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Mago Grill & Cantina - Arlington Heights

4.4
893 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Latin American
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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
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Phone number
(847) 253-2222
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Juan Luis Gonzalez
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Catering
Please visit http://www.magogrill.com/catering.html
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Vail Ave. and Campbell St.
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Parking details
Street parking and nearby public lot.
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Public transit
Just 1 1/2 blocks South of the Metra Northwest Line, Arlington Heights station.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 893 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
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Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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smwinn7 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Mid afternoon business meal the wait staff was very accommodating and prompt. Very good experience.

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PhilipW (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a good meal at a fair price and great service. I will dine there again.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Finer Mexican dining suitable for families or special occasion. Service was very good. Tasty variety of menu options.

We were seated on the east side of the restaurant and it was very loud. We didn't mind the noise but someone looking for a quiet place for dinner might care. We love Mago's and dine there often but this was our first time in the 'east wing.'

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WilliamB (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent restaurant food was great service was very good.

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vipLaura (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

The Service was great. Food was delicious! Can’t wait to go back!

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DonnaH (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food and service. The bar area is really nice to sit and eat at during weeknights. That's when it is quieter and less busy. The food is always good. I especially like the fish tacos, and the guacamole is always hand made at the table. I have visited this place many, many times because I live in the downtown Arlington Heights area. It's an easy walk. One problem I have with this restaurant is it very noisy. People with kids don't really care how loud or noisy they get. The kids in this restaurant are not well behaved for the most part. Tables that are close together have customers who are out to party and are extremely loud. No one seems to speak in a quiet, conversational tone. That is my only negative comment because I love the food and service.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

When we go to a restaurant often times the bar bill is higher than the price of the food eaten. That won't happen at Mago. This place has an extensive menu, but I thought the food was typical Mexican which nowadays does not go far with me. I want this restaurant to be different and great, with fresh new ideas for Mexican food, but it's not. However, my main complaint is with the bar. Had that experieince not been such a hassle I wouldn't be writing a review and would probably just never go there again. Two of us had margaritas, one was called diablo and the other noble, and both tasted like pure sugar. Another person ordered a raspberry mojito which again was very sugary, bright red and different tasting. The last person had a serious issue with the pour of tequila. Exactly one oz. The two margaritas were exchanged, no problem, except time, for a beer and another mojitos made by the waiter. The two new mojitos tasted 100% better. We were told that we should ask for a mojito classic or original not the mago way if we don't want it to taste like a syrup. Remember that if you go.

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sally (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Love Mago! Great food and margaritas. Drinks are a bit pricey though

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vipTrinka (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Love Mago! Food is great and love the decor. Have to say, though, that we like the one in Barrington a little better - more of a diverse Latin vibe and more lively.

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vipJoeR (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We've been looking for a good Mexican restaurant near our apartment, and (while a drive) Mago is a great find. The room's a bit bland, although the Lucha Libre masks are fun. Service was very good; our waiter was friendly and attentive. The food was also very good -- the mains are a bit pricey, but the tacos are a great deal. We tried a mix, and liked every one. The charo beans were tasty, but needed more actual beans and less filler. The shrimp ceviche was great, if a tiny bit too sweet. We don't plan to live in the area much longer, but while we're here, we'll definitely return. Sidenote: parking is a pain; street parking is tough and the city ramp is confusing and full.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Salsa is phenomenal. Our waitress was amazing!! Love this place my new favorite!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was good, service good but extremely noise. I can't remember being in an upscale - not inexpensive restaurant near as noisy as this one. Needs some significant sound-proofing work. We could barely hear each other at our table and came away exhausted from trying to communicate.

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vipwkdsdenn (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Have tried this place three times because the place is charming and my husband loves Mexican food. No more. Service was spotty, albeit friendly. Tableside guac was terrific. Decent beer selection. Margaritas were forgettable. Had the mole chicken, which was a major disappointment. Pistachio mole was overly salty and the chicken was downright tough. Took three bites and set it aside. No mention of my uneaten meal was made by the waiter. Previous visits have left me unimpressed w the food and cocktails. Nothing has changed. Adios!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Love the food. A cut above most Mexican restaurants. Always helpful staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Excellent in all ways. Food was fabulous and at a great price.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

Wait staff very friendly and accommodating to food requests. Noise level is always way too loud- music so loud it is hard to have a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Always a great meal at Mago. Great appetizers and entrees. Always love the different moles especially the Xico. Some of the best tableside guacamole you'll find!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

I usually like the upbeat atmosphere of Mago but we were put in the corner, service was slow and inattentive. We had a show to catch with an hour to have guacomole, tacos and margarita's that just were not good. :(

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Waiter was awesome,food was fantastic! My brother and I enjoyed the meal before we went to the metropolis comedy show. Awesome evening!

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CollegeKid (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Mago is a favorite of mine. We were seated on time four our reservation, and the service was excellent. Out server was great at making accommodations for our youngest member. The food was great, as usual!

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