About 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.

445 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60610
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

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.

Cross Street:
Illinois

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

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

Phone Number:
(312) 661-1434

Website:
http://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/topolobampo/

Public Transit:
Red Line - Grand Avenue

Executive Chef:
Rick Bayless

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Topolobampo Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (26)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good for a Date (22)
Notable Wine List (21)
Romantic (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Local Ingredients (10)
Cozy (9)
Fun (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Business Meals (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Seasonal (5)
Casual (4)
Organic (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Spicy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food and wine pairings!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Perfect. Every. Time. We were pre theater and our wonderful waiter asked us. Do you trust me? We had a delicious meal, didn’t feel rushed, and made it to our seats just in time.

Tags: Healthy, Organic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent dinner on new year’s eve. Incredible food and excellent service. Mariachi band was playing but wasn’t too loud, our 14 month old even had an amazing time. We will definitely be back, special occasion or not.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We’ve been to Topolobampo on special occasions almost annually for well over 20 years, and never had less than a 5-Star experience. The decor is beautiful but tasteful, understated. The service is impeccable, formal if you’d like, less so if you prefer. The plate presentations are dramatic but not over the top. The cocktails and wine pairings are excellent. The food is just wonderful, better than many other world class tasting menus we’ve experienced where presentations seem to overshadow taste. And finally, the sauces at Topolobampo are otherworldly, moles, pipian, tomato/bacalao, pasilla chile, etc. - it’s would be tempting to lick the plate clean, fortunately they enable us with fresh tortillas.

I was concerned at recent reviews stating Topolobampo is inflexible with their menus? First, many tasting menu restaurants are indeed inflexible, Topolobampo has always allowed us to alter our menu if there was a course we didn’t want. And they did so again last night, at the end of 2017. I can only assume the reviews citing inflexibility were hoping to make major changes, even alacarte - no tasting menu caliber restaurant will allow that.

Thanks again to Topolobampo for a wonderful experience, we’ve never been disappointed in any way.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We celebrated my 32nd birthday here with a group of 6. It was a phenomenal way to spend an evening, and I really enjoyed all the courses on my tasting menu! Well done, Topolo!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fantastic! Excellent food and excellent service!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Best meal I have ever had... The pre-Colombian tasting menu was an interesting and inspiring trip to another time and place. A perfect anniversary celebration!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

As alway, our dining experience was first-rate. We went during the holidays for lunch. Two of us had the tasting menu paired with wines. Wines complimented the meal selections superbly . Food quality is always outstanding and preparation aleYs is creative and tasty.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food was delicious, but the service was quite slow (considering this was at lunch with the prix fixed supposedly in 60 minutes -it was more like 90 minutes). But, if you have the time, the food and margarita’s are yumm!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The small-plate tasting menu was a stunning surprise - we didn't realize the restaurant had dropped its excellent traditional dinner selections. It was stunning because the tasting selections and wine pairings were traditional yet inventive, authentic yet original, and completely successful in every way. The entire meal was a superb experience without flaw.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Good Mexico food! And great places for people love spicy and sour food!

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Extremely disappointing....started with having to provide a credit card for the reservation (what would they have done with it if I hadn’t shown up?) and then spiraled downward from there. The food was mediocre and the service was ok. Plus, we should be past the trend of having the waiter stop the table conversation to explain every ingredient in the dish. It’s not supposed to be about the chef or the restaurant, it’s supposed to be about the taste and the dining experience for the guests. We have been going to this restaurant off and on for the past 18 years and have always enjoyed it, but found them to now be pretentious and way overpriced. The saving grace might still be the margaritas. They are still top shelf ...tiny... but top shelf. Next time perhaps we will go to Frontera and have the “bar food”. Much more creative, interesting and at a far better price point. Plus you don’t get a seminar in food prep every time they drop off your plate.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Amazing!!! The pre Colombian tasting menu was something out of this world. I love this place and will eat here again the next time I am in Chicago

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Pre-Colombian tasting was good but not particularly memorable. Service issues documented on Yelp seem to have been addressed.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Treated three family members and ordered three different chef’s menus. Each one was excellent. Wine pairings were good, desserts superb and a great time was had by all!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food was extraordinary and unique. I was educated by the dinner but also left very satisfied from the complex flavors.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We go this time every year. Was a cut below last year! We had the new Colombian menu. Waiter very knowledgeable!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The food and service are excellent. However,I see no reason to have to wait for 10 minutes for a hostess to seat me in a 1/2 empty room. It’s not like they “have to get the table ready”

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was very good. However, service was lacking. It took 30 minutes for us to get our drinks after ordering. Secondly, my husband found a very large bone in his rabbit and nearly cracked his tooth. Management apologized and removed the rabbit course from our bill which equated to $9 on a $300 bill...

