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Bandera Restaurant

#13 of 8,177 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Magnificent Mile
American, Southwestern
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535 N Michigan Ave, Ste 208, Chicago, IL 60611-3819
+1 312-644-3524
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 278
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  • 61
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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
Sunday morning deicious

This is a favorite restaurant of my local Chicago based sister. She chose wisely for our Sunday morning. The food was wonderful, and our server so attentive. It's wonderful to go out for breakfast and slowly wake up while filling up!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
SunniBWR
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a favorite restaurant of my local Chicago based sister. She chose wisely for our Sunday morning. The food was wonderful, and our server so attentive. It's wonderful to go out for breakfast and slowly wake up while filling up!

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1 Thank SunniBWR
Bogota, Colombia
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88 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to Bandera to have lunch on Saturday afternoon. It was great all around. The food - cornbread for starters, the enchilada, for example - was very good. Service was super friendly and pretty ... maybe just a little too quick. The ambiance is really comfortable and cozy. We didn't try the dessert so I can't say anything about... More 

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2 Thank Alamills
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love coming to this place with my husband after work. It's near the loop and it has really good food and perhaps my favorite dessert, the oreo ice cream sandwich. There is also great ambiance with live music every night.

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3 Thank May P
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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72 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We came for a late lunch. They couldn't accommodate our group of 8, so we had two tables next to each other. I had the best salad and a lemon drop martini that was very good. I will return!

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2 Thank Beth E
azle tx
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115 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to chill out, listen to live jazz and watch people stroll by on the sidewalk below this second story restaurant. Great prices too. Be sure to have the cornbread

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2 Thank redAzleTX
Alexandria
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was staying at the downtown Marriott for a conference and some colleagues and I went to Bandera for dinner because we wanted somewhere nice that wasn't a chain. There was live jazz music and the atmosphere was very cozy. Good was delicious and the wine menu was better than your average place. It was a little pricey, but so... More 

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1 Thank vatwinmom
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We always visit this place when in Chicago. It has a very relaxed atmosphere, usually with a live jazz band. They have a Duo Dip Appetizer with Guacamole and Queso. Not being big Guacamole fans we just do the Queso. It is always great. The service is always good and the prices are reasonable.

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2 Thank DaveW1122
Romeoville, Illinois, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been lucky to know Bandera for almost 20 years, there 18 years ago I had my first date with my wife, Bandera was first restaurant we took our kids and last night on the date with my wife, food, service music is outstanding, same as each and every time! Thank you and please don't change.

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3 Thank Tomasz S
tampa
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just had the best prime rib sandwich I've ever eaten. Perfectly seasoned, medium rare (by request) & delicious (served with au jus for dipping). The entire table of 6 all enjoyed their food. We all opted for sandwich items (even though we were dining in the evening). Jim was a delightful server & was very patient with our questions... More 

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3 Thank nctampa
Marshall, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying across the street for a flooring show and at the recommendation of others in our party, decided to walk across the street to Bandera! Oh my goodness, it was wonderful from the time we walked in. We were greeted by a friendly host and shown to the bar while we waited for our table. There was a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 535 N Michigan Ave, Ste 208, Chicago, IL 60611-3819
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: +1 312-644-3524

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Southwestern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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

Staying in Magnificent Mile

Neighborhood Profile
Magnificent Mile
Over 400 stores pack the concrete along Michigan Avenue, the eight-block stretch known as Magnificent Mile. This area between Oak Avenue and the Chicago River is more a shopping paradise than a full-out neighborhood. For prime upscale shopping, this is the place to go. It’s busy, energetic, and packed with shoppers. You'll also find hundreds of restaurants and dozens of hotels, all on the mid- to high-end scale. Some of the city’s most iconic buildings like the Wrigley Building, John Hancock Center and other architectural marvels define the magnificence of this neighborhood.