Cafe El Tapatio

4.7
124 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Fun
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
The Parra family has owned and operated this cheerful restaurant for 34 years and make frequent trips to Mexico for menu ideas and cook up several family specialties. Beyond the standard tacos, burritos, and chimichangas are dishes such as crepas de pollo.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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4.5
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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

It was busy so felt a bit ignored by our waiter but the food made up for it! So good!

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CC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place! Excellent service, food, margaritas. Neighborhood favorite!

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OT
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and drinks for ladies night

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

The food and drinks were great, and the bartenders were very nice. However, we had to wait for 10 minutes just to get the attention of the missing maitre d. He ignored us once he came back to the desk even though we were standing right next to him, and he asked a couple farther away from us if they needed a seat. We had to talk to him twice to get his attention which was awkward. We would love to go back but not sure what the level of service would be.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Our local go to

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AE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cafe el Tapatio is like our favoriteMexican neighborhood restaurant! We like it in summer outside or inside in Winter. Food is great and our server did wonderful job!

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

Fantastic food - love their vegetarian options. Always good service tho some servers can be abrupt when it's busy. Inside is a little tight and loud on a Friday night but a fun atmosphere and worth it for the food! Go in the summer and sit out on the patio.

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved my mar y tierra (talapia with chorizo sauce)! Pitcher of margarita was good too. Chips and salsa also excellent, nice and spicy for me (although a little too much so for my girlfriend).

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PC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Creative drinks, great servers, a cool and environment and a large menu with something for everyone. Had a GREAT burrito plate here, highly recommend!

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DS
Naples
22 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dined here with daughter this past Tuesday evening. What a pleasant surprise! Authentic regional Mexican cuisine. We shared a chicken breast served in a Jalisco style and the Jicama salad after starting with freshly made guacamole. Service was first class. I prefer margaritas made only with Patron silver, Cointreau and fresh squeezed lime juice, they did it perfectly. Definitely coming back.

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d
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, amazing margaritas. Gets really busy on the weekends and service can get spotty

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F
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place !!!

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m
Chicago
91 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Guacamole was GREAT! It was probably the freshest I tasted. All the food was very fresh and clean taste my. Quality ingredients. I will definitely go back. Can’t wait to taste everything else

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HP
Denver
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favorite places in Chicago! You can't go wrong!

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A
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Chicago. I try to stop by every time I'm in town. Best food and service around.

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

Casey was very helpful!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was so loud that my husband and I were practically shouting to to heard. The music was loud so then was everyone else. Maybe a non weekend day would be better.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Birthday party for my husband. Wonderful place!

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great. Service was great. Drinks were good, but not amazing

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CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great time!!

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CP
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Still our favorite Mexican restaurant in the city. Great food, service, and cozy atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Dinner and drinks were great for Valentine’s Day! We will definitely be back

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K
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Solid Mexican fare. I’ve been here dozens of times and always good. It’s a Mexican diner so I don’t understand how people give it 5 stars????

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

Food and service was excellent. Would definitely dine here again.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing place! Incredible food & margaritas!

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PT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great for families and lots of flod

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

T’was good

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CR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was very crowded so we had to wait about 20 minutes for our table even though we had a reservation. Once we sat down service and food were great.

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f
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service!!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly employees, excellent food, pleasant atmosphere. Had a great meal, even had a chance to chat with the owners!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I enjoyed eating dinner here. The chicken mole was absolute delicious! I highly recommend checking this place out. Make sure to try the Gallina En Mole and the Enchiladas Con Mole! Perfect for date night.

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k
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Mom in town. Everything was great. Mole is delicious. Waiter forgot our ceviche but glad he did because the dinners are large and filling.

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JR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Nice place. Good food and service.

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DS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Long a favorite neighborhood place, it has been fun for us to watch this restaurant grow and mature. Food is consistently good. Service is great and neighborhood friendly.

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BB
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It is a mid-priced Mexican restaurant, but well worth the extra few dollars. The portions are amble and the dishes are flavorful. It is worth getting a reservation if going on a weekend night. They have a small outdoor seating area in the summer, but can be a bit crowded in the winter.

El Grandioso Burrito lives up to its name and typically gives me two full meals.

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VF
Cleveland
29 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It had been so long since I had El Tapatio, I was craving it. Didn’t let us down.

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s
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Tapatio is a solid choice for a casual neighborhood spot that serves quality Mexican food. The shrimp ceviche and bellas tacos (veggie tacos with grilled mushrooms) were on point. Service was timely and friendly. Overall pretty chill casual vibe on a Wednesday night when we went, probably a little more animated on the weekends. Definitely recommend if you're in the area.

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great. More authentic experience. Great service.

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Great food, good drinks but too loud. Great place for a group but not a date night on the weekend. During the week this place not as loud

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been here many times and consistently have the same experience. Amazing food, great service, and a friendly staff! The order is always right and comes out super quick. My husband and I LOVE their mole sauce.

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