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Bandera Restaurant

Latin American Restaurant$$$$
Streeterville, Chicago
196 Tips and reviews
  • macho salad
  • cornbread
  • good for dates
  • live jazz
  • French Dip sandwiches
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  • Dorisi K.
    Dorisi Karaj3 weeks ago
    This is my favorite place in Chicago and they do the best Elderflower Collins! The bartender was amazing as she recognized us a week later and knew our favorite drinks ! Love this place !
  • Francesco D.
    Macho Salad is really tasty, fresh and well prepared!
  • Baturalp T.
    Very intimate and great for a date night. Signature margarita is worth trying. Get something to share in the bar and enjoy live jazz!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MooreMarch 12
    Great music. This was the best french dip sandwich I've ever had.
  • Leninn I.
    Leninn IrraJanuary 8
    Everything was delicious. Service was perfect. Everybody so kind. Simply the very best place in Chicago!! We recommend the BBQ salmon and the corn bread.
  • Eric T.
    Eric TsaiSeptember 28, 2016
    Get the cornbread though it's a little bit too big for a table of two.
  • Tracy Sabo C.
    Tracy Sabo CasilioSeptember 18, 2016
    Staff! Food, Atmosphere! ❤️
  • Tim I.
    Tim In The HouseSeptember 1, 2016
    Salmon is terrific!
  • Al Shaima A.
    Al Shaima Al MadaniAugust 14, 2016
    Authentic restaurant good quality cheeseburger 😋
  • Tony F.
    Tony FrancioneJuly 22, 2016
    Fucking LOVED this place! Nuff said.
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DulinJune 22, 2016
    The Tuna Poke is delicious! Generous portion as well!
  • peter M.
    peter McDevittJune 14, 2016
    Had the ribs. Wonderful
  • Nathan M.
    Nathan MitreJune 13, 2016
    The. Kale. Salad.
  • Shannon T.
    Shannon TiptonApril 24, 2016
    Awesome food, tremendous martinis, even better service. Seared Ahi Tuna to die for!
  • Toland H.
    Toland HonDecember 24, 2015
    The cornbread on a skillet was super yummy!
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergDecember 20, 2015
    You'll dream about the cornbread here.
  • Kevin Z.
    Kevin ZimmermanDecember 12, 2015
    Chimay on tap. Yumm
  • Malcolm C.
    Malcolm CampbellDecember 2, 2015
    The steaks don't have weights on the menu, but were generous. They come with a salty crust, which detracted from the flavour for me - but were beautifully cooked. I'll ask to hold the salt next time.
  • Jillian B.
    Jillian BurnickasNovember 15, 2015
    Had the fresh fish of the day and it was absolutely delicious. The cornbread is out of this world.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BremerAugust 29, 2015
    Good food great drinks
  • Phuong H.
    Phuong HAugust 19, 2015
    Tasty food with warm and cozy space. Live piano occasionally, perfect for date or special occasion.
  • Regan A.
    Regan AlanesJuly 31, 2015
    French dip and the banana cream pie were delicious.
  • John
    JohnMay 8, 2015
    Jazz and Macho Salad... The perfect world of chicken, cornbread and great music in a surprisingly affordable yet perfectly old school mix.
  • Tia W.
    Tia WareApril 15, 2015
    Love it here! Love Chicago's Good Food and Service
  • The King Of CC
    The King Of CCFebruary 17, 2015
    I've never had a more tasty and delicious aged steak, loved it
  • Ervin M.
    Ervin MahanJanuary 5, 2015
    The whole menu is great
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 3, 2015
    Macho salad was massive and tasty!!
  • Eray E.
    Eray ErgencJanuary 1, 2015
    Go there when there is live music, you wont regret it
  • Josh R.
    Josh RitterDecember 30, 2014
    Ahi Tuna Salad!
  • Sidney L.
    Sidney LarsenDecember 15, 2014
    Best cheeseburger I have ever had in my life.
  • Stefanie
    StefanieOctober 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The kale salad. The fried chicken sandwich. That's all you need to know.
  • Misty M.
    Misty McCutcheonOctober 11, 2014
    Lamb sandwich and cesear salad are the best. Dress accordingly. Make a reservation when possible!
  • Meredith F.
    Meredith FriedbergSeptember 30, 2014
    Macho salad is the best salad in the entire world. Hands down. I continually have cravings for this salad and the expensive price won't even keep me away.
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzSeptember 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Consistently excellent service and perfectly prepared American food. I love the ruby red trout.
  • David S.
    David SmithSeptember 20, 2014
    Diet coke comes in a tiny bottle, not from the tap.
  • Karina E.
    Karina EncisoSeptember 19, 2014
    The steak is amazing! Try it!
