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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:
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

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.magogrill.com/

Catering:
Please visit http://www.magogrill.com/catering.html

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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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.4

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4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Spicy (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Spicy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 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.'

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent restaurant food was great service was very good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·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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vip
 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Mago is great! Every time we have gone ( 6 times now) we have had great service and great food! I love their tacos and like how they are priced! The guacamole is outstanding!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The food was extremely spicy! I order the same thing each time, not sure if it was a different chef, but my mouth was on fire.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent all around, with interesting menu choices and everything top quality.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a great dinner with great service, got seated pretty quickly... loved it!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Fantastic food and great service from Jose. My wife and I loved the food and will definitely be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Magi never disappoints. Excellent good and great service. Try the guacamole made right next to your table!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Unique twist to Mexican fare. Everything we tasted was fresh, flavorful and well presented. Definetly will return.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Spicy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was good but service was fair

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Very good! I want to go back soon. Food was delicious.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Beginning with the delicious guacamole made to order at the table to chicken with rice, grande burrito, and skirt steak, everything was very fresh and delicious flavors. I would definitely recommend Mago for date nigh5 or just get together.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Mago has consistently good high-end Mexican food. The moles are amazing, and the other dishes are excellent as well. The cocktail list is extensive as well. A must-try if you enjoy good Mexican food!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for a Date, Spicy, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

Love to visit when we can.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great service, excellent food

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 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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