The Authentico cuisine is healthy Mexican combined with a modern twist. We offer the freshest ingredients available to create dishes from scratch every day. Even the tortillas and sauces are created fresh daily. Authentico's ambiance is a blend of rustic and old world with a modern flair.
Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Contact:
Gina Troiani: 8472953500
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Authentico Ratings and Reviews
The veggie tacos were really good as were the other dishes ordered. Service was attentive.
Great Unique Pairings
This menu has a variety of items to please any palate. There are even gluten free items.
Love their skirt steak and enchiladas! S ...
Love their skirt steak and enchiladas! Service is a little slow/forgetful but food is yummy!
Authentico is an exceptional place to eat Mexican! The service was outstanding. We had a reservation for 830...got there a little early and were seated within 10 minutes (on a Friday night!) The food was amazing. I really have no complaints about this place.
Pretty good upscale Mexican food
Great salsa, guacamole and chips. House margarita was pretty good at first but had a funky aftertaste. Many of the special margaritas are way overpriced. My husband enjoyed the Negra Modelo on draft, don't find that very often. He had the mushroom tacos; good but didn't rave about them. I had my all time favorite, chile relleno and found the beans it swam in to be better than the stuffed chili itself. Nice churro surprise for my husband's birthday but had a greasy aftertaste. Not too noisy. Service was excellent.
Great upscale Mexican...love the beans, cilantro rice, and guac!
Not as good as usual
The special salmon tacos, was terrible; very, very salty and seemed to be thrown together. The enchiladas were outstanding. I ordered a margharita with no salt; came with salt. Still love the place but was disappointed.
Too bad the salsa and Guac were way too ...
Too bad the salsa and Guac were way too spicy seems to have wrecked everything
A hidden treasure in Lake Forest!
A hidden treasure in Lake Forest!
Great place to meet Friends for dinner
We had a great dinner with two friends we hadn't seen in a long time. They live in Libertyville and we live in Highland Park. It was a great place to meet. The food was good and so was the wait staff.
Fantastic authentic Mexican food & amazing service
We loved this place! The chips are delicious - corn-based and crispy. The salsa was great, too. My boyfriend had the mushroom tacos - they were delicious and looked beautiful. He said they were very filling for a vegetarian dish. I had the shrimp and blue crab enchiladas. They were amazing - topped with a very sweet sauce. I don't adore their rice and beans - there's just something about the spices that I don't care for, but the portions are nice and I loved my entree so much that I didn't care. The service was second to none. Our server was attentive, and the manager that night was watching every table and swooping in to assist and support his staff. I should also mention that I have a gluten allergy, and their selection was plentiful and clearly marked on the regular menu. I can't wait to go back!
Abive average Mexican
I thought that the food was good. We had the fish tacos and chicken enchiladas and had no complaints. Both were accompanied by rice and beans both of which were surprisingly quite good - not what you would expect at a Mexican restaurant.
A little pricey but overall, a great experience
The service was phenomenal. Very friendly, attentive wait staff! I ordered cheese enchiladas but they served me chicken by mistake. They were very apologetic and remedied the problem immediately. The prickly pear was delicious!
Delicious mexican gem
Authentico is a wonderful restaurant. Excellent food, great cocktails, really friendly service. Very nice atmosphere-not a huge place, kind of cozy, but bustling and energetic. Totally delicious guacamole and the enchiladas de authentic (with seafood) are absolutely delicious.
Family's choice for birthday dinner. Waitress Grace formerly from the late Benjamin's in HP was fabulous! Food was perfect...entire staff was delightful!
The chips & salsas are worth the trip
Great start with 2 tasty salsas and fresh chips. 5 of us were there on Margarita Monday, so the house 'ritas were $5. They were pretty weak, but well balanced and refreshing. The food ran from good to very good and the prices were a bit high relative to comparable restaurants, but it is Lake Forest, so no surprise. This would not be my 1st choice for Mexican food on the North Shore but it's not a bad option.
Felt like we were being rushed by the server from the moment we were seated. I know they want to flip those tables, but they couldn't wait to get us out. Pretty annoying.
Great food and service
Great food and service
Food was Americanized Mexican food that ...
