535 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611-3814

Bandera Restaurant

Neighborhoods: Near North Side
Cuisine: Romantic, American, Catering

Bandera Restaurant is a Romantic, American, and Catering restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped more than 18%.

Offer Available!
  • 4/20/2015

    A dining patron from San Francisco, CA tried it and liked it.

  • 3/07/2015

    A dining patron from Chicago, IL tried it.

  • 12/21/2013

    A diner from Chicago, IL tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 12/07/2013

    A Romantic food lover from Union City, NJ tried it.

  • 7/17/2013

    A Romantic food lover from Chicago, IL tried it.

  • 6/01/2013

    A dining patron from Chicago, IL tried it and liked it.

  • 3/27/2013

    A diner from Chicago, IL tried it and liked it.

11 / 20
Read Gayot Review »
tulips500 photo


 Los Angeles, CA

upscale american worth a repeat visit

i’ve been to bandera a few times now, and it’s definitely on my rotation list when i’m in the mood for something a little bit more upscale yet still casual.

the food portion sizes are large, and the taste is unexpectedly good for modern american cuisine. the prices are on the high side, but if you take into account the portion sizes & taste, the sprawling view of michigan ave (try asking for a window seat), the very friendly, yet professional service, and the quasi-intimate atmosphere (live music some nights) – it’s justifiable.

Roasted Pork

wow that’s a lot of pig! 2 big semi-tender slabs (i could only finish 1) topped w/sweet apricot glaze, sitting on a scoop of moist sausage stuffing. also, a ridiculously large mound of red sauerkraut on the side topped w/soft cheese chunks.

Crab Cakes at Bandera Restaurant

Crab Cakes

2 absolutely delicious burger patty-size crab cakes served w/a haystack of thin straw fries and cole slaw on the side.

Cornbread & Focaccia

filled w/boatloads of goodies (meat cubes & veggies) and topped w/crustified cheese, this is an unusual sweet departure from your plain-jane cornbread. almost too moist, sweet for me (falls apart easily), but interesting tasting.

Rainbow Trout

thin cut of uber-moist & lightly flavored fish – cooked just right. i haven’t had non-raw fish this good in a long time.

Homemade Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches (2)

holy cow! definitely a most excellent way to end the meal. 2 thick medal-sized slabs of ice cream topped w/oreo crumbs & whipped cream, sitting in a thin pool of chocolate. now that’s dessert…

justin photo


 Los Angeles, CA

Great food

i’ve been here a couple times and everytime I’ve been really happy with the food. The ambience is pretty dark semi-romantic (even during the day) and if you’re lucky you can get a decent view of the magnificent mile.

This past visit I came to try the cheeseburger which people have raved about. I have to say it was quite good, but I think I still rank a couple other burgers higher. I still remember a kobe beef burger I had at Cheesecake Factory which was really good and I think the best burger I had was a foie gras kobe beef burger at Sweets & Savories – man that thing was awesome. But this one is up there.

mmm, cheeseburger - Cheeseburger at Bandera Restaurant


Very juicy and flavorful. There was a healthy amount of shredded lettuce (which had it’s own flavor) and tomatoes that balanced the burger. However, I like my burgers a little bit meatier. For the amount of garnish, I would have preferred a larger meat patty.

Seared Sashimi Tuna Salad at Bandera Restaurant

Seared Sashimi Tuna Salad

The tuna was quite well done and tasty. The salad was good, but nothing too special. It’s not a huge salad so I wouldn’t be satisfied if that was my meal.

phatcat1688 photo


 Chicago, IL

Looking to get lucky?? Sweep your girl .....

off to Bandera. It’s nested on the Mag Mile in between the Citibank and Adriana (sp) furs.

At first, one might think (as you ascend the escalators), where the hell am I going? Is there even a restaurant or is this part of a department store?

Then you arrive to modern american cuisine with a fantastic lounge bar and excellent grill and service.
If you want to impress your girl, take her here, not because it’s expensive, because it’s not, but because of the mood.

