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Tabu, Chicago, IL

Tabu

4.4
4.4
88 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American
Tabu breaks from tradition with Pan-Latin-inspired cuisine and cocktails, in a unique and eclectic West Loop space. Executive Chef Saúl Román, a Cuernavaca, Mexico native with years of experience in Mexico City, defies culinary classification delivering vibrant dishes that draw influence from the cuisines of Mexico, Spain, Colombia, and more. Tabu’s food offerings were designed to pair perfectly with its tantalizing beverage program, which is set to boast the largest collection of Mezcals and Tequilas in Chicago.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Contemporary Mexican, Latin / Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 453-8228

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Saúl Román

  • Neighborhood

    West Town

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 88 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. V

    Vhal

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing dinner with friends. Every dish was delicious. Cocktails were also on point. We tried the Old Fashioned, G&J, Unicorn Show (not too heavy on mezcal which I enjoyed), Eden and Paloma. For food, we are the trio of salsa dips that were mouthwateringly good. Starters were Grilled Octopus, Ceviche, Nachos and Lobster Flautas. Mains were the truffle gnocchi special and shrimp po-boy tacos. Would order everything again.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Server was incredibly attentive as we arrived at 9 and kitchen closes at 9 so we were able to order all our courses and she had them out over a half hour which went well. My date is a tequila expert and she was pleased I found a house that exceeded her needs. We had three different cocktails and the Rosa flight and all were delightful. We have a goal to try places we have never been throughout 2022 and we decided last night that we should break our rule and return to your house before end of year.
  3. P

    Paul

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was hit or miss.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I rarely rarely leave a review. This place was an 11/10!!! Amazing food, great ambiance and out of this world drinks! Run there!
  5. A

    Araaaaa

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    We were soo excited to try out this new restaurant. We loved the look and ambiance of the restaurant. We ordered our drinks and we were unfortunately underwhelmed. The spicy tequila drink was way too spicy. We had the lobster flautas. They were very tasty but only had lobster on 1/2 of the flauta. Maybe use a smaller tortilla if you’re going to fill it halfway. Ambiance was awesome. Food and drinks were just ok.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great! So fun!
  7. T

    Teddy

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The place it is beautiful, the good it’s just ok, I wish the service was little bit faster. I highly NOT recommend the tacos, but sides and appetisers were good.
  8. L

    Lola

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! The appetizers are good highly recommend the lobster flautas, corn fritters. Drinks are good too, peach fizz was my favorite.
  9. L

    Lauren

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to Tabu with a friend of mine for drinks and an early dinner. The ambiance and vibe feel like Tulum. The artwork and decor are vibrant and beautiful. Our waiter Chase was fantastic and gave us some great recommendations. A few of my favorite items were the queso fundido with chorizo, the esquite corn fritters, and the passionfruit bunuelo. The bar has a massive selection of tequila and my personal favorite mezcal. They have some unique and tasty craft cocktails. Tabu also has a pop up rooftop lounge it’s first come first serve (no reservations) with 360 views of the city.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Loved the food, ambiance, and drinks. Drinks were the highlight of the meal, as well as the lobster flautas. Not so pleased with dessert choices. Parking is also hard in this area, but would definitely come back to enjoy the drinks!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    My friends birthday.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible and the staff even better. Their cocktail menu is out of this world. Already made reservations to come back for my birthday!
  13. C

    Chicagoy

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was really delicious and the ambiance is beautiful. Drinks were very tasty. We ordered the spice of life and peach fuzz for drinks, and grilled octopus, Bandeira paisa tacos and papas bravos for food. The food is pretty pricey but expected for the west loop location. Alejandro our server was very nice and helped us through the menu.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Stiff drinks and delicious food. Great ambiance
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    For all the hype, I expected the food to be really special and while there were unique ingredients the flavor wasn’t there. Could be a temporary supply chain issue and the produce wasn’t up to their standards so I would consider trying again.
  16. C

    Coz1

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    I felt expensive for what you get. 2 tacos $15. They were good but small.. Server should know Paloma has tequila in it- he said he thinks vodka. Actually I should know but I didn’t know what the liquor stated was. Nice atmosphere but you have to like loud pumping music while you eat. Worth a try but there’s really so much competition around Randolph Fulton Market area.
  17. TT

    TheodoreT

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing from the appetizers to the main entrees. The drinks were great as well especially the Paloma.
  18. MA

    MariahA

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chase was an amazing server!!! This place is excellent 10/10 everything was delicious
  19. C

    Catherine

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing: the decor, vibe, service, cocktails, food, and dessert. We tried so many things and we loved all of them. We can't wait to go back and try more. Don't forget to check out the gorgeous, spacious rooftop!
  20. EN

    ElNaught5

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    A little bit hard to find, but interesting. Turns out they have a rooftop bar at the other end of the building with a limited menu and music (good on a fair weather day). Food items are varied, and it was easy to put together a meal of good items. "Trendy"...
  21. B

