JOLIET, Illinois – Mariscos El Vallartazo, a Mexican seafood restaurant in western Chicago that regularly features live entertainment, has confirmed its expansion in Joliet, replacing Barolo restaurant on Black Road.
At around 1 p.m. Wednesday, the editor of Joliet Patch emailed the West Chicago restaurant after determining that El Vallartazo was likely filling the vacant Barolo job.
Patch knew that the replacement restaurant Barolo hailed from the western Chicago area, served Mexican seafood, and did a lot of live music, but not his name. Based on a spot check of restaurants in the DuPage County area, Mariscos El Vallartazo seemed the logical candidate to be the one to expand to Joliet.
No one from the West Chicago restaurant at 1939 Franciscan Way responded to Joliet Patch’s written question on social media. Instead, El Vallartazo subsequently posted on his Facebook page in English and Spanish: “Soon in the Joliet area! We will open El Vallartazo # 3!
“Thank you to our customers for the support and to our employees for their great effort. We will work hard to continue to give them the best! We recommend that you stay tuned to our Instagram and Facebook pages for more information. ‘inauguration !”
The Mariscos El Vallartazo in West Chicago has a total of 526 Google reviews, with an average of 4.1 stars out of 5 stars.
Here are some of the more recent reviews on Google:
- 5 stars: “The crab legs were delicious as was the fish ceviche. They really only have seafood on the menu and it is definitely Nayarit style so not like other regular seafood restaurants but a fun change of pace … “
- 5 star: “Very good food. Service was good too. This place is usually packed, so beware when you go.”
- 3 stars: “Great food, great music in Spanish but waiters take too long to take care of my table, management is friendly but otherwise great places to eat absolutely delicious seafood.”
- 5 star: “It was a clean and welcoming place to bring the family for some good seafood.”
- 5 stars: “I only go there for their fellow ala Cora, they are amazing.”
- 3 stars: “I was less than delighted with this place … my fish had a texture that I didn’t like. Everything here is so spicy you literally can’t eat it … The empanadas were very good . You can BYOB here too if you want. It’s also quite expensive. “
This week, Joliet-area real estate developer Charles Sharp told Patch he understands the Mexican seafood restaurant replacing Barolo will spend the next two months renovating the building on Black Road.
The Barolo’s name would also change, Sharp said.