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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  So fresh. So so fresh. And the margaritas are stellar ♡

    Sarah Ortlieb Avatar Sarah Ortlieb
    July 15, 2018

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

    Tim Dhom Avatar Tim Dhom
    June 8, 2018
  • 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
  • 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  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
  • 5 star review  Excelente servicio. La comida deliciosa. Los recomiendo 100%. Excellent food, an awesome service. 100% recommended.

    Jhony Quintero Avatar Jhony Quintero
    March 25, 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

  •   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
  •   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

      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

      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.
    12/07/2018
  •   I've eaten several times at this place and I've never had anything that was less than delicious. Excellent service, too. Their arepas are one of my favorite dishes, and I loved the dish called "ropa vieja," too. I hope this place is around for a very long time!

    thumb Regina R.
    7/26/2019

      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.
    3/22/2018
  •   idiots just served me a burger with absolutely no toppings on it! wtf am i supposed to do with that. ugh!

    thumb Foodie J.
    10/31/2018

      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.
    1/18/2019

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