Ole Ole (Reported Closed)

(773) 293-2222

5413 N Clark St, Chicago, IL | Directions   60640

41.980300 -87.668200

 
Restaurants, Mexican, Latin American  more

Price: $$

Tags: Hidden Find, Local Favorite, Lunch Spot

Payment Methods: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

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Reviews for Ole Ole

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Amazing food bursting with flavor and well worth the visit. – I've been going to this place for about the last 9 months on and off. The food for this place is simply amazing. Sometimes the wait staff can be a bit overloaded and things can run a little slow but the food more than makes up for the time that you spend waiting. It always arrives at the right temp (hot or cold) and the flavors simply burst upon the tongue. Often times I've seen the owner step in to help the staff take care of the tables and stop by to check on things. I've never waked out hungry even when all I had was a small appetizer, soup and salad.

Desserts are simply sinful and excellent to eat. Its all freshly made which makes it even better. I'd highly recommend this place for a night out either by yourself or with that special someone or a group. If you are considering doing a large group, talk to them ahead of time so that they have some time to prep for your arrival and while it maybe slow, you will be well taken care of.

The atmosphere is very pleasant although during busy hours it can be a little hard to hear small conversations. But there are spots that can seem extremely quiet because of the way the upstairs is built.

The place is also ADA friendly as it has a working lift to allow disabled folks up the stairs to the upstairs dining room area.

For transit, there is a 22 bus stop just a few doors down from the restaurant. Parking is all street-side but generally within 5 minutes you can find a space a few blocks away.

Overall review: Amazing food that is bursting with flavor and well worth the visit.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

HORRIBLE service, EVERY TIME!!!! – Great food, however the bar staff is horrible. They are slow and you have to wait over 10 minutes for a drink. I asked the bartender to close my tab and she came with the wrong credit card. appologized and said she'd fix it. After waiting for 25 minutes standing by the bar I she finally comes back with a receipt for $95, and all I had was 2 Vodka drinks and a coke. She got upset when I said those drinks weren't mine, and the manager, who were standing right next to her, just wached it.

Great place for empanadas, the best around, but DO NOT go there for drinks.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Poor service... sub par food – The service on the night I was there was extremely slow and the restaurant was empty, so I have no idea why our food took so long. The food was just so so, the only bright spot was the mojito which was tasty. All in all, not worth the price and definitely not worth the amount of time it takes to get your food.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Hot Latin Vibe, Incredible Food and the BEST Margaritas In Chicago! – In reading some of the past reviews here, you'll notice that they're all over a year old and not all positive. I think these can be described as "growing pains", which this restaurant has definitely outgrown. The food is outstanding, the service is personal, and the "Ole Ole" margaritas are my absolute favorite! I live in the neighborhood and have many choices of where to dine and spend my money. Ole Ole is on my list for a visit about once a week. Is there ALWAYS someone standing at the host stand to greet every guest as they come in the door? No...that's because they may be assisting the waitstaff or bartender expedite the customers requests. I can assure you, though, that you will acknowledged in less than 30 seconds and escorted to a table or the bar area. Food portions are large and flavorful. Did I say LARGE? The margaritas are to die for. The guacamole is fresh and chunky, and available in mild, medium or spicy. The corn tortilla chips are hand-fried--yummy! If you're in a rush to get in and out, or to be seated, just let the staff know. They want to please everyone. But if it's a busy night and it's going to ruin your experience if you have to wait too long, just come back another night when you have more time to enjoy your experience. The ambiance is vibrant with it's glow of candlelight and red mosaic. Weather permitting, the large doors open onto Clark Street and bring the excitement of Andersonville indoors. My favorite aspect of the restaurant is Gina, the owner. Gina is an absolute doll who is passionate about her place and wants nothing more than to make people happy. She makes it a point to stop by each table, when she's not busy running food or drinks for her staff. The rest of the staff is delightful and you'll get to know them, too, if you go often enough. Take my advice and GO! If you're looking for a relaxing evening of great food, delicious drinks, in a comfortable yet HOT Latin atmosphere, this is the place!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Couldn't get anyone to greet us at the door.... – I wish I could write a more comprehensive review of this restaurant, but we were never able to be seated, or for that matter even have anyone come to greet us at the door and let us know how long of a wait it might be. My partner and I arrived around 8:00 p.m. this past Saturday and the restaurant was busy, but not so busy that there was a line or that every table was full. We were the first "in-line" at the hostess stand where we remained for 5 minutes. During that time, no one came to greet us, take our names or even direct us to the bar. One waiter noticed our situation and made a hand gesture that someone would be with us in a minute, but still no one showed up. Given what we were seeing at the front door, we decided to leave and not try the restaurant for fear that the rest of the service would be similar to the lack of attention we received at the door. I am glad to see that others had a more positive experience.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best stuffed chicken breast! – You also must try their fajitas and their churrasco! This is by far the best restaurant of it's kind in Chicago. I have been to Ole Ole on many an occasion and tried quite a few main dishes. There is a wide variety to choose from. Their appetizers are are out of this world. The service and atmosphere are excellent. It's just a fun place with very friendly people. Unless I find a restaurant to be awesome, I will not recommend it to anyone of my friends. In this case, I strongly suggest that you try Ole Ole. I promise, you will not be sorry.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best guacamole – I'm a trained chef and I know good food when I taste it, food is my life.This restaurant offers a beautiful decor, friendly service,and great food. The guacamole is the freshest and best tasting I have ever had in a restaurant . The ceviche is outstanding and worth the trip. The paiaya was wonderful , huge portions so be ready for a doggy bag.I return often and have tried a different dish on each visit and I haven't been disappointed, I would highly recomend checking it out. Fun , festive and flavorfull

