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Diners' Choice: Mexican restaurants in Chicago

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Mexican cuisine in Chicago? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Kie-Gol-Lanee restaurant
4.8
4.8 (99)
$30 and under
Mexican
Uptown
About the restaurant
Opened in 2016, this Uptown Mexican eatery continues to gather accolades, including a spot on The New York Times' recommendations "36 hours in Chicago" and four straight years of being a MICHELIN Guide Bib Gourmand restaurant right up to the present.

An immersive experience of Oaxacan cuisine featuring layudas (a.k.a. Mexican pizza), tamales oaxaqueños, enchiladas de mole, cornish hen and tacos de birria just to name a few. Their selection of margaritas made with homemade agua frescas with no artificial syrups and mimosas on the weekends is a must! Diners know to leave room too for the Oaxacan nicuatole (a flavored flan) and tres leches cake.

Kie-Gol-Lanee comes from the Zapotec dialect meaning "Piedra Antigua" (old stone). Its Spanish version "Quiegolani" is the name of a small village in Oaxaca, Mexico, where the owners and siblings are from. Maria and Reynel Mendoza run this operation with their spouses, Leo and Sandra, whose mission is to preserve their family’s original recipes.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Unbelievable value for the money. One of the best Mexican restaurants in Chicago, and one of the few Oaxacan. Not hard to believe they've win a Michelin award.
A photo of Cafe El Tapatio restaurant
4.7
4.7 (300)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
The Parra family has owned and operated this cheerful restaurant for 46 years and make frequent trips to Mexico for menu ideas and cook up several family specialties. Beyond the standard tacos, burritos, and chimichangas are dishes such as crepas de pollo.
Top review
kelkaty
Dined 7 days ago
We had come to Cafe Tapitio for Mother’s Day a couple of years ago & had a fantastic brunch. This time we were told they weren’t doing the Brunch menu due to it being so busy. So we ordered off the regular menu (it was still delicious!) but suddenly we’re noticing all the tables by us had the Brunch menus! Everybody was ordering brunch! It really irked me and we felt slighted.
A photo of La Luna restaurant
4.7
4.7 (735)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Pilsen
About the restaurant
About La Luna
Luna stays true to the communities cultural, ever-evolving roots and offers a place for both locals and visitors alike to enjoy traditional Mexican recipes in a creative space that pays homage to the diverse, artistic vibe of the neighborhood.

Nice to Know:
Walk in Friendly (please call ahead)

Please have your complete party present before checking in to be seated. As a courtesy, reservations are held for 15 minutes past the reservation time.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Birria tacos were really good and flavorful but at $18 and no side is pretty pricey. The Luna potatoes were a hit and I loved them. The margaritas 🍹 were also good. I wished for a bigger glass but it is what it is. Parking is tough over there so give yourself 20 minutes to look for a space. Overall a good time and enjoyed myself.
A photo of Big Star Wicker Park restaurant
4.8
4.8 (10)
$30 and under
Mexican
Bucktown / Wicker Park
About the restaurant
Big Star's original Wicker Park location offers a taco-slinging atmosphere complemented by an extensive house-selected single barrel bourbon program.

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Top review
ltkijevip
Dined on Apr 20, 2024
It was almost unbearably loud. Rather unpleasant. Food was okay. Drinks were fun! Love the space!
A photo of Tzuco restaurant
4.7
4.7 (442)
$30 and under
Mexican
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Located in the bustling River North neighborhood of Chicago, Tzuco, helmed by the Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytán, offers a blend of authentic Mexican flavors and sophisticated French techniques. Named after Chef Gaytán’s hometown, Huitzuco, the restaurant boasts a menu rich in ceviche, seafood, and traditional Mexican dishes, served in a spacious dining room, lively bar, lounge, and an all-weather outdoor terrace.

Tzuco’s captivating interiors, designed by the acclaimed Cadena + Asociados Concept Design, tell a story of Chef Gaytán's heritage with preserved materials from Mexico and handcrafted furnishings, ensuring guests not only savor exquisite dishes but also relish an immersive cultural experience.

Top review
Kerry
Dined 2 days ago
So great! Beautiful restaurant. Food was outstanding !
A photo of Cafe Con Leche restaurant
4.6
4.6 (314)
$30 and under
Mexican
Logan Square
About the restaurant
Café Con Leche opened its doors in 2001 on Milwaukee Avenue in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. It’s become a popular restaurant for dinner, lunch, and breakfast in Logan Square.

Since then, Café Con Leche has been serving both Mexican breakfast favorites and Latin dinner classics, paired with delectable desserts and coffees. From fresh salsas with a perfect balance of spices, to delicious slow-roasted pork and savory meats, there’s something delectable for everyone.

Top review
neyegirl
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
Great! Logan square staple. We dined outside on the back patio. Mojito and chips and salsa to start. My friend had the special cocktail for the day and the fish tacos. I enjoyed the steak jibarito with rice and black beans. We shared the cajeta crème brûlée for dessert. Good friendly service and delicious food!
A photo of Pilsen Yards restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1525)
$30 and under
Mexican
Pilsen
About the restaurant
Pilsen Yards is a bar-centric and music-driven hangout in the heart of Pilsen with an open air vibe and one of the largest patios in the city.

Exec. chef Juan Carlos Gutierrez's menu of latin-inspired street food, from tacos to ceviches, hummus to carne asada is plated up next to a mezcal, tequila, & whiskey charged bar program from bev director Lance Bowman, and it’s all on the cheap.

Top review
Dulemy
Dined 2 days ago
Great service; the staff was so friendly and helpful. The outdoor space was so lively and fun.
A photo of Broken English Taco Pub - Lake Street restaurant
4.7
4.7 (639)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Downtown / Loop
About the restaurant
From the minds of Adolfo Garcia (Son of a Butcher, Pearl Tavern) and long-time restaurateur, Phil Stefani, comes Broken English Taco Pub. Located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street, Broken English is steps away from Millennium Park, and in the center of the new vibrant hotel and residential area.

On the name, Garcia says, “I speak English with my friends, and I often find myself mixing in Spanish words because there are some phrases that simply don’t translate to English. This happens in many other languages and cultures, but that is what makes the name ‘Broken English’ fun – it is part of our daily slang.”

Top review
TimH
Dined on May 9, 2024
Cute inside, but table spacing is a bit tight. Service was fantastic, and the food was very flavorful. I would definitely recommend.
A photo of Big Star West Town restaurant
4.6
4.6 (16)
$30 and under
Mexican
West Town
About the restaurant
Culinary Director Chris Miller introduces an all new menu including ceviche, aguachiles, and Mariscos classics with signature Big Star tunes and an open-air patio.

interested in hosting an event or large group with us?
email vipevents@oneoffhospitality.com to book with us today!

Top review
Vegitoboivip
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent as always.! Even better bourbon selections.
A photo of Takito Kitchen - Wicker Park restaurant
4.6
4.6 (711)
$30 and under
Mexican
Bucktown / Wicker Park
About the restaurant
Takito Kitchen is an award-winning modern taqueria in Wicker Park featuring Mexican-inspired cuisine with fresh ingredients & complex flavors, along with handcrafted freshly squeezed margaritas and a nearly 100% gluten-free men
Top review
Jmolina
Dined on Apr 28, 2024
Great food! We were disappointed that they didn’t have their famous ceviche. Overall, great place for a quick dinner, and amazing margaritas!
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