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May St. Cafe

4.2
529 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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  • Romantic

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Contemporary seasonal cooking featuring Mexican and Puerto Rican traditional foods with a modern twist. All beef, pork and lamb products come from Allen Brothers - "The Great Steakhouse Steaks."

Best house-made margaritas in town and an excellent boutique wine list. Watch all games. Dine before or after games concerts or conventions. The restaurant is located close to United Center, White Sox, Soldier Field, and McCormick Place limo service.

Enjoy the warm summer weather while dining al fresco on May St. Steakhouse's outdoor patio. Available for private parties and catering, try our patio for your private party and our new May St. mini late night menu of small plates and Latin inspired fresh cocktails. Watch special events and Chicago's teams win on our large flat screen TV without the distraction of sound while at the same time dining in style.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Steakhouse, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Closed Monday, Open Tuesday-Saturday 5pm to 11pm, Sunday open for Dinner 4:00pm-9:00 pm
Open for private parties year round (Lunch, Brunch & Dinner)
During summer enjoy our al fresco covered patio
Serving Allen Brothers the Great Steak House Steaks with a Latin flair
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Phone number
(312) 421-4442
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mario Santiago
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Private party facilities
May St. Steakhouse is your one stop destination for any and every private dining need. From rehearsal dinners and corporate gatherings to cocktails on the patio, we will help you create a special experience like no other.
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (888) 704-3597
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Catering
May St. Cafe is YOUR one stop destination for any and every dining need.offering contemporary and traditional american menus and latin menus, bar packages From romantic nights, special event catering on or off premis for 200 or 20 close friends in your living room, we can do it all! Visit us today for dinner, inside or outside on the terrace! check out our new event loft space seating up to 450 We know you'll have a special experience like no other.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
May St.
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Parking details
Street parking & private lot available
special event valet parking available
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Public transit
red line chinatown cermak bus 21 blueline to uic halsted bus to cermak cermak west to may st or ashland bus to cermak bus west may st
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Entertainment
dine with us before or after all games and concerts we offer full pacakges obtain the best tickets and seats through Gold Coast tickets dine with us and we will limo you and your group we are just a few minutes to United Center for Chicago Bulls, Chicago Black Hawks, Chicago White Sox, Concerts, Soldier Field, Chicago Bears, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium close to Mc Corrmick Place Convention Center, Burnam Harbor, we also offer on and off premiss full service catering we offer our private space for events
weddings rehersal dinners private cocktail parties corporate receptions, from 20 up to 450
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Special events & promotions
sundays have your private event day or join our email list to enjoy guest chef night also available for rehearsal dinners private party for all events holiday corporate events
weddings up to 450 in our loft space or in our garden terrace
email wecater2@aol.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
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4.0
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4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on September 26, 2017

It was a great experience. The staff was personable. The food and device was excellent. The ambiance was magnificent. I will definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

The mac and cheese with shrimp was delicious!!!!

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Delicious drinks and creative menu options! Really loved the outside patio.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

One of my favorites. Worth the trip to the out of the way location. Excellent steaks and really creative options.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2017

The food was exceptional and dining on the patio was very nice.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Great pork chop and quest fundido! Also loved the complimentary flan cake :)

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Sorry to say this place has lost its luster. I hope we caught them on a bad night, because this used to be a Chicago favorite of mine. First, the waiter forgot to place our app order so it came out 45 minutes later with our mains. Thank God the truffle lobster mac and cheese was still amazing because the chicken molé was so so and the burger was overdone an dry. The waiter did make up for things with a butter cake desert, which was appreciated. However, the experience was disappointing Step it up May Street. you used to be a 5 star raver!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2017

We had a great experience here. Andres took great care of us, the homemade sangria was great! Guadalupe made amazing food, the fajitas and Tostones were out of this world.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Cozy restaurant off the beaten path on May St. and Cermak. Nice covered outdoor area eating space plus a new outdoor area is available for drinks and appetizers. Loved the flavors of the guacamole, Puerto Rican Paella and Chicken Mole. Will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2017

Chose May St Cafe for its proximity to Thalia Hall. It is a tiny restaurant that you need to look for. Food was great. I would call it Latin Fusion. Much of the menu is shellfish. Also some meat. Limited wines by the glass but reasonably priced. I had a shrimp and scallop dish over coconut rice inside a grilled pineapple. Delicious, although I was disappointed that the scallops were either the tiniest on earth or else they were actually scallop bits. Only other issue was service. The food came quickly but the servers were unaware of certain needs, like water and getting the check. I would go again.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2017

