Bar Takito - West Loop

4.5
458 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
Bar Takito is a Latin inspired shared-plate restaurant and bar drawing inspiration from Mexico, Central and South America; with LIVE MUSIC (no cover) every Thursday evening (7:30pm); think Super Club atmosphere. The menu is driven by acclaimed Chef Yani Sanchez.

The contemporary urban setting (West Loop/Fulton Market) sets it apart from all other area restaurants. The knowledgeable & pleasant service approach complements the experience.

Enjoy an award winning menu; we use fresh and local ingredients, & feature artisanal (handcrafted) tacos where every tortilla is made-to-order, shared plates, ceviches, seafood from the plancha, arepas and more. The widely popular cocktail program offers an expansive specialty cocktail, margarita, and craft beer selection.

Bar Takito can accommodate parties from 10 to 250 persons comfortably.
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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Latin American, Bistro, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Kitchen:
Monday & Tuesday: 11 - 9pm (bar open until 10pm)
Wednesday & Thursday: 11 - 10pm (bar open until 11pm)
Friday & Saturday: 11 AM - 11 PM (bar open until 1am)
Sunday: 11am - 8pm


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Phone number
(312) 888-9485
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Yanni Sanchez
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Catering
Absolutely! We've served as many as 900 people. Call the restaurant for details: 312-888-9485
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N. Lake St.
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Public transit
The restaurant is right next to the West Loop Morgan Station and the Green/Pink Line.
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Entertainment
Bar Takito houses features three built-in flat-screen TVs above the main bar, a giant projection screen above the side bar, and a top-of-the-line audio system to showcase music provided by bands and in-house DJs.
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Special events & promotions
Call the restaurant so that we can host your event: 312-888-9485
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Bar Takito in the West Loop is the perfect backdrop for your private event. Let our event experts create a customized menu for your holiday party, rehearsal dinner, corporate event, birthday, or any other occasion. We can accommodate parties from 40-200 people in our semi-private dining spaces!

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.5

Bar Takito is like a tuxedo T-Shirt - it wants to be formal, but go here for some tacos, drinks, and to party.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
What 458 People Are Saying
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KT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Order at least one app and one entre or you'll go home hungry. Portions are tiny. Smallest steak tacos I've ever had. About the size of half a dollar bill. Less than an ounce of meat. It was comical.

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E
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! Food was amazing and service was exceptional! I will definitely be back.

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MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to bring visitors to eat in Chicago. Even my picky eater friends walk away amazed at how good the food and drinks are!

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TP
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere experience! We went before a concert and took advantage of happy hour drinks and tacos. Presentation and taste was excellent. Such a fun treat! A true gem in the west-loop.

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SO
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food....great variety. Awesome Chef....let the chef pick your food. Fantastic drinks, love the spicy cucumber Marg.

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EL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Was really excited for the happy hour because they had tacos and margaritas. Margaritas weren't bad, the tacos were par.

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Popped in for a lite bite. Enjoyable staff was eager to please and provide quick food. Almost too quick.

All day mimosas area deal, but the abbreviated menu will delight.

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N
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. Had to move our table twice because of the noise level of large groups. We couldn't even hear each other talk. Ordered a drink at 5:50pm - during happy hour. When we got our bill the drink was $15.50, instead of the happy hour price of $6. I asked the waitress and she said "Well, I didn't put it into the computer until after 6 when happy hour is over so that's the price." Wow, great customer service. P.S. I would NEVER order a tiny margarita for $15.50. That being said, the spicy cucumber margarita was delicious, but not worth the price. Our bill was $80 and we left hungry. I would never go here again.

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NF
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great, delicious Mexican with a twist brunch spot. We sat outside for a couple of hours and had a great time.

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MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big drinks, great food, great service. Great for a special occasion or birthday.

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KC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I went to Bar Takito a few weeks ago with a friend and it was pretty empty that Saturday morning. Our food was great, great service - I told all my friends I thought I had found my new favorite brunch spot, especially with $10 bottomless mimosas and amazing food. Their patio is adorable, especially in the summer.

I had friends in town this past weekend so I made a reservation to go back as a group. It was a lot more busy on Sunday during brunch and we had to flag down our waiter several times to order, ask for mimosa refills (after waiting 10 minutes with an empty glass and our waiter passing the table without noticing several times). One friend joined us a bit late and ordered after the group did, but the food never came. He asked after 30 minutes and the manager apologized and said his mimosas were on the house - but cancelled his order instead of giving it to him on the house. Overall I’m really disappointed with the service this past visit, but may give it another try.

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GS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Celiacs and those with a gluten sensitivity- please read this.

