Mago Grill & Cantina - South Barrington

4.6
1078 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Patio seating is available! We have heaters available to create a comfortable dining experience.

Mago Grill is a modern twist on everyday dining featuring a delicious menu of authentic Mexican and Latin dishes created by chef Juan Luis Gonzalez. Open for lunch and dinner daily, 7 days a week. Family friendly dining, great for groups, too!
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have only been to the bolingbrook location. It is our favorite place to eat. After visiting this location, it is now our new favorite! I didn’t think any other location could beat the table side guac but this location did!!! The food tasted better as well! It had so much flavor! We can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Mago’s in the Arboretum of South Barrington for many years. Always a great experience & very good food.
Thank you for utilizing safety precautions - my friends & I had a wonderful time relaxing and enjoying a nice meal at a reasonable price!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so incredibly sweet and attentive. She made sure we never ran out of chips, tortillas and drinks. The food was very flavorful and their outdoor seating was wonderful.

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TonyM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fabulous we were sitting next to bar and he was one of the best we have had in recent years and due to the recent pandemic it was nice to see how much he really appreciated the company.

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vipPhillipB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience but on reservation they called to confirm after I received confirmation it didn’t recognize it from Mago or South Barrington it came from cell in East Dundee so I didn’t pickup thinking possible robo telemarketing call. In 15 years I never had a restaurant call to confirm an already confirmed reservation.

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KathyT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Dora was very attentive and friendly. Second day in a row we dined here and had the pleasure of her taking care of us both days. Our ice teas were always refilled before we had to ask and the food was delicious as usual. Their table side guacamole is always so good...it is a must when dining at Mago.

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JillS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mago is always a fun experience.

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vipTerry
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Mexican restaurant, bar none! Their food is just outstanding, as is the service and beautiful, warm, authentic decor.

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KariG
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great time! Great food and drinks and not overly crowded or had to wait we were seated at our reservation time

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JudyP
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside for lunch after it rained and the staff was wonderful about drying the tables and chairs for us. Great staff, delicious food!!

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McM25
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This time, service was better (different waitstaff). We went on a Friday night, and they were busy.

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vipDelicious
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It felt good to be eating out during this crazy virus time however there were a few things we did t care for. We weren’t aware there was a time limit for our dinner experience. The service felt rather abrupt and rushed and after sitting 55 minutes, and feeling rushed, we asked if there was a time limit. It was at that point that we were informed we had 30 more minutes. It would have been nice to know that before we sat down. I understand it’s COVID but communication is key to a good experience in my opinion.

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KarenA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Love the gluten free choices!

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GaryK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I have no issues what soever with the restaurant.. My complaint is why don't I get Open Table points for eating at this restaurant when I booked my reservation on Open Table. That seems just wrong. I'm not sure why I should book agian with Open Table if they are going to treat customers like that.

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McM25
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The restaurant looks great, food is delish and the service needs very slight improvement; otherwise will definitely come back!

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DonnaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Plastic silverware and cups were the reason for the poor ambiance rating - we were dining inside and also ordered steak. I will order carry out next time.

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Maritza70
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Beautiful ambiance.

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vipLifei
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Plastic silverware for a $145 bill is not right. Plastic cups?? Will not return little portions big prices!

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AlbertoM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, excellent service, Margaritas are delicious !!

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CHRISTINEG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Homemade from scratch margaritas are a must here.

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vipRick
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Mago. I joined a friend for a luncheon and we were both delighted with all aspects of the service, food, and atmosphere. I had a taco salad but it was not just your typical taco salad… It was fantastic. I have never had one that was as good as this one. My friend who is watching calories, had a Caesar salad and was also very impressed. We will be back!

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vipShannonR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We have dined here many many times and we love the food and service. When we went this time we felt extremely rushed by our waitress and staff they were busy but we like to take our time and enjoy our meal. I hope next time the experience is back to normal.

KR
vipKRAH
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The server and wait staff work SO hard there. It was a great experience and great food. Get the guac!!!

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SAM1
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and service.

MD
vipMicheleD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to eat! We eat here at least every other week! Love the moles!!

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vipSchaumburggroup
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

You have to try to tableside guacamole prep. Great flavor!

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MelissaJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I enjoy Mago, but we had reservations for 7p and did not get seated until almost 730p. We had to stand near the busy front and were constantly bumped. It was a little frustrating. Overall the food is great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service!

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DianaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think everything is great but they give you very little guacamole for the price

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was amazing as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

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AndreaP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to this location twice and I love it. Staff is friendly and not over worked they pay close attention and make you feel welcome

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for valentines day

ML
MaritzaL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks. We love the atmosphere and the staff is very friendly!

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JOHNS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was excellent. The food was good, not as good as we remembered it the previous times. I'm certain we will dine there again in the future.

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JessicaG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and flavorful! Service was fast and friendly. Would definitely recommend!

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Greenergrass
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual - good attention to detail in the presentation, unique and bold flavors in the food. Chef Juan presented us with samples of the featured moles for the night - White chocolate and rose petal, and offered excellent pairing suggestions. All four of us were extremely happy with our food!

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NancyF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding! ….both what I ordered and what my friend ordered. Not your run-of-the-mill Mexican food! Tasty and a good value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have dined at both locations and have never had anything but a perfect experience in the past. I ordered enchiladas or fajitas. This was different. The waitperson wasn’t able to understand what we were asking.Although he was attentive we thought we were ordering a dinner for two and it was only available for 6 or more. They also did not acknowledge our special occasion. The guacamole was excellent. The food delivery was very slow even compared to other tables. We didn’t care for our entrees - a chicken pot pie type dish and a chicken mole. The churros were ok. The staff had some compulsion to dust the chair seats off by whipping them with a towel which was annoying. The lights were turned down but there wasn’t any table top lighting. When the bill came the waitperson didn’t understand the discrepancy at first but after reviewing the bill and menu he apologized. Then it took even more time to settle the bill. Bad luck I guess.

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vipBobG
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marie offered great service and explaining drinks and food. We have been here before. Seems to get better each time.

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Mago Grill & Cantina - South Barrington is rated 4.6 stars by 1078 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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