We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Pepe's Mexican Restaurant

₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
760 N Green Bay Rd, Waukegan, IL 60085-2236
+1 847-244-7887
11:00 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow

11 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 11: English reviews
Navi Mumbai, India
Level Contributor
30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Loved the ambiance and food at Pepe's! Wide variety at a very reasonable price.. Tamales, Chile Relleno and Enchiladas-with cheese is good. Recommended place for sure!

Thank Manijoe
Gurnee, Illinois
Level Contributor
42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

was craving chile relenos and went local.. was completely satisfied, from the wait staff thru the margaritas.

Thank Peach T
Lake Bluff, Illinois
Level Contributor
46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

We've been here a few times over the years. When this was the only Mexican food in town it was OK but now Waukegan is the Hispanic capital of Lake County. So..... There is a Mexican eatery on every corner.. Pepe's seems to have generic Mexican food, and there are much better authentic restaurants around.

Thank hogdog3
Chicago Ridge, Illinois
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

I just ate at Pepes for dinner. I got the chicken fajitas and a margarita. Both were excellent. The chips and salsa, hands down best I have ever had. The place is very clean, cute and cozy. Service was good. Overall I enjoyed my visit and will be back. Oh I got the fried ice cream that was delicious too.

Thank chris w
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

Nice place but a little hidden.....I had Chicken Fajitas that were hands down some of the best I've ever eaten. The Margarita was excellent, not too sweet, not too sour. My wife had Chicken Tostadas and really liked the cheese melted on them. Definitely a return visit.

Thank Jack T
Waukegan, Illinois
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2015

Food is still great, interior hasn't changed or been updated in 20+ years and could use updating. Parking isn't terribly convenient in the winter especially.

Thank Michelle B
Level Contributor
63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2015

We have been here in the past and the food was pretty good. This time, despite good services, the food was really bland. My enchiladas had no flavor to them (to say anything of spices) and my husband felt the same way about his combo. All three tings in the combo tasted the same and that was not very good.... More 

Thank DJT326
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

The service was a little slow, considering how empty the place was. My wife's margarita was good and strong. When the appitizer came out, that's when things went south. The Chili con queso came out it looked and tasted like tomato juice with cheap stringy cheese melted into eat. It wasn't even seasoned. When the waitress finally came back she... More 

2 Thank jesus199
Gurnee, Illinois
Level Contributor
44 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

Pepe's is not the best Mexican food I've had, but it is good enough to return time and time again due to the outstanding service. One waitress, Gaby, is simply wonderful. After going there only twice, she knew what we drank and how we liked our food prepared without us telling her. She also ensures that we have what we... More 

Thank firedancer8780
Salem, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
82 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

I grew up in this area and visited Pepe's a lot as a teenager and young adult. I was actually at their first location when I used their payphone and found out I was pregnant with my son. I moved about an hour from the area about 20 years ago but whenever I have the chance I get back there.... More 

Thank dbunnies

Travellers who viewed Pepe's Mexican Restaurant also viewed

Waukegan, Lake County
Waukegan, Lake County
Waukegan, Lake County

Been to Pepe's Mexican Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Seating
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 760 N Green Bay Rd, Waukegan, IL 60085-2236
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Waukegan
  • Phone Number: +1 847-244-7887

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Pepe's Mexican Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?