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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4.3

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4.2

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4.4

value

4.1

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (34)
Fun (28)
Good for a Date (26)
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Bar Seating (22)
Hot Spot (22)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Casual (21)
Special Occasion (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Spicy (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Authentic (16)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Business Meals (13)
Tapas (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Romantic (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Cozy (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
People Watching (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Healthy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (東京)·Dined 7 days ago

Very good food as always.

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·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (Kansas City)·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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 (Chicago)·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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vip
 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·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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 (Toronto)·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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 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

A good change from the basics, they do basics well but also have some creative options. A little pricey.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent night. The busiest I have seen it over the few years I have been. Blood orange sangria excellent and the guacamole made at the table, awesome

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great service and table side guacamole!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

It has a nice atmosphere, but the food was just average. People seemed to be drawn to the happy hour which has half price margaritas and beer until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This is probably my fourth time eating at Cantina Laredo. Overall it's always a good experience. The server was very nice and prompt. However the mole enchiladas were a little dry maybe a little sauce and it would've been better. My family loved the drinks! This restaurant doesn't cheap out on alcohol. I hate paying for drinks that are watered down. Also the people who help with the water and plates should learn to greet the table. They came out out before the server and we didn't know who the server was at first and left a bad impression on my mom because no one said anything. Once the server came it everything was fine. Please always greet the table and communicate to your guests.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Apple pie dessert was delicious

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I met a good friend at Catina Laredo for a lunch date while she was passing through town. We were seated immediately. The waitress was patient with us while we chatted instead of ordering, and our food arrived unbelievably fast. I had the fajita chicken tacos; she enjoyed the carnitas tacos. Everything was excellent!! I highly recommend Cantina Laredo for your next get-together! I will certainly be returning.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic! Great food and a very nice atmosphere. The Mexican brownie is fabulous.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Mary our server was so attentive... The manager Eric came over and chatted with us . They both made my family feel special. Thank you

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The team was very patient as we were the last of 2 tables in the restaurant and they were shutting down shop. I am in the industry and hate the people we were actually being, but it was my brother who I haven't seen in forever and we were catching up until we saw certain lights turn off. Would like to extend and extra appreciation for them allowing us the time we did take.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Second time here and did not disappoint. Table side guacamole is a must. Super fresh ingredients and choice of mild, medium or hot. I had the Chicken Enchiladas Mole with black beans and rice. Yum. My wife had the Steak Enchiladas which she said were delicious and my daughter had the Fish Tacos with fresh salad like toppings. She loved it. Only improvement would be the servers personality could be a little more engaging. But maybe she was new. That won’t stop me from coming back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Good location, good atmosphere, good food and good service

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Ambience is nice but I was not impressed with the food - the tomato rice was dry, the beans were mediocre and the mole enchiladas had way too much cheese. Definitely could tell this is a chain restaurant due to their lack of quality. When you open a Mexican restaurant in a town with many many excellent and authentic Mexican restaurants, your food must stand out and be amazing. Not sure how they survive in a high rent area - maybe they draw in the tourists with the pretty building & interior. However, we went on a weekday night & it was pretty dead inside. Disappointing.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great food. Creative. Salsas delicious.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Overall this place gets 5 stars. We were sat immediately for our reservation. Staff was pleasant. Our server was very helpful directing us around the menu. Drinks were absoluletly delicious. Our food was above and beyond what I expected.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Authentic, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I would never recommend this restaurant ever ever it was a huge disappointment

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Pleasantly surprised with this find! Was in Chicago for business and wanted an easy dinner after a long day of meetings. Stumbled across this restaurant, no wait on a Friday night, very large seating area for groups or intimate dates. Menu had a great assortment of traditional Mexican dishes and creative twists on classic favorites. The hotter salsa at the table was DELICIOUS! Table side guac is a must! Drinks were great, food arrived very quickly! Very affordable dinner that feels like a high-end trendier restaurant without the price or small plates. Will be back!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Spicy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Been here before, food and drinks not as good as they used to be but still good. The service has gotten significantly worst tho.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Really cool decor - a little trendy, but not too over-the-top. Decent sized plates. Really good salsa and guac. Mmmmm.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I love this place!! Everything was great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Only 1 person in our group of 7 enjoyed their meal. They had the chicken quesadillas. I ordered the steak tacos & the meat was cooked too rare for my tastes & not tender or flavorful. The chicken enchiladas were described by my friend as tasting "doughy" and lacked flavor. Overall it was disappointing, however our server was very nice & the drinks were tasty.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Beautiful restaurant, great service, food surprisingly bland

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The location and interior of the restaurant are great but everything else was disappointing. Our server clearly did not want to be there. Very unfriendly and didn't listen. After taking our order, we knew it wasn't coming out right which it didn't. We could then see him texting while at the bar. The salsas were very good and the best part of the meal. The actual food was very bland which for a Mexican restaurant is very odd. The margarita's were delicious. I can only recommend drinks and appetizers.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Ordered chicken soup appetizer which was great.Served within 2 minutes. Entree was served within 10 minutes thereafter.Hadnt finished soup.
This was at 6:45 at night.Dont order dinner and appetizers at same time.
Flour tortillas with fajitas were OK but have had a lot better
Nice room and decor

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everything was great. The only drawback was that the restaurant was freezing. I’m not sure if they had some sort of airflow issues from the front of the restaurant or that the heating/cooling system was acting up but it was rather chilly and to top it off, we were seated next to the fireplace.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Third visit to Cantina Laredo for us...learning experience. Happy hour pricing for their basic margarita is $6 while regular price (larger glass) is $9.25. However, if you make a dinner reservation there you can't get the happy hour pricing unless you sit in the bar area, where seating is first come first served. We went at 5pm on a Thursday night and the dining tables were nearly all empty (and remained so until we left shortly after 6pm) but bar was crowded and was more crowded when we left. Food is excellent and very fresh authentic Mexican food. Bar attendant served us dinner at a high top bar table and we were able to get the casa ritas at happy hour pricing. Drinks are plenty strong.

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent guacamole made table side. Crispy chips. Ecellent server who explained the level of spiciness perfectly.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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