Cafe El Tapatio

Mexican Restaurant
3358 N Ashland Ave (at W Roscoe St), Chicago, IL 60657, United States
Hours:
Open until 9:30 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:
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.1/10

Based on 108 votes

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Total Visitors
2,641
Total Visits
4,900
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  • What you need to know
    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."(11 Tips)
    laura h.
    "The Sopa La Azteca is the BOMB"(2 Tips)
    Tammy P.
    "The salsa, horchata, and tiger shrimp tacos are fantastic."(7 Tips)
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  • margaritas
  • Mexican food
  • tacos
  • crepas de pollo
  • la azteca
  • outdoor seating
  • tortilla soup
  • enchiladas
  • great value
  • tequila
  • family-friendly
  • burritos
  • short ribs
  • quesadillas
  • vegetarian food
  • mole sauce
  • casual
  • horchata
  • tiger shrimp
  • sangria
  • Teri G.

    Good classic Mexican fare. If you can't decide what to eat, go with one of their several combo plates. Vegetarian friendly too

    Teri Gidwitz · June 24
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  • David S.

    Brunch menu served until 3:30 on weekends. The breakfast tortas are huge.

    David Smith · June 6
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  • Rebecca H.

    LA Azteca soup and pechuga Bandera. Mi Cena estaba deliciosa!

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  • Bob D.

    Excellent margaritas. Amazing food. Great bartender.

    Bob DeGraff · May 3
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  • 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 · April 21
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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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