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Rick Bayless–trained chefs craft authentic Mexican fare from scratch, using fresh ingredients, locally sourced meats & fresh seafood

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Promotional value expires May 23, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Not valid for lunch buffet, Plato de Bocadillos or Tamales Surtidos. May substitute non-alcoholic drink for wine. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Perfect symmetry is often associated with beauty, balance, and scientifically engineered tortillas. Embrace naturally shaped tastes with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get a Mexican dinner for two at Cilantro (up to an $83 value). The dinner includes:

  • One appetizer (up to a $10 value)
  • Two entrees (up to a $24 value each)
  • Two glasses of wine (an $8 value each)
  • One dessert (up to a $9 value)<p>

Celebrating a one-year anniversary, Cilantro was featured in Madison Magazine and employs a Rick Bayless–trained culinary crew that forges contemporary Mexican dishes from locally sourced meats and fresh ingredients. Vessels of queso fundido brim with melted chihuahua cheese, roasted poblano peppers, onions, and chorizo ready to drown handmade tortillas in a creamy, cheesy flood, much like the rogue waves of pepper jack that often capsize whaling vessels. Alternate starters, such as the camarones al ajillo, chili-infused shrimp sauteed in garlic-olive oil and enhanced with citrus and diced avocado, prep palates for carne asada a la tampiquena—beef slathered with a red-chili rub.

Classic corn enchiladas overflow with shredded chicken and a sauce made of dried red chilies, spices, and nuts. Cilantro also uncorks and serves glasses of house wine for dinner guests to sip, swirl, slurp, and toss at supporting actors during rehearsals for upcoming daytime TV roles. From its stained-glass fixtures to its orange walls and well-lit paintings, Cilantro radiates south-of-the-border ambiance.

Cilantro Bar and Grill

Cilantro Bar and Grill’s Rick Bayless–trained chefs forge contemporary cuisine using fresh produce, locally sourced meats, and recipes culled from the families of owners Armando Cristobal and his sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia and Gonzalo de Santiago. The kitchen builds meals from scratch at brunch, lunch, and dinner, sating appetites after brisk strolls around the Capitol or romantic narwhal rides across Lake Mendota. Orange walls complement the colors of game hen en escabeche, whose mashed sweet potatoes balance the savory flavors of an achiote garlic marinade, whereas stained-glass fixtures mimic the vibrant hues of cabernet sangria, hibiscus iced tea, and mango-cilantro margaritas. Diners can sample the cuisine of four different regions of Mexico by ordering the tamales surtidos, a sampler of four cornhusks stuffed with steamed corn masa flour. Cilantro also serves seven types of Mexican beer for guests to sip or toss at supporting actors during rehearsals for upcoming daytime TV roles.

Customer Reviews

Great service and food what more can u ask for in a restaurant
Tim A. · April 1, 2012
The food was excellent, server was knowledgeable, atmosphere great and the margarita was fabulous. What more can I say.
Lori S. · March 28, 2012
love your menu.
Matti D. · March 23, 2012
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