Mia's Cantina - Downers Grove

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Mexican

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If truly authentic Mexican fare is on the agenda, a visit to Mia's Cantina in Downers Grove is a wise choice. With a mission of using only the top quality ingredients to hand craft irresistible appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, cocktails and desserts, it is the perfect choice for a grilled meal or quick drink and snack after work.

One thing that makes Mia's Cantina such a great choice is that authenticity. Patrons will notice this the moment they open the menu to such options as the de la taqueria which includes three tacos made to order. Options range from beer battered fish tacos and grilled skirt steak tacos to black bean and zucchini options. Abundant side dishes pair well with the smaller plates, but generous entrées will satisfy any appetite in one go. Whether it is fajitas, the tilapia in Veracruz-style salsa, or the house specialty enchiladas, no one leaves hungry. Desserts and smaller plates make Mia's Cantina a good choice for families too!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely cordial waiter. Great drinks and meal.

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Good serviceable Mexican. Service was friendly, efficient and attentive. Food was average but nothing spectacular. Value was good and pleasant cheery ambiance. Would return

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

Love coming to this restaurant, the food is always great, and the atmosphere is spot on. The margaritas are also delish!

CB
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

A nice, conveniently-located restaurant with good atmosphere and great service. Chips & salsa were great, as was the guacamole. But my steak fajitas lacked the characteristic flavor that I have come to expect, to the point of being bland.

JP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Food was not good, overall I would not recommend this restaurant. Downtown Downers is in need of a good Mexican restaurant, I’m sorry this one does not make the cut.

P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Poor service and it wasn’t crowded. Margaritas were good.

R
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The guacamole was excellent, drink very good, but main dishes were just ok (fish tacos). Service was very good and all were friendly, but the noise level was ridiculous. We couldn’t wait to leave. We’d give it another try but at a not busy time.

s
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Mia's was good, but not quite great. For such a prime downtown DG location, I'd expect a little bit better food and ambiance, but it's a standard Mexican restaurant. We'll probably be back if we want to eat Mexican in downtown DG.

m
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing. Most reviews talked about authentic Mexican cuisine. This was instead routine Mexican food in the US. Nothing exceptional. Some dishes. Ether than others but none worth going back for. We do wanted to find a good Mexican place in the western suburbs since Aguamiel closed. Guess we’re still looking.

DH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and good service. Authentic Mexican food!

MR
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food very good. Beer specials were very good value. Service was good.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

All that was missing to make this a perfect experience was the service. Slowest I’ve had in a very long time. Cocktails and food is excellent tho so if u have the time to sit and relax definitely check this place out. I’ve heard this same complaint from others so it’s just the nature of the way they run things, however, the food and cocktails make up for it.

CW
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Will try again

LC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good and had more gourmet options rather than the usual Mexican fare. The house margarita could have been tastier for the price.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ve been to both locations and the food is great at both of them. Service is great at both locations as well. We got a pitcher of sangria for $30 and it was totally worth it! The chips are my favorite!

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We ordered Carne Asada and tacos Nortenos. Also a raspberry margarita and a Tito’s and tonic. I would save the money on the drinks and order beer. They are very light on the alcohol. The food was very good.

a
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food!!!! Chicken fajitas were so tasty!!!

PC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was rough! The noise level was off the charts obnoxious and the restaurant was so warm.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very nice alway love going here!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and margaritas. Had a reservation and was seated right away. Would definitely recommend to my friends and will return.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Over all food was good and tastes great. Server was very forgetful when we would ask for something, he would leave to go get it and come back with nothing so we would have to ask again. Worth the price and would go back again.

BM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Daddy-daughter taco night, good times!

TO
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Food was great. Service is the best. Always a pleasure to stop by and see David.

r
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was excellent....very attentive. The food tasted fresh and yummy.
The mojitos were the best :)

The noise level was a bit much for me. It was a full house on a Saturday night.

RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food with generous portions. Has the Baja fish tacos and they were delicious! Also, we all had margaritas and they were flavorful.

g
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to meet friends. We have been there before and will return!

S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food made well. Tamale, Sapratinos etc all test excellent. Good margaritas too. All in all good place for kids and adults

TO
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service.

S
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We were pleasantly surprised as a back up restaurant to another local place that was too long of a wait …… we loved the specials and the creativity in their offerings for dinner. It is not just anther Mexican restaurant …….but a nice tasty option.

M
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We've been before and this time was a little disappointing. Food was very good but both bar service and table, as well as hostess, were lacking. Most requests had to be made twice and items ordered not as explained. Will go back again and hopefully this was just an off night.

FD
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This use to be our favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. Lately though it seems to have gone downhill. Both the service and food are lackluster. Very slow service and it appears they are very short-staffed. My favorite fajitas have been lacking any flavor lately. Very subpar. Not sure if ownership changed hands or what but it's not what it used to be.

SK
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Very disappointed in the server we had. Guests that arrived after us got their food before us and we had barely gotten our drinks. Then when food finally came my tacos were on corn when I ordered them on flour. Now I know this sounds like a bad review, but the food was excellent even though it was wrong. Then when we spoke to manager about our service he covered our whole bill. An amazing gesture which convinced me that I would definitely go back again. Hopefully our next experience has better service.

f
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and great margaritas. Portions were not large for the price. Very noisy.

u
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good, but the service was bad and there was no reason for it. It wasn’t crowded and there were a lot of servers. I guess we just got a server who didn’t want to be there

PP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was just ok. Not interested in going back

GR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was extremely slow server was busy working the customers out in the outdoor cafe area and basically ignored us. We were a party of six and fairly easy to take care of. In my opinion they should have had more help.

JJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I found this restaurant on Open Table when looking for a lunch option on Mother's Day that wasn't a brunch and located in Downers Grove. I'm familiar with the area but had never seen Mia's right off of Main St on Curtiss. My daughter's friend had told her that it was a nice place and that we were going to enjoy it. Well, they were absolutely correct! Since it was Mother's Day, it wasn't very crowded which made for a nice experience. Atmosphere was quaint. The food was delicious and so were both the Margaritas and the Sangria! I highly recommend the Ceviche! Delish! We all commented that we definitely wanted to come back again. Thanks, Mia's!

G
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was not good along with the service. They got our orders wrong and it took a while for the waitress to come by to take our order considering it was slow in there. It was definitely overpriced for the quality of service and food. That explains why it was not crowded for a Saturday nite. I definitely will not be returning. I rate this place 1 Star!

TO
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went with our daughters and baby granddaughter. They were SO nice to the baby. And our food was excellent. Tacos and enchiladas very authentic. Tamarind margaritas really hit the spot on a Friday evening.

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