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About Mago Grill & Cantina - South Barrington

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!

100 W Higgins Rd, Suite M05
South Barrington, IL 60010
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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:
Northeast Corner of Higgins Road (Route 72) and Route 59

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 844-4400

Website:
http://www.magogrill.com/

Entertainment:
Live Mariachi Music Every Wednesday Night from 6-9pm

Executive Chef:
Juan Luis Gonzalez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Mago Grill & Cantina - South Barrington Ratings and Reviews

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based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

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4.4

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4.1

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Spicy (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Kid-friendly (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
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Good Vegetarian Options (8)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Love going here!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The best margaritas I have had complementing very thoughtful entrees

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Guacamole made fresh to order! It is THE BEST! Great mojitos, too!

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Service for the most part was fine. Appearance of the restaurant was nice.

In respect to food, I had ordered several types of tacos. The meat for the carne asada (steak) tacos were on the cold side temperature wise. I was not impressed with the shrimp taco as the shrimp resembled that of cocktail shrimp again on the cold side temperature wise.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food and service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Although we had a reservation, we still had about a 10 minute wait, which would have been okay, except that there really isn't an area to wait in. Other than that, once we were seated, we had good service, and the food was very good. Over all, it was a good experience and I would dine here again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Service was exceptional!
Thank you Melina

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went here on New Year’s eve. As expected the place was extremely busy, however as we had a reservation we were seated immediately. Food was delicious, I went with the waitress recommendation of the lamb chops. They did not disappoint. Our waitress was very friendly and professional, sorry I have forgotten her name.
The manager, Sergio is just wonderful, welcoming and constantly checking front of house to make sure that all is working like a well oiled machine!!
Don’t hesitate to try this restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Average place with a pricy menu. Find your local place as this place is not really different or unique. No real value.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Love this place

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a great meal at Mago. We were a little early for our reservation, but had enough time to order drinks at the bar and still be seated early. All six adults enjoyed their meals. Most of us were happily pushed out of our comfort zone because our waiter brought out samples of the different miles for us to try. The drinks were very good as well. Overall, this was a wonderful experience, and we will definitely be back.

Tags: Tapas, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Two of us had dinner there. I discovered my one of my brand-new earrings fell off just as we were sitting down. Right when I was looking for it, one of the managers came over, very concerned. He helped me by using his cell phone flashlight. I went to the Ladies Room, hoping I could find it...and I did! He was still looking when I returned to the table & very happy when I told him I found it. I really appreciated his efforts.

The service was very good, our waiter came several times to help with questions we had. We had tableside guacamole, which was very good...nice that you can order it with how spicy you want it.

My friend had fajitas, said they were very good. I had the Burrito, but decided to have it gluten free, just to avoid all those carbs. It was very good...had the Carne Asade Steak version.

We each had Sangria, my friend the Pomegranate and I the Mango Passion Fruit version. We were too full for dessert.

We had a pleasant time. We have both been there before, and will go again.

Tags: Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was our second visit in 10 days and we were very disappointed compared to our first visit. The mole we chose tasted completely different with no explanation. My wife's plate also came with the wrong sides from what the menu said and it had to go back. Our first visit was terrific but after the second and no consistency we're not sure we'll go back, too bad.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Seated promptly. Friendly, courteous, attentive staff. Excellent selections. Multiple options for a vegetarian and non vegetarians. Definitely would return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Wonderful, vibrant atmosphere- love the tall ceilings, colored glass, lights and Latin music! Food was great and wait staff friendly.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had a very nice lunch which was relaxing and enjoying. The service was very good and the food was tasty. Would recommend this to others.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Delicious Mexican food most notable for their constantly changing Mole specials as well as their adoringly made Mole standards.
Guacamole is made by hand at your table to order and is quite delicious.
We've never had a bad meal and typically everything is excellent.
Service is good, but can get a little behind. Staff are very nice.
Reservations are a good idea for peek times.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Mago's Cantina in the Arboretum of South Barrington is a fun place to have lunch or dinner with authentic Mexican food. Good brunch on Sat and Sun also.

