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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
  • "Topolobampo definitely lives up to it's very high expectations. The unique / creative dishes are taken from a Mexican cookbook dating back to the 1800s. What appears to be small portions turns out to be an extremely filling and very satisfying meal, in addition to being incredibly delicious. The presentations are gorgeous, the service is gracious, well paced and attentive. The desserts are amazing. This is a tasting menu with 3, 5 or 7 course options. The wine list is unique with a selection of wines from Baja Mexico...who knew? Even the art work on the dining room walls is lively and stunning. Topolobampo is a rare restaurant that offers a wonderful dining experience on every level year after year. Bravo Rick Bayless."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Very good food but the place definitly needs a refresh...floors, bathrooms and decoration... We met very nice people that is what made this experience memorable... Go for lunch and try the terrasse."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "This restaurant has moved significantly down in quality since my last visit in 2011. Food was too salty and seating service mediocre. The maitre'd was borderline rude. I took my friends to dine there for the first time and unfortunately it was a rather disappointing experience"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The Topolo in 60 3 course, $25 lunch is an outstanding deal!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Former client of mine gave meca gift card. So glad she did. Amazing service and experience. Every bite was memorable."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Food and service were great as usual, there was a large group sitting behind us that was very loud and annoying, but they were doctors, so I wouldn't expect the staff to tell them to zip it and loose out on a large gratuity. With that being the case the staff at Topolobampo continue to treat me and my wife's special occasions with the utmost respect. Dining there is always a highlight. Thanks."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Topolobambo continues to impress after all these years. Eclectic menu of small plates that allows you to create your own tasting menu. Pricy, but the quality of the ingredients, presentation, taste and service makes it all worthwhile. I had the Chile en Nogada, Chicken and Sweetbread, followed by lamb. All excellent, there are thoughtful wine pairings, as well. Great selection of after dinner tequilas to enjoy."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Anniversary Dinner: the food was good, but think it was pricy for washer we actually get. Service was incredible. Ambiance was lovely."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "For the cost and the time we waited for our 5 courses (3hours) it was disappointing. There was nothing notable and or anything that I need or want to go back for. I guess it's my fault as I have never been impressed with any of Rick Bayless' establishments and I was hoping his Michelin rated place would be the one that changed my mind. Nope. I don't care if I ever eat Rick Bayless' food again."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The halibut crudo I had as an appetizer was the most bizarre dish I've ever been served in a restaurant. They were irregular large chunks of halibut; looked like they been trimmed from halibut steaks, almost like chum. There was no knife on the table for cutting the pieces. When I left most of it untouched, the waitperson simply said, "sorry señorita." Some dishes and in the five course meal were good but overall the experience was lacking for me. The waitstaff lacked a certain polish and engagement I would expect at a restaurant at this price point. Dinner dragged on too long and we grew bored, nearly 3 hours for a five course meal. Price including three cocktails each was $350 not including tip."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "If you ever have a chance to dine here...do it! The food and drinks are some of the best you can get. Rick Bayless & Topolobampo have elevated Mexican food to cuisine level. The subtly of the marriage of all of the different flavors is truly amazing. I swear, I must have had at least 5 different chile's during the meal and I could taste the subtle differences in all. Service was top notch, knowledgable and yet not at all pretentious. Love that you put together a tasting of 3, 5 or 7 courses and you choose the components from a large selection of dishes. Better be hungry for the 7 course, though. Wine pairings with each course is also available and are wonderfully done. Only down side was the noise level was a tad high but not deafening."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed the spicy choices We started with a Margarita and the sommelier recommended an excellent wine for the whole meal"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Topolobampo has become a place where we have to dine when in Chicago. There is nowhere else like it. We had the pleasure of introducing friends form South America to Topolobampo this week. They expected good food and service, but were thrilled to find Topolobampo "Best" in both categories. The flavors, especially in the moles, still have them talking. Our server was knowledgeable and informative, and spoke of the offerings in the casual and unpretentious manner of one talking to friends, in English and in Spanish. We had another happily memorable experience, which will be talked about for quite a while, and a highlight of our trip to Chicago."