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“Chic, Relaxing, Delicious!”
Review of Bandera Restaurant

Bandera Restaurant
Ranked #24 of 9,802 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Southwestern
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Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
Reviewed June 21, 2013

This Magnificent Mile dining spot is a hidden gem! It's upstairs about in the middle on Michigan Ave. Nice vibe, decor, and staff. Concise menu- they do everything they do very well. LOVE the Macho Salad, my daughter loved the veggie burger, best one she ever had! I also loved the regular beef burger. Their cornbread and foccacia combo, served with a dab of guacamole, some lovely olives, and almonds, was gone in seconds- so good! We also loved the live jazz music. Cannot go wrong here!

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

We've been going to Bandera for many years whenever we're in Chicago. This was our first time in about five years and we weren't sure what to expect. We were delighted to find that the place is as cool as ever--hip ambiance, excellent food, quality service, and live music to top it off. (I had Scottish salmon and it was outstanding.) Bandera had held up well and continues to be a Chicago favorite for us.

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

I've never understood the long waits, and I don't think this place is worth waiting for. Very standard fair, though in a nice setting. American dishes for the most part, try the short ribs, if anything.

Thank Donald K
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Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

Went on a whim. A friend had a relative who was a server (but not working tonight; she lost out on our tip). No reservation but we walked out in and were seated right away around 7pm.
Wonderful music from a jazz trio.
Large portions. Helpful servers. Definitely will return.

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Thank AClarke625
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

We were looking for a nice restaurant with live music. After reading the reviews we made an online reservation using Urban Spoon. The restaurant is on the 2nd floor in the 800 block of Michigan Ave (in the middle of the Magnificent Mile). We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Bandera and would definitely go back. Great atmosphere with just the right lighting (dim, but not too dim). The staff is top notch. The prices are reasonable for the location and quality ... expect to spend $100 for two people if you have a drink or two, plus tip.

The service (Hoh was fantastic), the food (seared ahi tuna, baby back ribs ... amazing), the music (relaxing and just the right volume) and the view (we had a table right by the window overlooking Michigan Ave) all made for a perfect evening out.

Be sure to check the time that the jazz band will be playing ... on a Saturday night they finished up about 9:15pm, which we thought a bit early. It appears that they may start early (maybe 5 or 5:30?) ... so, if the music is important to you, be sure to check on the times and make your reservation accordingly.

If you want excellent food, service, atmosphere, AND music, you won't be disappointed at Bandera.

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