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Irazu

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner
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CUISINES
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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Menu

APPETIZERS
9
Large 13
Chifrijo
Authentic starter to your meal! Fried pork layered with whole black beans, white rice, pico de gallo and topped with avocado and Lizano sauce. Vegetarian style available.
10
Add Steak, Chicken or Chorizo 3
NachiTicos
Tortilla chips covered in Gallo Pinto, pico de gallo, slivered radishes, white cheese and avocado.
14
Shrimp & Avocado Cocktail
A colorful and lively starter to your Costa Rican experience.
8
Large 11
Guacamole & Chips
9
Large 13
Ceviche
White fish marinated in lime juice, mixed with diced veggies and topped with avocado. Served with saltines or chips.
4
Large 6
Yuca Fries
6
Large 8
Add Puréed Black Beans 2
Patacones
Double fried green plantains served with a side of roasted garlic oil (mojo).
QUESADILLAS
4
Cheese
5
Chicken
5
Steak
5
Spinach and tomato
EMPANADAS
3 Empanadas 9
5 Empanadas 12
7 Empanadas 16
9 Empanadas 18
Cheese
3 Empanadas 9
5 Empanadas 12
7 Empanadas 16
9 Empanadas 18
Chicken
3 Empanadas 9
5 Empanadas 12
7 Empanadas 16
9 Empanadas 18
Beef and Potato
3 Empanadas 9
5 Empanadas 12
7 Empanadas 16
9 Empanadas 18
Chorizo and Potato
3 Empanadas 9
5 Empanadas 12
7 Empanadas 16
9 Empanadas 18
Black Bean
3 Empanadas 9
5 Empanadas 12
7 Empanadas 16
9 Empanadas 18
Mushroom
3 Empanadas 9
5 Empanadas 12
7 Empanadas 16
9 Empanadas 18
Spinach and Cheese
3 Empanadas 9
5 Empanadas 12
7 Empanadas 16
9 Empanadas 18
Jalapeño and Cheese
3 Empanadas 9
5 Empanadas 12
7 Empanadas 16
9 Empanadas 18
Sweet Plantain
3 Empanadas 9
5 Empanadas 12
7 Empanadas 16
9 Empanadas 18
Zucchini
SOUPS
5
Add Rice 1
Chicken
Garnished with cilantro and onion.
4
Veggie Black Bean
Garnished with tomato and cilantro.
COSTA RICAN DINNERS
Upgrade your Costa Rican dinner with Gallo Pinto or make it spicy for $1.
16
Upgrade to Skirt Steak For 3
El Tico
Choose from either beef or chicken breast sautéed with onions, bell peppers and tomato. Served with white rice, black beans, sweet plantains & cabbage salad.
16
Grilled Steak
Skirt steak & scallions served with yellow rice, beans, sweet plantains & cabbage salad.
15
Shrimp & Veggie Platter
Served with Gallo Pinto, sweet plantains & cabbage salad.
15
Chicken Mixed with Rice
Served with sweet plantains & cabbage salad.
15
Upgrade to Skirt Steak For 3
Casado
An authentic Costa Rican dish! Choose from either beef, chicken breast or tilapia served with white rice, black beans, sweet plantains, an over easy egg & salad.
15
Shrimp Mixed with Rice
Served with sweet plantains & cabbage salad.
15
Pork Chops
Two pork chops sautéed with onions served with yellow rice, beans, sweet plantains & cabbage salad.
14
Chicharrón
Deep fried pork chunks served with fried yuca & cabbage salad.
21
Surf & Turf
Succulent garlic shrimp and sizzling skirt steak served with Gallo Pinto, sweet plantains & cabbage salad.
15
Tilapia Taco Platter
Served with Gallo Pinto, sweet plantains & cabbage salad.
SANDWICHES
Choice of bread: French Bread, Whole Wheat, Romaine Wrap. Add-ons ($.50 each): Cheese, Sliced Avocado, Hot Peppers.
8
Upgrade to Skirt Steak 3
Pepito Sandwich
Chicago Favorite! Beef or chicken, sautéed onions, cheese, beans & Lizano sauce
8
Costa Rican Sandwich
Thinly sliced beef with cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard & Lizano sauce.
8
Steak Sandwich
Beef, sautéed onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo & Lizano sauce.
8
Chicken Sandwich
Grilled chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard & Lizano sauce.
8
Milanesa Sandwich
Breaded steak, lettuce, tomato, mayo, avocado & Lizano sauce.
7
Vegetarian Sandwich
Black beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado & Lizano sauce.
BURRITOS
8
Shrimp 10
Avocado 0.5
Sour Cream 0.5
Hot Peppers 0.5
Steak, Chicken or Chorizo
Pinto beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes
TACOS
6
Add Cheese or Avocado For (each) 1
Taco Tico
Set of 3 Costa Rican taquitos! Crispy tortilla filled with flank steak topped with cabbage, mayo, ketchup & Lizano sauce.
6
Add Cheese or Avocado For (each) 1
Steak or Chicken
Set of 3 tacos topped with cabbage and pico de gallo
VEGGIE DELIGHTS
Upgrade your Vegetarian Platter with Gallo Pinto or make it spicy for $1.
12
Add Cheese 1
Vegetarian Plate
Veggie of the day served with yellow rice, beans, sweet plantains & cabbage salad.
12
Vegetarian Paella
Seasonal vegetables mixed with rice. Served with sweet plantains & cabbage salad.
12
Chile Relleno
Poblano pepper stuffed with cheese and topped with tomato sauce. Served with yellow rice, beans, sweet plantains & cabbage salad.
12
Potato Tacos
Taquitos filled with mashed potatoes and served with guacamole and mole sauce. Served with yellow rice, beans, sweet plantains & cabbage salad. Mole is non-vegetarian.
7
Add Sautéed Mushrooms, Spinach, Zucchini Or Sweet Plantain For (each) 1
Add Hot Peppers 0.5
Vegetarian Burrito
Black beans, yellow rice, cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado and sour cream.
3
Add Cheese or Sour Cream (each) 0.5
Vegetarian Taco
Black beans, yellow rice, tomato, lettuce, and avocado.
SALADS
9
Add Chicken 3
Add Shrimp 5
Palmito Salad
Heart of palm stalks on a bed of cabbage slaw, tossed with beets, avocado, cucumber, tomato, radishes, cilantro, splashed with vinegar, lime & olive oil.
8
Add Grilled Steak 5
Vegetarian Salad
Cabbage slaw tossed with beets, cucumber, tomato, avocado, radishes, cilantro, splashed with vinegar, lime & olive oil.
About
Irazu is Chicago's first and only Costa Rican restaurant and we've been perfecting our style for the past 27 years. We've been a mainstay in the heart of Bucktown, just steps from the O'Hare Blue Line (Western station) and "The 606". Come visit us for a quick bite or a rustic sit-down meal with friends and family - your stomach and your party (and your wallet) will thank you! Pura Vida!
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service, Reservations, Highchairs Available, BYOB
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Reviewed June 16, 2019

