Salpicon

★★★★☆
  • 1252 N Wells St

    Chicago, IL 60610

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  • 312-988-7811

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Large tequila selection, small seating area. Good variety of traditional and noveau mexican dishes.
Upscale atmosphere and prices. Great service.

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★★★★☆

Large tequila selection, small seating area. Good variety of traditional and noveau mexican dishes.
Upscale atmosphere and prices. Great service.

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This restaurant is perfect for a special occasion. The food is prepared beautifully and the flavor matches the presentation. We had made reservations for 8:30pm and arrived early. The host kindly seated us early. You will pay extra for all items, including the drinks (and it's worth it). If you prefer margaritas when they use natural lime juice rather than the typical "lime syrup", the margarita is top-shelf.

2
★★★★☆

This restaurant is perfect for a special occasion. The food is prepared beautifully and the flavor matches the presentation. We had made reservations for 8:30pm and arrived early. The host kindly seated us early. You will pay extra for all items, including the drinks (and it's worth it). If you prefer margaritas when they use natural lime juice rather than the typical "lime syrup", the margarita is top-shelf.

Pros: Great flavors

Cons: Pricey

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Just had a fantastic dinner last night with friends. The food at Salpicon was superb and the service was right on! Great wine list with extensive verticals and fair prices. Will be back soon!

2
★★★★★

Just had a fantastic dinner last night with friends. The food at Salpicon was superb and the service was right on! Great wine list with extensive verticals and fair prices. Will be back soon!

Pros: great cuisine, professional service, fantastic wine list

Cons: none

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Very Pretentious. The food is adequate, the service is very, very yuppie. The price does not match the food, the service or the environs of the restaurant. Again, the word that comes to mind is Oh, so pretentious, Stay away!

1
★★☆☆☆

Very Pretentious. The food is adequate, the service is very, very yuppie. The price does not match the food, the service or the environs of the restaurant. Again, the word that comes to mind is Oh, so pretentious, Stay away!

Pros: they do serve food, it isnt too noisy, you get to leave

Cons: the fare is so so, so so food, Oh so pretentious

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Don't expect burritos, chimis and enchiladas here, although they may exist as a special appetizer. This restaurant specializes in the presentation of great food accentuated with mexican spices and decor. The shrimp queso appetizer reminded me of a dish found in downtown Cancun. Grilled shrimp in Chihuahua cheese served with homemade corn tortilla's. Excellent. My wife had the grilled shrimp entree. The shrimp were very tender and bursting with flavor. I had pork tenderloin with salsa plus avacado sauce. Also excellent. The tequila and wine list is extensive if a bit expensive.

2
★★★★★

Don't expect burritos, chimis and enchiladas here, although they may exist as a special appetizer. This restaurant specializes in the presentation of great food accentuated with mexican spices and decor. The shrimp queso appetizer reminded me of a dish found in downtown Cancun. Grilled shrimp in Chihuahua cheese served with homemade corn tortilla's. Excellent. My wife had the grilled shrimp entree. The shrimp were very tender and bursting with flavor. I had pork tenderloin with salsa plus avacado sauce. Also excellent. The tequila and wine list is extensive if a bit expensive.

Pros: Meal Quality, Meal Presentation, Entree Prices

Cons: Wine/Teqila Prices, Somewhat Loud

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I had no problem making reservations on a Saturday early eve for 3 friends. The restaurant is colorful and kind of cozy with the dim lighting. My guests were not familiar with authentic Mexican. But they ordered polle con mole poblano, lamb chops, pork chops, and I had the pescado al carbon. Everyone liked what they ordered. Food was flavorful and very good. For dessert, tried the trio de pinas. If you like pineapple this is a good one! Total tab was $45 per person. I will definitely try Salpicon again!

2
★★★★☆

I had no problem making reservations on a Saturday early eve for 3 friends. The restaurant is colorful and kind of cozy with the dim lighting. My guests were not familiar with authentic Mexican. But they ordered polle con mole poblano, lamb chops, pork chops, and I had the pescado al carbon. Everyone liked what they ordered. Food was flavorful and very good. For dessert, tried the trio de pinas. If you like pineapple this is a good one! Total tab was $45 per person. I will definitely try Salpicon again!

Pros: any main dish, presentation, tequila selection

Cons: chairs

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Can't be beat. I haven't found anything yet that matches quality, ambiance and availability (getting a reservation!). Execellent selection/knowledge of tequila's and drinks are made very well.

