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Pepe's Mexican Restaurant

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760 N Green Bay Rd, Waukegan, IL 60085-2236
+1 847-244-7887
Today
11:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Navi Mumbai, India
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Loved the ambiance and food at Pepe's! Wide variety at a very reasonable price.. Tamales, Chile Relleno and Enchiladas-with cheese is good. Recommended place for sure!

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Thank Manijoe
Gurnee, Illinois
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

was craving chile relenos and went local.. was completely satisfied, from the wait staff thru the margaritas.

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Lake Bluff, Illinois
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

We've been here a few times over the years. When this was the only Mexican food in town it was OK but now Waukegan is the Hispanic capital of Lake County. So..... There is a Mexican eatery on every corner.. Pepe's seems to have generic Mexican food, and there are much better authentic restaurants around.

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Chicago Ridge, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

I just ate at Pepes for dinner. I got the chicken fajitas and a margarita. Both were excellent. The chips and salsa, hands down best I have ever had. The place is very clean, cute and cozy. Service was good. Overall I enjoyed my visit and will be back. Oh I got the fried ice cream that was delicious too.

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Thank chris w
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

Nice place but a little hidden.....I had Chicken Fajitas that were hands down some of the best I've ever eaten. The Margarita was excellent, not too sweet, not too sour. My wife had Chicken Tostadas and really liked the cheese melted on them. Definitely a return visit.

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Thank Jack T
Waukegan, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2015

Food is still great, interior hasn't changed or been updated in 20+ years and could use updating. Parking isn't terribly convenient in the winter especially.

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Thank Michelle B
chicago
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2015

We have been here in the past and the food was pretty good. This time, despite good services, the food was really bland. My enchiladas had no flavor to them (to say anything of spices) and my husband felt the same way about his combo. All three tings in the combo tasted the same and that was not very good.... More 

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Thank DJT326
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

The service was a little slow, considering how empty the place was. My wife's margarita was good and strong. When the appitizer came out, that's when things went south. The Chili con queso came out it looked and tasted like tomato juice with cheap stringy cheese melted into eat. It wasn't even seasoned. When the waitress finally came back she... More 

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Gurnee, Illinois
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44 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

Pepe's is not the best Mexican food I've had, but it is good enough to return time and time again due to the outstanding service. One waitress, Gaby, is simply wonderful. After going there only twice, she knew what we drank and how we liked our food prepared without us telling her. She also ensures that we have what we... More 

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Salem, Wisconsin
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82 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

I grew up in this area and visited Pepe's a lot as a teenager and young adult. I was actually at their first location when I used their payphone and found out I was pregnant with my son. I moved about an hour from the area about 20 years ago but whenever I have the chance I get back there.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Seating
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 760 N Green Bay Rd, Waukegan, IL 60085-2236
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Waukegan
  • Phone Number: +1 847-244-7887

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?