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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  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  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  The service was great, and our Arepas/Enchiladas were awesome. Can't wait to come back!

    thumb Ali Aguilar

    5 star review  Great food and margaritas! Service is good too.

    thumb Tim Dhom
  • 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.

    thumb Alexander Scott

    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  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

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

    thumb Michael H.

      Living in the neighborhood I am always looking for new places to dine. This has been open for a while and finally decided to give it a try one evening on the way home from work. I ordered to go and got the chicken enchiladas, black beans, rice, and tostones. I ordered at the bar and while waiting ordered a margarita. First of all the bartender was friendly and offered great service. The margarita was excellent and I am picky about them. I got home and dived in to my dinner. I was pleasantly surprised how delicious everything was. The beans were great and the enchiladas were fabulous. This was last week and I am making plans to take some friends there for a sit down dinner. They have made a new friend! Give them a try, it is worth it and for most people I don't think you will be disappointed.

    thumb Mike S.
  •   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.

      My lovely friend wanted to take me to South Of The Border, as she has enjoyed dining there several times. This pan-Latin restaurant is just a bit west of the Morse Red Line stop.  Perhaps it is still relatively unknown after being open for a few months, but it is apparently never too crowded. There are many cozy booths for diners, as well as a bar area. We sat in "Booth Number One" by the window.  

    Our kind and attentive server brought us some chips to start it off. He constantly filled our water glasses, and noted that we would get free dessert since we ordered two entrees, a limited time special leading up to Valentines Day. My date ordered a chicken jibarito sandwich, which comes with a side of fries. The bite of jibarito I tried was yummy. I ordered the picadillo Cubano, which comes across as a plate of Cuban comfort food. The pile of ground beef and assorted ingredients is akin to what you might find in shepherds pie, and fortunately that is a dish that I enjoy. Besides the ground beef with potato, carrot, peppers, and olives, the dish comes with black beans, white rice, and a couple of delicious tostones. These guys obviously know what they are doing with the fried plantains. Our server seemed amazed and amused that I poured the beans over the rice for maximum effect. For dessert we chose the bunuelos, a generous plate of fried doughnut fritters lightly sprinkled with sugar and accompanied with a cup of raspberry sauce. These treats were served warm, capping off a casual but tasty meal at South Of The Border.

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

    thumb Jesse S.

      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.
  •   The food is fresh and delicious. From the very first bite, it's clear that the people who make the food love what they do.

    I am pretty picky about certain food. I grew up Pilsen, and lived in Humboldt Park for many years.

    I will definitely go back to this place for tostones prepared properly, delicious arepas, and the jibarito. Cannot wait to try more things.
    Also go here for and an absolutely delicious and creamy pina colada.

    Very enjoyable and reasonable for what you get.

    thumb lisa m.

      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.
  •   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.

      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.

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