Dim, soft lighting, with red hues and candle light flickering make it a great place to get your groove on. Some nights live music (piano and singer) will perform adding an AMAZING surreal sense to the place. Even without a date, there are some serious hotties at the bar, so it is definitely worth checking out. The view at the window tables are gorgeous at night as the overlook the beautiful busy street.

The food, is above average, some may even say great, it depends on how much you like modern american food. You can expect to drop $40-50 for 2 people for a full meal. The entrees are usually less than $20 and a sizeable portion is delivered.

The service, food, and romantic mood make this a place worth checking out, especially for the price (for this level of sophistication and decor).

Glazed Salmon

Flavorful and cooked perfectly, doesn’t have a lot of kick, but I like my salmon lightly flavored.

Cornbread & Focaccia

Just amazing, my friends brought me here originally just to try it, really gooood.

eng photo


 Chicago, IL

A definite contender for best burger in Chicago

A fairly upscale spot that’s perfect for a date… although I often prefer to just hang out at the bar and nosh on one of their awesome burgers.

mmm, cheeseburger - Cheeseburger at Bandera Restaurant


Delicious burger done on the flat-top grill, on egg bun with the perfect combination of shredded lettuce, tomato, raw onion, and “special sauce”, which I think is basically diced-up pickles and mayo. Sorta like a really upscale Big Mac, but so so tasty.

ptc1677 photo


 Chicago, IL

Romantic Hotspot on beautiful Michigan Avenue

Want to impress your date? Take em here. The mood is very romantic and on certain nights, there’s live jazz. Make reservations as this place can get busy, and try to get the window seats overlooking Michigan avenue if possible. The restaurant serves pan-American dishes that are tasty and well-portioned.

BCop photo


 Chicago, IL

Oasis on Mich Ave

In the heart of restaubrant mediocrity and overpriced tourist traps that is N. Michigan Ave., Bandera easily stands out.

One of the best burgers in the city. They know how to work the grill here, and make hearty salads with no shortage of flavor.

Expensive, so best left for expense-account dining. But if you’re paying it’s worth it.

smallfry photo


 Chicago, IL


Tulips, good friend and food guru, recommended this place as we were looking for somewhere to dine in near the Loew’s Theater on Michigan Ave. Located on the second floor of a building overlooking part of the Mag Mile (same building as Andriana Furs), this restaurant may be easily overlooked or confused as a restaurant serving Latin cuisine (cuz of the name). Decorated with rich, dark wooden booths and cozy tables by the window, Bandera definitely has a fancier feel to it upon entering. But no need to feel underdressed, at least during lunch, because according to reviewers, the crowd favorite is the good ol’ American cheeseburger!

As reviewed in the past, the cheeseburger was THE best burger I have ever had! It’s the size of your face, first of all, and the sauce had something sweet that gives the burger a special flavor. It may be the pickles too… every bite had a near- perfect balance of all the ingredients!

We didn’t get wooed with music during lunch time, but I’d love to come back for live music too!

mmm, cheeseburger - Cheeseburger at Bandera Restaurant



Romantic American Reservations
Sun-Thu 11:30AM - 10:00PM
Fri-Sat 11:30AM - 11:00PM
Contact Business

Irvine, CA
+1244 useful


Chicago, IL
+902 useful


Chicago, IL
0 useful


0 useful


Chicago, IL
0 useful


Boston, MA
+4 useful

Bandera Restaurant  Restaurant Reviews

Copy the link below and paste onto your website or blog to display badge.

Bandera Restaurant is located near the cities of Pilsen, Armour Square, Near South Side, Mc Kinley Park, and Near West Side.
People found this by searching for: Banderas Restaurant Menu, Bandera Chicago Menu, Bandaras Restaurant Downtown Chicago Il Menu Info, Bandera Restaurant, Chicago, Il, Bandera Restaurant Chicago, Bandera Grill, Bandera Restaurant, and Bandera Grill Chicago.