About Moe's Cantina River North

Moe's Cantina is a modern Mexican cantina -- Mexican fare with Spanish & South American flare. The menu features small sharable plate choices such as skewers and tacos, plus more substantial fare like banana leaf-wrapped halibut with chipotle sauce and parrillada de carnes, with rib-eye, rib ends, skirt steak and bone-in chicken served on a tabletop grill. Moe's has quickly become famous for the sangrias and margaritas. So who is Moe? He's a friend of the family who developed quite a reputation for his culinary skills.

155 W Kinzie
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri:
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat:
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sun:
Reopen on Sundays March 8th

Cross Street:
LaSalle

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 245-2000

Website:
http://www.moescantina.com/

Public Transit:
Brown line- Merchandise Mart
#156 LaSalle
#22 Clark
#36 Broadway

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
please visit www.moescantina.com to stay update to with upcoming events & specials.
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Moe's Cantina River North Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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3.2

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3.8

value

3.4

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (5)
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Good for Groups (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Fun (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Tapas (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Moe's Cantina overall was sub-par. It was a nice, well-decorated place and it has lots of TVs. Not all the food was flavorful, especially the margaritas, However the tacos were good. The service wasn't great. Overall, probably won't come back...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food was very good. Service not so much. You get chips but no salsa. Instead they gave us a sample of their soup in an expresso cup. I had to order salsa. Ok odd but she told me I would be charged for it and I told her that was fine.

After waiting 15 minutes I asked waitress about the salsa. She was very put out that I asked and told me she put in the order and it would come out when ready. I told her that seemed odd since most people eat the chips with salsa while waiting for food. She avoided us after that. In the end, they charged us $0.75 for salsa. Really? This place is a little upscale so I thought an odd approach for salsa ... what I consider a staple in a Mexican restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Very mediocre food

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food and drinks were amazing! I love this place but the service unfortunately is hit or miss. Our server was very nice but equally inefficient. The drinks took a while because their amazing hand-made margaritas were time consuming to make and we were understanding of that. There should have probably been two service bartenders considering it was a busy Saturday night but that is not something anyone could have controlled. Well I guess management could but for all I know someone called off or got sick. What I don’t understand is why our server took half the tables drink order and then would come back for the other half when drinks were finally ready. Also why she asked if we would like more chips and then never brought them or why she forgot an entree. I guess an entree could be left out with a large party by mistake but had she ever come back to see if our food was ok she would have known that. Instead I had to finally walk the restaurant just to find her standing in the hostess station chatting. They did comp the meal and that is appreciated. I just think it could have been avoided or resolved more quickly had she been more attentive to our party. I would even be more understanding had she been running around helping multiple tables but she didn’t seem to have too many left. So like I said, nice but inefficient.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The shrimp tacos were delicious!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great Location, good food. Thanks for a good experience.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

It's a decent experience. The restaurant is pretty and cozy. The food is good, but overpriced. Went with a group of 9, they put us on such a big round table that it became very hard to interact with each other. We had to either yell or get up and walk over to the person across the table. The service was good, but if you go with a bigger group they won't separate the check which becomes very incovinient since later at night some wanted to leave and some wanted to stay. The music is good. Overall I would recommend.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fun
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great area for watching sporting events. Good drinks and good food.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great place if you don't like food, service, or the sound on for sporting events.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Very good food & prices are reasonable. But ... WAY TOO LOUD! The DJ music was so loud we could barely hear each other. More akin to a club than dining... I just don't understand why the music is so loud at these places. Everyone's practically yelling just to be heard. I have an idea: turn the volume down, and the experience is much better.

Tags: Live Sports, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Good food, good service. We went for taco Tuesday $16 all you can eat totally worth it especially for guys that tend to eat a lot!!

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Went here to catch up with a friend and had a great time! The drinks were a little pricey but everything was good. Food came fast, great service, and plenty for lunch the next day. Love the vibe inside! Great for a dinner date!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Really cool restaurant with large dining area

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Food was good, service was sassy and music was good for clubbing but not dinner. Way too loud to hold any type of conversation.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

When I arrived, every waitress was behind the hostess stand, the hostess looked miserable, she never smiled, seemed very uninterested in her guests, pretty much that I was interfering with her social circle at work.
Service is always slow (throughout my meal, the servers were again congregating behind the hostess stand).

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Service was very slow due to not enough staff. This was eventually corrected & the staff was apologetic.
Fun vibe with Mexican influenced menu.

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

6:30 reservation and we got there and learned there was a private party. Basically told us tough luck.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Saturday summer night in Chicago, and we were meeting family on a whim. Moe's Cantina River North was able to quickly accommodate our party of 10 on short notice. We had children in the party ages 6 to 15, and they loved the food and energy in the place. The music was not over-the-top loud, but it was certainly noticeable to the point of needing to be direct with your conversations to be heard. The adults enjoyed the crafted cocktails with a Mexican twist, and given the size of the party, we were very happy with the wait staff and how quickly our food arrived. Would definitely recommend to others and will look to visit again when we are in town.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Food was delicious and service was great! Noise level was CRAZY loud. At our table of 7 was hard to hear anything from the other end of table and all conversation required yelling.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Casual
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Food was fantastic, the service was horrendous. 20 minutes to see the waitress after we sat down. Drinks took even longer. 3 out of the 4 meals arrived, waited for the last meal for over 10 minutes. Would try again cause of the food though.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Music was too loud, could not have a decent conversation

Tags: Great Beer, Casual, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We had 17 co-workers for a dinner after a full day of training. The atmosphere was perfect after having spent 8 hours in a conference room. The staff was prepared for us upon arrival. The servers were attentive and friendly. The food was creative and delicious.

