Taco Joint - Lincoln Park

4.7
78 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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.
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SL
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 1

There were a group of girls shouting and laughing so loud I could not hear or speak to my husband. Our neighboring tables were also unimpressed and said they couldn’t hear each other either. I ordered fajitas and the steak was not good, too chewy and no sour cream sauce. The staff were very nice and provided a great service.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was subpar, especially for Lincoln Park, and Chicago standards. Cute venue though. A bit loud. Drinks were good.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute atmosphere and great food!

AP
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Great service, food was mediocre. I use to visit the Ontario location and the food was much fresher. The corn was really bad. I will not order that again. The drinks were amazing. Over all visit was average, but the waiter made the visit worth it!

H
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent Mother’s Day there for lunch and everything we had was absolutely delicious! From the salsa and guacamole to the Mexican street corn to the variety of tacos, everything tasted delicious. We will definitely be back!

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

Great tasty food and reasonably priced. Atmosphere was fun yet intimate. Service and beer selection could be improved. Often times it was hard to find our server, and it would be nice if there were more Latino beer options.

P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service! I'd come back just for the people.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to go back. The steak fajitas....OMG. Chili margaritas, outstanding!

DB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING food, great staff, perfect atmosphere. Loved that food was not over priced. Cant wait to come back

SG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This place was delicious as far as the tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, and their chips/dip dish! The service was ok...they were very busy. But once they got to us it was good. Our drinks weren’t that good. Others at our table stated they were. I’d go again and recommend definitely. Parking wasn’t adequate either. But spot hero was great!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 2

Terrific service. Spicy salsa and tacos. Tall, tasty margaritas. Dimly lit, cozy interior.

LB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We went to Taco Joint before a show at Park West. We had 6 in our party - 4 high school students. Their basic sauce is very spicy. The waitress did not give us a warning on how spicy it was or that there is a mild option available. Two people could only eat a small portion of their food before the spice became too over powering. I personally love spicy food so I enjoyed it, I do think a warning should be given by the waitress or at least the option of a mild sauce should be mentioned. The restaurant is VERY loud. We had an incredibly noisy group behind us. I couldn't hear the people at my own table. We will not return.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Thought we had a reservation we had to wait in order to get a table in the main dining area. Food came out extremely quick and drinks were yummy. Would definitely go again but not on a Friday night. It was extremely busy and was hard to talk with my friends

a
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall food was great. Not a fan on their regular salsa but the corn queso dip and guacamole made up for it. Al pastor taco was fantastic, barbacolla taco was too spicy for me, my mouth wad burning! Overall good experience, will be back.

PM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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

Very casual but lively spot. The food is a great value and tasty. Our server was outstanding. Would recommend but make sure you have a reservation or else you will be waiting for a table.

BW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My favorite consistent spot in the city. Always great food, and for a very reasonable price. Only areas of improvement for the restaurant is they should have a better beer menu, and their service can be spotty.

MP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved it, we will definitely be back. They were not only fast, but super nice and we had an amazing dinner for two under 50 dlls

LC
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Happy Hour was a fabulous deal!!! Food is reasonably priced to begin with, but great deal at happy hour! Drinks also!!! Highly recommend!!!!!

MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tacos and margaritas! One of my favorite Mexican places in the area!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome the food was awesome! And the margaritas were really good!!

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cute place located a few minutes away from DePaul’s Lincoln park campus. It wasn’t crowded for a Tuesday night. The food came at a decent pace and was quite good! The El Pastor tacos were delicious as well as the guacamole!! I definitely will be coming back again.

B
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We had great chicken tinga tacos, but the sides were just ok. The rice was bland and the street corn was a little overwhelming with too much of whatever the spices were. Our server wasn't very attentive and we had to track her down both to order and to pay. But I would for sure go back and get the tacos again! Plus the prices were really reasonable.

J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

A very robust crowd for a 7:30 reservation for which we were seated early (which was great). Not Taco Joints fault, this place caters to all, and some patrons were just too enthusiastic for the space.

a
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taco Joint was awesome as always! We were in on a busy Friday night, and the hostess could you have been more accommodating. We didn't sit at the bar like we normally do, but the service was just as excellent at the table! Despite being really busy everything was incredibly fast, fresh, and delicious. One of our favorite restaurants in town for a reason!! Thanks guys

CC
Chicago
107 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Taco Joint is a great place for authentic Mexican. It's a very young, very loud crowd and most seats are backless stools. I'll go back, just likely not on a Saturday night!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was so friendly, and service was so fast! Food was amazing. Only downfall was chemically smell from kitchen, at least we knew everything was super clean! Will ask to sit further from kitchen door next time.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always amazing!

w
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Taco Joint is amazing! The bartender will make you a jalapeno margarita if you ask (and you should) - tacos are delicious, atmosphere is great. Wish they didn't allow people to bring kids in here....

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best taco place in Chicago hands down. Service is great and so is the grapefruit margarita. Definitely worth going to

m
Indiana
40 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good, the service was great, and the value was outstanding!

JO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was fine.

D
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service...well made drinks and reasonable prices.....go and enjoy!

CF
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Baja fish tacos are delicious.

Reason I would not recommend to a friend is it is too noisy to have a discussion. Realize that's probably due to the construction configuration but regardless, it's an issue.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Always great food. Always great service. Wonderful cocktails. Just sometimes a bit loud.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it here the waiter was awesome for my birthday

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great first date. Teed up a great second date.

s
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Staff and service were great. Food was marginal, at best. Had the fish tacos -- brittle/burnt shell so much "filling" fish was difficult to find--let alone taste. Guac was delicious. My husband's tacos were, as he said, tasteless. Very disappointed as our first visit was very good! Maybe just an off night.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my mom for some casual tacos on a Monday. Was not busy and the food was great!

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