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Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
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770 N Western Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1857 (Westmister)
+1 847-295-3500
17:00 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Lake Forest, Illinois
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Food is not your typical "Tex-Mex" but real authentic Mexican food as their name implies. Make reservations though otherwise you can almost never get seated without a long wait.

Thank Dennis M
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This use to be my favorite Mexican restaurant. I had a reservation on Open Table for 4 at 715PM. We arrived 15 minutes early and requested to sit outside. The hostess said would add about 10 minutes to the reservations. We said fine as your two other quests had not arrived yet. AT 7:15 I alerted the hostess that all... More 

1 Thank SPYDER0999
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Not your run of mill chain restaurant. Tastes like home cooking. We keep going back. Mole is delicious. Reasonable priced and large venue so easy to get reservations. Also outside seating in nice weather.

Thank Hillary R
Lake Forest, Illinois
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Decided to go for dinner with friends and sat outside. It's not the same as it used to be in years past. Ordered a Skinny Margarita and it was skinny as it probably did not have any tequila in it! My friend ordered a straight vodka on rocks and sever came back with tequila and olives. The server said he... More 

1 Thank Michelle T
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190 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

1st time here and was not impressed. Food was overpriced for portions. Service was unattentive and poor. Served warm tap water with no ice in blue bottles. Wait staff didn't know which salsa was mild or spicy and admitted they didn't know and never came back to inform us.

1 Thank busy_traveler
Barcelona, Spain
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Been here a lot. The food is pretty good but hit or miss. Last time I was here the margarita was mediocre at best -- make sure there's a good bartender/chef when you visit.

Thank Jacqueline B
Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Went on a Saturday night. Had reservations. Only waited about 90 seconds for our table.It seemed busy but not crazy busy with people waiting for tables. Since it was a wonderful summer evening, the restaurant sets up tables outside which seems to double their capacity which lessen the wait for those without reservations. Free chips and salsa was brought out.... More 

Thank Barry272
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331 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

Four of us came on a warm evening and enjoyed sitting outside despite our chairs being a bit low for the table height. Waitress was good and service decent albeit it took 30 minutes for our entrees to arrive after the apps - probably the kitchen's fault not hers. Mojito was a disappointment with no flavor, little alcohol despite its... More 

1 Thank Chicagonative_7
Lake Forest, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Been many times, get a milder margarita to enjoy the place. Great food, an appetizer is more than enough for an entree.

Thank Buckystar8
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167 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

Like some of the other reviews, this is a step up from the usual lower-end tex-mex mish mosh of choices in the suburbs. Some wine-worthy entrees that are fairly well presented. The experience/food was better than we expected. Margaritas (other than house) were very good, though a little expensive. They warm the salsa which seemed a little odd. Tables are... More 

Thank Artemus_Gordon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 770 N Western Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1857
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 847-295-3500
The food represents the best of two worlds - Traditional Mexican food with a modern twist

Complimentary tortilla chips and rustic salsas

Thoughtfully chosen wine list

Family-friendly environment

A comfortable place to relax after a day of work, play or shopping

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