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Cafe El Tapatio

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Lakeview, Chicago
  • Linda F.
    "But the crepas de pollo are worth it!"(2 Tips)
    Lexy P.
    "One of the best burritos and margaritas I've had on the North Side."(13 Tips)
    Ryan K.
    "La Azteca never disappoints."(2 Tips)
    Scott Kleinberg
    "The tacos are top notch, as are the fajitas and margaritas."(8 Tips)
56 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican food
  • margaritas
  • tacos
  • crepas de pollo
  • la azteca
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  • Tammy P.
    Tammy PerlmutterMay 10, 2013
    This is now one of my favorite places to eat. The salsa, horchata, and tiger shrimp tacos are fantastic. I love to take people here who have never been. They end up loving it too.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergDecember 17, 2015
    My gosh I love this place. The tacos are top notch, as are the fajitas and margaritas. Oh, and the chicken soup on a cold day is hard to beat.
  • Teri G.
    Teri GidwitzJune 24, 2015
    Good classic Mexican fare. If you can't decide what to eat, go with one of their several combo plates. Vegetarian friendly too
  • Sean R.
    Sean ReedApril 21, 2015
    One of the best Mexican places in all Chicago. Pitcher of margaritas out in the sidewalk seating is great on a warm day.
  • David S.
    David SmithJune 6, 2015
    Brunch menu served until 3:30 on weekends. The breakfast tortas are huge.
  • Linda F.
    Linda FelterOctober 9, 2014
    This popular spot really jams people in to every nook and cranny. But the crepas de pollo are worth it!
  • Amie C.
    Amie ChenMay 14, 2016
    great food, super fast service even when it is crowded, large portion, authentic
  • Lexy P.
    Lexy PMay 19, 2012
    One of the best burritos and margaritas I've had on the North Side. And outside eating! Total win.
  • Liz L.
    Liz LeJanuary 20, 2013
    The tilapia is delish, as are the chips and salsa. Great gem of a place.
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SosaApril 14
    Food's really gone downhill, u can tell my whole dish was nuked. Beans on plate completely dried out, rice was hard, plantain enchiladas EXTREMELY hot, hotter than if fresh made. Not busy at all.
  • Ben F.
    Ben FosterJanuary 24, 2010
    The margaritas are VERY strong, which is nice. We always get tacos a la carte, but the sincronizadas are a good entreee. Don't fill up on chips/salsa because food is great.
  • Monica B.
    Monica BApril 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't waste your time with the regular size Margarita, just get the jumbo size and start the night right.
  • laura h.
    laura honeycuttMay 15, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The Rolls Magnificent Margarita is the best on the menu! Arrive thirsty!
  • Tana B.
    Tana BabcockMarch 29, 2016
    If you're feeling like you could 'eat a horse' get the - Burrito Grandioso with chicken!
  • Ross W.
    Ross WorrellOctober 27, 2015
    Offer great Mexican won't leave hungry!
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KindermanMay 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sunny afternoon, outdoor seating in the shade, steak tacos, and Tecate: Check, check, check, and check!
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren CurlerJune 17, 2011
    Tortilla soup - amazing flavor, lots of cheese and chicken, big portion. Fantastic!
  • Peyton
    PeytonFebruary 9, 2014
    Go for brunch! Delicious vegetarian options. Chill tunes.
  • Kelly O.
    Kelly O'TooleJune 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food and Margs and the staff is super friendly! Gotta check this place out
  • Alex
    AlexSeptember 9, 2010
    There is a drink for $12.95 that is similar to a Long Island and comes in a bowl - potent and delish!
  • laura h.
    laura honeycuttOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    You can't go wrong with anything that has mole sauce on it
  • Joe C.
    Joe CarlsonDecember 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I've been several times and everything is great!
  • Chris V.
    Chris VanKulaFebruary 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The carne asada tacos rival any high end joint. Delisioso!
  • Mikey D.
    Mikey DiazFebruary 3
    The food and margaritas are delicious!
  • Shinji K.
    Shinji KuwayamaAugust 1, 2016
    Very nicely seasoned and very friendly
  • Jana S.
    Jana SchusterOctober 9, 2012
    Crepas de pollo/spinach or die. Fireworks and unicorns in your mouth. Pure bliss.
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GilboyJanuary 28, 2012
    The Azteca soup is the best tortilla soup in the city!
  • laura h.
    laura honeycuttMay 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The rolls magnificent margarita is the bomb!
  • Nathalie D.
    Nathalie DavisMarch 16, 2013
    Quesadilla Costena - best quesadilla I've ever had!
  • Hillary W.
    Hillary WeltonJuly 8, 2010
    Sangria is fantastic, as are the tacos del mar and the plantain enchalidas!
  • Giancarlo O.
    Giancarlo OlveraDecember 9, 2011
    The Revoltijo Ajijic is the best dinner on the menu!
  • Bob D.
    Bob DeGraffMay 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent margaritas. Amazing food. Great bartender.
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SosaApril 14
    Chips and salsa = best part of our meals
  • Jacqueline
    JacquelineAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Enchiladas de plantano are my favorite
  • Mary G.
    Mary GianarisJune 9, 2014
    Two words: jumbo margaritas! Yummy!
  • Margaux
    MargauxAugust 14, 2014
    The refried beans were awesome
  • Ashlee A.
    Ashlee AdelmanJuly 28, 2011
    Best service and Mexican in the city, love this place!
  • laura h.
    laura honeycuttJanuary 18, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The Sopa La Azteca is the BOMB
  • laura h.
    laura honeycuttMarch 17, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Brunch here is their best-kept secret!
  • Lou L.
    Lou LopezNovember 9, 2013
    i love this place food is always amazing!!!!!!
  • gavin r.
    gavin rJune 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the new lunch menu is fantastic.
  • Neil L.
    Neil LallDecember 4, 2009
    I don't know how you would end up here and not try the chips and salsa, but they are seriously orgasmic. I love them.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KirkMarch 9, 2011
    The crepas de pollo is amazing!!!
  • Snappette D.
    Snappette D.September 2, 2013
    Food is waayyy better than Fernandos!
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SosaApril 14
    Chips and salsa, that's about it,
  • James M.
    James MacapagalJanuary 31, 2016
    Burrito supreme.... Do it!
  • Steven A.
    Steven AndersonNovember 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Chilaquiles Con Huevos
  • Linsey B.
    Linsey BusseApril 25, 2012
    Skinny Marge with Riazul Tequila is amazing!!!
  • Adrian G.
    Adrian GalliSeptember 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the short ribs. You won't be disappointed.
  • Ben F.
    Ben FosterJanuary 24, 2010
    If you can't finish your margarita, ask for a styrofoam cup.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KindermanOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    La Azteca never disappoints.
  • Meg D.
    Meg DempseyApril 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best salsa in Chicago.
  • Jen S.
    Jen SmithJuly 2, 2012
    All the tacos.
  • Cesar
    CesarAugust 20, 2010
    Pastor tacos are good
  • Tony B.
    Tony BSeptember 6, 2010
    The salsa is HOT!!!
  • Rebecca H.
    Rebecca HamptonMay 9, 2015
    LA Azteca soup and pechuga Bandera. Mi Cena estaba deliciosa!
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