• La Cantina

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Serves meat, vegan options available. A small Mexican restaurant in the South Loop with a full bar and a separate vegan menu. NOTE: Reported to cook vegan items in shared oil with non-vegan items. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-11:00pm, Fri 11:00am-1:00am, Sat 12:00pm-1:00am, Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm.

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27 Reviews

First Review by docpoet


Points +148

13 Sep 2023

Amazing food

Food is amazing here. It's a regular spot for me.



Points +34

30 May 2023

Great vegan options for Mexican food

I got the "beef" chimichanga simply because I've never seen that as a vegan menu option anywhere and it didn't disappoint. Vegan beef, cheese, and sour cream. It came with a side of beans and rice which were both delicious. They had a whole sizeable portion of the menu dedicated to vegan options. Definitely recommended.

Pros: Food quality, Free chips and salsa, Hard to find vegan options


Points +11

Mostly Veg
30 Sep 2022

Lots of vegan choices

They have a full vegan menu alongside the regular menu. Nice local vibe. Good was great. One knock on it was I thought the margarita was a bit lite on the tequila which seemed odd since they have quite the list of cocktails. I’d try it again though. Might go back tonight.

Pros: Has a vegan/vegetarian menu, Food was very good, Staff super nice

Cons: Margarita was a bit on the weak side and sweet

Vegan Vagabond

Points +1899

21 May 2022

Best vegan nachos in Chicago

YMMV, but I really like how this place makes their nachos. Most places just pile up a bunch of tortilla chips and then dump the cheese, sauce, etc on top and run them to your table. This place piles up their chips, layers on the refried beans and cheese, **bakes them in the oven** and then layers on the sauce, veggies, sour cream, etc. This is how nachos are supposed to be made!

Anyway, their vegan section of their menu is large and varied, with plenty of options. The people are nice, the service is friendly, and the food is very good.


Points +18

08 Aug 2020

Amazing options, great for delivery and mixed company

I love that they have a giant separate vegan menu including vegan cheese and sour cream, beef, and chorizo, along with veggie based options for tacos, burritos, tortas, quesadillas, chimichangas, and even Chile rellenos. My favorite place to order as a treat-- try the stuffed quesadillas and mini chimichangas

Pros: Clearly labeled, separate vegan menu , Always deliver faster then estimated , Lots of options for everyone

Cons: A little pricey


Points +32

26 Nov 2019

fast service and homey feel

I sat at the bar, the drinks and quesadilla were great!

Pros: lots of vegan options , large servings

Cons: crowded


Points +46

10 Nov 2019

Food was not very good. Horrible customer service by Luis.

My wife barely touched her food as she did not like it. She had gotten the vegan taco salad. The only thing that she pretty much had was half of the taco bowl taco shell. When it was time to pay, I asked for the taco bowl to not be charged as my wife didn’t like it and didn’t even touch it really. Luis then told us that it couldn’t be refunded and that he would be charged for the meal as we waited until we were done to tell him. The only reason that we waited to tell him was because he literally did not check on us during the entire time that we were eating at the restaurant. We then spoke with the manager who refunded us. I will not be revisiting this restaurant.

Pros: Cool that they had vegan options

Cons: Server did not check on us once we received food, Food was not very good.


Points +632

27 Oct 2019

Awesome discovery!

I really liked thus restaurant. It’s a great place for a dinner with friends. A lot of vegan options... the quesadillas are delicious!


Points +80

18 Oct 2019

I really enjoyed this!

This is a casual and Mexican restaurant and bar with a rustic feel. They have a separate Vegan menu. That vegan menu his a bit confusing because it lists “cheese, sour cream, ground beef and chorizo”, so I wondered if they were a bit confused on the definition of Vegan. Haha. 😂 The helpful waitress explained that everything on the vegan menu was really vegan and contained vegan alternatives. However those alternatives were soy based, and some people like me avoid soy.

The oil they use to cook with is canola, which I generally avoid. Also the oil they cook in is also used with non vegan items which is a turn off for some.

The food tasted amazing and the potions were good.

Pros: Lots of Vegan options, Separate Vegan Menu, Helpful staff

Cons: The Vegan menu lists cheese, sour cream, beef etc, But those are actually vegan alternatives..., And those alternatives are mostly soy based..


Points +108

11 Oct 2019


I had a Chimichanga with Chorizo and absolutely loved it. I didn’t realize how much I’d been missing cheese, sour cream and “meat” in my Mexican until I had this. You can only have so many veggie fajitas and guacamole before it gets old!

Pros: Vegan cheese, sour cream, chorizo and beef, Rice and Beans are vegan, Large portions

Cons: Cheese wasn’t melted (but still tasted great)


Points +1101

02 Sep 2019

really big meals!!!!

Friendly staff, vegan menu on the last page, staff knowledgeable about vegan items. The menu looks a little pricy but the portions are massive. It looked like three meals!!! I wish I had know and we would have shared a meal.


