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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.
Chicago, IL 60654
Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation Sunday-Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Upstairs Lounge & Tapas
Sunday-Friday 3:00 pm - Late
Saturday 12:00 pm - Late
$30 and under
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Cantina Laredo - Chicago Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Dined here while in Chicago based on a friend's recommendation. Very nice space, meal started out with great guacamole made table side. Unfortunately, went downhill from there. Waiter got my friend's order wrong, took over 10 minutes to flag him down. He offered to correct it, but she didn't want to keep the rest of us waiting. My fish tacos were Meh. To top things off, we were charged the higher price for the incorrect entree. Won't be back or recommending to anyone.
We enjoyed the restaurant overall and has a cool atmosphere. However, it was literally cool inside the restaurant when we got there and said something to the hostess and her reply was, "Ya, the whole restaurant has the AC on". It was cooler out and was raining so maybe adjust the AC if the customers are complaining??
The barbacoa enchiladas were tasty, the homemade guac was delish and a generous portion. The mini Ahi Taco's were excellent. The tortilla soup was good but a bit too heavy on the salt.
Made a reservation for my mother's birthday. The food looked good and I love a good margarita.
One the OpenTable reservation, I noted my mother's name, it was her birthday and to add a brownie dessert to the bill for her bday. I also requested if possible, for them to write happy birthday on a plate.
Our evening plans went much faster than planned, so we asked to move our 8pm reservation up to 7pm. The hosts were able to accommodate us no problem.
The service was very funny and knowledgeable. He was able to answer any question and accommodate any request we made while at the table.
Food came out fast and very delicious! Not authentic Mexican, but very very delicious. I had the carnitas tacos, my fiance had the steak fajita tacos and my mother had the enchiladas. All was very satisfying.
I am a bit of a margarita purist. I DO NOT like that they add a splash of soda water to their drinks. Mine margarita was very sweet, I ordered the Skinny Marg. My mother LOVES frozen drinks, she said hers was very sweet and not well blended, you can see the chunks of ice in the drink
The large table next to us had a birthday dinner, there were (3) desserts with sparklers that came out. It looked awesome! I was very excited for when my mother's dessert was going to come out. The server came by and asked if we wanted dessert, which I thought was weird. We said no, to not spoil the surprise. Then he brought the check. No dessert. So I excused myself to the restroom, went to the host stand and asked them about my request. They said they'd take care of it. Shortly after I returned to the table, the server walked up behind me and motioned to my mother (the birthday girl) if now was a good time to bring the birthday dessert. So that was a bit ruined. Also, in my request, I asked for no nuts, no one told me that the nuts are IN the brownie.
Overall, it was a nice dinner. Just double check on any special requests.
It is a visually interesting room, and the food was decent, especially the guacamole, which was prepared table side. But the margaritas (and these were the "special" margaritas) were quite awful, way too sweet unless you like tequila and Kool-Aid. I had to send mine back and ordered a glass of wine instead. If you can't get the Margaritas right at a Mexican restaurant, there's really no point.
The food was surprisingly bland with the exception of the table made guacamole which was very good. The service was not attentive in the least. it was pretty clear the waitress didn't want to be there and the hostesses did a great job of ignoring us. we asked for a split bill-it came with the suggested tip of our TOTAL bill rather than the individual amounts as it should have-if that's a technical issue that they can't change they need to make sure they inform customers which of course they don't...they'd much rather have a tip based on twice the amount. My colleague fell for it and gave her the amount listed-I always do my own math and realized that the 8 dollar amount it was calling for was incorrect. I should have not given her a tip at all since he basically tipped for both of us, but I gave her about 14% just because I know they don't make squat and I'm not "that" person. just not good business and it left a bad taste in my mouth-not to mention the fact that she was completely inattentive to begin with. (took forever to get refills on drinks, and we actually had to ask for chips refill after the guacamole came-actually had to track her down for that one. it wasn't very busy at ALL so truly no excuses. I would just say to anyone considering it-you're in Chicago-this is NOT a privately owned authentic Mexican restaurant-and the food is nothing special. look up some reviews and find somewhere else that's got better ones. Pass this over. Nothing to see here.
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