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Frontera Grill

#108 of 7,817 Restaurants in Chicago
#123 of 8,581 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Near North Side
Mexican, Barbecue
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445 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610 (Illinois)
Red Line - Grand Avenue
(312) 661-1434
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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue 11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Frontera Grill serves authentic Mexican Food in a fun, casual & relaxed...
Frontera Grill serves authentic Mexican Food in a fun, casual & relaxed atmosphere.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Expect the Best1

We were in Chicago for a few days, so I had to visit Rick Bayless's restaurants. Thursday night was Topolobambo and Friday we went to Frontera Grill. This is not my first time but it has been a decade. I have to say, they have made all the appropriate changes to both restaurants. Enlarging... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Ann P
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We were in Chicago for a few days, so I had to visit Rick Bayless's restaurants. Thursday night was Topolobambo and Friday we went to Frontera Grill. This is not my first time but it has been a decade. I have to say, they have made all the appropriate changes to both restaurants. Enlarging Topolobambo and moving the bar into... More 

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Ayr, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I'm not that familiar with Mexican food but I can recognize good food when I see it. We had dinner here on a very busy Thursday. The dishes we ordered were hit and miss but only because we had no idea what we were ordering. The Pork with Recado Negro had some really unusual flavours (unusual for us at least).... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We were right in the first 10 people in line at 5 pm on a Saturday when they opened the doors. Still had to wait nearly an hour for a table in a VERY noisy restaurant. Once seated our waiter was no big help and did not seem very happy to be there and virtually ignored us. I was really... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I am a sucker for Rick Bayless. I love his cooking shows. Every time I am in Chicago I make a reservation for Frontera Grill. The food is amazing. The service is great. The margaritas are fantastic. We had a reservation at 9:15. I received a text that they had an earlier time if we wanted to take it on... More 

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Bergen County, NJ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I've loved watching Rick Bayless on various TV shows and the passion he has for authentic Mexican cuisine. I knew about his Chicago restaurants and I was very excited when I found out I was coming to the city for a weeks worth of training. Reservations here are a bit hard to come by unless you book (my best guess)... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Everyone has heard of Rick Bayless so we came straight from the airport for lunch. I'm not sure of all the hype. The starters were good but not amazing. We got the oysters which I liked. We had the street food sampler. Everything was good but nothing outstanding. After than we were disappointed. Had the mushroom tacos and the smoked... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I can't say enough great things about this place. The flavored in every dish are perfect, the device is top notch & and the margaritas are the best around. This is one of the best restaurants in America for a reason, this restaurant is worth a trip to Chicago.

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Lindon, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Right downtown and within walking distance of our hotel. Excellent food! The staff was great! My water and drink never went dry!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I tried to book reservations for this restaurant online about two weeks before my trip, but they weren't available. But when we got to Chicago on a Thursday night, my husband suggested we walk to Frontera Grill and see if we could get in. We were starving after a long day on the road, and were overjoyed that they could... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We had to book reservations 3 weeks in advance but it was worth the wait. We went late afternoon so it was not terribly crowded. We had great service, one person in our party had an allergy and they bent over backwards to accommodate her. Guacamole was, of corse, great as were the salsas. One at our table had a... More 

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Additional Information about Frontera Grill

Address: 445 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Phone Number: (312) 661-1434
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
Open Hours:
Tuesday 11:45 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: Mexican, Barbecue

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 445 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610
    (Illinois)
  • Public Transportation: Red Line - Grand Avenue
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighborhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: (312) 661-1434

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene

Description

Frontera Grill serves authentic Mexican Food in a fun, casual & relaxed atmosphere.
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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