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Mundial Cocina (CLOSED)

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  • Mexican
  • 1640 W 18th St, CHICAGO IL60608 41.85792 -87.66747
  • (Btwn S Marshfield Ave & S Paulina St)
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  • (312) 491-9908
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User Ratings (Based on 12 reviews)

Food 4.0 Value 3.5
Service 3.9 Atmosphere 3.7

Other Restaurant Info

(312) 491-9908
(312) 491-9909
Major Credit Cards
Tue-Sun: 11am-3:30pm +4pm-10:30pm
Brunch, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Dinner, Good for Groups, Take Out

User Reviews

  • Mundial Cocina

    Posted by Susan on 01/17/2009

    Not worth the money

    I know it is cold in chicago but all my hot food was served on ice cold plates for starts. For 5 people it cost about $300. and it's a B.Y.O.B? They need to work on the room, when someone walked in the resterant it was sooo cold and just made for a not so plaesent dinner.

  • Mundial Cocina

    Posted by Browngirl8 on 10/19/2008

    My favorite new place!

    My boyfriend and I go to a new B.Y.O.B every Friday, I must say this has by far been the best surprise! I ordered the carne asada which was all that and more! A traditional flavor infused flank steak went perfectly with their handmade corn tortillas! He ordered the salmon which was gone so fast since he could barely take the time to breathe because the flavors were that good. Mexican food with a Mediterranean twist, yet presented in true French culinary flair. Make a reservation!! Although we were sat promptly, I would suggest a reservation just to make sure. Although crowded and a bit loud the smells, low lighting and simple decor made this a pleasing date spot. The B.Y.O.B of course made this awesome, but the service was also phenomenal. Our waiter was so helpful explaining all the items on the menu and really knew his stuff! As a Latin food lover, I would suggest this to anyone who wants to try a unique presentation of food. Beware if you are getting a taxi there, when you leave there are NONE around! We literally got a ride from a pizza delivery guy to get back. Oh well, it was worth it!

  • Mundial Cocina

    Posted by JM on 08/13/2008


    I have been to Mundial several times, always for lunch. It is in a class by itself in the Pilsen neighborhood and offhand I can't think of a better Mexican restaurant in Chicago. I don't know about the evening but lunchtime is always very slow and quiet.

  • Mundial Cocina

    Posted by Fascinada on 06/05/2008


    For me this is the best place to eat in Chicago, is not the typical "Mexican" food, it's kind of fusion with Mediterranean food, the salads are the best I always order the "India" the presentation of all the dishes is beautiful, music is great and the attention awesome! definitely a place to recommend....

  • Mundial Cocina

    Posted by Pleased.As.Punch on 02/25/2008

    Great Service Great Food

    This restaurant obviously has read its reviews and has improved its service. Had I not read the dismal reviews on service, I never would have thought Mundial had had a problem with it. We were served professionally, quickly, and thoughtfully. Our reservation was honored and we were seated quick as a wink. The ambience was pleasant and comfortable enough for an incredibly popular place (sat in the back room). The food was fantastic, though maybe a little light on portion size. (Order some sides or salads to fill it up.) This is not a typical Mexican restaurant, so if you ARE looking for tacos and refried beans and low prices, then you probably should go down the street to Nuevo Leon (as another reviewer suggested). I lose my patience with people who think if it's Mexican, it's got to be cheap. It's not a Mexican restaurantit's kind of Mediterranean-Spanish. Something fusion's going on, and I liked it! I thought the prices were right on the money (excuse the pun), and with the BYOB, it was a bargain. Can't wait to return!!

  • Mundial Cocina

    Posted by lg1 on 02/24/2008

    Great Food, Great Service

    Despite other mixed reviews I've read, I decided I had to try Mundial for myself today. I went for brunch where I had the Mexican Omelet and my father had Topados. Both were excellent!!! I was actually surprised by how good everything was (and let me tell you I am beyond picky)! Large portions, wonderful flavor, comes with beans, awesome potatoes, sour cream and chiles. Can't forget the homemade tortillas too. Perhaps other patrons went on a bad day, because my service was excellent. I think they treat kindness with kindness. My coffee was filled 5 times before it was empty, and the same for my water. Perhaps my genuine please and thank you was very much appreciated because other patrons did have to ask for refills, but they were always quite rude to the staff. I love this place and I can't wait to go back for more brunch and dinner. I highly recommend it and don't be fooled by other's complaints of bad service- being nice truly does get you a long way in the restaurant world! Besides the place is very small with a very small kitchen, if you go there on the weekend and order your food at the same time as 20 other people you're going to have to wait!

  • Mundial Cocina

    Posted by La Mexican on 02/20/2008

    Looks fun but not crazy about the food

    I think this restuarant has gotten more buzz than it really deserves they're food isn't all that great. It looks lot a fun spot to be in but it's alway so crammed up with people. The waiters have little experience and you're always trying to get their attention for a drink. The first time I was there my steak was so tough it was just not a good piece of meat. They never offered to replace it or give me something else. I think if you want some good mexican food head down to Nuevo Leon or Cebollita they've got the good grub in pilsen!

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