Al Chulo

4.7
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40 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Latin fusion in West Chicago.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(630) 520-0615
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Neighbourhood
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4.7based on all time ratings
4.8
Food
4.6
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.4
Value
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Naples
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Al Chulo is my all-time favorite restaurant. The margaritas are exceptional and the food ... oh the food!!! Always fantastic! So fresh and flavorful. Some may complain about the size of the tacos. I’m more about the flavors they pack into those things. Creamy or smooth salsas made from fresh peppers (you never know what the heat will be like on any given day because..nature!), the freshest most perfect guacamole, and all the tacos are wonderful but we are crazy about the shrimp ones. The Al Camaleon (I think that’s the way it’s spelled but you get the gist) is our absolute #1 favorite. Try it. Take your time. It’s all amazing.

a
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A great place. Always past by it and finally made it in. Won’t pass by again

TM
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We will be back. Tapas was fun to share. Margaritas we very yummy. Recommendations from staff spot on.

PP
Chicago
179 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came here to celebrate a milestone birthday. The restaurant and its staff were very accommodating and made our event memorable. We started with some great specialty drinks, and an order of guacamole and chips and salsa and chips-love the 4 varieties of salsa! Then a tortas dish, 2 taco dishes and a salad, were even willing to add chicken to the salad. Finished off with a chocolate and banana birthday dessert-everything was wonderful. Thanks for making our evening special!

KT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Al Chulo is a favorite of ours. It's #1 on the list of restaurants we introduce our friends to, and it's at least as good as Bien Trucha and Toda Madre (and better, in my opinion). The staff is friendly and accommodating. The Al Arroz Verde was a huge hit, and the fish tacos are the best around.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Our second time here. Food was incredible, service spot on. And the drinks delicious. Only down side was AC wasn't keeping up with the 100 heat index outside.

Will definently be back!

EV
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

This is a Latin Fusion restaurant; the food and drinks are unique and different from any other Latin Food restaurant. The people are friendly and engaging. It's a treat to dine here.

DC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is the best upscale mexican food I have ever had. They also have fabulous drinks. I had the sangria and my friend had the original margarita.

PH
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Plates were Tapas style. Had steak tacos and beer battered tilapia tacos. Fish tacos were my favorite with a sweet coleslaw on top and I slice of avocado. Steak had a flavorful melted cheese and sauce that tasted great as well. Took a little longer to get the food than expected but they provided what looked like home made chips and salsa as an appetizer. Salsa had excellent flavor and chips were nice and crispy. Even better that the food was the drinks. Mojito tasted great with generous pours and mint garnish. The second drink I missed the name of but was a mango and tequila drink that may become my all summer drink. Glass was dipped in a chili pepper type seasoning, drink had a sweet mango taste with a second level of smokey flavor and the rim added to the experience. I loved the place and highly recommend.

M
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Great food, probably best Mexican in the western suburbs. Consistent quality. Fresh drinks but a little on the pricey side. Service can be hit or miss.

LT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Loved that the menu was not traditional and offered options that weren't loaded with onions and cilantro (both of which I avoid). Drinks were delicious. Adored the smoky, mild salsa. Portion sizes aren't huge, which was fine for us.
Only drawback was the intense fryer smell as you entered. Needed to air out our clothes when we got home.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Wanted to try a new place in our area. I made the reservations on Open Table and was a little surprised they didn’t have a system of knowing who or what about the reservations. But once we sat down, the service was great. The waiting staff was amazingly friendly and helpful. The food was awesome with great fusion drinks, good selections of Mexican fusion food and the presentation was top shelf. One of the staff came to apologize about the wait and comp’d us a couple of drinks. We loved the place and will be back with friends. Definitely recommend a visit.

RY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food! Wonderful flavors, lovely presentation. Drinks were excellent! If you haven’t tried it, it is well worth the time!

GE
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great mojito, so fresh! Delicious food.. Short on staff, but server let us know it was busier than usual (still open tables) and was very accommodating. I’d go back or try their other locations too.

JP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is a total hidden gem! The tacos were amazing, great mixologists, salsas to die for. Will be back soon!

SR
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was excellent. Very authentic. The service was a little slow. It seemed like there was 1 bartender 1 cook 1 waiter/host n 1 water server.... but the waiter took care of off the tables ... very impressive. A little hard to find but not at all what it looks like inside. The outside is a little deceiving but inside is very upscale mood. Very small inside maybe 15/20 tables tops ... would go again

DV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Camarera, waiters, were amazing. Made excellent recommendations, and were fun. Food popped with flavor. I've been to Geneva, LaGrange, and West Chicago locations. Each menu is slightly different so dont go expecting to get same things at each location. So far West Chicago and LaGrange are neck and neck as they were not as l8ad and over crowded as Geneva. Loved the rice, a must have at this location. More of a dip and done risotto style, amazing.

