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Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill

££ - £££
Southwest Side
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300 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60616-2251
+1 312-225-3200
10:30 - 00:00
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Sun 11:00 - 00:00
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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621 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

I was introduced to this restaurant when I attended a meeting that catered lunch from Carbon. The tacos were very good, but I fell in love with the Elote. This corn mix was very flavorful. It was so good I had seconds and then finished it off when the meeting was over. My coworkers made fun of me. Since then... More 

new york city
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

On a recent business trip to Chicago for our 9/11 Museum we decided to try a Mexican joint we had seen on the Food Network touted as one of the Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in the USA. With our interest peeked - we took a chance. We began with a phone call + were shocked to have a young woman... More 

Thank groundzeromuseum
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125 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Never go wrong visiting this little place. Go for the mother clucker its grilled chicken at its best! Their Mexican corn is delicious & spicy!

Thank Monica S
Bartlett, Illinois, United States
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Carbon is a small fire grilled restaurant with ample seating outside during warmer weather. My son goes to college nearby and we go here for dinner once a week. It's a favorite among the college crowd. Their Steak quesadillas and steak burritos are stuffed with tender but slightly charred meat (that's good) and the flavor is wonderful. Many get Take... More 

Thank Chris E
Chicago, Illinois
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422 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

We were set back a bit when people got sick at Carbon a few months ago, but we have gotten food from them several times in the past couple months, and it has been consistently excellent. Tacos, elote, and lots of excellent salsas. They're back!

1 Thank KingofThreePutts
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Found this little joint right outside our Hotel. Man was it good! The steak tacos were very tender and tasty. The carbon name shines through in these tacos. The slight bit of charred taste was a nice touch. The elote was super smooth and creamy with a hint of burn after a few bites. The horchata is a must!

1 Thank Troy P
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

I'm italian and I was searching for a good mexican restaurant in chicago. I tried many but this one is much better than all the others I tried in chicago. The secret is the real Fire...the meat have an amazing taste. Strongly raccomanded also the sauces. Steak tacos are amazing

1 Thank Roberto Z
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were in the area for the Copa America semi final game and since we got to town at noon we looked for a place to eat close to the hotel and we found Carbón. And I must say the food was amazing! The smells, the taste it was all very authentic. We loved that we could... More 

1 Thank monica c
Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2016

I ate dinner here seeking a place close to my hotel. Mexican food to fit my palate. Surprisingly good tacos. I loved seeing an asian behind the counter prepping the food. Well-played Panda Express, well-played. ; ) Anyway, great food in a very informal setting---just as a taqueria should be!

1 Thank Oregontraveler949
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 December 2015

This restaurant is located in the strangest little place under an overpass on Chicago's 26th street. This added to the cool vibe of the restaurant.Although rather small as you face it (and inside), there is an outdoor patio with additional seating. We went around 2:00 p.m.-after the lunch crowd-so the wait was not bad at all! In any event, the... More 

1 Thank B S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60616-2251
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Southwest Side
  • Neighbourhood: Southwest Side
  • Phone Number: +1 312-225-3200

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?