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El Barco Mariscos

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Mexican, Seafood
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1035 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-3931
(773) 486-6850
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Locals Eat Here-Locals work here = Buena comida!

Hurray! Fresh fish prepared in an authentic Mexican kitchen. Fun details throughout the dining room. Comfortable atmosphere. Wall of libations on one side. Wooden tables with carved chairs in the middle. On the other side, windows looking out onto the neighborhood. Excellent homemade salsas on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Hurray! Fresh fish prepared in an authentic Mexican kitchen. Fun details throughout the dining room. Comfortable atmosphere. Wall of libations on one side. Wooden tables with carved chairs in the middle. On the other side, windows looking out onto the neighborhood. Excellent homemade salsas on the table upon your arrival. Guacamole was flavorful. Mahi-mahi Veracruz was very good. The plate... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

One of my emergency go-to's...mostly a draw of the $16 margarita pitchers. They expanded the menu which is great because there are now more options. Generous portions and great for sharing meals. Of course, the red snapper is a must. Good for small and large groups, best option for outdoor seating in the summer time. As far as quality of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This place is small but totally worth the wait. I would have given this a 5 star rating but the noise level was too high. The platters of food were enormous and most excellent. We had the red snapper for two and was more than enough, it reminded us of our visit to Riviera Maya. We also had the cervechi... More 

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17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I came here years ago and they had amazing skirt steak and seafood. They have big servings and great micheladas. Yummy. Everything I come to El Barco they have a line but its worth waiting for. I ordered Garlic shrimp, it was my first time tasting this plate. It was delicious it had plenty of shrimp and the waitress was... More 

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Park Forest, Illinois
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

My husband is Hispanic so I have become very picky over years about Mexican restaurants and this is by far the best please I have ever ate! The food is fresh, large portions, and I don’t leave feeling sick when I am full. The veggies, rice, and beans are all fresh. I love it. It looks like it used to... More 

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Dublin, Ohio
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51 reviews 51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Great authentic Mexican restaurant. Not overly large as we had about a 20 minute wait. Very close seating but think in the summer it would be nice to be out on the patio. 1st..the Mango Margaritas were wonderful! I could sit and drink them with chips and guacamole alone. We had wonderful meals and very large portions! The fajitas were... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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49 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I stopped in at El Barco for a quick dinner on a week night, and was seated promptly. The dining room is large with multiple rooms. It looks like restaurants on the Pacific coast of Mexico . Fairly typical Mexican decor with lots of artifacts contributing to a seaside vibe. I ordered fish tacos. It took a bit of time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This was the best meal that I had while in Chicago. I was with a group of four and we ordered the seafood combo for three - it was more than enough food. The seafood was very fresh and I liked the traditional cooking styles. It was very similar to meals that I have had in Mexico! Great Cantina atmosphere... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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66 reviews 66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Stopped in for lunch last week after a couple people recommended the place. I've driven past it for years, completely unknown to me. This place is awesome! As a purveyor of spicy mexican food, this place is perfect. Plus, the unique twist on this place is their specialty is the seafood/fish side of the menu. I recommend the Diablo Mahi... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I have not been back to Chicago in a few years but El Barco is as delicious as ever. Get the seafood. Our lunch favorite is the fish tacos. Mahi mahi lunch of any kind is also excellent. Good service and nice interior. Retro. Potato soup was good but too spicy for weenies. Great sauces and real tortias for the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1035 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-3931
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Northwest Side
  • Neighborhood: Northwest Side
  • Phone Number: (773) 486-6850

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 8
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?