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Salpicón Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.salpicon.com
  • Phone: (312) 988-7811
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Priscila Satkoff
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Division
  • Public Transit: Clark / Division 2.5 blocks
    Red Line / Buses 22 & 36
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $12.00 Valet
A word from Salpicón
Salpicón offers classic & contemporary Mexican cuisine by acclaimed chef Priscila Satkoff (named by Larousse Gastronomique as "One of the Top Chefs of Mexican Cuisine") and recently inducted into the Chicago Culinary Museum's Chefs Hall of Fame, accompanied by a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence Wine List, served in a fun & festive atmosphere. Tequila fans will enjoy our selection of over 100 selections of super-premium 100% agave Tequila. Enjoy in a Margarita or sip on it's own or in one of our flights. (Please note: Toddlers and infants not allowed on Friday or Saturday nights. Strollers ARE NOT permitted.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I hadn't been back for a while. I liked the brighter interior (yellow wall not dark blue) Salpicon! is still serving delicious gourmet Mexican. It's the only place in Chicago with a full page of Tequilas available, and the Margaritas are made with fresh squeezed limes (and optionally Cointreau if you like the extra sweetness.) The food is delicious; and although i can't eat the soft-shelled crabs, others at my table enjoyed them."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "This is not your typical Mexican restaurant! We did the 7 course Chef's Tasting and everything was delicious. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "First time at this restaurant. Went with the small plates for sharing and it seemed afterward that we made the right choice. Lots of good items to select from. Some were a bit spicy for one of our party, but the rest of us liked everything. Good margaritas - made with fresh juices which for me is a must. Good selection of tequilas for the margaritas, but I personally feel that margaritas need good, but not great tequila. Would definitely try again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Our experience could have not been the same without their Outstanding Sommelier! Thank you so much Wanda!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was my second time dining at Salpicon, and much like the original visit everything was fantastic. The food is amazing and full of great flavors and the service is equally wonderful. Add in a vast wine list and extensive tequila menu and you have all the makings of a great night. Will definitely return"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My husband and I have been going here for over a decade! They re-did the whole place since we were last there and it looks amazing now! The margaritas are perfect. The seviche is the best I've ever had and the best entree is filete de res en salsa de moritas con hongos. It is grilled steak with melted Chihuahua cheese, served in a spicy tomatillo-morita sauce with shiitakes and Mexican rice. So good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is my very favorite restaurant in Chicago. Period. Gorgeous food, and a legendary wine list. Do not miss it."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I don't really understand the niche of Salpicon. It's fancy Mexican food which is such an oxymoron to me. I've been to nice Mexican places before that feel vibrant, familial, and serve up some delicious food. This place has the colors and lighting to be vibrant but the general vibe is much more subdued. The food was delicious but expensive. There aren't any familiar favorites: no tacos, burritos, or horchata. In fact, you can't even find a mango margarita but you can find a bajillion traditional margaritas made from a bajillion different kinds of tequila."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food is great. Good margaritas, very nice atmosphere and outdoor seating."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "One of the best Mexican restaurants in Chicago with a broad selection of premium sipping Tequilas. Complex notes in dishes without being overpowering. Tiger shrimp appetizer was wonderful with perfectly grilled shrimp balanced by 2 different sauces. Highly recommend the Tinga Poblano as a main dish - bold flavors with perfectly cooked tenderloin. The tequila lime sorbet (with hint of Serrano chiles) is a must have as I have seen few dishes with lime zest done successfully. Seating can get a little cozy and noise level a little energetic for a date."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had another excellent meal and outstanding service with our server, James. We brought our daughter and son-in-law for their first time. I am sure that they will return again as they live in Chicago. We will back as soon as we can return to Chicago."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Have dined here several times in the past and was once again impressed with my dining experience. Friendly greetings from Priscilla and Vince along with Wanda and Jose. Food choices were excellent. Appetizers, entrees, desert were all delicious and flavourful. Wine was perfect choice for our meal. And of course the house margarita was great start to lovely evening at Salpicon!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Fabulous food and service. One of our regular spots!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "High rating for the food & service, but a very low rating for the dining experience. That is because there was no dining experience, the food was brought so fast allowing for no dining. Our waiter & the sommelier were gracious and very apologetic. The communication between the kitchen and the staff was very poor. After our 3 appetizers came out so fast, we specifically asked that we could have a little break between that and the entrée. Less than five minutes later our entrée came out! Our total time to have a drink, three appetizers, wine, and an entrée was 45 minutes. Over the years we have eaten at this restaurant numerous times. It was a special occasion, my birthday, and you see what happened. This may have been our last time there."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "No one does fish better than Priscilla Satikoff, and her copper river salmon dish topped them all. Expertly grilled and paired with a mole and a tomato and fruit salsa, two of us were in heaven. Our third diner declared the soft shell crabs enjoyed "the best she ever had." We ordered a great bottle of French Burgundy off the deep wine list as advised by the sommelier and loved it. The appetizers as always were amazing. This restaurant continues to uphold a standard of consistent exceptional food and service. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "wonderful neighborhood spot, great outdoor dining, with a unique menu of Mexican dishes and a great wine/tequila selection"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "It is soft-shell crab season and Salpicon is my all time favorite! They sauté the crabs in garlic and serve them with diced avocado and rice. After devouring the delightfully delicious crabs, mixing the rice with remaining garlic, avocado and crab bits is a tastebud wonderland! My husband had the sliced pork tenderloin over a veggie ragu which was also excellent and heartily enjoyed. No dessert this time but in the past, the the warm espresso and chocolate cake was yummy. The service was great, as always, attentive but not hovering. I look forward to coming back. Salpicon has an excellent menu year round and I enthusiastically recommend them. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We have been fans forever. Great food and right up there with Rick Bayless's places. