About Cantina Laredo - Chicago

Cantina Laredo serves authentic Mexican dishes in a sophisticated atmosphere. We offer daily fish specials, grilled chicken and steaks complimented by signature sauces such as chipotle-wine with portobello mushrooms or sauteéd artichoke hearts and roasted red bell peppers.

508 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation Sunday-Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 955-0014

Website:
http://www.cantinalaredo.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Cantina Laredo - Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (30)
Good for a Date (29)
Fun (26)
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Bar Seating (24)
Casual (24)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Special Occasion (19)
Authentic (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Spicy (16)
Cozy (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Business Meals (12)
Romantic (12)
Tapas (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
People Watching (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vegan (4)
Great Beer (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Scenic View (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Quality of food was not as good as it’s been in the past. However the drinks where well made.

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·Dined 6 days ago

I've dined at Catina Laredo a couple of times and really enjoy the food, service and atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Tapas, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Healthy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Vegan
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·Dined 7 days ago

Great Mexican restaurant right off of Michigan Avenue. My family dined there for lunch on Saturday. We had 4 adults and 2 children. It was busy but the restaurant is spread out so you get a large table, it's not too loud and you don't feel overcrowded. Menu is large with lots of great options (veg options too if you don't eat meat). Food was excellent - everyone enjoyed. Prices were reasonable - most plates were around $15 each. There is a kids menu that has Mexican and standard American food on it . The margaritas are awesome - we had the Cabo Flip that comes with a shot of tequila. Would recommend this if you are out shopping and looking for a fun, casual lunch spot with great food. Check it out.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Very prompt service and yummy food 😊

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Cantina Laredo has great happy hour specials and guacamole made table side! It is so good and so fun. We had a great time hanging out.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Came by after a show at Water Tower Place's Broadway Theatre. Decor is very modern - straight, clean lines, recessed lighting, two fireplaces, and a sizeable bar area. Food was pretty good - standard Mexican fare but turned up a notch or so. Our server was very clearly oversat, but she did a fantastic job handling all of her tables. We felt bad for her; it seemed like none of the servers were really having much of a good time. Overall, a very 20-something, "Bro-ey" vibe; we felt a bit out of place, and were looking forward to leaving by the end of our meal. Likely won't be back.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Delicious quality authentic made-from-scratch mexican cuisine.

The guacamole is spot on and reminds me of California.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Fantastic food. Impeccable service. The ambiance was exceptional. We drive over 90 miles to come to this restaurant. It is always a joy to come to this restaurant and Chicago in general. We will return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Came here on a recommendation and was not let down will be returning!

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

The Talmales De Barbacoa are by far the BEST tamales I have ever had in my life! The masa was flavorful and moist, the barbacoa was tender and delicious. My friends had the Barbacoa Enchiladas and the Fajitas Tres. Both of my friends said their meals were unbelievably good as well! Full of flavor and great size portions. The only problem I had was that I couldn't finish my meal and was not able to take my leftovers as I was traveling. Our server, Hector, was very helpful, knowledgeable and attentive. Do yourself a favor and eat here!!!

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Waitress super cold. Maybe she was just having a bad day. Acted as if she’d rather not be serving food. Guacamole was very good. Rest of the food was alright. Not bad but not great. Margaritas were made from good recipes and ingredients, but were not chilled in a shaker and were served warm on the rocks. Had to stir them a bit to get them chilled. Glass was chipped. Waitress didn’t apologize; she just said she’d get a new one.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

This restaurant was great! The food was amazing the presentation of it was good! I loved the table side guacamole!! I really did enjoy my margarita I had as well...

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Worst guacamole we ever had/ bad recipe and super poor ingredients. Way overrated place!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Outstanding Mexican food in a lovely environment. Definitely recommend adding the tavleside guac to whatever you order.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere, great food, excellent service. Visited 4 years ago and came back, just as impressed.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great impression for friends that were from out of town.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great Mexican cuisine while healthily prepared...with lots of veggies! Fast and attentive service too!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Fun, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Healthy
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was good. Not very large portions.

Service was lacking. Barely saw our waiter. He never stopped by the table to check to
see if we were happy with our food. Had to flag him down for the check and then he
asked about dessert.

Resterqants have to remeber, food is great but you need proper servers who can do the job...

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Wow. Wow. Wow. Great stuff. Service and food was excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, People Watching, Scenic View, Spicy
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Authentic Mexican foods and great drinks. The bar is always busy or opt for Sunday brunch with your posse. Everything fresh and hot with the best tortilla chips ever, so thin and crisp!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Happy Hour, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

The fajitas were awesome as was the table side guacamole.

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent Mexican and reasonable prices.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Visited for Christmas trip with the family. The inside space is excellent and the food is pretty good. I would go again.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We'll be back! It was a perfect night, the food was a fresh take on mexican but not too far removed from standby mexican food and the red sangria was perfection!

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great place with good food. We sat by the fireplace and we will definitely go back

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

The food is good, but the place was unnecessarily noisy with "background" music that could barely be talked over.

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

This restaurant looks so charming from the outside but has the feel of a fast food/chain Mexican joint on the inside.

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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Creative Latin cuisine, try the avocado artichoke enchiladas. The thinnest, best tasting chips with 2 great salsas, a meal in itself. Generous entrees to share and an always filled bar area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Bar Seating, People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Vegan, Casual, Authentic, Organic
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Food was terrible. I was in a group and we all ordered something different. All of us thought it was awful, flavorless and simple. My friend called my tacos “Tyson chicken out of a bag” only because I touched it and it was rubber. No flavor

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very good food as always.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a celebration of friendship! Our service was speedy and the food was amazing. I cannot wait to go back. ;)

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

We went at 5:30 on a Friday, with three adults and two children. One side of the restaurant was busier with people out for happy hour, but we were seated in a quieter section. The kids menus were great, along with the conversation questions for the kids to read. Nice plastic cups for the kids, too.

The grown up food was really good, and the service was excellent. We also had the guacamole, which is made at the table on a cart to your specifications. We got it mild, which my wife loved, but I would have preferred medium, I think. It was a let down compared to the rest of the food, and the presentation of the process. But again, I think it’s just because it’s hard to make a guacamole everyone will agree is the best, since my wife did love it.

It seemed like a good happy hour tapas or lighter dinner place, but I appreciated that they took care of a family slogging in, too. Thanks!

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Always good place to go...quite lively! Food was excellent...service was great!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Cool restaurant, we normally avoid chains but this venue is worth a visit, stylish decor, excellent staff, great value, great food and plenty of it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, People Watching, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Tapas
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Solid reasonably priced well-crafted Mexican food with good ingredients and well chosen menu. Nice atmosphere but a little too loud. TVs in the dinning rooms are unnecessary and detract from the atmosphere for this kind of place. Nothing was too innovative about the food, but all was well-prepared. I would certainly return. Saw that they had a daily lunch special but would like if they had 2-4 choices at that $7.99 price which would make it a "regular go to" lunch spot.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Loved the Enchiladas Mole. We had the fresh table side guacamole, which was great. Washed down with a pitcher of Margaritas, all in all, an excellent meal.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food at a very reasonable price. Service was ok, not great. Our server had too many tables. We had a table of 8, this restaurant is too loud for this size party but would be great for a group of 4-5.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was fabulous and the price was very reasonable. A great find!

Tags: Spicy, Good for Groups, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

I love Cantina Laredo. I first went to the location in Nashville several years ago and then was so excited they came to Chicago! Great food, great margaritas, and great atmosphere!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Small taps plates were delicious. Our server Jose was fantastic.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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