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  • Southwestern, American (Traditional)
  • 535 N Michigan Ave, Chicago IL60611 41.8919 -87.623983
  • (At E Grand Ave)
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  • (312) 644-3524
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User Ratings (Based on 15 reviews)

Food 4.5 Value 3.9
Service 4.1 Atmosphere 4.6

Other Restaurant Info

(312) 644-3524
(312) 832-9414
Major Credit Cards
Sun-Thu: 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm
Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Live Music, Private Parties, Romantic, Scenic View, Take Out, Trendy, Wheelchair Accessible
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User Reviews

  • Bandera

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/02/2008


    One of the best restaraunts ever. Great atmosphere, fantastic food, quick and precise service, and get this! The urinals have TV's on them! It's just the perfect example of American dining.

  • Bandera

    Posted by Anonymous on 03/06/2008

    Another follow-up

    Just a quick follow up regarding the hostess description issue. Just to clarify, the hostess did not accidentally leave the card on the table. One is placed on every table, with the description in plain view (no one's trying to be sneaky here) so that the servers know if or if not the table has been greeted. Once the table has in fact had an initial greeting from a server, the card is either written on and or taken off the table by their server. Point being, there is no discriminatory system going on here.

  • Bandera

    Posted by McPepper on 01/04/2008


    Every year we hold our conference at the Hotel InterContinental in conjunction with the NRA Show in Chicago. Since we are there for over a week we have lots of time to dine out. We always make it a point to visit Bandera's. Initially we went there because it's so close to the hotel but now we go because of the good food and casual atmosphere. We always have an enjoyable time and we highly recommend Bandera's.

  • Bandera

    Posted by Ex-Hostess on 10/15/2007


    I worked at Bandera for a little over two years and just wanted to clarify the previous reviewers unsettling experience with the extremely detailed description that the hostess took. Bandera refuses to use the pager/ beeper system feeling that it makes the dining experience much less personal. Thus, as a host, we have about a minute to take a quick description of the guest as we write down the name, time they came in, party size, and amount of time quoted. When you are on a twenty minute wait, it is extremely easy to find your guests. When you are on an hour and a half wait and have taken over 50 names, it becomes much more difficult - thus, the crazy descriptions. So- if you want to guarantee that the hostess will find you an hour and a half after you have put your name in - be a little more creative with your dress! You would be shocked on how many men / women wear jeans, black sweater and black shoes.

  • Bandera

    Posted by Sarah on 08/07/2007

    Best Veggie burger EVER

    I'm not even a vegetarian, but I like a good Veggie burger every now and then. Well when I tried their Veggie burger, I was hooked. It's delicious!! Nothing like those frozen veggie patties most places have. Sooooo good.

  • Bandera

    Posted by it's dark and cozy on 05/06/2007

    Bandera chicken is pretty much A+

    being on Michigan Ave. you'd think it's too posh to enjoy but not really. it's pretty cozy, dark, and private. one thing though that threw me was the hostess... when we walked in she wrote down visual descriptions of us all the way down to the piercings in some sort of short hand. the only reason i saw it was because the waitress accidentally set the card down on our table when she was talking to us. i understood most of what was written about me, some of it made me go hmm but that was just weird and made me uncomfortable to know that detailed descriptions were being written down about us. anyway, the waitress was very nice and the food was very very good. as per usual with Bandera. and pricing isn't too high but it certainly could be lower... but that's just my opinion and i really doesn't cross my mind when eating there.

  • Bandera

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/27/2006


    so delicious. one of the best restaurants in chicago. live jazz for dinner, great atmosphere, excellent staff & food....nothing to complain about!

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