Tags: Spicy, Cozy, Vegan, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food wasn’t prepared as ordered. (Raw steak when medium was ordered. Overpriced for not so great food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food and fast service
The food tastes great!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Mago is becoming a post-Christmas tradition with extended family gathering for lunch. The guacamole made table-side is fantastic. I LOVE the delicious tacos hongas, and the fact that they have so many vegetarian options. My niece and nephew raved about the margaritas, and two nieces loved their steak tacos. The staff was expert, attentive and accommodating. This is always a fun and delicious experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

There are so many good, authentic, reasonably-priced Mexican restaurants in the area, who needs an overpriced, phony, showy, place with mediocre food (except for the excellent table-made guacamole)?

I have never found a chain Mexican restaurant that I really like. And there are times and places where a chain Mexican restaurant is a good, safe choice (like in areas where there are no good family run Mexican restaurants, for example). But in this area, there are many good choices where the meal is not a show, and where the food is the central focus, and where it is fresh, not processed, and where there is real taste in the food, and love in the preparation.

Mago Grill is a smaller, local chain. Not like Uncle Julio's, which is larger. And its trying to be an upscale Mexican restaurant, but not like great restaurants, like Frontera Grill in Chicago. Its aiming for "Mexican for people who don't like spices", or something like that.

I can't say that the meal was bad. And the guacamole was excellent. The service was good (they were not on top of keeping my ice tea glass full), but otherwise, it was good. I thought the chicken in my fajitas was close to frozen or processed chicken, certainly not recently cut up chicken breasts. But the flavoring was ok, the peppers were very good, and the overall taste was ok, but not memorable. The serving was generous, but there were not enough tortillas to eat with the meat and vegetables.

So, overall, it wasn't that it was a bad meal, it just was an expensive Mexican meal that was more of a show than a feast, and it was much too upscale showy for me.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our server was great. Good food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I’m not a big eater, so it is unusual for me to still feel hungry after a meal. However, I was still hungry after chips, salsa, a shared app, and my entree. I felt like the entree portion was skimpy for the price. Even though it was delicious, it was not a good value.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Mago is one of our favorites. Consistently good food and drink, great service, and a menu broad enough to please just about anyone. This visit I had the best seared tuna I have ever eaten. This place is terrific for brunch. A great location to visit while you take a break from shopping. We will be back soon.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Authentic, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We love Mago Grill. Never disappointed in the food or service. It does get loud on the weekend though.

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Mago has become one of my go-to restaurants when I want to meet up with a friend for a good meal. Lunch today did not disappoint. Good coffee, too.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Mago's is a fun authentic Mexican cantina that serves delicious food with a very extensive menu.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Always an excellent meal and overall good time. Has the most D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S food!!! 😋😋

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Ordered classic fajitas. Chicken and rice were too salty, and the vegetables were almost all green peppers....very few onions or red peppers. Margaritas are fantastic, the best part of the meal. We do not expect to dine again in the foreseeable future.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I had the ropa vieja And needed to add hot sauce to spice things up. Unfortunately they did not have any at all.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Lots to choose from if you're gluten-free and/or dairy-free. The guacamole and mole sauces are outstanding!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Awesome service, tasty food and would recommend to a friend!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Table side guacamole was a nice experience. First time here and ordered margarita special so I thought until I was handed the bill. The waitress should have informed me which ones were the special. I would not have ordered what I did at double the price. This was my first time and would have liked correct information.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was delicious,the service was great,very nice restaurant,they make guacamole table side which was terrific and delicious fried ice cream just a great dining expieriance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food and service. Three salsas served with chips. Nice drink menu. The tableside guacamole is delicious but if you truly like it hot make sure to ask for hot (but, like the "real" hot). They seem a bit cautious. Their hot was my mild to medium. The molcajete fajitas are soooo good. Colorful decor too.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

An upscale "Mexican" reastaraunt. We've been here several times and the food is consistently good. Guacamole made fresh at the table is a nice touch.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great food. Great service.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food is always amazing and fresh. Never dissapointed with the service here.

Tags: Spicy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food was outstanding and our waitress was awesome, fun and very attentive.
The music, although it was very good, it did get a little loud for talking.
Will definitely return.

Tags: Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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