2
★★★★★

Can't be beat. I haven't found anything yet that matches quality, ambiance and availability (getting a reservation!). Execellent selection/knowledge of tequila's and drinks are made very well.

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everything here is hot, from the food to the waitstaff!!

2
★★★★☆

everything here is hot, from the food to the waitstaff!!

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An excellent restaurant where the atmosphere and service are first rate. The food is great and always enjoyable. My favorite restaurant in the whole city!!

2
★★★★★

An excellent restaurant where the atmosphere and service are first rate. The food is great and always enjoyable. My favorite restaurant in the whole city!!

Pros: Tasty, Well presented

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Simply the best upscale (or any) Mexican food in Chicago! Great wait staff, wonderful owners, and the chef--Priscila Satkoff--has created a superb menu. Jaime at the bar is the best! This is the gem of Old Town dining. Don't miss it.

2
★★★★★

Simply the best upscale (or any) Mexican food in Chicago! Great wait staff, wonderful owners, and the chef--Priscila Satkoff--has created a superb menu. Jaime at the bar is the best! This is the gem of Old Town dining. Don't miss it.

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Salpicon is consistently WONDERFULl! We always feel happy and proud to show Salpicon off to visiting relatives and business associates (my husband eats out for business 3-4 days a week). The food is creative, beautiful and most importantly TASTY! The servers are very well-trained, professional and genuinely friendly. The wine list is a treasure trove of delights (with both great bargains and hard to find gems). If you're into tequila you will find their selections both numerous and diverse. Salpicon is truly a delight!!

2
★★★★★

Salpicon is consistently WONDERFULl! We always feel happy and proud to show Salpicon off to visiting relatives and business associates (my husband eats out for business 3-4 days a week). The food is creative, beautiful and most importantly TASTY! The servers are very well-trained, professional and genuinely friendly. The wine list is a treasure trove of delights (with both great bargains and hard to find gems). If you're into tequila you will find their selections both numerous and diverse. Salpicon is truly a delight!!

Pros: great food, consistency, wine & tequila lists

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This is the kind of restaurant I would love to love--chef-owned, small and nonsmoking (hooray!), but the place is noisy (!), and staff could use some attitude adjustment: they really don't like it if you don't order expensive tequilas, wine, etc.--and they let you know it. Too bad, because Salpicon has a lot going for it and the food really is excellent.

2
★★★★☆

This is the kind of restaurant I would love to love--chef-owned, small and nonsmoking (hooray!), but the place is noisy (!), and staff could use some attitude adjustment: they really don't like it if you don't order expensive tequilas, wine, etc.--and they let you know it. Too bad, because Salpicon has a lot going for it and the food really is excellent.

Pros: Nonsmoking, Great food

Cons: Noisy, Staff attitude

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Heard good things. Not many choices on the menu appealed to me. And no one in our party really enjoyed what they got. Nor did we enjoy the bill. One thing though...good gaucamole

1
★★☆☆☆

Heard good things. Not many choices on the menu appealed to me. And no one in our party really enjoyed what they got. Nor did we enjoy the bill. One thing though...good gaucamole

Pros: Gaucamola

Cons: Food, Price

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The food is excellent, the service friendly and competent and the array of tequilas awesome and so tasty!

2
★★★★★

The food is excellent, the service friendly and competent and the array of tequilas awesome and so tasty!

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Excellent everything. Extensive winelist ranging from great values to rare bottles, and even a list of tequilas. Not the typical burrito menu - wonderful grilled fish dishes, the halibut enchilada appetizer is a must try when it's included in the specials. The filet is great, too. Salpicon is a pleasure, my favorite place.

2
★★★★★

Excellent everything. Extensive winelist ranging from great values to rare bottles, and even a list of tequilas. Not the typical burrito menu - wonderful grilled fish dishes, the halibut enchilada appetizer is a must try when it's included in the specials. The filet is great, too. Salpicon is a pleasure, my favorite place.

Pros: wine (Reidel glass!), good portions of food, excellent flavors

Cons: no live music, needs more flowers

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Salpicon offers everything that the professional side of Mexico City has to offer. That's right, Salpicon is true latin cusine. Besides having the freshest selection of fish dishes, they also have the largest selection of tequila around.

Excellent host that truly leveraged their culinary experiences of Mexico.

Do not come here if you are just looking for a burrito or fajitas. Sorry charlie that's southwestern.

2
★★★★★

Salpicon offers everything that the professional side of Mexico City has to offer. That's right, Salpicon is true latin cusine. Besides having the freshest selection of fish dishes, they also have the largest selection of tequila around.

