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

    Ali Aguilar Avatar Ali Aguilar
    December 5, 2017

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

    Sarah Ortlieb Avatar Sarah Ortlieb
    July 15, 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.

    Belia Rodriguez Avatar Belia Rodriguez
    December 5, 2017

    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  Great food and margaritas! Service is good too.

    Tim Dhom Avatar Tim Dhom
    June 8, 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.

    Anthony Mesok Avatar Anthony Mesok
    January 26, 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

    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.

    Mark Ballard Avatar Mark Ballard
    October 1, 2017

  •   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.

      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.
  •   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.

      In July, my husband and I married in a small ceremony on a beach in Rogers Park, and in advance, I'd arranged with South of the Border to host an intimate lunch for us (9 people) after the nuptials. They really knocked it out of the park with a perfect setup, and I was especially happy that they allowed our larger party during their awesome live Jazz performance. It was absolutely flawless with excellent food and top-tier service. I'd been there many times prior, and I have literally never been disappointed in anything. And of course, with the most recent visit being our wedding day, for everything to be so streamlined, we were just so appreciative. The service here makes one feel as if they are truly valued, and we remain grateful.

    thumb Audra M.
  •   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.

      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.
  •   I can never figure out why this place is empty. Whenever I go the service is great and the food is delicious. They have 6$ drink specials every weeknight, Monday is piña colada night and my absolute favorite. Beers are super affordable too! Food: The chicken enchiladas is my go to. The salsa verde is spicy but amazing. There brunch menu for Saturday and Sunday is small but also full of delicious options, I highly recommend the chorizo skillet it's a traditional Mexican breakfast done right!

    thumb Sofia G.

      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.
  •   I arrived with a group of four. Place was empty, nice music, interesting atmosphere. All of our plates lacked flavor, Jibarito meat was tough, tacos with lettuce and tomatoes and my ropa Vieja was bland , like stringy spaghetti. Huge disappointment, the only reason I decided to try this place was because the good reviews and pictures looked yummy. Left hungry.

    thumb Ruben H.

      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.

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