Topolobampo Frontera Grill

★★★★★
  • 445 N Clark St

    Chicago, IL 60610

    Cross street: Between Illinois and Hubbard sts, River North

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  • 312-661-1434

About Topolobampo Frontera Grill

Hours
Tuesday From 11:45 AM To 02:00 PM Tuesday From 05:30 PM To 09:30 PM Wednesday To Thursday From 11:30 PM To 02:00 PM Wednesday To Thursday From 05:30 PM To 10:30 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:30 PM To 10:30 PM

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Still one of the very best Chicago eateries

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Still one of the very best Chicago eateries

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It's good, but overrated. Highly recommend the oysters and Marisol beer. Other than that, save your money, head up to Garcias on Lawrence/Western and have an equally fantastic Mexican meal for 1/4 of the price of Frontera.

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It's good, but overrated. Highly recommend the oysters and Marisol beer. Other than that, save your money, head up to Garcias on Lawrence/Western and have an equally fantastic Mexican meal for 1/4 of the price of Frontera.

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This is Rick Bayless's trophy. The food is authentic and unique. The menu changes often, but you will always have a memorable meal.

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This is Rick Bayless's trophy. The food is authentic and unique. The menu changes often, but you will always have a memorable meal.

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Let me start by saying my wife and I are big fans of Top Chef. We were excited to see a hometown chef win Top Chef Masters so we excitedly decided to try his Topo Restaurant. Sadly, we were less than impressed with his food and

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Let me start by saying my wife and I are big fans of Top Chef. We were excited to see a hometown chef win Top Chef Masters so we excitedly decided to try his Topo Restaurant. Sadly, we were less than impressed with his food and

Cons: Too Hyped

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Love it always.

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Love it always.

Pros: Really fresh and authentic

Cons: crowded!

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The food was great, but the service was terrible. The hostesses lied to us about our wait time, over and over -- it took over four hours before we got seated. Two hours in, we were having a great time at the bar down the street and they

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The food was great, but the service was terrible. The hostesses lied to us about our wait time, over and over -- it took over four hours before we got seated. Two hours in, we were having a great time at the bar down the street and they

Pros: food

Cons: everything else

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The food just seemed OK. The ceviche was mushy and pretty nasty (our fault for ordering ceviche in Chicago). The rest of the food was just OK if overpriced. I would eat there again, if the prices were cheaper. The place is popular

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The food just seemed OK. The ceviche was mushy and pretty nasty (our fault for ordering ceviche in Chicago). The rest of the food was just OK if overpriced. I would eat there again, if the prices were cheaper. The place is popular

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The worst service we've had in a long time, and we dine out a lot. We made reservations for us and our out-of-town guests weeks in advance, at their request. We arrived on time, had to wait 10-15 minutes in the very noisy entry area, and

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★★★★★

The worst service we've had in a long time, and we dine out a lot. We made reservations for us and our out-of-town guests weeks in advance, at their request. We arrived on time, had to wait 10-15 minutes in the very noisy entry area, and

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I'm rather stunned that this restaurant gets all the hype it's getting. I agree with many reviews of the food being over-spiced--be it too much lime or simply too salty. And after you wait for this reservation and the experience--like

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I'm rather stunned that this restaurant gets all the hype it's getting. I agree with many reviews of the food being over-spiced--be it too much lime or simply too salty. And after you wait for this reservation and the experience--like

Pros: We received our food quickly

Cons: it wasn't that good (too salty), the noise level, nothing wow'd us

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First, we tried to change our reservation from 2 people to 4. I called an hour ahead of time and the maitre d told me that this was not possible. Wrong answer. Fine-dining restaurants should do everything possible to accomadate their

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★★★★★

First, we tried to change our reservation from 2 people to 4. I called an hour ahead of time and the maitre d told me that this was not possible. Wrong answer. Fine-dining restaurants should do everything possible to accomadate their

