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Frontera Grill

445 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

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(312) 661-1434


  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 11:30 am - 2:30 am
  • Wednesday: 11:30 am - 2:30 am
  • Thursday: 11:30 am - 2:30 am
  • Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 am
  • Saturday: 10:30 am - 2:00 am

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Cuisine: American Restaurants, Mexican Restaurants

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4.7 of 5.0 from 168 reviews

price range:$11 to $25


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  • Cameron WylieAwesome! Hands down the best margarita I have ever had. The house made tortillas are exceptional. Everything we ordered was terrific. If you are in the mood for Mexican this place is can't miss.

    55555 by Cameron Wylie

  • Lee H.The taquitos may be the best Mexican thing I've ever eaten in my life. The chips are amongst the best too.

    55555 by Lee H.

  • Ryan MStill the best Mexican in the city after a decade...

    55555 by Ryan M

  • jiresellThe food was very good and original. Especially the ceviche. But service could be a bit more attentive.

    55555 by jiresell

  • Jon P.Absolutely amazing! great service. Have to get the Trio Ceviche

    55555 by Jon P.

  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila CCome to Frontera Grill and ask for Pueblo Viejo Tequila.

    55555 by Pueblo Viejo Tequila C

  • Tim E.Had Halibut. Was awesome.

    55555 by Tim E.

  • Joseph LeUnique and vibrant take on Mexican cuisine paired with delicious mezcal cocktails

    55555 by Joseph Le

  • Christine DCeviche & mescal margarita 👍🏼.

    55555 by Christine D

  • Chicago TribuneRick Bayless took Chicago’s enchiladas-and-tacos Mexican dining scene and showed us a better way, one that celebrated regional authenticity and sustainably and ethically raised ingredients.

    55555 by Chicago Tribune

  • Kevin M.Long wait is always worth it. The food is exceptionally delicious.

    55555 by Kevin M.

  • Dave BDelicious!!

    55555 by Dave B

  • Nadine CBest Mexican in chi town

    55555 by Nadine C

  • Dmytro INice atmosphere, chicken grill tartilios

    55555 by Dmytro I

  • EaterThe brunch menu features huevos rancheros, chilaquiles and hot cakes so you can start the day off with a hearty, satisfying meal.

    55555 by Eater

  • Adriana DThe Ceviche and Tacos Arabe are amazing

    55555 by Adriana D

  • EaterBallers know the Splurge Margarita is the way to go with cognac barrel-aged tequila, Grand Marnier, cognac-infused Pineau des Charantes, fresh lime, and gold leaf.

    55555 by Eater

  • Jacqueline LombardiIf it's your first time here, try ordering a bunch of the small plates to share and go for the Mezcal Paloma... Delicious!

    55555 by Jacqueline Lombardi

  • Jacqueline LombardiIf you're not sure what to order, go with small plates. Two people can share 4 small plates and leave satisfied. Try the Mezcal Paloma, Yum!

    55555 by Jacqueline Lombardi

  • Katie KThe tortilla soup is delicious, the atmosphere.decor is great, and the service is always friendly. Well worth a visit!

    55555 by Katie K

  • EaterRick Bayless' Mexican haven, including Xoco on the corner, is a Chicago institution spawning spinoffs around the globe of south of the border fare from street food to high end.

    55555 by Eater

  • John S.Come with 4+ people and get all the apps

    33333 by John S.

  • Bitches Who B.In the heart of River North lies Frontera Grill, a Rick Bayless gem that boasts an incredible menu and even better patio.

    55555 by Bitches Who B.

  • Caryn lMargaritas and Ceviche!

    55555 by Caryn l

  • Brian G.The food and service was excellent. The frontera margarita was one of the best I've ever had.

    55555 by Brian G.

  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila CThe Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Frontera Grill!

    33333 by Pueblo Viejo Tequila C

  • Jorge U.The ceviches are really good, and so is the quest fundido. Try the margaritas and the mezcal cocktails. Cochinita pibil is very tender and flavorful. And don't forget the desserts!

