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Frontera Grill & Topolobampo

445 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610 (Near North Side)
(312) 661-1434
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Ranked #81 of 8,264 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Near North Side
Cross street: Illinois
Transit: Red Line - Grand Avenue
Description: 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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Los Angeles, California
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132 reviews 132 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

So good. Always my first choice when visiting Chicago. You need a reservation. Is hard to get a seat at the first come first serve bar. The guacamole is out of this world.

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New York City, New York
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150 reviews 150 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I can't really add much to the other reviews, but it is worth every penny for inventive and delicious food. Need to reserve way ahead, we could only get a lunch reservation a month ahead, and lunch was packed.

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Kirkland, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Rick Bayless is a genius and has proven worthy of all the fame and awards he has earned. After begging for a reservation on short notice and lucking out, my wife and I experienced the best meal of Mexican food we have ever sat through. We have been to Mexico many times and eaten at well known Mexican restaurants all... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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69 reviews 69 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

I've been watching Rick Bayless' PBS tv show on Mexican food for years, so when the opportunity to travel to this restaurant presented itself, I jumped at the chance. My wife and I few to Chicago for the sole purpose of eating at Frontera Grill. I made a reservation online and we were seated immediately. Some of the things you... More

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new jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We went to this well known restaurant for lunch in Chicagp without a reservation. The wait was about one-half hour. We ordered two dishes to share, The steak Taco with grilled onions (extra charge) was a good value and was tasty. We asked for extra tacos which was great. The Street trio, however, was really just a small appetizer, but... More

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Akron OH
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

After watching "Mexico, One Plate at a Time" on the Livewell Network, we knew we needed to include Frontera Grill on our list when we visited Chicago. We made reservations the day before on line. The day was beautiful so we chose a table outside. We each ordered different meals and found them to be just as delicious as we... More

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St. John's, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We had a reservation for Frontera which turned out to be very important as it was a very busy spot. The overall restaurant was bustle-y and I wouldn't choose here if I was looking for a quiet romantic meal. But the atmosphere suited the restaurant and I wasn't looking for a quiet meal. Our server (who's name I forget, unfortunately)... More

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We ordered way too much food for 2 people. Try to go with more people so you can try more things (without stuffing yourself stupid). The Topolo Margarita is perfection. We got the ceviche trio (hard to pick a favorite, they were all amazing), escabeche salad (the only thing we weren't crazy about - too acidic), mole trio (the mole... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

It is well worth every dime we spent on our wonderful dinner. The staff are great and the food is incredible. Every thing that we ordered was beautifully presented and tasted amazing. Would definitely go back every time in Chicago.

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Middlesex, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Went on a Monday and must have gotten lucky - no wait right when it opened. Of course, we still had the obligatory "sit at the bar and have a margarita during your pseudo-wait" which I totally welcomed, so we could have some time to take in the great ambiance. Plus, the drinks were amazing. I'm not a big fan... More

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