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I have been to almost all of the fine dining restaurants in this city and I cannot believe that this deserves a four star rating. I went there last Tuesday for a friends birthday and we waited at least 10-15 minutes before a server came to

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I have been to almost all of the fine dining restaurants in this city and I cannot believe that this deserves a four star rating. I went there last Tuesday for a friends birthday and we waited at least 10-15 minutes before a server came to

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My husband and I have been dying to go here since we watched his show on T.V. Lunch hours where almost over so we were only able to eat in the bar area. There wasn't too much on the lunch menu, but I did like the idea how they change the

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★★★★★

My husband and I have been dying to go here since we watched his show on T.V. Lunch hours where almost over so we were only able to eat in the bar area. There wasn't too much on the lunch menu, but I did like the idea how they change the

Pros: Great food

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We were a little nervous about Mexican food in Chicago since we were coming from Texas, but made a reservation at Topolobampo at the recommendation of a friend. We were amazed! The food was incredible and the members of the waitstaff were

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We were a little nervous about Mexican food in Chicago since we were coming from Texas, but made a reservation at Topolobampo at the recommendation of a friend. We were amazed! The food was incredible and the members of the waitstaff were

Pros: Great food, friendly staff, ambience

Cons: Hard to get a reservation

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We went for a birthday celebration. We knew on a Saturday night it would be crowded and we would have to wait. We understood. At 8:30pm we thought a 2 hour wait to be a bit long but OK. Did that mean that since they close at 10:30 we

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★★★★★

We went for a birthday celebration. We knew on a Saturday night it would be crowded and we would have to wait. We understood. At 8:30pm we thought a 2 hour wait to be a bit long but OK. Did that mean that since they close at 10:30 we

Pros: Can't think of one

Cons: Such a high price for so little with so many better options available

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While Frontera Grill can get packed quickly, you can often wander in and get seated (and eat) at either the bar or right alongside the kitchen where there are maybe six bar-stools -- not only do you not have to wait, but you get to see the

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★★★★★

While Frontera Grill can get packed quickly, you can often wander in and get seated (and eat) at either the bar or right alongside the kitchen where there are maybe six bar-stools -- not only do you not have to wait, but you get to see the

Pros: Amazing food

Cons: So crowded

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Wow. This was a total disappointment. We waited more than two hours for food. The bar is ok -- I've had better Margaritas at Chilis to be perfectly honest. The bar is standing room only and you can hardly hear yourself think.

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★★★★★

Wow. This was a total disappointment. We waited more than two hours for food. The bar is ok -- I've had better Margaritas at Chilis to be perfectly honest. The bar is standing room only and you can hardly hear yourself think.

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My rating is based on my recent experience at Topolobampo, not on the quality of the food. The margaritas in the bar were good, which is why my rating is two stars instead of one.\r
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My wife and I had a reservation, and we arrived early

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★★★★★

My rating is based on my recent experience at Topolobampo, not on the quality of the food. The margaritas in the bar were good, which is why my rating is two stars instead of one.\r
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My wife and I had a reservation, and we arrived early

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I don't know if it's because it's been rated so highly by critics and other reviews, or if it's from living in nyc with terrific restaurants all over the city... but after waiting for 2 hours and then being offered to sit at the bar to

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★★★★★

I don't know if it's because it's been rated so highly by critics and other reviews, or if it's from living in nyc with terrific restaurants all over the city... but after waiting for 2 hours and then being offered to sit at the bar to

Pros: service

Cons: long wait, disappointing food

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I had heard great things about Tapolobampo and was eager to try it. I just moved here from the east coast, where i had a great selection of good food. The experience at Tapolo was very underwhelming - esp. for the price. i could have

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★★★★★

I had heard great things about Tapolobampo and was eager to try it. I just moved here from the east coast, where i had a great selection of good food. The experience at Tapolo was very underwhelming - esp. for the price. i could have

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After 2 visits to Topolobampo (one good, one bad), we were eager to try Frontera Grill. We saw on their website that they take limited reservations, so we decided to brave it -- knowing full well we may have a substantial wait. What we

