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Topolobampo

4.7
5726 reviews
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$50 and over
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Mexican
Top Tags:
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
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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.
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Phone number
(312) 661-1434
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Rick Bayless
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Cross street
Illinois
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Public transit
Red Line - Grand Avenue
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 5726 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined a day ago

The food was amazing. The 5 courses was plenty. I’m not normally a dessert person but the Frontera Tabasco might be the best dessert I’ve ever had in my life. Our server Eric was very knowledgeable and gave great direction. Amazing experience.

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KarolinaH 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Thank you for a lovely lunch! We had a great time. :)

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vipsuzQ (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Second special family birthday celebration at this wonderful place — transporting! A very unique experience!

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vipHGHF (London)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Wonderfully inventive and delicious Mexican food. Wish I could have gone for dinner to try the tasting menu.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Seriously amazing experience! Great flavors and very thoughtful pairing. Our server Alfredo was beyond helpful. An amazing night!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing-Very good experience and wonderful service.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We tried two of the three available full menus with wine flights. The food is out of this world. The wine pairings are perfect to highlight the extraordinary flavors in the food and characteristics of the wine. Staff was outstanding. Service a was excellent with just the right explanation of the dishes and wines. Unobtrusive and extremely educational. An amazing place.

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vipMirchiFoodClub (St. Louis)
2.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Slow service. Dry fish. Noisy. The restaurant is adjacent to a busier restaurant with connecting door opening again and again with lots of noisy interference. Certainly not good for romantic evening. The tables are too close to have personal communication. Menu items were not warm. Overall it should not have a Michelin star.

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vipFoodie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

This was an amazing dinner! Firstly, it's amazing how well the door between Topolobampo and Frontera works because the restaurant was shockingly quiet considering the noise at Frontera. Secondly the service was great! Our server was Eric and he knew the menu very well, was personable and very attentive without being overbearing. And lastly the food was amazing! We tried their winter beach tasting menu which was all seafood and was very well thought through. This is a wonderful place for a special occasion.

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KenN (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

I really enjoyed the food and service. I met my son for restaurant week lunch and had a great conversation over a most interesting meal, just right for a lunch

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

One of the best meals I have ever had! I would highly recommend for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

AMAZING! I took my boyfriend for his birthday and the entire staff left him a signed birthday card on the table. Very personal, exceptional service. Would gladly spend my hard earned money there again.

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vipbullfan (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I've been wanting to dine at Topolobampo for years. I could quickly see why this restaurant has been a fixture in Chicago's dining scene for decades. Every course on the tasting menu we had was absolutely delicious and filled with perfect flavors. The margaritas were fantastic, and we each indulged in a couple. Then....we decided to peruse the wine menu for a glass to pair with our final courses, when our server strongly suggested a wine they were using for one of the menu pairings that evening. We agreed. It's funny, though not at all amusing, that our server didn't mention that the wine was $36 a glass. We were shocked and appalled to find when we got our bill that we'd indulged in $72 worth of wine! I loved this restaurant, and the food was so special, but we left upset by this poor experience. When the server sells a customer a glass of wine 3x's the price of other wines by the glass on the menu... the price should be noted. This was not right.

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LBOZ (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Always wonderful! Only offers tasting menu's but if you willing to try new things then you won't be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

This restaurant offers one of the greatest dining experiences in the entire world.... great night to enjoy the best of Chicago...

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vipTheTruth (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Among America’s best Mexican restaurants. Fantastic!

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llll (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

The food is good, but not good enough for one star. The service is still ok, but not as good as other same level restaurants.

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vipdiningoutandabout (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

We were lucky enough to have lunch here during Restaurant Week. The 3 course menu was varied and provided options for each course. AT $22 -- it was an amazing deal. We also had the paired wine flight for another $20. The thought and effort of every dish, with rich broth or complex mole, was evident. the service was very polished &, at times, provided with a flourish (pouring of the soup from copper pots). Just loved it.

We chose a late lunch reservation which proved to be quiet and leisurely -- wonderful.

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Jvmurph (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

This is my 4th time eating here. I have never eaten anything here that was not perfect. My spouse & I took two more people who had never eaten here and they can’t wait to go back. They loved it!

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DianeM (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

We went during restaurant week for lunch and had a wonderful meal. The mole was outstanding and I really enjoyed the non alcoholic scarlet wave. The dining room is warm, though it was a little noisy. Will be back.

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vipMomSays (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

The restaurant week lunch menu was about the same as their daily lunch deal ($3 off) so I'd go back for that. My fish was perfect with great flavor combinations. The ceviche came loaded on three chips and was a great starter. Surprisingly, the avocado ice cream in fruit water was delicious and satisfying. I found the crepe with chocolate too sweet and heavy (also much to my surprise because I generally think all real dessert has to be chocolate).

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

I don’t see why this is a Michelin level restaurant .. the service is not that good either. They didn’t inform us a pre appetizer is a changed one. $9.25 per one. And we wanted 2, neither of time the service said it’s a charged one, it’s like a bread they serve in normal restaurant, usually don’t charge. It’s okay they charge, but they never told us. Bad experience on service. Plus the food are not that good either.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great meal. Second time there. 4people. Two had the special winter menu. Great for seafood lovers and two had the classic with Wagyu beef.all enjoyed it.

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vipwhitbea (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

This was the fourth time we are here. The food was not as good as in the past. We got the classic tasting and it seamed like the kitchen just didn't give it the care as in the past. The beef for the carne asada was tough and grisly. The kitchen should have not served it. I didn't say anything because it was my wife's birthday. The service was a little forced. They should decide if they want to be formal or casual but in between doesn't really work.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Loved the lunch!

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vipgolferdude1 (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

the lunch prix fix menu was fabulous. the margaritas were as well. Christian was our server and was attentive but not overbearing. Great mexican food says a guy from Houston!

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vipAhsieh (St. Louis)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

We went with the winter beach vacation menu. If you love seafood, it was very well prepared.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

I loved this place .. usually they would allow us to pick and choose from their menus and make our own 6-9 course meal. This time around they were more strict in allowing us to change from their pre fixed menu. I really had enjoyed the flexibility ... so will now come less often !!

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food and wine pairings!

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vipkayley39 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 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.

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