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About Permanently Closed - Salpicón

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - 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.)

1252 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Division

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 988-7811

Website:
http://www.salpicon.com/

Parking Details:
$12.00 Valet (Wed. thru Sun. evenings)

Public Transit:
Clark / Division 2.5 blocks
Red Line / Buses 22 & 36

Executive Chef:
Priscila Satkoff

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Salpicón - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Vibrant Bar Scene (166)
Late-night Find (73)
Great for Lunch (56)
Kid-friendly (54)
Scenic View (17)
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Authentic (11)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Excellent Mexican cuisine! My wife and I went there on her birthday. The appetizer plates are generously sized, with two of them being more than enough to fill her up (instead of an appetizer and an entrée). My pork with mole was perfectly cooked. The dessert menu is amazing. I highly recommend the extensive wine and tequila list. The Cointreau margaritas are a must!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2016

We come here at least 3 times a year to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays. Salpicon is a very special restaurant of us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 14, 2016

This place is always a reliable spot for great food. The music is nice but you can still talk to your friends while dining. the service is great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 9, 2016

We had 8 pm reservations for 4. Our guests were 45 min late. One works at a hospital and had an emergency. Our server Jose was wonderful. He provided us with a round of 4 margaritas with a variety of tequilas. Our 4 appetizers were outstanding. Two of us had an unlisted special of soft shell crabs which were superb. The other two entrees were the salmon special and shrimp. each couple split a delicious plan. Although we were staying late Jose never rushed us and made us feel welcome and comfortable. I rate this as a wonderful place for dinner, especially for people not familiar with Salpicon.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 7, 2016

excellent food Great service wonderful decorations Better that Topolobamba

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2016

We had the best service. The margaritas were delicious and the food very fresh and well cooked.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Went for a romantic dinner with my boyfriend. Perfect evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Consistent. Seasonal. Fresh. Fabulous. We love Salpicon the food is incredible, service exceptional (thank you Jose) and the Tequila selection is endless. I wish we lived closer, we would be there every week. I look forward to our next visit.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 28, 2016

A restaurant we always go to was fully booked, so we decided to stick with same food theme and try Salpicon before the show we were going to. I am sure we will not go back. Food was ok, drinks were ok, service was ok, and costs were too high for just ok. If anything was splendid this might be a different review, but it was all just ok. One of us was allergic to cilantro. We asked if they could whip up some guac w/o cilantro. Answer, "no, we make all of our guac at the beginning of the night." REALLY?!?!!! You're a Mexican restaurant and you can't whip up some guac for someone? It's not like the place was swamped - there were 2 or 3 other tables - it was a 5:30pm reservation. That is bizarre. Also, someone said they needed to stay away from spicy. When he told us the soup of the day was corn soup, the non-spicy person was thrilled. When it came out with green fire sauce swirled in the middle of it, she suffered through and the rest of her meal experience was not enjoyable. If someone says they don't like spicy, wouldn't you say - "Hey, this soup has green fire sauce added in a pretty swirl on top, would you like it left off???" I would have to say there is nothing special going on here. We left feeling very unsatisfied and unimpressed.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 27, 2016

We live in the neighborhood and have been going there for years. We often bring out of town friends there as this type of restaurant is not common in many cities. The food is always wonderful and the staff attentive. It can be noisy if full but when we went during the week it was relatively quiet which made it even nicer.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2016

Food was incredible, full of flavor. margaritas original and well made. Highly recommend!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 18, 2016

Our favorite! The soft shell crabs are the best!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 15, 2016

The quail in mole sauce was so salty it was barely edible.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Food was way over salted and the wait staff
was not inclined to do anything about it.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 14, 2016

Sat outside on a nice evening. Service was erratic and unfocused. Margaritas were good, guacamole was average. Entrees were quite good.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 9, 2016

This is a good restaurant -- perhaps a very good restaurant.

This is not a $150.00-for-two restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 2, 2016

Love this restaurant! Food, drinks and service are always top notch. Looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 25, 2016

We had a fabulous dinner here. The guacamole was one of the best I've ever had and both of our entrees were outstanding. I had a hard time picking a margarita because of all the tequila options, this is definitely a place to go if you like tequila. The wine list was also very extensive! It's a small place and they definitely pack the tables as close together as possible. Between being bumped into by servers and listening to the table next to us argue politics all evening it kind of killed the mood a little. But we will definitely be back, the shrimp was worth it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 23, 2016

Best high end Mexican entrees in Chicago. Extensive margarita list. Always try to schedule dinner here when I'm in Chicago.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 4, 2016

