El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill

4.3
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385 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Welcome to El Mariachi! They have a strict policy of only serving top quality, authentic dishes and the best margaritas. It has been family owned and operated for over 15 years. They offer a more genuine and unique experience than your typical Mexican restaurant with an extensive selection of over 150 tequilas (100% Blue Agave), if you don"t believe it come and see for yourself. Also, they are famous for tableside guacamole prepared at your table fresh to order, and offer the most authentic regional Mexican cuisine in all of Lakeview! The authentic Mexican experience is enhanced with imported handcrafted decor and artwork, intimate lighting and traditional mariachi music. They also have and outstanding patio and party room that can accommodate around 100 people. If you would rather be the host they can cater the food for your event! So next time you need to plan an event contact your friends at El Mariachi. You don't want to miss out! Hope to see you soon, your friends at El Mariachi.
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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an absolutely fantastic brunch at El Mariachi with my boyfriend before a Cubs game. The food was incredible- so many delicious flavours and tastes blended into my meal. The portions were very generous, I wish I could have finished it but I was too stuffed! Our server was so lovely and attentive, she always came around with mimosa refills even before we were finished our glasses. The courtyard patio had such a fun but laid back vibe and it was great to be able to walk to Wrigley field after. Would 100% come again!!

JV
Indiana
30 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Enjoyed an evening out with friends after a Cubs game. Delicious margaritas. Great patio dining, close to Wrigley. We would definitely return.

MM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Place is always great and the food is amazing. We went for brunch the mimosas were flowing and food was delicious.

m
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was great until about an hour later when half the party felt sick to their stomachs :/

SB
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

As a vegetarian, I loved the options on the menu. Our server was attentive, polite and kind. Our drinks were always full and the garden atmosphere was gorgeous! I ordered a chimichanga with beans and the only reason I didn’t give the food 5 stars was because it came with a slight color of (maybe) beans and a what seemed like 2 cups of onions and peppers. I expected there would be some visible refried beans or even black beans. I do realize this may be my own personal standard and with that said, the rest of the meal was outstanding. I will definitely go back and simply be more explicative about my expectations. Highly recommend!

MR
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite Mexican place in Chicago!

DM
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I absolutely love El Mariachi! Their brunch menu is to die for. Plus, $25 bottomless mimosas, which includes a meal?! There's no beating that. The service is incredible there, they listen to exactly what you want in your table side guacamole and are so quick to refill your bottomless drinks. I'm a customer for life!

T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Love this place!

JK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

What a terrible experience. Our server took forever to take our order, every time she did come to the table she couldn't get away fast enough. She'd ask if we wanted anything and then walk away before we could answer. Our food took well over an hour and they were not busy. We were charged for things we ordered but didn't receive and the food by the time we got it was terrible. Then while we were still trying to eat the waitress suddenly started clearing the table, taking drinks and food we weren't done with.

T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The food was great as always, but the music could have been turned down a bit. It was hard to talk over it.

DD
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was great! Food and drink another plus! The place is small but still had a great time!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The place was not even open for the time it showed available for reservations.

F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went on Pride Sunday and our waitress handled everything like a champ. Drunken parade revelers and still our food showed up in a timely fashion. I hope she's home and relaxing by now. Good place that did it all well 🏳️‍🌈

SH
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Our server was great, only thing that was annoying was the fact that when we made the RESERVATION, we were told it’d be TWO hours of bottomless mimosas and that it ends at 3pm. Also the sign that they had plastered all over confirmed bottomless mimosas ended at 3pm. My RESERVATION was at 1:15 and they didn’t notify us until the MIDDLE of our meal that they were closing bottomless mimosas at 2pm instead of 3pm because it was pride. So basically we got cheated and only got 45mins of bottomless instead of the full TWO HOURS. I get that it was pride but I had asked the day before and I didn’t get my money’s worth and was truthfully cheated.

AH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Staff were very accommodating and service oriented in ensuring that our annual pre Pride Parade brunch was a great way to start the day.

AP
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

$25 bottomless mimosas+entree is an absolute steal! Food is AWESOME and portions are huge. Bottomless is always fun and great for a get together!

HY
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Food is average. Rice and beans did not have any flavor. The sopes appetizer and mole was delicious. Salsa for the chips was good too. Food is overpriced for what you’re getting. Our Waitress was un attentive and seemed distant towards us. The other staff were pretty friendly.

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Service was bad and since we had 8 people we got auto grat so that makes me even more mad.

MD
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We had a reservation for 10 and they crammed us in a space big enough for 6. We pulled another table over and the manager told us it was a fire hazard and made us squeeze all 10 of us in a small corner space. We had to ask for menus and then got 4 menus for 10 people. Took forever to order a drink. Finally got some drinks then waited forever for orders to be taken. Overall the place sucks!

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The overall experience was horrific. The waitress at our table was nice as well as the bartender that served us during our wait. The restaurant host was rude. I totally understood not being able to accommodate a party as large as ours without prior reservation but after making a reservation for 6 they still did not want to honor the reservation I was able to make through this service. Once were finally seated, It took so long when we were finally seated to be served and then to be served the wrong food a couple members of our party did not eat. This was about a 4 hour experience of chaos.

SS
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

I normally love this place and come for brunch about once or twice a month. This time however was not great, as the server we had was very handsy and kept rubbing my back every time he came to the table. It felt very inappropriate and made me uncomfortable. He also told us he started our 2 hour mimosa period before we even got our first mimosa which felt unfair.

S
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Wanted to try this place for awhile. The food was okay, portions where small compared to most places. The restaurant was extremely noisy and tables are very close together; it was hard to keep a conversation. The service was slow and it appeared the servers were spread extremely thin. I’d probably not return to dine again.

GB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Love this restaurant, the big issue is always the noise.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing Shrimp Enchiladas with Mole! Also the Margaritas were bomb!

SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

El Mariachi had great food and our waiter was a good waiter. Getting seated in the restaurant was a weird experience. I had made a reservation and when I arrived I told them I had a reservation - they kinda looked at me, didn't check anything, then asked how many people were in my party. Then, we followed our waiter who slid two tables together for us then and there. That was strange. In addition, if you visit them, I'd suggest avoiding the bathroom. It was gross. Great food, though.

RD
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The bottomless brunch is actually bottomless. They’re on top of constantly filling your glasses!

OT
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was really good, margaritas very strong!

KT
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service!!! Great food!! We sat on the patio and it was lovely!!!

MJ
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good food and great mimosa brunch deal! My glass never reached half-empty. Great spot for a boozy brunch

MS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service are consistently excellent.

KG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful time! Good food great service and hospitality. Made my daughter, who had just graduate college, feel special!

DV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

No better place to brunch on the weekend!service was top notch and food and beverage was of great quality! Can’t wait for my next visit

OT
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We had a large group, and unfortunately they must have been severely under-staffed. Our dinner ended up taking about 3 hours and the food was subpar

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great margaritas, best place to get “TexMex” outside of Texas

LP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Restaurant seemed under staffed. Dirty dishes left on table, empty water glasses and waiter hard to find most of the time
Food amazing, restaurant music very loud hard to hear our table guess.

KM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

It was a fun place for brunch. Service was great! Will be back.

KP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great brunch at El Mariachi! Our mimosas were always full and the food was excellent!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Went for Sunday brunch and it was awesome. Many selections on the brunch menu and we both did chilaquilles. They were delicious! And we also did the all you can drink mimosas. As soon as your glass was almost half empty they'd fill it right back up. We'll be back!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, great margaritas!

NR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brunch was amazing, the atmosphere was great and the service was phenomenal.

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