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Paladar Restaurant & Rum Bar

2252 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647-3143
+1 773-252-4747
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good29%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“oxtail” (10 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban
$$ - $$$
2252 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647-3143
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Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

I love the place, especially on Tuesday nights when there are musicians playing, the music and food is excellent, food and Cuban music, they also have a selection of rums from different places in the world which is something unusual here in Chicago

Thank Jorge B
Reviewed May 29, 2018

A group of 7 of us showed up in the middle of the afternoon on Sunday and were seated immediately. Tanya, our server, was great. She was knowledgeable about all of the different rums on the menu, about 4 or 5 pages. and was very...More

Thank craig c
Reviewed April 30, 2018

My wife and I went to Paladar from dinner last week. I had goat! My wife had the chicken. Both were great. they have a good selection of rum from all over the Carribean. I had one from Guyana. Good stuff. We'll go back. the...More

Thank Uysteg
Reviewed June 13, 2017

Disappointed, will not be back. Service was slow mid afternoon, even though crowd was thin. They were out of my favorite Cuban soda- waitress said it was hard to get in the Chicagoland area. I found that funny because it is readily availlable in the...More

Thank Madelayne G
Reviewed May 18, 2017

I absolutely love this restaurant. I live just down the block and I wish I could afford to go there more often. The food is incredible, the mojitos are the best I've had in Chicago, the live music on Tuesday nights is superb. Atmosphere, service,...More

Thank Maddie H
Reviewed April 29, 2017 via mobile

Was there last week.and my first time to a Cuban restaurant and first time in Chicago as well.i enjoyed the ropa Viejo and the mango martini . would love to go back again when I visit chitown again.

Thank Celeste B
Reviewed April 6, 2017

Went there this week with a group of about 35 and we had a set menu. The service was excellent and the food very good. I would certainly recommend this restaurant.

Thank Judith F
Reviewed February 20, 2017

This is more than just a Cuban sandwich place -- not that there's anything wrong with Cuban sandwich places, I love them. This is a great dinner place. The Papa Rellena (mashed potato wrapped around ground beef then deep fried) was yummy and a new...More

Thank WhiteOak1591
Reviewed February 11, 2017

For a date night, my husband wanted to bring me here, as he had been here with some friends previously. It was great!. Cozy but an energetic vibe. The service was excellent. We ordered the stuffed shrimp for an appetizer, which was amazing - pork...More

Thank lovingthebeach1
Reviewed December 29, 2016

The skirt steak, plantains and black beans are something my husband grew up eating, and now that we moved to the suburbs we come allll the way back to Chicago just to satiate our craving. The plantains are crispy on the outside, flavorful and soft...More

Thank Naomi T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2252 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647-3143
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: +1 773-252-4747
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Paladar Cuban Restaurant is a totally new concept in Cuban dining. Although private restaurants were forbidden by law in Cuba, paladares were sanctioned by the Cuban government in 1990 and began to spring up across the island in homes in response to the growing scarcity of food. Cubans began to refer to their own home-grown Cuban restaurants as paladares. Rum Bar "Over 30 premium and sipping rums" The Rum Bar features a 12' ceiling of re-purposed wood scrapes , many from my parent's original restaurant which was located in the space for 42 years. This "using whatever you have available" practice is very common in Cuba. The first thing our friends usually notice in our new Rum Bar space is the large deconstructed wall revealing exposed brick and a 'Havana Club' advertisement, "el Ron de Cuba" (The rum of Cuba).
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