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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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Today
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating

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Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 33
    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
Great food but having only 1 uni-sex bathroom for a fairly large restaurant is ridiculous

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Dedgehog
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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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  • Dining on a budget
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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 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
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
455 reviews 455 reviews
339 restaurant reviews
198 helpful votes 198 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
39 helpful votes 39 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
143 reviews 143 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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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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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
  • 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?