Cafe El Tapatio - Glenview

4.6
218 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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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
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service and excellent food.

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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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vipRadnet07
Chicago
23 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.

LG
vipLizzieG
Chicago
10 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
34 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
5 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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vipcattac
Chicago
93 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.

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Unique
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming here. The staff is great. Kids menus, but you could come here for a date. Food is outstanding

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vipKatie
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went to celebrate friends graduation. Great deals on margaritas! Appetizers tasted great.

MA
vipMaryA
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great find! Truly authentic comida mexicana: mole and caldos!! Even offered the usual tacos and fajitas. I’m going to have to try the churro parlor

BH
BarbaraH
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The food is always great. The service was very erratic and slow. It may have been an off night, since we usually don't have to flag down servers.

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vipAmes4
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

It is way too loud to have a conversation. Went there a few times and it’s the same every time. Food is just ok. I see no reason to go back.

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Renee23
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful gem we found in the Niles/Glenview area. The food is amazing; especially the salsa, Carne Asada and Pechuga Tapatia. The service was friendly and fast. While it is quite loud in the place, the ambiance is warm, yet colorful and festive. Highly recommended.

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IrisW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We wanted to try a new restaurant, however, we were very disappointed. The noise level was so high, I couldn't hear the people I was dining with, the food was not very good, gaucamole was watery, would not go back.

LG
vipLizzieG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family loves this place! Great service and food!

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vipBonniek
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

One of the worst restaurants we have been to in a while. The shrimp were spoiled and the fajitas were not even edible. It was some weird preparation that was soupy and greasy

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vipOutstanding
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner is outstanding! He walked around making sure every table was happy and enjoying the evening. This is a very rare quality but so appreciated! Excellent experience!

MS
MiaS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would absolutely recommend this restaurant. Everyone was extremely friendly. They were very busy but service was still on point. Actually we at times had 2 or more servers taking care of us to make sure our needs were met. Food and drinks were very good. We highly recommend the corn on the cob appetizer it was amazing!

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vipmargiek
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always we loved our experience at El Tapitio!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with a group of 5 and service was excellent. We ordered a few appetizers, drinks and shared some entrees. The portions are big! Great value and very flavorful food. We will be back.

KN
vipKimN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & great service. This was my second time here and we had the grilled salmon, grilled steak over fried plantains and shrimp ceviche. All delicious! Last time had queso, fish ceviche, grilled shrimp, guacamole and I can’t remember what else. Bottom line is this is the best Mexican food in Glenview by far.

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Rose
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great food. Hands down. Go and try it. I wish I had another stomach. Like a cow. Because I wish I could eat more. No room for desert for me because I can spare it. But another taco, or two, or three, si por favor

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience1

Very disappointed have been many times before after tonight maybe not again

TK
vipTerriK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, drinks and service.

c
vipcattac
Chicago
93 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 6 enjoyed a delightful Mexican dinner. This was the first visit for 4 of our friends and they loved the experience. The service was attentive & friendly. The noise level a little too much, but we will still return.

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vipmeamo
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food quality has gone down
My fajitas were swimming in red oily sauce
Enchiladas had little to no filling and my guest asked for sour cream and cheese on side and it was served all covered over
Will not be returning

JS
JanetS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Good food. We had to wait quite awhile to get each course. It was very noisy when we first arrived. It did quiet down a bit after about 20 minutes and 2 or 3 groups left. We would go there again.

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vipBrianE
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food at Cafe El Tapatio is just so-so - it's surprisingly bland for a Mexican restaurant (with the exception of the fresh salsa, which has a kick and fresh flavor). Value for money is good - lots of food for the price. The presentation is cute - little metal demitasse cups for the refried beans, wood planks for tacos, etc. Nice patio - the interior is a little crowded but festive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food & best customer service around!

CD
CherylD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good but I just had tacos. Waiter wasn’t that friendly.

MH
MichelleH
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Friendly staff, festive atmospher but plenty of T.V's if you want to watch some soccer. There is outside seating too. Spicy salsa and chips are started at your table for free. Plenty of options to choose from on the menu vegetables, fish, chicken, pork, beef, steak entrees.

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NatalyaT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Steak was too salty, never got tortillas that were supposed to come with it. Instead of nopalas had some relish that tasted like it was from the can. Mild salsa tasted like warmed up ketchup. Overall meh impression.

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 4.6 stars by 218 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.