This spot is great. From the margaritas to the enchiladas, its guaranteed you will have a great time. The have party rooms at another location & a patio outside, but secluded from outside traffic & congestion of the city. It's romantic & spacious & a great place to eat. The staff is wonderful & polite & quick to take care of you. The have a selection of over 150 tequilas & have some great appetizers & dinner options, as well as some great vegan meal options as well. The also started a ...view morebrunch menu on the weekends while I love, and the food options are genorous & great porportions for the small amount of money you will be paying for it too. It's a great spot & I take my family there all the time.view less
- General Info:
- Established in 1996, a father and his 2 sons opened a small 10-table restaurant in the Boystown/East Lakeview community. El Mariachi has gradually grown over the years by following a strict policy of only serving top quality, authentic dishes and margaritas. The restaurant steadily grew in popularity with the support of loyal patrons who loved the families recipes of authentic food. The authentic Mexican experience is enhanced with imported handcrafted decor and artwork, intimate lighting and traditional festive music. So next time you're in the Lakeview area, make sure you stop by and visit your amigos at El Mariachi for an exhilarating experience!
I went to El Mariachi for a friends birthday party about 5 years ago and now I am a regular customer and they know me by name. I just LOVE their food, but most of all I love their service. The employees, waitstaff and cooks are all so personable. Their margaritas are great!!!!!!!!!!!! They make them PERFECT everytime. What I love about this restaurant is it's authenticity and culture of Mexico. It is AUTHENTIC Mexican food made once I order it, its not prepared & sitting like other Mex...view moreican restaurants that I have been to. The carna asade dinner, chimichangas, tacos, tostadas, chips & salsa are WONDERFUL. The also have a wonderful Vegetarian Menu, which is extremely rare. My best friend is a vegetarian & I LOVE Mexican food & El Mariachi is perfect for both of us. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this restaurant & don't be fooled if you see people waiting for a table, the staff is great & there is room in the rear of the restaurant & perfect for couples. ENJOYview less
Quick service and great selection of margaritas. Had to flip a few coins to figure out which one I wanted... and boy was I not disappointed. Large glasses and a nice buzz afterwards even with the chips and salsa before my enchilada. After ordering the food came out pretty quickly that we didn't even have time to even sip half of our margaritas! That is fast!!!\r
The opeing of the doors made it seem like outdoor dining even we were perplexed with the AC blowing on us in the din...view moreing room. Oh well gotta love the steamy summer in Chicago!view less
We've been 3 times in the past 3 weeks and have yet to be disappointed. Being vegetarian, it's so nice to have good, vegetarian options that are more than just cheese or grilled veggies. The Vegetarian combo platter is WONDERFUL! The chips are slightly greasy, but the salsa is great. And their classic margaritas are superb. And don't forget the sopapillas for dessert. Delicious!
I just moved out to the midwest from San Diego about a year ago and I feel like the Mexican food was extremely lacking -until I found this place! The chips and salsa are the best (although, they brought out this new kind of salsa along with the regular last time and that was a bit wierd -actually oily). I could go everyday just for the chips and salsa! The margaritas weren't the greatest, but the food really was awesome! Summertime when they open the front up is the best for ambianc...view moree!view less
I have never had better Mexican food. Ever. But rbing your ID's, I'm 30 and look it but was carded anyway. Skip the margaritas, they aren't very good. But the food is the best Mexican food I have ever had. I cannot rave enough about the food. Service is fine, sit by the window, and order whatever you want. It is all good, and I will not go anywhere else for Mexican in the city of Chicago.
The dining area is small, but the food is great and every time we have gone there we haven't had to wait very long for a table. Service is wonderful and their guac dip is great! Handmade! Prices are good and they sometimes will give you good deals on the margaritas.
Walked past this place many times, but when I actually walked in I was very pleasantly surprised. The food (at least what I've had on 4 different occasions) has been some of the best mex I've ever eaten. Their specialties include shrimp burritos, exellent standard fare (enchilads, tacos, chimichangas) and some fine pork and steak dishes. The pre-meal salsa is exellent. Great service and prices to go along and you've got a winner.