    55555 by Jorge U.

  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila CIf you want to freshen up with a delicious cocktail at Frontera Grill, try a Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.

    55555 by Pueblo Viejo Tequila C

  • Chad P.Killer guacamole and margaritas. Love the atmosphere.

    55555 by Chad P.

  • Brandon B.Rick Bayless's excellent Mexican food

    55555 by Brandon B.

  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila CIf you are in Frontera Grill, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.

    55555 by Pueblo Viejo Tequila C

  • Stephen LDuck tlatonile one of the best duck dishes ever

    55555 by Stephen L

  • Famous DHave been going here for years, great food. Can't beat the experience here

    55555 by Famous D

  • Bitches Who B.The Bitches say: A+ A Chicago favorite that features locally sourced ingredients on a menu full of innovative Mexican favorites.

    55555 by Bitches Who B.

  • @scottkleinbergYou cannot order a bad thing here. Worth every penny.

    55555 by @scottkleinberg

  • Jeffrey Z.Subtle and extremely tasty Mexican fare. Fresh ingredients, brilliant seasoning and cooking. Plenty of great vegetarian "street food" appetizers.

    55555 by Jeffrey Z.

  • Joe JBest upscale Mexican food in Chicago.

    55555 by Joe J

  • Ken S.By all means order the Ceviche. If you are adventurous get the Ceviche trio. It's all that!!

    55555 by Ken S.

  • Denise JCan't wait for lunch! !

    55555 by Denise J

  • Latham B.Try the ceviche and have a Margarita.

    55555 by Latham B.

  • Robert T.There is takeaway as well as a sit down area, if you have a little extra time.

    55555 by Robert T.

  • Holly H.Hard to get a table, but if you sit by the bar you can order from the menu

    55555 by Holly H.

  • Eduardo MolinaReal tortillas - go for the tacos

    55555 by Eduardo Molina

  • Lisa HinchliffeDisappointing that a singleton gets a different answer than someone at table of 6 to same question 5 mins apart.

    22222 by Lisa Hinchliffe

  • Leonardo GastmannTheir ceviche is amazing... Go for their guac&chips

    55555 by Leonardo Gastmann

  • Rebecca MaldonadoDelicious guacamole!!! We had a great meal. It was worth waiting in line for an hour.

    55555 by Rebecca Maldonado

  • Mikko aDidn't know margaritas can be this good!

    55555 by Mikko a

  • Gregory BFrontera Grill is the place to go for high quality Mexican food and drink in a casual setting. There is so much to try that I have to return repeatedly to sample more of the menu.

    55555 by Gregory B

  • Lena JanimovaGreat place! Try ceviche trio for triple experience. And gin and tonic is to die for - absolutely divine!!!

    55555 by Lena Janimova

  • TV Food MapsCheck out Frontera Grill as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate

    55555 by TV Food Maps

  • Leslie T.Be ware of the spicy Margs

    33333 by Leslie T.

  • Paty Castro de ZavalaGreat Paloma and Classic Margarita!!

    55555 by Paty Castro de Zavala

  • Chefs FeedCurtis Duffy, chef of Grace, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Scallop ceviche.

    55555 by Chefs Feed

  • Man_Used👽👾👽Many menu whice delicouis.

    55555 by Man_Used👽👾👽

  • Chefs FeedMichael Kornick, chef of MK, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Coctel de Atun Tropical.

    55555 by Chefs Feed

  • Brian C.Four walls. Air conditioning and oh yeaaaaa the guacamole is like sex in your mouth.

    55555 by Brian C.

  • Rich L.Can't go wrong, here. Try something different from your usual 'Mexican" choices, for a real treat!

    55555 by Rich L.

  • @scottkleinbergIt's impossible to order a bad thing here. To maximize your choices, try 2 things from the street menu and an appetizer. If you do, you can probably share a dessert.

