Cantina Laredo - Chicago

4.3
2845 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

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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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

This was about the worst Mexican food I’ve had in a long time. We’ve been to this restaurant several times before so I don’t know what happened.
They don’t serve fresh made table side guacamole anymore so when I ordered it, it looked like 3 scoops of ice cream but it was guacamole that was made a while ago because some parts of it were brown.
The food was tasteless and was horrible.
The server was great and accommodating but we will never go back to dine here again nor would I recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Crowded on weekends. Noise level is high. Food is good. Chips and salsa at your table is a nice touch and they're very tasty!

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AbbyS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was wonderful but besides that I felt that the service was slow. Our waiter wasn’t very attentive and was very slow. Our table was not sturdy which made it hard to eat. It Took forever to get our drinks. We were sat at 7:30 and didn’t get our drinks until close to 8 and out food 8:30. Wasn’t impressed at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great... nice place

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vipMariana
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I sat near the fireplace on a Tuesday evening. The food was very good, the service was wonderful, the ambience was fantastic and where we sat was quiet and relaxed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family and Friends celebrating life!

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CasualDiner47
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a great time overall. Restaurant was busy and a bit loud (was a Saturday night so expected as much) and we were a bit disappointed in the Casa-Rita cocktail but our entrees (Carne Asada plate, and combination Fajitas) were excellent and the service was very good! The desert (warm Apple Pie with Brandy Butter and Cinnamon Ice Cream) was also very good. Atmosphere was lively and enjoyed the experience overall. Will be back to try more of their menu!

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ValM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Drinks were strong and tasty. Great music too. I like forward to going back and would highly recommend this place to my family and friends.

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ShaunD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night for my wife & I

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere, incredible margaritas and top notch service. Would definitely recommend!!

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FrankieMermaid
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food tasted preheated. Ingredients didn't taste fresh. Very disappointing for the price point. Will not be coming back.

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BruceB
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Certainly not the best restaurant in Chicago for Eclectic Mexican fare. Chips and salsa were definitely the highlight. The guacamole was bland and tasteless. My entree, the Mole, was once again lacking any unique flavors. The Margaritas sounded great on the menu but in fact had an over abundance of mix to alcohol. The atmosphere is relaxed and contemporary. Our waiter, Mark, was extremely obnoxious and just wanted to hear himself talk. The staff tries to rush your dinner in order to turn tables so if your looking for a relaxed dinner this is not the place. Chicago has a plethora of amazing restaurants, unfortunately, I would not include Cantina Laredo among them.

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vipChazD
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great! Love the food here...and the margaritas!!

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SusanD
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good, fresh and healthy as it has been every time I’ve been there. I was disappointed they no offer table side guacamole preparation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service. Love that our group of nine was given a private room.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was Poor, not many servers available. It was not busy so I don’t know why service was not great. Food used to be good, menu changed and food was flavorless.

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vipChrisV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They don't have valet anymore which is a problem

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DianeS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and friendly staff. It’s our second time back and will be back in the future.

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vipTrishM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about this restaurant! We had such a positive experience booking our reservation for 9 people. We were seated in a private room with a big round table (I love round tables!)! Our meal was delicious. The service was wonderful. The whole evening was perfect. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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jamesb
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome outing Excellent server Delicious food.
I plan on visiting again very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative dishes. Open and stimulating environment. More noisy than we like

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vipHannahM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great way to spend a Sunday late afternoon!

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jaybrooks
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The food was okay. It didn’t blow my socks off. The service was lackluster. It was also a little pricey.

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Esie
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was DELICIOUS! and so were the margaritas!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined in to celebrate our anniversary and had a wonderful experience! We will be returning :)

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vipDavid
Cincinnati
50 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice restaurant, but very loud. Loved the chips and salsa. Got the steak fajita, and thought the condiments portion (guacamole, sour cream, etc.) was pretty small. But all-in-all, very tasty. The server we had was perfect. We'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Everything was good. Lot of vegetarian options. Service was bit slow though. Will certainly visit again.

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vipKatieO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh great ambience and tasty margaritas!

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Cabfood67
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Went there for Sunday brunch. The food was excellent. Service was a little slow. There was only one other table at the time we were there. :-( Overall good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had a 9:30 reservation in a Sat night. Waited at the desk where it says wait here to be seated for 10 minutes with another group of people that came in right after us. Finally a server that walked past us 3 times already asked us if we had a reservation while all the other servers tried to not see us. We asked if we could be seated in one of the booths near the bar and were told they were trying to close that section down yet plenty of people were still there. Moved us to a big open area next to a loud private party. Glad they were having fun and happy for the restaurant to be busy but impossible to have a conversation. Thankfully the food made up for the lack of service. Our dinners were good as we all had tacos. Small tortillas but delicious fillings. Our tamale appetizer came with the dinners and that too was delicious. Had a margarita and had to flag down a waiter from the party to ask if he would have our server get us another round. All in all good food but service that did not care if we were there or not.

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PaullyPaul
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The portions were small but good the drinks out standing

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KathyC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went with a group of my girlfriends and loved it! The server, Michael, was wonderful, he knew
the menu well including the cocktail menu and was helpful when making our selections.
The food is so good, very fresh, not the heavy Mexican food you might find elsewhere, but fresh, light selections. The cocktails are top notch as well! My only down side would be it's a active, lively atmosphere and that can make it difficult if you want to catch up with friends you haven't seen in a while.
We will definitely be back though!

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KennethP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. The food is fantastic and the service is great. It is not traditional Mexican food. It is a modern take and it is delicious.

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vipMikeb
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience3

The 1030am brunch reservation that is on open table meant the restaurant was 30 minutes late because they don't open until 11am. And the people at the restaurant didn't care. Food quality went downhill, all kinds of things that make Mexican food non gluten free (which is hard to do). I will be hard pressed to go back for anything more than a margarita. A while lot of we don't care at this place.

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kappy
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Loved the service. Price fair. Guacamole amazing and so were chips. Has chicken quesadillas and they were good but could have been great if a little more moist. The decor super cool and sat by fire for warmth and ambience. Would go again when in city.

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JennyL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met a friend for happy hour. The bar area was full when I arrived, but the staff was very accommodating and offered the HH menu at a table nearby. I was disappointed that the guac cart is no longer available - but all good and drink was still great!

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HanaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Cold food, when we sent it back it was still cold. Ok service but gross food.

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NicholasM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Service was quite slow. We were freezing as we were sat by the fireplace — sounds wrong but there is tons of ventilation to have the fireplace and it was all cold blowing air.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Me and my boyfriend love this place, the food and the vibe never disappoints! I particularly love the Combination fajita plate and all the margaritas.

Today, we came in for our anniversary and booked a table through OpenTable specifically indicating that it was our anniversary, however nothing was mentioned about it.

Additionally, our server, Jesse, gave the table next to us very attentive service - greeting them first (despite us coming in earlier), asking for drink refills, refilling the chips and salsa - while stopping by our table only a handful of times (and us having to ask multiple times for the same items). As a server myself, I am beyond disappointed in this experience and will be choosing to dine elsewhere on special occasions.

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vipMrs073
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Cantina has been one of our go to restaurants. Now they don’t do table side guacamole anymore even though they increased the price. Now you get half the amount and it’s not that special. They’ve reduced the amount of items ...some of our favorites are no longer available.

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Cantina Laredo - Chicago is rated 4.3 stars by 2845 OpenTable diners.