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Went there with another couple. As usual, they give Open Table reservations the worst table in the room. Right by the kitchen. No sympathy or help from the staff. The Classic tasting menu was excellent. The Seasonal one was very disappointing. Everything overpriced for what you got. The table experience was so bad (noisy, crowded, waiter for the adjacent table constantly bumping me to serve them), I never got in a good mood. $400 per couple, one good menu. One bad. Overpriced wine. Overall, a complete waste of an evening with friends and everyone’s money. Rick Bayless was also dining there that evening. I guess the good news is that he “eats his own cooking”.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We have celebrated the last 6 of our 29 wedding anniversaries at Topolobampo and intend to continue this tradition. This last one, we combined it with a weekend Christmas get-away with our adult children, their first experience at Topolobampo and they love it as much as we do. The service is exceptional. The food is gorgeous, perfectly-prepared and the taste are spectacular. Looking forward to our 30th anniversary celebration in December, 2018!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Love this place I eat here everyone I come to Chicago

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

So disappointed. I came here for my 25th wedding anniversary.
Service was not great, definitely not a Michelin star caliber.
But the food was the main disappointing factor. Bland. No interesting flavors. Not a dish to remember. Only merengue dessert was decent. $90 + tax+tip+glass of wine came to $150 per person.
I would put value at ZERO because one doesn't want to spend any money on the meal that isn't tasty.
Much better Mexican at Mixteco grill. Or for Michelin star experience go to Mexique with outstanding flavors and good value.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

First time dining at a Michelin Starred Restaurant. Great food and ambience. Had the taster menu with wine pairing. Wonderful.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was innovative and the service was very good once we were seated but I down graded the service because we had to wait 40 minutes to be seated, even with an opentable reservation. A couple of the hostesses were rude and made us feel like a nuisance every time we inquired about our table. We were told at 15 minutes past our reservation time that the previous party was paying the bill. This message was repeated every time we asked how much longer. The manager finally came out to apologize after 3o minutes and then told us the previous party was celebrating a special occasion and they were paying their bill. No one cared that we were also celebrating a special occasion. We were given a free appetizer for our trouble but for a restaurant at this price range, one would expect a better level of service, especially when it is the restaurant's problem.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I found the restaurant staff from coat check, bus boy, server waiter and sommelier to be excellent. The restaurant is small and you have to go through Frontera Grill to get to Topolabambo. The food was exquisite and innovative nothing you could expect. It was on my bucket list and I am glad I dined there with my daughters.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Upon our arrival - the first hostess told us to stand to the side....after 5-10 minutes, we approached another hostess who immediately sat us and apologized for the delay. Service is always spot-on - I look forward to returning.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I enjoyed lunch at Topo. I’ve done dinner before. Food was very good. Waiter did a nice job.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Incredible!

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Absolutely fantastic service. Enjoyed the Pre-Colombian meal. Several courses were revelatory.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 6, 2017

As always, Topolobampo was great, not cheap and not easy to get into but worth it once you do. An interesting concept of tasting menus only with the ability to adjust to dietary needs in most cases. It’s a dining experience not just a meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service was really good. Portions are extremely small for the price you pay. Love chef Bayless’ food but it is not what I was expecting plus both my husband and I got sick.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excelente! Amazing approach to Mexican cuisine. Best ever I’ve ever had in USA. Fan of chef Bayless

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Fabulous meal, innovative food, attentive wait staff and a cozy, comfortable ambience. Definitely will return!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Superb, as in our previous few visits. The pre Columbian menu was a great option, in addition to the seasonal and classic options.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were disappointed that you could no longer mix and match to create your own menu. My husband and I had come a couple years ago and he was able to do that. We came back as a celebration with my siblings and both my husband and sister were looking forward to doing that. My sister doesn't care for seafood and all three of the tasting menu options had seafood, she ended up going with the pre Colombian to try the whole experience. Our server was very difficult to understand and was not around very often. There were also some pretty big gaps between courses. Overall we had a nice experience but after our first time -when my husband felt it was one of the best meals he's ever had- we both agreed that we did not care for it as much and would probably not come back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Topolobampo has only gotten better over the years. The food is exquisitely prepared, and is totally enjoyable. The dishes for tasting menus are well spaced, allowing one to savor each without rushing.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Tasting Menu
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Topolobambo had been on our list for some time. We finally dined there for lunch, sharing

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Absolutely Amazing!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Very nice experience. Food was fantastic. Had the Pre-Columbian tasting with pairings. They even let me try some things a la carte off their classic menu which was great. I was able to try the best of both worlds. Captain has very knowledgeable about wines. All around great meal/experience.

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