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El Jefe Leña y Mar, Aurora, IL

El Jefe Leña y Mar

4.3
4.3
68 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
With a focus on grilled Mexican food, at El Jefe we ​​offer you a diverse menu that includes from traditional seafood to delicious meats with that unique touch that charcoal food has. Visit us in Aurora and enjoy a warm atmosphere perfect for living surrounded by family and friends. We have live music on weekends!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (630) 340-3328

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 68 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • West Suburbs

    Late Night Find

  • West Suburbs

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the vibe of this place! Felt like we were on a tropical vacation. The food was amazing and we had the nicest server.
  2. A

    Anneka

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    We did not know it was Girl Power night on Wednesday. Music was super loud and the videos that were playing were for mature audiences only. The “new” tables are too small for the plates for two people. We may Oder take out next time and eat at home. Skip the seafood soup. The flavors were confused and it was salty like the ocean the seafood came from. And the fat layer on top kept forming a thin skin. Octopus was very tender, which was great. Roasted brussel sprouts with chipotle mayo should not be a thing. Those flavors were also confusing. Shrimp ceviche was the best! And the salmon was perfectly cooked and delicious.
  3. b

    bcbeatty

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food4service5ambience1
    Wanted to stay. But we couldn’t have a conversation when the music was so loud. We got a round of drinks and left. I wasn’t our first time there and I was looking forward to the food. But it was our first time there on a Saturday night. We got there at 7:30. But we couldn’t understand our server and didn’t want to scream to talk to each other.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Overall very good dinner date. Music was a little too much for a mostly family crowd. Hard to hold a conversation when everything needs to be repeated. Cocktails were decent, food was fantastic. We had the carnitas and arrachada.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was only our second time there, and it was just as good as the first. The manager remembered us from the first time. Our waitress was again, just the best. The food was so good. I do not know why it took us so long to find this great restaurant.
  6. G

    Geomarc

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and a nice decor. However, the music videos playing were so loud, we could not have aconversation. The waitress could not hear us and we could not hear her. This was at 5 pm on a Thursday with only 6 people in the restaurant. We thought the noise level was only with a DJ but not the case. Why not keep the volume down when people are eating dinner and then crank it up around 9 for the bar crowd? Won't go backuntil that changes. Too bad because food was fantastic!
  7. D

    Dooey

    Tucson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    The food and the service were good but the music was so loud you could not even Caryonah conversation with the person sitting next to you
  8. JE

    JillE

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Extremely fun atmosphere. The menu is amazing. Lots to choose from. I’ve been there twice and will definitely go back again. Service is great. Everyone friendly. And the food comes out quick. A bit too loud with the music. Can hardly hear your conversation but otherwise we had a really good time.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had fun and enjoyed the food and drinks
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a blast… great music and the food was incredible.
  11. JA

    JoseA

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious service was great prices were good. Highly recommend.
  12. a

    ariv73

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food was okay. DJ was playing 80s video songs which didn’t really go with the restaurant theme. But the music was SO LOUD we couldn’t even hear the waiter or talk to each other. Doesn’t need to be that loud. It’s not a club.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our first visit to this restaurant, but we will be back. We ordered the guacamole threesome to share which was delicious. We accompanied it with margaritas which were well prepared. My cousin and I had the ceviche with shrimp which was terrific. My husband also had a shrimp dish which he enjoyed. The service was very good. Unusual creative decor, but very loud music playing.
  14. SH

    SuzukaH

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Authentic Mexican food and incredible margaritas
  15. CC

    ChuckC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food ! Wide variety of selections! The whole staff is extremely helpful !
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Went on a recommendation but probably won’t go back again or recommend to others because of the service on the day. Please have your servers write down customers’ orders. Getting our drinks wrong to begin with was slightly annoying but to then follow up with a wrong food order? Not acceptable.
  17. ER

    EdithR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    the food awsome!!! the prices are average and very good enviroment.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fantastic. It is extremely loud because they have live DJ that gets the place bumping. Food was fabulous! If you are looking for a quiet night out this is not the place.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    DJ was good but too loud for dinner
  20. P

    Phoebe

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Our family celebrated Mother's Day at El Jefe and my mom was so impressed with the presentation of the food, how delicious it was, and the energetic ambience of the restaurant. Prices are on the higher end, but you can see why the minute you walk in. Will definitely return for special occasions!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Muy buen servicio, pero lamentablemente no ofrecen nada por parte del restaurante por haber sido mi cumpleaños como en otros lugares, ustedes venden el pastel… 😒
  22. C