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My friend and I actually made reservations for Topolobampo on accident, and we're happy we did. The staff at the restaurant were extremely knowledgeable about the menu and were very attentive. The food was not only delicious but presented so beautifully it was almost a shame to have to eat it. The entrees that we both had were amazing, but my favorite part of dinner was definitely the desserts. These were not only beautifully presented, but incredibly delicious. The pastry chef at Topolobampo is definitely a genius. We can't wait to go back again."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I've eaten at Frontera Grill many times and loved it, therefore we decided to try Topolobambo. Food with the exception of a trio ceviche platter was bad. We were a party of 4, $600 check and feeling that we have eaten very good food at restaurants with half the amount of money, it is unacceptable. One of the courses was carne asada with mole, the steak was overcooked and everything in general was super salty. The restaurant lacks ambiance."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Food always super tasty and the desserts are the absolute best. Good place to relax and have conversation, but pace is a tad too slow paced between courses."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "we went for an anniversary dinner and were not disappointed. the margaritas were amazing and we left with full bellies!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Who could have thought that Mexican food could be so complex with such depth of flavors. An outstanding dining experience by any measure."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Best dining experience ever. Try the five plates with Topolo margaritas for a great "journey"!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I was a bit surprised to find out that Topolobampo had gone completely over to a limited tasting menu. The last time we were there, many years back, it was a full service dining experience. I'm not saying this was bad, just different, and probably not something I'd want to do every time I went out. Naming menu sections with words like "vibrant" is too nebulous for figuring out how to balance out what to order; I was disappointed with the limited use of vegetables. The service was first rate, though. This is a fun and different format for a special occasion, particularly if you can take your time and enjoy a tall drink with it, but if you're looking for control over selection and full size portions, this one won't suit."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The restaurant tries too hard. Service is impeccable but sterile. I'd rather have one server who has a quick conversation with me than six people but no personal interaction. The food, of course, was great but everyone in the place looked uncomfortable choosing from menu items named after paintings. At $350 including tip for two people, I was left wishing I'd spent half that at many other exceptional restaurants in town."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The meal was excellent. However, the pacing of the meal could have been better. The wait staff could have been more attentive."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I've never written a review, but felt I had to. It took 1 hour & 15 min. to get served. Our server spent most of his time waiting on a larger group. He did stop by a few times to apologize. The Manager finally stepped in, I asked if was normal to wait more than an hour. He said no and said he would handle it personally. At this point, it was past 10P.We were frustrated & exhausted. We knew at this point that we were not going to enjoy ourselves and said we would rather leave. He asked if we would please reconsider, we paid $15 and walked out. My wife and I have enjoyed great meals all over the country & abroad. I'm sorry to to say that this has to rank as the worst dining experience ever. Topolobampo - my translation, TOTAL BOMB."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "As always, the food was creative, high quality, and unique. The staff was pleasant, knowledgeable, and attentive. It was a wonderful evening, as always. We enjoyed the new menu, not only content but format. Topolobampo continues to impress, and Rick deserves a great deal of credit for keeping the standards so high. If it were practical, I'd eat there every night!!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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
  • "A big disappointment. The menu is only small plates and some were minuscule! The black cod was inedible -way too salty and only lukewarm and the fish was not cooked. Some plates were tasty and our companions like their meat dishes. But overall not worth the money r the hype."
    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
  • "We were looking forward to this one for a long time, having always enjoyed the Frontera Grill "next door." We had the seven-course tasting menu, and each dish was beautifully prepared and delicious. Our favorites were the lime-marinated king salmon and the scallop, braised tongue and chili sauce. Fabulous! The art-married-to-food theme was special. Service was attentive and personable. The two upscale margarita sections--one for tequila and one for Mezcal--were wonderful! My only complaint--and it is substantial--is that the progression ended with two dessert courses instead of a beef or pork dish plus one dessert course. Strategic blunder. The last savory course was a halibut preparation. Hmmm... Overall, less than the sum of its parts."
    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
  • "We had the lunch special of 3 courses for $25.00. Beautifully arranged plates providing just the right bites for lunch. Beautiful marriage of tastes. The margaritas the best we've tasted. We found a small piece of netting stuck to one of the chips (guacamole plate). The waiter quickly replaced everything. Waiter was wonderful!"
    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