I made this reservation about a month and a half before coming to Chicago, and I must say I don’t regret it. The food was spectacular, the service was absolutely impeccable. Alejandra was amazing and the busboys we’re excellent. I work in the industry so I would say I’m a bit ocd about service, but this was perfect. The cocktails were perfectly crafted, the guacamole, trio de ceviche and carne asada we’re spectacular. I will do a layover in Chicago just to stop by Topolobampo. My companions and I were truly impressed. Thank you so much.
Superb and not pretentious. Highly recommend.
The menu and diversity of the wine list is always intriguing. The staff is professional and attentive. The overall experience is vibrant, elegant, and personalized, whether it is for lunch or dinner. Highly recommend the seasonal tasting menu with the wine pairing. Elevated, yet approachable. One of the BEST.
Food was outstanding, service was excellent. Great birthday celebration
Loved it! Every dish was made to perfection and had unique flare. The area is closed off and quieter than Frontera but still pretty busy. Definitely a smaller space with less seating, but it makes the experience that much more exclusive. Be sure to try the prized mole!
I didn’t realize we had to have a 7course meal and I only eat fish (otherwise vegan, and i couldn’t even get a salad because i would’ve had to choose the other menu with lots of meat)and my sister is allergic to Serrano Chile’s and my father doesn’t like shellfish of any kind. The desserts were overpoweringly sweet. The coffee took forever. Would have much rather been on the other side for a meal we could choose and for much less $. It was a huge bill for food (over $700 not including tip)we couldn’t even eat much of. I am so bummed out.
Perfect preparation and presentation of a classic Mexican tasting menu. Flavors were authentic, rich and creative. Have wanted to dine here for ages and on a whim got a late reservation. The food did not disappoint. Only negative was service....which was curt and a bit surly.
Excellent food and service. Seating is a little crowded.
Amazing! Thanks to Linda and Rich
Awesome meal! Glad I went. It’s one and done for me as it was very expensive but no regrets.
We felt a bit rushed and talked into all ordering the same tasting menu. Loved all of our servers, just medium on our head waiter.
Food was unique and I didn't feel the need to eat afterwards as i have in the past with other tasting menu restaurants. Came for a bday celebration and she enjoyed it so that's all I really wanted out of the night. Waiters were very informative and attentive. Didn't know they were charging for sparkling water till we got the bill. (Bummer) Overall, we had a very nice dinner
Great service and everything you would expect from Chef Bayless. My third trip to this trio of restaurants. Well worth the price!
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.
Won't be back for another 10 yrs. Not impressed.
My only complaint I was poured a half glass for a margarita and there were fish bones in my trout which I would never expect for this Michelin star restaurant. Very surprised by that. Otherwise fabulous food and experience
The food was everything we wanted it to be. It was disappointing that the servers/food runners couldn’t answer questions about the courses when they were coming out. We were there to be excited about the artistry and creativity of the food. It was disappointing the servers had a “just the messenger” approach to friendly questions. The servers were also kind of pushy about adding onto the tasting menu and seemed disappointed when we didn’t order espressos, and pairings, and more on more. It felt as though they were motivated to “up-sell” and not to provide a pleasurable dining experience. As an “inspired” dining connoisseur, I’ve left good restaurants as impressed with the front of the house as I was with the back. This was not that experience.
Thank you for a lovely lunch! We had a great time. :)
Second special family birthday celebration at this wonderful place — transporting! A very unique experience!
Wonderfully inventive and delicious Mexican food. Wish I could have gone for dinner to try the tasting menu.
Seriously amazing experience! Great flavors and very thoughtful pairing. Our server Alfredo was beyond helpful. An amazing night!
Amazing-Very good experience and wonderful service.
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.
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.
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.
Stick to frontera or xoco. Honestly prefer the chicken Milanesa sandwich from the airport more than the whole dinner here.
We do fine dining quite often and it was so underwhelming and some of the food was just downright bad. Some were fine/average on the classic menu, but edible. If we would have gotten just the classic tasting and not the speciality menu probably would have left with a so-so opinion but the seafood seasonal tasting was so so bad. I usually don’t give such negative reviews but it was really hard to find the positive. That being said, The service was excellent and the citrus dessert was pretty good, and so was the tortilla soup (but overly salty). Wasn’t impressed by the wine pairings either.
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
One of the best meals I have ever had! I would highly recommend for a special occasion.
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.
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.
Always wonderful! Only offers tasting menu's but if you willing to try new things then you won't be disappointed.
This restaurant offers one of the greatest dining experiences in the entire world.... great night to enjoy the best of Chicago...
Among America’s best Mexican restaurants. Fantastic!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.