Guanajuato

4.6
125 Reviews
$30 and under
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.
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday experience for my wife & family

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LisaT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our first time here (I actually thought I booked another Mexican restaurant nearby :).
Well thank goodness for mistakes...because we LOVE this place! The food was really good, the margarites were THE BOMB, and unbeknownst to us, they had live Spanish guitar playing which made our night.
We will return! Total GEM!

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vipFlorenciaL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, friendly service, delicious food and drinks! Margaritas are the bomb!

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mary
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic and delicious. The house Margarita was fabulous and just right.

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JenniferD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience1

This was not the typical experience at Guanajuato. They were super busy and understaffed. The service was quite poor. We had a reservation and had difficulty getting attended to, let alone being seated. They did not clean the table and chairs as well as they should have during COVID. We waited a while our drinks and longer than sit for our dinner. Food was great as usual but it was not a very relaxing evening do to the weak service. Will order take away next time. (Early in the evening)

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vipSkokie8307
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The outside dining experience with good, with adequate social distancing between tables. Service was very attentive. The food was excellent although in the past they would have daily specials which they no longer have.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome dinner with friends

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MichaelR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Terrific food and drinks. Came to celebrate my birthday - told them twice it was my birthday and they suggested fried ice cream. We were charged for it - strange. Vegetarian enchiladas, chicken fajitas and steak taco salad were all excellent - as were the sangrias. No need to charge for a birthday dessert.

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vipmaribethd
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed a Friday night dinner with 3 couples - great food and good service. We will go back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guanajuato is always a sure bet for a family dinner or a friends night out. Best Margaritas around and this time the Pollo con Mole and the fajitas hit the spot. Other favorites are the Chipotle Salmon (has shrimp in it), the Molcajete, and the Margarita’s salad. Try the crab ceviche for an app.

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MikeG
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They were having some special dishes the night we were there: goat enchiladas, goat tacos, and guacamole with beets. Goat is not for everybody, but we loved the goat tacos. The guacamole with beets sounded weird and we were not going to order it but our server recommended it so we gave it a try - what an amazing surprise! It was truly outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good, fresh Mexican food. Great margaritas & homemade tortillas! Fun, live music with talented guitarist.

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vipTomL
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Great service.

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vipGretchen
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

super yummy taco salad with steak and mike had the big black kettle of stew and it was FABULOUS.

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vipPamG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best mole on enchiladas!

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vipdavid328
Chicago
200 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Live music nice touch-way too loud. Guacamole 10 bucks and about 3 tablespoons-come on, really. Out of two of the three beers I asked about. Overall good food and service but declining value

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best Mexican restaurant on the North Shore. Terrific food, great margaritas, really fun ambiance, lovely owner. I always think good salsa is very important and there’s is among the best ever.

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alexp
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service! The food is fresh and top quality every time. Can’t beat the margaritas either!

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vipEateat
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mexican in this area for sure!!!!

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Rocketron
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I thought too expensive, too noisy, too crowded for what you get.

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vipShlamie
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service always good. Salmon fajitas were delicious. I asked for not blackened and it came just the way I ordered it. Good chips good guacamole decent house wine a great neighborhood place!

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theatergirl
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The fajitas and the chips and salsa are fantastic. The Margarita cocktail was delicious but really strong! Love this restaurant but it can be noisy.

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vipAplatowski
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Best margaritas on the North Shore !

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vipDebraK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

took 1 1/2 hours to get our food- which we mediocre at best.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Margaritas were excellent, food a little salty.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!! Presentation is great, taste is beyond. I had the Tierra y Mar (surf&turf)
was cooked exactly what Medium should be and the garlicky shrimp on top superb.
My friend had cecina steak also superb.

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vipGretchen
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i had the grilled chimichanga and mike had the vegetarian thing - because of course he could eat half of the chimichanga! DELICIOUS!

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PatriciaB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff friendly, food service was fast. Food was freshly prepared.Love the flowers were in front felt like I was in Mexico

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vipLuvtonosh
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and drinks!
Never a disappointment!

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vipBillfromIL
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met friends for dinner who like Mexican food as much as we do and we were all very pleased. Excellent chicken mole.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a terrific restaurant with outstanding food, including things you don’t often see at Mexican restaurants, and it also a lot of fun. Very positive, upbeat environment. We were there pretty early and there are lots of families. Chicago’s North Shore is fortunate to have a Mexican restaurant of this high quality and nice atmosphere.

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vipDebbieD
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. This is our new go to Mexican restaurant. Fajitas are delicious and love the music. Great food. I highly recommend Guanajuato.

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vipGretchen
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and authentic...Mike had the El Mocajete with steak and I had the Combination with a steak taco...SO GOOD. Ask for the hot salsas which are not the same as the salsa for chips!

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Foodguru
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent food and variety. Good vibes. Noise level on high side as people talk over live music. Service was friendly but slow. Took about 20 minutes to get drinks after they were ordered. Food took a while as well so we were there about an hour before eating other than chips and salsa. But once we had food it was really good.

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vipjmgn
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Fabulous food. Great live music!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We got every week and it never disappoints

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience2

It’s way too loud

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PaulaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJohnV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipkennethk
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience3

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

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Guanajuato is rated 4.6 stars by 125 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.