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El Barco Mariscos

$$ - $$$
Northwest Side
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1035 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-3931
+1 773-486-6850
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great restaurant to go to for fresh Seafood and drinks. Food is amazing and the Margarita will put you in a festive mood. Nothing fancy..., but very good

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was an incredible surprise to find a place in Chicago with "ceviche, aguachile, huachinango and caldo de camarón" perfectly prepared and in some cases even better than in the top seafood restaurants in Mexico. Seafood extremely fresh and deliciously prepared, and they have a great variety between cold and hot dishes. I'm sure it'll become one of your favorite... More 

Thank Noemí d
Chicago, Illinois
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182 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

We were invited by another couple to join them and another couple at one of our favorite places to dine: Mariscos El Barco. The tequila selection is muy largo y tambien fantastica. We started with guacamole and chips and queso fundido that were accented by the highly acclaimed sauces (green) and the ground peppers, olives and garlic. The fish tacos(mahi-... More 

Thank Raphael L
Dayton, Ohio
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

If you have any interest in fish, sea food, or creative Mexican cuisine, don't miss El Barco Mariscos. The restaurant is completely original and bilingual. Fish are artistically served upright on long slender platters. Plus, there are giant fish and life sized sharks hanging from the ceiling. Seriously, this food is amazing.

Thank MEDS144
Cincinnati, Ohio
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

On a recent visit to Chicago, my wife and I and our daughter and her husband ate at El Barco. While we thought going early would get us seated right away, we were wrong. At 5:30 on a Sunday, the place was already packed with families. While it was a little noisy, we weren't concerned because everyone seemed to be... More 

Thank Frank R
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Arrived in Chicago and went straight here for a meal. Thankfully it was everything we could have wished for. Tacos and quesadillas were all we wanted, but we could still see others' huge platters. And the service was speedy and friendly, matched by a really welcoming atmosphere.

Thank ewensmith14
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

We came here at a friend's advice. We were delighted. The staff was friendly and helpful and the food and drinks were delicious. There was a parking attendant that helped find a close spot. We had ceviche de pescado, tacos al pastor de pescado and other treats. I will go there again! Make sure to try the raspberry margaritas!

Thank David S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

Good seafood restaurant, parking is a pain, love the ceviche and la mariscada, but expect to pay $$$ for a meal, we always go especial ocasions, be ware of the parking situation, waiters are the nicest and food is good

Thank Di H
Providence, RI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

This is a very nice, authentic Mexican place with responsive staff. The food servings are huge. The dishes are mostly seafood, slightly overcooked, which also come with plenty of sides, on large platters. The margaritas are strong, perhaps a bit sweet. The atmosphere (family dinner), staff and clientele are generally Mexican, which is a good thing. The staff is responsive... More 

Thank lizu
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

We brought out-of-town guests here for dinner and I can't say enough about the responsive waitstaff and freshly prepared foods. From the salsas to the snapper prepared Veracruz style to the margaritas, our guests really enjoyed the experience. The margaritas are not overly sweet or sour. We prefer to sit inside the tiny dining room as the ambiance is authentic-... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Latin, Seafood, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
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: +1 773-486-6850

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?