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Topolobampo- Help!

dallarose23 Aug 18, 2011 09:05 PM

What is the dress like at Topolobampo? Can we get away with nice jeans/ heels or not? Thanks!

445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

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  1. nomadchowwoman Aug 18, 2011 09:17 PM

    Yes. It's upscale w/out being stuffy. Some people will be dressed to the nines, but I've seen a range of attire there; I wouldn't go too casual.

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    1. re: nomadchowwoman
      dallarose23 Aug 19, 2011 05:51 AM

      Thanks! Was confused b/c their website mentions dressing up, which is kind of a generic way of putting it, but then a review said it was full of tourists in khaki shorts.

      1. re: dallarose23
        nsxtasy Aug 20, 2011 12:02 PM

        It's NOT "full of tourists in khaki shorts". Not at all. That sounds like someone is confusing it with Frontera Grill, which is more casual. They're easy to confuse; these two restaurants are in the same location and share the same entrance and host stand. Topolobampo has its own dining room on one side of the restaurant. The predominant attire at Topolobampo is "business casual" - not formal (not jackets, not ties for men) but not casual (not shorts, not athletic wear). Nice designer jeans and heels are fine. Ragged jeans and tennis shoes, not fine.

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      PopMegaphone Aug 19, 2011 09:26 PM

      I was there a little more than a month ago. Smart casual is totally fine.

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        jayh Aug 23, 2011 09:22 PM

        Odd but true fact: the last time I was there, there was seating upstairs and down. The nicer dressed couples were upstairs (including my wife and I, who were there on our anniv.), while groups with kids and, yes, tourists in shorts were sent downstairs. You will see where you rate. I would wear black pants at a minimum, not jeans.

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        1. re: jayh
          weinstein5 Aug 24, 2011 06:11 AM

          I do not think there is an upstairs dining room to either Topolobampo or Frontera Grill - the bar area is up a short flight of stairs to the right as you enter the door with the hostess stand for both Frontera and Topolobampo to the left - as the others have said Frontera is definitely the more casual and relaxed where shorts are acceptable - you cut through Frontera to get to Topolobampo which is definitely more refined and as another poster said smart casual is acceptable -

          Frontera Grill
          445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

          445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

          1. re: weinstein5
            nsxtasy Aug 24, 2011 07:48 AM

            Correct. There is no upstairs seating AFAIK, unless you are referring to those 2-3 stairs to the main Frontera dining room. Perhaps you are thinking of another restaurant.

            1. re: nsxtasy
              jayh Aug 24, 2011 08:44 AM

              Sorry, I was unclear. By upstairs, I meant main street level as opposed to downstairs.

              1. re: jayh
                chicgail Aug 24, 2011 08:48 AM

                There is a downstairs at Toplobampo? It's not part of Xoco is it?

                449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

                1. re: jayh
                  nsxtasy Aug 24, 2011 09:02 AM

                  There's no downstairs at Frontera Grill or Topolobampo, either. (Or at XOCO, for that matter.) The main dining rooms are all on one level (street level) aside from those 2-3 steps.

                  1. re: nsxtasy
                    danimalarkey Aug 24, 2011 10:24 AM

                    There's a private room on-site, right ? (and to answer my own question, yes - http://www.rickbayless.com/restaurant...) Is that on the same level as Xoco, Topolo and Frontera? Maybe jayh saw people heading to a private function?

                    449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

                    1. re: danimalarkey
                      pamiam Aug 24, 2011 08:52 PM

                      The private room is, in fact, downstairs. A private function seems like a logical reason for the seeming sartorial segregation.

            2. re: jayh
              KateBChi Aug 26, 2011 09:05 AM

              That must have been a long time ago. The basement hasn't been used for dining since ... the first couple of years the place was opened.

              1. re: KateBChi
                huiray Aug 26, 2011 05:50 PM

                The private room is indeed in the basement (or "downstairs" as jayh termed it) and it is indeed used for dining. The stairs going down to it are on the left (on the 'street side') beyond the hostess stand and in the "passageway" going to Topolobampo, with Frontera Grill more-or-less on the right..

                445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

                1. re: huiray
                  nsxtasy Aug 27, 2011 07:43 AM

                  One of the nice things about having a private room for an event is that, in most cases, you can determine whatever attire is consistent with your group's desires, anything from black-tie formal to the most casual clothing imaginable, without being constrained by the norms of the public dining rooms.

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