TallBoy Taco

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$30 and under
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Mexican
Tallboy Taco was created with a desire to serve the neighborhood great tacos on homemade tortillas in a quick, casual and funky environment.

Operating out of Nacional 27 at 325 W. Huron Street, Tallboy Taco offers River North an assortment of tallboy beers and tacos for both lunch and dinner, as well as carryout. Try our Crispy Fish, 12 Hour Smoked Brisket or Al Pastor tacos, as well sharable dishes like Corn Fundido, Beer Queso and fresh Guacamole with Hand-Made Chips . Saturday brunch features sweet and savory dishes including Steak & Egg tacos, Banana French Toast and Churro Donuts. Don’t forget Mimosa bottle service!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and very reasonably priced

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for the first time for my mother’s birthday and it was so awesome! She’s gluten free and could have almost everything on the menu... and she freaking loves tacos. She also loves salsa dancing and the complimentary Wednesday night salsa lessons was just the icing on her cake. The wait staff was beyond amazing and the food was delicious! We will be coming back again for sure!

A
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

They forgot to bring us the chips and guacamole. The food was ok—nothing special.

OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Go somewhere else!

There’s a reason this restaurant wasn’t busy on a Saturday night and we should’ve turned around.

The food isn’t made fresh. If I wanted guacamole plastic tub I would’ve gone to Jewel Osco. Whole the menu is fairly inexpensive, but it is not a good value. Getting very mediocre tacos (at best) for nearly $4 a pop.

Food came quickly because the restaurant wasn’t full, but the wait staff was extremely slow.

Definitely trusted the open table reviews for this choice and was let down. So I’ll be the one to say it, do not go you can find somewhere way better!

MA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I have been there before, not really the best so I stopped going.
Some weeks ago I read a message from TallBoy about their new menu and new chef
So I tried it again. It’s the same and even worse. The food is not fresh, the meat in the tacos very grease and not soft at all.
Expensive for what you get.
I left almost everything and... the rice not even to try it.

LK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious. My husband isn't huge on eating Mexican food all the time, but he absolutely loved it. Since it was a beautiful perfect weather day, we sat outside on the patio. The drinks were good. Service was good as well. Would definitely go back again. Food is worth the money.

TallBoy Taco
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you Lauren, for taking the time to review us and join us out on our patio! Hope you and your husband will join us again very soon!

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RC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great specialty cocktails. Tacos are of a nice serving to be able sample different ones. Chips were freshly made. The salsa bar was small. We would have preferred pico de Gallo and salsa just served at the table.

TallBoy Taco
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you for your feedback Rho! Hope you'll join us again very soon.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wednesday night dance lessons was awesome. Grabbed some food and drinks and the. Headed to the dance floor. The bartender was so nice to let us leave our tab open while we danced

TallBoy Taco
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you for the awesome review! Hope you'll join us again very soon!

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

My husband and I went here on a date night on a Saturday in March. We arrived on the early side and had our choice of seat. My husband was particularly happy about Happy Hour special (Saturday $5 mojito, which was excellent), which ran from 5-7 pm. For apps, we had the guac, chips and salsa, and queso. We enjoyed all of them and liked that there was a salsa bar where you could get various salsas with different heat levels. I really enjoyed the queso, which was rich and flavorful. We also shared about 8 tacos between the two of us. The standouts were the crispy shrimp taco, the beer-battered crispy fish taco, the pulled chicken tinga taco and the cowboy 12hr smoked brisket taco. The only one I would not order again was the carne asada taco, which was too dry. For dessert, we shared a churro, which came with a caramel sauce my husband really enjoyed. The churro was clearly made fresh and had a nice crispy outside and a soft middle.

Waitstaff was pleasant and attentive, the restaurant and bathrooms were clean, and the music was lively without being overpowering. March Madness was one the TV screens, but none of the patrons seemed to come specifically to watch the game; TallBoy doesn't have a 'sports bar' vibe. This spot seems to get busy starting around 6:30-7 and was popular with groups. We spend just over $60 before tip and thought it was reasonable for the what we received.

TallBoy Taco
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you EmilyKitten for taking the time to write this awesome review! We hope to see you and your husband again very soon! Pro tip: We have different happy hour specials every night throughout the week!

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The ambiance and the atmosphere were nice. The waiter was very nice as well. However, despite the low number of people inside the restaurant at the time our food took awhile to come out. When we got our tacos they were cold and the salad was not worth it for the price.

TallBoy Taco
Responded on July 3, 2019

Hey Emily, thank you for taking the time to review us. We're sorry about the wait, we hope you'll give us another try.

