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Zocalo

#856 of 8,445 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Near North Side
Mexican
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358 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60610 (Orleans)
312 302-9977
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Tue 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Bar scene

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A good time was had by all

The ambiance was amazing, people having conversations and laughing. Our server was very friendly and made great suggestions. The food was very tasty. We started with the guacamole trio but when we asked if we could get salsa, we were told it was not complimentary and we needed to pay for it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2013
cabsatwin
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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71 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The ambiance was amazing, people having conversations and laughing. Our server was very friendly and made great suggestions. The food was very tasty. We started with the guacamole trio but when we asked if we could get salsa, we were told it was not complimentary and we needed to pay for it. There was easy access from and back to... More 

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Memphis
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181 reviews 181 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

The food was good, service a little slow. While this is not your typical taco stand, it is also not an "upper crust" Mexican restaurant. It is a nice, good, local Mexican restaurant for gringos, not Mexicanos. It is reasonably priced and if I lived in Chicago it would make my "regular" stop list as a neighborhood spot due to... More 

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60 reviews 60 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

Not your typical Mexican Restaurant. Upper crust looking dining room and ambience. Chips and different salsas are not complementary but are very tasty. Fish tacos and Chicken Enchilandas were very picturesque and delicious.

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Akron, Ohio
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110 reviews 110 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

I dined here with some friends during a recent business trip. We did not have reservation for a Saturday evening, but were seated at a bar table area with only a short wait. While the bar area was crowded, the actual restaurant was slow to fill. However, it took almost 10 minutes, and after other parties seated later than us... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar was a pleasant surprise in downtown Chicago. It was certainly not a run-of-the-mill Mexican restaurant. The atmosphere was pleasant, the noise level was low, the service was polished, and the meals were exceptional. There was a good variety of Mexican specialties, all prepared well and attractively presented. Prices for the quality were appropriate. This was... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

My girlfriend and I were on a business trip in this magnificent city. I ask a young lady employee of the hotel we were staying; in order to go out somewhere locals do; where she likes to go for drinks & dine. She told Zocalo; and we follow. The place was full; and we sat by the bar. Drinks were... More 

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

We ate lunch ;the trio gualcamole was super delicious;it is served in three flavors . The enchalatta was great in a mole sauce.We were super impressed and happy about the food and the service;Jesus ;our server was very friendly and helpful.Great place to eat abd drink ;if you are looking for cosi and clean place .I will absolutely go back

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I went on a Saturday night for dinner. I made reservations several weeks in advance for 7:30. Being from out of town and trying to use public transportation caused us to be 15 minutes late. When we arrived the hostess told us they just had a large party they sat and she had a few other people... More 

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Lake Worth, Florida, USA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

My friends and I ate here last night and had an enjoyable meal. Started with the chips and trio of salsas and guacamole - yummy! We eac ordered separate entrees and everyone's was prepared well and tasted good. Topped it off with a pitcher of sangria and called it a nice meal. The only downside was the hostess who wouldn't... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

There are Mexican restaurants that try too hard to be upscale, and this is one of them. The dishes on the menu were familiar Mexican fare, but always with some kind of a twist. For traditionalists--and I'll be the first to admit that by "traditionalist," I mean, I prefer the popularized versions of Mexican cuisine in the US--this will be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 358 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60610
    (Orleans)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighborhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: 312 302-9977

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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