  • Poorna R.
    Poorna RamachandranSeptember 13, 2014
    Cornbread is the best I've ever had!!
  • Global H.
    Global HighlanderAugust 10, 2014
    Great atmosphere: live jazz at night and nicely designed interior. A very convenient location that is good for a nice lunch or dinner. Great food too.
  • sharif n.
    sharif nassrJune 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Just as great a lunch spot, as it is a dinner spot. Beef ribs (are the best in town) & the artichoke appetizer (to share), was a delightful surprise. Yum! I love you Bandera!
  • Linda S.
    Linda StelleMay 25, 2014
    The White Cheddar Butternut
  • Cia
    CiaMay 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The most excellent service
  • Juan G.
    Juan GMay 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely check out the Macho Salad, very good!
  • Djuana S.
    Djuana StoakleyMay 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The kale salad with chicken is delicious! Go for the live jazz during the evening.
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunApril 11, 2014
    Have been here three times. Live jazz at night. Love the corn break skillet! Macho salad is so delicious, and I loved the rotisserie chicken. The special dessert last night was great too :)
  • Josh W.
    Josh WMarch 8, 2014
    The food is decent. However, it's really irritating when you want to order a salad and you ask to customize it and the kitchen refuses to do it...Especially when the waiter claims it's not premade.
  • Dan S.
    Dan SchonertFebruary 20, 2014
    The flag in the lobby is a 46 star flag.
  • ovi
    oviFebruary 2, 2014
    The Oreo desert!
  • Arleenn D.
    Arleenn DavoJanuary 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    French Dip sandwich and ribs. You will never go wrong.
  • Maggie D.
    Maggie DengJanuary 16, 2014
    So yummy!! Love it!!
  • Suhaib R.
    Suhaib RDecember 25, 2013
    Best beef ribs in Chicago!
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzDecember 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food and expertly made drinks and then the worst NA beer available.
  • Michael V.
    Michael Vechinski IIDecember 21, 2013
    Amazing food wIth great service!
  • Luke H.
    Luke HamiltonDecember 11, 2013
    Best prime rib sandwich I've ever had, anywhere.
  • Jaspreet A.
    Jaspreet AhujaDecember 1, 2013
    Best corn bread ever.
  • J P.
    J PNovember 9, 2013
    The food, the atmosphere...need I say more
  • Cristina G.
    Definitely get the cornbread. Agree also thats Macho Salad is good. Moscow Mules r easy to drink (trouble)
  • Darek L.
    Darek LisNovember 2, 2013
    Great live jazz music, very cosy.
  • Markell B.
    Markell BridgesNovember 2, 2013
    Get the cornbread!
  • Robert (Bob) B.
    Robert (Bob) BiagioniOctober 5, 2013
    Just like being home in Corona del Mar, CA. My favorite restaurant. Gotta have to rotisserie chicken, mash potatoes and sauté spinach. B.
  • Christine W.
    Christine WayneOctober 3, 2013
    Owned by Hillstone. Average at best... But, the location is good. Its on Michigan Ave near a lot of familiar shops... Prepare to pay more for location.
  • Briggs
    BriggsOctober 2, 2013
    Get the French Dip! When I dip, you dip, we dip!
  • Boris C.
    Boris CRESTIASeptember 25, 2013
    Prime New York strip steak is E X C E L L E N T ! French fries are magical!
  • Michael G.
    Michael GriffinSeptember 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Hard to beat the Macho Salad.
  • Liz
    LizSeptember 7, 2013
    Macho salad is amazing! And the Paloma cocktail goes down way too easy
  • Craig B.
    Craig BruceSeptember 4, 2013
    The Ahi Tuna is excellent. The dressing compliments the salad and tuna alike
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SteinbergSeptember 2, 2013
  • Joseph C.
    Joseph CatalanoAugust 21, 2013
    Very accommodating to children. . Not like typical Hillstone restaurants
  • Michael G.
    Michael GriffinAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Veggie burger is amazing!
  • Denise P.
    Denise PowellAugust 12, 2013
    Dip duo is great and if you are a vegetarian..get the veggie burger! Awesome!
  • Annie M.
    Annie McSmeezyAugust 1, 2013
    Everything is amazing. Live music. It's great.
  • Holly M.
    Holly MJuly 16, 2013
    Delicious. Get the macho salad!!
  • Valerie W.
    Valerie WaltmanJuly 7, 2013
    They ask the guys to remove their hats, even at lunch. French Dip was excellent and a large portion.
  • Linda F.
    Linda FelterJune 19, 2013
    I don't know what I love more the cornbread or the veggie burger
  • Ed M.
