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Salpicon

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Mexican, Contemporary
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1252 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 (Division)
Clark / Division 2.5 blocks Red Line / Buses 22 & 36
312-988-7811
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Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Refined Mexican Food and Serious Tequila

First, let's deal with the Tequila. There are no frozen margaritas (they're "not authentic") but there are hundreds of ways to customize your drink with some mighty fine tequilas, until it's just the way you like it. Of course, the downside is that by the time you've tried three or four, you're... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 18, 2015
john p
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Not your average Mexican food! It's amazing!!! Great margaritas and high end great champagne by the glass!!! It's really the best Mexican I've had and so much fun!!

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Trumbull, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

First, let's deal with the Tequila. There are no frozen margaritas (they're "not authentic") but there are hundreds of ways to customize your drink with some mighty fine tequilas, until it's just the way you like it. Of course, the downside is that by the time you've tried three or four, you're well on your way to losing all judgement,... More 

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Alma, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Always a "must visit" when I'm in Chicago. I used to LOVE this place! My visit last week, was lackluster. The service was horrible. I was the only customer during my 1-1/2 hr visit. There were several wait staff, mostly standing around visiting w/ each other and looking at computer (for future reservations, I think) rather than serving the only... More 

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Berkeley, Ca
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Being from California and Texas, we were skeptical of finding good Mexican food in Chicago. However, Salpicon was superb with regional Mexican dishes not found on your typical TexMex menu. They specialize in Oaxacan cuisine which is somewhat unusual in this country. The wine list is extensive and service is good. They have sidewalk dining which is quite pleasant. The... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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147 reviews 147 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My boyfriend and I went here for a late night dinner before a Second City show the other week and had a fantastic experience. Our server James got us a prime spot on the patio and treated us with the utmost care throughout our experience at Salpicon. James recommended some great tequilas for our margaritas and we were off to... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I've been to Salpicon several times, most recently this month. To call it just Mexican comes out wrong because this is Mexican fine dining. You can taste the Mexican-ness of of the food, but if you have never had fine Mexican food that you are in for an incredible treat. The food is incredible. The service is also nice and... More 

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Monterrey, Mexico
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164 reviews 164 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Being a Mexican, I´m always suspicious about Mexican food in other countries, but my family and i wanted to dine in a Mexican restaurant to celebrate our Independence Day. Considering other famous restaurants were fully booked (Mexique, Topolobampo) we found good ratings about this restaurant. We expected some sort of celebration for the holiday, but found a half empty restaurant... More 

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Boone
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94 reviews 94 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

What a lovely meal we enjoyed at this restaurant! The flavors were excellent, the service professional, attentive, and unobtrusive, and the wine list extensive and wide-ranging. This was a perfect end to our five days in Chicago. We have visited numerous Mexican restaurants in Chicago, including the most "well-known", and we find the Salpicon to be the most outstanding. Several... More 

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Trieste, Italy
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29 reviews 29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

One of the best Mexican restaurants I've ever been to: excellent margaritas, guacamole, langoustines. Additionally, the outdoor terrace is lovely.

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New Windsor, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is absolutely the best meal my wife and I had in Chicago. The food is excellently prepared. And the choice of tequila are amazing! Highly recommended!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1252 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610
    (Division)
  • Public Transportation: Clark / Division 2.5 blocks Red Line / Buses 22 & 36
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: 312-988-7811

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?