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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.


  • 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  Great food and margaritas! Service is good too.

    thumb Tim Dhom
  • 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

    5 star review  Great addition to the neighborhood. The tostones, tilapia and jibarito all were delicious, and the service was great!

    thumb Jenni Spinner
  • 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

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

    thumb Ali Aguilar

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

    thumb Jhony Quintero

  •   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.

      First time here, definitely will be returning. The food was delicious and authentic! The menu had variety for different taste preferences. Their piña coladas are to die for! Fun atmosphere and great service!

    thumb Lina M.
  •   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.

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

    thumb Foodie J.

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

    thumb Jesse S.
  •   This place is amazing! From the customer service to the food. My new favorite place to eat. Walked in and was greeted with a smile. Said it was my first time in and I going to look at the menu to decide whether I wanted to order or not and was offered a seat at the bar. A gentleman who was waiting for his food said this place is amazing and that I wouldnt be disappointed. He was so right! I cant say more positive things about this place. Just amazing!

    thumb Brittney E.

      A quaint establishment located on a neat stretch within Rogers Park. An extensive menu featuring delicious, authentic options. While Mexican is definitely their specialty, they also offer some tasty, traditional American options. Very friendly staff offers solid patron service. You will not regret dining out at South Of The Border Restaurant!

    thumb Jeffrey D.
  •   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.

      I love this place! I had the steak tacos. The presentation was appealing to the eye and delicious! I had the house margarita and for the price you can't go wrong. I can't wait to go back!

    thumb Maggi K.

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