    55555 by @scottkleinberg

  • larokFrog legs tamal was delish! Also sopa azteca! And blue agave margarita!!

    55555 by larok

  • Nicholas BThe Mexican hot chocolate is to die for.

    55555 by Nicholas B

  • Jen MarquezDessert was the best. Save some room.

    33333 by Jen Marquez

  • Scott B.One of the best Mexican meals I've ever had. The BEST guacamole I have ever had.

    55555 by Scott B.

  • La Dolce VitaOne Michelin star

    55555 by La Dolce Vita

  • AnnieDelicious. Favorite was the Frontera Ceviche.

    55555 by Annie

  • David STrio mole! Yum.

    55555 by David S

  • Johan C.Stick with bar area instead of dining room; far better sights and liveliness.

    55555 by Johan C.

  • Judy-Anne G.Order the guacamole. If you do nothing else in your life. Seriously.

    33333 by Judy-Anne G.

  • Margaret C.Love the catfish tacos, yucatan ceviche & shishito peppers!

    55555 by Margaret C.

  • Sarina R.Tres Leches Helado :-)

    55555 by Sarina R.

  • Sarina R.Great Trio Ceviche

    55555 by Sarina R.

  • Sarina R.Chocolate Cappuccino !!! The best!!

    55555 by Sarina R.

  • Rick L.Try the Topolo Margarita: the best I've ever had.

    55555 by Rick L.

  • Cinnamin M.Get the splurge margarita! Outstanding!

    55555 by Cinnamin M.

  • Shannon eThe ceviche is amazing!

    55555 by Shannon e

  • Michael S.If you have a big group the Morales room is the way to go. Set menu, 5 courses, wine pairings, good times. Randall was our server and he rocked.

    55555 by Michael S.

  • Stephanie M.Tom, our server, was awesome. He was so knowledgable and patient. We had a wonder lunch! Don't miss out on the Champagne Margarita! And, a Rick Bayless sighting.

    55555 by Stephanie M.

  • Amy F.Good, but over rated

    22222 by Amy F.

  • Jon S.Was featured on Food Network show "Best Thing I Ever Ate" for its Carne Asada A La Oaxaqueña.

    55555 by Jon S.

  • Samantha PGet the old school frontera trio...worth it!

    55555 by Samantha P

  • ChelseaBe sure to make a reservation ahead of time to avoid waiting in the long line! Tropical tuna ceviche is awesome and the summer margarita is AMAZING!

    55555 by Chelsea

  • Eric D.make sure you get there early- they don't take reservations. otherwise, plan on hanging out and having a couple margaritas while you wait for the second round of seating

    55555 by Eric D.

  • Rc MartinezAs an opinionated Mexican... This place rocks! Super impressed!

    55555 by Rc Martinez

  • Ashley COver all amazing food and service!

    55555 by Ashley C

  • Serious EatsAs far as a way to beat the crowds, there isn't one. Arrive early or go late. Otherwise, bring a book and wait in line with the rest of us.

    55555 by Serious Eats

  • David S.The civche trio is an amazing way to start. The service is friendly but incredibly slow.

    55555 by David S.

  • DianaTwo words - tequila flights

    55555 by Diana

  • Jonathan S.The duck enchiladas were amazing.

    55555 by Jonathan S.

  • Kimberly P.The ceviche trio and suckling pig were amazing.

    55555 by Kimberly P.

  • @scottkleinbergMy favorite restaurants in Chicago, and that's saying a lot because I have many. Everything tastes amazing and the service is top notch.

    55555 by @scottkleinberg

  • LeAnn L.Over rated!

    11111 by LeAnn L.

  • Jill K.Make a reservation

    33333 by Jill K.

  • flavvio13 f.carne asada a la oaxaquena (The Best Thing I Ever Ate, TV SHOW)

    55555 by flavvio13 f.

