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About Taco Joint

With a bustling location in Lincoln Park and another in River North, Taco Joint brings the different flavors found throughout the streets and marketplaces of Mexico to Chicago. The menu includes a selection of tacos made with braised and grilled meats, housemade salsas and handmade tortillas including; Barbacoa from Central Mexico, Cochinita Pibil from Yucatan and Carnitas from Jalisco. Other street fare includes flautas, tortas, tamales and quesadillas. The cantina features a variety of specialty margaritas and cocktails, Mexican and craft beers plus Chicago's first tequila cages. The interior combines natural wood accents and iron along with colorful distressed walls and murals to give you the feel of a small town in Mexico nestled in the hustle and bustle of Chicago.

158 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Regional Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
LaSalle

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 337-8226

Website:
http://tacojoint.com/

Catering:
TAQUIZA CATERING
Taquizas are a fun and festive way to sample Taco Joint's selection of braised and grilled meats, housemade salsas and homemade tortillas with a variety of tacos and flavorful sides.
Taquiza Options
Delivery • We prepare and deliver the food to you.
Pick-up • We prepare and have it ready to go.
Pop-up Catering • Let us do all the work and bring the restaurant to you, from the decor to the staff. Be a guest at your party!

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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Taco Joint Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (12)
Good for a Date (7)
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Creative Cuisine (6)
Fun (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
People Watching (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great ambiance, friendly staff, convenient location and awesome tacos! Will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was pretty good but it was extremely loud! We could not have a conversation and could not hear the waiter. The service was good and so were the margaritas!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Loud but good food. Service was quick and great. Reservations made but not sure if needed with such quick service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The guac was quite delicious, the margaritas were strong and the tacos were good. I was slightly disappointed that chorizo was not a menu option but, overall, it was good and I'll be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great spot! Happy hour has great deals! Great food & drinks! Server was pleasant and quick. Came after work w/coworkers.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food! Good deals on drinks and awesome tacos. However, don’t come looking to fill up chipsno free chips and salsa?

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We walked in and there was no hostess at the front. It took a solid few minutes for someone to realize that we were waiting to be seated. We were seated and it took another 5-9 minutes for someone to come to our table. Which would be fine if there were people in there, but there were 4 tables of people total. The staff was at the bar talking to the bartender. We were right about to walk out when our waitress came to the table. We ordered drinks and guacamole. When the waitress went to the bartender, he was on his phone, and took additional time to get our drinks. We decided not to eat there and got our tab and left. I wont be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a friend join us much later than our reservation indicated, so luckily the staff was accommodating to this. However, this ended up being a poor place to celebrate a birthday. We indicated in our notes we were having a celebration but it was never acknowledged. And the restaurant was LOUD, so loud. They tried to sit us near the bar where people were obviously spilling over and using the table. Then we got sat near the door where it was quite cold. Overall, good food, but a poor choice for the kind of thing we were looking for. You want tacos and a loud bar to shout over each other and watch sports games? A+. You want to have a real conversation and tacos? Like C-. Also much prefer Lincoln Park location. Sorry to be that person but I felt that this was much more like bar service than a restaurant and I would have chosen a different place had I realized that.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Our waitress Adriana was amazing. Great food and awesome drinks!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 8, 2017

great tacos ,nice variety for every taste
tasty margaritas>>>, get the bottle

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Healthy, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The grilled corn and guacamole were great. The tacos were ok. Not good enough that I would want to go back. It was good for a large group though.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This place gets a number of good reviews, I am wondering if I ate in a different restaurant. We ate at the River North location. The guacamole was OK but a bit bland (no salsa included at the table???), vegetarian (mushroom + cheese) taco was pretty bad (very goopy beans with a slice of cheese slapped on top), the margarita was very sweet/sugary, and the street corn tasted like it had been dipped in a slab of cheesy butter and left out to solidify. All the food was barely lukewarm. This seems to be a fast-food type taco restaurant that caters to a crowd that wants a loud party atmosphere (there were several large groups there) and doesn't care much about the quality of the food. If you want good Mexican food, there are several better options in the neighborhood.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Taco Joint was excellent! I had never been before and decided to have my birthday dinner here and it did not disappoint. The drinks were yummy, the food was innovative and delicious, and the service was fast and friendly. They even sent me free churro doughnuts for my birthday! It was also very well priced and we definitely did not overpay. Would absolutely go back again :)

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We always love coming here. The outdoor seating is great, food is always good and drinks are refreshing.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The tacos were pretty good, drinks were delicious, and the Tuesday special was a great deal. I was disappointed by the service. Very slow, even though the restaurant was basically empty. All in all, it was good for a casual dinner and drinks.