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RA
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Loud college ambiance. Margaritas for happy hour were terrible.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tacos were small, but the price per taco said it all. We ordered the chips and salsa, which is unlimited. Need less to say, The food was amazing! As for the drinks, We ordered a full size pitcher of margarita. While $65 may seem a lot, we were able to get 3 full glasses each between the 4 of us. So I would say its about 12 servings total! We loved the ambiance and the wait staff was very kind!

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

First time diner here and was very impressed! Great selection of tacos and even better margaritas. Will return soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drink specials were great! Everyone had a fantastic time

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

When we got there, they stated that they did not have our reservation (even though we did reserve). However, an employee worked to move around tables to get us seated- it was great!! I loved the service and the food. Also, the decor is great!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Probably the worst service I have ever had. We got the restaurant week menu. Didn’t even get the third course because the service was so bad, and our waitress didn’t seem to care or know. Not one person came to our table for a good 25 mins after eating. We finally got the check and it was wrong. Asked if we had a table and what our waitress name was to get it fixed, but we didn’t see our waitress since she dropped the food. That took another 10 mins to get that fixed. They have a lot of people working there, but no one seems to do anything. Avoid at all costs.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Drinks were pretty weak. Had 4 margaritas and hardly felt it which is disappointing. Tacos were decent.

PG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great little spot with tasty, fresh fare and attentive staff.

DN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of 8 of us went here for dinner and drinks and it was perfect! Food was delicious, drinks were just as good, and the service was awesome!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Food was mediocre, service was spotty and drink pours were poor. My first traditional margarita was mix only with no tequila! Heard good things before the visit but was disappointed.

J
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was okay. Not a kid friendly place. Service was awesome.

AR
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great deal all day every day with 2 tacos and a beer for $8! Also awesome music playing, great place!

LH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I've given TallBoy a few tries now because of the good reviews, figuring maybe that what I ordered was lackluster but their other good would be great. It's not bad, but there are many other taco places I would go to before TallBoy. In a city with food this fantastic, I was a bit disappointed.

TallBoy Taco
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you Lauren for your feedback. We hope you'll join us again and give us another try.

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BS
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice happy hour special on a Friday night. Sat at the bar and had fast service while most of the staff were setting up for the night.

Tacos and a salad were good. They have an extensive coctail list.

SG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Tacos were VERY average...the brisket tacos were almost too heavy with Smokey flavor and were fatty. The shrimp in the shrimp taco was good, but there was too much vinaigrette so it became soggy and very acidic. The chips and guacamole were delicious. I didn’t take advantage but I like that the chips and salsa are bottomless...would be a good happy hour place to meet up with friends.

j
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A couple of friends and I went here before heading over to a show and we had a great time. We had there agua frescas and they were delicious. Watermelon was my favorite. For dinner we had a variety of tacos and my favorite was the fish taco. Great place to hang and catch up.

h
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food but not up to what you'd expect from a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant. The portions were smaller than anticipated and a bit on the pricey side for what you get.

KA
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The food and service were good, but it's so loud in the restaurant that it was hard to have a conversation. Pretty dumb that you have 'Energetic' on your survey, but nothing to indicate that a restaurant is simply too loud.

L
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Very expensive and the waiter was Very impatient. The food quality was not good at all. The atmosphere was very poor non-friendly with customers. I will not return again.

w
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

A little expensive for tacos, but they had specials so not as bad. Food was overall good, our sever also is the bartender was awesome!

C
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for brunch with another couple and ate outside. All of the food and the sangria was delicious. We will definitely be back.

VP
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Staff is very friendly and food/drinks are amazing!! My family love this place!

LF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and great music from the DJ!

EJ
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We were looking forward to try a place that a friend had recommended. The food was really delicious but the service was horrible. Our waitress would walk past our table like we didn’t even exist and we waited 30 minutes after she took our drink order before she even came back to our table to take our food order. The waitress also seemed to cater more to the table with more middle aged people rather than the younger crowd. Probably hoping these people would give her a bigger tip but she completely lost the opportunity to receive one from us.
Would probably recommend this to a friend and tell them to grab a seat at the bar for the attentive waiters and quick timely service I saw other people receiving rather than possibly dealing with poor service in the seating area.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Rather rude bartender. Drinks were mediocre at best. Overall an odd ambiance.

RD
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Hip but not pretentious.

NG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Restaurant said they didn't receive my reservation through open table even though i showed them the confirmation. Then we were stuck in this back corner at a tiny high top table. Manager came by to apologize.

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

Great meal at a great deal - will definitely be back!

K
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Cinco de Mayo specials were decent. Chips and Guacamole were pretty tasty.

The tacos were ok, not great.

The high top tables are extremely too small.

Friendly servers who keep the tables clear.

M
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the atmosphere of the bar, the servers were extremely friendly and helpful when it came to picking drinks and food. The selection and variety of tacos was great, and they were delicious! Awesome margaritas, will definitely be back my next time in Chicago!

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