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★★★★★

After 2 visits to Topolobampo (one good, one bad), we were eager to try Frontera Grill. We saw on their website that they take limited reservations, so we decided to brave it -- knowing full well we may have a substantial wait. What we

Pros: Food is supposed to be great

Cons: Really bad host staff

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Went to Topolobampo for my birthday recently. I read the reviews on here and elsewhere so I was expecting some unique but good food. It was up and down. Had reservations, wait was not terrible. The appetizers were excellent, get the

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Went to Topolobampo for my birthday recently. I read the reviews on here and elsewhere so I was expecting some unique but good food. It was up and down. Had reservations, wait was not terrible. The appetizers were excellent, get the

Pros: Appetizers

Cons: Drinks, Price, Parking

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Hands down the best upscale mexican food I have had in the US. I was in Chicago for the Restaurant Week and it was just such a delightful experience. Meeting Rick Bayless was a perk too!

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Hands down the best upscale mexican food I have had in the US. I was in Chicago for the Restaurant Week and it was just such a delightful experience. Meeting Rick Bayless was a perk too!

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...Or whatever he was, taking the reservations at the front counter: Parties of five or less can only attempt to make same-day reservations, which are virtually non-existent, but we were encouraged by the receptionist to drop by before

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...Or whatever he was, taking the reservations at the front counter: Parties of five or less can only attempt to make same-day reservations, which are virtually non-existent, but we were encouraged by the receptionist to drop by before

Pros: the food is good.

Cons: "First Impressions Last": The first person, (the old man at the front booking area), that I had contact with was rude and condescending.

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Every thanksgiving break, on my visit to Chicago, I have lunch at Frontera Grill, and always lunch. So I do not no much about the dinner meals. But the guacamole is amazing and it shouldn't be missed. My favorite still seems to be Taco al

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Every thanksgiving break, on my visit to Chicago, I have lunch at Frontera Grill, and always lunch. So I do not no much about the dinner meals. But the guacamole is amazing and it shouldn't be missed. My favorite still seems to be Taco al

Pros: Creative Food, Amazing Guacamole

Cons: A little pricy, Noisy, some menus are not nearly as good as others

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This was not a first visit for me at this well-known establishment, but may well be the last. The bar area has a better ambience and a more jolly atmosphere than the main dining area which is cramped and uninviting. If it was not for the

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★★★★★

This was not a first visit for me at this well-known establishment, but may well be the last. The bar area has a better ambience and a more jolly atmosphere than the main dining area which is cramped and uninviting. If it was not for the

Pros: Lively bar area

Cons: Poor ambience and cramped dining

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Frontera Grill is an enjoyable restaurant. We chose this restaurant based on our experience in watching restaurateur Rick Bayless on WTTW Channel 11. Rick Bayless is the owner of Frontera Grill/Topolobampo. This is what brought us in,

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Frontera Grill is an enjoyable restaurant. We chose this restaurant based on our experience in watching restaurateur Rick Bayless on WTTW Channel 11. Rick Bayless is the owner of Frontera Grill/Topolobampo. This is what brought us in,

Pros: Great decor, great food, excellent wait staff

Cons: Hard to get in to

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I made it a point to go to the Frontera Grill after reading the terrific reviews it got here. I called precisely at 8:30 am to make a reservation for the day of as other reviewers recommended. The wait staff at Frontera is superb. They

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★★★★★

I made it a point to go to the Frontera Grill after reading the terrific reviews it got here. I called precisely at 8:30 am to make a reservation for the day of as other reviewers recommended. The wait staff at Frontera is superb. They

Pros: Excellent customer service and wait staff

Cons: Bland, uninspired recipes

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i've always been fascinated by the way rick takes you on location deep in the heart of the source, the markets, the little food stands in mexico places where even people like myself would freak out to see an american walking around.i have

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i've always been fascinated by the way rick takes you on location deep in the heart of the source, the markets, the little food stands in mexico places where even people like myself would freak out to see an american walking around.i have

