About Authentico

770 N Western Ave
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Westmister

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 295-3500

Website:
http://authenticorestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Antonio Gutierrez

Private Party Contact:
Gina Troiani: 8472953500

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Promotions

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Details
Come to the North Shores hottest Cinco de Mayo celebration. Great food and fantastic drink specials. Opening at 11:30 for lunch and dinner, let's get the celebration started
Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Join us this upcoming Mother's Day as we open at 11:30. Reward your mom with a fresh Margarita and great food this Mother's day.

Authentico Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

neighborhood gem (44)
good for groups (27)
fit for foodies (24)
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kid-friendly (23)
great for outdoor dining (16)
hot spot (14)
vibrant bar scene (7)
special occasion (4)
great for lunch (2)
late-night find (1)
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food5
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service5
value4

Good tacos

Dined 4 days ago

The veggie tacos were really good as were the other dishes ordered. Service was attentive.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience1
service3
value3

Great Unique Pairings

Dined on April 23, 2016

This menu has a variety of items to please any palate. There are even gluten free items.

Tags: kid-friendly
food5
ambience4
service4

Love their skirt steak and enchiladas! S ...

vip
Dined on April 16, 2016

Love their skirt steak and enchiladas! Service is a little slow/forgetful but food is yummy!

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Delicious!

Dined on April 16, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
food3
ambience3
service5
value3

Pretty good upscale Mexican food

Dined on April 13, 2016

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.

Tags: good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Delicious

Dined on April 8, 2016

Great upscale Mexican...love the beans, cilantro rice, and guac!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience4
service3
value3

Not as good as usual

Dined on April 3, 2016

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.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service3

Too bad the salsa and Guac were way too ...

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

Too bad the salsa and Guac were way too spicy seems to have wrecked everything

food5
ambience5
service5

A hidden treasure in Lake Forest!

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

A hidden treasure in Lake Forest!

food3
ambience4
service5
value4

Great place to meet Friends for dinner

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Fantastic authentic Mexican food & amazing service

vip
Dined on March 12, 2016

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!

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Abive average Mexican

vip
Dined on March 6, 2016

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

A little pricey but overall, a great experience

Dined on February 27, 2016

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!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious mexican gem

Dined on February 21, 2016

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

A favorite

Dined on February 20, 2016

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!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food3
ambience4
service5
value4

The chips & salsas are worth the trip

vip
Dined on February 16, 2016

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.

Tags: good for groups
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

Slow Down

Dined on February 13, 2016

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Great food and service

vip
Dined on February 13, 2016

Great food and service

food1
ambience2
service2

Food was Americanized Mexican food that ...

vip
Dined on February 7, 2016

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!

food4
ambience3
service4

Excellent food with great presentations. ...

vip
Dined on February 7, 2016

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.

food3
ambience5
service5

We've been many times and were a little ...

vip
Dined on January 24, 2016

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.

food4
ambience4
service3
value4

Good meal

Dined on January 24, 2016

I always try the specials. Great flavors and new twists on basics.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Salud!

Dined on January 10, 2016

Best margaritas on the North Shore! The Lake Forest Margarita was our favorite!

Tags: kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

THE BEST MEXICAN restaurant on the north shore

vip
Dined on December 31, 2015

We always enjoy Authentico and recommend it to friends and family. We consider this restaurant to best Mexican restaurant on the North shore.

Tags: fit for foodies, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service2
value4

Good Mexican food

Dined on December 24, 2015

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 -

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

Pleasant and just a bit adventurous

Dined on December 23, 2015

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.

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service4

Great mexican food in a beautiful setting.

vip
Dined on December 12, 2015

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4

Authentico: great place

Dined on November 14, 2015

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.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service3

Expensive for what it is. $16 for a marg ...

Dined on November 8, 2015

Expensive for what it is. $16 for a margarita? Food is average. Service was OK.

food5
ambience3
service4

Delicious

Dined on November 7, 2015

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Good but not great.

Dined on November 7, 2015

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.

food5
ambience3
service5

Yum

vip
Dined on October 31, 2015

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!

food4
ambience3
service4

Food and atmosphere were great. Service ...

Dined on October 24, 2015

Food and atmosphere were great. Service was excellent. There is no place to wait if you arrive a few minutes early.

Tags: fit for foodies
food2
ambience4
service3

too sweet

Dined on October 19, 2015

The food had way too much sugar and if it didn't it would probably have been very good.

food4
ambience4
service1

Sorry service was bad

Dined on October 15, 2015

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.

food5
ambience4
service5

Every time we eat at authentico, the foo ...

vip
Dined on October 10, 2015

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4

Fun

vip
Dined on October 6, 2015

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

Tags: great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service4

A Specioal Place

Dined on October 3, 2015

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4

My favorite place for Mexican food!! Alw ...

Dined on October 3, 2015

My favorite place for Mexican food!! Always a great experience

food5
ambience5
service5

dinner Saturday

vip
Dined on September 26, 2015

excellent service and great food. A step above you normal taco joints

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem

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