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Latin American Restaurant$$$$
Bucktown, Chicago
105 Tips and reviews
  • milkshakes
  • pepito sandwich
  • empanadas
  • lively
  • BYOB
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  • David K.
    David KollerMarch 6, 2016
    I love this place. I've been going here for a very long time and the restaurant has passed from mother to son. Great tastes and great Flavors. Try the oatmeal shake. You will be a convert.
  • Regina K.
    Regina KardashianAugust 8, 2015
    Authentic Costa Rican food! Every bite was so fresh and delicious. I've never seen avocados so green and tasty! The craving for their food is unexplainable, it's a must try!
  • Olivia B.
    Olivia BarrettJanuary 22, 2014
    Wow! I couldn’t recommend this place more. The casado is much like what’s served in Costa Rica. Oatmeal shake was to die for! It’s cash only, but they have an ATM. Great atmosphere and service, too.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistMarch 24, 2015
    The chorizo burrito is super fresh and has just enough grease to make it delicious. Make sure to get yours with a side of salsa lizano, a Costa Rican condiment that is slightly sweet and spicy. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 14, 2016
    This Latin American restaurant is serving up burritos, empanadas, sandwiches, seafood, shakes, and juices at more than reasonable prices. Don't forget to BYOB. Read more
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    Guy samples two traditional dishes, classic fried Chicarron with pico de gallo and Pepito sandwiches made with steak, onions and black beans, before telling chef Henry Cerdas, "you rocked it." Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 11, 2011
    Authentic Costa Rican fare in a casual mom-and-pop BYO setting with some of the best chicken burritos around. Experiment with the casado and an oatmeal shake. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria UngerAugust 22, 2014
    Start with the empanadas ! They're crisp and flavorful. I got the vegetarian plate for my meal - seasonal veggie was zucchini- everything was very fresh. Huge portions but great prices. Byob!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 30, 2016
    Featuring an affordable assortment of Costa Rican classics, along with a surprisingly large vegetarian menu, it's no wonder this restaurant has been a Bucktown staple for years. Read more
  • Linda A.
    Linda ArzolaNovember 19, 2014
    The oatmeal shake is GREAT!!! A chicago favorite pepito sandwich!!
  • Jawwad A.
    Jawwad AkhtarNovember 13, 2014
    They have a great private room across the street which is also BYOB. Perfect for birthday parties. And yes...oatmeal shake!
  • Brittany N.
    Brittany NicoleSeptember 26, 2015
    Love the outdoor space and of course the food...delicious. Really great black beans
  • Kris D.
    Kris DMarch 22, 2011
    Oatmeal shake is a must. Grilled steak is amazing upgrade to the authentic rice worth the buck. If you get Omar as a waiter tip him well, so makes the visit laid back....
  • Melissa E.
    Melissa ENovember 16, 2014
    The burrito was really yummy. If you bring vodka/rum/tequila they'll mix it into a delicious smoothie with whatever fruit they have around!
  • Miss W.
    Miss WSeptember 29, 2013
    The food was really great! But if you're looking for dessert don't let anyone convince you to get the oatmeal shake. It's not a shake, tastes like chunky less sweet horchata.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 19, 2013
    Order the chicken pasado, save a few tortilla chips, crunch them up and sprinkle on your dish. Adds an extra texture to an already delicious meal.
  • Gina V.
    Gina ValdezOctober 8, 2014
    Just had the el tico and it was a great combination of food. The waiter service and the upbeat musical ambience is wonderful!
  • Jillian B.
    Jillian BurnickasMay 20, 2015
    I tried a little of everything my table had ordered and it was all delicious. The empanadas were the best I've ever had.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LeMay 13, 2010
    Where else can you get the best Oatmeal Milkshake delivered right to you? Irazu Costa Rica Restaurant also has some of the best chicken & steak burritos in Chicago. The meats are perfectly marinated. Read more
  • GrubHub Chicago
    GrubHub ChicagoMay 13, 2010
    Where else can you get the best Oatmeal Milkshake delivered right to you? Irazu Costa Rica Restaurant also has some of the best chicken and steak burritos in Chicago. The meats are nicely marinated. Read more
  • Jason K.
    Jason KhooMarch 17, 2015
    The oatmeal shake is wow and the appetizers with the pork skin, Pico de Gallo with rice and beans, too good
  • Edwin
    EdwinDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The avena (oatmeal) shake is one of the best shakes in the city. BYOB joint. Cash money only. No plastic.
  • Jaime F.
    Jaime FaulhaberApril 4, 2010
    The flavor in the guanabana shake is not as strong as in those that I had during my study abroad trip, but this is one of the few places that even offers it. The flavor always takes me back...
