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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
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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/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Visitor rating
  • 26
    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
Most recent review
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
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Trumbull, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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14 reviews 14 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
45 helpful votes 45 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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160 reviews 160 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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83 reviews 83 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I hadn't been to Salpicon for a while, so decided to stop in with friends and introduce them to a restaurant that I have always thought set a high standard in traditional Mexican cooking [vs. Tex-Mex]. Good news is that the high standard remains. Our appetizers and entrees were universally well prepared and delicious. What I love about the restaurant... More 

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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
  • Good for: Outdoor seating
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?