Cantina Laredo - Chicago

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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Located in a stunning stone and glass freestanding building at the corner of State and Illinois, Cantina Laredo serves authentic Mexican dishes and drinks utilizing only the best ingredients. Upon entering the bustling restaurant, dining guests are welcomed with stellar salsas paired with complimentary, house-made chips and tortillas. While sipping a specialty cocktails, enjoy Cantina Laredo’s signature service: made-to-order Traditional guacamole, now offering Seasonal Specials!
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CM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Everything was just ok. The salsas & guacamole were a nice start. Margaritas were good, but not the best I’ve had. My chicken fajitas did not have a nice blend of flavors. The veggies & chicken were not prepared together & thus, the chicken didn’t have the yummy goodness of the peppers & onions on them. I prefer the sizzling platters of fajitas. No sizzling here. Mexican corn was great. Spanish rice not very flavorful. Beans ok.Churros were a nice end of the meal. Others enjoyed their meals, but didn’t rave about them. We’ll probably try another Mexican restaurant next time. Service was slow. Server did not come back to check on our table after we got main course until we were nearly done .

JR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Cannot praise the experience enough! The poblano asada was one of the best dishes I've encountered. Perfect atmosphere for dinner with friends. Lots of people without feeling crowded. Service was excellent & we each tried a different drink--all of them wonderful! Will be sure to tell everyone and we will be back!

JM
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want great service, great food and great atmosphere, Cantina Laredo is the place to go! We have been there numerous times for special occasions, dates and dinners out with friends. It never disappoints. I recommend the fresh guacamole or queso for starters. Both are awesome. You can't go wrong with any menu item, but I highly recommend the enchilada's. My wife is a big fan of the fish tacos, they are always good. I've tried quite a few of the menu items and have never been disappointed. Our waitress this last time was Ariel. What a sweetheart and cutie! She genuinely cared about us and how we were enjoying our time there. We also had a visit from the manager who has a great sense of humor. Feeling welcome at a popular restaurant like this just makes the experience that much better!

BP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent!

JI
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Everyone enjoyed their meals and were very satisfied. Would highly recommend to anyone.

J
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

menu was much better in the past. cutting corners in both food and prep is really obvious. probably the last time we will be back.

LH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service (by Rob). Very good food.

K
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I had a great experience having lunch here while on business last spring so I was excited to come back. First of all I get the "Just one? Do you want the bar?" Arrrggghhh. I am on the road a lot and want nice service with my meal. The bartender just ignored me. Normally I would have stayed for another glass if wine but I just left. So disappointing.

LG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was amazing as always. Our waitress was not very attentive and had to ask for the check 2-3 times. Overall, food outweighs that and we will def be back.

A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good service. Food was good but not outstanding. Main entree not very hot. We had fajitas and they should be sizzling.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great late night dinner with my friend! I got the quesadillas and she got steak tacos. We shared traditional guacamole which was very fresh! Both of us had the traditional margaritas as well. To finish our dinner we got the churros and bread pudding which were both amazing! I always have a great experience here.

DJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Street corn was nice

OT
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, flavorful, attentive wait staff. They were very sensitive to food allergies (gluten) and had a wide range of selections.

K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Went with a group of seven. Service was disappointing. Server was not attentive. Took a very long time to take our order and even longer to come back with drinks etc. seemed rushed and would start to leave the table before the full group had a chance to order.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good time. Food was great

T
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very nice. We were greeted and taken to our seats right away. The waitress came and took our drink orders quickly. The food was excellent. The prices fair. The atmosphere very nice

P
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The only issue was 2 dirty wine glasses in a row. Otherwise everything was great.

Y
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome margaritas, great food and excellent service

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly wait staff, awesome margaritas and delicious food at reasonable prices. My only comment is that the portions were a bit small, but at least for my family we were still fine with just one entree each and the complimentary chips & salsa. Overall, I highly recommend.

IL
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was awesome. He knew exactly what our grandchildren wanted and how to speak to them. The food was delicious. Great family restaurant and group get together.

GV
Cincinnati
69 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Flavorful food - avoid mini (even for Mexican-size) tacos - maybe 6 bites in total for >$10...an app, not a meal.

Y
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Thought the shrimp ceviche needed more shrimp and less cucumber but flavor was good. Chips and salsa was good. When ordering enchiladas, they do not come with anything else. Would have preferred traditional beans and rice option if offered. Overall decent food but probably not returning.

PC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Host struggled to find my reservation. Waiter was nice but lacking in enthusiasm. Though it is not required she Did not acknowledge our anniversary although it was mentioned to her. Last 2 times I went the waiter put sparklers on the dessert just to be nice and added effect.

AF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We weren't starving, but decided to stop in anyway - ended up sharing an order of fajitas which still ended up being way too much for two of us. Servers were nice despite us not ordering a ton.

j
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good Mexican food.

ER
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

We were pretty sure our waiter was under some kind of substance due to his behaviors. We were there for two hours and he never asked us to take our order for dinner. We eventually decided to leave after a round of drinks and appetizers. We used to love this place but the menu has been completely changed as well. Such a shame that this restaurant has gone downhill

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a positive experience. Service and food was good

B
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Spectacular service and good!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waiter recommended the best dessert - mango cake was on point!

M
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I've been going here for years but they have recently changed their menu, and seem to have gone smaller on the dish size and cheaper on the chips.

MR
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The overall restaurant environment is nice. I went on a Monday evening and not too busy although service was a bit slow. Food taste was okay. I had the combination fajitas. They filled the platter with lots of onions and very little meat. I asked for lettuce wraps instead of tortillas and they claimed they did not have any. It is difficult to believe that the restaurant did not have an uncut head of lettuce.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food And great stake fajitas

L
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our service was very slow and our bill had to be fixed a few times. I signed up for the rewards program to receive a free appetizer and it took them a few times to get it fixed. I would have ordered a second drink but our server never came back to check on us. We like the food and the price is really great; just wish the service was a little better otherwise it would be our go to spot all the time.

MC
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good experience. Fun place to go for a family event.

R
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Restaurant was half empty and server was rushing us along. Meals arrived before appetizers. Server dropped the check before we were done with our meals. An unpleasant experience while I was entertaining customers.

KT
Manitoba
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We all loved our meal, all dishes were winners! Especially loved the guacamole and the Ahi tuna tacos!! Fabulous margarita too!!

KG
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

So many better options for tex mex. no wonder it’s empty on Sat night and the upstairs lounge is closed.

Cantina Laredo - Chicago
Responded on September 12, 2019

I want to thank you for your feedback on your recent experience here at Cantina. We are business steeped in devotion to food & service, & the fact that you took the time to let us know about your time here is like a gift. I want to sincerely apologize for your recent experience & hope you will give me the chance to take "bad taste," out of your mouth. I would love to hear more about your experience if via email or phone TJ Bachmeyer General Manager cell 773.580.2122 /Chicago@cantinalaredo.co m

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Very attentive service. Everything tastes fresh

Cantina Laredo - Chicago
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you for your great review! We are business steeped in devotion to food & service, & the fact that you took the time to let us know about your time here is like a gift. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent

DB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place always makes me happy the Cameron poblano asada is a must best thing on the menu aside from the ahi tacos and the guacamole. The fajitas tres is also delicious! If you haven’t ever been you need to go they do not disappoint!

Cantina Laredo - Chicago
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are so glad you love our signature dishes. Hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, TJ Bachmeyer General Manager Cantina Laredo 508 N. State St. Chicago, IL 60654 cell 773.580.2122 office 312.955.0014

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