Fernando's Restaurant

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42 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Child Friendly
  • Group Bookings
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Fernando's is a tequila bar and restaurant specializing in Mexican cuisine. For more than 35 years, this restaurant has offered a variety of menu options using the freshest ingredients possible. Listed as a favorite in the Chicago area, Fernando's offers a varied menu that includes specialties such as the queso fundido and tamarindo glazed chicken, along with the requisite taquitos, tacos and quesadillas one would expect at a Mexican restaurant.

Located near the corner of W. Newport Ave and N. Lincoln, guests are invited to enjoy strong margaritas paired with street cart favorites like the tamale colado, or for those wanting something more Tex-inspired, the smoked chipotle BBQ ribs. Vegans are also welcome, where they'll discover veggie burritos and veggie fajitas. From the spicy to the mild, Fernando's has dishes that everyone in the family will enjoy.

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Key West
98 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice place for a pre-Cubs evening game meal. We had a mixed group of game-goers and kids, and everyone found something delicious to order from the varied menu. The fajita burrito was loaded with my protein choice (pork carnitas), and served with two sides of my choosing (borracho beans and poblano rice). Excellent Margarita on the rocks. Best value was free street parking on Sunday! :-)

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KD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great server. Decent food. A little noisey with people chattering and musuc. But all in all a delightful place and this was our second dinner and we will be back.

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

We've been going to Fernando's for 30 years! Cinco deMayo was so much fun as usual. Even had Mariachi band, so yes, very festive on 5/5! Never disappointed with the food. Always good. Margaritas are the best in Chicago!

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D
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Besides our waitress asking if we wanted salt on our piña coladas, and then giving us a tude when we looked at her crazy everything was great.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Food was good, but he margarita was awesome.

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AC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very friendly and helpful staff, music was a bit too loud. Nothing special about the margaritas but food was excellent.

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LS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Always a fun place to eat! The margaritas are delicious and strong!!

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AT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Food was great but the waiter refused to refill my coke & was a bit shady when it came to the bill. Not sure he understood it

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CB
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The meal was great the service was outstanding our waiter was the BEST!

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AW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was good as always!! Will return!!

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DP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place. The staff is very accommodating, allowing you to mix and match items. They are always on the ball and seem to know when to appear and ask what else might be needed. The beer is ice cold, the margs are strong and flavorful and the price is right. Nothing else you could ask for in a local neighborhood Mexican restaurant.

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HV
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good service always has been a great place for Mexican even though the streak favor wasn’t as great as normal.

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KC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

I would give the place a solid "B". Food, and drinks was good but not outstanding. Drinks a little on the pricey side for the neighborhood. Our waitress was lacking, nice but seemed overwhelmed.

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S
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fernando’s is one of our favorite go to Mexican restaurants. Strong and delicious margaritas, quick and friendly service, mouthwatering food, what more could you ask for?!

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OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great margaritas! Kid friendly

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T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed my meal. Server was very friendly and provided helpful hints in what to order. The food cane out fast which was way better than previous trip where we waited over an hour for the food. Will come back again !!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service. Love the menu. Perfect for families with kids.

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DW
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great Margaritas and Mexican fare! The queso Fundido is very good.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fernando's never disappoints! Delicious food and margaritas, great service and atmosphere. We've been going to Fernando's for years, and we always have a great time!

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ES
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've been going to Fernando's for over 30 years. Love the food, the margaritas and our favorite waiter, Hugo!

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SE
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food, drink and staff!

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EB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Very high quality consistent food. Been coming here for 25 years. Music has become somewhat loud and relentless, making it hard to converse.

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r
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

it was a nice meal with good margaritas. our server was great and very helpful!

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S
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The food is good, but we always come back for the friendly service.

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GB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

This a nice place to visit and celebrate special occasions but unfortunately, this time our experience was a little bit different due to the fact that there were children not well supervised by their parents.

One more thing. I was expecting to have my table ready but that was not the case. We had to wait for our table to be ready.

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C
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Wow...the service is incredibly slooooow. We were told it was a busy night and we all looked around at about 1/2 dozen tables full. The food was okay-not the best not the worst. To get the pill and then pay it was like watching paint dry on a humid Sunday. Will not go back.

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O
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Good mango margarita, mojitos, chips and salsa, burritos, tacos, etc. Fun ambience. Service could be more attentive though.

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JJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Food and service was fine. However, conversation was extremely challenging besides the many TV's, loud talking, there was also very loud and irritating music in the dining area. It was not in the bar area. Had we known, we would have stayed in the bar.

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T
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and presentation are delicious and well crafted respectively. The wait staff are also very attentive, kind, and courteous. Highly recommended.

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SV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food. Good prices. Fun ambience. Amazing margaritas!

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a
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Slow service
Inaccurate order
Cold food

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LT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great fun had by all. Margaritas and food the best

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AS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’re a regular and enjoy everything on the menu every time we go. Easy place for kids and adults alike. Gr at service and always pick Hugo’s section.

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KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food here was fantastic, especially for the price! I live downtown, so we made the trip out on the brown line to get here and it was well worth it. I would go back!

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent value, great service, menu a little confusing in terms of description and no drink menu at all.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's our third time here and every time it's great food and service! It doesn't matter how busy they are, the quality of the food and service is always great

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NL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Very bad service, and my vegetarian enchiladas were terrible - broccoli and carrots as the vegetables in an enchilada? My wife's steak torta was bland and tough.

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SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is great, loved the margaritas. Hugo and Reyes especially were amazing and we definitely want to call them out since they will keep us going back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food, whole family enjoyed the experience

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H
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

I made a reservation for 12 for my birthday. We arrived at the restaurant nearly ten minutes early for the reservation to find out that they cancelled it without warning. We had to wait around for them to find us a new table. When we were finally seated and served, the waitress screwed up multiple orders (which is understandable for a party of our size) but then she was rude when we had to send the wrong food back. Two of us are vegetarian so we ordered cheese quesadillas and she brought us out a chicken quesadilla and a steak quesadilla, so there was no way we could even eat them.
When dinner was over, the restaurant sent me a bowl of fried ice cream and sang happy birthday...then they tried to bill the ice cream to us, even though we didn't ask for it! They also charged the chicken and steak quesadillas to our bill even though we had to send them back. Again, the waitress was very snippy with us when we asked them to be removed from our bill.
Overall, I wish I had chosen a different restaurant for my birthday. The food was really good, but everything else was awful. We spent the rest of the night joking about how awful the restaurant was and how rude the service was. I will not be back to Fernando's anytime soon and neither will any of my friends. I definitely would not recommend this restaurant to anyone! And no point in making a reservation because they won't keep it!

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