I couldn't even finish them. However, the service was amazing. Our waitress( I wish I knew her name) was very friendly and helpful. Short reddish hair?

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 2, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants! You can never go wrong here. All the drinks are handcrafted with their own mixes and absolutely delicious. The chip basket is NEVER empty and the salsa is practically on auto refill which is necessary because of how delicious they are. Our entrees are always perfectly cooked and brought out with exactly what you requested. Easily our favorite restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Fun, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on June 30, 2017

We had a wonderful time. Our waitress Cassandra was awesome 👍

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Awesome guacamole!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 25, 2017

My Birthday and as always Mago never disappoints.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Food was fine. Service was poor. Three hours for dinner and never once were drinks refilled. Server was not attentive, didn't return to table for 20 minutes at a time. No dessert offered. And it's LOUD!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Guacamole and drinks were great! Took forever to get food and when food arrived all was extremely salty. Will not be going back

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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