Food was Americanized Mexican food that was of the caliber that of grocery chain quality, at best. For example, the chips were not homemade but that of Doritos plain chips. The description of the menu selections relative to what was served, was not accurate as the food was very bland. We felt that the restaurant wanted to turn the table as quickly as possible and were rushed throughout to meal. The noise level was so excessive we had to shout to talk to each other, although we were in the center of the restaurant that may have contributed to this issue. So many better choices than this place. Would NOT recommend!
Excellent food with great presentations. ...
Excellent food with great presentations. Great neighborhood place with authentic food. The dining room is a little cramped and it can get noisy when full but it's definitely worth checking out.
We've been many times and were a little ...
We've been many times and were a little disappointed with the food. It was fine, but not fabulous. We will be back because we have had so many good experiences we assume it was an off night in the kitchen.
I always try the specials. Great flavors and new twists on basics.
Best margaritas on the North Shore! The Lake Forest Margarita was our favorite!
THE BEST MEXICAN restaurant on the north shore
We always enjoy Authentico and recommend it to friends and family. We consider this restaurant to best Mexican restaurant on the North shore.
Good Mexican food
There is energy when you walk in, best to make a reservation. Lots of families and kids so if you want a date night either sit at the bar or mention when you make a reservation . Food is good service was not. Our waiter was either preoccupied or they were understaffed - from chips and water not being attended to - to the wrong entree being brought out - service was not good- food was very good and had good company so not a problem -
Pleasant and just a bit adventurous
Casual midweek dining. First time at Authentico. Service was pleasant, efficient and attentive. Mainstream Mexican food with a few twists. Margaritas tasted like they actually made them. Ceviche was nicely done with flavorful marinade and grilled grouper came with green sauce ( little too sweet for my taste, but OK). Not avant garde but very competent. Would go again.
Great mexican food in a beautiful setting.
We always love the food and service at Authentico. The bartender was also extremely knowledgeable when we asked for a tequila recommendation. I had the fish tacos and they were really good. I highly recommend this great restaurant.
Authentico: great place
Food was good. There were entrees that were not the usual mexican dishes. Service was almost too fast. Our dinner arrived 5 minutes after ordering. Felt a bit rushed.
Expensive for what it is. $16 for a marg ...
Expensive for what it is. $16 for a margarita? Food is average. Service was OK.
As always, I really enjoyed the food! I always get the Tacos de Barbacoa de Res. I wish they didn't change these tacos they are SO much better the original way! However, I am glad the kitchen still allows you to have them the original way upon request! The only thing I am disappointed with is how long it took for us to be seated, even with our reservation! I understand it happens and it was very busy but it was so claustrophobic standing up waiting to be seated.
Good but not great.
The food is decent but to me nothing spectacular. I will return to try the various tacos. I did enjoy the guacamole; and there was plenty for 2 people. I did enjoy that I did not feel rushed. The margaritas were very enjoyable. The tortilla chips left a little something to be desired. I had salmon, my wife had lobster enchiladas. They were ok. I think Casa de Issac is better.
We love Mexican food and love having this restaurant in town. The food has really improved since it first opened a few years ago. We are consistently happy with the food, service and most importantly the margaritas. This place is always busy which is great to see!
Food and atmosphere were great. Service ...
Food and atmosphere were great. Service was excellent. There is no place to wait if you arrive a few minutes early.
The food had way too much sugar and if it didn't it would probably have been very good.
Sorry service was bad
I hate to give a bad review but I must. The service was remarkably bad. The wrong food was brought to us - but we did have to wait 1/2 hour before even ordering. When the wrong food was brought he argued with us so we just kept the wrong food. For me this is a deal breaker.
Every time we eat at authentico, the foo ...
Every time we eat at authentico, the food and service are wonderful. This time we brought 5 friends with us, and, of course, they loved the place. Thank you for always preparing and serving delicious food and drinks (I tried the prickly pear margarita). We'll be back soon and often.
Food at Authentico is generally delicious; however, this time the fish in the tacos I ordered was dry (maybe overcooked) and had no flavor Everyone else at the table loved their entree choices- including shrimp, pork and salmon we will return
A Specioal Place
This is an excellent, local restaurant for something different, very good food, excellent service, very good ambiance ... all of which is tied together by a manager who is the true "jockey on the horse" ... making the whole thing come together smoothly and friendly.
My favorite place for Mexican food!! Alw ...
My favorite place for Mexican food!! Always a great experience
excellent service and great food. A step above you normal taco joints
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