    Bari

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Tabu was beautifully decorated inside and had a great vibe! We started with the guac with plantains which was a little bland, but fresh. There were other options for guac that sounded interesting too. We loved the jicama burrito which was a super creative way to eat vegetables. The squash blossom tacos were awesome, and so was the bunuello dessert. Highly recommend!
  22. T

    Tyler

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Cool restaurant but overpriced for what you get. Only two tacos, two drinks and have to pay for chips and salsa for ~75 bucks
  23. DM

    DebM

    Chicago

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Tabu has a very cool interior and energetic vibe. Our wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. We tried several starters and the octopus was outstanding. We also had several tacos and two main dishes. The food was good but you only get two tacos for $17 with no side. Our dinner ended up being more expensive than we anticipated.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    The place is designed to be a vibe with a built in DJ stand and I suspect it turns into a club later on. Food is at best inoffensive but is really only about a show. To that end, while we were being served we were asked multiple times if we wanted to take pictures of the process. Food lacked flavor and salt. Drinks were sour with no flavor. Would not recommend unless you wanted to have a vibey time with expensive mediocre food.
  25. CR

    ChiragR

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service from Jane! Will be back!
  26. DK

    DawnK

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was good but felt like they tried too hard. Overly complex flavor profiles. Would recommend the grilled octopus and ceviche. Cocktails were fantastic. Server was a bit lacking. Was never offered dessert or asked if we wanted another cocktail.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Tacos came out cold. When returned you can tell the tortillas were re-heated because they were crunchy.
  28. ME

    MegE

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The bright decor was really fun. The food was tasty, but I don't see myself craving anything I had and dying to come back. Overall nice dinner, and I'd recommend checking it out.
  29. SL

    SarahL

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The decor and ambiance is so dope. The music was also incredible. Our waiter was fun, entertaining and gave good recommendations for food and drinks. The food was overall pretty good. I did wish they had a chicken taco option instead of just fried chicken. The cost of the food was pretty pricey. $15 for just two tacos seems insane to me! Overall, I enjoyed our evening and would go back.
  30. A

    Angelalala34

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing experience from start to finish. From the snake door handle to get in, to the secret-loungey vibe of the bathrooms, Tabu exceeded our expectations. The octopus and crispy rice were cooked to perfection and the corn fritters were phenomenal. They need to be in my house 24/7. 5 stars and can't wait to drive 3 hours to go again!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic drinks, the burger and tacos were great and the vibe of the restaurant is super cool!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Extremely disappointed. The place itself is stunning and the drinks are amazing but I’m so disappointed in the service and how I was treated. I made a reservation for 5 a few weeks ago for July 14th. I called July 13th to let them know that a baby was attending and we would need a high chair. The hostess was annoyed with me for some reason, I kept trying to explain the situation and she continued to talk over me (I couldn’t get a word in) she put me on hold for 5min then later came back and said she could accommodate me which was nice of her (I guess?). I apologized and not sure why but she made me feel like I did something terribly wrong. The day of we were super excited to finally try this place. I was torn between the mole tacos and the bandeja tacos. Per my servers recommendation I went with the mole tacos. I wasn’t a fan.. I took a bite had my boyfriend try them and we sent them back. When the server came back he asked how the tacos were and I said I didn’t like them and sent them back and he literally laughed and said “oh well I like them” which took me back because typically a server would respond with “sorry about that, can I get you something else?” OR “I’ll take it off the bill for you”. Idk anything besides laugh and say “oh well”. He literally didn’t care at all. (Keep in mind you get 2 tacos for $15) And the worst part about it was HE WAS TRAINING SOMEONE ELSE!!!! I wish the experience would’ve been better honestly. After $400 I left STILL hungry.
  33. J

    Justin

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks - 5/5 Food- 5/5 Dessert- 6/5 Music level could be just a tad louder
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for any occasion
  35. S

    Sara

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    The place is beautiful no question about that. The food was lacking in flavors big time. We ordered the shrimp and grits and it was $26 and it really didn't taste like much. The grits were not what I'm used to..not creamy and rich. The lobster toquito things were just blah. Very greasy. I wouldn't fry lobster but hey that's me. I ordered the Tia Rita as my cocktail and even that had little flavor. Kinda disappointing for my birthday dinner.
  36. TW

    TaraW

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We totally enjoyed the drinks and food. Service was great. We will definitely come again.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    83 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The guac was smooth & flavorful. The unexpected texture queso fundido turned a normally blah appetizer something special.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Over priced
  39. j

    jazmind

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    the desert was the only down fall ordered the churros and the spice was overpowering we returned them ....would go back for drinks and sides
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cute space with a great take on Latin cuisine! The cocktail menu was abundant and everything we tried was delicious.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Tabu offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 453-8228.

Tabu is rated 4.4 stars by 88 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


Google Map for Tabu

401 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60642-6530

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    West Town

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Contemporary Mexican, Latin / Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Saúl Román

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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