Tags: Great Beer, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Casual, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great place we stumbled across while visiting downtown Chicago, especially after striking out on not having reservations the night before. Great inner city feel with a nice elegance. TVs everywhere as well as a couple bars for short wait time. Would recommend for something different.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Went here on Saturday early evening for dinner with my wife and daughters ages 7 & 9. Not the most kid-friendly place but we knew that going in and it was fine going at 6pm before the night crowd rolled in -- there were probably only about 10 tables occupied at the time. I've been to Moe's in Wrigley many times and this one a couple times before and always had a good experience, but this experience was poor. Our server took our order and delivered the first round of drinks promptly, but then NEVER came back until we were done. The food was delivered by a food runner, which is fine, but since our server never came back we had to get our 2nd round of drinks from the bar. The bartender was very nice but we told her the problem and she probably should've told our server or a manager about it. My wife also took our daughters to the restroom and there was no toilet paper in any of the stalls nor any paper towels. When I used the mens' restroom it looked the same as it had probably looked when they closed at 2am the night before -- filthy, although at least there were paper towels in one of the dispensers! There were plenty of employees loitering around the entire time but nobody seemed to care about doing any sidework or making sure guests were being taken care of. The food was very good but not worth the shoddy service or lack of upkeep.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Our server was scarce for the whole meal. One of our diner's patiently waited to request sour cream for before eating and it took about 10mins before our server stopped by to make the request. Then the sour cream never arrived. To summarize, not frequent enough table side check-ins to make sure we were OK or needed something. Thanks, RichG

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Casual, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Didn't stay for the reservation--walked in and it was so loud even the hostess and I couldn't hear each other. My friends and I had to stand outside to have a conversation. I asked the manager to turn the music down but when he did, it didn't make too big a difference, he said they wanted to create a party atmosphere with the unbearable volume. Too bad, too, we were a reservation for 7:00 of 8 people and we just left. Wanted to be able to eat our food and be able to talk with each other. If you go hear on a weekend be warned they cater to a 24 and under crowd. We won't be coming back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Businesses dinner. Way to noisy! Food=Great!!

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 13, 2017

I was disappointed in just about everything. It's a cool place to hangout and watch a game, but that's about it. The food was not that great and the service was at the same level. I'm sure there are much better places for Mexican food in Chicago.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Very nice experience! Waitress was very efficient and helpful. Shrimp tacos were amazing!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 6, 2017

decent food and margs - but slooooow service. We had time to go through a basket of chips before drinks arrived. Had to flag down server to take order, get check and pay. Took almost two hours to eat on an uncrownded Tuesday night. Lots of better choices in the neighborhood!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Mid week lunch so place was very quite ..
Excellent food...placed looked very cool inside
Would love to come at night ...

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Awesome cocktails, nice ambiance and lots of great scenery!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Birthday dinner. Good took forever and was terrible. Steak taco meat was so dry I couldn't eat it. Really bummed because it has great reviews. Will never go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Brought 3 friends from work who hadn't been here for lunch as one of them was retiring. One of the four has a very tight comfort zone of what he likes. Everyone loved the food! The lime tinted chips, perfect with the large bowl of guac. Pollo enchillada and carnitas enchilada were great! Asada skewer and cameron (shrimp) taco were big hits. No margarita's which looked very good, as we had to go back to work. Will be coming back for dinner/drinks for sure!

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Service was outstanding. Disappointed there are no vegan or vegetarian options besides one vegetable skewer. Your menu on open table indicates veggie tacos but all the tacos were seafood or meat. Menu has changed since the last time I was there. Doubt I'll ever go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 1, 2017

The food and service was great, definitely a team favorite.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 24, 2017

The food and the margaritas were delicious. The service was great and we loved the atmosphere.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 22, 2017

I've eaten here on my birthday the last two years but this time it was seriously lacking. My reservation was for 12 but when we were seated there were only 9 chairs. Luckily my friends were late so I told the waitress we would need more chairs. She said she'd get some. My friends came 10 mins later and still no chairs. They stood for a couple of minutes before chairs came. Ordered drinks and drinks were ok. It took her some time to come back and ask if we wanted apps or anything. She literally just came by again to drop drinks off so I told my friends to figure out what they want so we can all order when the next full moon comes and she came by again. We ordered food and my tacos were cold, my fiancé had fish tacos and they were lacking in seasoning. Also, two orders of chips and salsa came and everyone in our table confirmed nobody ordered it but the server still left it and we were eventually charged them. When the check came, the server asked us if we wanted to split it and of course we did, as there were 12 of us. My fiancé worked several years as a waitress herself and asked the waitress if it was possible to split and she quickly responded, "I'd be able to do it, but it's just really annoying". I guess it was annoying that we'd be paying $90+ tip for sub par tacos and ok margaritas. It took her almost 30 mins to split up our check and when she came back, she just threw all the checks at the table and let us figure out which one was ours. There were not that many diners and we were the largest group yet I felt like we had the least amount of service. I will not be coming back. I was surprised that it was one of the few restaurants in the city that could accommodate a party of 12 the day before but after experiencing their service, I understand why it wasn't that busy on a Saturday night. Ruined my birthday celebration.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Went there with a big group from work. Appreciated being able to book a group of 20 on Opentable. Great service, lively bar area. Terrific small plates and tacos. Great for big groups.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2017

This is a great place to go to watch a game as they have at least a dozen TV's through the bar and dining area. It's a large and open space, so it gets quite noisy as well.

Regarding the food, the guacamole is very good. The shrimp tacos are very tasty, and the steak tacos are really good as well- particularly with the sauce that they serve wit it (it's a little spicy).

The drinks are very good. I had the Moscow mule, and it was great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, People Watching
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