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Just “Topolo” – that’s what people-in-the-know call it. Frontera Grill’s sister restaurant, Topolobampo, shares the front door and bar. But then the sister flaunts her own. If Frontera rocks and claps, Topolo slinks. She is the quiet, sleek, classy sister. And she invites you into an elegant Mexican fantasy world and to dress up a notch for its incomparable, authentic, regional flavors.
Seating capacity: 70
Museum quality art (by Rudolfo Morales and Nicolas de Jesus among others)
Lunch hours: 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to Friday
Dinner hours: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 5:30 to 10:30 Friday and Saturday.
Reservations: accepted (we recommend 8-10 weeks in advance) Please call 312.661.1434 or book reservations online at OpenTable.com.
Menu: A monthly changing menu includes Mexican festival food, wild game and little known regional specialties. Beautiful ingredients, often organic and custom grown for the restaurants by local producers according to chef-owner Rick Bayless’s specifications.
Topolobampo was has been honored with a Michelin star since 2010 (the first year a Chicago Guide was produced); chosen by Esquire as one of the top new restaurants in America in 1991; and is the first ethnic restaurant to receive 4 stars (out of 4) from Chicago Magazine. In 1999, Restaurants & Institutions honored it with another Ivy Award. The restaurants’ wine list has received the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence since 1990. In 2002, Topolobampo was selected as one of America’s Top 5 Restaurants by the James Beard Foundation. And in 2011, 2012, and again in 2013 the restaurant was nominated for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Service award.
Rick and Deann Bayless, proprietors
Topolobampo | 445 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654