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Bandera Restaurant

#10 of 7,599 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Magnificent Mile
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535 N Michigan Ave, Ste 208, Chicago, IL 60611-3814
+1 312-644-3524
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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282 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We wanted to enjoy a good traditional American dinner and live music. Our choice fell on on Bandera - not a bad choice at all. Even though theis place is run a bit mechanical and a with little bit of fake charm - it actually works. We enjoyed the traditional solid American meal and the live Jazz music to very... More 

Thank SkyDK
Atlanta, Georgia
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99 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Ate here with 2 other business colleagues for dinner. Atmosphere/decor was very Chicago, nice (but loud) jazz band, very busy. Food was tasty, but definitely not the best we've ever had - hot cornbread was good, French dip was a little fatty and underdone. Overall, didn't live up to a top 10 restaurant rating.

Thank CDNFamilyTravellers
Evansville, Indiana
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There's something for everyone on Bandera's menu. Lots of comfort food. You MUST get the jalapeno cornbread - they are famous for it! I have been to the restaurant several times and it works for all occasions; date night, groups, family, business, girls night out.

Thank Amy W
Bentonville, Arkansas
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135 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Evening before Thanksgiving, walking through downtown Chicago looking for a place to eat. We agreed to stop at the next place we passed for dinner. Men's Wearhouse, had a menu posted on the outside wall.....food at Men's Wear house? Why not? We've had great meals at Bass Pro Shop so this might just work. Top of the escalator Bandera, was... More 

Thank Legend3461
Rome, Italy
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a good dinner. I like the bar scene - it's a nice, comfortable bar, always busy but at the same time not too busy to eat on it. There is good live jazz band and not too loud. The prime rib is put on the fire which is not like regular prime rib but it was very well... More 

Thank Ziki K
Duncanville, Texas, United States
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80 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful evening with great food combined with a fantastic waiter and great live jazz. The Iron skillet cornbread was a great start. I really enjoyed the Tabbouleh. The French dip sandwich is huge so make sure you share. I so wanted to try the ice cream sandwich but too full. We tried to come Sat. evening early... More 

Thank GigiTX8
Saugatuck, Michigan
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153 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Terrific place, right on Michigan avenue 2nd floor, with allot of their food prepared in the brick ovens. The chicken which is done on the rotisserie in the ovens is delicious. The ribs you can have with them (used to be called "cluck and moo", get it?), are now barbequed with your choice of sides and their skillet corn bread... More 

Thank eakfs
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51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want a great atmosphere, excellent service and great food combined with live jazz this is the place to come. You really need to book as it is extremely popular. We managed to visit twice and received fantastic service both times from Tahvia who made our visits memorable.

Thank LesleyDick
Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellent restaurant with great food and the best service of any restaurant I have visited. Music entertainment for dinner along with awesome prime rib and the best cornbread!

Thank jimployola
Chicago, United States
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89 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Im doing no breads or fried foods and just had the Macho salad with dates and almonds! The ambience is a great wind down to shopping.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 535 N Michigan Ave, Ste 208, Chicago, IL 60611-3814
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: +1 312-644-3524

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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.
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