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Pilsen Yards, Chicago, IL

Pilsen Yards

4.7
4.7
1530 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Pilsen Yards is a bar-centric and music-driven hangout in the heart of Pilsen with an open air vibe and one of the largest patios in the city.

Exec. chef Juan Carlos Gutierrez's menu of latin-inspired street food, from tacos to ceviches, hummus to carne asada is plated up next to a mezcal, tequila, & whiskey charged bar program from bev director Lance Bowman, and it’s all on the cheap.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 48 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Regional Mexican (Baja Med), Mexican / Southwestern
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 243-2410
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Juan Carlos Guiterrez
  • Private party facilities
    The bar-centric, music-driven, open air vibe is perfect for fun, upbeat, and engaging events.With one of chicago’s largest patios, a 30-seat square bar, two flexible dining spaces,and an entirely separate, moody cocktail concept called The Alderman,we have a space that is perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Colleen Morris: (312) 243-2410
  • Neighborhood
    Pilsen
  • Cross street
    18th and Racine
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    18th St Pink Line Stop
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,530 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago

    Mexican

1,530 Reviews
  1. Alexis2010

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We felt like the waitress was rushing us to leave.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food, great drinks, great environment and great vibes overall.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m a regular at Pilsen Yards and I love going there. The service and drinks are always 110%. This time the fish tacos were a bit rubbery and the tortillas were cold. But I’ll be back because this was probably just an off day.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Queso dip and queso pastor tacos were very unique and delicious! Service was over the top nice!

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  5. CMarek

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I always have a good time here. We brought a few friends this time and had a really phenomenal time. Our server (Luis, I believe) was patient and managed to be both laid back and attentive and the food, as always, was really good and always comes out fast. For a large spot you do not wait kind for food or drinks and I love that. What a gem in the Pilsen neighborhood!

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  6. Dulemy

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service; the staff was so friendly and helpful. The outdoor space was so lively and fun.

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  7. ColleenD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend, beautiful patio , delicious food, drink and great service

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  8. Steve

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Happy hour was literally an hour missed it by 10 minutes of traffic.

    1 person found this helpful

  9. JacquelineR

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. The food was great. My only suggestion is letting people know it’s a buffet style on Mother’s Day. We did not know and that was not the impression we got when we made reservations. But overall service and experience was great!

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  10. ElizabethW

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! We have been twice before but today we came for Mother's Day brunch. Everything was delicious. Nothing tasted stale or mass produced. Great flavors and variety. I appreciate that they had scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, French toast for kids in addition to delicious Mexican food. The margs were great too! Kids were free for the brunch buffet which was awesome. Staff is always friendly, fast, and caring. Hannah was an amazing server. Definitely will be back!

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  11. AYJ35

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I went to brunch last year as well as this year, and the brunch was disappointing this year. Potatoes were burnt, salmon didn't have flavor, french toast were not cooked in the middle and the bacon was not fully cooked.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great revisiting Pilsen Yards we had stop by a year ago and had the same great experience as before. The service was excellent the atmosphere was superb and the food was delicious.

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  13. DEBI

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, we arrived and happy hour was still on which was nice. Our server Scott was EXCELLENT very attentive.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The drinks, apps, and service were good. The tacos were not good at all, and all of the food was cold.

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  15. NestorB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location and food! We came on Cinco de Mayo and it was packed. We got a reservation last minute and enjoyed the ambiance and staff was friendly.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Pilsen Yards is always a vibe! The patio is amazing offering heated and open air options. They make good on their reservations too! We were greeted almost immediately, and we had drinks and appetizers shortly after. However, I wish I could rave the same way over our main course. We ordered fish tacos this time, and they were subpar at best. I will add a photo of them. It looked and tasted like a toddler put it together using fish sticks. *sighs* I’ll just stick with the shrimp ceviche and the enchiladas next time. Overall, the experience was pretty good. It was Cinco De Mayo weekend, so I extend grace.

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  17. AshleyE

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pilsen Yards is always amazing! The food is outstanding and the vibes are always fun!

