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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  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.

    thumb Cathleen Walker
    2/25/2018

    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.

    thumb Alexander Scott
    6/05/2018
  • 5 star review  So fresh. So so fresh. And the margaritas are stellar ♡

    thumb Sarah Ortlieb
    7/15/2018

    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
    1/26/2018
  • 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
    8/13/2018

    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.

    thumb Belia Rodriguez
    12/05/2017
  • 5 star review  Great food and margaritas! Service is good too.

    thumb Tim Dhom
    6/08/2018

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

    thumb Jhony Quintero
    3/25/2018

  •   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

      We did lunch here. The chorizo skillet was delish. Someone else had the breakfast Cuban and raved about it.  The guacamole was good though needed a little salt. Like that they gave us tostones and chips.  A gringo with us had a burger and fries and really liked it. So, great all the way around.

    thumb Christina M.
    8/18/2018
  •   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

      This place is delicious!!! The enchiladas are soooooo good, best I've had so far in Rogers Park. Guacamole is delicious and the amount is generous. I'm full before the food comes, but i have to keep eating because it's so amazing! The staff is really friendly too. I definitely plan to keep coming back!

    thumb Kali C.
    4/20/2018
  •   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.
    6/27/2018

      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
  •   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.
    1/25/2019

      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
  •   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.
    6/08/2018

      I had to pop over here and give "South of the Border" some love! We tried this place for the first time last night and were pleasantly surprised.

    I loved the ambiance (super chill, live music without being too loud for conversation), the service (again: super chill, quietly attentive), and the food (California Chicken Sandwich was surprisingly good). I not only ate good food, I enjoyed the experience and left feeling more relaxed than when I first sat down. We will definitely, definitely be back.

    After the lackluster dining options in Rogers Park, this is a welcome change!

    thumb Kimberly B.
    10/25/2018

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