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Irazu

#422 of 7,665 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Wicker Park / Bucktown
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
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1865 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647-4464
+1 773-252-5687
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11:30 - 21:30
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Hainesville, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Chifrijo is what you must have here. Saw this on "Diners, Drive-In's and Dives." Had to go. It's a small place with street parking. But staff was friendly and the food was out of this world. You can B.Y.O.B and they will mix it into one of their tasty concoctions. Cannot wait to go back!

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Thank Patrick D
Henry C, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. Appreciate the endorsement. We cannot agree with you more --- the ChiFrijo is a must and the BYOB feature is an added plus. Gracias y Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas More 

Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We waited about 30 mins on a Saturday night (expected) and just got a basket of chips and drinks and waited. When we got our table, service was prompt and the food was outstanding! Cant wait to go back.

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Thank Martyp301
Henry C, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. Your endorsement on Trip Advisor will certainly help others locally and from around the world discover the passion we have for producing outstanding Costa Rican cuisine in Chicago. We look forward to your return. Henry Cerdas More 

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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

One final visit to my favourite Chicago restaurant. Cannot get enough of the Costa Rican Sandwich my favourite item on the menu. I did however try something different this time I had the El Tico Dinner plate. WOW another fantastic dish from the guys at Irazu, huge portion well worth the price and simply fantastic tasting! Wish I had somewhere... More 

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Thank Martin H
Henry C, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for the invitation to join you across the pond. We are absolutely flattered! Your kind words help others around the world discover our mission and our cuisine. Greetings from Chicago! Henry Cerdas, Owner More 

Chicago, Illinois
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122 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

YES, Irazu genuinely merits every single review I post or I wouldn't take the time out of my day; buuut.....everyone living in Chicago or visiting really can't afford to not eat here. As well as the things I've stated in my prior reviews, they truly made my last month and gave my husband something to really miss when he headed... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to endorse what we enjoy to do! Serving fresh, delicious, and Costa Rican cuisine at an affordable price in a friendly PURA VIDA atmosphere is our number one priority! Your kind and moving words are powerful. We look forward to your return visit! Cheers, Henry Cerdas, Owner More 

Minot, North Dakota
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139 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

I'm originally from Costa Rica but l live in ND. During our trip to Chicago l told my husband l wanted to eat some Costa Rican food and before we went there l saw Irazu featured on DDD We really enjoy our lunch there food was awesome my favorite the chifrijo I also love the plantain with cheese the chef... More 

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

Gracias! We take pride in what we do and your endorsement is our highest level of flattery. I agree.... the ChiFrijo is fan favorite. Thank you for the feedback! Henry Cerdas More 

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86 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

This place is amazing. The food is Costa Rican deliciousness, the latin music creates a lively vibe and it's BYOB, including spirits! We brought vodka bottles from home and ordered Horchata, Watermelon and Mango pitchers for mixers. Be careful not to fill up with the mixers! We did and didn't have enough room for the delicious food. The Chifrijo appetizer... More 

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Thank Tomifer213
HenryChicago_IL, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for your outstanding endorsement. Your kind words and recommendations inspire my staff and I to provide the cuisine and the venue that matches our homeland's vibe. We hope to see you soon. Gracias y Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas, Owner More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Laid back, delicious, colorful food! Exactly what my wife, my little guy (almost 1 yr) and myself were looking for. The vibe was great from the second we arrived. Parking was a breeze. We walked up to the host who greeted and seated us promptly in the outdoor patio. He accommodated the needs of a family from the high hair... More 

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Thank Joe J
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

It was yummy. If you come from a small portions country (e.g. southeast asia) 1 meal is good for 2. Oatmeal shake was terrific!

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Thank Reginald Eli D
HenryChicago_IL, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for you endorsement. It indeed our highest level of flattery. The grilled steak, the chops, and the oatmeal shake are not only personal favorites but they are also fan favorites. Thank you for your feedback. We hope to see around shop again. Henry Cerdas More 

1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Fresh, fast,filling, & inexpensive ,good place to take a friend, or family, nice people, good food, you, and your family and friends will enjoy !!!

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Thank Luis T
HenryChicago_IL, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you Luis for your positive endorsement of Irazu. Either for lunch or dinner we aim to provide an affordable, friendly, and tasty meal experience. Thank you for your feedback! Henry Cerdas, Owner More 

Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Where to begin. A must have is their Chifrijol and steak sandwiches! Great service and its byob. Have gone here for many years and will continue to do so for many more.

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Thank sandra092015
HenryChicago_IL, Owner at Irazu, responded to this review

Thank you for your flattering endorsement and your years of loyalty, Sandra. The ChiFrijo is indeed a fan favorite. Your review definitely helps other locals and travelers alike discover our unique cuisine. Kind regards, Henry Cerdas, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Cash Only, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 21:30
Saturday
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1865 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647-4464
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Wicker Park / Bucktown
  • Neighbourhood: Wicker Park / Bucktown
  • Phone Number: +1 773-252-5687
Description
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!

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