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(87 Reviews)

1252 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610

(312) 988-7811

Today: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tomorrow: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone: (312) 988-4216

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Central Chicago, Near North Side, Old Town


Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Mexican Restaurants, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Caterers, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Fantastic Mex!

See previous review (forgot to star it) Should be 5 stars. Great dining experience! From the moment we arrived we felt like we were in good hands. Our server recommended 2 tequilas for our margaritas and they were both great (El Tesoro Blanco for me and Chinaco Anejo for my husband). We shared 2 appetizers; jalapenos stuffed with cheese and served with a black bean sauce and a KILLER crabcake made with jumbo crabmeat and serrano chiles and coated with panko bread crumbs and served with an avocado-habanero salsa. The crabcake had almost no filler; almost 100% crabmeat. With these we had a bottle of Riesling from Austria that was recommended by the sommelier. It was delicious. For entrees we had Lamb loin chops with a garlic pasilla sauce and Quail in an ancho chile sauce. Wonderful! We paired these with a bottle of Claredon Hills Grenache from Austraila. Great match. We opted to share a dessert; a crepe with mangos and raspberries topped with a goat's milk caramel sauce. Wow!! We can't wait to return to Chicago and dine at Salpicon. It's at the top of our list! We only wish we had one in Vancouver.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Terrible experience

My first visit turned out to be terrible. Ordered three appetizers and received the first one quickly. After some time passed we received grilled shrimp and a special appetizer but they were both room temperature. The waitress came to our table and said they were supposed to be served that way. Then the manager arrived quite upset and asked us to pay our bill (for the food we ate) and leave the restaurant immediately.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Ambiance

Good food, not great! Not authentic Mexican cuisine. Portions are much more smaller than the usual Mexican eatery's. The decoration is fenomenal, great atmosphere. The romantic setting is perfect for ""lovey dovey"" couples. Desserts are delicious.



Provided by Citysearch - 
A nice dinner

My husband and I went to Salpicon for our anniversary (we initially wanted to go to Nacional 27 but they are closed on Sundays, so we were hoping that Salpicon would at least fill our need for Latin American food). We made our reservations through Open Table and mentioned that it would be our anniversary. When we arrived, we were wished a happy anniversary and seated at a table by the front. The view was nice, but the table was a little small and the nook felt crowded. I had the Salpicon margarita, which was very tasty and paired well with the food. For appetizers, we had the special squash blossoms, which were excellent, and the tostaditas de tinga which were pretty good as well. For dinner, I had the chiles dona queta which was just OK -- the flavors were not very strong, and the tomato sauce tasted more Italian than Mexican. My husband had the chuletas de borrego con salsa de chile pasilla which he enjoyed. For dessert, we had the pear crisp, which was delicious (but not complimentary on our special occassion, despite what other reviews have said). We will certainly be back, but mostly for the margaritas and appetizers.



Provided by Citysearch - 

This place is just OK. I tried it because of the great newspaper reviews and was disappointed. Six tiny shrimp swimming in bland sauce. I'd go elsewhere for the money



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not what I expected

The food was good, not amazing. The ambiance was nil- overly bright and way too crowded. I'd probably not go there again by choice.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Overpriced Mexican food

This restaurant receives many raves, but i thought that the food and drink for what they charge was very dissapointing. We have great mexican restaurants in this city and i would not quickly go back to this spot.



Provided by Citysearch - 
A wonderful dining experience!

Had a reservation for Friday at 8:00; were seated promptly, Server knew her stuff about tequila. Turned us on to one of the many tequila flights they had. We took her recommendations on dinner and were not disappointed (stuffed jalapenos, squash blossoms with goat cheese, spinach salad with chipotle honey dressing, Alaskan halibut and lamb loin chops. Fantastic! Michael, the sommelier, recommended a bottle of Australian Grenache that complemented everything we ordered. Although the restaurant was packed, service was impeccable! Great job by all. Definitely one of our best dinners this year! Can't wait to return.



