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Bandera Restaurant

#11 of 7,617 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
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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kansas city
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been going to this restaurant for years before during and after I lived in Chicago. I can never get past the roast chicken because it is so fantastic. That combined with their cole slaw with peanuts. To top it off the rich and decadent banana cream pie. Worth breaking any diet.

Thank razmtaz2002
Wirral, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed our trip to Bandera. Great service, lovely ambience and excellent food. We shared a cornbread to start which was delicious but very heavy - it would probably satisfy 4 without any problem. We both had chicken for main course which was truly delicious and the best I have ever tasted. Apparently it is marinated in wine and orange... More 

Thank 365JB
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8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The ambience of this restaurant was warm and welcoming and was the perfect place to lunch after a lot of hiking around the loop and River North areas. The food was wonderful and very inventive.

Thank E D
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I ordered the veggie burger and a salad. They were both so delicious that I even finished the huge burger.

Thank lilianng33
Ovilla, Texas
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I stayed in a hotel near downtown Chicago. A local family member recommended Bandera as a great place for drinks, dinner and music. Upon entering, the staff was very attentive and accommodating. We were seated at the bar while we waited for our table. The margaritas were great, but a bit too strong for me. We the... More 

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Oak Park
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very happy to have a reservation on the early side for the 4 of us at Bandera on a Friday night. The restaurant was busy with people while a small live jazz ensemble played. They were great. Our service was good - they tried very hard to keep us happy and were attentive. If you like barbecue, this... More 

Thank Inga S
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8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were at walk in so we waited 45 mins to get a seat. The wait went by quickly listening to the live Jazz band play. The food was incredible and our witness Nicole was a doll. She was very friendly and was such a great server. We had the Prime rib and Caesar Chicken Salad. The Prime was the... More 

Thank Armando V
North Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've bee going to Hillstone group restaurants for years and they never disappoint!! The food is consistent, but still creative, the service is professional but still friendly and that atmosphere is great!! Anything on the menu is great from the spin dip, artichoke, the burger is killer, prime dip sand awesome!! Can't go wrong with any selection!!

Thank grimesmag
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service, food was good, definitely would go again. The fillet was great, really tastes good.

Thank Alex A
New York
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here on a recommendation from a local with my significant other. The atmosphere was excellent and exactly what we were looking for at a jazz bar. Although the wait was about 45 minutes, it was well worth the wait. We started with a roasted Brussel sprout special and it was absolutely delicious. My entree was the cheeseburger and my... More 

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • 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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