We enjoyed everything! Hate we waited six years to finally stop in. Will definitely dine in again.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2017

How does this place stay in business? Everything is so slow - slow to get a drink, slow to get the appetizer, slow to get the salad, really slow to get the main course. Most of the time my wife and I sat there with no food and no drinks and everyone around us was complaining. One table couldn't take it and left when no server approached after 15 minutes, another couple got one main course but the other never came and they had to leave for a concert so the server gave them their $30 entree to go. The chef/owner(?) came out to apologize but seemed completely oblivious about what was going on, which makes sense now. Everyone that came in after me I felt sorry for - they were going to be disappointed and frustrated. I felt sorry for my server, who must have to apologize over and over again, day after day. The problems here are systemic, this was not an aberration. And this is not one of those places where the food is so fantastic people tolerate the bad things. Food was mediocre. Nice people work here, I want it to succeed, and obviously it must be doing okay because it's been around for a while, but for the life of me I don't know how.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

The jalapeño cilantro margarita makes the trip to May St worthwhile and the food and service ate an added bonus. The Sunday brunch is so so and lacks a distinct Mexican flavor. The outdoor patio is wonderful in the summer. The service was very attentive and not overbearing.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

This place is a hidden gem. From the outside it doesn't look like much and from the inside for that matter, but what does offset those small but significant disappointments is the FOOD! It was simply fab and delicious. Mario and his crew really knows how to make something so standard taste so yummy. The servers were not too attentive and whenever I had a question, they had to ask someone else. The interior was a bit odd, perhaps outdated? There isn't much room inside but there is an outdoor are that was enclosed. Overall, to me the FOOD outweighed the minuses. Try it out!!!!

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2017

This was our first time at May St. We REALLY wanted to like it as we have only heard good things. May St. is very small, the main area holding maybe 60 people, including the bar stools. There was no one seated at the bar that night (as its tight seating so being at the bar did not look comfortable). We waited 20 minutes or more before someone took the drink order. To be fair they also have another seating area of which we thought maybe they were short staffed and the other area was full but after checking that out we discovered there weren't many people over there. Our dinners took quite a long time..... our original drinks were empty and it was hard to get someone over to refill until they brought dinner. Dinner was not worth the wait....steaks were extremely salty. We left without ordering dessert.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Service is hit or miss here but the food and margaritas are worth it. Love their cinnamon chipotle fajitas. I would not recommend this place if you are in a hurry as service is typically slow.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2017

I went for my graduation dinner. The food was great but the service could have been better, it seemed understaffed. One of my drinks wasn't prepared correctly but it was removed from my bill. Also the inside dinner area is a little crapped the table configuration isn't ideal. I wish the server would have been more clear that the outside seating was enclosed. It was a little chilly but I would have preferred the outside deck seating. I plan to return and would recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

Food and service was overall good. Easter brunch was advertised with a "slow roasted herb leg of lamb". I was very disappointed when the lamb was a no show. That was really the only reason I chose their restaurant. Ended up having a steak (which was very good), and paying more. For the normal breakfast items, I could have went to any restaurant and saved $100.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2017

My sisters and daughter and I had get together and had a wonderful dinner. Relaxed atmosphere but very tasty food. We were pleasantly surprised by dessert on the house! Also tasty and well presented.

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2017

I wanted to love this place but i just cant. Good food. Nice service too.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2017

The food here is very good and a great selection. The lobster quesadilla was wonder also, as was the shrimp diablo pasta and the La Piña de la Playa de Puerto Rico. But it was the flan that really stole the show.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2017

Loveee their food and their service. Coconut rice and paellas are delicious. Actually everything is delicious

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Just love this place it's so warm aND cozy and the wair staff are very good and friendly. Will also visit May st.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

Food was stellar. Service was strong. We arrived early and we're the only people there until 6:30. Great margaritas.

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3.0Dined on January 7, 2017

The menu had an interesting range of dishes, most with Puerto Rican or other Latin influences, and more steaks than I expected. Because of the chef's background, we opted for two Puerto Rican entrées: the mole chicken and a slow roasted pork dish. Unfortunately, the mole overwhelmed the chicken, and, oddly, the pork dish had relatively little flavor except for garlic. Overall, we judged the food good, but not exceptional. On the other hand, the margaritas were excellent. If you go on a cold night, bundle up if you are seated near the windows.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2017

May street is terrific. Awesome steak. Best queso fundido i ever had. Great margaritas. Combines Mexican restaurant and prime beef steakhouse. Does both superbly. Steak is great value. Comes with potato and vegetable unlike other steak places that are ala carte. This was a real find and I will be back.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2016

one of the city's hidden gems...the food & cocktails were outstanding...

