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Borinquen Restaurant

Northwest Side
Caribbean, Puerto Rican
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1720 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647-5104
(773) 227-6038
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

If your looking for real Puerto Rican food at a very good price this is the place for you this is authentic 100% real Puerto Rican food at a great price

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A Jibarrito is a must for everyone coming to visit me to have. I've had all the versions of Jibarrito's available, chicken, pork, beef, and seafood. The seafood is doused in garlic due to a sauce it comes in. The beef is my personal favorite. Be prepared to have the garlic smell and taste stick with you after you are... More 

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Bronx, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

My girlfriend and I recently traveled to Chicago for a long weekend and to go see my beloved Mets at Wrigley Field. The first thing we wanted to do before we even checked into our hotel room was to check out Borinquen Restaurant and have ourselves an authentic Chicago Jibarito from the home of the jibarito. Unfortunately, when we got... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

This is a great place if you like (or want to experience) Puerto Rican food. Try the Jibarito (in essence, a sandwich made with flattened, fried green bananas). You may want to drink a very cold Good O Kola Champain.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

BORINQUEN.... NO NO NO My nane is Rick and I was born and raised in the nieghborhood, I've been living away for about 15 years. I was raised on Puerto Rican Food and let me tell you about this particular place. My advise is to stay away from here. I took three trips to Chicago in the last month and... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

The first jibarito I ever ate was at Borinquen so I do not have any other to compare it, but this one was outstanding! The steak jibarito was probably the best sandwich I've ever had. The arroz con gandules was also outstanding. My partner and I ordered an extra side of it and we were glad we did. Everyone should... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

I had eaten at Borinquen three years ago, but I really wanted to take my Australian friends when we were visiting Chicago this month. I warned them that it was nothing fancy, but it is all part of the experience. You walk in and head straight for the back room where a waitress will take your order. I've read other... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2008

Descent jibaros...your better off going to the pond across the way

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2008

The place a Puerto Rican friend and her family go when they want to eat out. Very tasty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2008

The best arroz con gandules and jibaritos

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
Caribbean, Puerto Rican
Restaurant features
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1720 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647-5104
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Northwest Side
  • Neighborhood: Northwest Side
  • Phone Number: (773) 227-6038

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?