M
11 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our family loves this hidden gem in West Chicago. Their tacos are delicious, especially my favorite, the fish taco. We always end up more tacos as we can't get enough. The wait staff is very friendly and makes eating there even more enjoyable.

DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

EVERY SINGLE BITE OF EVERY SINGLE DISH WAS DELICIOUS!

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Best thing about this place is the yummy drinks. We had many different tacos. I thought overall they were ok, some better than others. The ambiance was nice and the server was very helpful and accommodating. Drinks were a bit slow to come out, considering there weren't many people there. I might go back for a drink and the pork tacos.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Extremely cold near the windows where we were placed. Food was amazing but the drinks were very expensive for what you got. We'd go there again, but would only order food.

o
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been dining at Al Chulo for more than 2 years and are never disappointed. The food is delightful. The service is friendly and attentive. The margaritas are delicious.
Do not miss the guacamole or the tacos chameleon.

AP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great hidden gem!

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M
11 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first visit to Al Chulo was outstanding. From the moment we walked in, we were greeted warmly by the staff and that continued through our meal. The fish tacos and sope were so good and we left there talking about when we would go back! Highly recommend.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been here twice and have been thrilled with the food both times. It's amazing and unique. Their margaritas are small but delicious. A little on the pricey side, but so worth it.

C
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food every time! Only downfall is the plastic chairs are very uncomfortable. Looks like they are in the process of switching them out though.

s
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This wasn't tapas....but close, as everything is separate and in small portions.
It wasn't our friend's cup of tea...but we liked it - it is healthy portions -
and fun to share the different options.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Trendy, but not pretentious. Incredible food with interesting ingredients you wouldn’t think to combine (like pomegranate in a taco). One of our favorite restaurants ever.

H
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was outstanding. Small plate selection offered a good selection of tasty options. Upscale Mexican food. A perfect evening!

PP
Chicago
179 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Five of us came on a Friday night. The best thing about this restaurant is their food-it is outstanding. Second time here, and we like to try different selections and are never disappointed with our choices. The service is friendly and the atmosphere is cool and modern. Will come back to try other menu items!

MN
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Al Chulo is a wondeeful little place with amazing food and amazing handcrafted coctails. I had the shrimp tacos, fish tacos and guacamole. Their Original and Cucumber margaritas alone are both worth the trip. Martin served is and he was the best waiter ever. Timely and friendly with perfect recommendations. I'll be back!

V
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Fun restaurant with helpful staff. We enjoy the small plate approach and the interesting taco ingredients. Pork and grilled shrimp tacos were delicious and artfully plated, though the shrimp could have been slightly less done. Margaritas were great, especially the original. Great neighborhood find in West Chicago.

MT
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely love the food here. Service was fantastic, and a great experience every time. Hope more people discover this hidden gem so it stays open.

C
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and food is unbelievably good!! The fresh Guacamole is sooo good! And my favorite is the shrimp tacos... can’t remember the exact name of them, but they are perfectly seasoned. 😋

JH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We have been here twice in the last know month. Loved it the first time but wanted to write a review after I tried it again. The salsa app is amazing - so much depth to each one...just amazing. Over the 2 visits, we had 7 different tacos, guacamole and everything was awesome. Definitely one of our go-tos for upscale Mexican.

V
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

We tried 3 of their margaritas: traditional, grapefruit, and hibiscus. All were excellent and none were sweet. The ceviche tostadas, beer batter fish tacos, shrimp tacos, and nopali sopa were all very good.
We especially recommend the ceviche and the very flavorful fish tacos. And, the helpful service and clean, contemporary ambiance deserve recognition as well.

P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fresh, authentic Mexican food served tapas style. Gourmet yet not pretentious. You will not find your typical enchiladas. with rice and beans here. The drinks were hand-muddled individually with fresh fruit and good quality ingredients. Staff goes out of their way to please you. Great music too!

AD
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great surprise to find such inviting and helpful staff, wide selection of healthy options and pleasant manners. I will visit here again, and bring friends!

AD
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Good quality “Mexican Fusion” food. If you’re looking for a big burrito, this is not the place. Al Chulo has dishes like tacos, sopas and cemitos. It’s also not cheap, but you do get higher quality food for the price.

w
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The decor is industrial- but don’t let it scare you away. The food is Mexico City street - and it is awesome. I had two different tacos: al Pastor and al Camaleon. Both were perfectly seasoned and, well, perfect. This is my new favorite place.