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Bandera Restaurant

#36 of 8,447 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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 - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 50
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  • 7
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  • 4
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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
Most recent review
Pleasant surprise.

At first I walked in and thought this is going to be expensive, however the prices were not that bad. The food was great! I will return here next time I am in Chicago.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
jshayden
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Michigan
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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614 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Michigan
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

At first I walked in and thought this is going to be expensive, however the prices were not that bad. The food was great! I will return here next time I am in Chicago.

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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

My husband and I stopped by for a late lunch and really liked this place. The atmosphere as other have mentioned is great, and they have a great wine list. The food was excellent , although I left wishing we had not split a sandwich. The place is also quite popular and was very busy in the late afternoon so... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Bandera is an excellent choice for a nice dinner!!! I love the atmosphere; they have romantic dim lighting and cozy booths all over the place. Menu has many unique options. I love their chicken salad- it doesn't sound that special but it is SUPERB!! It has roasted chicken, goat cheese, dates and more! So great!! The best part about this... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I've eaten with family and business associates at both the Chicago location and Sacramento location. Consistent and delightful. Can't wait to return.

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I have been to Bandera's at least 8 times in the last year. Each visit always brings the best in food quality and the service is fantastic. No matter what you are in the mood for you'll find here. It's great for brunch or for an evening out on the town. I generally make reservations for the weekend but even... More 

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Ada, Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I was here for lunch and wished I had been in later in the evening. The salad I ordered was WONDERFUL and my companion loved the chicken sandwich. We had really hoped to sample a couple of the wonderful desserts we had heard so much about but in the end, we did not have room. The restaurant itself if beautiful... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My husband and I ate here on a Sunday night and the place was packed. It was our first time eating here so we didn't know what to expect but we were not disappointed. The live music was wonderful to enjoy over dinner. We listened to a pianist and guitarist play jazz music. We shared a large Caesar salad which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

So the reviews for this place were really good so we decided to give it a try. My wife and I are not adventurous eaters so we went outside our comfort zone on this one, so GLAD we did!!! The waiter was so helpful, we let him pick our our drinks and food, the BEST bbq ribs we have tasted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

loved this place!! food is superb, service is amazing, and the atmosphere is wonderful! I had the French Dip Sandwich and it was out of this world... tip: when your waiter asks you if you want ketchup, horseradish, or seasoned mayo, take all of them! the sauces are almost as good as the sandwich itself!! My mom had the Macho-Grande... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We stopped in for an appetizer and a drink before dinner. Prices for the drinks were pretty average for the city and the appetizers were a little below. All was delicious!!! The piano jazz music was nice-soft background music.

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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
  • Phone Number: +1 312-644-3524

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
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?