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South of the Border Restaurant

Full Service Bar • Open Late • Seven Days a Week

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Announcing

Your Host, Antonio Diaz

Meet Your Host, Antonio Diaz

South of the Border Restaurant in Rogers Park is the fruition of a great idea. Antonio Diaz wanted to celebrate best of South of the Border cuisine, whether the border is the Rio Grand, the Gulf of Mexico, or the Mason Dixon. Use the freshest ingredients, make everything to your liking, and serve it with a smile.

Come in and try the Arrepos–to die for. Or the Cuban sandwich, always freshly made. Or our signature Jibarito, or our Texas Burger–cooked the way you like it.

Finally, Antonio brought to Rogers Park the one thing missing from most menus. For what is a Latin restaurant without Mojito’s, Pina Coladas, and of course, Margaritas? We think our cocktails are are the best in all of Chicago. 

South of the Border is a place for friends and family and amazing food.

Testimonials

  • 5 star review  Good food. Good service. It's nice to have a variety of Latin American dishes. We have many excellent Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood. This adds both Cuban and Puerto Rican Specialties to the mix.

    Mark Ballard Avatar Mark Ballard
    October 1, 2017

    5 star review  The food is delicious, inexpensive, well-presented, and a nice variety of Latin dishes. The service was very pleasant and cheerful. It's a great addition to RP, one that provides a nice place with good food that you can drop in any night of the week.

    Belia Rodriguez Avatar Belia Rodriguez
    December 5, 2017
  • 5 star review  The service was great, and our Arepas/Enchiladas were awesome. Can't wait to come back!

    Ali Aguilar Avatar Ali Aguilar
    December 5, 2017

    5 star review  Great addition to the neighborhood. The tostones, tilapia and jibarito all were delicious, and the service was great!

    Jenni Spinner Avatar Jenni Spinner
    October 1, 2017
  • 5 star review  Great food and margaritas! Service is good too.

    Tim Dhom Avatar Tim Dhom
    June 8, 2018

    5 star review  Delicious food, nice open atmosphere , cute bar , convenient to Morse El Stop just west of it. I ll be back for sure! Thank you for a great grand opening.

    Cathleen Walker Avatar Cathleen Walker
    February 25, 2018
  • positive review  Antonio is wonderful and the food is great! Tostones and enchiladas are my favs but the grilled cheese and tomato soup aren’t bad either 🙂 Thursday are $6 margaritas 😀

    Maria Hadden Avatar Maria Hadden
    August 10, 2018

    positive review  Delightful restaurant! Delicious food and excellent service! I recommend this place to anyone that wants to try some Latin inspired dishes.

    Daniela Rus Avatar Daniela Rus
    August 13, 2018

  •   This place opened up somewhat recently in Rogers Park. Unfortunately, the neighborhood is lacking in high quality restaurants, so I am glad this place became an option.

    I've been here 3-4 times since it opened, and each time I've gotten the jibarito and empanadas. The jibarito is a chicken sandwich made with fried plantains instead of buns--makes me feel like I'm being healthier? Last time I visited, I had a mango margarita. It came on the rocks with salt and had the right amount of booze for me. It was also only $6 on a Thursday.

    I really hope this restaurant can show consistency which is what our neighborhood needs in a dining option. I wish South of the Border the best of luck!

    thumb Anna S.
    4/17/2018

      The empandas here have become my new obsession. We've ordered a few times through Yelp when craving them. The delivery was quick, the food was fresh. Definitely recommended. I want to go in person one day since everyone keeps mentioning the drinks.

    thumb Mike M.
    6/27/2018
  •   By far the best Latin restaurant I've had in a long time the food is wonderful. I highly recommend the guacamole with plantains and quesadillas...but what really stands out is the unbelievably kind service! There was a mix up on a "to go" order that I placed (got steak tacos instead of chicken)...which is totally reasonable considering the complicated order I submitted. Nonetheless, when I called explaining the mix up, they offered to drop off the tacos immediately (without my suggestion). I live in Evanston and they were here faster than a jimmy johns order. When I tried to tip the person who dropped it off he refused...I also tried to give him the "mistake tacos" and he also refused!!! This place understands customer service and really wants your experience to be memorable...well done..mission accomplished!!!

    thumb Patrick J.
    12/08/2018

      I arrived with a group of four. Place was empty, nice music, interesting atmosphere. All of our plates lacked flavor, Jibarito meat was tough, tacos with lettuce and tomatoes and my ropa Vieja was bland , like stringy spaghetti. Huge disappointment, the only reason I decided to try this place was because the good reviews and pictures looked yummy. Left hungry.

    thumb Ruben H.
    11/17/2019
  •   Enchiladas. Yes, the enchiladas make this place great.

    Or is it the margaritas? The Arepas?

    Or the great servers?

    All of it, can't wait to go back. A neighborhood gem.

    thumb Joe M.
    10/22/2019

      The food is solid, had empanadas and a really nice salad. Husband had enchiladas. They were good. Service is quite good but the drink! The spicy watermelon margarita is easily top 5 drinks I've ever had. Happy we are walking distance and will def be back.

    thumb Karin F.
    5/01/2019
  •   Beautiful atmosphere very good food and amazing drinks. If you're looking for a variety of Latin America food and drinks this is the right place to go. Can't wait to go back!

    thumb Nancy S.
    1/25/2019

      This place is delicious!!! The enchiladas are soooooo good, best I've had so far in Rogers Park. Guacamole is delicious and the amount is generous. I'm full before the food comes, but i have to keep eating because it's so amazing! The staff is really friendly too. I definitely plan to keep coming back!

    thumb Kali C.
    4/20/2018
  •   I can never figure out why this place is empty. Whenever I go the service is great and the food is delicious. They have 6$ drink specials every weeknight, Monday is piña colada night and my absolute favorite. Beers are super affordable too! Food: The chicken enchiladas is my go to. The salsa verde is spicy but amazing. There brunch menu for Saturday and Sunday is small but also full of delicious options, I highly recommend the chorizo skillet it's a traditional Mexican breakfast done right!

    thumb Sofia G.
    5/08/2019

      Friendly staff, yummy margaritas, and decent Bru menu. Have some chilaquiles, basic eggs, or a jibarito! Wonderful addition to the Rogers Park neighborhood. It's low key and you can use your Touch Tunes app to play some tunes.

    thumb Viki P.
    7/29/2018

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