Cafe El Tapatio
Queso Chihuahua au gratin with choice of house made chorizo or poblano rajas and Mexican oregano
Ensalada De Jicama
Mixed greens, fresh jicama, tomatoes and cucumber all tossed with freshly squeezed lime juice chopped cilantro and olive oil
Burrito El Grande
Large flour tortilla stuffed with your choice of picadillo (beef hash), pulled chicken adobado, steak, or al pastor, with lettuce and tomato. Served with rice and beans
Jason is the man!
Sat out on the patio, great chips and salsa. The quantity of food is
Everything was awesome! Appetizers were so good, drinks were so yummy, and our entrees were so good. Thanks for an amazing night!
Excellent food, efficient service, nice outdoor space (though the nearby brown el tracks cause pauses in conversation). Best magaritas in Lakeview.
I love my experience every time I go there my favorite bartender is Vicente
Great food like always
We enjoyed a casual meal on the patio with friends. They had never tried the restaurant and enjoyed it. We have been many times and will always consider it a reliable option when in the neighborhood.
Second time taking our toddler out to dinner and she loved the food. The restaurant was comfortable. She enjoyed her meal and the child place mat. We love eating there just with Covid haven’t been out much especially with our daughter. She is 19 months and we felt great being there with her.
The food was very mediocre and you can get much better Mexican at other places in Chicago. The margarita also was clearly a mix and tasted so horrible, I couldn’t even drink it. Save your money and go elsewhere
Creative cocktails and extensive menu of staples and unique fresh dishes. Large portions, attentive waitstaff, and beautiful sidewalk seating and plenty of inside seating options.
Loved the amt of outdoor dining.
Food was quite good. Service was a bit slow but that's ok during Covid-patience while having a staffing issue.
The drinks were good too!
The churros -fantastic, warm & very fresh. Was thinking about them for days.
Good food and drinks
Their food is fabulous, and their staff including the manager are all very friendly.
But I had noted in the comments for the Open Table reservation that we wanted to eat outside. It turns out that outside was only "first come-first served" and at 5:30 (Saturday) the outside tables had a 30 minute wait. The manager was very nice about it. So we ate inside, in the "quieter room." Four older adults, with some hearing difficulties. It was ok till about 7:30 and then got too loud for us. I have some dietary restrictions, and they did their best to accommodate me. - Again, food, ambience, and staff are all great. A cut above most Mexican American restaurants we frequent.
Food was good, service was ok.
Delicious Mexican food & margaritas at a great price and wonderful vibes :)
Awesome staff- great food! We are always treated like old friends
Great atmosphere and delicious food and drinks!
The food was great, margaritas were amazing! We had outdoor setting which was nice. The amount of food we received was great! But they took forever to bring things out, and we went on a Tuesday. We had a reservation at 7:45pm, sat and they brought some chips and salsa. About 20+ min later someone came to take our order in which we had to ask for water because it was hot outside and didn’t get any in the beginning. We ordered all our food also right then and there as well. Waited for at least a good 40+ min and finally received our two appetizers and probably a couple minutes later our margarita pitcher and re asked for some water. Then waited a good more 20+ for our food. We couldn’t really finish the food because we were full from eating the appetizers so fast since we were so hungry from waiting. We ended up leaving like at 10pm. But the food was GREAT! So if ur willing to wait a bit longer than usual places it so worth it. The Margaritas were 100/10! You can even ask for it blended.
The food and margaritas were really good but the service was so slow the day I went. My reservation was at 1:30pm and I didn’t make it home until 4:15pm. They only had two servers writing this day. I’ll go back but on a week day.
Always a great experience.
Not worth the hype food gave me the runs right after
As always it’s terrific. I didn’t appreciate having to wait 30 minutes because they did not hold my table when I arrived early by 5 minutes to my 6:30 pm reservation. What’s the purpose of a reservation?
Favorite Mexican restaurant ever!
Always a great time and great food!
I love this restaurant but our last visit was extremely disappointing. Every item of food brought to the table was incorrect. They put guacamole on the table and left before I could ask whose it was as I did not order it. After 5 minutes when I finally got someone's attention they took it and delivered it to another table. In the time of covid I found that quite disturbing. My order was incorrect the drinks were incorrect, just so disappointing.
Food was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their meal. A bit of a mix up with our reservation so we had to wait a bit but other than that a very good experience
I made the reservation on OpenTable. We arrived to restaurant 5 min before reservation time. The Restaurant was CLOSED!
This restaurant did not honor our open table reservation. We waited for over 20 minutes. They kept saying just a minute, just a minute. We finally left.
One of my favorite Mexican spots in the city! Love the food, drinks and vibes.
You had me @ Chicken mole
Delicious food and drinks. Friendly servers. This is a great spot. It gets crowded and loud but worth it. Beware - the salsa is very hot!!
Always a great experience and can’t wait for summer to be here to use the patio again!
Good as usual!
Always love going to Cafe El Tapatio! Amazing good, great hospitality & service, and reasonably priced!
I’ve been going to El Tapatio for nearly 15 years. It has expanded and gotten larger, but the food is just as tasty as it was when I first started going. Love the chimichanga!!
I enjoyed El Tapatio but I do think that there are better Mexican restaurants around. I think they do have a nice take on Mexican. The sinchronizada is fantastic!
AMAZING food and really cute location. My only complaint was the way our table was set, the waiter for the table behind us kept having to reach or get past my boyfriend so my boyfriend got a lot of unexpected booty. Otherwise, food was amazing, staff were great. Definitely going again in the future !!
They sat me by a door to the kitchen and assured me that no one would use that door. I was hit by it multiple times.
Food is always delicious and the margaritas are tasty as well. Try the enchiladas and you won't be disappointed. Hard to beat the value. Only complaint is how popular it is, which isn't really a bad thing but on the weekends it can sometimes feel too crowded & loud because people are lined up waiting for a table right by many of the front tables.
This was our first visit to Cafe El Tapatio. Had driven past this restaurant many times. I thought it was always a place that would not take reservations, but learned on Open Table, that they do take reservations. So we jumped at the chance, as we enjoy Mexican food. We were very pleased with our first visit. We had wonderful server who was very informed on the dishes and the ingredients. We did a selection of our typical dinners that we have in Mexican restaurants. So we started with the Queso fundido with the Chorizo. What amazed us is that it had no oil or grease, thus no drips as we ate it. We also had the chips and salsa, and the server brought us the mild salsa as well. I had the Crepes de Pollo, and this was delicious, my partner had his typical favorite, the Suizas Rojas. He found them to be very delicious as well. We finished with our test dessert, your house flan. This too was delicious and made in house. The only thing we felt it was a bit on the small side with the serving portion. We had mentioned to our server that this was our first visit, and she was just as excited as we were. She says we have to come back soon and try the other dishes, and we will!
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OpenTable ダイナー198名によるCafe El Tapatioの評価は4.5☆です。