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Ay Ay Picante

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Northwest Side
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4569 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630-4214
+1 773-427-4239
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

We use to love this place, but after our treatment last night, we are VERY disappointed. We made a reservation for 10 people in the outdoor seating. Upon arriving, we were told that our reservation was for indoors. My husband looked outside, and saw a table for 10, set up and empty. We asked about that table, and was told... More 

Thank Michael S
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

As a Peruvian born I had a taste for a Authentic Peruvian dish. On my way to the restaurante I was day dreaming about LOMO SALTADO with a PAPA RELLENA as an entry. This was my first time in this restaurant in more than 20 years living in Chicago and after reading a lot of reviews about this restaurant giving... More 

Thank AL P
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177 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

Ay Ay Picante is a simple storefront restaurant on the Northwest Side of Chicago that serves excellent traditional Peruvian food. If you're a visitor to the city, it's a bit of a trek from downtown, in a neighborhood with little to offer in terms of entertainment or attractions. However, if you've got a taste for Peruvian, you'd be hard-pressed to... More 

Thank John K
Chicago, Illinois
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366 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

Great Peruvian food, excellent service from Dago, huge portions! Came with my daughter for lunch on a spur of the moment... Exceeded my expectations. We had: empanada, arroz con mariscos (paella like), aji de gallina (chicken), & flan with chocolate. Wonderful! The seafood w so tender in the paella-like dish unlike how tough they often get in paella. They also... More 

Thank Justsaygrace
Chicago, Illinois
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154 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

The food is excellent. The restaurant is a BYOB, which can really reduce the bill. The service is helpful. Have been here 2x, and can't imagine how many it would take to go through the extensive menu. Food is authentic. I know since I've had lots of Peruvian food before. Atmosphere is not the greatest, but if you go for... More 

Thank 197marian
Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

I'll admit the atmosphere was not crazy, but the food was soooo good! I really enjoyed it as we were just down near Peru (Guayaquil, Ecuador & Galapagos) and had some Peruvian dishes, so it took us back and tasted great! Both my husband and I loved it! We did research a few things before going in there so we... More 

Thank Noraisis
Willemstad, Curacao
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72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

Enjoyed a delicious lunch here today. Had a very attentive waiter who served up an excellent shrimp ceviche (that had a little slow-building heat), an amazing vegetarian appetizer called "Ocopa" which was essentially a potato salad in the most amazing and different sauce, apparently made from, among other things, Peruvian black mint - it was unique and excellent. For our... More 

Thank TravelinDantheMan
Glendale, AZ
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Lots of potatoes...LOL. Peru known for their potaoes, I expected a lot of different choices, but mashed seemed to be the potato of the day. We ordered the cebiche (spelled as is on the menu) as an snack course and it with the bread was a meal all by itself. So good, very different from the ceviche I am used... More 

1 Thank CHolt26
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Simply put ......1hr 45min for food to arrive. 8pm reservations and not seated until 8:45. My party of five endured 3 baskets of bread while watching the wait stafff run around in circles while giving us many excuses. As a result, we walked out before experiencing anything.

1 Thank notahappydinner
Chicago, IL
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50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

I belong to a BYOB dinner club and this month's event was held at Ay Ay Picante. I arrived a bit early, but fortunately had brought with me a binder filled with women to keep me occupied as I waited for my party to arrive. The decor at Ay Ay is... interesting. Red is definitely the theme here - the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4569 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630-4214
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Northwest Side
  • Neighborhood: Northwest Side
  • Phone Number: +1 773-427-4239

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