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Tabu, Chicago, IL

Tabu

4.5
4.5
38 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American

Tabu breaks from tradition with Pan-Latin-inspired cuisine and cocktails, in a unique and eclectic West Loop space. Executive Chef Saúl Román, a Cuernavaca, Mexico native with years of experience in Mexico City, defies culinary classification delivering vibrant dishes that draw influence from the cuisines of Mexico, Spain, Colombia, and more. Tabu’s food offerings were designed to pair perfectly with its tantalizing beverage program, which is set to boast the largest collection of Mezcals and Tequilas in Chicago.

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Booked 45 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Contemporary Mexican, Latin / Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 453-8228

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Saúl Román

  • Neighborhood

    West Town

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 38 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Chicago

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. AM

    AmandaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My experience with Tabu was amazing! The vibe is very cool and the music is great. The food was incredible and very affordably priced for the quality. Our waitress, Juliette was also very attentive and provided great recommendations for items to order. Can't recommend this place enough. And do yourself a favor and get the churros.

  2. TG

    TinaG

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful space, fun atmosphere, great service. Drinks and food were interesting would go back to try more!

  3. MT

    MalT

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, drinks, service and atmosphere! Will be back!

  4. b

    bex3

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Enjoyed all of our food and drinks. I recommend the PO boy tacos.

  5. NN

    NeNe

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great cocktails! Very good food and service. I loved that they had plenty of choices for vegetarians. Loved the Jicama burrito salad and corn fritters. Tacos were yummy but are pricey for size and the mushroom taco, I could have done with just the yummy well seasoned mushrooms without the greasy rice stick for crunch. Will be back!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Had a beautiful indoor decor and private rental space.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5

    Churros were raw. Food was okay.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    Food was awful

  9. MB

    MoeBetta

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    The ambiance and service was great! Beautiful place. Drinks pretty good (unsure if any liquor in them) but tasty and creative. Unfortunately the food was just average. All of us weren't very impressed. I fear, I'm efforts to be creative (Latin fusion) , some flavor was missed. Not to mention portions very small for price. So giving this only a 3 star. But the service was great. Very professional and polite. Very knowledgeable on dishes. Just the food needs to be worked on....not the staff or place!

  10. A

    Alyssa

    Chicago

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, service and ambiance was so delicious fun and colorful!! Absolutely loved it and will be back!

  11. ND

    NicoleD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Fun vibe, and every dish was fantastic. The passion fruit bunelo is a must!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Overall, it was a fun break from the work week. It’s a new place and you can see they are working out the kinks. Everyone on their staff was gracious and welcoming. The food was good, though perhaps not at the level I’d expect for the prices. We had the grilled octopus to start (yum) and then the Korean sticky Mushroom tacos (flavor bomb with a kick) and the Steak w and quail egg (tasty). The cocktails were bland/tasted watered down. We ordered the tres leches based on other reviews… it did not live up to expectations, and I found the guava sorbet stole the show. It does have a fun vibe - with great interior design and energy. The service was slow, not coming by often. Also, at times the smoke from the kitchen could be visually seen and smelled all through the restaurant.

  13. KF

    KatF

    Chicago

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    This was my first time here and it was such a beauty place. The food was really good and great flavors. The salsa were delicious and so unique. The churro dessert was beyond amazing. We'll definitely be back!

  14. TL

    TizzyLoLo

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Cocktails were amazing. I had the burger and it was delicious! The desserts were great as well. No complaints. I definitely recommend

  15. EH

    ErickaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Totally under rated restaurant- it was delicious and a super fun environment. Would definitely go back, and would rank it higher than some of the other popular restaurants in the area that we went to.

  16. P

    Paul

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Both the food and the drinks are outstanding. Don’t miss the octopus and the shrimp but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. All the dishes are very unique and beautifully put together.

  17. C

    Chellerose

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great new restaurant, beautiful space… the tres leche cake was maybe one of the best desserts I’ve ever had at a restaurant. The food/ drinks are pretty good and are very photogenic. I think this place will only get better once it’s been around a bit.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    100% coming back. Already recommended to tons of people! Great for a date night, girls night, birthday dinner or just for drinks. Can’t wait to go back!

  19. A

    Annie

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Prices for food were comically high for what you'd be getting :(

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Service, ambiance are great! Not sure if we ordered the wrong combination, all the dishes tasted salty

  21. K

    Kelli

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    I live in the neighborhood and was excited to try Tabu. The space is vibrant and fun - you can see there was a lot of thought and intention behind the design of the restaurant. We were seated at one of the two-top standard tables which are fairly close together but nothing abnormal. It took a while for our server to take our drink order and even after receiving one of our starters we hadn’t gotten any water. The food was just ok for the price - there was nothing we tried that made me want to return. Our drinks were oddly flavorless. Two people were seated next to us with a larger dog which laid underneath our table on top of our feet for the duration of our dinner. I’ve never had an experience at a restaurant in Chicago that made me want to hurry up and leave, but unfortunately that was the feeling during our experience at Tabu. Thankfully our server noticed and comped one of our starters which we appreciated.