    Ed MahoneyJune 11, 2013
    Awesome place banana creme pie to die for
  • Diva
    DivaJune 9, 2013
    The cornbread is a must! The French dip sandwich was very yummy - I would totally get it again. Great meal! Can't wait to go back.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel ChavarriaMay 20, 2013
    Interesting menu, a more sophisticated American Cuisine, they had live jazz music which created a great atmosphere. Service was very good too!
  • Angela E.
    Angela EmeryMay 19, 2013
    They don't take Discover
  • Suzanne P.
    Suzanne PerryMay 17, 2013
    Is it still a tip to say you have to have the cornbread if everyone already knows that? I ask for a side of butter - or even better, a side of chili!
  • Rob D.
    Rob DuqueApril 27, 2013
    Smoked salmon appetizer is awesome! And the chicken salad is excellent too!
  • All over T.
    All over The worldApril 10, 2013
    Everything was delicious I shall return soon!!
  • Julene R.
    Julene RApril 1, 2013
    Ask for a window seat. Nice jazz band. Haven't had crab cakes for several weeks, which was odd. Prime rub sandwich and cornbread appetizer were great.
  • KeeferP
    KeeferPApril 1, 2013
    Enjoy the view of rotisserie chickens in the kitchen window!
  • Don A.
    Don AndersonMarch 30, 2013
    Try the French Dip
  • Michael G.
    Michael GriffinMarch 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best veggie burger anywhere!
  • Phoebe H.
    Phoebe HillMarch 8, 2013
    Try the crabcakes, they're delicious!
  • Macy S.
    Macy SmithFebruary 14, 2013
    OUTSTANDING service, food, and environment. The cornbread is to die for and the live jazz is simply decadent. Phenomenal.
  • Jodi E.
    Jodi E.February 9, 2013
    Macho salad is amazing!
  • Eric V.
    Eric ValloJanuary 14, 2013
    The Cluck & Moo is real and if you cannot decide, is the way to go to get one of each.
  • Julie C.
    Julie ChristieJanuary 6, 2013
    The butternut enchilada and Mexican rice was delicious! Also, the wait staff was awesome...highly recommend.
  • Caroline O.
    Caroline OsherowDecember 27, 2012
    Macho salad is amazing
  • Meg B.
    Meg BlackmonDecember 22, 2012
    Great food and amazing atmosphere
  • Roger H.
    Roger HarrisNovember 8, 2012
    their cornbread is RIDICULOUS! You MUST try it!
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HarrisSeptember 23, 2012
    One of the best meals I've ever had. Smoked salmon, prime rib, and oreo sandwich...superb.
  • Dorothy C.
    Dorothy CrawleySeptember 11, 2012
    Every thing is good!
  • Mark H.
    Mark HowardAugust 30, 2012
    Oreo-style ice cream sandwich dessert..
  • Mark H.
    Mark HowardAugust 30, 2012
    Banana crime pie with caramel sauce.
  • Mark H.
    Mark HowardAugust 30, 2012
    The "Cluck & Moo" is not in the menu, but it is a great combo sampler.. chicken, beef ribs, mashed potatoes and cornbread.
  • Mark H.
    Mark HowardAugust 30, 2012
    The chips & queso is not what you expect. It is chilled pub cheese w jalapenos w fresh chips and guac. Try it! You can thank me later.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SAugust 18, 2012
    They keep the lights low in this place -_-
  • HY C.
    HY ConnectJuly 10, 2012
    Great lunch spot. Very popular. To avoid the wait, arrive at 11:30 / 11:45am. Then get the rotisserie chicken sandwich.
  • Loide S.
    Loide SoutoJuly 14, 2016
    A comida é maravilhosa. Eu pedi um salmão, estava DIVINO, o melhor que já provei. Quem pediu carne também amou. Recomendo
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SlvdrFebruary 2, 2016
    Todo esta delicioso! Hay que llegar con tiempo o de preferencia hacer reservación. Si te toca esperar puedes pedir drinks en la barra
  • Jônatas
    JônatasSeptember 6, 2015
    Try Bbq Salmon, you will not regret! Escolha o Salmão Barbecue, é de comer rezando! Vc não vai se arrepender!
  • Pernille A.
    Pernille AasholmJune 24, 2015
    Nachos duo er et must ligesom hacked chicken salad med advokado!
  • Charles B.
    Charles BaloupMay 19, 2015
    lugar agradable. silones pocos confortable. comida buena mas no extraordinaria. buena calidad. servicio impecable. recomiendo
  • Claudia Z.
    Claudia ZSJanuary 4, 2014
    El pollo rostizado y las enchiladas ricas
  • Jacobo G.
    Jacobo GonzalezDecember 12, 2013
    Recomendado por Marijo Lancaster-Jones. Se puede reservar aqui:
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