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My wife gave margarita top marks and my wine was excellent. We both got prawn selection and they where cooked perfect and very good, although my wife said on of her prawns was mushy. The problem was our waiter, who by all counts could not keep pace. His disfunction ruined the otherwise pleasant ambiance"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "very imaginative food, generous portions, great wine list. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is not a Mexican Restaurant. It is a Mexico City restaurant. Don't come expecting Tacos and Enchiladas. Expect great food with the flavors and spices of Mexican cuisine that you would find in fine restaurants in Mexico City. And of course the Margaritas were excellent and they have a great selection of Tequila."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The service was very attentive and friendly. The food was very disappointing"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "A friend suggested Salpicon because of its terrific reviews. I was eager to try "Chicago's Best Mexican Restaurant." Our attentive waiter beautifully explained the extensive tequila menu. The Siembra Azul Blanco he recommended was delicious. The goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms he recommended were beautifully plated, light and perfectly prepared. For dinner, I ordered the camarones al mojo de ajo. My friend and I shared pastel tres leches for dessert. One of my favorite ways to spend an evening is to enjoy great friends and great food. By the end of the meal, I realized that my friend and I had talked all through dinner, but had not remarked on the food once since the appetizers. Our entrees and dessert were good, but not remarkable."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "From the first-rate margaritas to the guacamole to the Huevos Mexicanos and Grilled Salmon entrees, Salpicon was absolutely fabulous. And the waiter couldn't have been more helpful in picking out the best entrees and margaritas. We've been here before for dinner and loved it. This was the first time we tried it for brunch. Either way, you'll get a terrific dining experience. I highly, highly recommend it."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had not been to Salpicon for a while and we were positively surprised. The food is as good as before. They changed the bar and it looks great. The Margherita are still delicious. We will go back soon. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This place was fantastic. I try to be conservative with my reviews, knowing a lot of folks rave about everything. Our group of six had the beef tenderloin, pork tenderloin, queso and shrimp appetizer, guacomole, chile rellenos, and ceviche. The ceviche was fine- nothing huge, but everything else knocked it out of the park. If you're looking for heat, these are not the spiciest options, but definitely flavorful "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "This was an excellent place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The food and drink were exquisite."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed the BEST margarita I've ever tasted.... Service is fantastic... Food outstanding!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Chose this restaurant because of the menu online. Looked great. Got there at 6 for our reservation. Was quickly sat upstairs. Was surprised they charged $1 extra for margaritas cause limes are so expensive now. Unless they are adding 4 limes/drink it seemed a little excess. There was also no bartender that night so the waitress made the margaritas. Not good and slow!! Got the ceviche appetizer. Tasty, nothing special. Two side sauces were so HOT it almost ruined the meal. I ordered the 2 chili rellenos. Never heard of nuts and raisins in a relleno before. Yuck! My new fiance oreder two apps for dinner. The tostadas were so spicy she couldnt eat them. There are so many great restaurants in this town I will not go back to this one. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I had been to Salpicon before but my friend had not. The food and atmosphere was excellent and service was equally as good. A great cinco de mayo experience."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Started with the Ceviche, grilled shrimp and a pork cooked in a banana leaf-were all very good. Also had pork tenderloin and quail which were both good. Could have been better if there were fresh flavors in addition to the cooked flavors of the mole sauces."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "They gave me the wrong entree. That's not good. That's not good."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Always the best! My favorite place in the United States. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Great margaritas-many tequila's to choose from. Ceviche was fresh and excellent tasting. Nice choices for entrees. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Haven't been here in a couple of years. Menu VERY limited and uninspired. Had the halibut which the server described as "amazing". I was served a small grilled halibut and some "sauce", 3 tortillas. Not impressed and left hungry. Got a burger later that night that was more impressive."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Great setting. Good margaritas. Great guac. My fish dish was good, my friend's a little undercooked. It was a slow night so they decided to close the kitchen early and we were gently urged to order earlier than we wanted. Our reservation was at 7 so it wasn't like we walked in late. as much as I understand the concern for closing down things early for THEM...I just didn't like feeling rushed. Then there was this overhanging/lingering /unspoken feeling that we had to speed up eating and I just don't appreciate that when I pay my good working dollars to go out and dine. I really like Salpicon, but every time I go there ...one thing is off . I would be a more frequent diner, as it's in my neighborhood, but they always just a little off"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We went with a party of four and all had 7 course tasting menus paired with wines. Great range, great food, pretty plates, nice preparation, and thoughtful wine pairings that really enhanced the meals. And all that was enhanced by a sweet and attentive server. Definitely one of the city's best for high end Mexican."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our only regret is that the incredibly extensive wine list includes almost nothing affordable. The food is imaginative, exquisitely prepared and quite a treat. But even at this very high level of dining experience the wines are inappropriately out of reach cost-wise."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We have a lovely meal. Perhaps not superlative, but very good. My colleague had the tenderloin with cheese and sauce and I had the quail with a tasty, spicy brown sauce. The knowledgeable sommelier was helpful and very conversant with across the spectrum of the fine well rated Wine Spectator list."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Salpicon offers dozens of tequilas varying in age and price from $9 to $200/serving. Our server seemed to be knowledgeable but that could also be because we know nothing about tequila. Our food was better than expected, but was expected to be good based on the price. The guacamole was fresh and awesome! ($9) I ordered the quail ($33) and it was interesting, but the sauce that came on the plate tasted like soy sauce. Bad. The pork tenderloin was served over a cilantro and avocado aioli which was very good! Overall, I'd say it was a good dinner with a relatively quiet atmosphere. I would come back for a couple margaritas for sure!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014