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Irazu

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

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  • 41
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 4
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Ceviche and Chofrito

One of our favorite restaurants in Chicago - love that it's BYOB, too. The Costa Rican specialty chofrito is delicious, and their ceviche is some of the best around. I could just dine on those appetizers. They also have some great sandwiches, which they will make breadless on romaine lettuce... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 23, 2015
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West Salem, Ohio
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Stopped here for lunch on a sunny June day on the advice of a friend. Start with the Chifrijo - it is awesome. Truly authentic Coasta Rican dish that is hard to describe but a delight to eat - pork, rice, beans and avacado with Lizano sauce. Big enough to share with several people. The vegetarian Paella is great too,... More 

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Thank mallen0072
HenryChicago_IL, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for endorsing us on your recent visit to Irazu. We are truly flattered! I agree, the Chifrijo is an awesome must! Stop by and see us on your next visit to Chicago! Henry Cerdas, Owner More 

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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

One of our favorite restaurants in Chicago - love that it's BYOB, too. The Costa Rican specialty chofrito is delicious, and their ceviche is some of the best around. I could just dine on those appetizers. They also have some great sandwiches, which they will make breadless on romaine lettuce (hard to eat as a sandwich, but very tasty -... More 

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Thank maryhT8666HF
HenryChicago_IL, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words of endorsement. The Ceviche and the ChiFrijo are indeed fan favorites. I am happy that you enjoy! Irazu has exploded in recent years and we are finally convinced that we are severely overdue for a facelift. Plans are underway to renovate and to add restrooms to better serve you and all our patrons in... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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102 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

The original post seemingly got deleted, so if something like this posts twice, I apologize. I've been here at least twice since my last post, and as always, enjoyed wonderful food and the welcome of "staff" who in truth treat other patrons and I like friends & family. It makes the people something one misses as much as the food!... More 

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Thank N M
HenryChicago_IL, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

"Mi Casa es Su Casa" Making our customers feel as though they are dining at my home is the way we operate Irazu. There is no greater satisfaction than knowing you have enjoyed your overall experience both from a culinary and service standpoint. I would love to thank you in person for your kind words. Next time you are in... More 

Washington DC
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

This is my favorite spot to grab a bite on my way out to O-Hare. It's totally worth hiking out the blue line to get a real meal en route home when in Chicago for business. Try the shakes - they are amazing and rather virtuous when you consider they are dairy free. I don't know what they do to... More 

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1 Thank Lola5800
HenryChicago_IL, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. I am personally flattered that you make a pit stop en route to O'hare. We are pleased and appreciative of your business. And YES, I agree Irazu shakes in any form are a wonderful treat. Thank you for your feedback. Henry Cerdas, Owner More 

East Chicago, Indiana
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

My boyfriend never tried costa rican food and he loved it! The skirt steak was so juicy and the shrimp cocktail salad is so delicious. My second time here and still not disappointed. The waiter was really nice too, i forgot my umbrella and he brought it out in the cold to me. That was very nice if him

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Thank Angelica L
HenryChicago_IL, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Dinner date + good food + good food. That's what Irazu aims for. Thank you for your kind words. I must agree, the menu you selected will not disappoint! See you on the next date. Henry Cerdas, Owner More 

New York City, New York
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I ordered from this restaurant via Grub Hub, so when it arrived it was not really warm or fresh. (no reflection on the restaurant itself) I ordered the Pepito steak sandwich, and even cold it was very, very good. I would absolutely eat there again the next time I am in Chicago.

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Thank Lisa A
HenryChicago_IL, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and for your business. Agree with you 100 % --- hot and off the press can only be fully attained when dining at Irazu. Stop by and see us at shop next time you are in the neighborhood. We'd love to host you! Henry Cerdas, Owner More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I've been here many times this last summer and I can't get enough of your sandwiches and fries. Your black beans are seriously the best beans I've had in Chicago since I don't tend to enjoy refried and/or black beans, but yours are so flavourful. Great empanadas, I love the BYOB setup as opposed to many of the neighbourhood restaurants... More 

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1 Thank Martin H
HenryChicago_IL, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Wow! To work for sandwiches and to franchise in England… brilliant ideas, Martin. Your patronage means the world to us. Gracias! Thank you for your feedback ---- do you have a favorite sandwich that you want to share with travelers and locals? Henry Cerdas, Owner More 

Chicago, Illinois
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102 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Ok, so I don't eat here daily but at least every 2 weeks and we order from Irazu all the time at home. We stopped by last night and I tried the DELICIOUS potato tacos for the first time which WOW....I say that about everything I eat here of course, but really WOW. Also, I like the black beans here... More 

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Thank N M
HenryChicago_IL, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for this wonderful recommendation! Its a honor to get a dose of NM twice a week as well. I'm so glad to hear we deliver on every occasion. Just curious, do you have a favorite menu item yet or are you still exploring new dishes? If you have not tried it already, I would recommend our Chile Relleno.... More 

San Jose, Costa Rica
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

Great food. Very reasonable prices and great service! Un pedacito de Costa Rica en medio de Chicago.

Helpful?
Thank Alonso_CR
HenryChicago_IL, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for your endorsement. I am delighted that you enjoyed your Costa Rican culinary experience in Chicago, EEUU. Quedamos a sus órdenes! Un verdadero placer. Henry Cerdas More 

Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

This is the coolest place in Bucktown-Wicker Park to eat! The staff treat you like family. The quality of the service is outstanding and the food ...it relish! Pura Vida lives! You can walk the 606 Trail and hope off at Milwaukee for a short northern walk and arrive in Costa Rico. The watermelon juice is a thirst quencher in... More 

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1 Thank Nancy S
HenryChicago_IL, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Hello Nancy, Thank you so much for this wonderful recommendation. When we first opened Irazu, our drive was toward establishing a restaurant where everyone can come together and enjoy authentic Costa Rican cuisine in a family like atmosphere. We're very pleased you enjoyed our watermelon juice after a nice walk! In fact, a lot of our customers make a stop... 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 20
  • Cuisine: Latin, International, Spanish, Vegetarian, South American, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?