  • Julie K.Meyer lemon, prickly pear sorbet, blood orange, marshmallow fluff(but not from a jar). Oh my!! Sit at 5 top overlooking kitchen-got right in!

    55555 by Julie K.

  • AP O.Not the best flan I've ever had, but you get two - one traditional and one chocolate. The chocolate one is delicious with bacon infused brittle. Definitely a great postre

    55555 by AP O.

  • Lossie F.Food was good~service.... not so good

    55555 by Lossie F.

  • Michael C.Get the Ceviche Trio.

    55555 by Michael C.

  • Christina TNever been disappointed by the food or drinks. Top notch ceviche, guac and variety of moles. BEST bartenders who know a lot about tequila & shake a damn good 'rita (shout out to Jonathan).

    55555 by Christina T

  • Minh I.Everything here is amazing! I especially loved their brunch, as others have mentioned.

    55555 by Minh I.

  • Time Out ChicagoExpect stellar versions of Mexican classics like enchiladas, mole and flautas; spot-on ceviches; and, for Saturday brunch, white-corn pancakes with whipped goat cheese.

    55555 by Time Out Chicago

  • Time Out ChicagoThe lunch menu ($22) including mushroom empanadas with watercress salad, chicken or pork loin mole and a coconut tres leches cake with pineapple, all concocted with Rick Bayless' signature flair.

    55555 by Time Out Chicago

  • Dayes W.Get the sopa rancheros. You will not regret it.

    55555 by Dayes W.

  • Time Out ChicagoPutting the Bayless empire against taquerias is a David and Goliath move, but you’ll side with the big guy once you taste the soft housemade tortillas, farm eggs and beautiful blistered tomato sauce.

    55555 by Time Out Chicago

  • Food & WineHelp support Chef Rick Bayless’s charity The Frontera Farmer Foundation through FOOD & WINE’s “Chefs Make Change” program! Click to donate www.foodandwine.com/donate

    55555 by Food & Wine

  • Time Out Chicago KidsSince opening its doors in ’87, Frontera Grill has been the spot for an intensely flavorful, impeccably fresh slice of Mexico, courtesy of celebrity chef and winner of Top Chef Masters Rick Bayless.

    55555 by Time Out Chicago Kids

  • @scottkleinbergA true fan of Rick Bayless enjoys churros and hot chocolate to go while standing in line outside waiting for Frontera Grill to open.

    55555 by @scottkleinberg

  • @scottkleinbergRick Bayless just started a agua del dia cocktail ... There's a different one every day. All are amazing.

    55555 by @scottkleinberg

  • @scottkleinbergIf there's an exceptionally long wait, you can eat at the bar with the full menu.

    33333 by @scottkleinberg

  • @scottkleinbergMargaritas are shaken to order table side. Great place to start is the Topolo Margarita.

    55555 by @scottkleinberg

  • @scottkleinbergFor an after-dinner treat that's without alcohol, the chocolate cappuccino is always perfect. Rick Bayless chocolate, Intelligentsia coffee.

    55555 by @scottkleinberg

  • @scottkleinbergThe menu differs between the two restaurants, but the chicken tortilla soup is usually on both. It's delicious no matter where you sit.

    55555 by @scottkleinberg

  • @scottkleinbergThere is always a vegetarian option available, and the staff with do anything to be accommodating.

    55555 by @scottkleinberg

  • @scottkleinbergTop Chef Master Rick Bayless wowed the judges with his mole. Complex and incredibly flavorful, get anything you on the menu that mentions mole. Yes, it's that amazing.

    55555 by @scottkleinberg

  • SEGAAuthentic, inspired, delicious Mexican food. You won't find a typical cheese-slathered enchilada here, but you also can't go wrong with whatever you choose. - Kellie, Community Manager

    55555 by SEGA

  • MichelleBesides the bar there's a counter near the back with 5 seats. One was waiting for me during a shopping break!

