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.
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.
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.
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.
Great high-end Mexican. It is our go-to neighborhood spot.
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.
Amazing food. Good service.
Great Mexican cuisine. Margaritas were just right and service was great!
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...
Our server, Christian, helped make our experience enjoyable.