Menus says it is gluten free. I asked about that and was told 2 dishes on the menu have gluten and that, as someone with celiac disease, I should avoid them. Why the menu as a whole is labeled gluten free, I have no idea. They brought out guacamole and chips. I asked if the chips were gluten free and was told yes. I asked if they were corn vs wheat and was told corn. I asked if they were fried in a fryer with items that had breading on them and was told no. That nothing else is fried in the fryer. I ate 3 before the server rushed over with vegetables for me to eat rather than the chips. Manager said chips are cross-contaminated at the manufacturers, not in-house, with gluten in a fryer. I felt sick from a gluten reaction for next 2 days.

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GG
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was the 3rd time I've dined here. We sat on the patio. They manage to create a nice ambiance on the patio despite being right under the train. It gets congested with foot traffic crossing between the patio and door that the servers are using. The servers also struggle to get past guests using the same door. This seemed to cause a delay in service just dealing with the congestion. Besides that our server was great she made sure we got in the happy hour specials before it ended. She got us different drinks when we didn't like the first round that was recommended. So over all the food and service was great but the location seems to do them a disservice.

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GG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food is excellent here, but the service wasn’t great. We visited early on a Friday after work, and the restaurant was maybe half full. It took our server nearly 15 minutes to come and take our drink order, then another 20 minutes for her to come back and take our food order. She seemed more interested in chatting with the bartender than checking on her tables...

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CF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a group of friends. Happy hour margaritas were delicious!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing food and environment but the red metal seats are so uncomfortable. Almost unbearable

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JJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for group dining/drinking. Fun cocktails and good food to share.

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MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Despite being one of the only groups in the restaurant, our tacos took ~45min and were cold. The waitress was not attentive. The only redeeming part was that since we only had two tacos each, it was an affordable meal, and the margaritas were great.

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j
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service and the wait staff takes forever to assist you. I won’t be returning any time soon

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GP
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This place had no A/C, my date and I were sweating the entire time. Service was okay but on the slow side.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service is slow but I’m not sure why

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B
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The restaurant was HOT inside. Granted, it was 100 degrees outside, but the A/C could not keep up and everybody was sweating.

The waiter tried to convince us that the happy hour special listed in the menu as being valid Monday-Friday were not valid on Fridays. He was basically trying to scam us. And after that, he screwed up our order.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Food is spicy!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great but every time I come back the price is more for fewer tacos per order.

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TF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

Horrible service. Our waitress never checked on us. They even forgot one of are taco orders. However, the manager did then come over and comp part of our meal because of the forgotten tacos.

The chips were stale, but the guac was good.

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L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Upon entering 4 staff members where there looking at the computer, menus and looking around making sense of seating and the evenings details... as we just stood there w reservations waiting to be seated. 3 walked away one kept looking down and seemed frazzled. We walked away and sat ourselves. A waiter walked over and gave us our menus and water... he was great! The drinks were Great! And the food Amazing!! Wonderful Happy Hour...

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SM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully decorated patio, lovely mixed drinks, and a thoughtful menu guarantees a great experience here every. single. time. Love this place!

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HY
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh and delicious. It left me wanting more. I would definitely recommend and go back again. The manager took his time to come to our table to thank us for bringing our kids. A place that makes you feel welcomed and good service will always have my business. Thank you Bar Takito for your hospitality. You made our experience memorable.

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KC
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious and was enjoyed by my entire family (including boys ages 9 and 12). We started with the guacamole, which was delicious. We decided to order 3 different sharable plates and were not disappointed. We ordered seafood paella (divine), octopus a la plancha (seasoned to perfection), and grilled steak arepa (delicious). Each dish came separately, and I wasn't sure if it would be enough food after we quickly devoured the first item- octopus. The steak came next, and that went fast as well. I added a couple of taco orders (fish tacos and steak tacos) just in case

The seafood paella was the 3rd and heaviest dish. It was probably the best paella i've ever had with big chunks of seafood, vegetables, and served on the most delicious black rice. After having the paella, I realized that that would habd been enouhj food. The tacos came and each of us had 1. The fish taco was delicious, and we were all stuffed.

I'd go back and try a few more items next time around.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, ambiance and food was fantastic. We originally had a table with stools but had grandparents with us, therefore they accommodated us to have a booth. Great experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cocktails. Fun environment. Nice patio space too!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Never going back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Our server was nice, but service in general wasn't great and the food took forever.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service and overall experience. Best to cab or public transportation. Parking a challenge. L stop at corner. Live music was entertaining.

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MA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great happy hour margaritas, excellent service and food.

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AB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great!

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M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Tacos were cold. Service was bad.

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NR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat outside and were served quickly and well! The HUGE chips were amazing, along with tasty, zesty salsa.

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great drinks! I took my wife and three sons whose age ranged from 13 to 4 and the server was very accommodating.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Really limited menu on the weekends. It smelled really strong in there which ruined the otherwise decent atmosphere. My party and I ordered one app before deciding to leave

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