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“Delicious!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Nuevo Mexicano

El Nuevo Mexicano
Ranked #709 of 9,467 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $22
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Lakeview
Cross street: Oakdale
Transit: CTA Bus - #22 Clark, Wellington, Oakdale or Surf Stops CTA Brown Line Train - Diversey or Wellington stops
Description: El Nuevo Mexicano offers a mix of traditional and new Mexican dishes. Stop by for delicious food accompanied with amazing drinks all in a lively, beautiful atmosphere. Drinks, Dining, Fun!
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

We eat here often because this restaurant is in our neighborhood, and we find it consistently excellent. Preparations are beautiful, tasty and a step above the typical variety of Mexican plates. We always bring visiting friends here--it is our go-to place for Mexican food. We also appreciate the vegetarian options, the reasonable prices, and good service.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Plenty of Classy Mexican Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

You can certainly say I'm a fan of El Nuevo. They have great portions of flavorful Mexican food of all varieties. El Nuevo doesn't just have the usual assortment of tacos and burritos but other Mexican plates and unique enchiladas. Personally, I enjoy the chorizo enchilada with salsa verde. The one downside about El Nuevo is it can be a little more pricey than your average Mexican restaurant, although I think the portions and quality of food somewhat make up for that.

El Nuevo usually has a decent crowd in there, so I suggest trying to make a reservation, although I have had good luck just walking in. Also, El Nuevo has various vegetarian and vegan options for those in your life who do not eat meat.

If you find yourself in Lakeview and looking for some filling Mexican plates, look no further than El Nuevo.

Visited December 2013
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Thank Claire F
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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120 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“The Delicious and The Unexpected”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

I've eaten at El Nuevo Mexicano several times in the past few months, its location near the Century Landmark Theaters makes it convenient for an 'after movie' meal. I find the staff to be warm and gracious in a contemporary manner and the ambience to be comfortable. The food is consistently exceptional. This isn't a Tex-Mex diner, rather you will find a sophisticated menu that blends Mexican spices and preparations in delightful and often unexpected ways. Last night I had a grilled salmon on a base of sweet chili sauce covered with peaches and raisins, complemented with herb roasted fresh vegetables. Wow, what a combination...the salmon was nicely grilled with piquant herbs which was offset by the natural sweetness of the sauces and fruit. Every visit I try something new and come away impressed. Highly recommended.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Notably excellent Mexican cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

Stylish without being uber-trendy, this modest restaurant offers great service and a wide variety on the menu, including numerous vegetarian (vegan, even!) options. A short walk from the busy Broadway strip just south of Belmont

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
“Good Mexican”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great salsa, good classic Mexican fare. Enchiladas with tomatillo sauce is my go to meal here. Margaritas are ok, not great.

Visited October 2013
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