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2016

As always the food at May Street was outstanding. Incredible flavors.

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2016

While looking for a "steak" restaurant, I found the May St. Cafe. What a fine. The food was excellent, steak, vegetables and the appetizer, quesadillas with pear and brie were delicious. We look forward to returning.

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1.0Dined on December 3, 2016

I hate to say it was bad. But it was bad. Overly salted food. Crowded table in an empty restaurant. Slow service. Probably the worst meal I ate out in 2016. They did try to make up for it with complimentary dessert but by that time we just wanted to leave.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2016

May St Café is definitely worth the trip. Great food, ability to speak with your friends with Latin jazz playing in the background and very reasonable food. The steaks were delicious with the chef's special spice rub were delicious. The chicken mole was one of the best I have eaten. The menu has a Latin accent which is subtle and elevate simple garlic mashed potatoes to a new height. I would recommend dining here if you are looking for good food at reasonable prices and a relaxing atmosphere .

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2016

Drinks are amazingly tasty and the steak is mouthwatering. Reasonbly priced.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2016

Awesome!
Again.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

One word, "OUTSTANDING"!!! The chef even came out to our table out of the blue to chat and make sure everything was to our liking.

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2016

EXCELLENT FOOD - I was surprised except for one large party on patio, we were the only ones in the place!

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2016

Wonderful restaurant. When not in summer, food is served in two cozy rooms, with nice soft background music (NOT Muzak) and the place is quiet enough to have a conversation among friends. Food is basically Puerto Rican, with some Mexican staples, excellently prepared and presented elegantly, with reasonable prices. Outstanding and friendly service, good wine list. Has also a long list of superb steak options with Allen Brothers meat. In spite of the superb cuisine, it feels more like someone's home than a restaurant. Very highly recommended (I wil give 5 stars to only a handful of places in Chicago: Spiaggia, Topolobambo....)

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2016

One of my favorite spots in Chicago. The food is outstanding. The flavoring they put on their steaks reminiscent of what you would find in an authentic Baja restaurant. As we sat outside, but for the surroundings, we could have been enjoying a dinner adjacent to the Sea of Cortez.

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3.0Dined on September 30, 2016

When we walked up, we almost walked right on by.. the place is pretty sketchy looking. No for the entrance, the outside patio was empty (even of staff) and the door into the main building was practically falling off its hinges. After we found that door, we noticed a distinct smell of old carpet, which covered all the floors inside. Most of the decor had a modern look, but up close looked sort of beat up. We were the only ones in the restaurant to start, which freaked us out a bit - its a very odd location - Pilsen is a nice place, but Im not sure the location of the cafe could be in a much more 'industrial looking' part of town.. We were seated promptly, then asked if we wanted Guacamole (which of course costs money, but was really good).
The drinks menu had several interesting concoctions, but there wasnt much description on variations available. The 'extensive wine list' was conspicuous in its absence, at least from our table. Regardless, the drinks we chose were both very good. The menu was pretty red-meat heavy, but at least its obvious what their specialty is. Our orders arrived in a very reasonable amount of time (by now we were one of two couples).The skill of the chef became clear. Our steaks were presented on snazzy rectangular plates. Sides were imaginative with well balanced flavors. The cuts of meat were exceptional and perfectly cooked, and the cranberry butter that topped them worked perfectly with the dry seasoning. The quantity and presentation food was great, the flan we had for desert, also fantastic.
Pricing is a bit high, but not overly so given the obvious quality of the ingredients and preparation.
Overall, The food is the definite upside with this place, with marginal service, marginal pricing, in a less than marginal location. The location and atmosphere are manageable - just be prepared.. and your meal will probably make up for it - Its certainly better than going to a 3-star Michelin restaurant and getting a frozen dinner..

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

This restaurant is a hidden gem. They have a knack for mixing different foods together that you wouldn't expect. Pineapple, mole, steak, salmon, rice and beans...all so good! They also make really good homemade drinks. I highly recommend trying this place.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Anniversary dinner. Ate outside. Service very good; owner/chef visited our table. Food wonderful. Have been there before; will visit again.

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