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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  Excelente servicio. La comida deliciosa. Los recomiendo 100%. Excellent food, an awesome service. 100% recommended.

    thumb Jhony Quintero

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

    thumb Sarah Ortlieb
  • 5 star review  Amazing food! Some of the best tacos I've had!

    thumb Joseph Hoffmann

    5 star review  The food here is amazing. One of the best Cuban Sandwiches I've had. Great Chicken Enchiladas. Try the tostones (crisp plantains), they are delicious.

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

    thumb Daniela Rus

    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.

    thumb Mark Ballard
  • 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 😀

    thumb Maria Hadden

    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.

    thumb Belia Rodriguez

  •   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.

      We stopped in to South of the Border for an impromptu late lunch recently. Not a fancy place, but they had good food and a welcoming staff. There's a compact selection of familiar pan-Latin dishes (e.g., tacos, arepas, cubano, ropas viejas, etc), and a similarly compact selection of beverages. Our taco dinners were fresh, plump & tasty; with three tacos, beans and rice, they were filling & thrifty. It's a nice alternative in this neighborhood - definitely on my short list next time I'm up that way.

    thumb Comensal A.
  •   Good food! Can't wait to go back and eat again! The waitress was very friendly! Will def be back to try something else on the menu

    thumb Dale J.

      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.
  •   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.

      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.
  •   Cuban lady from Miami over here! I was very skeptical about the Cuban food since they do Mexican and Puerto Rican food as well... But I ordered for delivery and was very pleasantly surprised!

    I had the ropa vieja and the guac with tostones. The ropa vieja and white rice were on point!! The guac was super fresh. The maduros were perfectly cooked, just soft enough with ever so slightly crispy edges.

    One thing to note is that everything was under-salted. Once I added salt, the FLAVORS were all good.. that's the hard part. Adding salt is easy. Also, the black beans were not my favorite but everyone has their own idea of what black beans should taste like.. and they're always best when they're homemade.

    I'll definitely try more dishes from here in the future just based on the quality of the guac, ropa vieja, maduros, and rice!

    thumb Susan R.

      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 restaurant deserves more credit. It's family owned. Their dishes are latin american with their own twist. I've been here a few times, but I was waiting to write my review. Every time I come here I feel like I'm back home and my ma is in the kitchen cooking as I patiently wait for my food sipping on my margarita. Can we talk about their mixed drinks? I mean come on! This place is in Rogers Park and not on Clark. Their mixed drinks go hard and delicious. Seriously, don't order pizza tonight and come get yourself a margarita and some home home cooked Hispanic food.

    thumb Betsy R.

      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.

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