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Fun Atmosphere; Bad Food, Poor Service – I braved the freezing Chicago weather to have an intimate dinner out at Ole Ole recently. My first impression of the inside was "fun"; the music was a Depeche Mode house mix and it was a lively atmosphere despite few people inside. The space was a bit cramped (we were seated near another couple despite tables towards the rear being open) but intimate. Wait service was prompt and friendly. However, shortly after my dining experience went downhill - my very first drink order was a house specialty yet they were out of the liquor to make it! I wasn't so crazy about the food; despite being "an infusion" of latin american style cooking (which I love!) including Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban the food was average at best. My corn tortilla soup was far too spicy. Also my carne asada was overcooked and was a poor cut of meat with a lot of fat. To top it off, the "pastry chef" recently quit so the only choice of dessert was vanilla ice cream. Heck, they should have run across the street to the Swedish Bakery to pick up desserts in leui of this. To top it all off, when the check came, I was mistakenly charged for a pitcher of margaritas ($32) versus a single margarita ($10). When I brought this to the attention of the waiter he did make it right by "comping" the drink for the mistake. Overall, given the choice of Latin restaurants in Chicago, this one just doesn't stack up. Dinner for two with drinks and tip averaged $85 for an average dining experience. I would not recommend this restaurant.

Recommends
3.5
over a year ago

With Nuevo Latino cuisine and a fiery color palette, this petite restaurant adds spice to the Andersonville neighborhood. – The Scene
Floor-to-ceiling front windows that open onto the sidewalk in the summertime invite passersby into this warm neighborhood spot. Inside, reddish hues dominate the color scheme with tiny crimson tiles shimmering behind the bar; opposite, a mirrored wall adds depth to the narrow space. Salsa and other Latin tunes play at conversation-friendly levels, though when the dining room is full, hearing can be challenging.

The Food
The menu offers Nuevo Latino cuisine with a focus on presentation. Starters include three plump, flaky empanadas served with tangy chimichurri sauce, tender fire-grilled octopus, and cilantro-laced red snapper seviche. Pollo al limon, a juicy, golden citrus-marinated half chicken, and the tender, flavorful churrasco strip steak (also with chimichurri) are favorites among meat entrees; chile relleno--un-battered, fire roasted, poblano pepper stuffed with spinach and cheese--sates vegetarian palates. For dessert, Torre de Cajeta: a tower of caramelized milk mousse, sponge cake and chocolate and cajeta sauces.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Classy Joint – Our server was very polite and the service was prompt. The food was great and overall it's just a fun atmosphere. It's really nicely decorated and just is a fantastic addition to the neighborhood!

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