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May St. Cafe

529 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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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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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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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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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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
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
What 529 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.2  based on all time ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

Jose (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

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

IraH (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

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

sandy (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

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

JSfromLA (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 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!

FoodGoddess (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 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.

Sunrise (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipJBFsantafe (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 26, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined 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.

drchese (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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!!!!

vipdiva (Chicago)
2.0  Dined 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.