Mago Grill & Cantina - South Barrington

4.5
948 reviews
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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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AR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, it's delightful but make a reservation, especially on the weekend.

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T
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I love everything about Mago, except the live music. It's way too loud to be playing in a dining room, with people trying to enjoy a meal. Much, much too loud. While we love Mago, our group has indicated they'd prefer to go elsewhere so we can hear each other speak.

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C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I have been here many times the past few years. It seems that the prices have gone up, but the quality of the food has gone down...a lot! $15.00 for a steak burrito is fine, IF you could actually find any meat in it.
Rice and beans are not included in the price. I was told in the past it’s because rice and beans are in the burritos. I have tried other items on the menu, but it has been hit or miss. I think I have given this restaurant enough of a chance and will not be returning in the future.
Also, the mariachi band on Wednesday nights is way to loud for a small area like Mago.
It’s more aggravating than entertaining.

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M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Waitress was neglectful. We needed more tortillas and see didn’t come around until the end of the meal. Usually have better service.

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service! Truly one of favorites to go too! Highly recommend.

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It can get a little crowded, spaces are a little bit tight but overall I really enjoyed the service and food.

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LB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant unique menu friends enjoyed it too! A little loud but tolerable.

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B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner celebrating my birthday with friends. We had a reservation and were seated right away. The margaritas, table side guacamole, and all the dinners were really good. We will definitely be back.

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DK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite place! Fantastic atmosphere and service outdone only by the amazing food. For lunch, you can't bet the taco specials - two of the same for $7. I always choose the Carne Asada (marinated skirt steak) - with plenty of super-tender, perfectly seasoned steak and caramelized onions, it's my favorite. All other dishes I've had at Mago ae equally as delicious. Only thing on my wish list is for Mago to be just a bit closer!

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DA
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outside table was small for four and large appetizer plates and such made it difficult. The guacamole dish was massive and heavy. Music was too loud! All else was very good - food, service and ambiance!! Will return definitely!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

When it is busy they will not go by reservation times very well. They will seat the scary people who complain first putting others who have earlier reservations further down on the list. Getting a table here is very frustrating.

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m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We had a reservation for 5:30 we got seated at 6:00. The service was very slow and our server didn’t come back very often. We had to ask for more water five times. Not enough cooks working.

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RC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last visit was on Mother's Day. It was a busy place. I don't believe they allocated enough time for their reservations. Although we had reservations, we still had to wait about 10-15 minutes because all tables were full. Side dishes for food arrived cold, not warm, cold. Waitress fixed immediately. Ambiance was amazing. Food was delicious as always.

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DC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I went for mother’s Day not knowing it was buffet style only. The food was not the greatest and not what I expected. I wanted to eat from menu. We weren’t even done eating and they were already picking up the food. Meaning we had an hour just to eat. I’m which when you go with kids 1 hour isn’t enough lol. With the price of what I paid for what I got not worth it.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

la comida siempre tiene un sabor, muy rico, los meseros y gente que trabaja ahi te atiende muy bien, lo univo es que considero que su buffet es un poco simple y no muy bariado para el precio, pero en general en sabor es rico

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EH
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We love the food and drinks at Mago! However our service was not that great. Our waitress hardly checked in with us, and it didn't seem to be overly busy. I would definitely go back for the food and drinks. The tacos are outstanding and everything is very fresh. Hopeful for better service next time

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DA
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious shrimp taco, guac made to table

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely time. Food was delicious, I strongly recommend the vegetarian fajitas. The place is really very beautiful.

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RS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent choices on menu with a good selection of vegetarian choices. Friendly atmosphere, good service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Love Mago. BUT, Buffett is just not worth it at all. 35/adult and 17 per kid...there simply isn’t the variety or quality of food to justify that price. If you are going to drop 130bucks on a family of four on a buffet, go to mckray, 20x the choices.

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AG
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch at Mago's was excellent! Maria, the server was wonderful and very attentive! I highly recommend this restaurant! Excellent food and service!!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

la comida y bebidas estan ricas, el ambiente es agradable y el servicio es bueno. siempre puedes pasar un buen tiempo ahi con amig@s y familia

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m
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The bar ran out of Miller lite, had only one bottle and decided to try other draft beers and a no go on that and still charge me for beers that I didn't like.

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ME
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

They were undergoing some renovations while I was there that's why the ambiance score was low. Usually there's a fun, eclectic vibe but not so much that evening. The food was outstanding as always. Service was great.

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ST
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

I ordered three tacos and found a women's polished fingernail in my mouth that was in one of my tacos. It was a torn nail. Whoever was preparing the food was not wearing gloves. I brought this to the attention of management who took the nail and checked with those working in the kitchen. He came back stating there is only one women in the kitchen and she's not wearing polish. I showed him my nails which I keep short and were polished with pink polish. The nail from my food was a dark burgundy. The manager apologized and the check was brought to us. We were told they took 50% off of the check. I was offended that we were being asked to pay at all. My husband and son went to the bathroom and the server returned to our table stating there would be no charge. I understand things happen but the kitchen staff should be wearing gloves when they prep the food as in the day before for the next day. The taco was the Al pastor meat and that from what the manager advised is prepped in advance. I will not return to this location and not because of this one incident but the service is really not good when I've dined here in the past.

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CH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It wasn’t too crowded because it was a Sunday night, but our waiter was very attentive and helpful. The food is good but has a little too many ingredients on the plate. It is also pretty spicy

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CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always exceptional. Freshly made and different from other Mexican restaurants. The table side Guacamole is a must!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Catalina provided excellent service with a smile and was very knowledgeable about the menu, making great recommendations. The woman who prepared the guacamole tableside was absolutely lovely! We had a wonderful evening!

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AH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is very good. Guacamole is excellent. Good/friendly service, reservation was ready right as we walked in.

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SL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time. Great food and excellent service

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t
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent tableside guacamole, love the tacos and sangria. great service.

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G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good live musical atmosphere and great variety of food. Nice place to be with friends. Table reserved on time, everything ok. I recommended.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We probably waited 20-30 minutes for our 8:00 reservation and were treated to guacamole for our patience. Margaritas and table-side guacamole were fantastic! Two of our 5 entrees were incredibly salty. We ate some of the entrees - thank goodness for guacamole! In all fairness we did not tell our server about and should have. It was late enough and we had additional plans so didn’t want to bother with the further delay it would have caused.

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very tasty, friendly service and bright decor. Just a little pricey.

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TC
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican food in the Burbs!

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Enjoyed the food The guacamole was amazing my children enjoyed the desert I will be going back again It was a little pricey but overall a good time

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b
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food!!!

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I don't like when they bring out the food and have no idea who the food belongs to on the table. They call out the dish and just stare at you to raise your hand.... amateur service. Our waitress was friendly but her timing was so off. She'd ask for a box when 2 out of 3 people still had their fork in their hand...eating. (???whhhat???) Then shortly after, offered dessert menu when we weren't done w our main dish. The restaurant was not that busy for a weekend lunch. As we were leaving, the host saw was walking up towards the entrance. Turns his back, looks at the TV. As we were half way out the door, he then says Bye. Mmm. Okay. Won't go back.

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!! Love the fact that all the staff spoke Spanish!! Food and drinks were worth it !

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GT
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mago was fantastic. Great service and excellent food

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