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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
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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