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New Hours: 7am – 10pm

South of the Border Restaurant

Full Service Bar • Open Late • Seven Days a Week

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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.


  • 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  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  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

    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  Amazing food! Some of the best tacos I've had!

    Joseph Hoffmann Avatar Joseph Hoffmann
    February 11, 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
  • positive review  I tried the Chipotle Chicken Pasta today and it was a religious experience. Everything on the menu that I’ve tried so far has been exceptional. Try the watermelon margarita. It’s life changing.

    Alexander Scott Avatar Alexander Scott
    June 5, 2018

    5 star review  So fresh. So so fresh. And the margaritas are stellar ♡

    Sarah Ortlieb Avatar Sarah Ortlieb
    July 15, 2018

  •   I told Antonio that I was probably going to post an ode to SotB's chilaquiles on Yelp. So that's what this is! This ginormous plate of chilaquiles I had recently was amazing. To accommodate my egg allergy, they swapped out egg for grilled chicken. It came with sliced avocado and sour cream on the side and was topped by this massive slice of queso blanco. I regretted that queso blanco later, but it was WORTH IT. Their salsa verde is delicious, and the tortilla chips took on this tamale-esque texture beneath all the toppings. I couldn't finish the plate, but I wanted to!

    They're not doing much indoor business due to COVID. They have a robust takeout enterprise and three outdoor patio tables out front. Masks are worn by staff, and they're definitely taking safety seriously.

    thumb Molly B.

      Had a chicken jibbarito. Was rubbery. Seasoning was good and portions were nice. Fries reminded me of cafeteria partially steamed fries. Mango shake tasted powdery 🙁

    thumb Cherilyn N.
  •   Really tasty arepas, they sure don't skimp on the avocados here. Looking forward to trying out the rest of the menu, especially the vieja ropa.

    thumb Jeff K.

      This place has some amazing jibaaritos ! The fries are to die for ! The drink are great ! Cuban sandwich is delicious!nice atmosphere!

    thumb Mireya R.
  •   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.

      There is something special about this place. We always have fun there, sitting at the bar, ordering enchiladas, burrito or Cuban sandwich, and meeting interesting and fun people.
    Beyond the food and Margaritas, the highlight is the special upbeat energy of the owner Antonio - clearly one of the warmest, most genuine people I know, with s wonderful laugh.
    I encourage people to try out this great late night place - which might also soon be opening for morning commute!

    thumb Michael G.
  •   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.

      In July, my husband and I married in a small ceremony on a beach in Rogers Park, and in advance, I'd arranged with South of the Border to host an intimate lunch for us (9 people) after the nuptials. They really knocked it out of the park with a perfect setup, and I was especially happy that they allowed our larger party during their awesome live Jazz performance. It was absolutely flawless with excellent food and top-tier service. I'd been there many times prior, and I have literally never been disappointed in anything. And of course, with the most recent visit being our wedding day, for everything to be so streamlined, we were just so appreciative. The service here makes one feel as if they are truly valued, and we remain grateful.

    thumb Audra M.
  •   Delicious food and excellent service. If your hungry for Mexican, Venezuelan or Puerto Rican food, this place has some amazing food.  Check it out when you're in Rogers Park.  Close to the Morse redline.  I recommend you try this place.

    thumb F G.

      We stopped in on a early Monday evening and had a great time. The margaritas were fantastic and the empanadas kill.

    thumb Michael H.

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