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJanuary 23, 2013
    If going with a large group, call in advance and let the restaurant decide the menu for a family style dinner
  • RellyRell
    RellyRellMay 21, 2013
    The avena milkshake is delicious!! And Omar, one of the waiters, is the nicest guy there
  • Crystal R.
    Crystal RodriguezAugust 20, 2013
    Food is delicious. Had the Casado Chicken, yummy. Empanadas, very good!
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JohnsonMarch 14, 2011
    Banana oatmeal shake!!!!!!.. Pepito Sandwitch!!! and get the plantain empanadas with condensed milk for dipping as desert.. :D
  • Kate
    KateJune 2, 2011
    If you like ceviche, don't pass up ordering some here! Everything is so good, though. Felt like I was back in CR
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergDecember 17, 2015
    I love everything about Irazu. It's the closest you can get to Costa Rica without a passport or zip line.
  • Edward E.
    Edward ElchicoMay 19, 2014
    The guy fieri special is $15 and can easily satisfy two people!
  • chgocdg
    chgocdgFebruary 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Oatmeal Blackberry Shake, small cabbage salad - delicious meal on heated patio
  • Aly A.
    Aly AndrewsAugust 11, 2012
    Even the pickiest eater will enjoy the Shrimp/Veggie platter. Honestly life changing.
  • Melanie B.
    Melanie BOctober 29, 2012
    Oatmeal shake was TOO good, as well as the casada and spinach and cheese empanadas
  • Drea P.
    Drea P.December 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The empanadas are a must! And never leave this place without a oatmeal shake! And their breakfast is great.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleDecember 22, 2014
    Possibly the last great bastion of BYOB in Bucktown, Irazu will reward your patience for a table.
  • Adrienne C.
    Adrienne CAugust 2, 2011
    Its true, the oatmeal milkshake is ridiculously delicious. I also had El Tico with chicken. Bueno!
  • Amisha S.
    Amisha SudApril 14, 2013
    Try their oatmeal shake with another flavor.. I'd recommend banana
  • Natalie U.
    Natalie UngerSeptember 17, 2011
    I am a huge fan of guacamole and Irazu has the best guacamole that I've far...
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergDecember 17, 2015
    The plantains are so good! The small is plenty.
  • William Q.
    I went once and it was OK for me. Nothing really stand out for me, but good food overall. I am not sure now, but they didn't accept other method of payment, but cash.
  • TJ D.
    TJ DevoMarch 12, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    this is my favorite restaurant in the wp area. coffee is amazing, gallo pinto with plantains & eggs is a must
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel C.July 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The oatmeal shake is delicious! And they can make it vegan!
  • Superb
    SuperbMay 15, 2012
    Okay, we admit it - we have a sweet tooth. Try their tasty avena (oatmeal) shake.
  • Janet A.
    Janet A.March 3, 2011
    Definitely try the oatmeal (with milk) shake, it's amazing!
  • Linda B.
    Linda BligenJuly 12, 2013
    Chicharrones and gallo pinto come in a close second to San Jose, CR.
  • John D.
    John DunlevyDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely get the oatmeal shake. I prefer it made with water to the milk or soy milk options.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergMarch 9, 2014
    The best chicken soup in Chicago hands down. That simple.
  • Jill
    JillDecember 21, 2012
    BYOB. You can get wine across the street.
  • Oscar
    OscarJune 6, 2015
    Milkshakes are great, but food and service not so good.
  • Cary B.
    Cary BlackOctober 22, 2014
    Solid food. BYOB and cash only.
  • Liz O.
    Liz OhJuly 9, 2012
    byob, patacones, pepito sandwich, taco-tico
  • Gyasi S.
    Gyasi SutherlandAugust 25, 2013
    I line the oatmeal milkshakes! #delicious
  • eulalia
    eulaliaJune 14, 2013
    3 words: mango watermelon shake. trust me.
  • Melissa
    MelissaSeptember 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The tilapia taco dinner is amazing! A must every time!
  • Jon E.
    Jon ElhardtOctober 20, 2011
    Get the pepito sandwich with hot peppers and avocado, YES!!
  • Nik L.
    Nik LizcanoApril 18, 2015
    Pork chop & palmito salad AMAZING!!!
  • Marissa R.
    Marissa RyanMay 27, 2015
    Order everything!
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SteinbergSeptember 5, 2013
    The oatmeal shake was incredible!
  • Adrianne T.
    Amex deal does not work here. Cash only people!
  • sam
    samMarch 22, 2012
    BYOB. must get the oatmeal shake!
  • Abril V.
