Cafe El Tapatio
Great food, nice people, will go back and recommend to friends.
The margaritas are so fresh and beyond delicious!
El Tapatio has a problem with Outside people stealing from their customers. We saw a woman have her wallet stolen from the table next to us. We were inside in the second room. The thief wandered through the restaurant for several minutes before picking a victim. No one stopped him. When it was over, the staff talked about how it has happened before on the patio. I wouldn’t bring family or friends and I suggest diners hold on to wallets and cell phones. Leave nothing on the table.
Cafe El Tapatio has a tasty drink selection and a deep menu. The food is very good and authentic Mexican. A cool neighborhood place.
Fresh, authentic food with good menu selection and delicious margaritas. Recommend for nice night out or a celebration! Friendly service.
Loved it! The food was so yummy! The staff was super nice, the drinks were amazing, the atmosphere was also great. They also had stuff for kids to color, cups w/ lids for them, and a good kids menu!
A real neighborhood gem!
We tried Cale El Tapatio for the first time and really enjoyed our dinner. The salsa actually has some heat to it, which we liked, and the margaritas were very good. They have a deep menu, so there's plenty to choose from, and all of us liked our dinners very much. We will be going back.
Their margaritas are delicious!
A true neighborhood gem that you could easily pass by. Take the time to check it out! The food is wonderful!!!
Amazing food! Higher quality and more creative dishes than your run of the mill Mexican comfort food restaurant, but at the same prices. Get a seat on the patio if it’s nice out.
A little slow to our requests throughout the meal
Excellent neighborhood authentic Mexican Restaurant. Good food, reasonable prices, great cocktails, and good service. A neighborhood gem, highly recommend if you like Mexican food.
Incredibly obnoxious bachelor party ongoing during our meal with the attendees flirting with other guests and yelling at the top of their lungs. Made it hard to enjoy the meal.
The tables & overall appearance of inside is old & dirty. The bar top was sticky as I waited to order a drink while my table was getting cleaned. The menu looked interesting . I ordered 3 different tacos. Steak, pork & chicken. The food cane in 10 minutes. Tasted like it was heated in the micro wave & not made fresh. The steak taco was awful. Meat overdone & didn’t even look like steak. Everything was salty. Very disappointed & will never go back. Can’t understand good reviews!!
Very much enjoyed our meal. It was a lovely night so we opted to sit outside. The outside seating is on the street but sectioned off so it has a nice feel to it. Cocktails were great. The spicy margaritas have a definite kick! Food was great - queso fundido, nachos to start - all good. Everyone tried different entrees and they were all good. Service was a tad slow but we were not in a rush so it was fine.
Look forward to going back again.
We requested to sit outside on the patio in our reservation and they immediately sat us at our table right when we got there. Great food, beautiful atmosphere and good service. My only complaint: the chips and salsa appetizer was free but way too spicy that we didn’t even eat much of the salsa.
Friendly, colorful & bright, with excellent food. Neighborhood gem!
Great portions, delish food. Specially the drinks!
We had a fabulous dining experience. We are looking forward to our next dining experience.
The staff was very kind and wanted to make the experience a fantastic one for our family. The food was really good all around and the salsa was perfectly spicy enough. We had a great time and I will definitely go back!
This place sucked, the eggs were runny. The homemade chorizo was not home made and dry.
It was busy so felt a bit ignored by our waiter but the food made up for it! So good!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place! Excellent service, food, margaritas. Neighborhood favorite!
Great service and food.
Great food and drinks for ladies night
The food and drinks were great, and the bartenders were very nice. However, we had to wait for 10 minutes just to get the attention of the missing maitre d. He ignored us once he came back to the desk even though we were standing right next to him, and he asked a couple farther away from us if they needed a seat. We had to talk to him twice to get his attention which was awkward. We would love to go back but not sure what the level of service would be.
Our local go to
Cafe el Tapatio is like our favoriteMexican neighborhood restaurant! We like it in summer outside or inside in Winter. Food is great and our server did wonderful job!
Fantastic food - love their vegetarian options. Always good service tho some servers can be abrupt when it's busy. Inside is a little tight and loud on a Friday night but a fun atmosphere and worth it for the food! Go in the summer and sit out on the patio.
Loved my mar y tierra (talapia with chorizo sauce)! Pitcher of margarita was good too. Chips and salsa also excellent, nice and spicy for me (although a little too much so for my girlfriend).
Creative drinks, great servers, a cool and environment and a large menu with something for everyone. Had a GREAT burrito plate here, highly recommend!
Dined here with daughter this past Tuesday evening. What a pleasant surprise! Authentic regional Mexican cuisine. We shared a chicken breast served in a Jalisco style and the Jicama salad after starting with freshly made guacamole. Service was first class. I prefer margaritas made only with Patron silver, Cointreau and fresh squeezed lime juice, they did it perfectly. Definitely coming back.
Great food, amazing margaritas. Gets really busy on the weekends and service can get spotty
Love this place !!!
Guacamole was GREAT! It was probably the freshest I tasted. All the food was very fresh and clean taste my. Quality ingredients. I will definitely go back. Can’t wait to taste everything else
One of my favorite places in Chicago! You can't go wrong!
This is my favorite restaurant in Chicago. I try to stop by every time I'm in town. Best food and service around.
Casey was very helpful!
It was so loud that my husband and I were practically shouting to to heard. The music was loud so then was everyone else. Maybe a non weekend day would be better.