Cafe El Tapatio

4.7
141 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
The Parra family has owned and operated this cheerful restaurant for 34 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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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The food was so yummy! The staff was super nice, the drinks were amazing, the atmosphere was also great. They also had stuff for kids to color, cups w/ lids for them, and a good kids menu!

KH
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real neighborhood gem!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Their margaritas are delicious!

C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A true neighborhood gem that you could easily pass by. Take the time to check it out! The food is wonderful!!!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Higher quality and more creative dishes than your run of the mill Mexican comfort food restaurant, but at the same prices. Get a seat on the patio if it’s nice out.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A little slow to our requests throughout the meal

p
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent neighborhood authentic Mexican Restaurant. Good food, reasonable prices, great cocktails, and good service. A neighborhood gem, highly recommend if you like Mexican food.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Incredibly obnoxious bachelor party ongoing during our meal with the attendees flirting with other guests and yelling at the top of their lungs. Made it hard to enjoy the meal.

G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The tables & overall appearance of inside is old & dirty. The bar top was sticky as I waited to order a drink while my table was getting cleaned. The menu looked interesting . I ordered 3 different tacos. Steak, pork & chicken. The food cane in 10 minutes. Tasted like it was heated in the micro wave & not made fresh. The steak taco was awful. Meat overdone & didn’t even look like steak. Everything was salty. Very disappointed & will never go back. Can’t understand good reviews!!

LB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very much enjoyed our meal. It was a lovely night so we opted to sit outside. The outside seating is on the street but sectioned off so it has a nice feel to it. Cocktails were great. The spicy margaritas have a definite kick! Food was great - queso fundido, nachos to start - all good. Everyone tried different entrees and they were all good. Service was a tad slow but we were not in a rush so it was fine.
Look forward to going back again.

CW
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We requested to sit outside on the patio in our reservation and they immediately sat us at our table right when we got there. Great food, beautiful atmosphere and good service. My only complaint: the chips and salsa appetizer was free but way too spicy that we didn’t even eat much of the salsa.

SM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Friendly, colorful & bright, with excellent food. Neighborhood gem!

f
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great portions, delish food. Specially the drinks!

GC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dining experience. We are looking forward to our next dining experience.

AP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very kind and wanted to make the experience a fantastic one for our family. The food was really good all around and the salsa was perfectly spicy enough. We had a great time and I will definitely go back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

This place sucked, the eggs were runny. The homemade chorizo was not home made and dry.

s
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

It was busy so felt a bit ignored by our waiter but the food made up for it! So good!

CC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place! Excellent service, food, margaritas. Neighborhood favorite!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food.

OT
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and drinks for ladies night

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food and drinks were great, and the bartenders were very nice. However, we had to wait for 10 minutes just to get the attention of the missing maitre d. He ignored us once he came back to the desk even though we were standing right next to him, and he asked a couple farther away from us if they needed a seat. We had to talk to him twice to get his attention which was awkward. We would love to go back but not sure what the level of service would be.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Our local go to

AE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe el Tapatio is like our favoriteMexican neighborhood restaurant! We like it in summer outside or inside in Winter. Food is great and our server did wonderful job!

DJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food - love their vegetarian options. Always good service tho some servers can be abrupt when it's busy. Inside is a little tight and loud on a Friday night but a fun atmosphere and worth it for the food! Go in the summer and sit out on the patio.

J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved my mar y tierra (talapia with chorizo sauce)! Pitcher of margarita was good too. Chips and salsa also excellent, nice and spicy for me (although a little too much so for my girlfriend).

PC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative drinks, great servers, a cool and environment and a large menu with something for everyone. Had a GREAT burrito plate here, highly recommend!

DS
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here with daughter this past Tuesday evening. What a pleasant surprise! Authentic regional Mexican cuisine. We shared a chicken breast served in a Jalisco style and the Jicama salad after starting with freshly made guacamole. Service was first class. I prefer margaritas made only with Patron silver, Cointreau and fresh squeezed lime juice, they did it perfectly. Definitely coming back.

d
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, amazing margaritas. Gets really busy on the weekends and service can get spotty

F
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place !!!

OT
Chicago
92 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Guacamole was GREAT! It was probably the freshest I tasted. All the food was very fresh and clean taste my. Quality ingredients. I will definitely go back. Can’t wait to taste everything else

HP
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in Chicago! You can't go wrong!

A
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Chicago. I try to stop by every time I'm in town. Best food and service around.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casey was very helpful!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

It was so loud that my husband and I were practically shouting to to heard. The music was loud so then was everyone else. Maybe a non weekend day would be better.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday party for my husband. Wonderful place!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service was great. Drinks were good, but not amazing

CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time!!

CP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still our favorite Mexican restaurant in the city. Great food, service, and cozy atmosphere.

OT
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Dinner and drinks were great for Valentine’s Day! We will definitely be back

K
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Solid Mexican fare. I’ve been here dozens of times and always good. It’s a Mexican diner so I don’t understand how people give it 5 stars????

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