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Aripo's Venezuelan Arepa House

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118 N. Marion St, Oak Park, IL 60301
708-386-1313
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Description: Venezuelan Restaurant in Oak Park, IL featuring the best Arepas in the...
Venezuelan Restaurant in Oak Park, IL featuring the best Arepas in the Chicagoland Area. Aripo's also features Empanadas, Tequeños, Cachapas, and Venezuela's national dish: the Pabellon Criollo.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
AMAZING FOOD

The food here is very very good. Be it an arepa or a bowl, the food is delicious and VERY authentic. Reminded me of my home in Brazil. The service is slow but the food is so good it's worth it. The natural juices are also wonderful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The food here is very very good. Be it an arepa or a bowl, the food is delicious and VERY authentic. Reminded me of my home in Brazil. The service is slow but the food is so good it's worth it. The natural juices are also wonderful.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We went here with a friend who spent some time in Venezuela. The food was excellent! All the meats/fish had different seasonings making for very distinct tastes. Their sauces are a must have - we spent the whole meal trying to identify what was in them so we could make them at home. The decor looks like a traditional Venenzuelan... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I do want to acknowledge that all the food is made fresh, but then I must make the suggestion to get more help in both the front and the back. Definitely a new taste that one does not find on every corner. The food and especially the arepa were delicious fresh and tasty. I would definitely go back for a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Loved the arepas, kachapas and pabellon. Kids loved the empanadas too. My guess is the meat dishes are fabulous too, just not for us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I'd never heard of Arepas until I found this restaurant in Oak Park, so some friends and I decided to try them. This is a great new dish to add to your culinary experiences. Arepas are like tortillas on naan bread. I had the arepa listed on the menu as "everyone's favorite" and I enjoyed it very much. The restaurant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I moved to Oak Park from a city in South Florida that saw a massive influx of Venezuelans after Chavez took power in the early 2000's. So needless to say I have had my fill of authentic Venezuelan food. I stumbled upon this place by chance and walked in. The menu consists of Venezuelan staples arepas, empanadas, cachapas, and meats.... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Small restaurant in heart of Oak park. Very simple menu--empanadas, aripos (little sandwiches on delicious round crusty buns. First Venezualan restaurant I have ever encountered so I dont know how authentic it is but it was delicious! Shredded beef was just right spicy As was shredde pork. Empanada was perfectly cooked--dark golden brown and crispy. Tried all three sauces and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is a quiet little place that serves great arepas. The food is fresh, delicious and reasonably priced. The only reason I didn't give it an excellent rating is because the service isn't great. You order from the counter and they bring your food to you which is fine but the person collecting the money does just that, collects the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Loved this place! I had their lunch special today which included 2 arepas and a fountain drink. Good price and delicious. Very filling I probably will just get one arepa next time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Our meal at Aripo's was interesting, but we needed more guidance so that we didn't have so much fried food on our plates. The pabellon bowl was not bad, but just a simple lettuce salad with chicken and nothing too special. I think that we would have been more pleased if we would have enlisted the help of a waitress... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 118 N. Marion St, Oak Park, IL 60301
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Oak Park
  • Phone Number: 708-386-1313

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 to 15

Description

Venezuelan Restaurant in Oak Park, IL featuring the best Arepas in the Chicagoland Area. Aripo's also features Empanadas, Tequeños, Cachapas, and Venezuela's national dish: the Pabellon Criollo.

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