Welcome to the world of Takito Restaurants, since 2013. Takito (pronounced ta-kee-to) is a play on the word “taquito” or miniature taco. Unlike classic and traditional Mexican or Latin American restaurants, Takito restaurants are award winning, vibrant, chic, contemporary, urban and unique. In addition to popular appetizers such as Queso Fundido Fuego, Grilled Pineapple Guacamole, Ceviche, Arepas, Esquites (roasted corn) or our award winning Three Sisters Polenta you can bet your favorite tacos and margaritas will be waiting for you.

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Mario Ponce (Founder)

Mario Ponce (from Gary, Indiana – which he considers suburban Chicago) is the brainchild of Takito. Mario began his career (dishwashing, prep cook) in the restaurant business at the tender age of 13 yrs and attributes his love for the business by those who inspired him at a young age. He has worked globally with Hard Rock Café International, and with local restaurants such Rosebud Restaurants & the Park Grill at Millennium Park.


Today, there are three (3) unique Takito Restaurants prepared to satisfy your desire for homemade (scratch kitchens) appetizers and entrees, and a bar program that you’ll brag about to your friends & family. Imagine all cocktails are made with fresh fruit products with a mixologist touch.

The Takito Brand has long been an innovator of exciting recipes using fresh ingredients, and lively atmospheres. Each restaurant is uniquely designed to be cozy, intimate using touchpoints intend to excite your senses.

Service Approach

The service approach is casual, yet polished and knowledgeable. Most staff members have been with Takito for many years, and several since the day the first Takito opened in 2013.

Importantly, the leadership of Takito lies in the trusting hands of Ben, Chef Yani, Jaime, Christian, Carlos, Chano, Jackson, Jorge, Ramona and Epifanio to name a few Managers of the business.

Don’t take our word for it, more than 700,000 guests have enjoyed a Takito experience in nine (9) short years.


Reservations through the Takito websites are highly recommended. Enter a door (below) to see & learn more.

Be Part of our Growth

BTW: Takito is seeking to grow … if you have an interest, feel free to reach out to Mario Ponce directly: 312-919-0929