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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.
Chicago, IL 60610
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.
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Red Line - Grand Avenue
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Topolobampo Ratings and Reviews
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This restaurant is located within the Rick Bayless food compound, along with Xoco and Fontera Grill. We ate at all three restaurants, and I would go back to XO and Fontera Grill, but not Topolobampo.
An upscale restaurant going for the vibe they are, with pre-fixed "gourmet" Mexican food served at the prices they are, needs its own entrance. So waiting at Fontera Grill for our table to be ready just isn't impressive. Essentially, Topo is the side room of Fontera Grill.
There were 3 of us there for a business dinner. I ordered the pre-Colombian tasting menu, and my other two colleagues orders the other 2 tasting menus, with one being a basic, traditional menu, and the other being a menu based on seasonal selection.
With any tasting menu, the portions are small, but the added variety does fill you up. I think the biggest problem was that none of us were impressed with each course of our menu. So for me with the pre-Colombian menu, which I think was 7 courses, I was really only impressed with 3.
Overall the WOW factor was missing from the meal, and when it's an upscale restaurant I think most people have the expectation that they will be WOW'd.
Really original and spectacular 5 and 7 course menu. If you have the means, it is worth it.
I wish we had researched the menu offering before making reservations more than a month ahead, as it is
not the same as our last visit about 20 years ago.
Topolo is a required stop when we visit Chicago. The tasting menus are thoughtfully crafted and interestingly different from each other. My husband had the Classic. The Sopa Azteca is one of the best soups we've ever had; Arctic char Escabeche, Eggplant-Mushroom Chilaquiles, and Carne Asada were all perfectly cooked and beautifully flavorful. We shared the Crepas con Cajeta which was sublime. I had the Seasonal menu but requested only 3 of the 5 dishes: Pumpkin Tamal with Goat Cheese was slap-the-table good; Lobster Bacalao was smooth and complex; and the Suckling Pig had me slapping the table again. (In addition to skipping my own dessert, I opted out of the Tongue Tacos. The young man at the next table said they were sensational.) My husband had beer (Negra Modelo, always a good choice). I got the wine pairings which were perfectly chosen. The pinot gris was particularly notable because it's not a wine I particularly enjoy but this one was great on its own and a wonderful accompaniment to the tamal. And the service was impeccable, with informative descriptions of the dishes and wines and comfortable timing of everything.
The food, as always, was outstanding. This is a perennial favorite. Unfortunately, though, the service was not great. Our waiter walked by us several times while we had empty glasses on the table, without stopping to see if we wanted more drinks. The pacing of courses at the end was also very slow. Despite the not-good service, the food is so good, we'll go back for more. (And just will be prepared to sit longer than we'd like, and to flag down wait staff as needed!)
Oh, what a night! There were four in our party and we enjoyed the Pre-Colombian, Traditional, and Seasonal Chefs tastings with wine pairings. Also loved the trio,trio,trio ceviche for our appetizer. Exquisitely prepared and presented plates. James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant so deserved. Wow!
Enjoyed dining at Topolo for the first time. It was a complex and interesting meal. Service was attentive and the explanation of the food and wine pairings informative. Ranking only four stars as the opening soup was not as warm as I expected or would have liked and desserts were overly sweet. Still an interesting and thoughtful meal that I’m glad I experienced.
Very good meal, but frankly a little disappointed. My expectations were high, and a few of the dishes were outstanding, but overall, we'd likely have had 90% as good a meal at Frontera for 50% the price.
I had the (relatively new) focus "pre-Columbian" tasting (with a walleye substituted for rabbit), while my wife had the seasonal tasting (with walleye instead of beef). We both thought the walleye was the best dish. The mole she had was great too, as well as the starter from the pre-Columbian. Most of the other dishes were a little flatter than ideal, like they needed a little vinegar/acid. Cool place and good service, though the runners were a little quick in their schpiels and one mixed up our dishes (no big deal bc we were sharing). We had cocktails and mezcal instead of wine, and were happy with that choice....
This dinner experience was not worth the money at all. I got extremely small portions and one of the items tasted stale. The presentation was just OK, but for being a Michelin star restaurant, I was sorely disappointed. The portion was extremely small and the beef was not cooked well
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