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El Mariachi - 9 Reviews - 3906 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL - Local Favorite Reviews - Phone (773) 549-2932

El Mariachi

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3906 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60613
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El Mariachi - Chicago, IL
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I went to El Mariachi for a friends birthday party about 5 years ago and now I am a regular customer and they know me by name. I just LOVE their food, but most of all I love their...

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I've wanted to check out El Mariachi since they reopened in their new space. A small group of us went this weekend and were definitely happy with the food. The problem was with th...

Best guacamole I've ever had! 9/20/2008

I've never liked Mexican food before (I'm a total wimp when it comes to spicy food), so when my fiance and I checked out El Mariachi I thought I'd have to scour the menu to find food I might like. This place blew me away. First off, the decor is beautiful. A variety of nicely done paintings in various styles adorn the walls and set a nice atmosphere. The windows to the front are open-air which is nice for summer atmosphere, although also a disadvantage if people are outside smoking. The ceiling in the side room is beautifully done with clouded sky design and very pleasing to the eye. Regarding food and drink, my fiance had a margarita and I had a passion fruit mojito. My fiance said his margarita was average - not bad, not exceptional, but overall a good margarita. My mojito was great with just the right amount of mint and enough alcohol that you could taste it, but not enough to be overpowering. Last time I had a mojito that good, I was at La Bodeguita del Madeio in Havana, Cuba. Perfect mojito. Pros: cost, service, quality of food Cons: pressure to tip when ordering the guacamole, bathrooms were not kept clean more

Let's be honest--they've come a long way! 7/11/2008

The bad reviews are all pretty old. The switch to the newer, MUCH larger restaurant brought with it some challenges--the kitchen, managers, and wait staff were not used to the sheer volume that they were bringing in, and the first few months (ok--maybe year) were tough. Pros: food Cons: it still gets REALLY hot in there. more

Authentic Mexican Food, Fast, Cozy, Best Customer Service, Amazing 12/31/2007

I went to El Mariachi for a friends birthday party about 5 years ago and now I am a regular customer and they know me by name. I just LOVE their food, but most of all I love their service. The employees, waitstaff and cooks are all so personable. Their margaritas are great!!!!!!!!!!!! They make them PERFECT everytime. What I love about this restaurant is it's authenticity and culture of Mexico. It is AUTHENTIC Mexican food made once I order it, its not prepared & sitting like other Mexican restaurants that I have been to. The carna asade dinner, chimichangas, tacos, tostadas, chips & salsa are WONDERFUL. The also have a wonderful Vegetarian Menu, which is extremely rare. My best friend is a vegetarian & I LOVE Mexican food & El Mariachi is perfect for both of us. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this restaurant & don't be fooled if you see people waiting for a table, the staff is great & there is room in the rear of the restaurant & perfect for couples. ENJOY Pros: Fast, Service, Waitstaff, Atmosphere, Decorations, Amazing Bar, Wonderful Food more

terrible customer service 10/22/2007

I've wanted to check out El Mariachi since they reopened in their new space. A small group of us went this weekend and were definitely happy with the food. The problem was with the margaritas. Since we were all drinking, we ordered a pitcher of premium margs for $33 a pitcher. Not a bad price -- but after two pitchers, none of us hardly had a buzz. It tasted like there was one shot of premium tequila in the pitcher. But the bigger problem came when we went to refill the glasses ourselves from the second pitcher (the server filled them initially) and saw that the entire mouth of the pitcher was chipped and cracked with jagged edges. When we brought this to the attention of our server, she sent over the manager -- and instead of offering to take the pitcher off our bill (since it was 3/4 empty -- based on the server filling it up), he offered a round of tequila shots, which we didn't want. Our server then returned with a fresh pitcher, which we gladly accepted -- until we tasted it. The pitcher of margaritas was essentially a pitcher of sour mix -- and it was obvious they hadn't put in any tequila. At that point, we just got the bill, paid and left. I wanted to say something, but my friends said we should just leave and go to Las Mananitas for a good pitcher of margs, which we did. This place is lame -- sure the food is decent, but the customer service was terrible. more

BEST MEXICAN FOOD IV""E EVER HAD 8/9/2007

This place was gorgeous....Outstanding decor.... It was 6 of us in our party and we all enjoyed our first visit to El Mariachi. the enchiladas, fajitas, carne asada, and combinations were all great. The food was both delicious and very presentable. We were celebrating my friends birthday and were surprised at the end of our meal when half of their staff came out singing happy birthday with a flaming flan. Very enjoyable experience. Will definitely be back again. Pros: Great Margaritas and FOOD Cons: Too hot inside more

3.5 stars would have been more accurate, but, I'll round up 7/14/2007

It's a great addition to this neighborhood and I would expect your wait time to remain lengthy until more decent restaurants move to uptown. We ate early on a Saturday - 6:15 - and were seated immediately. By the time we left - 7:30 - the place was full. Even though there were 6 of us, it took too long to get our food. However, while waiting, we continuously had full drinks whether it be water, soda, margarita's, sangria, beer, etc. The chips were good though greasy and the salsas really fresh. Every chicken and steak dish served was delicious but I unfortunately ordered the shrimp tacos which were a huge mistake. To put it kindly, they were gross. All and all - I'm not complaining because this is a welcome neighborhood addition though I would plan at least a 1 hour meal, avoid the shrimp, and loosen your belt if you plan on eating the chips. P.S. The garden patio will be AWESOME once it opens!!! Pros: Table Service, Chicken, Steak, Salsa, Neighborhood Location Cons: Delay in Getting Food, Shrimp, No AC so it was warm/authentic more

Not worth the wait for the big move up the street 7/9/2007

Living in the neighborhood, we walked by the new space for over a year before El Mariachi finally moved up the street. And we were VERY anxious -- we need more restaurants in this area. So -- you can see it coming, can't you? -- we were really disappointed when we finally got to try the place. The decor is fine, music's a bit loud, but the staff was wonderful. Unfortunately, that was it. The margaritas were boring (I could have made better at home, and that's a sad commentary), and the food -- well, it was awful. It's like a parody of every bad Americanized Mexican meal you've ever had. I had a mixed platter (to sample things), and not one thing on the plate was good -- I left most of it. I hate to say it, but we've had better frozen entrees from Trader Joe's. Ironically, the salsas were wonderful -- how can a kitchen that produces such great salsa also turn out such terrible food? We deserve better (heck, the rest of their very hard-working staff deserves better!) -- can somebody please find a decent chef for their kitchen? Pros: Service Cons: Food, drinks more

Best Mexican Food in Chicago 2/13/2006

Since moving from New Mexico, I have yet to discover a better Mexican Restuarant. The staff is friendly, the salsa hot and the food is incredible. The chile rellanos are the best I've had in a long time. The combo plates will stuff you silly. The staff always seems very happy to see us...even w/ a three yr old. Try the guac. Pros: great food more

Hole in the Wall!!!!! 5/23/2003

This is your typical hole in the wall Mexican restaurant, that just happens to be the best one on the North side. The Margaritas and Guacamole are very good to start, the meals are awesome. You have to try a Chimichanga. There are a lot of combo plates so you can try a lot of different things. One thing to remember, bring your appetite. Pros: Food, Food, Food Cons: decorating more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    Regulars head for tables on the bright, art-filled non-smoking side of the restaurant (the other dining room is more sparsely decorated and not as lively). Chips and salsa are a...

  • 9/8/2004 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Lakeview, North Side
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