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Sol De Mexico

4.4
78 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Neighborhood Gem
Welcome to Sol De Mexico Tierra Azteca, to enjoy a world class cuisine and feel welcome to Mexico alive for you. Sol De Mexico swings casual, in an elegant setting to make you feel at home. But it also racks with classic Mexican rhythms. Its wall radiate sun-baked colors. The paintings, sculptures and decoration leap to your eyes and make you laugh. Together they invite you to a journey of tradition throughout Mexico. Sol De Mexico restaurant uses beautiful ingredients, often organic-grown, to bring to you the bold flavors and immediate freshness that jump off the tongue just as it does in Mexico. Buen Provecho!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Wednesday - Monday: 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Dinner: Wednesday - Monday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM
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Phone number
(773) 282-4119
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Clemantina Flores
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Catering
Catering available and take out available.
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Cross street
Nelson
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Parking details
We do not have a Valet service But there is plenty of Street parking available.
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Public transit
Take the Belbemont CTA Bus #77 to Cicero Ave. or take the Cicero #54B Bus to 3018 N. Cicero Ave.
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Entertainment
We have salsa dance on Saturtay after 11:00PM to 2:00AM
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 78 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.3
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4.5
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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We loved the food and especially the mole
The service and ambiance were great
The art work and music really added to the overall experience
Can’t wait to go back

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We went for dinner date and everything went well. The server even helped out my girlfriend with her food decision since shes a bit difficult when deciding.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Overall a very nice experience, food was good, love the sopa Azteca... excellent drinks

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Always excellent. The moles and ceviche are outstanding. Extensive tequila selection. Support this neighborhood gem. If it were downtown you'd have to beat off patrons with a stick!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Fantastic meal. Best moles in Chicago. Each mole was complex and rich. Ask for a sampler of moles, which I don’t think is on the menu

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4.0Dined on December 10, 2017

I was delighted with my experience at Sol De Mexico...until I got an email from Open Table complaining that I didn't show up for my reservation.

I most certainly did keep the reservation. And my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our lunch; the food was terrific.

Sol De Mexico needs to be more organized about managing their booking, though.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

We hadn't been to Sol de Mexico in a long time but we found the food still as good as ever. We don't get into the city very often but it's worth the trip when we are craving gourmet Mexican food. We both ordered the poblano peppers stuffed with pork and topped with walnut sauce.
Excellent!

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2017

Love this place, food was delicious!

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Small place, great food. It was a bit too warm inside but that's my only "complaint". Definitely would come back and would recommend.

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1.0Dined on June 18, 2017

30 for apps to come out. 45 for drinks to come out and 1 hour for food plus the place was not busy at all.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

The food was outstanding. Not your typical tacos and burritos menu, which is what we were looking for. Authentic Mexican cuisine with a flare. The real bummer was the poor service. We were there on Mother's Day in the late afternoon, but it wasn't extremely crowded to have warranted such poor service. The server goofed on our order, so half the table ate first, then the other half ate about 30 minutes later. This isn't even the poor service I was referring to (mistakes happen and the server did bring out an additional appetizer for those that were waiting - she did feel bad). The bad service was the failure to refill drinks and check on our table throughout our meal. We had to constantly ask her as she was passing by for drinks, etc. You would think after they messed up our order they would double their efforts to make sure our water/drinks were filled! I really hope our experience was a fluke because their food was delicious. Nothing hurts a business more than terrible service.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

Es uno de los únicos restaurantes de Chicago que en realidad es cocina mexicana auténtica y por supuesto que lo recomiendo está delicioso servicio ambiente y no se diga el servicio de primera.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We've visited SDM once before and the food is outstanding. The service was adequate and the food price was a too much considering you have to pay extra for table salsa. The habanero salsa is very good and spicy but not for the $2 per ounce they serve. Salsa should be complimentary considering your spending $20 or more on entrees and $10 or more on apps.
This last time we went on Valentines Day and the service was very slow. I will say the people who work there are extremely nice and pleasant, it's almost hard to get mad them for taking forever everytime we had a request. My wife wanted more salsa and by the time the server brought to us we were signing the check.
My recommendation is to go on off night and enjoy the delicious food, but be prepared to pay little extra for the little extras.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2017

The food was deliciously flavored and service and drinks great. the only thing I would fault is the food came out sort of warm, not hot, and there were very few people in the restaurant, so it shouldn't have been sitting for very long. The appetizer platter is fantastic!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

That was a fantastic meal - creative yet authentic and truly nice people.

