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Pilsen Yards, Chicago, IL

Pilsen Yards

4.7
4.7
1174 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Pilsen Yards is a bar-centric and music-driven hangout in the heart of Pilsen with an open air vibe and one of the largest patios in the city.

Exec. chef Juan Carlos Gutierrez's menu of latin-inspired street food, from tacos to ceviches, hummus to carne asada is plated up next to a mezcal, tequila, & whiskey charged bar program from bev director Lance Bowman, and it’s all on the cheap.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 47 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Regional Mexican (Baja Med), Mexican / Southwestern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 243-2410

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Armando Gonzalez

  • Private party facilities

    Pilsen Yards is a bar-centric and music-driven hangout in the heart of Pilsen with an open air vibe and plenty of room to spread out safely and comfortably.

  • Private party contact

    Colleen Morris: (312) 243-2410

  • Neighborhood

    Pilsen

  • Cross street

    18th and Racine

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    18th St Pink Line Stop

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,174 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago

    Outdoor Dining

  • Chicago

    Mexican

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  1. BA

    BARRYI

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good, and it came Jimmy John style -- freaky fast. The host and servers were very friendly as well. Outside seating was very pleasant, We will be back.
  2. BW

    BrianW

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great outdoor patio
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Music too loud though. We had to shout across our 4 person table.
  4. CS

    ClaireS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service5ambience4
    Certain things just don’t taste the way it should.
  5. MB

    MarkB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time, really good food and service.
  6. T

    Timidd1

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had reservations for outside but were initially seated inside and had to wait a few minutes to actually get a patio table. Service is great, staff friendly and attentive. Food is good and comes fast but we didn’t feel rushed. Diverse crowd and I enjoyed the Oscar Valentin cocktail.
  7. DN

    DNishi

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was attentive and knowledgeable, the outdoor seating was perfect for our large group, and the food and drinks were delicious!
  8. DO

    DrOzellaB

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always have a good time here. Excellent service, fabulous food and great drinks! I'm never disappointed which is why I'm a frequent customer 💜😋
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic! The food was a different kind of Mexican with great flavors. I person loved the chicken enchiladas and the guacamole was extra good. We’ll definitely be back.
  10. H

    Happy

    Chicago

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This restaurant is really a cut above. It has a sweet outdoor space, great service, music and just a nice vibe. It took us a while to find parking and then, on leaving, discovered that there is valet parking for a fee. The food was upscale. My husband has tacos (relatively small) and tamales. He really enjoyed them. I had bass (big) with delicious spinach and sweet potato purée. What sn unexpected treat!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Algeria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I loved pretty much everything such as ambiance, atmosphere, service, timing of food delivery. The food and drinks were not anything to brag about. The guacamole was good. I didn’t like the sauce on the flautas or enchiladas. Fish taco was good minus the sauce that was on it. I would go back just for the ambiance.
  12. JD

    JulieD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place and location. Carissa was out wait staff she was great. Food great and came fast!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Sadly the margaritas were terrible and the food was only a little above average. It’s a gorgeous patio but in a city like chicago work so many great Mexican restaurants, I would never go black to a place waiting such awful margaritas
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fathers’s Day
  15. CB

    CBFoodie

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing and so was the service! The manager was so accommodating when we said we were cold he tried to reseat us by a heater and turned on the fire pit! Cocktails were great too. The only reason I didn’t give it all 5s was that it is pretty loud outside. Otherwise, I’d give them 10s if I could. Such a fun night. Thank you!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Service was not great. Waiter forgot our flautas. The nachos were okay. Drinks good. Shrimp ceviche was not good. I didn’t eat it
  17. MF

    MaureenF

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fast service and amazing drinks. Reasonable prices and super cute patio
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far my favorite place to eat and drink! I love John, JJ, and Angelo! The bartender in the Alderman was amazing! Best drinks.
  19. GE

    GoodEats

    Chicago

    272 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    272 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highlights on this visit included the queso fundido, carrots al pastor and the sweet corn tamales. The food is consistently outstanding, and the service is professional and friendly. Love this place!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place! Patio is beautiful
  21. PM

    PatxM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing service! I would literally come back just because everyone was beyond nice. The food was great and the drinks are fire
  22. LK

    LarryK

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and a wonderful ambiance on the patio. Will definitely return.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food, music and overall vibe was great!
  24. AK

