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

    Joseph Hoffmann Avatar Joseph Hoffmann
    February 11, 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  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  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  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

    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
  • 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  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

  •   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

      I'm in the neighborhood and have eaten here a few times. The menu is an interesting mix of Mexican, Caribbean, and South American dishes, but without an obvious focus. While it's a bit hard to tell what they're trying to do, everything they've served me has been good. Check it out.

    I like the arepas. Also, it seems like a family business, and they're all really nice.

    thumb Nick V.
    7/15/2018
  •   Taco Dinner/ nice price.
    I was not expecting white butter rice with tacos? That was not a blend.
    That was the turn off.
    Pico De Gallo Great! Taco avergae. Service was good.
    Wait time from order to Receiving was a little long, for a taco dinner.
    20-25 minutes?

    Great location, friendly and clean!

    thumb Candace C.
    6/15/2018

      Ordered the Jibarito, and it is a cheap version of the original. Hard salty meat, soggy platano... their fries are those supermarket bag fries. The arroz con gandules was bland, and the cup it came in was half full. This place is a slap in the face to the Latino community.

    thumb Mickey C.
    8/11/2019
  •   Ate here for the first time tonight and it did not disappoint! Staff was very friendly! Food was delicious and the margaritas were strong and tasty! What more could you ask for? I will definitely be back!

    thumb Rebecca E.
    7/09/2019

      Third time here. Love the fresh ingredients from the salsa to the fresh lime juice in the margaritas! The margaritas are the best! Had the Ropa Vieja which was delicious! Also started with the Cuban Empanadas which were delicious. So glad we have a great margarita place In the neighborhood!!

    thumb Bill D.
    7/13/2018
  •   This is by far one of my favorite places to eat! The food is always spot on and the staff is super friendly.
    But tonight was rough. The restaurant was completely empty when I came tonight. I called ahead to get my order started as to I was taking it home to eat after a long day of working 2 jobs.

    I ordered a chicken taco dinner w/no tomato.
    (Missing rice and beans) (This happens every other order)
    Sweet potato fries. ( Extremely soggy and burnt)
    Guacamole w/no tomato.

    I have decided to change my review in hopes that the staff create consistency in there food delivery. Why do I sometimes get beans and rice and sometimes not. Why sometimes do I get a nice presentation and a plastic container for my tacos w/limes. Then other times like tonight...were the tacos are crammed into a very small foam container.

    I will probably not do takeout any more as to this is always a problem when I do.

    I was very early for my pick up so there is no reason for the fries to be the way they were.

    The staff is always different. When you first opened that staff was amazing! Tonight..they were just okay.

    thumb Brittney E.
    6/04/2019

      We love this place! Great food, services and prices 🙂 it's a gem on Morse Ave. Thanks!

    thumb Jesse S.
    12/14/2018
  •   Beans and chips instead of chips and salsa?! SIGN ME UP! Everything including the peach daiquiri is awesome!

    thumb Eva H.
    10/13/2019

      I really enjoy South of The Border. I have been here about 5 times since it has opened and always leave full and happy. I've also ordered a different thing every single time. Yes, sometimes it can take a couple minuetes but they are attenttive and asking for any refills and what else they can help with. The owner Antonio is just a swell guy.

    The fresh chips and salsa that you get are able enough to keep you sustained while you wait for your food. The drinks are decently priced and large in size. The entrees are also quite large and most of the time you will have to take a to-go box.

    From the Jibaritos to the Cuban Sandwich, this place is a must.
    I will gladly keep giving them my business.

    thumb Rachel B.
    4/20/2018

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