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Irazu

#535 of 8,447 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$
Wicker Park / Bucktown
Latin, Vegetarian, Costa Rican, International
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1865 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-5687
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Today
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Outdoor seating
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Pura vida Chicago

Simply a must visit place if you are Costa Rican food fan. The place has been at its location for a good bit and the reason is the tasty cultural food they produce. From the "chifrido to the casado de bistek" the food is outstandingly tasteful. You will not be disappointed. Its not an upper... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
Ronald C
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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73 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Simply a must visit place if you are Costa Rican food fan. The place has been at its location for a good bit and the reason is the tasty cultural food they produce. From the "chifrido to the casado de bistek" the food is outstandingly tasteful. You will not be disappointed. Its not an upper class restaurant but the food... More 

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Henry C, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Ronald, Serving the cuisine of our homeland is our highest level of pride. As you suggested, we use the finest and the highest quality product in the food we serve. I agree.....the ChiFrijo and the Casado is what best represents our country's cuisine. Thank you for your endorsement! Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas More 

Top Contributor
413 reviews 413 reviews
306 restaurant reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The food is outstanding. The portions are very generous, and at first I thought we'd be bringing leftovers home..........but it was so delicious we opted for a Clean Plate Club instead. The menu is very vegetarian-friendly, and the famous oatmeal shakes deserve the hype. The dining area is tiny -- less than a dozen tables. There is also an enclosed... More 

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Henry C, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit to Irazu. While we cannot offer tropical Costa Rican weather in January, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed our vegetarian selections. What menu item did you enjoy? I hope you have since resurrected from your food coma and we promise to have caramelized sweet plantains on your next Irazu visit. Thank you... More 

Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The husband and I came here wanting something different which we found. Everything we had was freshly prepared and tasting. I had the Guy Fieri special and of that enjoyed the oatmeal shake the most. We also ordered the empanadas which were probably the best items we had. Our biggest 'complaint' was the food was not as flavorful as expected.... More 

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Henry C, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Great feedback, thank you! Fresh and not as flavorful is not how we would like to be remembered. Apologies for your experience. Costa Rican food and cuisine from Irazu is known for its explosive and comfort food characteristics. I am very surprised by your impression of your meal however I agree that many of our fans do enjoy adding additional... More 

Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I now live in Costa Rica but I took my parents down to Irazu for a Costa RIcan meal before I left the US. It was delicious. The chifrijo was fantastic, the avena shake delicious. My mom had the arroz con pollo, my dad had arroz con camarones. I had the casado with beef. We all shared and still had... More 

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Henry C, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

What a compliment! Absolutely flattered by your comments. Recreating our cuisine and securing the flavors from the homeland is a priority. While we lack beaches, volcanoes, and tropical rainforest backdrop, we can guarantee a top notch chifrijo and casado. And YES, BYOB with an Imperial is an excellent pairing! Thank you for the feedback! More 

NE Nebraska
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This place has great food, Top notch food, but the service was sub par. A rain storm went through the city while we were waiting for our table, so many people didn't leave when they were finished with their meals. However, the service was very slow following this weather event. The waiter was friendly and attended to our needs when... More 

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Henry C, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. Glad you enjoyed the cuisine from Cost Rica in a Chicago setting. Looks like a "rainforest like" thunderstorm added to the authenticity of the experience. I apologize that the rain caused havoc during your visit. While we strive for excellence in service, I admit that these circumstances produce undesired results. I can guarantee better service... More 

Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We visited Irazu on a Wednesday night, initially surprised with a 10 minute wait, but intrigued us more to give Irazu a try. We were not disappointed. Our waiter was on the ball, constantly moving and attending to us and a restaurant full of people. We most enjoyed our appetizers -- Cerviche and Yam Fries – Yam Fries, fantastic, a... More 

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Henry C, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Fun and unique is how we like to be remembered. Very happy that you enjoyed your experience. Being Chicago's first and only Costa Rican restaurant makes us a unique destination. Thank you for sharing your comments for other locals and travelers. Thank you for the feedback! Henry Cerdas, Owner More 

Kendall Park, NJ
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Henry, thank you for your reply. We hope to see you in November when we visit our daughter. PURA VIDA Mike

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Chicago
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Do you like avocado, fried pork belly, plantains, empanadas, horchata, chorizo, lizano sauce, ribeye, sauteed onions, or chicharron? Do you like all these things at a BYOB spot or delivered to your door with only a $10 order minimum? Look no further--this is the best place ever. You will overeat and fall asleep afterward, but it is well worth it.

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Henry C, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for endorsing Irazu's hottest appetizer. Agree, the Chifrijo will satisfy just about every pallet for locals and travelers alike. If you want something different, you have made the right selection. Cheers, Henry Cerdas, Owner More 

Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Irazu is definitely worth a try if you're in need of a change in cuisine! A traditional Costa Rican Restaurant with a nice variety of appetizers, sides, and dinner selections. Irazu has a great atmosphere. The waiters were very friendly, knowledgeable of the menu, and have great recommendations for those that have never tried this type of dinning experience. For... More 

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Henry C, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Something Different from the Ordinary. You are making us blush over here in Chicago. Thank you for visiting us from afar. We appreciate the extra effort to enjoy our authentic cuisine from Costa Rica. We agree, right now is a perfect time to visit Irazu --- BYOB, Summer Patio, and Good Company = Paradise. Thank you for the feedback to... More 

Chicago
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

The food is decent. Some of the food is great, some of the food is okay. We have eaten at the place and have ordered delivery a number of times. Delivery is fast. In the winter, the place is covered to create an indoor space. The space is kept cozy with heaters. In the summer, this place is great for... More 

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Henry C, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you Nikki for your recent review. Appreciate your business both at dine-in and at delivery. What food item have you enjoyed most from your experiences? I realize that you enjoy the indoor space in the winter. You should try us out now in the summer when the BYOB and alfresco seating area is a match made in heaven. Thank... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1865 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Wicker Park / Bucktown
  • Neighborhood: Wicker Park / Bucktown
  • Phone Number: (773) 252-5687

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Latin, Vegetarian, Costa Rican, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?