I was in the neighborhood and found the restaurant while looking for cheaper Latin food with vegetarian options. I was on a student budget and traveling alone, so I was looking for something affordable and also filling. Irazu was the perfect spot for me! I...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank jwflory
henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2019

Thank you for your feedback and testimonial. Greetings from the only Costa Rican Restaurant in Chicago. Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed March 23, 2019

If you’re ready to try a great dining experience you must go to Irazu, 1865 N Milwaukee Ave in Chicago. We dine there whenever we are in the city. All the entree’s that we have tried are delicious. And the oatmeal shakes are fantastic. The...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Manny-Tere
henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2019

Thank you Manny for sharing your experience. We look forward to hosting you and your family when you are back in Chicago. Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed March 9, 2019 via mobile

Very tasty and vegetarian-friendly! The seating area is a bit limited, but the cuisine is great and the service is friendly.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank IvanSusanin1613
henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2019

Thank you for your endorsement and feedback. Appreciate your visit. Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed January 20, 2019 via mobile

Who knew Costa Rican food was this good? The place isn’t fancy, but that doesn’t stop the crowds from coming here to enjoy some darn good food. All choices of Empanadas, Tico Pico ( like fajitas), great guacamole and some great green sauce that will...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Cvilltrvlr
henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2019

Thank you very much for your endorsement and kind words. We look forward to re-hosting you in the near future! And you are RIGHT! We are proudly not fancy but serve up some good food. ' Till next time. Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed December 7, 2018

Good service with friendly waiter. Food enjoyable especially the chicken and plantain. Will be happy to visit again.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Pikemere
henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2018

Thank you for the feedback and the endorsement. Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed December 3, 2018

I'm a Costa Rican living in Elmhurst and Irazu is my goto place when I'm craving home. The food is amazing and Herry and the entire staff are great, demaciado pura vidas todos.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank 0373marco
henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2018

Gracias Marco. Thank you for your encouragement and endorsement. Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed November 30, 2018

We can here in the evening, and it was nice and quiet. Staff is very friendly! They recommended the oatmeal shake, which sounds awkward but it was too die for. I cannot remember what we had to eat, but both were delicious. We would go...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Megz S
henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2018

Thank you for the endorsement. Yes, the oatmeal shake does sound awkward but it is fan favorite. Appreciate YOU! Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

This IS NOT Costa Rican food, the reason I know this is because I am a native of Costa Rica. Quality of food from 1-10 is 0 A complete misrepresentation of our culture and folk food. Not even close! Folks, burritos and quesadillas are NOT...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2018

Thank you for yiour feedback. You are right. Some of our items are not originally from Costa Rica however our diverse clientele enjoys that. I welcome you Gema 888 to meet with me personally so we can develop a menu that better meets the community’s...More

Reviewed July 9, 2018

you have to try the Chifrijo and the Casado! Real Costarican food in Chicago! Please be hungry and ready to eat great food.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank SaskiaBlanco
henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2018

Gracias & Pura Vida! Appreciate the feedback. Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed July 6, 2018

This is definitely a place that is very casual and quaint. The food was good. We started with the Chifrijo. The combination of flavors were great. I had the Pepito sandwich. It was okay. The steak in it was very tender. My friend had the...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank onlyv58
henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2018

Thank you for your visit and feedback. Love to hear from our customers. Appreciate U! Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas, Owner

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