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Mexican Republic Kitchen & Cantina, Forest Park, IL

Mexican Republic Kitchen & Cantina

4.4
4.4
23 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Serving Traditional Mexican Food. Full of flavor, cooked with love & served with care. Welcome to our restaurant where you will have an authentic taste of what Mexico has to offer. Our menu consist of the most popular items like tacos & burritos to more complex entrees like Mole Coloradito Enchiladas, Peanut Salsa, Beef Barbacoa, Mole Braised Brisket & many more dishes. We introduce new entrees every week. Thank you for joining us!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (708) 689-0850

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Enrique Gomez

  • Catering

    We can accommodate up to 125 people in our restaurant. Various packages available for catering and large parties. Please contact us for more information. (708) 689-0850

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate up to 125 people in our restaurant. Various packages available for catering and large parties. Please contact us for more information. (708) 689-0850

  • Neighborhood

    Forest Park

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 23 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. PF

    PaulF

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Margaritas were very good. Food was also good. Enjoyed our dinner. Will come back again.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    We enjoy coming here for their tacos. They have an excellent variety- our favorites are the shrimp or fish tacos. Additionally, the plantain side is amazing and highly recommended! I happened to order shrimp fajitas this time and asked to substitute the rice and beans to more vegetables and the waiter was so helpful and they were extremely accommodating. I would recommend dimming the lights just a little in the back room as it was pretty bright. Other than that.. good place to eat.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Lots of seating for groups, high and booths. Prompt service with chips and salsa , our chips were warm. Bar service was quick and the menu had something for everyone. Come with an appetite, portions are generous but not overly. Good food, prices and service.
  4. KV

    KV80

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks, and service! The food was flavored well and the service was good and fast!
  5. T

    Travelady

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    I was very disappointed AGAIN when I ordered the special. I need to keep to traditional Mexican fare because this is the third time I have tried one of their specials and all were either tasteless or overcooked. I like the place very much tho. Only wish they would use the traditional margarita glasses.....hate drinking out of the mason jar they use.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday the server was wonderful, and the food was delicious.
  7. BM

    BarbM

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Lovely outdoor eating; excellent drinks, good food. We'll be back.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Our reservation was I guess kind of late for a Thursday (8 pm) and we were talking so it took us a little while to order. The waitress was patient with us. Our drinks and queso appetizer were all good. However, my beef dinner was extremely dry and my friends soup was more like a dip and my other friends dinner was pretty tasteless. When this place opened in place of the previous Mexican restaurant, I was hopeful it would be just as good but it was not. Maybe we came too late but the food was just so so. None of us wanted to finish the meals and we likely won’t return.
  9. TP

    TPAV

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Very tasty, reasonably priced, good kids menu, friendly people, good drinks!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had not been to the restaurant since it had changed owners. The food was delicious and our service was impeccable. The only thing I would try to work on is the noise level in the main dining room. It was very loud.
  11. n

    natalier

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good drinks and nice back room for families. My waiter was awesome.
  12. D

    Diana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Online reservations process simple. Party of 6 with everyone ordering something different, lots of sharing and not a dud in the mix. Friendly, prompt service.
  13. PS

    PamS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food and drink served by happy people.
  14. DW

    DeeW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food and be service in town! The shrimp tacos are amazing!
  15. N

    Nedly

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wife and I enjoyed the caso fondito appetizer, steak fajitas and spicy shrimp for dinner. All items were prepared perfectly and the service was terrific. Especially like the mole type salsa they give you with the chips while you’re waiting to place your order. We will definitely return.
  16. C

    Catt

    Chicago

    54 reviews

    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The mole sauces were outstanding and so was the salsa. Meals good. Service pleasant although not as knowledgeable as they could be. Presentation good.
  17. AG

    AmyG

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Service was poor. Didn’t even give us silverware or napkins until we asked twice. First they have us paper towels from the bathroom. Yuk. The quesadilla for the kids was notably poor- event the kids noticed. My husbands beef was not a full piece of beef- it was chunks. Odd. My fish tacos were ok but not great. The music was thumping bass heavy. The ambience was flat and bright. Nothing fun to admire and the lighting was super bright. Overall poor experience. Will not go back.
  18. TD

    TroyD

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great dining experience. The food was excellent. Service was good. They were busy with very large parties. It did not impact our experience. Bar service was on point. Great overall. I will return and bring friends. Maggie
  19. KH

    KateH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The service was great, the food was the best Mexican food I have had in a long time. The empanadas were very tasty, and my carnitas were great. My husband had the tres leches cake for dessert and he polished it all off(it was a big slice, with icecream!) Will definitely go again. I liked the food better here than at the place that used to be in the location.
  20. AS

    ArthurS

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food. Pleasantly surprised to see all the seafood on the menu. Truly southern/“Vera Cruz” regional cuisine. A new favorite. Definitely will be back
  21. g

    geetp

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Mexican Republic is a very good place to dine in and for larger party. Food is not excellent but it is surely good. The flavors are not very authentic but they have done a good job keeping it nice and simple. Quantity is huge 1 plate can serve 2 easily. There queso was a little disappointment, Chile Relleno was very good must try.
  22. DE

    DENISEW

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Food and drinks were delicious. We couldn't find our waitress much of the evening.
  23. BS

    BigSime

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious, service was attentive but not overbearing. Good stuff all round.

FAQs

Mexican Republic Kitchen & Cantina does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Mexican Republic Kitchen & Cantina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 689-0850.

Mexican Republic Kitchen & Cantina is rated 4.4 stars by 23 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Forest Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Enrique Gomez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (708) 689-0850

  • Catering

    We can accommodate up to 125 people in our restaurant. Various packages available for catering and large parties. Please contact us for more information. (708) 689-0850

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate up to 125 people in our restaurant. Various packages available for catering and large parties. Please contact us for more information. (708) 689-0850

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