Frontera Grill

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 13 publications
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13 expert recommendations



Despite the absence of celeb chef Rick Bayless' physical presence, you'll feel the force of his formidable resume in the strength of the scrum around the bar waiting for tables.



Rick and Deann Bayless have been wowing diners with their pioneering new takes on tacos, beans, and sauces since 1987.


Condé Nast Traveler Tick Editor's Pick

The Grill is all bright colors, manic action, and the kind of rousing street food—from tortillas packed with spicy chorizo to chiles rellenos—that suggests why certain dishes become classics. Full review →


Fodor's Tick Choice

Devotees of chef-owner Rick Bayless queue up for the bold flavors of his distinct fare at this casual restaurant brightly trimmed in Mexican folk art. Full review →


Frommer's 34

Owners Rick and Deann Bayless are widely credited with bringing authentic Mexican regional cuisine to a wider audience. Full review →


Gayot 15.0

This is one smooth ride across Mexico'€™s culinary landscape, and it has become a mecca for food lovers in Chicago. Full review →


Insight Guides

Rick Bayless, one of the country’s most influential champions of Mexican cuisine, got his start here, showcasing well-executed dishes. Full review →


Lonely Planet

Perhaps you’ve seen chef-owner Rick Bayless on TV, stirring up pepper sauces and other jump-off-the-tongue Mexican creations. Full review →


Not For Tourists

Rick Bayless's famous cantina--expect to wait awhile. Full review →


Rough Guide Tick Star

Wildly imaginative Mexican food: Frontera Grill is crowded and boisterous; Topolobampo is more refined and pricier.


Tasting Table

Rick Bayless' original River North spot continues to lead the pack with its oversized menu of well-researched Mexican dishes (and excellent mezcal margaritas) Full review →


The Infatuation 8.4

Frontera is high-end Mexican yet simple at the same time. It’s simple because they serve familiar dishes of Mexican cuisine...But it’s also high-end because everything is done exceptionally well. Full review →


Time Out Tick Critics' Choice

For two decades, this has been the spot for a vibrant slice of Mexico City, a place to chow down on ceviches, earthy mole, wood-grilled steak tucked into housemade tortillas. Full review →

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