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Frontera Grill

445 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654
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  • Frontera GrillPro 2014
    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    5 Nov 04, 2013

    More relaxed than Topolobampo but still exceptional. Not a fan of celeb chef spots but Rick Bayless consistently delivers.

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    Barbara Kossy
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    5 Oct 16, 2013

    Getting in required a wait in line but it was oh so worth it. The menu is alway changing, but try something with mole, a savory chocolate sauce. You can start of lunch with mango guacamole and a winter green salad. Oh. I want to be there now!

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    Kevin Cheng
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    5 Jul 18, 2013

    Rick Bayless's Frontera Grill lives up to the hype and delivers high quality and tasty Mexican food. The guacamole is the best I've ever had and the steaks are tender and flavorful. For dessert, I would highly recommend the Flan with candied bacon.

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    Connie Pistilli
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    5 Jun 12, 2013

    Famed Rick Bayless restaurant serving up delicious Mexican fare. While getting a reservation is tricky, you can always grab a seat at their festively decorated bar.

    I was looking for something light, so I had the chipotle mushrooms with tortillas and a signature margarita for lunch. The mushrooms had an amazing flavor and spice to them.

    Will definitely be back to try their dinner!

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    Gregory B. Schlough
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    4 Jul 18, 2013

    Ricky Bayless is a Master of Mexican foods. This place definitely delivers flavorful plates and unique mexi-dishes! Pricey and probably not worth a wait but still great food!

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    JJ
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    3 Mar 19, 2014

    Owned by Rick Bayless along side with Tompolobampo where you get some good Mexican food that is basically the same as its neighbor, just different menu's.

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    Nally
    4 Jun 13, 2014

    I've been waiting years to eat at a Rick Bayless restaurant, so it was the first restaurant reservation I made after booking my flight to Chicago. It did not disappoint. Yummy blackberry margaritas, followed by slightly spicy guacamole and refreshing tropical ceviche. I didn't love my grilled fish, though I probably just selected the wrong entree. It wouldn't stop me from returning again and again though.

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    Byron Chun
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    5 Apr 13, 2013

    Quite honestly, I was somewhat skeptical with the idea of "fancy" Mexican food but Rick Bayless and the Frontera Grill was able to make me think, "wow, this is like tasting Mexican food again for the first time."
    Being from California, this is quite a feat.

    The must have item here is definitely the Chicken Mole, it brought a complexity of flavor that was hard to beat.

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  • Frontera GrillPro 2014
    Susan Lee
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    4 Jan 24, 2013

    Rick Bayless, the chef of Frontera Grill, is well known for winning Top Chef Master, having a TV show, and writing numerous cookbooks. Frontera Grill is a casual Mexican restaurant in Chicago that gets very busy, so reservations are highly recommended well in advance. The restaurant has fun and colorful paintings and sculptures all over. In terms of food, the ceviches are good, but the guacamole is the must try. The mole dishes and anything with beef are the way to go in terms of entrees and go great with a margarita or horchata. Be prepared for a spicy kick and strong flavors, no matter what you order. Definitely save room for the duo flan. The staff is attentive, but the entrees took quite awhile to arrive. Tables are placed pretty close together, so it gets loud and you don’t have much privacy, but all in all, this is a good place to go for Mexican food in Chicago.

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    Craig Kellar
    5 Jan 23, 2014

    Love Rick Bayless. Every time I come to Chicago I come to this place for great food and great (although pricy) margaritas.

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    Mark Waldron
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Best Mexican (real) in Chicago. Incredible Margaritas!

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4.5 out of 5
11 members' reviews
1,973 people visited Frontera Grill

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For authentic Mexican food in a lively atmosphere, try this Clark Street spot. On weekends, Frontera is always packed, but people do not seem to mind the wait. If you are lucky, you can grab a small table at the bar section and start on drinks and appetizers before you are seated. Basic margaritas are quite pricey, but you can try fancier varieties for a few bucks more. The Queso Fundido is good ... read more
eatinga spicy cheese and onion dish wrapped in hot tortillas.

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