Cafe El Tapatio - Glenview

4.5
243 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

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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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!

KB
vipKimberlyB
Chicago
3 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
11 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.

GD
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
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Charlie
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.

CD
vipChrisD
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Great churros

BR
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.

LG
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
23 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!

KB
vipKimberlyB
Chicago
4 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
53 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
Miami
4 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
23 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!

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vipLaura
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff were very attentive.

SC
ScotyC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I worked in the industry as a waiter, bartender and GM for many years, so I know "lights, music, atmosphere", but what encapsulates any establishment is delivering quality food and drink with service excellence. El Tapatio has all of this; with the icing on the cake being Mauricio the owner's personable interactions with everyone and overseeing his operations.

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vipbobbiem
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere! They have done Great job during this pandemic!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Was able to book on open table only to find out it was closed

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The servers had their masks on and complied with the appropriate social distancing. They had a lot of heaters for their outdoor patio.The owner/manager was walking around without a mask on and that made me very uncomfortable.

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vipFourRings
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service and excellent food.

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vipRadnet07
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The place is small and packed. Food was good , nothing that special. Ordered a carne asada and ask for it to well but came medium. waited 15 mins for the them to cook it properly then came back really salty. server came to check us twice- but came 6 times once she drop of the bill. Good place but not coming back. Ok experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

From the second we were seated I felt rushed. The waiter Kept trying to get an order. He wouldn’t stop asking us. We finally gave in and the food came out out in 5 minutes. I was not impressed. The food was sweet. It was weird. Granted the burrito was the size of my head..I did not finish my meal , but later on in the evening I just felt YUK. I have been here one other time but I won’t return.

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vipLizzieG
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Glenview, IL . The food is excellent!

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Elanpup
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a large group (10) and they really scrunched us in. Service is usually slow there, but with the large group it was even slower.

Noise level is really high, so conversations were tough too.

The food is always great, that is why we went there.

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vipformerYUPpie
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The welcome is always gracious and the servers, although a bit overworked, are always friendly. Sometimes the food is really excellent and upscale Mexican. Last weekend, it was just okay. I would have to say the chef is inconsistent in the quality of what he presents. The dishes were served lukewarm (overworked staff couldn't get them to table on time?) but not so cold that we had to send it back. The mole sauce is always excellent, but the sauce on the shrimp was just all right.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Overall, my experience was good but a bit disappointing from reading the previous reviews. The salmon citrico was delicious. The only downside was the steak was suppose to be well done but was still pink in the center. The margarita drinks were just okay. We were sat in the middle aisle on a high top. The space was very tight and the servers and guest kept bumping into me as they walked past. The food is reasonably priced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food, drinks and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love cafe el tapatio! My family and I come here often. Food is amazing and authentic. The service is outstanding. The owner is so kind and you can tell he loves what he does.

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vipSKDK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a busy night so we opted to take two seats at the bar instead of waiting for the next table. Service was so fast, food was delicious and overall atmosphere / ambience was a lot of energy and fun! Definitely family friendly - and equally as good for date night or a group.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here 3 times and it is amazing! A must go to!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Very authentic with many options. Not a taco only place. Super friendly staff and great sangria

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cattac
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner party of 5 enjoyed a delicious dinner with wine, beer and margaritas. We had the $4 taquitos as an appetizer, chicken queisadias, beef tacos, salmon and burito bowls. We were all very pleased with our choices and will return soon.

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AnnS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Manuel, made us feel comfortable and even popped some jokes to lighten the mood. He was very friendly and also thorough with our order. The food was delicious and I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others. Make sure you check out the churros room. You can order churros made many different ways for dessert or just pop in to have it as an afternoon snack.

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 243 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.