Frontera Grill & Topolobampo

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4.1 rating over 7 reviews

312-661-1434

445 N Clark St ( )

Chicago, IL 60610

Neighborhoods: Near North Side

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Description: Frontera Grill & Topolobampo is a Mexican, Bar, and Southwestern restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped more than 18%.
Tags: Mexican, Downtown, River north, LTHForum.com Pick, Bar, Drinks, Variable Menu, Crowded, Expensive, and Reservations
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Tips:
  • Frontera Grill takes advance reservations for all lunch parties and for groups of five to 10 at dinner; groups smaller than five should call early on the same day. Topolobampo takes lunch and dinner reservations for up to eight people; it's a good idea to call several weeks in advance for weekend seatings.
  • Frontera Grill takes advance reservations for all lunch parties and for a limited number of dinner parties of any size; groups smaller than five should call early on the same day. Topolobampo takes lunch and dinner reservations for up to eight people; it's a good idea to call several months in advance for weekend seatings.
  • Topolobampo is open Tue 11:45am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm; Wed-Thu 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm; Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm.
  • Topolobampo offers three distinct five-course tasting menus nightly, priced between $85 and $90 (wine will add $50 to the bill).
  • Topolobampo offers a five-course tasting menu for $70 ($105 with wine).
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Topolobampo, specializes in authentic regional cuisine served in an elegant, upscale setting. Sister restaurant, Frontera Grill serves authentic Mexican Food in a fun, casual & relaxed atmosphere. Topolobampo takes advance reservations for all parties. If you do not see what you are looking for, please call us for further information.

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Frontera Grill & Topolobampo

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fun colorful place, OK food

i’ve been here twice for dinner, and both times the food was good – but nothing spectacular…maybe my expectations were too high. prices run the full gamut.

it was extremely crowded when i came here on a friday night, and we waited well over an hour (close to two) for a table. they do have a bar where you can order all sorts of beverages while you wait.

i’m hesitant to come back here again for dinner (given the wait time), but maybe during happy hour.

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One of my favorites

Almost impossible to get a table w/o a reservation in less than an hour, even on the weekdays. But sit at the bar, enjoy the full menu with beers and margaritas. Everything is great.

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Carne Asada

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Recommended by the bar waiter as one of his favorites – didn’t disappoint.

Ceviche Yucateco

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Awesome ceviche with fresh scallops and watercress.

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Typical Mexican food with some fusion

The blue agave margaritas are excellent. My favorite appetizer is the quesdo fundido.

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Blue Agave Margarita

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Topolobampo was exquisite!!

Last night was my wife’s birthday and I wanted to treat her to something very special. I made rezzies about 6 weeks ago so we were seated right away. The restaurant was indeed crowded but the atmosphere was still very quaint and relaxed. We both ordered a different tasting menu with various wines. Absolutely EVERYTHING was fabulous!!! The only complaint I had was something that I had complete control over. Prior to dinner we stopped at Fado for a few drinks. That was a mistake. The wine accompaniments were more than enough alcohol for the evening. Neither of us could finish our wines but we definitely tasted them all. The bill was completely out of our price range but this was a special occasion and nothing is too good for my wonderful wife of 10 years. It will be a very long time until we can drop another $350 for a 2 person meal.

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Tasting menu 5 course

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Wine tasting accompaniment

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Be careful as not to drink too much before your dinner. There is wine a plenty with this meal!

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June 29, 2013

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Still one of the very best Chicago

Still one of the very best Chicago eateries

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August 9, 2012

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Adjacent to Frontera Grill but with a separate dining room, this creation of owner-chef Rick Bayless forges on as one of the best Mexican restaurants in the country. The refined approach is cutting edge and avoids cliches, so the food is…

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February 14, 2011

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Overrated

It's good, but overrated. Highly recommend the oysters and Marisol beer. Other than that, save your money, head up to Garcias on Lawrence/Western and have an equally fantastic Mexican meal for 1/4 of the price of Frontera.

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