Points +34

07 May 2019

Best Mexican food ever

The food was amazing !!! I was shocked on how good it was !!!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Friendly staff, Fast


Points +132

30 Apr 2019

The best vegan options ever

I have to admit their menu has greatly improved when it comes to vegan options. They actually have vegan tue to taste Mexican food. When I want good Mexican food being vegan this is my place to go, plus the sangria is good too.


Points +5269

30 Dec 2018

So Many Vegan Options!

Wonderful. Can’t wait to go back the next time I am in Chicago!!

Pros: Delicious, Separate, full vegan menu, Friendly, knowledgeable staff


Points +7137

15 Aug 2018

Huge, HUGE portions

I would not call this place "mexican", rather "american" or "tex-mex". It has some mexican dishes, but its mostly burritos and guacamole, and due to the deco, for me, it lacks a truly mexican vibe.

As to the food, they have a whole vegan page in their menu. The meals are almost the same as the non-vegan ones, but with swaps such as faux meat and vegan cheese (checked: not very good and it does not melt, as some other person commented here). The courses are okay, nothing extraordinary tasty but fair. Its huge advantage is the portion size. I had a taco salad (shared) and a burrito and it was the first time ever I was not able to finish my plate. It was way too big!

Pros: cheap for the size of the food, vegan menu, nice staff

Cons: not very creative food, far from center


Points +44

21 Jul 2018

AWFUL vegan cheese

A loud little restaurant with very nice service. Extensive vegan menu, although everything is pretty much the same fillings in different presentations. The ground beef was good, but cheese was awful; skip it at all costs

Pros: vegan menu


Points +156

15 Jul 2018

Good vegan menu with plant-based meats and cheeses

I liked that you don’t have to ask for a separate menu. The vegan menu is part of the normal menu. I do wish the vegan options were spread throughout the menu rather than consolidated in the back page, but the food was quite good.


Points +190

06 Jun 2018

Full Vegan Menu - Lots of options!

I was really impressed by the selection available for vegans here. I had enchiladas with mole sauce with the beefless beef. Yum! I'd definitely come back here. Solid option in an area with few vegan options.


Points +62

24 Feb 2018


I had the nachos. It was good but they were skimpy on the vegan cheese. It took forever for them to ask is for our drink order.


Points +40

16 Nov 2017

Full Menu Vegan Options

Cute but small restaurant. Good service, my margarita was just ok. Wasn't a fan of the (soy) chroriso, but would definitely go back.


Points +45

08 Oct 2017

All Vegan Menu!

It's easy to miss the all vegan menu at La Cantina Grill, found on the back side of the regular menu. It includes vegan meats and cheeses in quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, salads and fajitas. My favorite is the vegan beef quesadillas. So good! Even the sour cream is vegan! Although this isn't an exclusively vegan restaurant, I eat here often and have never had any issue with the staff accommodating for vegans.

Pros: All vegan menu with plant-based meats and cheeses

Cons: Must be sure to clearly tell staff you want the ve


Points +38

02 Sep 2017


This place is so amazing we've had it twice in a week and have considered moving to Chicago.

I came the first time after a pretty rowdy Chicago fire game so I thought perhaps it was a drunken fluke that I enjoyed the vegan mini chimichangas so much.

I've come back and happy to report just as amazing. Do not miss this place!!

They have an entire vegan menu - meats, cheeses, sour cream... it's vegan heaven.


Points +500

24 Jun 2017

Pretty good

Had a vegan quesadilla there. Nothing to write home about, but it was good, and there was an excellent portion size for the price.


Points +15

07 Jun 2016

well worth the walk from my hotel

I arrived in Chicago exhausted from work and travel sand in search of something delicious. The salsa has a nice kick and the vegan chorizo mini-chimichangas were delicious. I'm tempted to come back here again during my stay.

Pros: fast, delicious


Points +13

04 Feb 2016

vegan burritos are awesome

love their vegan chorizo and their vegan ground beef burritos. well seasoned meat substitue product, big portions, and crave-inducing. best in chicago i've found, and they have a wide delivery area via grubhub.

Pros: quality meat substitute product, fresh, well made, wide delivery area


Points +24

20 Feb 2015

south loop favorite!

All food is amazing, even if your not veg! I love going here with non veg people, this way we are all happy, and I don't feel like the odd man out. Ask for separate vegan menu, they are very accommodating;)


Points +73

20 Dec 2014

Fantastic vegan options!!

I love this place. It has a separate vegan menu with more than 30 items; plus, all of their rice, beans, and tortillas are completely vegan. They offer Daiya and Uptons, and offer traditional standards. Some of my favorites are the grilled poblano quesadilla, mole enchiladas, spicy guacamole, and the tortilla soup (rich and tomato-based). The margaritas are quite good, as well, and $5 on Monday nights! It can get busy, but the servers are always friendly.

Pros: Great food, Good margaritas, Huge vegan menu

Cons: Can get noisy and crowded

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