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Mezcalina

4.2
230 reviews
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: : 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Sunday: 11:30am - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 240-5000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 230 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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viptomp (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Everything we had was very good. We have nothing negative to say. It is in the top echelon of Mexican restaurants in the city.

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vipGigi (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Fabulous food

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MartaC (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

The steak was to die for! Although the guacamole was fresh it was bland and all the other dishes were just ok. Drinks were worth the visit

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Great Place!!! We will definitely be back. Food service and atmosphere really great. Prices are reasonable too.

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Tony (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

Living nearby, I've dined occasionally at Mezcalina since it opened a number of years ago and following a long shut-down and re-invention of its menu. This time was an okay experience but not as good as some of the past visits. The server was friendly but considering how few tables were occupied, he seemed to take a long time to bring stuff. The Mezcalina guacamole adds small pieces of pineapple to the usual "tradicional" recipe and it really works nicely. I enjoyed the rib eye & shrimp fajitas, served sizzling hot and mouth-wateringly aromatic. Although almost worth the chew for its scrumptious taste, the rib eye was rather tough, but the shrimp and veggies were perfect. (Why is beef served at typical Mexican restaurants so often not very tender?) My companion praised the tilapia taco, but not so much the lamb. For any fire-eaters like me who may come here, definitely ask for their extra-hot salsa. It's by request only and uncommonly hot for restaurant salsas, even almost hot enough for this fire-eater.
The Number One Problem with this place is the extremely loud Mex pop music that almost destroys any chance at easy conversation but does leave one more inclined to study the interesting original contemporary Mexican paintings on the walls. Several years ago the acting manager gave us a docent-quality study of all the works and their creators, which significantly shortened the wait for the food.

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Orige (Switzerland)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

This was our second visit to Mezcalina during a week-long vacation in Chicago staying at a nearby hotel. We loved the décor in the restaurant as well as the relaxed atmosphere and friendly and attentive service.

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CarlosC1 (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

I will not be recommending this place to anyone. I had reservations MONTHS in advance and did not get word of them closing early for the holidays until the day of my reservation. My reservation was for 12/23 at 9pm and they called me hours prior to tell me that they close at 9pm. This was supposed to be a special day for my wife since it was her birthday and this restaurant was completely ignorant and unprofessional.

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Orige (Switzerland)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

This was the first place at which we ate after arriving in Chicago from Europe. Very good food, friendly and attentive service, pleasant ambience, attractive interior.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Great high-end Mexican. It is our go-to neighborhood spot.

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Kurt (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Service very slow. Bartender was trying to take care of the bar and wait tables. Got a couple of rib eye tacos....only four small pieces of steak in each one, with at least half of the meat being inedible. Over $100 for three people with a few drinks.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Amazing food. Good service.

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Mooresmiles (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Great Mexican cuisine. Margaritas were just right and service was great!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

This was a great little find off the beaten path of Michigan Ave - Angel was wonderful and recognized that our meal was business and took care of us as needed. We never felt rushed and were able to accomplish our meeting goals while having great food. I want to return to try the cocktails...

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Our server, Christian, helped make our experience enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

Clean, friendly and very good food. Whole fried Snapper was great!0

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viphappyclaire7 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

Tacos & steak fajitas very good quality & taste-personable/good server-only one small disappointment-asked my fajitas to be wrapped-thought it would have included remaining tortilla but it didn’t-

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kitkat (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent!! We had a craving for Mexican within walking distance of our hotel. There are so many places to choose from - we decided to try Mezcalina. So glad we did....margaritas, guacamole and meals were delicious and the service was great!

Would definitely go back - recommend highly!!

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vipfoodgurulo (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Authentic Mexican dining. Vibrant setting, in a small venue. Friendly service, with a good margarita selection and authentic Mexican sauces and great food selection. Reservations are recommended due to the small dining area. Also, do not expect a cab or uber for transportation. There is a parking garage a few doors down. They have no reception, therefore getting a signal to call an uber is futile. Guacamole, is good, and their mole enchiladas were excellent.

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vipMichele (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

One of the more creative menus we’ve seen—we shared two of the main courses and a torta so we could have a variety. It was plenty for four. The waiter was a lot of fun—I couldn’t decide between two drinks so he said he would surprise me. Loved all the art and it’s in a great area just north of Millennium Park that I want to explore further. Will definitely come back as part of our explorations.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2017

They were still decorating so the ambiance was not fully there, but the large paintings on the wall lent great color and atmosphere. I would recommend the octopus and the chicken mole, very tasty. The cocktails are also very interesting and flavorful, and since we had a table near the window it was nice to look out into the adjoining park and see the greenery and flowers. Service was excellent and our waitress's recommendations were on the money. Not cheap, but not expensive either, just right. I would certainly go back.

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