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About Mezcalina

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

333 E. Benton Pl, Ste 100
Chicago, IL 60601
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican

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

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 240-5000

Website:
http://www.mezcalina.com/Home.html

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Mezcalina Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (7)
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Spicy (5)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Tapas (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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 (New England)·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...

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our server, Christian, helped make our experience enjoyable.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 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-

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 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!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Spicy, Great Beer, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great first time along with catching up with one of the owner's post diner made for a nice evening. Look forward to dinner and talking with him again as we were running late for an event.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great place to eat. The food was delicious and our drinks complimented the food well. But there was only two waiters and a manager serving. Service was slow because of it but the food made up for the wait. I would love to come back here again

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Creative dishes, high quality, great service. We would definitely go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

WONDERFUL twist on traditional Mexican fare from the Purple corn chips to the pistachio chicken, every item is DELIGHTFUL and flavor packed! A must-dine when in Chicago!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

As some of the other reviews have noted, this restaurant is hard to find and the service is variable. The food was fine, but not that creative or different. The drinks were also fine, but way too much ice in the glass, so you end up with about 3-4 oz of actual drink. I agree with other reviewers that chips and salsa should be free. Water glasses were not re-filled, so that was disappointing and our wait to pay the bill was a little longer than it should have been, hence my low rating for service. The decor is really cool, so the vibe is festive. With so many other Mexican restaurants in the city, I would not make a trip back to this one simply because it was just ok.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Excellent Mexican food. Service was a bit slow, but probably because our server had a LOT of tables to take care of by herself. A little pricey, not for everyday dining.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Took a chance and invited friends to this restaurant for a birthday celebration. Curiously un-crowded for a Friday night. Food was good but the service was not up to par at all. Had to call waiter over repeatedly for water refills. Not cool to have to wait so long for first drink on a Friday night. Had to ask when the tortilla soup was coming and was informed when the entree's came that there was no soup tonight. Ordered flan for the birthday boy (only a few desserts on the menu) and was later informed there is no flan. How can a Mexican restaurant not have flan? They did comp us a drink for the poor service but I will not go back here nor recommend it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

incredible food and great service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We've been to Mezcalina several times for dinner and once for Sunday brunch. The staff is always friendly and efficient. They make fine margaritas. We especially like the chicken with pistachio mole, although their other moles are very good too. Their soft tacos are messy, but delicious.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Spicy, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We have been to this restaurant several times and always enjoyed but this time had a very poor experience.
We invited another couple who also like maxcan food. Here is what happened:
1 ordered drinks, they serve three of us, so we are waiting for ten minutes for beer for our guest.
Nothing, I got up and reminded them, finally after eating, they bring the beer bottle but no glass for which had to wait for another five minutes.
2 we aredered chips and guacamole as soon as we sat down. Guess what, twenty five minutes after two reminders.
3 appetizer s came on time and were ok.
4 dinner. After long wait, they bring my dinner only. So we are waiting and waiting for the rest three while my dinner is getting cold, their excuse, oh your dish was ready so we brought it first.
So after about fifteen minutes, their dinner shows up.
Must admit, the manager came to apologise.
Hence, it was a bed night and left very poor impression on our guest.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

I really enjoyed this, it is a beautiful place to eat and the food is very good.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 30, 2017

We have been there several times now as we live in the neighborhood . The food is consistently fantastic. The service, however, really needs to improve. It is consistently sub par. We feel very rushed when we go there. Our waiter ( that we have had 3 times now) seems to be in such a panic and hurried rush whether it is busy or not. He then makes us feel that way. It is almost a feeling of imposition. They need to discipline this person, or unload him. They also could hire more staff. Overall great food and kudos to the chef (s). Sadly, with the experiences, they are going to loose customers. "M.C." should shape up or consider choosing another line of work.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Everything about this hidden gem is great except for the service. We had the same terrible server twice (Miguel). I would walk out rather than have him again. He was almost frantic in his mannerisms and paid little or no attention to our dining party. We waited for water, drinks, and food all while the restaurant was not very busy. We had to ask other servers for help. He then messed up the bill on both occasions including losing our credit card. I really like this place and hate to leave a negative review but this guy ruined two dinners.