Pros: excellente

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We had a wonderful dining experience at Frontera Grill. We called right at 8:30am on a Saturday morning and got a reservation for two at 7:00pm. We arrived at the restaurant at 6:45pm (use the valet parking - $10), and the hostess told

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We had a wonderful dining experience at Frontera Grill. We called right at 8:30am on a Saturday morning and got a reservation for two at 7:00pm. We arrived at the restaurant at 6:45pm (use the valet parking - $10), and the hostess told

Pros: Fantastic food and original cuisine, excellent service, great margaritas, easy valet parking

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I checked out Frontera while I was vacationing in Chi town and I was pleased with my experience here. The decorum was casual trendy and the service was excellent! I also thought that the prices for the food was fair. Their variety of

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I checked out Frontera while I was vacationing in Chi town and I was pleased with my experience here. The decorum was casual trendy and the service was excellent! I also thought that the prices for the food was fair. Their variety of

Pros: Great tasting original menu items

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If you like great food or are even marginally a foodie you will be very happy with your Topolobampo experience. Top quality food, excellent flavor combinations, and good service make Topo live up to the hype - if you're looking for

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If you like great food or are even marginally a foodie you will be very happy with your Topolobampo experience. Top quality food, excellent flavor combinations, and good service make Topo live up to the hype - if you're looking for

Pros: Outstanding food, can't say enough

Cons: Expensive, but worth it!

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I guess that you either love or hate this restaurant - but I LOVE it. The food is fabulous. We made reservations for Topolobampo about 4 weeks in advance and were happy we'd planned ahead. The tasting dinner was one of the best I've

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★★★★★

I guess that you either love or hate this restaurant - but I LOVE it. The food is fabulous. We made reservations for Topolobampo about 4 weeks in advance and were happy we'd planned ahead. The tasting dinner was one of the best I've

Pros: The Food!! The art work! The service!!!

Cons: The hostesses are not very cordial

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To eat at Frontera you need to be hungry at the exact moment they serve, not 5 minutes before or 5 minutes after. If their service equals their welcome do not even bother... and to know they might be about to close you need to be able to

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To eat at Frontera you need to be hungry at the exact moment they serve, not 5 minutes before or 5 minutes after. If their service equals their welcome do not even bother... and to know they might be about to close you need to be able to

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This restaurant was great! We knew to call for reservations the day of, and forgot until late in the afternoon. Needless to say, we were out of luck. We went anyway, put in our name (with a reported 2 1/2 hour wait) and settled in at

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This restaurant was great! We knew to call for reservations the day of, and forgot until late in the afternoon. Needless to say, we were out of luck. We went anyway, put in our name (with a reported 2 1/2 hour wait) and settled in at

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When my husband and I visited Chicago for a week in March of 2005, we ate either at Topo and/or Frontera every day. We knew to make reservations for Topo so we never had a wait. Frontera was awesome with it's decor and wait staff,

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When my husband and I visited Chicago for a week in March of 2005, we ate either at Topo and/or Frontera every day. We knew to make reservations for Topo so we never had a wait. Frontera was awesome with it's decor and wait staff,

Pros: Gourmet Mexican, Fabulous Margaritas, Friendly Staff

Cons: -none-

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Had a great Friday "liquid" lunch. Awesome food, fun atmosphere, a little expensive, but a super time has by all!

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Had a great Friday "liquid" lunch. Awesome food, fun atmosphere, a little expensive, but a super time has by all!

Pros: fun atmosphere, blue agave margherita

Cons: pricey

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Im amazed by the mixed reviews, you either love it or you hate it

Ill be back in Chicago next month and have dinner reservations!

The last two times Ive been were for New Years Eve dinner 2004 and again last August 2005. Both times were

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Im amazed by the mixed reviews, you either love it or you hate it

Ill be back in Chicago next month and have dinner reservations!

