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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 #99 of 8,294 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $40
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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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Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I have always wanted to eat at one of Rick Bayless' restaurants, and I wasn't disappointed! My husband and I were expertly attended to by Tom. All his recommendations were on the spot. When I didn't love one of the wines (he allowed me to take a taste first), he immediately brought another one to my taste. We did the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

It is a shame that the listing is for both Frontera Grill and Topolobampo. Both are great restaurants but the experiences can be quit different. Topolobampo is a top-of-the-line, fine restaurant while Frontera is more casual. I have to say that I generally do not find restaurants where the meal is $100 worth it. Traveling for business, I have certainly... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If you love Mexican food - the big plate of refried beans and rice with cheese smothered whatever on a plate the size of a Thanksgiving platter.....THIS ISN'T IT. Thank goodness! Frontera Grill is so much better! The food is creative in the way it's prepared, the way it's served and the way it tastes. It's a full, sensory experience.... More

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Monmouth, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Went to this restaurant for brunch on a Saturday. It was busy but was able to get a table for 2 right away. The food was fine but fairly pricey for what you received. I think the best part of the restaurant was the coffee and the chips and salsa.

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Petaluma, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Second time trying this place and was equally impressed with service and food quality. A little pricey, but worth it. We were going to reserve on line but they didn't have availability for a Thursday night at 5pm so we just showed up and there was only a 5 minute wait for outside seating. Bar area is first come first... More

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Elk River, Minnesota
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We visited the restaurant last time we visited Chicago and enjoyed it again this time. We were seated at a table in the bar area and enjoyed the activity. We split some chips and salsa and a street food sampler. Excellent flavor and quality. Out server was not as attentive as I would expect but still better than average.

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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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167 reviews 167 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Tried to make a reservation but there were no spaces. Turned up and there was a 2.5 hour wait on a Saturday night, so we sat at the bar and ate. The service was good despite the place being rammed. Drinks and food served promptly. Our waiter was very helpful. We chose a few selections from the street food menu,... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Reservations were full two weeks prior to our travel so get them early. We took our chances and stopped by for dinner after exploring all day. We were very hungry and there was a 2-1/2 hr. wait. We were able to grab a table at the bar and the wait staff served us immediately. I'd like to go again with... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

Very good mexican food, we had the pork and duck and it was very nice. We also had summer guacamole which was great. Service was perfect and our reservation ready on arrival. The place was crowded already 1800 on a thursday.

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Port Huron, Michigan
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I cannot express enough on how wonderful Topolobampo restaurant is. I cannot wait to make another trip to Chicago to visit this restaurant. The atmosphere "Excellent," the service "Excellent," the food, beyond compare. I am Hispanic, I cook Mexican food, but I have never been to a Hispanic restaurant that can take all of the well known ingredients associated with... More

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