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Bandera Restaurant

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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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I usually stop here for lunch because I am shopping on Michigan Ave. It is always busy but I have only sat at the bar. I seem to always get the same two things which must mean they are good. I either get the Macho salad and I am not a big salad eater. Just wish it had a little... More 

Thank Jtschatz
Lake Mills, Wisconsin
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant was just down the street from where we were staying so we decided to try it. The food was good and the jazz music playing added a nice touch. We did have to wait about 20 minutes for a table even with a reservation and our service was a little slow after we were seated.

Thank cteasdale1230
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Polished yet relaxed atmosphere, attentive knowledgeable staff with a reasonably priced menu of extremely well prepared dishes. Great for celebrating or when impressing someone special! Enjoyed a great cocktail and good wine list after starting off with their signature cornbread appetizer. Wish we lived there so we could go back often...

Thank Eric S
Jackson, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I wrote earlier about what a wonderful experience we recently had a Bandera. Great food, terrific service, wonderful decor, good Jazz music, and relaxing atmosphere, but I forgot to mention by name the FANTASTIC staff we experienced there. First, Albireth, our hostess, was so friendly and accommodating...there was a tiny mix-up with our reservation which she handled beautifully! Second, the... More 

Thank claybaby2016
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went to Bandera for my 50th birthday dinner. I had the prime rib and it was excellent. It is a much better value than Gibson’s and just as good. They had live jazz and great service.

Thank ajamminman
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came here with a few business associates to have a nice steak. They had a live jazz band playing, which complimented a lively atmosphere. We had a 45 minute wait (ergo ... Make a reservation). The menu has several excellent choices, and I settled on the prime rib. The portion was generous and lightly seasoned but served with a... More 

Thank BarTheTraveler
Chester, Virginia
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A business dinner for four that went better than expected because of this restaurant. Spectacular view of the Magnificent Mile and cool Jazz from the live band set a great mood. Three of us went for the Cod special - cooked as well as any fish I have had - and one went for the prime rib. All of us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lucky to have several locations out in CA- always a hit! Amazing chips and queso, skillet cornbread and french dips. LOVE their veggie burger as it's house made and delicious!

Thank kates0713
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Want to stop in for some great jazz, drinks and really good food. this is the place. Second floor on Michigan avenue. Perfect location from shopping or walking, and view of the mag mile!!!

Thank Linda B
Norton Shores, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was recommended and it is an instant classic! first off the Cornbread is worth the hype it gets! in a pan, served before the meal. sweet, crispy crust with full flavor! And it was on the house, since it was our first visit-cool surprise at the end of the meal. The ribs were meaty, the bbq sauce perfect. mashed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Magnificent Mile

Neighborhood Profile
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.