Cafe El Tapatio

4.7
94 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Latin American, Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 10:00am - 4:00pm, Friday -Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 327-5475
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
W. Roscoe St.
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Public transit
Brown Line - Paulina
Bus - Route 9 (Ashland and Roscoe)
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 94 People Are Saying
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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed eating dinner here. The chicken mole was absolute delicious! I highly recommend checking this place out. Make sure to try the Gallina En Mole and the Enchiladas Con Mole! Perfect for date night.

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k
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mom in town. Everything was great. Mole is delicious. Waiter forgot our ceviche but glad he did because the dinners are large and filling.

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JR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice place. Good food and service.

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DS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Long a favorite neighborhood place, it has been fun for us to watch this restaurant grow and mature. Food is consistently good. Service is great and neighborhood friendly.

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BB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is a mid-priced Mexican restaurant, but well worth the extra few dollars. The portions are amble and the dishes are flavorful. It is worth getting a reservation if going on a weekend night. They have a small outdoor seating area in the summer, but can be a bit crowded in the winter.

El Grandioso Burrito lives up to its name and typically gives me two full meals.

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VF
Cleveland
22 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been so long since I had El Tapatio, I was craving it. Didn’t let us down.

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s
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tapatio is a solid choice for a casual neighborhood spot that serves quality Mexican food. The shrimp ceviche and bellas tacos (veggie tacos with grilled mushrooms) were on point. Service was timely and friendly. Overall pretty chill casual vibe on a Wednesday night when we went, probably a little more animated on the weekends. Definitely recommend if you're in the area.

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

Food was great. More authentic experience. Great service.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, good drinks but too loud. Great place for a group but not a date night on the weekend. During the week this place not as loud

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here many times and consistently have the same experience. Amazing food, great service, and a friendly staff! The order is always right and comes out super quick. My husband and I LOVE their mole sauce.

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O
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic time. The staff made us feel like we were part of the family. Very attentive . Enjoyed the food and the margaritas. Even gave us a delicious free dessert.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is my second time here and it did not disappoint. The chicken enchiladas suizas are delicious as was the margarita! The chicken tortilla soup is fantastic, but a much larger portion than I anticipated, so either make it your meal or be prepared to take some of your entree home. Love the atmosphere here, but it can get a little loud, so not a place for romantic conversations, but great for friends to catch up and not worry about being overheard. Service can be a little slow, but as long as you aren't in a rush, it's okay. Easy street parking and there is a small outdoor sidewalk space in front of the restaurant for dining al fresco. We will be back!

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TR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I could eat at tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I love authentic restaurants and this is definitely that!

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great food, always great service -- a true neighborhood gem with some of the best Mexican food around. If you're looking for something that's a cut above the rest, look no further. Great drinks, fresh ingredients, and wonderful people who work there.

The mole is a must!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was SLOW. Wasn’t very busy on a Sunday night, but we barely saw our server. Also a lot of loud children running around.

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant, always busy. Food is very good, with more than the normal dishes found in a Mexican restaurant.

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LG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We go to El Tapatio often. Always solid reliable food and extremely friendly atmosphere - waiters, owner etc. We love it!

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C
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going here for over 10 years!! The food stays AMAZING and the service remains impeccable!!

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BO
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Wonderful staff. The bartenders on Saturday night are the best. Very creative.
The food is outstanding. Especially if your willing to try something besides tacos.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Mexican food in Chanel Chicago! Love this place.

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AN
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Tapatio was incredibly gracious in hosting us as we ended up with a much larger party than we originally expected. They were really wonderful in arranging the table, and providing outstanding service for our group.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We are regulars and know it can be tough to walk in so I made a reservation. The hostess was a bit dismissive, she seated two couples who arrived after us, before us. We did get seated 10 minutes later but fairly offended by then because she clearly didn’t care. The drink order was wrong.

It was pretty routine afterwards but my wife said she didn’t enjoy it. My guess is it was more of our experience on arrival vs the food. We’ve always loved the food.

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L
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious authentic Mexican food! Attentive friendly service. Will return again and again...

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m
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican food there is in this part of town. Menu is varied but not overwhelming. Portion sizes are large and the ingredients are always fresh. Atmosphere is very relaxed and wait staff and owner, Mauricio, are very attentive. There are many other notable options in Chicago but this is where I go when I want familiar and authentic Mexican.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing hospitality, great food, good vibes!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Had a reservation at 7:15 but had to wait to be seated until a little after 7:30pm. But it was worth it bc we got a table in the back room (less noise). Very friendly staff and food is the best!

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BS
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a neighborhood gem. Don't let the outside neon light dissuade you from trying it.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food rocked. We sat at the bar. Natalie was our server. She recommended everything we ate and it was crazy delicious. I would rather sit at her bar then at your best table. 😀😀

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A
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Great fun place! May be too loud for some, but I think it only made it more fun. The food was tasty, my steak was a bit salty for me, but I still finished it. Will definitely be going back and recommending to others.

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GH
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our father’s 70th birthday at El Tapatio and it was the perfect, festive location with fantastic food and delicious margaritas. Service was excellent. Such a great experience!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always quality food and margaritas.

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AN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

There’s no such thing as a reservation at this restaurant. Food is very good but expect a wait regardless of whether you have a reservation or not.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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CF
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was very good. Food was amazing. I just wish we lived closer. Next time we are in the area, we will return.

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LA
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

the food was completely bleh which was disappointing I wanted to love this cute place. even the guacamole was bad.. too much lime. for $50 and a below average mexican food dinner I won’t be back

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M
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant was fine for a get-together of three people. There wasn't really anything memorable about it, however. That being said, I also cannot say anything negative. If I lived nearby, I would most likely dine here now and then; but because I do not live that close, I will probably not return.

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BB
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wevtookbour grandson on a Saturday night. The food was very good and there is a very good selection of dishes. The cocktails and drink selection is great. The service was extraordinary. We were greeted by the owner/ manager? And had a wonderful friendly conversation. It was a very pleasant evening. My only negative complaint was that it was noisy.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best tacos al pastor in the city (but you will never find a pineapple in one of them!)

I have been bringing friends here for over 15 years & nobody has ever been disappointed. Everything on the menu bursts with flavor. Favorites include the plantain enchiladas in an amazing mole, a skirt steak marinated in Dos Equis, and their tilapia salad.

The margaritas are also among the best in the city.

Tapatio in the winter helps me forget how cold it is outside. Tapatio in the summer offers one of those outdoor patios that reminds us why we endure the winters.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I use to love this place, but the last two times I've gone the steak tacos have changed. The meet it chopped up like ground beef. I use to like the chunks of steak in my tacos. The tacos tasted like grizzle.

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