Excellent host that truly leveraged their culinary experiences of Mexico.

Do not come here if you are just looking for a burrito or fajitas. Sorry charlie that's southwestern.

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Had dinner last night with 3 friends. Food was amazing (especially the quail in chile sauce, tuna with red papaya sauce and mango and the pear and mango cobbler! Service was friendly, professional and very knowledgable. Our waiter recommended a delicious Austrian Riesling that complemented everything well. The wine list is spectacular (their selection of Alsatian wines was over 100 (watch out Everest!) This is a one of a kind restaurant that I would recommend in a heartbeat!! Thank you Salpicon!

2
★★★★★

Had dinner last night with 3 friends. Food was amazing (especially the quail in chile sauce, tuna with red papaya sauce and mango and the pear and mango cobbler! Service was friendly, professional and very knowledgable. Our waiter recommended a delicious Austrian Riesling that complemented everything well. The wine list is spectacular (their selection of Alsatian wines was over 100 (watch out Everest!) This is a one of a kind restaurant that I would recommend in a heartbeat!! Thank you Salpicon!

Pros: great food!, service, wine list

Cons: very popular (crowded

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Great place for a fun date! Extensive wine and tequila list. Great dinner and appetizers. Desserts were not fantastic but all in all a great experience.

2
★★★★★

Great place for a fun date! Extensive wine and tequila list. Great dinner and appetizers. Desserts were not fantastic but all in all a great experience.

Pros: Tequila, Wine List, Food

Cons: desserts

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My second trip to Salpicon proved to be as good as the first. I love the small size of this restaurant and the colorful decor. Don't miss the grilled tiger shrimp as an appetizer. I had the shrimp for dinner since it is also offered as an entree. Wonderful desserts as well and our waitress was extremely knowledgeable about each dish on the menu as well as which wines to complement the dishes.

2
★★★★☆

My second trip to Salpicon proved to be as good as the first. I love the small size of this restaurant and the colorful decor. Don't miss the grilled tiger shrimp as an appetizer. I had the shrimp for dinner since it is also offered as an entree. Wonderful desserts as well and our waitress was extremely knowledgeable about each dish on the menu as well as which wines to complement the dishes.

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Had dinner last night with 3 friends at Salpicon. Everything from the reservationist to the valet was exceptional. The food had flavors I never imagined possible! We all ordered different items. We started with the shrimp with 2 different salsas, the jalapenos stuffed with cheese and served with a black bean sauce and a special of squash blossoms stuffed with crab and avocado (delicios!!) Entrees were lamb loin chops with a garlic and pasilla chili sauce, Salmon with a tomatillo sauce, grilled quail with a mole sauce, and a super-tender beef tenderloin with a spicy chili sauce. Everything was perfectly cooked and very well presented. Service was attentive and professional, but not hovering. If you think the list of tequilas is impressive, just open the wine list! No fewer than 12 countries represented with excellent wines in each price category. This is a one of a kind restaurant!

2
★★★★★

Had dinner last night with 3 friends at Salpicon. Everything from the reservationist to the valet was exceptional. The food had flavors I never imagined possible! We all ordered different items. We started with the shrimp with 2 different salsas, the jalapenos stuffed with cheese and served with a black bean sauce and a special of squash blossoms stuffed with crab and avocado (delicios!!) Entrees were lamb loin chops with a garlic and pasilla chili sauce, Salmon with a tomatillo sauce, grilled quail with a mole sauce, and a super-tender beef tenderloin with a spicy chili sauce. Everything was perfectly cooked and very well presented. Service was attentive and professional, but not hovering. If you think the list of tequilas is impressive, just open the wine list! No fewer than 12 countries represented with excellent wines in each price category. This is a one of a kind restaurant!

Pros: food, service, take reservations

Cons: very popular, crowded at peak times, not good for kids

Message from Salpicon

Salpicon, one of Chicago's best Mexican restaurants, delivers fancy Mexican food in an upbeat and festive atmosphere.



Led by Chef Priscila Satkoff and Wine Director, Vincent Satkoff, this husband and wife duo make Salpicon an upscale Mexican restaurant you don't want to miss.



Showered by praise from tough food critics to multiple food and wine awards Salpicon has become one of Chicago's best Mexican restaurants for food and ambiance.



If you are seeking something fresh and different than make your way to the Old Town Chicago Tequila Bar and enjoy the evening.

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Good Mexican Restaurant and Old Town Chicago Tequila bar

 

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