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Cafe El Tapatio, Chicago, IL

Cafe El Tapatio

4.6
4.6
311 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
The Parra family has owned and operated this cheerful restaurant for 46 years and make frequent trips to Mexico for menu ideas and cook up several family specialties. Beyond the standard tacos, burritos, and chimichangas are dishes such as crepas de pollo.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Latin American, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (773) 327-5475
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Lakeview / East Lakeview
  • Cross street
    W. Roscoe St
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Brown Line - Paulina<br />Bus - Route 9 (Ashland and Roscoe)
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 311 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Mexican

  • Chicago

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Chicago

    Mexican

311 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We arrived on time for our reservation only to see a large festival happening outside. We approached the host and were told “oh we must’ve forgot to cancel your reservation.” It was a 2 hour wait and we left. I’ve never experienced that from a restaurant before.

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  2. manuelp

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great meal and the friendliest staff and the best churros around!

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  3. Adam

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is consistently great, service can be a hit or a miss.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience every single meal I have had there has been phenomenal. Cannot say enough about the restaurant, its staff, the food & dessert. 100/10 always recommend this spot to family and friends!

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  5. RobW

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cafe El Tapatio is a great neighborhood restaurant. Cocktails and Margaritas were made to perfection our favorite was the Mezcal drink that was served like a smokey old fashion. Al Pastor Tacos and Chicken Fajitas were both quite tasty. Staff got us seated quickly and was very attentive.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Very disappointed. We’ve been coming to El Tapatio for years but the service has gone dramatically downhill recently. It took 15min to get met by our server and order drinks. Our meal came out before our appetizer and without our child’s dish. We saw our server twice in an hour and didn’t have an opportunity to order a second round of drinks. The food is great and the owner is always a nice, personable guy but they’re either severely understaffed or stopped putting an emphasis on the quality of service.

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  7. PatriciaK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, drinks & service! Enjoyed a lovely meal on the patio :)

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  8. megr

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is amazing, service is great, even when they are crowded. Just a great spot.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall experience was great! Our waitress was very attentive and made sure we were good throughout the meal. She gave us various recommendations on food & drink options. The place itself was very clean, the food was yummy the vibe was great. Would definitely recommend!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a reservation and the hostess told us we would not be able to be seated for another 30-40 minutes, despite being there at our reserved time. What’s the point of having a reservation? If it’s first come first serve, just don’t accept the reservation.

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FAQs

Cafe El Tapatio offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 327-5475.

Cafe El Tapatio is rated 4.6 stars by 311 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe El Tapatio

3400 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Additional information

  • Cross street
    W. Roscoe St
  • Neighborhood
    Lakeview / East Lakeview
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Latin American, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Brown Line - PaulinaBus - Route 9 (Ashland and Roscoe)
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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