    Camille

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fun place! Food was delicious and margaritas are fantastic! Saturday nights must be their "party night" as the music was club level loud! :) So we had to shout to be heard, but, now we know!! Still an authentic Mexican menu made it a great experience!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, customer service and the drinks were fantastic! Love it here !
  24. VK

    VidaK

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best mexican restaurant so far! Love that place❤️❤️ food good and very big portions✅️ good music and atmosphere
  25. MH

    MonicaH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks, service and ambience! The music is very loud as it’s a contributing factor to the lively vibe, which I enjoyed very much!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Waited 18 minutes at a table and nobody ever showed up. Mentioned to the hostess who said ok and completely dismissed us. Don’t bother
  27. TC

    TommyC

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The service was too slow. We didn’t get a drink for the first hour or so.
  28. M

    Macie

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My boyfriend lives in the area and I ask to go to El Jefe every time I come in town! Probably my favorite Mexican food place in the world. Between the quality + taste of the food and the ambiance, you really can't go wrong. Would highly suggest ordering the guacamole to start with, the El Jefe salad, any of the tacos, and of course a margarita. You can expect either a DJ or energetic music OR both.
  29. DM

    DoloresM

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The culinary was outstanding! Presentation of food is outstanding and very tasty! Grew up sitting at a chefs table so, I know great when I see it! Drinks are not quite there yet…pay way too much money for quality of drinks. Be careful and order shots if you want a quality drink.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The ambiance was nice and staff is extremely friendly. However, I was completely disappointed in my meal. The food was subpar but the drinks were delicious. I would go back for chips and drinks but never a meal definitely disappointed
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a date night with my husband, before a concert. It was a unexpected surprise. I thought we walked into the wrong place. It had great energy, food presentation, and service. My hat goes off to the owner. They really put some thought into everything… well done. I’m so impressed …I’m considering it for my husband birthday celebration. They should open another in a more scenic area… this would be a real hit in Bolingbrook.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was our first time dining at El Jefe and it was delicious, especially the Ribeye! Our server Eric was excellent as well. Thanks for a good birthday!!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    We went close to 10pm on a Saturday night and the DJ was playing which gave the place a really vibrant feel. The food was terrific and not overpriced for the quality and quantity! We had a combination seafood cocktail and the carnitas. Both were delicious with layers of flavor that we had a great time trying to figure out. We will definitely be back!
  34. CN

    CarolynN

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    This was my third time here and food is excellent but the service is terrible! They always seem shorthanded. We can never find our waiter or waitress when we need them. I was just there 2 days ago and we sat for 20 minutes before our server came to our table. We ordered drink at that point and it took 15 more minutes for our drinks to come out! Our service has been poor each time we have been there. During our meal we wanted another drink but our server never came over until the email ended and at that point we got the check and left. We have been there when it has been crowded and when it is not busy and we still have very slow inattentive service. The wait staff seem to have too may tables and not enough servers. Not sure we will return.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and service were outstanding. The music was way too loud. Could not even talk to the person across the table.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I was seated almost 25 min after my reservation. It was Valentines Day and it was busy so I’m not that upset about that. They had a DJ and the music was really loud so the mood was not right for a Valentines Day dinner. It was hard to have a conversation with my wife during dinner cause the music was so loud. The food took a really long time to come out but the waitress was very attentive and would still come by to see how we were doing. The food was pretty good. I would go back to El Jefe.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Date with my wife
  38. S

    Stephanie2294

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    LOVE this restaurant! The plates are beautiful and delicious 😁
  39. EB

    ElvinB

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Food is pricey and i think its missing taste, the presentation its good. Too much noise
  40. DC

    DevinC

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It was my wife and I's first visit to the restaurant and we were thoroughly impressed by the experience. The space is gorgeous with a festive atmosphere throughout. The house-made chips and salsa were a welcome treat. You could taste the freshness and spice of the salsa! This is something you don't get too often from the bland and watery salsas of other places. The menu is very creative and varied, with at least a few items to satisfy anyone's possible dietary needs or cravings. The house margaritas, costillas de puerco, nopalitos salad and platanos con crema were prepared to perfection and were delicious. The octopus in my wife's pulpo a las brasas was perhaps a little over-cooked, with the rest of the dish being overly salty, but this was a minor issue as I know octopus is difficult to cook perfectly. I have already recommended this place to many of my friends and we plan on returning because there are many more unique dishes on the menu that we must try!

FAQs

El Jefe Leña y Mar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (630) 340-3328.

El Jefe Leña y Mar is rated 4.3 stars by 68 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 2 times today
Google Map for El Jefe Leña y Mar

1271 N Lake St, Aurora, IL 60506

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Aurora

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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