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  18. RebekahH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter Cesar was amazing!! He was so attentive and helpful. The fish taco and chicken flautas were delish!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great! A bit pricey though. Overall great experience, will be back.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. The alderman is a speakeasy inside worth checking out!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The server did come on time and when we ordered he put the order wrong

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience! The outdoor area is a bit warm… but otherwise we love it.

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  23. DahliaM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went for my birthday and we had a large group and were running a bit late. Staff was so kind and accommodating, helped us out so much! we really appreciated all their efforts. It was a great experience, started the night off right! Thank you so much!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall good experience it was a really vibey spot

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience at Pilsen Yards. We started with a few beers and some of their signature cocktails. The mezcal margarita was tops, followed by the drunken Donkey. You should definitely start with the Tamales, we ordered them 3 x’s over they were so good. Also the mussels! We had an array of different tacos. The sweet potato taco was best. The burrito and chilies Rellanos were also pretty good. We finished with their take on tres-leches. It was delicious but not a traditional dish.

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  26. NicoleN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time for my sisters birthday! The food was great!

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  27. sabrinat

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pilsen Yards is always great! Love dining here as the food is great and the ambience is so fun and relaxing. Our hostess Mardie was amazing too 😊 we were lucky to have checked in a little late and sat down immediately!

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  28. tsmiles

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Atmosphere is always upbeat… a tad loud for conversations, but fun! Food is always top notch- even for myself who is gluten free & friend who is also gluten free and vegetarian.

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  29. Tanagg

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was the best . We were a large grp and he handled everyone with utmost finesse' The drinks were fantastic and so was the food. We ordered the same drinks for the second round as they were so good. Party donkey , passion something , mezcal margarita so good The food was yum and the desserts were quite yum we ordered the churros and the tres leche' Will be back for sure !

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food, would definitely come back again

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone from the manager to the kitchen staff was very helpful, greeted us with a smile, and made our very first visit one to remember!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance, customer service and food are top notch.

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  33. ChristinaM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding. Food and drink menu is compact and well-constructed. All six of the food items we ordered were on point. DJ made it a nice vibe for a Friday night. Will return soon.

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  34. RocioR

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pilsen Yards is always a solid visit. Good drinks and good food that never disappoints. May be the age but the lightning bothers my eyes. It’s always super dimly lit indoors and the lights flicker here and there. End of the day service and food is good. Always nice to be reliable.

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  35. Cary

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing as usual! We had a larger group and the waitress was right on it. Will return for sure!

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  36. JackieD

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The scene rocked both inside and out. Great vibe, really good tacos, refreshing Palomas! Servers and staff are so welcoming and efficient. All around great experience.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our family of 4 sat in the outdoor space on a Friday evening. High energy and there was a big group out there. It was loud out as it echos quite a bit. That said, my kids managed pretty well. Our waitress was outstanding. Made solid recommendations for all of us. I love the Chile relleno here, it’s unique and makes for a great vegetarian meal. Drinks were great too, as usual. Fun place, we’ll be back again and again.

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  38. IndyEater

    Indiana

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun vibe. Great service and staff. Tacos were tiny and not filling. Used corn tortillas which are not my favorite. Fun vibrant bar with good DJ.

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  39. LauraM

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great fun vibe. Loved the music they were playing. Tasty food and drink.

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  40. AurelioS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steak and eggs is the best breakfast here . We tired tried the mimosas and zero proof Pepsi I drink which both turned out to be amazingly delicious! Definitely would go back. To end our brunch we shared a slice of the drunken tres leches cake and the portion size was definitely enough for 3 people .

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FAQs

Pilsen Yards is rated 4.7 stars by 1530 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 48 times today
Google Map for Pilsen Yards

1163 W 18th St., Chicago, IL 60608

Additional information

  • Cross street
    18th and Racine
  • Neighborhood
    Pilsen
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Regional Mexican (Baja Med), Mexican / Southwestern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    18th St Pink Line Stop
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Juan Carlos Guiterrez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 243-2410
  • Private party facilities
    The bar-centric, music-driven, open air vibe is perfect for fun, upbeat, and engaging events.With one of chicago’s largest patios, a 30-seat square bar, two flexible dining spaces,and an entirely separate, moody cocktail concept called The Alderman,we have a space that is perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Colleen Morris: (312) 243-2410
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