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Bandera Restaurant

535 N Michigan Ave, Ste 208, Chicago, IL 60611-3819
312 644 3524
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Ranked #92 of 8,282 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Southwestern
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Fort Worth, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Wonderful ambiance! Live jazz music! Great Food! Try the Ahi Tuna salad and the Cheese Enchilada specialty. AMAZING!

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Mexico City, Mexico
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We visited this place and we were really surprised, from the oytside it is not very nice, you might think it is a tex-mex restaurant, but even since you go to the entranxe you kind of changr your mind, and then you open the door and you find a very nice place, the decoration is so nice and comfort. The... More

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

First time in Chicago, went to Bandera and was truly amazed with the service and the food. Hands down was the best Prime Rib I've tasted. Someone else has the Salmon and it looked amazing.

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Chicago, Illinois
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75 reviews 75 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I had not been to Bandera in more than a year but the food and service are still great. We started with the corn bread. It was excellent as always. Our party had the pecan trout, Seattle style salmon, filet mignon and prime rib. Everyone loved their food. No complaints about anything. Servings were generous and we all took some... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

After a wait of about one hour we were taken to our table overlooking the magnificent mile. We ordered the BBQ beef back ribs. When we tried them we were astonished, we had never tasted anything like them! I would go as far as to say it's the best beef in Chicago. It was served with curly kale and fries.... More

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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122 reviews 122 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Party of 5 august 7th of 2014 We had reservations and had to wait 30mins. Not impressive. We enjoyed a bottle of Meomi while waiting. Staff was ultra friendly. Our waitress was fantastic. Had salmon app, salads, and grilled fish. Overall I was pleased. Somewhat like a J Alexander's. But a bit better. Note I love J Alex. for a... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Decided to have dinner at Bandera because of the excellent reviews. We were quoted a wait time of 50 minutes. It was long, but we were excited to try the food. After 75 minutes we were told they were sorry, but we would be seated within 15 more minutes and would be comped a free appetizer. After about 15 MORE... More

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Herrin, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My wife and I arrived in Chicago and were famished. As soon as we checked in at the hotel we headed for the Magnificent Mile in search of food. We located Bandera just a short distance from the hotel, walked in, and were promptly seated. On the way to our seats we noticed these beautiful loaves of what turned out... More

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Austin, Texas
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67 reviews 67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This was my second time eating at the bar at Bandera on the way to a Phish show in Chicago. The burger is excellent and the service was very good. If you get the timing right, there is also a three-piece jazz combo that sets up in the middle of the dining area. It's a nice touch in an already... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Bandera is a beautiful restaurant, well-decorated, the look-in kitchen is fun to watch (Geez those guys work hard), and the live jazz was good. Service was perfect. The food was truly excellent---a real treat. We started with salads that were fresh, not over-dressed and very tasty along with the corn bread. We aren't huge cornbread fans, but tried it anyway--it... More

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