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 ... More
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 eatinga spicy cheese and onion dish wrapped in hot tortillas.
Very disapointed. Saying just because you are from SoCal does not mean that you know good Mexican food is like saying that just because you are from Chicago does not mean that you know about good deep dish... I Grew up in Southern California and to this day when I visit home I regularly drive into Mexico for lunch. Although I adore fine dining, upscale Mexican is an oxymoron, it is like having upscale southern food, very hard to get right! I will never go back to Frontera and I would be ashamed to take any of my SoCal (mostly Mexican)friends there. I am sure that Rick knows Mexican food it is just not the kind I am familar with. In addition when I told two friends (Chicagoians) I was excited about going for the first time I was told the the food was okay and the service was bad, both were true.
Try Perez on Randolph. Good food, Great price.
horrible service, horrible food (especially for the price). will not be going back.
we dined around 6:30 on a weekday, could not be seated at a table, so we sat at the bar. we had to get the attention of our waiter everytime we wanted something, and the food was NOT that great for the price. the menu was pretty limited as well. this place is definitely not all it is cracked up to be.
After a long day at work my boyfriend met me at the Grill at 5 o'clock. He was telling me that he had a prior great experience. The bar tender was great. The coconut mojito was super awesome, the chips and guacamole however were way to salty. The wait for the food was long and I was not very impressed by the duck we had. Very little duck for a 20 something dollar dish. So my boyfriend and I have mixed reviews. He wants to go back and I don't.
This was not a first visit for me at this well-known establishment, but may well be the last. The bar area has a better ambience and a more jolly atmosphere than the main dining area which is cramped and uninviting. If it was not for the art, the dining area would have no ambience at all. I could expand upon this point, but that's not what prompted me to write this review. One can always make excuses for service, but on this occasion there was no excuse. The service was appalling, possibly the worst I have experienced in a long while from an inattentive wait staff that, quite frankly, could have cared less. Perhaps Rick Bayless should spend less time spinning his take on organic food prep and authentic recipes and take the time to discover the fundamentals of running a restaurant where service is a key element of good business.
My experience at Frontera was mediocre at best. I had visited a few years ago and perhaps I am biased because I live in Southern California and am able to eat at authentic Mexican restaurants. I wasn't a very big fan of the 'Americanized' versiosn of Mexican foods (lamb empanadas?). Our service was far from stellar: the waiter did nothing more than boost Rick Bayless's ego and claim that my mother and I knew absolutely nothing about 'real' Mexican food, despite the fact that I live an hour from Mexico.
And I don't know if this has changed since I visited, but...I don't care how much a Mexican restaurant tries to be gourmet, but I don't trust Mexican restaurants that make you pay for chips and salsa. It just isn't right.
We had our family of 7, meet for dinner and the hostess was so rude. We arived at 9:40 and she said we couldn't be seated in the dining room and had to sit in the bar. We had 5 adults and 2 children. There was a table outside that had cleared out and we asked if we could move out there,and she said no due to a city ordinance that prevented outdoor seating after 10 pm. When we left at 11:00 we passed several restaurants with people seated outside along our walk back to the hotel. The server was nice and food below average. We will never return to that awful place.
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