Tags: Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Very pricy average food. The service and ambiance were fine, but that's about it for this place . Steak was so tough to chew that most of it went uneaten. Save your money and go elsewhere.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

First time. Wait staff was wonderful and attentive. Food was exceptional. Great place for dining if heading to activities at Millennium Park.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Beautiful place! Great atmosphere and GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE! The drinks were DELICIOUS!! Loved all parts of it!!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great food, nice staff, hard location to get to.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

snapper is fantastic

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·Dined on August 2, 2017

Dreadful. We reserved a table for 2, but still had to wait. Service was shocking, and no-one cleared off the dirty tables around us while we were eating. They stayed dirty with piles of leftover food for over 30 minutes. And as icing on the cake, we had to sit and witness the manager (-presumably), berating his staff constantly, for not working hard enough. How about hiring more staff?! A depressing experience.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Tasty guac, savory fajitas and flavorful cocktails. Wish I knew this was here when I lived in the loop.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

the Puchuga was good but had better. The grilled chicken breast was perfect but beyond that the flavor was bland. My girlfriend had the enchiladas with roja and the sauce was bland. Not even spice and seemed to come from a jar or can. Drinks were good.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Felt like I was really taken care of. All around, fantastic experience. Would recommend.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We love Mezcalina and try to eat here often. The decor is wonderfully "Diego Rivera" and the food is a new take on old favorites plus many creatively prepared Mexican offerings.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great server great food and the best house tequila....

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Outdoor dining right by a quiet park - sort of hidden location. The salsa and guacamole were delicious. The spicy pineapple margarita was great (can't remember the exact name of it).

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I have been a regular customer of Mescalina since they opened a few years ago in the New Eastside neighborhood where I live. I have been with them through their rocky first couple of years, their closing for remodeling and their very delayed opening last year while I feared they were going out of business. I have enjoyed a few meals there since they reopened, but was always concerned about the number of empty tables and whether they would continue to survive at their hard-to-find location.
This visit was at 6 o clock on a Saturday night with the neighborhood swarming with outsiders because of Taste of Chicago a couple of blocks away. There were no empty tables and it was obvious that the kitchen and serving staff were overwhelmed. It took almost 1/2 hour for our order to arrive at the table, but the food was worth the wait, as their excellent food has always been. A major problem was the deafening noise level from the chattering crowd of patrons plus the loud piped-in Mexican music. My companion and I had to literally shout across our small table to hear each other.
The price of the meal was moderate and reasonable as usual, but there was a $2 charge for salsa! C'mon, no Mexican restaurant ever charges for the salsa they put on the table along with the chips. How come there was no charge for the chips??!! If I had seen this charge before paying the bill, I would have objected strongly. Banks gave up charging teller fees because their customers regarded it as an expected service and I think this restaurant should do the same with its salsa charge.
Having said all that, I still highly recommend this restaurant for its wonderful food, but only if you can put up with the slow service, excruciating noise level and gratuitous charges on the bill.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I loved everything about this place. Great for a special, but still pretty casual date night.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The food is so fresh and delicious. This is a hidden gem that the neighbors love. Try to sit on the patio by the park. It is lovely.

You might see me there with my dog, Ricky.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Service was slow even though not a lot of customers when we arrived. Margaritas we're FULL OF ICE. Tacos were tasteless...disappointing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We had good tapas and tasty tacos on previous trips but the food on our last visit
(and I do mean last visit) was disappointing.
Calamari was frozen chewy rings, enchiladas were dry and luke warm. There are many Mexican choices that are far superior.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 21, 2017

I was on a business trip and had my dinner at the bar. The menu is interesting and the food was well prepared. Service was efficient and the atmosphere was unobtrusive. A good choice for something a little different in Mexican.

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