Cafe El Tapatio

Mexican Restaurant
3358 N Ashland Ave (at W Roscoe St), Chicago, IL 60657, United States
Hours:
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 10:30 AM–9:30 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.0/10

Based on 94 votes

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  • margaritas
  • tacos
  • la azteca
  • crepas de pollo
  • tortilla soup
  • great value
  • enchiladas
  • outdoor seating
  • tequila
  • burritos
  • short ribs
  • tilapia
  • good service
  • quesadillas
  • mole sauce
  • horchata
  • tiger shrimp
  • vegetarian food
  • sangria
  • big portions
  • Sean R.

    One of the best Mexican places in all Chicago. Pitcher of margaritas out in the sidewalk seating is great on a warm day.

    Sean Reed · 3 days ago
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  • Linda F.

    This popular spot really jams people in to every nook and cranny. But the crepas de pollo are worth it!

    Linda Felter · October 9, 2014
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  • Jacqueline

    Enchiladas de plantano are my favorite

    Jacqueline · August 16, 2014
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  • Margaux

    The refried beans were awesome

    Margaux · August 14, 2014
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  • Mary G.

    Two words: jumbo margaritas! Yummy!

    Mary Gianaris · June 9, 2014
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  • Peyton

    Go for brunch! Delicious vegetarian options. Chill tunes.

    Peyton · February 9, 2014
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  • Lou L.

    i love this place food is always amazing!!!!!!

    Lou Lopez · November 9, 2013
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  • Snappette D.

    Food is waayyy better than Fernandos!

    Snappette D. · September 2, 2013
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  • Kelly O.

    Great food and Margs and the staff is super friendly! Gotta check this place out

    Kelly O'Toole · June 30, 2013
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  • laura h.

    The Rolls Magnificent Margarita is the best on the menu! Arrive thirsty!

    laura honeycutt · May 15, 2013
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  • Jeff H.

    The best Mexican food in Chicago I love this restaurant !

    Jeff Heil · May 13, 2013
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  • Tammy P.

    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.

    Tammy Perlmutter · May 10, 2013
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  • Monica B.

    Don't waste your time with the regular size Margarita, just get the jumbo size and start the night right.

    Monica B · April 13, 2013
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  • Nathalie D.

    Quesadilla Costena - best quesadilla I've ever had!

    Nathalie Davis · March 16, 2013
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  • Chris V.

    The carne asada tacos rival any high end joint. Delisioso!

    Chris VanKula · February 26, 2013
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  • Liz L.

    The tilapia is delish, as are the chips and salsa. Great gem of a place.

    Liz Le · January 20, 2013
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  • Jana S.

    Crepas de pollo/spinach or die. Fireworks and unicorns in your mouth. Pure bliss.

    Jana Schuster · October 9, 2012
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  • Jen S.

    All the tacos.

    Jen Smith · July 2, 2012
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  • laura h.

    The rolls magnificent margarita is the bomb!

    laura honeycutt · May 25, 2012
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  • Ryan K.

    Sunny afternoon, outdoor seating in the shade, steak tacos, and Tecate: Check, check, check, and check!

    Ryan Kinderman · May 20, 2012
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  • Lexy P.

    One of the best burritos and margaritas I've had on the North Side. And outside eating! Total win.

    Lexy P · May 19, 2012
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  • Linsey B.

    Skinny Marge with Riazul Tequila is amazing!!!

    Linsey Busse · April 25, 2012
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  • laura h.

    Brunch here is their best-kept secret!

    laura honeycutt · March 17, 2012
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  • Rachel G.

    The Azteca soup is the best tortilla soup in the city!

    Rachel Gilboy · January 28, 2012
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  • laura h.

    The Sopa La Azteca is the BOMB

    laura honeycutt · January 18, 2012
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  • Giancarlo O.

    The Revoltijo Ajijic is the best dinner on the menu!

    Giancarlo Olvera · December 9, 2011
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  • Ryan K.

    La Azteca never disappoints.

    Ryan Kinderman · October 29, 2011
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  • laura h.

    You can't go wrong with anything that has mole sauce on it

    laura honeycutt · October 20, 2011
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  • Ashlee A.

    Best service and Mexican in the city, love this place!

    Ashlee Adelman · July 28, 2011
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  • Lauren C.

    Tortilla soup - amazing flavor, lots of cheese and chicken, big portion. Fantastic!

    Lauren Curler · June 17, 2011
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  • gavin r.

    the new lunch menu is fantastic.

    gavin r · June 10, 2011
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  • Meg D.

    Best salsa in Chicago.

    Meg Dempsey · April 22, 2011
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  • Dan K.

    The crepas de pollo is amazing!!!

    Dan Kirk · March 9, 2011
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  • Steven A.

    Try the Chilaquiles Con Huevos

    Steven Anderson · November 17, 2010
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  • Adrian G.

    Get the short ribs. You won't be disappointed.

    Adrian Galli · September 19, 2010
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  • Alex

    There is a drink for $12.95 that is similar to a Long Island and comes in a bowl - potent and delish!

    Alex · September 9, 2010
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  • Tony B.

    The salsa is HOT!!!

    Tony B · September 6, 2010
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  • Cesar

    Pastor tacos are good

    Cesar · August 20, 2010
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  • Hillary W.

    Sangria is fantastic, as are the tacos del mar and the plantain enchalidas!

    Hillary Welton · July 8, 2010
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  • Ben F.

    If you can't finish your margarita, ask for a styrofoam cup.

    Ben Foster · January 24, 2010
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  • Ben F.

    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.

    Ben Foster · January 24, 2010
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  • Neil L.

    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.

    Neil Lall · December 4, 2009
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