Frontera Grill

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Frontera Grill
Frontera Grill is located in Downtown Chicago
Frontera Grill
Location in River North, Chicago
Frontera Grill is located in Illinois
Frontera Grill
Frontera Grill (Illinois)
Frontera Grill is located in the United States
Frontera Grill
Frontera Grill (the United States)
Restaurant information
Established1987 (1987)
Owner(s)Rick Bayless
Head chefRichard James
Food typeMexican cuisine
Street address445 N Clark St.
Postal/ZIP Code60654
CountryUnited States
Coordinates41°53′26″N 87°37′51″W / 41.890576°N 87.630803°W / 41.890576; -87.630803Coordinates: 41°53′26″N 87°37′51″W / 41.890576°N 87.630803°W / 41.890576; -87.630803
Seating capacity65
Other informationPhone: (312) 661-1434

Frontera Grill is a Mexican restaurant in Chicago, Illinois. It is owned by Rick Bayless. It opened on March 21, 1987, at 445 N. Clark Street[1] in Chicago's River North neighborhood and was Bayless' first restaurant.[2] In 2011, the Chicago Sun-Times called it "a study in the art of Mexican cookery".[3]

In 1994, Frontera Grill was ranked the world's third-best casual dining restaurant by the International Herald Tribune.[4] In 2007, Frontera Grill won the James Beard Foundation's "Outstanding Restaurant" award, designating it the best restaurant in the U.S.[5]

Although Frontera Grill is not a chain, the restaurant's name brand and logo are used in several of Bayless' other restaurants including Tortas Frontera at Chicago's O'Hare airport,[6] Frontera Fresco (closed January 2020),[7] and Frontera Cocina in Disney Springs, Florida.[8] The brand and logo were also leveraged when Bayless founded his Frontera Foods line of pre-packaged foods in 1996.[9] The packaged food line was sold to Chicago food processing company ConAgra in 2016.[10]


  1. ^ Vettel, Phil (March 21, 2018). "Frontera Grill marks 30th anniversary today — we reprint first review". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "Chef Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill - Biography". Star Chefs. September 2010.
  3. ^ Bruno, Pat. "Frontera Grill". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved April 14, 2012.
  4. ^ Wells, Patricia (January 17, 1994). "The Top Ten". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved October 2, 2006.
  5. ^ "The James Beard Foundation Awards (2007)". Archived from the original on July 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-10.
  6. ^ "Tortas Frontera".
  7. ^ "Frontera Fresco". Rick Bayless.
  8. ^ "Home". Frontera Cocina by Rick Bayless.
  9. ^ Frost, Peter (September 26, 2016). "Rick Bayless sells Frontera Foods to ConAgra". Crain's Chicago Business.
  10. ^ RB Editors (March 2017). "The Power 20". Restaurant Business: 60. {{cite journal}}: |last= has generic name (help)

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