Frontier

4.6
306 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Frontier's Executive Chef Brian Jupiter has created mouthwatering dishes celebrating American contemporary cuisine, blending game and other seasonal ingredients into classic and approachable fare.
The seasonal dinner menu includes small plates, vegetables, sandwiches and entrees designed to share. Frontier’s menu also features 8-10 varieties of oysters to order a la carte with dinner, or to enjoy with a bottle of beer at the bar. Over the weekend, patrons may indulge in brunch offerings including a wide selection of Frontier signature dishes alongside traditional breakfast items.

Complimenting Frontier's savory menu items are unique wines by the glass & bottle, specialty craft cocktails including creative punches and frozen cocktails along with 16 seasonal and traditional beers on tap featuring American-craft microbrews. The bar is one of the few in Chicago to employ almost all state-of-the-art ice taps that keep beer colder and fresher while providing a cleaner pour.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm -11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm -12:00am
Sunday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
(kitchen closes at 9pm for dinner service)

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Phone number
(773) 772-4322
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brian Jupiter
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Catering
Frontier's signature whole smoked animal service is a one-of-a-kind catering option in Chicago. Offerings include whole smoked pig, lamb, goat, wild boar and alligator (and many more!) served with four perfectly-paired vegetarian side dishes. Our catering menu has over 50 items from which to choose including sandwiches, buffet meats & sides plus dessert. Contact Frontier's catering director to bring the Frontier experience to your office, home or off-site event: annie@pioneertaverngroup.com.
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Cross street
1/2 way between Augusta & Division on Milwaukee
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Parking details
Frontier has valet service Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights starting at 6:00pm for $11/car (price is subject to increase without notice). There is limited free street parking on the East side of Milwaukee Avenue, across from Frontier, and metered parking on the West side of Milwaukee Avenue.
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Public transit
The closest public transit/"el' train stop to Frontier is the "Division" Blue Line. The #56 "Milwaukee" CTA bus has the nearest stops to Frontier.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 306 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 hours ago

Absolutely love this restaurant. Unique food and great service. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Stopped in for brunch on Sunday and had an amazing meal. The wild boar hash was fantastic. The bloody mary's were expensive, but tasty.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The dishes are far reaching in terms of meats on offer. The vegetarians in our group were able to enjoy some sides, and appetizers, but no main courses. The celiac in our group had an outstanding waitress who marked what could be eaten. I did not take a photograph, but if my memory serves correct it's apps: deviled eggs, kale salad. Meats: wagyu sirloin, a burger option with no bun. Seafood: ahi tuna no bun. Sides: asparagus, green beans, Swiss chard. Several options that you would think would be GF, such as the peppadew skewers, were fried in the same oil as breaded products. Additionally the BBQ sauce apparently contains gluten.

The antlelope was met with a resounding "meh, tastes like meat", while the 5 cheese Mac was a crowd pleaser. The star was definitely the wagyu sirloin, which is so good it's worth trying to drive and park in that area. This was proclaimed as "best meat dish had in a long time".

The prices are very reasonable for this type of place in the city limits, and even getting an entire animal is not overpriced.

The only service issue we had was based on us ordering wings as an appetizer, and one person following that up with it as their main. This caused the crew to send it out prematurely, but that was not held against them in our opinion.

We will be trying to get back here as soon as possible, including trying to get a whole animal service. 11 people who live in the northwest suburbs are willing to drive into the West loop for dinner, this must be high praise!!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Food was absolutely fantastic!

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Interesting menu with several game meats made into common sandwiches like the antelope cheesesteak. The food was very tasty but the service a little haphazard

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I want Ftontier to know the male bar back who cleaned our table and got our napkins and water was much more pleasant than our female server. You might want to consider male servers or talk to the female servers about being much more pleasant!!

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Went to Frontier for our book club with a party of 10. Everyone loved the restaurant, the service and the food. I have never had a water buffalo burger before and it was delicious and cooked perfectly. There are even choices for vegetarians. The appetizers, especially the date, bacon and cheese skewers were a major hit.

Parking is the only issue with the location. Glad we found it and I will be back.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Frontier was incredible! From the oysters to our actual meal, everything was phenomenal. Service was great and We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Delicious! Want to go back for Duck Duck Goose. Yum!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Loved the food and atmosphere! Great service as well.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The food was descent. The drinks were incredibly watered down and the Diet Coke was flat. The meat was great but salads were very average

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Great oysters, great service, great drinks. Had the water buffalo and lamb burgers, wonderful. Thought the dollar oysters might be substandard; no so!

Did I mention that our server was so friendly, kind and gracious? We loved her,

Highly recommended!

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2.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Service kinda sucked took forever to order drinks at the bar and when we got to our table or sever although was nice just took forever to come back and I had to be that person that would wave her down it’s wasn’t that busy of a night and we came in little earlier in the day.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Had a fun brunch however the service was very slow.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Been there many times...love the food. The servers and management are great.... very friendly.
They go above and beyond when it comes to customer service. Definitely a Chicago Gem.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

General manager stopped by to chat with us, even sending over an order of beignets. Really love the new brunch menu and the cocktails were delicious as always!

