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de cero

$$ - $$$
West Loop
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern
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814 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607-2308 (Halsted)
(312) 455-8114
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
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Tue - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Bloomington, Illinois, United States
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely little Mexican restaurant. Our family had been walking around the West loop area in search of a fun restaurant. We found it! The 3 cheese enchiladas were FABULOUS. You do have to pay for chips and salsa, but the chips are worth it. Hot and delicious! Try the variety of salsas too. The prices are not too... More 

Thank Jody A
Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

I have lived a half block away for 11 years and been only once before! I came for lunch with a friend and was really impressed! I am very familiar with excellent Mexican food, traveling through Oaxaca and Mexico City many times learning about the food, so I kinda know good Mexican food! For the value this place is really... More 

Thank Jillian E
Jackson, Michigan
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46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Do yourself a BIG favor and go to de cero - !Hello Tacos! on Randolph Street. It is located near Greek Town. It is worth the trip! This place has the best Mexican food I have ever eaten! Nice outdoor seating, clean and nice ambiance. The server we had (Felix) was fantastic! The food is so fresh, authentic and delicious!... More 

Thank claybaby2016
Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

The west loop area was packed with people, cars and noise but as soon as we entered the restaurant we felt like we were in a quaint little bistro. We had reservations so we were seated right away, Our server was personable, helpful and made some excellent food and drink recommendations. The watermelon margarita should not be missed! It was... More 

Thank Ellen G
Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

The ambiance is not that of your average Mexican restaurant. This place offers a-la-cart tacos and great drinks. Not a traditional Mexican food from a mom & pop place, it's upscale delicions and refreshing.

Thank katherine c
Glen Ridge, New Jersey
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

We stopped in on a whim because all of the surrounding restaurants had a two hour wait. The staff there were all really friendly. Our server was willing to make changes to our orders, and when our chip basket was full of crushed pieces he brought out a heaping fresh plate. The reason for four stars was that none of... More 

Thank youvegotmidge
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217 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

Ate at a high end restaurant right down the street one night earlier (see my 2 star review of Vivo) and paid three times as much per person but didn't get a third of the value of de cero "Hello Tacos". The service at this casual, hip Mexican restaurant was outstanding, the food was great and the prices were right.... More 

Thank DRLand
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

I'm a hugh fan of Mexican food and this place exceeded my expectations. The guacamole is highly recommended. The service was very fast.

Thank mrjain
New York City, New York
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Graduation Celebration was great. Food and service were both spectacular. Drinks could have been a bit more potent. Had 2 margaritas but didn't feel any effect. Overall a fun time!

Thank drnappy
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84 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

By far the best and most authentic food. Finally a good Mexican restaurant. Chicago is becoming a foodie's paradise and Hello Taco is part of it. Never could eat the fruits on the streets of Mexico, here is your chance to eat it. I am surprised why this place doesn't have 5 stars. Great options for vegetarians. The enchiladas, the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 814 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607-2308
  • Public Transportation: Blue Line, Milwaukee and Grand.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighborhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: (312) 455-8114
You will love de cero; which translates into "from scratch" - which is exactly what they do -everything is made from scratch! Hand pressed tortillas, freshly made crema -its clean, whole mexican food with a modern casual twist.

de cero is known for its amazing taco menu; specializing in 15 different types of gourmet tacos. Try their signature tacos; such as the grilled ahi tuna taco with spicy habanero mango salsa, grilled skirt steak taco with chipotle mayo and potatoes, battered shrimp taco with avocado crema, or the chile rubbed pork al pastor taco with charred pineapple.

While at de cero you must order the duck nachos, they are simply devine!

The margaritas are made with fresh lime juice and range from a tart guava margarita to the popular pineapple jalapeno margarita.
If you are a rum lover, try the raspberry basil mojito, very interesting flavor combination.

de cero is a great place to take a date, host a birthday party, or just get a quick bite to eat.

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

Staying in West Loop

Neighborhood Profile
West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of dining and nightlife options. If your timing is right, you can take part in neighborhood events like the West Loop Farmers Market, Craft Beer Fest, or the Randolph Street Market Festival.
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