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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.

Testimonials

  • 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

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

    Jenni Spinner Avatar Jenni Spinner
    October 1, 2017
  • 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

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

    Sarah Ortlieb Avatar Sarah Ortlieb
    July 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.

    Anthony Mesok Avatar Anthony Mesok
    January 26, 2018

    5 star review  Amazing food! Some of the best tacos I've had!

    Joseph Hoffmann Avatar Joseph Hoffmann
    February 11, 2018

  •   By far the best Latin restaurant I've had in a long time the food is wonderful. I highly recommend the guacamole with plantains and quesadillas...but what really stands out is the unbelievably kind service! There was a mix up on a "to go" order that I placed (got steak tacos instead of chicken)...which is totally reasonable considering the complicated order I submitted. Nonetheless, when I called explaining the mix up, they offered to drop off the tacos immediately (without my suggestion). I live in Evanston and they were here faster than a jimmy johns order. When I tried to tip the person who dropped it off he refused...I also tried to give him the "mistake tacos" and he also refused!!! This place understands customer service and really wants your experience to be memorable...well done..mission accomplished!!!

    thumb Patrick J.
    12/08/2018

      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
  •   Don't let the name fool you. This isn't a generic Mexican food place. This place is a fusion of all of my favorite Hispanic/South American foods. Everything thing I've had here is super tasty. My favorites are the enchiladas, the jibarito (similar to patacon), arepas and the cuban sandwich. Their guacamole is super good especially with the tostones. So happy to have a place like this in the neighborhood. Also, they have a delicious drink menu. Their pineapple margarita is super tasty and potent. They also have different drink specials Monday-Thursday.

    thumb Andrea P.
    6/02/2018

      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
  •   I always bring my friends and family here and it's always been a fan favorite. Every margarita we have gotten has been delicious. They are also very accommodating and make a tofu jibaritos on request I hope it becomes a menu item in the future.

    thumb Brooke E.
    10/21/2019

      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
  •   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

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

    thumb Jesse S.
    12/14/2018

      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

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