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Topolobampo
Topolobampo

Topolobampo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fronterakitchens.com
  • Phone: (312) 661-1434
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:30 - 9:30; Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Rick Bayless
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (bar only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Morales Room will accommodate private parties from 15 to 45 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Kate Sullivan (312) 661-1434

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Illinois
  • Public Transit: Red Line - Grand Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking & private lots are also readily available.
A word from Topolobampo
Topolobampo, specializes in authentic regional cuisine served in an elegant, upscale setting. Sister restaurant, Frontera Grill serves authentic Mexican Food in a fun, casual & relaxed atmosphere. Topolobampo takes advance reservations for all parties. If you do not see what you are looking for, please call us for further information.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My husband and I came here to celebrate a special anniversary. We booked 3 months ahead of time and have been anxious to try it out. It was everything and more, that we expected. The service was very attentive and superb and the staff worked so well as a team. The food ... wow! so wonderfully seasoned, prepared and delivered! I have never tasted such mastery in combining various food items and seasonings. The gravies were simply the perfect accent to top off a fine dish. All my senses were in heaven with each course and I relished every bite! Geri"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We did the 3 course option at $55 without wine, which made the meal more affordable. Nice flexibility -- one could order three main courses rather than the less interesting salads, soups, for example. We did not order wine pairings. Portions small."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Among the best restaurants we have ever experienced anywhere. The food was indescribably amazing, the presentation was awesome, the service team was perfect, the lead waiter was exceptional. Can't say enough about what a fabulous dining experience Topolobampo is."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "While excited about going to Topolobampo, we were disappointed with an overpriced, all-too-average meal and dining experience. Spending over $170 a person, we expected far, far more. While the sauces associated with their lamb and carne asada were quite good. And, the scallops tasty. The other couple of savory dishes in their 7 course "Art" selection was quite unmemorable. And the desserts flat and unflavorful - such as their "lime & the coconut", which did not celebrate either taste and not even pretty. Apart from the food, our waiter was overly familiar - forcing us to joke with him and continually putting his hand on the shoulders of two of us all night. Lastly, our table was right next to the kitchen. Overall, you can do better."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Everything was simply Amazing. Couldn't of hoped for a better meal."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "While some of the food was impressive, overall it was a very disappointing experience. The tiny taco on a mint leaf was horrible, the Viking Village Diver Scallops were not pleasant at all. The service was inattentive and mumbled with thick accents in a very noisy room. I only understood about a third of what they were saying to me. We waited a long time for our first and then our second drinks. Most of all, it was freezing in there! I was wearing a suite coat and was still cold. I did mention it to the wait staff who agreed it was cold but didn't do anything about it."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "First time there and didn't know how complicated the ordering process was but once We figured it out it we realized the servings where appetizer portions which was unexpected but we enjoyed the experience. We will definitely be back soon."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening at Topolobampo. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. The staff was very knowledgable about the menu and explained every dish as it was served. We very much enjoyed our meal at a very leisurely pace. I highly recommend this establishment."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Not knowing alot about this restaurant, my husband and I were optimistic that it would be an excellent night. We were seated right away, after being swept though Frontera Grill and passing through a rolling door. Both restaurants reside in one spot, but are nicely separated. We ordered drinks from our fantastic server...all the staff was excellent and courteous. Our appetizer (Trio, Trio, Trio) was superb. Small portions galore, but this is totally a foodie restaurant or for people who want a unique dining experience. The flavors were spectacular and the combinations of all of the plates was magnificent. You should not go home hungry, but big eaters can always stop by next door for a take home snack."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Amazingly, TOPO finds ways to keep improving on PERFECTION!! Our favorite gourmet dining establishment in the world. In addition to simply the very best food, the welcoming, positive staff anticipates our wants/needs - returning to to TOPO feels like coming home!!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Fabulous dining experience, well spend 3 hours of fun with excellent service staff. Thumbs up. Not an everyday restaurant – defiantly for special occasions."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "From the minute we stepped in the door we were treated as very special guests. Service was beyond exceptional but the innovative dishes were the real stars - plan to spend a leisurely evening savoring and definitely do the wine pairings! We'll fly to Chicago just to fine here!