    Abril VelaDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Oatmeal milkshake is to die for!
  • AJ D.
    AJ DurandJuly 9, 2010
    Sweet vegetarian selections. Cabbage salad and burrito are off the hook.
  • Buck T.
    Buck TownApril 25, 2013
    Oatmeal banana shakes are damn tasty!
  • Ted P.
    Ted PalenskiApril 30
    Huge portions, good vegan options.
  • Erik James A.
    Erik James AlbaughJanuary 9, 2012
    Try the Fried Yuka With Peruvian Sauce
  • Angelo V.
    Angelo VillalobosMay 15, 2013
    The pepito sandwich is amazing
  • Neal C.
    Neal CohenOctober 6, 2010
    Nothin better than a Milanesa sandwich n oatmeal shake for lunch on a fall day
  • Grace L.
    Grace LopezDecember 10, 2011
    BYOB (no corking fee) & CASH ONLY
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 28, 2014
    Check out Irazu as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more
  • Imran K.
    Imran KhanSeptember 14, 2013
    Really handsome waiters. :)
  • Carly S.
    Carly SJune 13, 2016
    BYOB gem in Bucktown.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McKayNovember 7, 2016
    Oatmeal shake and pepito--perfect lunch!
  • Tammy
    TammyAugust 22, 2014
  • Mehul S.
    Mehul ShethJune 28, 2015
    Oatmeal milkshake and nachiTicos!!!!
  • Juanita M.
    Juanita MartyMay 1, 2013
    Hotest waiter! Love it!
  • Mayra H.
    Mayra HernandezJune 25, 2011
    The Lava juice is so amazing!
  • Jason A.
    Jason AdamsJanuary 18, 2014
    The Chicken Casado is bitchin'!
  • George W.
    George WilksonMay 10, 2013
    They should make their items order-able from a smart phone by adding them to the app "appay biz". That way, I can order ahead using "appay"!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Michael H.
    Michael HeroldJune 7, 2010
    Drink your oatmeal shake, drink it up!
  • Todd F.
    Todd FosterMay 29, 2010
    Grilled steak was delicious! Just don't forget to bring cash.
  • Joni L.
    Joni LupoDecember 21, 2012
    Plantains to die for
  • Maury V.
    Maury VDecember 1, 2012
    Salsa music was on point!
  • Pete W.
    Pete WeimannAugust 7, 2016
    Empanada heaven!
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JanicekJune 4, 2013
    Heard from someone that place is good
  • Dianne S.
    Dianne SalazarApril 10, 2012
    Try the Chicharron
  • Alejandro C.
    Horchata and a casados
  • Julie J.
    Julie JonesApril 18, 2016
    Cash only!
  • Scot W.
    Scot WheelerSeptember 10, 2011
    Chifrio and mango shake.
  • Kelly L.
    Kelly LuciaJanuary 26, 2012
    2 words, OATMEAL SHAKE!
  • Mich E.
    Mich ElleMarch 23, 2013
    Oatmeal shake!!
  • Ng F.
    Ng FabApril 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Guy doing take out orders was rude. Customer service should be better!!! 👎
  • Shinji K.
    Shinji KuwayamaApril 24, 2016
    Pepito w hot
  • Skip K.
    Skip KummAugust 4, 2010
    Best restaurant in bucktown/wicker park area
  • Stacy C.
    Stacy CohenNovember 19, 2009
    Order the Chicken Casado with Gallo Pinto. Delish!
  • Jasmine D.
    Jasmine DavilaSeptember 18, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    I'm a bit milkshake crazy, so I always get an oatmeal & banana shake. Always.
  • Jamco Creative
    Jamco CreativeMarch 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    oatmeal shakes and empanadas and tilapia tacos
  • Leo A.
    Leo AnguloMarch 9, 2013
  • Ray Y.
    Ray YoungMay 2, 2010
    Get the oatmeal shake. Very good!
  • Maddie
    MaddieFebruary 17, 2010
    Tilapia tacos are the best!!!
  • Sammy P.
    Sammy PorrettaJanuary 29, 2010
    The pepito is phenomenal
  • Jace C.
    Jace ColeOctober 21, 2010
    Delivery from Irazu on your iPhone via Grubhub!
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MoweryApril 12, 2010
    grab some plantains at Irazu!
  • Jason M.
    Jason MullinJuly 3, 2010
    One word, Pepito
  • Monica A.
    Monica AlmeidaSeptember 17, 2013
    Essa é pra brasileiro com saudade do pf ... peça "cassado" !
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WieluszMay 25, 2010
    ooooo. batido de oatmeal y chille rellenos son realmente buenos. NOM NOM.
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