El Jefe Leña y Mar

4.4
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25 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
With a focus on grilled Mexican food, at El Jefe we ​​offer you a diverse menu that includes from traditional seafood to delicious meats with that unique touch that charcoal food has. Visit us in Aurora and enjoy a warm atmosphere perfect for living surrounded by family and friends. We have live music on weekends!
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The parking lot was a sheet of ice and server was not very inattentive. The food and atmosphere were good. Food was a little overpriced.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good service. Food was excellent.

DD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience3

This is my 4th time at El Jefe. I’m giving a low rating because the food is just too salty. I gave them several tries to maybe get it all together being a new restaurant. This past weekend we took our son who was celebrating a birthday and the food was just so disappointing. I truly want this place to survive because Aurora needs some great restaurants. I’m hoping the owners will look at this review and consider less sodium. If you like salt, you’ll love it here.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there with friends for New Year’s Eve. Our server was very knowledgeable and the food was outstanding. It was a little loud but it was NYE. I’ve been there before for lunch. Both meals were exceptional. The ambience is like no other in Aurora. Definitely a fave.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, people and food!

KY
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back! Highly recommend the food and drinks at El Jefe!

NB
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! We will be back and bring more people. Yum.

BM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Not your traditional Mexican fare. The food is good and of high quality, but slightly pricey. The atmosphere is very loud and conversationally challenging.

j
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Guac was great. The margaretta was outstanding. The skirt steak and fisf tacos were excellent. Great service. Glad I had a reservation.
We will be back!!

F
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent visit to El Jefe. Great staff and all of us really enjoyed the food.
Drinks were good and reasonably priced.
Nice to see a restaurant with more than the normal offerings.
We will be back !

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Made a reservation and we were seated promptly. Shrimp tacos were amazing. Servers were friendly and attentive. Will definitely be going back.

DJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was good and presentation was unique. We both felt the pricing was a bit expensive for each dish. Our waitress was wonderful and atmosphere was average. Because of the over pricing for what was received we most likely will not return.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The hand crafted cocktails are amazing. The extensive menu makes it hard to choose. Everything was delicious. Service was outstanding!

J
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We found the restaurant to be a little loud, especially for my husband who is very hard of hearing.
We liked the food and drinks. The service was very good.
Not crazy about the salsa. Very good guacamole.

N
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Restaurant is industrial modern with lovely lighting and nice music. We were here on a Monday evening and noise level was fine. I think a full house would result in a high noise level tho.
Food was very good.

A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So happy that there has so many new restaurants opening in the suburbs. I’m tired of going to the “chili’s” type chains. This place was adorable! Good drinks, food good. Try the mango habanero guac! I’m glad they made a point to add a vegetarian and vegan option which i absolutely did not expect from a Mexican restaurant. I’m a vegetarian, I came thinking I was just going to drink and eat chips and salsa. I had the Chile rellenos with brussel sprouts (which I’m usually not a fan of) but these were AMAZING. Even my boyfriend who hates vegetables was stealing them off my plate.

C
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fresh and authentic
Will definitely go back!
Service was great too

NR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The server didn’t even know the menu or the items on it. ( most restaurants have their staff try items on the menu so they are knowledgeable)My son ordered a horchata and we never received it. The server also never came back to check how our meal was until we were ready to pay. At that time I explained to her that my shrimp were over cooked, I only ate one and left the remaking on my plate I just ate the rice on my plate. She did offer to get me something else however my family had already eaten and I didn’t want them to wait. Our bill was a $150 for 3 people we were not offered for them to take my entree off the bill or even a simple apology. I paid $24 for rice and cucumbers. We will definitely not be returning.

IG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great just a little un organized because it just opened and the staff is adjusting. The micheladas were the best I have had in Illinois and the sea food was fresh and very good flavors in the food. Portion sizes are not like your average Mexican sea food restaurant, they are a bit smaller but very good.

WD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food, the ambiance, and the staff. We’ve tried something different each time we’ve been there and have enjoyed every meal.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food highly recommend 👍

JR
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were so excited to see El Jefe open at this location in Aurora, even more so when we walked in and saw how beautifully they'd decorated the interior.

Hits: All of the food we had was delicious and creatively prepared. The cocktails were quite tasty. Free chips and salsa while we waited was a nice touch. It's a beautiful space.

Misses: It was VERY noisy, enough to inhibit conversation. The cocktails were the only thing on the menu without a price, and it was a bit of a shock to see how much they were when we got the bill.

I wish all the best to this place, and I hope they stick around!

AC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I never leave any review but this place is just bad. The host had the worst and most arrogant attitude . The music was very loud and we could hardly hear each other. The food was mediocre for that price. If you try to sell upscale Mexican food prepare it accordingly, the pulpo I ordered was overcooked and rubbery. The silverware and the napkins were dirty. We were celebrating a birthday and they did not even acknowledge it even though we put on the reservation. Please do yourself a favor and avoid this place, there are far better Mexican restaurants.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Wait time is ridiculous even with a reservation. Prices are pretty high for okay food. Service is still kind of slow. Waiters/waitresses are kind and hardworking but management needs to step up and hire more staff.