Guanajuato

4.3
89 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
We are committed to providing you with a fabulous dining experience whether you are eating in or carrying your food out. If you are planning to visit us, we would be happy to take your reservation, and don't forget to try one of our delicious Margaritas made with limes squeezed daily.

Our savory, authentic Mexican food is made only with the freshest ingredients and you can taste the difference. The flavors burst with each bite you take. Our Acapulco Shrimp transports you to the sunny beaches of the Mexican Pacific. The El Molcajete simmers with the subtle and delicious flavors of the high dessert. The Enchiladas Poblano entices with the complexity of our rich mole poblano. Our many fish specials are made with freshest fish in the market. With each of our dishes, you will taste real food made with with real ingredients by people who love to cook. Everything is prepared fresh daily and you will taste the difference.
What 89 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

It’s way too loud

PB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our reservation was honored, the food and cocktails were delicious and there was a wonderful guitar player who created a fun atmosphere without interfering with friends dining and conversing.

JV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food OK but I believe that they can do better with plate esthetics. The refried beans on the taco salad plate look very unappetizing. Also need more seasoning.

k
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

We had a reservation, which I am glad had. It is a small restaurant and they were packed. We sat down and it took 10 minutes before a waiter came over and another 10 minutes to get our drinks. Waiter had a surly attitude also. Margarita was very good. Guacamole was great, although a small portion Jicama salad was good too. When the entrees finally came, food was delicious. I have been at this restaurant a few times and the service is consistently bad and the food is consistently good. Go there is you are in no rush

MP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon fajitas are amazing. Great food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was slow, food mediocre and expensive.
Guacamole and margaritas were good, but sick about how much we spent.

D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been a customer for 3 years. The food is always fresh, staff friendly & I frequently eat here.

DC
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We've been here before and enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The food was 'meh' on thsi visit. I'm not sure that we'll return, given better Mexican options in the area.

DS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Entries were good and fresh but could've used a bit more heat/spiciness. Coffee machine not working so no coffee to go with an excellent dessert (Tres Leches cake).

E
Chicago
445 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood authentic Mexican restaurant we love. Great service and reasonable prices. Wonderful chicken tortilla soup! My wife loved her skirt steak, and my shrimp Acapulco dish had a bunch of sweet camarones in a delicious mild sauce. Good tequila selection as well! Terrific!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food and drinks! The margaritas are the best in the area. Love a night here with friends or family!

ML
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I started with their Tortilla soup, which is second to none and which is such a nice presentation in their square dishware. Then I had the shrimp enchiladas with a sauce that was just perfect. Umm, delicious! No room for dessert this time, but I have had their flan before, and it is great!

V
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place. Not a special occasion place but excellent neighborhood place to go for authentic mexican food

GP
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was decent but nothing overly flavorful. The burrito tortilla was thick and tough . Meat was not that tasty . Chicken tacos were dry- no sauce. Nothing came with sour cream or guacamole, and a tablespoon of sour cream cost almost $1! I’d try something different next tine before writing off the place but it was really average .

ET
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was beyond terrible.

V
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good as usual. Service at the bar was extremely slow and had trouble getting orders right. Haven’t had this problem in the past when seated at a table.

JI
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to place for summer Fridays. Live guitarist, excellent margaritas and true Mexican food, with lots of seafood and healthy choices if you use self control on the chips and salsa!

SG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to Guanajuato. We loved the food and atmosphere. The food was fresh, authentic Mexican, the guacamole was excellent! The service was very good and the waiter was helpful with suggestions. They offer vegetarian options and lunch specials. We will definitely dine there again when in the area!

ER
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A disappointing experience as the food was underwhelming, somewhat tasteless, and it was quite chaotic with lots of kids running around. However, the service was quite attentive. Will not go back there as there are better options we've experienced on the north shore for Mexican food.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had to go early in order to make another event in time. The noise level was high due to families with children and the tables were very close together. But the margaritas were good and food were good. We will try again at our normal dinner hour and hopefully it will be less noisy.

L
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. It is our favorite Mexican restaurant! You cannot go wrong!

DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Guanajuato and it was terrific! We were seated promptly, and even on a busy Friday evening. The friendly waiter was so helpful with dinner and drink recommendations, and excellent service. The ambiance was intimate, but vibrant. We felt transported to a beautiful warm day in Mexico, as a guitar player serenaded the diners with music. Most importantly, the food was outstanding!! Can't wait to return!

D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been a customer for years. We enjoy many menu items which are delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant for authentic food and friendly staff.

HP
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was not bad. Prices high for what you got.

C
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We think this is the best Mexican food on the North Shore. Always fresh ingredients, flavorful, and high quality fish and steak. This is NOT cheap, gloppy Mexican like you may be used to at other places. I love the Enchiladas Margarita. The sharp tartness of the green verde sauce compliments the creamy smoothness of the cheese for the perfect flavor sensation. With fresh sauteed spinach on the side, it is a delicious meal.

SJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and service. Very accommodating. We always enjoy the food and service.

b
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice experience, the only negative was the very small portion of guacamole they give you for an appetizer

T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere even if it’s noisy it’s duevto the great guitarist! Service is weak! We’ve been 6-8 times and the service is slow and waiters are not attentive or pleasant

CA
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very busy restaurant and noisy. Great food & service. The spicy shrimp was delicious.

L
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual!

DI
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tilapia fish tacos were terrific and the margaritas are very strong.

K
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent and this feels like a cozy neighborhood gem. Our meal was plated well but the carnitas tacos did not taste fresh at all (reheated?) and the mahi was over cooked. 3 tacos are between 17 and 20 dollars. I understand the area can support that price point, but I didn’t see the value there for the quality. 2 taco plates, 2 cocktails and a kids meal with tip, about $90.

PJ
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great local place. The owner is always on site. We preffer the crab and fish dishes. I like to upgrade the tequilla in my margarita, try a Casimigos Reposado.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

S
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waited a bit long. We had reservations. The hostess said the table was being made ready. But we still waited 20 minutes and no comments during the wait. Food was excellent. Liked the live music. Need a second door on the inside. Every time the outside door opened the cold air rushed in making it cold in the restaurant.

E
Chicago
445 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Guanajuato is as authentic a Mexican restaurant as there can be. They achieve this with fresh ingredients, imaginative preparations, and reasonable prices. The menu ranges from common items to more unusual dishes, and everything is delicious. Most recently I hade Mexican sashimi to start followed by a grilled shrimp entree. The flavors were fantastic! My wife really enjoyed her tortilla soup and steak tacos. Lots of tequilas to choose from, adequate wine and beer. Service was friendly and efficient. Easy to go back!

k
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this restaurant

DK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Family favorite and kid friendly. Good food and the value is decent.

MP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sausalito Tamales appetizer is amazing. All the fish entrees are great, and the carne asada is very good.

LU
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guanajuato is my favorite spot on the North Shore. It is simply the best!!!

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