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I did not love the premise of the menu and felt that for what I got it was over priced"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We been here several times and it keeps getting better. Had Tom as our server and he explained everything in an excellent fashion. Rick was in the kitchen and the manager took our spouses back for a quick picture. Food was awesome as always. Had the 5 course but could have been fine with 3. Raspberry desert changed my life. Goat..wow, unexpectedly awesome. This place is worth every penny. Just won't have many pennies when you leave."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food was amazing and different from other top Chicago restaraurants. A bit adventurous but very accessible. Most importantly it was delicious. We had the 7 course tasting menu with wine pairings. The whole meal was like a perfect concerto....each plate complimented the next and the wine pairings were amazing. But the best was the service. One of our guests had severe dietary issues and had called the restaurant before coming in to let them know. When arrived she was greeted by Oliver who had spoken to her on the phone. He proceeded to go through the menu and helped her create a 5 course meal with wine pairings that blew her socks off. I have dined with her before and know she has never received such personalized service."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Let me first start off by saying that service was impeccable. Staff was extremely attentive. Food was good overall. Some dishes were excellent and some were a complete miss. It was an excellent experience and I am glad I tried it but I would not make a point of returning to this Rick Bayless restaurant. I have not been to Frontera Grill but it's on my list to try. I am a huge fan of XOCO and cannot wait to return."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food was excellent as usual. The only downside to this restaurant is the noise. It was impossible to have any conversation. This will not prevent me from coming back however. I just love their food. I just wish they could do something about the noise."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were in town for a special weekend & I've been looking forward to going to Topolobampo. I ate at Xoco last fall, the meal was great. I ate at Frontera, the Rioja wine & paired dish: AMAZING. At Topolobampo, the best dish was diver scallops cerviche. The scallops were tender, the heat delicate, it was a delicious dish. The Gazpacho, good. The potatoes, OK. The Sopa Azteca was delicious and complex, the Halibut not as billed, didn't seem like steak at all, Carne Asada's was one note. The lamb was good, but a little tough. The Lime and Coconut, very nice treat. Choc & Aromas, were good too. Tequilas were great, good recommendation by waiter. Good for my gluten-free friend! Overall, in consistent and sauces lacked complexity."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went with a group of friends the majority who were foodies. Outstanding service. The food was a conversation stopper as we all just hesitated to breathe in and fully experience the flavors. Then we spent time between courses to talk about the presentation, the flavors and ingredients. What a food adventure. Thank you Rick Baylis et al!!!!!'"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Mexican food given very creative overhauls and reconstructions - and even some reconstructions! Very imaginative preparation and presentation with respect to the ingredients, culture and traditions if various regions of Mexico."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We were a little confused by the menu at first, but by the end of the evening, we had several dishes and drinks. All amazing. Chef Padilla came out to visit some of his fellow New Mexicans. One of the best meals and experiences we've ever had."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "To refer to Topolobampo as a Mexican restaurant is like calling a fine steak house a burger joint. This is one of the best fine dining establishments in the country and certainly my favorite in Chicago."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "$274 was the total, after tip, for me and my fiance. We did 4 regular food courses and a dessert course. It was just enough food (meaning any less would have been too little) and while the flavors were truly fantastic, it's hard to justify $270 for a meal. Coincidentally, a girlfriend of mine went to XOCO on the same night (another Rick Bayless spot). She said it was a $32 check and it was delicious.... I think I would rather eat at XOCO 9 times than go to Topolobampo again."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Hard to tell which was better - delicious creative food that mixed the familiar with new flavors or the attentiveness and knowledge of the staff. Our family (parents and two adventurous teenage sons) will be talking about this wonderful dinner for a long time. We downloaded the menu so we can go back figure out all 6 courses. The icing on the cake was realizing when we realized just before we left that the Baylesses were eating just 2 tables away."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I wanted to check off a bucket list item - Rick Bayless at his best. And I got it. The food is amazing, surprising, delicious, thoughtful, cultural, truly best in class. My only complaint is that I could only get an 8:45p dinner reservation, and I ordered the 7-course tasting menu (choices are 3, 5, or 7 courses, not a la carte), and the meal took unpredictably long - 3.5 hours! We didn't leave until after midnight. The waiter's monologues about each wine were educational but stood between me and my hunger. If you plan to go all-in at Topolobampo, book early in the night so you can enjoy an amazing (long) meal."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "An amazing 7-course tasting experience, inventively paired with red wines, whites, and even sake. Tequila menu is lengthy and includes some truly unique and interesting flavors. Loved the place. Unrushed service - we were seated a little late on a busy Saturday night at 9 PM, and left at 1 AM."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • " I along with various members of my family and with friends love to make Topolobampa or Frontera Grill an evening when we meet in Chicago. The food is fresh both in its innovation and content and the newly formulated flavors blend and complement the ancient cuisine upon which they are founded, never to "just to be nouveau". Wines were very well paired and our Mezcal cocktail delightful. Bravo. The staff was attentive, fun but not intrusive. I do not have a criticism."