Mezcalina

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Upscale Mexican Dining in the Lakeshore East area of Chicago. Come experience the authentic flavors of Mexico and a Mosaic of Ingredients from its different regions. Our bar is fully stocked with more than 140 tequilas and 70 mezcales.

www.mezcalina.com
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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really wonderful waitstaff! Salsa was great and the ambience was perfect for a casual dinner. The cocktails were refreshing and affordable (would recommend the watermelon one)

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my favorite Mexican dining spot...even with Rick Bayless’ places close by.

AM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friendly wait staff who made some great recommendations. Everything we tried (guacamoles, ceviches, tacos) were very good. I really liked margaritas as well. My favorite may have been the cochinita pibil taco. A little challenging to find but we'll be going back.

G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I have been at in a long time. It is a small quaint restaurant with a lot of charm. The food was great, drinks was wonderful and service magnificent. Will definitely recommend and go again.

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service from the people was great

F
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant w great food & great service.

B
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best true upscale Mexican restaurants in Chicago. Great care taken in the food and drink preparation and presentation. Have small plates and full course meals. The value is extraordinary. The deep fried red snapper FILETE DE HUACHINANGO is one of a kind. My wifes shrimp CAMARONES YUCATECOS was remarkable, and so much more. One of the best Meszcale colllections in Chicago. Prepare to be deligted. Walking distance to Harris Theatre tucked in the New East Side neighborhood.

NV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our staple spot! We go all the time and the staff has our orders memorized. It always feels welcoming, warm, happy, and fun. It’s even great for families. They’re always accommodating when our kids want adjustments made on their order. The food is always delicious and the margaritas are top notch. This is a must try dining experience!

VL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A nice neighbor hood restaurant

VB
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and Authentic!

MD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent

Wish I had a little more shrimp for fajitas but got plenty of satisfaction

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was exceptional the food awesome and the ambiance was the best.

DR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and decor were great. It is an out of the way place and a true hidden treasure. The Margaritas were top notch and the food was amazing. Fresh and excellent flavor! It will be a go-to place when I visit Chicago again.

LM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The good took longer than usual but overall it's always good. Thank you.

CC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weekend getaway to Chicago (from Minneapolis)

D
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Great Food. Unfortunately we were invaded by fruit flies most of the evening.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the entire experience. The food, drinks, service and ambience were all wonderful. The art work is very nice! Will definitely be back!!!

RF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A little slow but they were shorted staffed. Otherwise everything was great.

T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful dining experience.

SO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Roberto is excellent, always so pleasant and helpful

CW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really a hidden gem! Great drinks and guacamole and tacos were filling and delicious. Great for late night eats!

BW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

In the past when you would check in on Facebook management would come over and thank you for coming. Not any more. Service was a little slow. Lighting is to write. Food is ok and margarites are good.

AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Worst service I've had in a restaurant in a long time. Would NOT go back.

M
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is our go-to restaurant because the service is good, the food is well prepared and it is close to our home. We had chicken fajitas with chips/salsa - which is customary for us.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food4service5ambience4

It was a beautiful space great food and the service was warm. It was a shame they were playing aweful radio music, the pussycat dolls. It took away from the very intentional classy space itself that had so much potential. We ended up getting the food to go and eating in the lovely park across the way because the music was so distracting. Especially for lunch. Such a shame. So much potential.

GA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

What a beautiful and interesting decor. We loved the dining room but dispised the banquette that had me seating with my chin level with the table. Our reservation was for Sunday evening at 7:15. Right away our server told us she couldn't reseat us because they were closing soon. When we said "thank you, we didn't realize you were closing. We'll just find some other restaurant" she agreed to move us. The table we moved to was not level so we asked if we could move to the table next to ours. We were told no, that the restaurant was getting ready to close and that would be ...inconvenient? The food was so-so : Not as bad as the service but not nearly as good as the decor. The Elote (Mexican Street Corn) was not fresh, not grilled and swimming in cheap mayo and that's my measure of a good Mexican Restaurant.

V
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nothing special in a very competitive niche. Odd location.

JD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Visiting Chicago with my husband. Made reservations. But had to wait when we got there. Ordered drinks at the bar- seemed to forget us. Staff was running around/bustling/doing all the jobs.

Our margaritas were fantastic. The guacamole with pineapple is absolutely delicious! Our waiter was fun and enjoyable! At the end they took our drinks off the bill for us having to wait!! 👍🏼

A “hidden gem” for sure. Worth the craziness!

D
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food! Service was courteous and friendly but slow. Almost seemed like they were short staffed but our waiter said no, they were just busy all at once. ??? It was a Saturday night around 5:30-7:00. Shouldn’t they expect to be busy?

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent! We had a great meal, in a great atmosphere (loved the art!). Kudos to the chef for the excellent food and presentation. Only quibble was the speed of drink refill service. But that won't keep us from returning as soon as possible!!! So glad we found this place. Mezcalina is likely to turn into an established part of our pre-symphony routine!

TE
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food and drinks great!!!
Service extremely slow

LH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Sat outside, the service was beyond outstanding!!

DC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Surprisingly good for a restaurant hidden away on the ground floor of a shopping/office bldg.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Food took over an hour to come out

CL
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Our waiter was great, but the owner was having a party with his friends. He had the music turned up so loud, we couldn't hear our waiter. The owner refused to turn the music down. The food was ok, nothing special. We really wanted to love this place! Our waiter was amazing, considering he was the only one waiting the whole restaurant. He was very apologetic for the actions of his boss, and was very considerate to us.

D
Chicago
287 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place. It is so tucked away but so worth it . I can’t think of a better place for Mexican . I guess I love the fish tacos best but I am hard pressed - I love Everything on the menu.

SK
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable dinner at Mezcalina. The food was good quality and arrived in a timely manner. The service was very good and I would highly recommend this restaurant when you are in downtown Chicago.

TK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This restaurant is a hidden gem in downtown Chicago. My wife had steak tacos which were outstanding and I had a pork dish that was very tasty. The margaritas' were excellent as well.

LE
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent almost secluded place. Every aspect was positve

GS
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Some of, if not the best, mexican food (and drinks) in Chicago. Reasonable prices, hidden gem!!!