    33333 by Michelle

  • Dan L.Pancho is the best waiter!

    55555 by Dan L.

  • Brad H.Overrated!

    11111 by Brad H.

  • Ryan V.The mole has an insane number of spices in it. You can't go wrong here. Guacamole 3 ways!!! We love you Chef Bayless.

    55555 by Ryan V.

  • Time Out ChicagoThis brunch from celeb chef Rick Bayless is not to be missed—too bad it’s served only on Saturdays. Be sure to check out the huevos “Fronterizos” with sausage and biscuits.

    55555 by Time Out Chicago

  • Time Out ChicagoThis brunch from celeb chef Rick Bayless is not to be missed—too bad it’s served only on Saturdays. Be sure to check out the huevos “Fronterizos” with sausage and biscuits.

    55555 by Time Out Chicago

  • Frank N.Rick Bayless

    55555 by Frank N.

  • Charles B.high end Mexican inspired food that is always first rate from Rick Bayless of Top Chef. Great location as well.

    55555 by Charles B.

  • Kelly B.Go for the traditional margarita - perfectly tart!

    55555 by Kelly B.

  • Tracy L.So underwhelmed with the food and horrible service. Skip this place!!!

    11111 by Tracy L.

  • Michelin Travel & LifestyleOrder one of the three different regional tasting menus offered nightly with your date. You will get to take an appetizing tour of Mexico through regional dishes. - Inspector

    55555 by Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

  • Lance O.Try the queso fundido classico and mexcal margarita; both are A+. The blue agave margarita A-. The mole poblano a solid B; not exceptional but good. Try Guelaguetza in LA for amazing mole.

    55555 by Lance O.

  • Alison L.Now this is real Mexican. Outstanding flavor served up in a cozy room.

    55555 by Alison L.

  • Theresa W.Blue agave margarita shaken tableside is not to be missed!

    55555 by Theresa W.

  • Thomas RLoved this place!

    55555 by Thomas R

  • Teresa A.Best margarita and best guacamole I have ever had in my entire life! My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

    55555 by Teresa A.

  • Drew D.The crab and scallop dish was a dismal attempt at fusion seafood. $40 of burnt tar tracks.

    22222 by Drew D.

  • Foresight Design Initiative GGreat food - Frontera deserves all the attention it gets. If you're a Chicagoan and want to meet Chef Rick Bayless, join our mass campaign!

    55555 by Foresight Design Initiative G

  • T H.No matter which side you sit on, you need to be sure to have the guacamole. What? No, I don't care if you don't like avocados-eat it anyway. You'll thank me.

    33333 by T H.

  • The FeastThe reason chef Rick Bayless is the ubiquitous face of Chicago: his restaurants are amazing. Most recognizable from his media presence, but most memorable for transforming the image of Mexican cuisine

    55555 by The Feast

  • Matt S.Try the mescal margarita!!! Definitely has a great flavor!! You won't wanna drink tequila ever again

    55555 by Matt S.

  • Geoff K.Mmm Mezcal Margarita is amazing - Del Marguey single village artisanal mescal (Oaxaca), 10 yr old Torres brandy, Peychaud bitters, limonada.

    55555 by Geoff K.

  • Michael i.Find out what is happening with Miami chefs...click link.

    33333 by Michael i.

  • Jay AnicetoHave the "Carne Asada A La Oaxaquena!" I pretty much licked the plate clean, it was all good. The plantains made it for me!

    55555 by Jay Aniceto

  • The Daily MealRick Bayless, the local- and organic-championing chef has a true award winner on his hands here, serving real-deal South-of-the-border fare in a casual setting.

    55555 by The Daily Meal

  • MarissaDon't pass up the ceviche at either Frontera or Topolo! Get the trio!

    55555 by Marissa

  • Alichia S.The Goose Island Marisol is a must try beer - it's specially brewed for Frontera!

    55555 by Alichia S.

