Don Juan's Cantina & Taqueria in Park Ridge IL

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After three decades, Don Juan's Restaurant in Chicago closed at the end of 2020. A great institution and local treasure was gone. Sort of.

Don Juan's Cantina and Taqueria opened in July just a mile away - and will continue their tradition of great food, drinks, and service! Same owners (with a new investor) Maria and her son Jacob are back in full swing.

Mexican food platesWith a smaller and refined menu, the emphasis is on fresh traditional and contemporary Mexican food. There is a large assortment of craft tacos made with organic masa plus old favorites like Hogan's oysters, Camarones Don Juan, 6-Chili Pollo, and Carne Asada Tampiquena.





They refer to their margaritas as "legendary" and I have to agree. I take mine with Margarita drinkMezcal, which imparts a smoky flavor that perfectly balances with the traditional taste of a margarita. If you prefer beer, they offer Mexican beer, domestic, and imported as well.


The ambiance, I have to say, is younger and more contemporary. The large bar with multiple large-screen TVs is perfect for game days. During warm weather, there is ample outdoor seating.


We've been fans of Don Juan's for almost as long as they've been in business. Having been raised in Los Angeles, I fell in love with Mexican food a long time ago. Finding quality Mexican restaurants is a fun pastime - and I highly recommend Don Juan's Cantina and Taqueria!

650 N. Northwest Hwy.
Park Ridge, IL


Restaurant outdoor dining

Lively bar area

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Comments (4)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Hello Margaret,

We love Mexican food, and just had some this Tuesday.  Don Juans' menu has my mouth watering.  It is almost lunchtime here.  A

Nov 05, 2021 11:31 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - I have long enjoyed Mexican food.  The restaurant business can certainly be difficult(at any time) so it's good to read that Don Juan's Cantina is not only surviving but will hopefully thrive in Park Ridge Illinois.  The promise of a legendary margarita sounds quite tempting.  Make mine without salt, please.  

Nov 06, 2021 05:24 AM
Margaret Goss

Ditto - no salt!

Nov 08, 2021 07:33 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Sounds like a great place to enjoy an adult beverage and food.  My mouth is watering for a taco now.

Dec 06, 2021 09:46 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

Feb 04, 2022 06:58 AM