Salpicón
Salpicón

Salpicón

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.salpicon.com/
  • Phone: 3129887811x
  • 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Division
  • Public Transit: Clark / Division 2.5 blocks
    Red Line / Buses 22 & 36
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $12.00 Valet (Wed. thru Sun. evenings)
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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Salpicón reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (47)neighborhood gem (41)notable wine list (38)special occasion (25)romantic (20)great for outdoor dining (17)good for groups (6)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Nice Neighberhood Gem
    Andy
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Very different and original Mexican food - entrees were quite innovative,
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still outstanding
    ThomasK
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Though I miss the old Salpicon, the food, the service, the overall experience were excellent after an absence of about three years.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Fine Dinner
    chapelhillchuck
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is the fifth time having dinner at Salpicon and the complex sauces are what make this a great Mexican restaurant that have moved way beyond the usual Mexican serving of tacos e.t. al. The guacamole is very fresh as are the homemade chips. If you are looking for tequila tasting this is the place with over 80 tequilas at the bar and knowledgeable servers to guide you through the tasting process.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Disappoints
    foodfan
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have been going to Salipicon for a LONG time. Each time we go we are so glad we did. The food is delicious and the margaritas are outstanding. It's a lovely place to have an excellent meal with friends.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • amazing Mexican
    ChicagoDiner
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is the best Mexican restaurant in Chicago. Everyone thinks of Rick Bayless's trio of restaurants when they think of Mexican food in this city, but Salpicón can more than hold its own against Topalabampa. Indeed, this is restaurant could hold its weight with some of the finest restaurants in Mexico City. The chile rellenos with huitzlipotli corn in two sauces, is amazing. Additionally, the crab stuffed nopales, and the tilapia with a chipotle cream sauce are outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My fav Chicago restaurant
    Pyegirl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Chicago hands down. The flavors and sauces are out of this world.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Step It Up!
    LadyVVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I celebrated Valentine's Day at Salpicon and had a wonderful experience, so I decided to return for my birthday. We brought along two foodie friends to share the fun. Unfortunately, we didn't have the same overall experience. The evening started out a bit awkward when we were sat in a crowded area way in the back by the kitchen (with a reservation!). We did a lot of waiting; however, I felt that the sommelier kind of rushed our wine order (although her choice was excellent!). Then when our food came, some of us didn't have utensils and we had to wait...again. There were lots of little moments like this that were just not expected when you are paying $100 per person. The food, however, was very good. It's a tough call.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • By far, best food in Old Town
    DiningwithTPVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is the first review I've ever written, but after my experience at Salpicon, I knew I had to. I had heard great things about, so I decided to try it on a recent, rainy Friday evening. Tequila and wine list are impressive. The guacamole was the best I've ever had (chunky, delicious). We had two specials (mahi mahi and pork chile relleno) that were amazing. We (and diners near us) cleaned our plates. The service was equally fantastic. We can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gormet mexican
    JustVisiting
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Nothing recognizable from a normal mexican menu, all delicious, stellar wine list and sommelier. Great service. A home run from a Wine Spectator recommendation.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Imaginative Mexican cuisine
    sdfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We've been going to Salpicon for years and have never been disappointed. There are several restaurants in Chicago competing in the "gourmet" niche, however pound for pound, Salpicon punches well above its weight in value and experience. A well-imagined wine list and wine pairing recommendations with particular dishes is well worth the trip to Old Town. Our only criticism this visit was the rushed dining experience-- primarily from the bus staff.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top notch
    Deke
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our server was enthusiastic, entertaining and knowledgeable. Yes, they do upsell the tequila with the margaritas, but It ended up being a plus. Between us, we sampled four tequilas , selected by our server, which proved to be a fun and tasty journey. Of note - outstanding ceviche, and wonderfully created sauces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dull and uninspired
    WardineVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Perhaps this was once a fine restaurant; if so nowadays it is a mere shell; over salted zestless pre-made guacamole; salsa using canned tomatoes; a tasteless corn soup; grillled fish buried under a salsa fresca that was two thirds cilantro; and stodgy sopes. No wonder the restaurant was half empty.
