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San Gabriel Mexican Cafe

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2535 Waukegan Rd, Bannockburn, IL 60015-1569
+1 847-940-0200
11:30 - 20:30
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Sun 17:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 20:30
Fri 11:30 - 21:00
Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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393 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

Very good Mexican food. Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff. Had a very nice dinner there with friends and we all enjoyed our meal.

Thank Paul C
Southwest Gulf Coast, Florida
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126 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

Was very good. Service was good. Selection was very nice. Authentic Mexican food. Good Margaritas. BUT NOW IT ISS CLOSED

Thank mnsheldon
Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2015

Nice atmosphere and servers. Good food and broad menu. Also has good bar + large private dining room and some covered terrace dining. Try it, you'll be pleased especially in this far suburban area.

Thank n l
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2015 via mobile

We moved northwest of Chicago, almost to Lake County, and we're looking for a conveniently located Mexican restaurant. We were delighted to find San Gabriel in Bannockburn, IL. It's on Rt 22, a little east of 294. Great guacamole and margaritas! We supped on chicken and chorizo soft tacos and beef fajitas. Both were excellent and ample. We are sure... More 

Thank Rmfinn1
Deerfield, Illinois
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

This use to be a solid Mexican place. The guacamole use to be served table side, the wait staff use to be competent and attentive and we use to come away very happy. Not tonight! We ordered guacamole and had to wait (it was a wide open place tonight) 20 minutes for it to arrive from the back of the... More 

Thank vogt1997
ocala florida
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

Was there on that Cinco holiday and it was terrific although expensive for a Mexican restaurant. Tried again the following week. Service was terrible. (My waiter had to make the drinks, guacamole, as well as serve). The carne was not as good this time and they did not have anymore strawberry mix for the margaritas. We won't go back. We... More 

Thank shot3x
Bannockburn, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

the restaurant have a very goooddd service in the past< but not any more. I have a very bad experience, servers are really unhappy faces!!sorry but that's my opinion...

Thank jahiro g
Highland Park, Illinois
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532 reviews
342 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013

We have been coming here on and off for years. Right now, we are off because they are off. Off their game! The guacamole here is really good. They used to make it table side from a cart...but no more. While the guacamole is still good the serving size is really small and it's $10 per order! Super expensive for... More 

Thank Hpmicks
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013

I had a reservation for this restaurant tonight at early - before 6. There was no host when we arrived, but we were seated by a runner. After 15 minutes of no waiter, my wife went to find someone. A server said that they were short staffed and it would be 20 minutes before he could get to us. The... More 

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272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

Went here for lunch to see a friend. The atmosphere is okay but for the prices, I thought the lunches were nothing special. Had the #1 Combination Lunch special and in comparing it with other Mexican restaurants, I would say it was VERY mediocre taste wise and very HIGH-PRICED for what you got. The salsa that they brought out with... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2535 Waukegan Rd, Bannockburn, IL 60015-1569
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Bannockburn
  • Phone Number: +1 847-940-0200

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?