The last two times Ive been were for New Years Eve dinner 2004 and again last August 2005. Both times were

Pros: Food, Beverages, Service

Cons: Reservations a must

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First, get there early. Very early. Then join the throngs in line and wait for your chance to dine at Frontera (since you didn't make a reservation months in advance for Topolobampo...but think of the money you've saved) once the

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★★★★★

First, get there early. Very early. Then join the throngs in line and wait for your chance to dine at Frontera (since you didn't make a reservation months in advance for Topolobampo...but think of the money you've saved) once the

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I live in Texas, have travelled in Mexico and extensively in Europe, and I have to say that Frontera & Topolobampo are 2 of my favorite restaurants of ANY cuisine, ANY where! The food, the drinks, the ambience, and the service are all of

3
★★★★★

I live in Texas, have travelled in Mexico and extensively in Europe, and I have to say that Frontera & Topolobampo are 2 of my favorite restaurants of ANY cuisine, ANY where! The food, the drinks, the ambience, and the service are all of

Pros: Food/Drinks, Service, Atmosphere

Cons: Possible Wait, Bathroom Location

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I was shocked to read others experiences of this jewel of a restaurant! This was possibly the best meal of my life! The host, wait, and valet staff we all went above and beyond what is normally expected. We both had the pleasure of the

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★★★★★

I was shocked to read others experiences of this jewel of a restaurant! This was possibly the best meal of my life! The host, wait, and valet staff we all went above and beyond what is normally expected. We both had the pleasure of the

Pros: Food, Staff, Ambiance

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I was very excited to try this restaurant. I knew it was pricey, but I don't mind spending in order to get quality. We were seated in a timely manner and the wait staff were superb. The appetizers were good, but the entrees were really

3
★★★★★

I was very excited to try this restaurant. I knew it was pricey, but I don't mind spending in order to get quality. We were seated in a timely manner and the wait staff were superb. The appetizers were good, but the entrees were really

Pros: Great Waitstaff, Guacamole

Cons: Price, entrees, quality

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Read all the reviews about the front of the house being cold. Dead on. 20 minute wait in the bar with a reservation. 5 course at Topolobampo was good, not great. Rick Bayless could make this a great restaurant with better hostesses.

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Read all the reviews about the front of the house being cold. Dead on. 20 minute wait in the bar with a reservation. 5 course at Topolobampo was good, not great. Rick Bayless could make this a great restaurant with better hostesses.

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The only reason someone would not like this place, is because they enjoy "mexican" restaurants like Chi-Chi's or On the Border. Frontera Grill is as authentic as it comes. I have been there several times and the food gets better every

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★★★★★

The only reason someone would not like this place, is because they enjoy "mexican" restaurants like Chi-Chi's or On the Border. Frontera Grill is as authentic as it comes. I have been there several times and the food gets better every

Pros: Margaritas, Atmosphere, Authenticity

Cons: Parking , Wait

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I travel a good deal and consider myself very informed when it comes to mexican food. This was not mexican food. The guacamole was decent (i can make it better at home) the margarita was premade...the bartender poured it out of a huge jug

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★★★★★

I travel a good deal and consider myself very informed when it comes to mexican food. This was not mexican food. The guacamole was decent (i can make it better at home) the margarita was premade...the bartender poured it out of a huge jug

Pros: , good service

Cons: , digusting, disgraceful

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To be fair the margaritas and gaucamole are excellent here, really some of the best in the City. But when you order more substantial items from the menu you'll realize (like all four of us in our party) that the food is not just bad, it's

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★★★★★

To be fair the margaritas and gaucamole are excellent here, really some of the best in the City. But when you order more substantial items from the menu you'll realize (like all four of us in our party) that the food is not just bad, it's

Pros: Good margaritas, Good gaucamole

Cons: , Overpriced, Overrated

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This is one smooth ride across Mexico's culinary landscape, and it has become a mecca for food lovers in Chicago. The menu blossoms with diverse, beyond garden-variety Mexican dishes. Eating here, in fact, can be downright educational.…

 

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