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Have come here since it opened. It never fails to amaze. The menu has changed to smaller plates but with ample portions of exceptional dishes. Wine pairings were also excellent."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "booked this for dinner with me and a friend visiting from London. We were not disappointed. The food was amazing. We loved the smallish portions and the incredible flavors. We loved the thought that had gone into the food preparation. I am vegetarian and they extended every consideration to be sure I had a wonderful meal. Just a wonderful, memorable meal."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Celebrated our 20th anniversary with 7 courses (including desert) of our choosing and paired wines. Wine pairings were well-made and creative. The food was just amazing. Big highlights were the goat barbacoa, the lamb in chile rojo, and the roasted new potatoes chileatole. The service was welcoming and attentive. Meal was well-paced (about 3.5 hours). One of the top experiences of our 20 years together."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Lived in the Chicago area all my life. Big fan of Rick Bayless. I had never tried Mole. So I decided if I was going to try it, I might as well start with the best Mole in America! (Rick won the completion). Everything was fabulous. My husband loved it all. We would have licked our plates if we could have. We couldn't decide on what kind of tequila to have with our dessert and the manager suggested a flight. Perfect!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "food was great but the service was terrible. It was 30 minutes before we got a menu. And we had to wave to get a their attention. We have dined many fine restaurants in Chicago and this was the first time we had to wave for the wait service. We will not go back and we will not recommend this restaurant to our friends. There are too many good restaurants in Chicago to put up with that."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Went for 3-course lunch based on my experience 15 years ago--Topolobampo remains just as great. Wonderful balanced ceviche. Main course fish and beet crema were very good but were mild and a little lost in the flavor of the pea broth; the dish could also have benefited from more variation in texture. I did not understand the wine pairing with this dish; why no sommelier for wine pairings? Coconut ice cream fruit sopa and its wine were phenomenal. Dishes were explained well when I had questions. Service was very attentive and accommodating to early arrival and allergies. No problems hearing normal speaking voice (Frontera next door was loud). With the level of food, ambiance and service, this is a great value for a special lunch."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food was incredible! Some of the best we have had. The diver scallops and goat barbacoa were outstanding! We both had the three course meal and were very satisfied. Our waitress was very nice but forgot to bring us our appetizer. She apologized profusely and brought us some chocolates and jellied prickly pear candy to make up for it. She was not knowledgeable about the beer selection. I asked her what style a particular beer was, no idea. The beer selection was pretty dismal. It was a bit noisy. When the wait staff brought us our courses and tried to explain them, it was sometimes hard to hear. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I would recommend this restaurant to people who appreciate unique and outstanding food."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Some interesting notes to the food but not the stand-out we were hoping for. For example, the guacamole was "normal" (good but flat) but the mole source was very interesting and more of what we were looking for. Pretty short menu, which worked fine for us."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Topolo is an amazing experience, albeit a bit pretentious, though that might be intentional. In my first visit, I was charmed by the warm and gracious service. This time around, it was cold and unremarkable. During both visits, everyone at our tables ordered the Chef's Tasting. Those diners received a remarkable experience. However, I ordered the vegetarian tasting both times, and both times it seemed like an afterthought. Everyone else got to hear stories about their dish, then mine was slopped down in front of me, with nary a description or any of the same ceremony. The price I pay for my beliefs, I suppose. Nonetheless, I would recommend the experience of Topolo."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "A friend flew into town and raved about the restaurant. Somewhat of a foodie, my expectations were high. Unfortunetly, I was disappointed. I have to first say, I'm not a huge fan of Mexican cuisine, but I went in with an open mind. The cervical was good, but margaritas too tart, so I switched to a blackberry basil margarita, which wasn't any better. Lunch, was ok, I had the ship quesaddilla, and my friend had the rib eye. Both we just ok. Very disappointed, as I expected so much more."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I made reservations 2 months ago and was not disappointed. I had the "perfect" 7 dinner with wine pairings. Each selection was perfect."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Slow service. (Each course came out 30-40 minutes later) whether it was an issue with kitchen or slammed because it's Saturday, it's unfortunate because food was good but tiny portions and very slow service. It's Mexican food no need to make it uber fancy."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "While some courses were very good and even inspired, others were simply too complicated or were not up to the same quality. The cerviche was excellent as well as a salmon crudo but the mole was bland and beef dry. Most surprising was the ambiance. The restaurant was very loud such that we were unable to hear our waitress at times. The blue painted acoustic tile ceiling neither helped the decor nor the acoustics. Despite an extremely friendly and helpful waitress, the service was very slow: three hours for three courses of very small portions. Having said that, the portion sizes were perfect: not too big or too precious."
    Dined on 6/28/2014