  22. T

    Travelgirl

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was amazing! Cocktails were made fresh, not a premade batch. Highly recommend!

  23. JM

    JonathanM

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great dinner, and for only being open for 11 days, beyond impressive.

  24. WL

    WestLooper

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Truly amazing food - we LOVED everything we ordered. Service was awesome and the space is incredibly beautiful!

  25. SG

    ShreyaG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The vibe, decore, food and drinks were fabulous! Will be back for drinks and dessert again. Loved the passionfruit sorbet

  26. C

    Chicago89

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience1

    Food: We had the octopus which we all enjoyed, the ceviche was weird looking (black) but the flavor was fine. My sisters didn’t like it though. Chips and salsa are nothing special, save room for something else. We had the mushroom tacos which were good, but too spicy. The steak and cactus entree; it was ok. The esquites-croquettes side wasn’t cooked properly, it was doughy in the middle. The shishito peppers were good. We had the churros and they were just ok. The buñuelo sorbet dessert was probably the best thing we had all night.

  27. R

    Rad0930

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5

    Food wasn’t as good as we expected. Overly salty.

  28. AG

    AleG

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Diego our waiter was so patient and informative. The various managers were very welcoming as was the staff. The food was tasty and the drinks were delicious. The ambiance of the place is so fun. I can’t wait for their patio to open up.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fun fresh dishes

  30. JM

    JenMarie

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, service, and ambiance was 10/10! West loop needed this place!

  31. AF

    AlexF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chase was an amazing server, really knowledgeable and funny!!

  32. MK

    MKMack

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We loved our recent experience at Tabu and we will definitely return as soon as possible. The interior design of the restaurant is stunning - I felt like I was somewhere warm(er than Chicago). Ambiance - amazing. From the colors to the textures to the sounds of cumbia, we loved feeling like we were on vacation. The food was magnificent. The flavor fusion and inspiration for this menu were really unique - the queso fundido? I inhaled it. The grilled octopus was not too chewy and just the right amount of grilled - complemented by the crispy forbidden rice. Cocktails were creative and not overt mezcal (I LOVE mezcal and know many do not). I'd like to try a spicier drink next time but the flavors were all delicious. Chose queso over dessert this time, but the bunelo looks amazing and I'll try that next time I'm in! Also, Jade was our waitress and she was the best. She related to us, helped us navigate the menu, and also described everything well - she truly catered to us, and we so appreciate her! She was excited about Saul Roman's work and that made us even more excited to try his creations. We can't wait to come back!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding! From food, decor, service, and overall vibe - Tabu kills it! Our large-ish (8) group of friends and family were all well taken care of without a hitch even though this is their first week. Food was amazing in flavors (spice levels just right), inventiveness, and freshness. The space was also beautifully decorated, and it fits well with the food and the vibe. I know this is going to be a hard place to get reservations for in the coming weeks. Welcome to Fulton Market, Tabu!

  34. N

    Nicole

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious and thee ambiance was so fun! Our server, Ben was so attentive and gave us great recommendations! Would definitely dine here again!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Deliscious!

  36. HT

    HollyT

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Tabu just opened last weekend and I wanted to be one of the first people to experience this new restaurant. The space is absolutely beautiful! The music was funky, fun, and a bit loud, but I enjoyed it. The food was very good - I tried the octopus as a starter, mole dip tacos, and shishito peppers on the side. All the food was lovely! The sides are quite large, and geared for sharing. Everyone at my table ordered a side, so it was a LOT of food. The only somewhat negative feedback I have is regarding the drinks - they weren't very strong (and I generally don't require a super strong drink). For the price paid per drink, they could be a little more generous with the liquor. Other than that, very nice restaurant - recommend going with a group of friends, not for a quiet date. :) Enjoy!!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and great service

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We tried Tabu on Friday and had a great meal! Definitely recommend the octopus and steak tartare tostadas, but we tried most of the menu and enjoyed it all. It has a fun ambience and Marisol was a great server! Will be back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Tabu offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 453-8228.

Tabu is rated 4.5 stars by 38 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 45 times today
Google Map for Tabu

401 N Morgan St Chicago, IL 60642-6530

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    West Town

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Contemporary Mexican, Latin / Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Saúl Román

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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