Cantina Laredo - Chicago

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$30 and under
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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. While sipping a specialty cocktails, enjoy Cantina Laredo’s signature service: made-to-order “Top Shelf” guacamole.
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K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good time. Food was great

T
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

Y
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome margaritas, great food and excellent service

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

GE
Cincinnati
65 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

Y
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good Mexican food.

ER
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a positive experience. Service and food was good

B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Spectacular service and good!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food And great stake fajitas

MC
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

R
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent

DB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was great—very fresh and delicious. We were the only table seated and service wasn’t prompt or consistent. The restaurant always presents well. We’ve been patrons for quite some time and have seen several menu changes including loss of the guacamole carts and changing of the ceviche offerings which have been disappointing.

MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Waitress didn’t have any energy. Our table wasn’t cleaned after we had finished our appetizers. Once we got our meals we had no room to eat

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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AB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Everything was fine. I am just not a fan of 'chain restaurants' and if my dining companions would indulge me, I would never dine at them. But this is exactly what most people want out a meal. That being said, the portions were filling and the pricing on point...and the next time you're in Florida (or London) and want the same exact meal - it'll be right there waiting for you.

M
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We eat here every time we come to Chicago. The food and ambiance are always great. The service wasn’t quite up to par. But we will continue to come back.

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 would love to hear more about your experience if via email or phone. Thank you for being a loyal customer! TJ Bachmeyer General Manager cell 773.580.2122 / main 312.955.0014

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P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great tasting food and excellent, friendly service. Ambiance is nice -- modern restaurant that is very open. Noise level was fairly high but to be expected on a busy evening and it wasnt so loud to inhibit a normal conversation. Portion sizes were relatively small for the price, but he in-house salsas were excellent! Gracias!

LE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service! Happy hour drinks were good for the price!

Cantina Laredo - Chicago
Responded on September 12, 2019

Hi Leeezzz, Thank you for the kind words! Hope to see you again soon!

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S
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal! Skinny margarita with an extra shot of Gran Marnier!!!!!

JC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to grab drinks and dinner with friends. Food is always amazing!

j
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Corporate Chef Daniel Espinoza has brought his passion for authentic yet innovative cuisine to the table! His plates are as beautiful as they are delicious. Highly recommend!

S
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service for a work dinner. They didn’t even have a table for our party, so they had to combined tables at that last minute. We were seated for 45 minutes before we even got our drinks served. Very embarrassed that o suggested this restaurant.

LE
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good meal. Slightly over priced for amount of food. Fresh fish.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kody Langeland came up to us many times and Victor was very attentive! My friend had a great birthday!

MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic meal celebrating a belated Mother’s Day with my mom who was visiting from out of town. Food was fantastic, skinny margarita was delicious and had Fabulous service! Highly recommend!

DD
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I’m so sorry for the less than optimistic review. We live in Michigan and have always loved coming to this restaurant. The last time we were there was six years ago and it was just a completely different experience. We were looking forward to that same type of experience coming there this time, but it’s just not the same as it used to be. Guacamole used to be made right at your table, and apparently that is not how it’s done anymore. That was just one thing that added to the experience. I was so looking forward to the carne asada nachos that used to be on the menu but apparently are not anymore. Our experience was just OK. Our waitress, Alyssa, was fantastic though! Keep her!

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