Would definitely go back again.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2016

GREAT PLACE FOR FAMILY OR EVEN A DATE NIGHT THE PEOPLE THERE ARE GREAT THE FOOD THE DRINKS THE AMBIANCE EVERTHING MADE FOR A VERY NICE NEW YEARS EVE DINNER WITH FAMILY.

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2016

Took a family member for a birthday dinner and had a wonderful experience. The food was amazing and the portions are on the large side. Left incredibly pleased and incredibly full.

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2016

Tortilla soup was so good, my girlfriend ordered it and I almost finished it all. The sopes mixtos are great as an apetizer, my girlfriend asked to substitute the chicken for plantain. The homemade tortillas are always fresh and tasty.

All the meals I've eaten at Sol De Mexico are very good and never lack flavor. I definitely recommend this place for bet Authentic Mexican food.

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3.0Dined on September 10, 2016

This was one of the worst meals we had while in Chicago. I cant figure out all of the great reviews, unless it's all family writing them. The menu is not the menu that is shown online, the food is so spicy you cant taste anything, and the neighborhood is sketchy at best.

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2016

I noticed several previous reviews complained about the service. We found the service to be AAA plus. Never felt we had to wait for anything. The servers were courteous, discrete and thoughtful. Good selection of tequila, margaritas and beer. I make my own margarita mix and tend to be a bit of a snob when it comes to my margaritas. The house Margarito was spot on, and our second selection for drink #2 (but who's counting) was equally yummy.

The tamales were divine! Ditto for the mole. The menu item is lamb with mole. I asked for enchiladas with mole and they were more than happy to accommodate my vegetarian request.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2016

We had a great time dining at Sol De Mexico! Food, service, and everything in between was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2016

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. The sopa "morfeo" and uchepos were out of this world.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Listed as close to Bucktown/Wicker Park but it is not.

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Came here for Mother's Day. I wasn't expecting this restaurant to try and impress me. I thought it was a regular Mexican restaurant but it they try to make it upscale. The service is lousy, lack of communication/interest amongst the staff and customers. Our waiter took our order after we sat for 30 minutes and we didn't see her again until she brought desert and the bill. The food didn't have much flavor like most Mexican food does, including the mole sauce which they mention on their menu.
One of the highlights was a gentleman that came to our table from the kitchen. He clears our table and offered us more food and beverages. He also chatted with us for a bit about personal experiences.
The night ended with her our waiter handing my credit card and bill to the table next ours and she walked away, she didn't notice that she did that but I wasn't too happy about that. These people could of stolen my card but they were nice enough to have noticed it belonged to me and they returned it.
Won't come back here again.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2016

Went on a Saturday night to celebrate Mother's Day and my mother loved the place! She loved the food, the drinks, and the service. She thought the place was cozy and inviting while serving elevated Mexican cuisine. Will definitely be returning!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

Quiet and peaceful ambiance was highly appreciated by our group of 5.
The food was absolutely delicious and of excellent freshness and quality. The service was gracious and very accommodating of requests. We love it and will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2016

This place could have received a 5 out of 5 stars if it wasn't for the server. We had barely sat down when the server was hurrying us to pick a drink and our food because the place was about to get crowded. My husband and I went on Valentine's Day and while we knew it was going to be busy, there were only 4 tables of couples at the time we got there. The server hurried us about 3 or 4 times throughout the night. The food and drinks, however, were delicious. I had the duck and my husband had steak. Both were cooked to perfection. The Guava Rita is the best!