  • Diana JTry the raspberry limeade and steak tortas!

    55555 by Diana J

  • Soul TrainChocolate pecan pie. Nuff said.

    55555 by Soul Train

  • Cory B.The atmosphere (& sopitos) are amazing.

    55555 by Cory B.

  • KristinThey only give 10% of the restaurant a res. We called 5 weeks out and they still didn't have anything available. But send someone to the restaurant early to wait in line and get your reservation day o

    22222 by Kristin

  • Gabriela M.Time to spare=Frontera, otherwise make reservations at Topolo. Their guac & cucumbers, plus micheladas is a perfect way to start a fabulous dinner!

    55555 by Gabriela M.

  • Kevin V.Ceviche trio was amazing, and the margs are awesome.

    55555 by Kevin V.

  • aroozRick Bayless I LOVE YOU!

    55555 by arooz

  • EpicuriousThe Grill maintains a purist's approach to Mexican cuisine, much like its sister restaurant Topolobampo, but in a more casual setting. Try the grilled duck breast in a chile-corn-mushroom sauce.

    55555 by Epicurious

  • shanaThe duck mole is unbelievably amazing. Cooked medium rare and so flavorful.

    55555 by shana

  • Anke W.Amazing Mexican food, thank you Rick Bayless! The ceviche sampler was absolutely to die for!

    55555 by Anke W.

  • Stuart R.Believe the hype

    11111 by Stuart R.

  • Brian M.Looking for a meal by 1 of the best chefs in the world, then visit Topolobampo & Frontera Grill! Rick Bayless is a genius when it comes to using fresh ingredients to create authentic Mexican flavors!

    55555 by Brian M.

  • Sarah K.Go to Frontera Grill to have the best mojito and mexican food in Chicago. Be sure to get there early...no reservations accepted:)

    55555 by Sarah K.

  • Andrew ATry the Micheladas. Not only are they a great deal, they're tasty as all get out.

    55555 by Andrew A

  • Lisa H.The best hand made margaritas!

    55555 by Lisa H.

  • John D.Avatars love some Rick Bayless!!!

    55555 by John D.

  • Kendra C.Try the mole. Trust me, even if you don't usually like mole, you will like this mole. Rick Bayless is a god of cuisine!

    55555 by Kendra C.

  • Paula LTheir guac and ceviche are worth the trip!

    55555 by Paula L

  • Jim G.I recommend Wednesday's special, Cochinita Pibil. Beware of the Habanero salsa it's served with. So good but sooo hot.

    55555 by Jim G.

  • Bon Appetit MagazineAtop his pioneering casual Mexican place, chef Rick Bayless uses portable, self-watering containers to grow several varieties of tomatoes and chiles used in the "rooftop salsa.”

    55555 by Bon Appetit Magazine

  • GERALDINE C.I love Frontera grill !

    55555 by GERALDINE C.

  • Vidhya A2 restaurants in the same place - Frontera is more affordable, Topolobampo is upscale.

    55555 by Vidhya A

  • BravoRick Bayless’ place with two restaurants in one. Been going there for years. Great stuff and killer margaritas. -Dave Martin, Top Chef

    55555 by Bravo

  • Victor S.The mushroom queso fundido at Frontera goes beyond just melted cheese. They also have great tasting (not too sweet), really strong margaritas.

    55555 by Victor S.

  • @scottkleinbergThe mojitos are amazing. And don't miss the queso fundido appetizer - chorizo, jack, fresh tortillas. Wow.

    55555 by @scottkleinberg

  • eileen b.Grab a seat at the bar rather than wait for a table. The Solpitos are awesome.

    55555 by eileen b.

  • Craig V.We made reservations 2 months in advance, were slightly concerned by the lack of familiarity of the menu, but very pleased with the food. And Rick was there meeting the guests! Thumbs way up!

    55555 by Craig V.

  • Benjamin B.Have a margarita at the bar.

    33333 by Benjamin B.

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