Great food and service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 29, 2016

Love it! Tostada de Tingas for an appetizer and the pescado al carbon for an entrée - the BEST!!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 29, 2016

Mexican cuisine at its finest. Sophisticated and creative. And one of the best wine lists in Chicago.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2016

Everything we ordered was exceptional, and the waiter's suggestions when we were torn between dishes were right on...what a gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 27, 2016

Oustanding service in a colorful ambiance, very reasonable prices, barman Jaime prepares delicious and refreshing margaritas wiht Maracame Tequila, one of the best artisanal Super Premium tequilas produced in Jalisco.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 25, 2016

The shrimp queso fundido was excellent. I was a little put off by the fact that the only liquor they serve was tequila, but the waiter gave me a free taste of a tequila that was similar to a good bourbon and helped me find one that I would like.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 21, 2016

Absolutely love this place. So sad they are closing... Wonderful memories of amazing food, the best margaritas ever and lovely staff.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 21, 2016

Price and quality do not match. We will probably not go back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 21, 2016

Very good upscale Mexican food marred somewhat by overbearing server. Kept listening to our conversation, interrupting, and selling up. Hovered around the table. Decor in serious need of updating. That said, because the food is reliably very good, I would still recommend Salpicon if looking for a solid place in Old Town (where there are very few good restaurants in my opinion). This was a pre-theater choice for us. We've also enjoyed and recommend their brunch.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 18, 2016

An impressive tequila menu was the highlight of my visit, though the price to liquid ratio left something to be desired. That said, the server's recommendation was excellent. The food, while good, wasn't particularly exciting. Our guacamole was good but a little under-seasoned, and the mole on my order was much more subdued than I expected. Again, a decent meal but at that price point, I was a little underwhelmed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 8, 2016

We had previously been to Salipcon and enjoyed our experience, which is why we chose it to celebrate Mother's Day. The best part of the meal were the appetizers and while the main entrees looked inviting, the chicken mole was under seasoned as well as the tiger shrimp. Of the eight entrees ordered, only one did not have some issue with the food. The wait between courses was incredibly long, even though the restaurant was only half full. We were on the verge of cancelling dessert when it finally came out. No server acknowledged the long waits for food to arrive, nor did they even come by the table to address the situation--they chose to ignore us instead.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Everything we ate was absolutely delicious - over the top amazing dishes at a reasonable price. The margaritas were on point and they have an enormous wine list. Highly Recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 5, 2016

Cinco De Mayo is always fun with the three amigos, Jaime, Jose and Vincent!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 29, 2016

Enjoyed the wide array of tequilas, wines and knowledgeable staff. The cervache was wonderful as was the steak and the fish choices. I would definitely endorse this with a much easier reservation to get than at Frontera Grill.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 22, 2016

I was visiting Chicago with my wife. My brother who is a Chicagoan and foodie, recommended this spot. We went on Friday evening. Outstanding food everything we had would make your knees buckle, great margarita (pick your own tequila from a long list) and a wine list the size of the Chicago Phonebook. If you're like me, ask your server to recommend a nice wine. Very nice atmosphere, medium sized, neighborhood feel. Wonderful dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 22, 2016

I had been here in the past and thought it was exceptional. This time I would say the food was good but not rated as high as I remember. Wine list was very good. It probably won't be my first choice next time.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Amazing margaritas (vast choice of tequila with knowledgeable wait staff) and the food is phenomenal!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Brilliant chef. Amazing margarita and wine lists. Great ambience. This is what creative Mexican food can be.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 15, 2016

Excellent food and superior service. On the downside there was a table with a large group and the noise level was preventing us to have a conversation. Just too loud for us that night.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 12, 2016

This is in many ways a remarkable restaurant, and deservedly well known in Chicago. The night we went it was fairly quiet, but the service was distinctly slow. The main courses were superb - my wife had quail, and I had superb lamb that boasted true Mexican cooking in a very contemporary interpretation. But the appetizers (between us we tried two ceviches) were routine - really unremarkable - and the chocolate cake dessert equally so. I'd come here again, but only have an entree!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 8, 2016

We were a party of six in for dinner that included a small child. For five adults we had a seven course tasting menu which was absolutely sublime. Portions were appropriate for a tasting menu. Favorite items were the ceviches, Cod, and the Lime-tequila-serrano chile sorbet (the show stopper in my opinion). Service was very good, as were the cocktails.

The winelist is amazing. The manager/somm knew what she was doing. Answering questions satisfactorily and making excellent recommendations.

We will definitely be back on our next visit to Chicago!

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