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2.0Dined on February 13, 2016

We had a 7 pm reservation on February 13, 2016. However, it took the server 15 minutes or more to even greet us and take our beverage and appetizer order. She needs training with her customer service skills. She was curt. Then to top it off, our dinner wasn't served to us until 1 1/2 hour after putting it in. They apologized for being late but gave no explanation. They didn't even consider compensating in some way. Just sad.

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2.0Dined on January 30, 2016

We last ate at Sol De Mexico 2 months ago. At that time, the food was great and the service was terrific. There were few other patrons that night. Last night, we had an 8 pm reservation for 8 people. We were seated promptly. We were told that they " didn't have any menus." My daughter ended up asking the next table for menus. We receive our drinks by 8:45, appetizers by 9 pm and didn't receive our main courses until 9:40 pm. There appeared to be 2 servers for the entire restaurant. The server was apologetic for the delay in our receiving our dinners. They were out of ingredients for drinks and a main course. We love this restaurant and were excited to share it with our family. I was embarrassed by the poor service. I would recommend the food, however be prepared to wait.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2015

This was our 2nd visit to Sol De Mexico. We loved it both times. Although recent reviews mentioned slow service, we went on the night of a 1st Chicago 2015 snowfall and were one of two tables with patrons in the restaurants. The servers were knowledgable and attentive, but didn't hover. They were out of one of the appetizers that we wanted; however we enjoyed the appetizers and main courses that we ordered. The sopes, ceviche, and guacamole were all tasty and serving sizes were ample. We were so full from the appetizers that we only ordered 2 main courses for 4 people and had leftovers. We would return there. Great neighborhood find!!

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3.0Dined on November 7, 2015

The food was delicious but they screwed up our steak orders and people ordered their steaks cooked to different temperatures so it was a bit of a mess. Service was so slow and the restaurant was only half full.

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3.0Dined on November 7, 2015

First time but I will not return, because of the slow sevice. I work in the industry and to wait 15 to 20 for a drink not acceptable when the place is not even busy. The food was great, good flavor, great presentation.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2015

The ambiance was delightful! Service was pleasant. Margaritas and drink menu were ample. As well as the food menu. Had a nice time with family.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2015

As usual. We do not come here often. But we really enjoy every time we come in.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2015

I went to Sol De Mexico, with a larger group, two times in the last month. On each occasion, the servers were kind and helpful, the food was delicious, and the margaritas were tasty. (We did have to wait quite a while for our food on the second visit so be prepared if you go on a weekend night.) Sol De Mexico is now on my husband's list of nearby favorites so we will definitely return and will recommend the restaurant to friends.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2015

I really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. However, the wait staff may have been overbooked that night, because the service suffered slightly.

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1.0Dined on January 16, 2015

When we walked in the hostess notified us that someone had called and canceled our reservation... Not only were we confused by this we were also very sketched out... No one knew we were dining there that night.
We sat down, it took forever for someone to come and greet us and take our drink order. They finally did. Then 15 minutes later (after asking the status of our beverages) the waitress told us they were out of that drink tonight. Keep in mind there were only 4 tables of people in the restaurant. Food took forever. It was just a bizarre experience to say the least.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2014

My daughters and I discovered Sol de Mexico through Open Table reviews when in the area a few months ago. It was so exceptional, we made a special trip back in order to share it with my husband. We love the ceviche, the freshly prepared taquitos and the the sopes, which allow you to taste so many of the restuarant's special preparations. We very recently ate at Topolobampo and the flavors here remind me a great deal of that other special meal.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2014

charming little place. fantastic menu selection and the menu changes every 3 months. the service was incredible. The place was almost empty on a Thursday night. I believe this place suffers from being in the wrong location! The wine list is great - you can buy bottle or by the glass. The appetizers were colorful and delicious. I loved this place and would recommend that everyone try it. I am really excited that the menu changes every 3 months. This is NOT a taco joint or a typical casual Mexican restaurant. This is a higher end mexican restaurant with extremely reasonable prices.

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2.0Dined on September 13, 2014

Weird location, in the middle of a bad neighborhood. The menu was super limited and very pricey for the area. Loved the home made tortillas, though. And the service was great. Lots of better options.

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