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Casual, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Chips and guac, chicken Al pastor and frozen margaritas made for a FANTASTIC meal. All the food, and the drinks were delicious. Loved the pineapple addition to the tacos. 14/9 would recommend.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Fabulous food & drinks. Accommodated a large group easily. I came here because it was recommended and I will in turn recommend it to others. Great spot!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Average food, more bar food type atmosphere. Service was very friendly. Much better Mexican available in area, but decent place to watch a game and have a drink.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Another great meal in Chicago.
The menu makes it very easy to try many different things.
Family friendly. Great value for the amount of food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Casual, Cozy, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Spicy, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Chicken taco was great and guacamole was creamy and taste

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Hosted my birthday at Taco Joint. The food was great as always and our service was fantastic. I would say the only downside is that that refused to split the bill for our group which is always a headache. I know splitting the bill gives the restaurant and headache too, however I even tried to address this in the begining and I wish we could have kept all the tabs separate. Taco Joint is a festive environment for a birthday and the food always delivers great quality ingredients! Thanks Taco Joint.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Overall a good place, definitely recommended. Tacos were delicious and my waiter was really good! Was a perfect Friday work lunch that hit the spot.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Best value at happy hour. Overall okay tacos, nothing special.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Great food, device great

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Loved the food and the Margaritas. Service was excellent and waitress made excellent recommendations. We will be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Fun, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Spicy
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 (Nashville)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly! She tried to accommodate all of our requests even for kid friendly options. We were watching the Stanley Cup, and the manager made sure the game was on for us. Great food, too! The touch of fried hominy on the pazole taco was so interesting.

Tags: Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Taco Joint was a wonderful place to celebrate my husband's birthday. The good was fresh, delicious and fast. Our server was wonderful and we will most definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Authentic, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Drinks could have been better. Otherwise a very nice dining experience. Service was great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 12, 2017

This was a great find. Me and my husband were riding by and I told him I wanted to come back. We went back a couple days later to celebrate our anniversary with friends and loved it. The food is tasteful and not expensive and they also have drink specials each day if you like to drink. We will definitely be visiting again and would recommend to friends.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Absolutely wonderful food and experience!
Bar tender was wonderful!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2017

My friends and I went to the Taco Joint to celebrate me obtaining a certification in the health care field. We started off with the traditional guacamole which was excellent. It was extremely fresh and we ended up order another one. We also had the fruit margaritas which packed so much of a punch we had to sit in order for the buzz to wear off. The drinks were "off the chain" and we wanted more, but we could barely finish them. We all had salads with chicken. The dressing tasted like a lime cilantro mix and it was great. Our waiter was accommodating. I can't remember his name, but he had a Spanish accent. I would visit again and recommend it to others.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Columbus)·Dined on March 14, 2017

AMAZING margarita. Made in Mexico, not too sweet and has a smokey flavor, can't wait to come back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Horrible! Do not go to this restaurants. Service was poor. Food was nothing special. With so many options in this great city, pick another restaurant.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Great food!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2017

GREAT SERVICE AND FOOD. ... SO MANY CHOICES FOR TACOS AND SALSA...THE GUAC IS TO DIE FOR!!!!
IF YOU LOVE HOT AND SPICY LIKE MY HUSBAND THIS IS YOUR PLACE.
IF YOU LOVE MILD AND FULL FLAVOR LIKE MYSELF ...AGAIN WONDERFUL!!!

Tags: People Watching, Spicy, Romantic, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Outstanding Value, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Always awesome, great value. Truly a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2017

Great tacos and daily specials! $5 margarita Monday!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Worth another visit - may be more enthusiastic about other menu choices.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Awesome tacos as always
Disappointing tres leeches dessert

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2017

We had a party of 6 and were squeezed into a table for 4 with 2 chairs on the end, which wasn't comfortable.The food was average. We had the trio of guac, chips and salsa, street corn, and a variety of tacos. The street corn wasn't great (and I love corn). Everything else was good enough but not great. For the price it was good enough but I won't make my way there anytime soon.

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