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Latin American Restaurant$$$$
Bucktown, Chicago
103 Tips and reviews
  • milkshakes
  • pepito sandwich
  • empanadas
  • lively
  • BYOB
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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....
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Brittany N.
    Brittany NicoleSeptember 26, 2015
    Love the outdoor space and of course the food...delicious. Really great black beans
  • RellyRell
    RellyRellMay 21, 2013
    The avena milkshake is delicious!! And Omar, one of the waiters, is the nicest guy there
  • 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
  • Crystal R.
    Crystal RodriguezAugust 20, 2013
    Food is delicious. Had the Casado Chicken, yummy. Empanadas, very good!
  • Melanie B.
    Melanie BOctober 29, 2012
    Oatmeal shake was TOO good, as well as the casada and spinach and cheese empanadas
  • Edward E.
    Edward ElchicoMay 19, 2014
    The guy fieri special is $15 and can easily satisfy two people!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Adrienne C.
    Adrienne CAugust 2, 2011
    Its true, the oatmeal milkshake is ridiculously delicious. I also had El Tico with chicken. Bueno!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleDecember 22, 2014
    Possibly the last great bastion of BYOB in Bucktown, Irazu will reward your patience for a table.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Superb
    SuperbMay 15, 2012
    Okay, we admit it - we have a sweet tooth. Try their tasty avena (oatmeal) shake.
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel C.July 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The oatmeal shake is delicious! And they can make it vegan!
  • Janet A.
    Janet A.March 3, 2011
    Definitely try the oatmeal (with milk) shake, it's amazing!
  • 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.
  • Linda B.
    Linda BligenJuly 12, 2013
    Chicharrones and gallo pinto come in a close second to San Jose, CR.
  • 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.
  • Gyasi S.
    Gyasi SutherlandAugust 25, 2013
    I line the oatmeal milkshakes! #delicious
  • Melissa
    MelissaSeptember 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The tilapia taco dinner is amazing! A must every time!
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