Moe's Cantina River North

4.1
499 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Located in Chicago’s beautiful River North, Moe’s Cantina is the only authentic Northern Mexican Restaurant in the heart of the city. It’s exposed bricks walls, custom-made wrought iron chandeliers, and open kitchens with wood-burning grills make for a warm, inviting atmosphere that is perfect for a meal with family, or a night out with friends! Equipped with state of the art sound systems and countless HDTVs, it is also the ideal spot to catch any of today’s top sporting events.

Need to Know:

For the well-being of our guests and staff members, we kindly ask that all guests adhere to new safety guidelines while dining at our establishment. We are now accepting reservations for parties larger than 10, if all members of your party can show proof of full vaccination. To make a reservation for more than 10 people please call 773.348.8899.

As a courtesy, reservations are held for 15 minutes past the reservation time. 2 hour time limit per table.
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Britt
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall1food3service1ambience2

I requested a booth when booking the reservation but we were seated at a table instead. After asking the hostess if we can move to one of the clearly visible open booths as requested we were met with a very rude and combative response. Drinks were mediocre at best. After paying the bill I noticed a surcharge fee that was added to my final receipt that was not on the original receipt. I asked for the waitress to come and explain what the fee was but she never returned to our table to explain.

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AmandaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great margarita. Fajitas are shareable portions. The flour tortillas are additional charge

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food and drinks!

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vippureromance
Raleigh
41 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Went for birthday but nothing was done to celebrate birthday by Moe’s so why bother asking? Was there during happy hour and bought two discounted happy hour drinks but when the bill came I was charged full price. When asked I was told I had to specify a happy hour margarita even tho I’m there during happy hour and the menu does not specify you have to say those two words and there’s no difference in a happy hour margarita and a full price margarita. There’s an $8 difference that should not have been an issue. Also, they charge over 3% surcharge for paying by credit/debit card…. Really??? WTF!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Not very much options on the menu.. very small portions for the price but food wasn't horrible mine was a little cold but the flavor was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very poor service. It took 30 minutes for a server to acknowledge our table and the service was awful all night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place to watch Michigan football and dine on Mecican - style dishes!

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JesusG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good food and drinks along with the music ! Ambiance was great.

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Serge21
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Celebrated my birthday here and it was my first time coming to the River North location. It was actually a good experience, nice environment, good drinks and a nice place to get everybody together.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They cancelled the reservation within 15 minutes. Had to go to a different restaurant

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Maria
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Great drinks and food but the service was awful. Waited over half an hour for our drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good and Friendly service from young ladies.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience4

wasn’t aware it was a club vibe. good food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a positive experience.

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vipoenophile
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Server lied and said that they didn’t serve wine, just tequila drinks. 45 min later the table next to me is drinking wine. She was clearly to lazy to check what kind they had and just wanted to make her life easier bringing a pitcher of margaritas. Shameful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Music was obnoxious!! The flashing lights and dance party music at 6:00 in the evening made for a terrible dinner experience!!!!! It was something that would be appropriate for an after hours night club, not dinner. The food was average at best - bland tortilla chips, stringy chicken in the enchiladas, and margarita was too sweet. We will not be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I don’t like it

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CreoleGal3268
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Definitely not worth the money. Drinks were ok, but the food was not good and they had a very limited menu. Won’t be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The waitress was horrible! Very inattentive!

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vipOthyP
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome. Great food and drinks. Really good music. Loved it!!

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neveragain
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The Ceviche was so DELICIOUS OMG!!!!!

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kingram
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I've been to Moe's many times before but this time was not good at all. My daughter and I ordered the salad. It came with larges chunks of chicken on it that absolutely no flavor or seasoning. We asked for some additional dressing because we didn't see or taste any on the salad. The waitress brought us some very thick avocado dressing that again had no flavor or seasoning. We were very disappointed with the salad and only ate a little of it.
We ordered a picture of Margaritas which came as a picture of ice, very little margarita.

Next, we went to the lady's room and it was disgusting. The floor was covered with water, the stalls were dirty and half of them didn't have any toilet paper. They had the nerve to have a valet in the bathroom and the poor lady was standing in water. Not acceptable at all.

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Stephanie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I was disappointed on my first visit to Moe's Cantina; from the entrance where security greets you like you are going to courthouse with no customer service skills. Hostess not at counter, asked for manager never came to table, waitress slow and did know why items were or were not available.

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RMMK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and we didn’t have high expectations after reading recent reviews. Let me tell you it was GREAT!! We had a beautiful booth, the drinks were AMAZING, food was so good and our server was awesome!! We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I would never return there for food. The 6$ tacos that are not even good is a little much. We had a variety of different tacos and a few were almost uneatable. They also charge extra for sauces which was a little weird.The atmosphere is incredibly noisy and feels like they are trying to be a club that serves food. Our server was nice but it was really hard to hear her with all the noise. Bottom line the place is nice for a happy hour drinks but definitely not worth it for dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The hostess was inattentive and servers unorganized. We were seated at a table that had a huge puddle of water next to it and water continuing to leak from the ceiling. Multiple servers came by with conflicting information as to the menu options available at that time of day. Ultimately, we decided to leave and go to another restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Didn’t tell me that we needed vaccination cards to be in the lower level.

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CynthiaM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall1food4service5ambience3

I had a really bad experience with the hostess make me feel insulted ..... she don’t have professionally to talk to people ...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Garbage restaurant, charges you for sauce, $6 a sub par taco, had one waitress working, expensive bad cocktails, got a glass that was cracked.

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Andres
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Upon arriving for my reservation. I was five minutes late. I do understand it was a busy night, but typically other places that I have gone offer a 5 minute grace period. This was not my experience at Moe's at the River North location. One of the hostesses informed us that she had already given our table away despite us already having a reservation and only being 5 minutes late. She then proceeded to catch an attitude and be even somewhat rude as I proceeded to ask more questions. My overall experience at Moe's in River North was pleasant, however my first impression while being greeted by the front end was the complete opposite.

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SEPIAM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The light up menus were VERY bright. but overall incredible spot :)

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barbaram
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monica was absolutely amazing! She made cinco de Mayo fun.

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PamiyaO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The Carne Asada was extremely salty. What Mexican restaurant doesn't give at least one basket of complimentary chips and salsa???? The skinny margarita was super lite in not be only sugar but also taste.

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vipCarrieF
Adelaide
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Even though we had a reservation we still had to wait even though there were empty tables. Margarita was small and food was not good.

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AlexaL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Tacos are good, but I’ve had better. Nice ambiance. Strong drinks.

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vipKrlamb22
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience4

Was getting together with a girlfriend who I hadn’t seen in a long time and the drink were fabulous, service tentative, hostess super friendly and accommodating, however we were shouting the entire time and could barely hear each other, definitely could not her the bartender. I loved the drink but was disappointed with the noise level. Overall worth the $.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Great service! Great drinks! Great food! We will definitely be back. Would highly recommend trying the house margarita and shrimp tacos!

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vipanniem
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best experience at this place. First time at Moe’s, the River North location is beautiful, our waitress was really sweet, the food was great and the drinks were AMAZING!! Taking my daughter for her 30th birthday because I know she’ll love the place just as much as her dad and I did.

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AbGb
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service upstairs! We really had a good time in our friend’s birthday

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No seating available had to sit upstairs no one acknowledged us and

FAQs

Moe's Cantina River North offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 245-2000.

Moe's Cantina River North is rated 4.1 stars by 499 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.