Cafe El Tapatio - Glenview

4.5
263 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Cafe El Tapatio was established in 1974 becoming a Chicago Staple for Authentic Mexican Cuisine and Drinks. Brought to the North Shore in 2017, Cafe El Tapatio brings the heat to the suburbs in a hip and urban environment. Focusing on traditional Mexican flavors we go above and beyond the typical run of the mill Mexican restaurant bringing one entrees like Arrachera XX, Pollo en Mole de Reyna, Camarones al Tequila, and Salmón Citrico; alongside various other traditionally flavored dishes. In regards to our drinks, all our specialty cocktails are made with small batch boutique 100% Blue Agave Tequila.

We hope to see you soon! We're open for Lunch and Dinner during the week and Brunch and Dinner on weekends.

Find us on Instagram & Facebook: @cafeeltapatiogv
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Boopie
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had Chanukkah meal with family. Everything from Entree salads to skirt steak dinner was very well prepared and very tasty. Portions size was very good with leftovers taken home. No one had alcohol or desserts this time, but bar looked very well stocked and some specials were noted. Will be back for more delicious Mexican food.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was my first time at Elpatio and it was a great experience. Our waiter was attentive and all five of us ordered different things and all were very pleased. The margaritas and churros were really good too. Will be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! The food speaks for itself!

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vipBedwitched
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Solid restaurant facing similar staff shortest impacting quality of food and drinks

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Jojo
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

YUM! And our server was awesome! We enjoyed our visit - very fun and upbeat restaurant! Love it there!

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AricaB
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent but they rushed us out of there the second we were done eating.

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JM2016
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant where you would least expect it. Been there multiple times and the food and service are perfect every time. Save room for a churro from next door.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have gone to their location in the city for years and was so excited when they opened a location in the suburbs! The service is always amazing. Food is good and so are the margaritas! I always order the tortilla soup, and it is the best I’ve had anywhere!

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vipBMac
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!! Great service. Food was delicious. Authentic Mexican dishes. Our party had a range of tacos and loved them all. Can’t wait to go back!!

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Sheila
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here, located in a small plaza area. Has both in door and outdoor seating. The servers were very knowledgeable and shared great recommendations. Very clean, small but spacious feel. Food tastes fresh and very flavorful. Had an appetizer with shrimp and cheese, tacos, and churros. Definitely plan on coming back to try the other foods offered.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, good service, good food & drinks!

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vipAlbertE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food and service were great, but we didn’t feel comfortable with the crowded seating. The place was so packed with people from babies to older adults that you had to squeeze between chairs to get by. We had driven a ways to get there and were really looking forward to it, so we stayed. But we rushed to get through and leave. We were there shortly after they opened.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food is excellent. I only wish the service would have lived up to the food. I waiter was always in a rush he didn’t pay very much attention to us. He gave us a bill before asking us if we wanted to dessert . So we didn’t bother getting the wonderful churros like other tables.

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MaxK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything is excellent. There's something for everyone: flavorful and authentic enough for those who ate Mexican food most days in their home growing up, yet approachable enough for those who maybe only eat Mexican once a month. The tacos al pastor are the best in the area. The mole is flavorful with a moderate amount of spice. The steaks are cooked to perfection and burst with juicy flavor. The same can be said about their fish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for true authentic Mexican food this is the place. The food is delicious with so many great options to select from, the sangria is amazing and the margaritas are authentic, portion sizes are large and service is excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant and we will definitely be going back.

MB
vipMBAChi
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time we tried this restaurant. The ratings were really good and they had a great selection for our vegetarian daughter. They did not disappoint!! Everyone in our party was raving about the food!! We will definitely be back!!

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vipsaisson
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Cute place, reasonable prices, not fancy. We had an early dinner outside and caught Happy Hour with $5 margaritas. Very unique tacos, the menu is divided between meat and seafood. There were several shrimp and tilapia dishes as well as meat, including pulled pork and chicken, carne asada, and short rib. I will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE Cafe el Tapatio! Their food is authentic and delicious. I’ve never had a bad meal or service. Since we live nearby, we often order takeout from them. Our favorites are the fajitas, chicken tinga tacos, chile rellenos, enfrioladas.

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jaiken
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing fresh food, good service and great atmosphere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

excellent and varied menu, pleasant ambiance with moderately high noise level, service was fair

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!

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vipKimberlyB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, their own flavors and twists to the norm. Great drinks. Casual dining. Can be a bit noisy outside from the street or inside from the crowd, but there is a reason it's always crowded!

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MaryH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite Mexican restaurant! We had a great corner booth in this festive place, which also has lots of outside seating. Fantastic service from friendly server, and delicious Fajitas and Tacos al Pastor. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food and service were fine but noise level was too high.

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GregoryD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We did go on a holiday early evening but the sangria was weak and the food was just ok not like the original restaurant

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viprbb13
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Great food. Owner and staff all over it

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vipCharlie
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Confirmed my reservation through open table arrived that to the restaurant on time only to find that it was closed

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vipChristopherI
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We checked in but no one asked our name regarding Opentable check in. Place was small and crowded. Lot's of locals that would imply the food is good which it was. Had two frozen strawberry margaritas that first one was good, second one was watery and not very tasty. Would likely go back but first experience was just okay.

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vipChrisD
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Great churros

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BR19
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Fantastic food at great prices. You could tell they're short staffed at the moment as everyone was running around. Will not dissuade from returning though.

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vipLizzieG
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Service! Owner often on premises ensuring highest quality.

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vipLaura
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!

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vipKimberlyB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I will definitely return. The food was excellent, the wait staff was wonderful. We waited quite a bit to get seated and then again for our first drink but after that it was great. Casual atmosphere, clean restaurant. Great chips and margaritas!

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vipashurb
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Very good food and drinks. Only thing that marred our dining experience was the fact that the restaurant is way understaffed making for long waits for service. Got frustrated towards the end.

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vipMommySwim
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The salmon was fantastic and highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Truly one of the best tacos I ever had, generous portions and wide variety. Cafe style dining, gourmet style food. I am glad I found this place. Will return!

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shaba
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! The steak was so flavorful. Small Mexican joint for a yummy meal. Really enjoyed and would go back again

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and nice ambience! Felt safe eating here and the servers were very friendly!

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vipLaura
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! They were very busy when we were there - many carry out & in restaurant orders. The kitchen lost our order. Our server & management handled the problem the best they could. When they realized what happened, they apologized profusely. For our trouble, they gave us a free appetizer and free dessert. Their food was worth the wait.
We will be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We velvet made it inside! No parking! The snow banks (that were melting), were not properly shoveled or plowed and took up so many spaces! This place is located basic okay at a 6 corner stop with an island. There parking lot could not afford to gave these spaces full of snow!

FAQs

Cafe El Tapatio - Glenview offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (224) 470-5120.

Cafe El Tapatio - Glenview is rated 4.5 stars by 263 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.