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Food is not great to share, tasted suspect at best, and the service was not ideal. Felt like our server ignored us for most of the meal.

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food at Frontier is always pretty good, but the service, particularly for brunch, is terrible. This is our 2nd time for brunch, months apart, where service was slow, items were forgotten and food was delivered up to half hour apart for people at the same table. While the staff was apologetic, this does seem to be a pattern.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

More vegetarian/vegan options please! Otherwise wonderful outdoor area and fireplace

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2.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The food was pretty good and stood on its own. The service, however, was not, and is why we are not likely to return. First, we were seated at a table under dripping condensation. Nothing like water from the ceiling to whet the appetite. There was a problem with the taps, so none of the draft beers were available and they were out of about half of the bottled beers. What I ordered wasn't available, but it took a long time to tell me that and a longer time to bring my next choice. Finally, we were told that food came out of the kitchen in waves. That's fine, but there was only 1 wave and it took longer than expected for anything to arrive. Then, the entrees were delivered about 2 minutes after we received (and before we finished) the appetizers. The place wasn't sufficiently busy that the bar and the kitchen should have been so off kilter.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Excellent. The oysters were delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We selected Frontier for brunch to celebrate a friend’s engagement. Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly by everyone on the staff. The food was good and came quickly. Our water glasses were. Ever empty and our server gave great suggestions. As a surprise and thank you, we received a complimentary bottle of champagne to toast the happy couple! It’s a great brunch spot and I highly recommend it.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

liked the variety of seating options, waiter was friendly, not pushy, but could use more non meat options for appetizers, snack bites if you you just want a small bite with drinks. A girlfriend and I got together to catch up for brunch.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Tired of getting “the open table” table here. Cmon folks we really will enjoy it more if not seated in front of the open door and hostess station. (It has happened more than once, and is particularly annoying when you see better tables sit empty the entire tine you are there.) ps we live in the neighborhood/ not tourists.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Place rocks! Although I wouldn't deem this your typical brunch spot, the food was excellent!
Would recommend to anyone who' s looking for a different brunch option.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This place was fine and that's about all I can say about it. Johnny cakes were extremely salty.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great experience but music was too loud. Couldn't talk over it. Granted, it was right after the Kentucky Derby but once that was over, the pipes in music was just too loud. Food and drink were fantastic.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The hostess was rude and unhelpful in seating my party that i made a reservation for weeks in advance. She was toxic.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Amazing food and top notch service. Only thing I didn't love was that it was very loud. They have a lovely outdoor area with a fireplace though si that eves it out :) make sure you order several things from the menu and share!

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Great time! Drinks were good, appetizers were delicious and the beef rib entree was amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Great menu but I have to say my server, Kennedy, was phenomenal!!! She made a simple, well prepared and cooked meal fantastic!! She was very attentive and made the dining experience truly exceptional. I would go back just to have her as a server

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We wanted to like Frontier, but our meals were overly salty and room temperature to cold. Disappointing.

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2.0Dined on April 20, 2018

While the service is great and the menu is different the food just isn't that great. We got the fried chicken sandwich, duck tacos, and ahi tuna sandwich. The fried chicken sandwich is boring in flavor and the breading taste unseasoned. The ahi tuna sandwich is just kind of weird way to eat seared tune. The duck tacos were also strange. It feels as if the Fronteir is trying to be different, but could use to focus on the fact they serve game meat instead of poor sandwich creation and weird topping combinations.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food was great. Service was lacking. Our server got the order wrong and didn’t tell us one of the apps we ordered wasn’t coming until we had finished all our other appetizers. My boyfriend ate late because she forgot his order and I think the least they could do was buy him a drink or offer dessert. However food was great and the Ribs I had were fantastic.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Met friends for brunch. Requested a high chair and they already had it ready. Seated us in the corner in the enclosed outdoor area which was great in case the baby got fussy. It felt great to feel the sunshine, but be inside as it was cold. Bloody Mary was delicious and so was all of our food. So glad we chose Frontier!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The place smells amazing. Best fried chicken sandwich i've had. burgers are top notch too!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Only table was we had a hard time finding parking at 5:45-valet starts at 6 pm

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Very enjoyable and the food was unique and the waigyu ribs were amazing. I would definitely go back. My old fashioned was in my top 5 of all cocktails I’ve had as well.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Several friends had lunch on Easter Sunday. We had to wait for our reserved table as there was line out the door for the easter brunch buffet. Things were a bit chaotic but we got a table and good service. The food choices are unusual. The beignets were very good . The ham biscuit sandwich was good but a bit spicy with the jalapeno jam. The hash was good.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went in for Easter Brunch after making reservations on OpenTable, was told they were sold out of Brunch. Offered us a regular table while everyone around us ate Brunch. Food then can out sporadically as clearly they were overwhelmed by Brunch. Clear lack of preparation, was definitely a poor experience for my first time in.

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