Provided by Citysearch - 
More fuss then it's deserved

Got there before 11Pm on saturday, we were told we couldn't order dinner but we could go to the bar.
We (2person) ordered margaritas and bartender offered us the bar menu, and said we could order some apetizers, then the host came over to the bar e told the bartender he couldn't take any order, and it upseted me not for not be able to order but, the way the host came about it no class at all. So I couldn't say much about the food as we were not able to. About margaritas??? It was the worst I've ever had and I know about margaritas if you realy likes margaritas do not spend any money @ Salpicon with it, it is not worthed.
I have a personal view about restaurants/hostess, if you're invited/allow customers to come in you have to serve like any other customer.
I would not come back! There is plenty of excelent places to eat/drink



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Mexican dining experience in Chicago!

Everything we ate was amazing; the flavors were balanced and exciting.
Our waiter was knowledgeable, attentive, and funny.
If you would like to drink something other than margaritas, try one of the MANY wines available and dont be shy to ask for help with the extensive wine list. The Gruner Veltliner we drank during our last visit was perfectly delicious and complemented everything we ate.
I cant say enough good things about this restaurant!



Provided by Citysearch - 
THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been going to Salpicon since it opened. The quality of the food, service and wine/ tequila selections are unmatched! Excellent seafood selections, enjoy soft shell crab season.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Mexican!

This is a charming restaurant that keeps getting better and better. We first dined here over 4 years ago and have been back many times. The quality of the food, the flavors, presentation, wines and tequila never disappoint. Keep up the great work Salpicon!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not really worth it

Overall, I didn't feel like this place deserved the hype. The service was great, my halibut was good, but the shrimp with it weren't fully cooked. The margaritas were nice, but the server tricked us with a $2 each upgrade so they ended up costing $10 each which is so ridiculous for the small size of them.



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User review by sleopold

the food was great, a little pricey, i never thought there could be an upscale mexican restaurant, wines and liquors great selection. overall, good, seating a little crammed, would go back but look to spend a little money...



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Dining!

Had a wonderful dinner here last night. Highlights were the soft-shell crabs, filet in shiitake-chile sauce, stuffed jalapenos and the pear and mango tart. Service was perfect (professional but friendly). The wine list is far superior than many of the ""more famous"" restaurants in town. If your a tequila nut (like my husband) this is the place for you! We already made a reservation next week with some out-of-town guests.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Huge disappointment

I've been waiting to eat here since moving back to Chicago, after 15 years in LA. What a disappointment! The host was great, and our waiter tried very hard -- although we're not sure what he was on. The house margarita was awful -- we sent two of them back and switched to beer. And the food? Some of the most bland upscale Mexican we've ever eaten -- I didn't even finish mine, and I can always clean my plate. And because the aisles are too narrow, virtually every person who passed by knocked into me (not their fault). Sorry, Salpicon, we won't be back.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Favorite Authentic Mexican Restaurant

We're restaurant fanatics with stints in several major cities, and Salpicon is our overall favorite restaurant, and certainly the best overall authentic Mexican dining experience that we've found in the US. Strong on every front, Salpicon beats Frontera on accessibility and tequila selection, matches on food and atmosphere, and has the same stability in staff (and of course Chef Priscilla and Vincent). It may not blow your doors off on the first visit, but it is the restaurant that we keep coming back to when in Chicago.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Divine Dining!

What a divine dining experience! We opted for the chef's 7 course tasting menu and we're glad we did. Great flavor combinations and lovely presentations. Our server Nora made us feel right at home! The wine list is a work of art. Definitely make a reservation because they are small and get very busy!



Provided by Citysearch - 

We dine at Salpicon several days per month and are always satisfied. The appetiser selection and variety of main courses is very good. Great food, great service and the wide selection of tequila is outstanding.



Provided by Citysearch - 
My favorite!

On a warm nite it is nice to dine outside and is one of my favorite restaurents in Chicago. The service is polite and knowledgable.

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