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  • Great meal
    MikeandMo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Nice setting, informed server, varied menu. We were able to find non spicy food, which we needed for one of our party. The server was a bit over bearing, recommending expensive drinks. Extensive tequila and wine list.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mole to die for at Salpicón!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We started our meal with delicious soft shell crabs bathed in sweet garlic, paired with Domaine Amiot Guy et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet. The pièce de résistance of the meal was the crispy duck leg confit with tender breast served with an oaxacan black mole, washed down with a 2005 Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz. This was by far the best mole we have ever eaten and it was a transformative experience—dark, stormy and sensuous. The flavors were so intense that a private room was desired to savor each delectable mouthful. Chef Priscila Satkoff outdid herself. We have been to Salpicón many times and even celebrated our wedding there but this was an unforgettable meal. Bravo!
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  • High-end twist on Mexican
    Shawn
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great apps and main dishes that were unexpected twists on Mexican flavors. A huge wine list. We'll go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's Slipping
    citykidVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We've been going to Salpicon for years. Our last visit on August 2, 2014, is probably our final time there. The waiter was ok, not great. Sort of insincere, and not that attentive. The food is not cheap, so we expect excellence. The food was not excellent, as it used to be. I'm really sorry to have had this less than stellar experience. If this was an average priced Mexican restaurant, it would be fine. But this is nowhere near average price, so I think diners deserve and expect something better. On the positive side, the tequila flight was good, and so was the guacamole.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, great service
    MeeMoo
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Salpicon was a very nice restaurant. I thought the presentation, atmosphere, and service was all top-notch. Very attentive and our water glasses never went empty. The food was delicious. We had the ceviche, guacamole, the cod, the tenderloin, and the espresso cake with ice cream. The food was absolutely tasteful with just the right about of spice and kick. I did feel the portions were a little on the small side. Either that or they should serve with smaller plates, so the food doesn't look so tiny on the plate. I felt the tenderloin was well seasoned and cooked perfectly medium rare. I did find the portion to be on the smaller end for the actual price paid. Salpicon has a huge wine list and a plethora of tequila choices.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great food!!
    Dbh2
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was amazing! Service was great I would highly recommend this place!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still going strong!
    grasshopper2
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little place
    LuvGoodFood
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This is not your typical Mexican restaurant! We did the 7 course Chef's Tasting and everything was delicious. We will be back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MikeG
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sommelier!
    AwesomeWineBar
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our experience could have not been the same without their Outstanding Sommelier! Thank you so much Wanda!
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great in all aspects
    LAmos
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Must try
    debnjames
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Mexican Supreme
    djoyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Why go to Frontera when you have Salpicon? Outstanding Mexican cuisine with unmatched guacamole and desserts. A Wells St. gem with an ultra-friendly staff. You will not be disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • The Best In Chicago.
    Emitchboy
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This is my very favorite restaurant in Chicago. Period. Gorgeous food, and a legendary wine list. Do not miss it.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fancy Mexican
    YvonneVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
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  • Very good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food is great. Good margaritas, very nice atmosphere and outdoor seating.
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    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 975 reviews are from the Salpicón reviews archive.
  • Upscale Mexican fare in Old Town
    RaReVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent again
    grdohm
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • samkVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Fabulous food and service. One of our regular spots!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Praise the Lard
    praisethellard
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Another Perfect Meal at Salpicon
    Buttondown
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gem on Wells
    LeCombine
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    wonderful neighborhood spot, great outdoor dining, with a unique menu of Mexican dishes and a great wine/tequila selection
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent once again
    mryc
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican cuisine
    LewKVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We have been fans forever. Great food and right up there with Rick Bayless's places.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off night?
    dlogs59VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful cuisine
    liale
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    very imaginative food, generous portions, great wine list.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    JerryChicago
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic