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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.)
Chicago, IL 60610
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
$12.00 Valet (Wed. thru Sun. evenings)
Clark / Division 2.5 blocks
Red Line / Buses 22 & 36
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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