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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Romantic (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Fun (12)
Cozy (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Seasonal (9)
Great for Lunch (7)
Business Meals (6)
Spicy (5)
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Bar Seating (3)
Healthy (3)
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Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
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Organic (2)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Birmingham)·Dined 5 days ago

Love this place I eat here everyone I come to Chicago

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·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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

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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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vip
 (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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·Dined on December 6, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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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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vip
 (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

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Still fantastic! My only critique is a few of my dishes were not as warm as I would have preferred, but we found the tasting menus sublime!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Topolobampo never disappoints! Every dish was delicious. The service is very professional and also very friendly.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Amazing food! The tasting menus are each interesting and delicious. Wonderful service as well.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Organic
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

The tasting menu format makes it very inflexible and expensive. I would have preferred being able to order a la carte and avoided dishes that I had no desire for. Service was excellent. For the money $200 person with drinks + tip, simply not worth it.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent dinner with wine pairings. We went for our anniversary and every course was delicious and perfectly paired.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.
Extremely expensive.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Had I realized that only specific prix fix menus were available I probably would have gone elsewhere. However I will give them credit for presenting 3 different options . Their food is unique without being exotic. The chocolate dessert was the best course.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

The perfect meal and experience that I was looking for. Server team was both professional and personable. Thank you so much for a great night out.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Where else can you have a 7 course pre-Colombian menu? Each dish was beautifully explained, prepared, and presented. A very impressive effort and satisfying dinner!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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!)

Tags: Special Occasion, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Amazing food and great service, perfect formula for success. Would eat here again and again...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

It was so great. The food, the parings, the staff it was all just so great. Especially for our first night out away from our newborn twin boys and our 2nd wedding anniversary!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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....

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Quite simply astounding. Every visit is a complete delight.

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Freaking amazing - wish we lived closer! Rick Bayless is fabulous!

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We’ve dined in most major cities, including overseas. We always come back to Topolobampo and are more impressed each time. Without hesitation this last meal we had is top three of all. Cannot give a higher recommendation.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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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vip
 (Fayetteville)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Really excellent and got to try some interesting and tasty food

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I asked for my steak to be MW and it arrived rate. I asked it to be c

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Disappointing experience. For a white tablecloth restaurant, service is dismal. Food is excellent, but the poor service can't save it, especially when you're paying a pretty penny to go.

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