Topolobampo

445 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654
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  • R.R. Sep 18, 2011

    Everything was superb. From the Trio of Ceviches to the Carne Asada and the pork tacos to the margaritas and wine...Just phenomenal. The freshness was very apparent. WELL worth the wait.

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  • relaxed Aug 2, 2011

    Fantastic. Everything about this restaurant, the ambiance, the service, and especially the food is absolutely amazing. Simple dishes like tacos (and the tortillas) are just so amazing. The prices are high compared to typical mexican, but tis isn't typical mexican. For a great date night this is is. It did take a while to get a reservation, so unless you're luckier than I was plan ahead.Forget about your diet for a night, go carb crazy

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  • Scott Jul 18, 2011

    Hits: Coctel de Atun Tropical, Ceviche Fronterizo, Duck tacos, Rib steak, michelada, Tequila with sangrita chaser, Tinga Poblana, goat flautas - all awesome! Oyster selection and prices are great. Great clientele and vibrant, energetic atmosphere. Misses: Overpriced, sometimes too crowded, somewhat pretentious. The chipotle sauce with the oysters is too overpowering for the delicate, awesome oysters, but the lime mignionette is incredible. Margaritas are tasty, but small, too sweet, and overpriced. I prefer more tequila and lime, and less agave sweetness, but that's me. Chef's counter is a tiny space overlooking the bus-person's area NOT the kitchen. If you can grab a spot, grab the far left seats closer to where they actually cook. Queso Fundido Clasico was heavy and greasy, and was just a big chunk of melted cheese. Too much of a good thing.

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  • Kate Aug 27, 2010

    Dish after dish bursting with the wonderful flavors of Mexico. Lively dining room and private space for corporate events/parties.

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  • clietz Apr 18, 2011

    Phenomenal take on classic Mexican dishes with great, fresh ingredients and some modern twists. One of the top 10 dining experiences I have had in Chicago

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Rick and Deann Bayless opened Topolobampo in 1989, a few years after opening Frontera Grill. The two restaurants were designed to have the same front door, but that would be one of the few things they would share. If Frontera rocks and claps, Topolo slinks. She is the quiet, sleek, classy sister. She’s also the more daring one. Topolo’s food has always been contemporary, and it becomes more so every year. Now almost 25 years old, our menu is divided not into appetizers and entrees but rather into categories like “soulful,” “vibrant” and “luxurious.” You can have all of those experiences, or you can choose just one. At Topolo, we don’t dictate what kind of experience you have, so long as you have a good one.
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