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Irazu

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Wicker Park / Bucktown
Latin, International, Vegetarian, Costa Rican
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1865 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-5687
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Monday
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating

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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 35
    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
Good Costa Rican food

I decided to go with the hubby after several good reviews. Not disappointed. I ordered the empanadas -chicken, beans, and cheese which were good. Also ordered the chicken pepino sandwich. The oatmeal shake is definitely an item you do not want to miss. So delicious!! Looking forward to going back... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
FoodieOnTheRun84
via mobile
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

I decided to go with the hubby after several good reviews. Not disappointed. I ordered the empanadas -chicken, beans, and cheese which were good. Also ordered the chicken pepino sandwich. The oatmeal shake is definitely an item you do not want to miss. So delicious!! Looking forward to going back and trying the ceviche.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

We came to irazu for lunch and were very happy with our experience. The food was hot and fresh and delivered promptly. Yuca fries are by far my favorite food and they did them perfectly! Less than 20 bucks for the two of us to get stuffed! Definitely worth a try.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The Pepitos sandwich with avocado was to die for. The Chifrijo appetizer was delicious and the hot sauce was fantastic.

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Henry C, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for endorsing our Costa Rican Cuisine. Since we are Chicago's only choice for this type of Latin Soul food, we feel we have an obligation to provide the very best ---- Agree... ChiFrijo and Pepito Sandwich are winners and fan favorites. Thank you! Cheers, Henry Cerdas, Owner More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

My family (husband, me, and our 6 year old son) went here for Mother's Day dinner tonight, and we all absolutely loved it! We got the Chifrijo, Oatmeal Shake, and Pepito which were all WELL loved by everyone... I only wish I would have ordered a bigger shake so I wouldn't have had to steal it away from my kindergartner... More 

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Henry C, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Ashley, Thank you for taking the time to review Irazu during your visit to Chicago. Irazu is all about family and friends getting together and enjoying each other's company. When food, company, and location come together, you have a wining equation! Thank you for your feedback! Henry Cerdas, Owner More 

Mount Prospect, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Our daughter chose this place for her birthday celebration so my wife made a reservation using Opentable that was supposedly never received by Irazu. Luckily she called on the morning of to make a change so we were OK since there were already people waiting for tables at 6:30 on a Saturday evening. We were seated in the main part... More 

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Henry C, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. Glad to hear that you discovered our cuisine to be interesting and tasty. Most importantly, thank you for your sincerity. I must admit that this past weekend was very busy and I also agree we have grown significantly which require some some adjustment to our current facilities. I invite you to come visit us during... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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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 

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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 

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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
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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
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150 reviews
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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 

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Additional Information about Irazu

Address: 1865 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Phone Number: (773) 252-5687
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Wicker Park / Bucktown
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
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Latin, International, Vegetarian, Costa Rican

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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 20
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Latin, International, Vegetarian, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?