    AgnesK

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was great!! Small proportion but good quality. Want to go back again for sure :)
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Not a good experience at all. The food was just okay, nothing special. The aioli on the fish tacos was overpowered by the taste of mayo and lacked other flavor. The service was annoying. We ordered a $46 pitcher of the house margarita and the clumsy waitress spilled at least half a cup of it trying to pour it into our glasses! It was all over the table and floor! Pretty annoying considering how much it cost and she didn’t offer to top it off! The margarita itself was terrible, too sour. It tasted like a pitcher of lime juice and water! When she told me it was made in batches that totally explained why it was weak but for the price it was really disappointing! I paid extra to put two shots of Mezcal in it and regretted the extra charge because it didn’t help. We left more than half a pitcher on the table. I really regret leaving that waitress a $20 tip! I just hate not to tip, but she didn’t deserve it. Oh and we asked for straws, she told us they ran out. Skip this place! Much better restaurants in Pilsen.
  26. BB

    BrotherBluff

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to get a meal before a show at Thalia Hall. I have eaten here a number of times and the food is served pretty quickly after ordering. It's possible to get in-and-out of the restaurant in under an hour if you're in a hurry. The food is excellent, and the Oscar Valentin cocktail is the best!
  27. v

    valleyv35

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A great Brunch! Service was excellent and the food is well worth coming back for! The patio is just so nice, spacious and fun.
  28. SO

    eSutrasOrganics

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    An excellent fun lively addition to the Pilsen area of Chicago, we were pleasantly surprised at the tasty food and superb service. Friendly and inviting staff who found a table for us, despite our reservation times being off and very moderately priced great dishes.. What more can one ask for on a Saturday evening?
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Celebrating my husbands birthday. In the notes when I made reservations, I asked to get a slice of cake with a candle at the end of brunch. I’m assuming they don’t read the notes, because it never happened. Out appetizer was brought out last, after brunch… and it was only when my husband reminded him. They also forgot our beers… he brought them out maybe 30 minutes later, again when he was reminded. Waiter was very friendly, but very forgetful… I get it it happens, but it was a total no for me; when the notes weren’t read. Food was ok. First time there; and probably last.
  30. MF

    MariaF

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing place. Already planning going back. The only disappointment was that nobody acknowledged that we were celebrating a birthday. Although I heard employees wish other patrons a Happy Birthday.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outdoor seating was awesome and food and drinks were great!!
  32. CJ

    CarenJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Sat outside to the back which was much less loud that the outdoor area with the overhang. Surprised had to pay for chips and salsa (we didn't) and the queso fundito was a great app that fed 2 of us perfectly before a show at Thalia Hall. Loved the atmosphere and vibe. The place is huge and lots of cool spots to hang out with couches, big family-size table. Just a super cool place. Great, strong margaritas. Can't wait to go back.
  33. J

    Jawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food is way too expensive for what you get. Drinks were average too
  34. CD

    CDav

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and drinks!
  35. MJ

    MaddieJ

    Chicago

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside…a great way to spend a weekend with DJ, great art, fab people, food and drinks were on point. Thank you to all….
  36. EF

    EmmanuelF

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal staff and good looking place. Very clean.
  37. B

    Bill

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. The Baja bass was outstanding.
  38. B

    Berraberro

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    I don’t think I’d go back. I’d rather do La Vaca across the street. The 3 reasons are that they have a time limit for the table. It was 90 minutes. I just don’t think when you have a $100+ tab for 2 people you should be kicked out of a restaurant. They let us overstay our 90 by a few minutes and then the manager legit came over and asked us to leave. Reason 2 - the portions were small. $5 for salsa and it was a little side of salsa and $5 tacos with skimpy ingredients isn’t it. Food was tasty, but… Reason 3 - when our waiter checked us out table side (after bringing a bill we didn’t ask for and telling us we had to leave while we had full drinks) HE PRESSED THE 22.5% TIP option as he HE choose the tip we should give for us and then handed it back and said just sign. It blew me away. So while the vibe is fun and the food was good, I can’t recommend Pilsen Yards.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an amazing find for a last minute date nite with friends! Food was delightfully delicious you must try the enchiladas, fish, lamb and chicken tacos , shrimp ceviche and of the guacamole!!! This restaurant will into our regular rotation for a meal and music!! A must see is the art work that they on display!!!!!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Margaritas and food was wonderful! Loved the heated back patio. Will be back a lot this summer

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Pilsen Yards is rated 4.7 stars by 1174 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 47 times today
Google Map for Pilsen Yards

1163 W 18th St. Chicago, IL 60608

Additional information

  • Cross street

    18th and Racine

  • Neighborhood

    Pilsen

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Regional Mexican (Baja Med), Mexican / Southwestern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    18th St Pink Line Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Armando Gonzalez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 243-2410

  • Private party facilities

    Pilsen Yards is a bar-centric and music-driven hangout in the heart of Pilsen with an open air vibe and plenty of room to spread out safely and comfortably.

  • Private party contact

    Colleen Morris: (312) 243-2410

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