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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
Updated 18/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 18/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
Irazu is Chicago's first and only Costa Rican restaurant and we've been perfecting our style for the past 30 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! We are BYOB please bring your favorite spirits we have thirst-quenching mixers that pair beautifully with our cuisine. Pura Vida!
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Cash Only, Table Service, BYOB, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 August 2021

Everytime I go to Chicago, it's a must to pass by Irazu to taste my home country food after leaving abroad for many years! Food is really good and it's always hard to choose from all the options!! Was glad to share a chat with...Henry, the owner and the nice and friendly service from Robert! Looking forward to next time!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 1 July 2021 via mobile

Weather is gorgeous. Storefront fully open. Food is great, salsa is HOT! They will do vegan, have lots of veggie things. I have never been disappointed here and they now take cc's.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 3 April 2021 via mobile

First saw this on the food network so we knew we had to try it while in Chicago. Everything we tried was amazing and our waiter was extremely helpful and explained the dishes. This is a must every time we visit Chicago again.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 19 January 2021 via mobile

I cannot get enough of Irazu! I find myself craving the food especially yucca. I haven’t had anything I haven’t like and the shakes are a must!

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 18 February 2020

Have been here twice and enjoyed it both times. Started with the avocado shrimp appetizer last time and it was amazingly delicious. Have also had the casado, tacos and one of their specials. All very good. Nice casual atmosphere, BYOB and cash only. The owner...stopped by our table each visit and is delightful to talk with. Looking forward to our next visit, just a short walk off theMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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A3933ERhenryc, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2020

Pura Vida. Thank you for the feedback! Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed 9 February 2020 via mobile

The combination of flavors and textures on the plate make for a great taste buds stimulation. I felt like I was eating at my Costa Rican friend grandma's house; which I was I expect when I go to a place that boast a cuisine of...a specific country. The service was ok, somewhere between the waiter and the kitchen staff there was a disconnect and one of the appetizers we order didn't come out and one entree got mixed up, but they provide with excellent service, in their defense the place was packed with tons of people waitIng for a table, so it was busyMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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A3933ERhenryc, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2020

Thank you for sharing your experience! Pura Vida. Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed 4 October 2019

If you are looking for something different give it a try. The Empanadas are.good a little doughy. I had the fish tacos and they are very good. Remember to bring cash

Date of visit: October 2019
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A3933ERhenryc, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2020

Appreciate your visit and feedback. Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed 17 June 2019

I was in the neighborhood and found the restaurant while looking for cheaper Latin food with vegetarian options. I was on a student budget and traveling alone, so I was looking for something affordable and also filling. Irazu was the perfect spot for me! I...ordered a chile rellano which came with a side of plantains, rice, and beans for $12. It tasted as delicious as it looked. Without a doubt, I will return with friends and family. The service was also friendly and my waiter had several recommendations when I asked him for his favorites. Also, the restaurant has a nice atmosphere and there are several things to make you forget for a moment that you are in Chicago. A great place to go if you are looking for authentic and delicious Puerto Rican / Latin cuisine.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2019

Thank you for your feedback and testimonial. Greetings from the only Costa Rican Restaurant in Chicago. Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed 24 March 2019

If you’re ready to try a great dining experience you must go to Irazu, 1865 N Milwaukee Ave in Chicago. We dine there whenever we are in the city. All the entree’s that we have tried are delicious. And the oatmeal shakes are fantastic. The...food is traditional made with fresh ingredients. The staff is professional and courteous. Try it, you’ll love the food.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2019

Thank you Manny for sharing your experience. We look forward to hosting you and your family when you are back in Chicago. Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed 9 March 2019 via mobile

Very tasty and vegetarian-friendly! The seating area is a bit limited, but the cuisine is great and the service is friendly.

Date of visit: March 2019
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henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2019

Thank you for your endorsement and feedback. Appreciate your visit. Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed 20 January 2019 via mobile

Who knew Costa Rican food was this good? The place isn’t fancy, but that doesn’t stop the crowds from coming here to enjoy some darn good food. All choices of Empanadas, Tico Pico ( like fajitas), great guacamole and some great green sauce that will...set fire to your taste buds. I love the heat! What’s not to like? Well okay, then top it off with a smooth shake to cool you down.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2019

Thank you very much for your endorsement and kind words. We look forward to re-hosting you in the near future! And you are RIGHT! We are proudly not fancy but serve up some good food. ' Till next time. Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed 7 December 2018

Good service with friendly waiter. Food enjoyable especially the chicken and plantain. Will be happy to visit again.

Date of visit: November 2018
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henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2018

Thank you for the feedback and the endorsement. Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed 4 December 2018

I'm a Costa Rican living in Elmhurst and Irazu is my goto place when I'm craving home. The food is amazing and Herry and the entire staff are great, demaciado pura vidas todos.

Date of visit: January 2018
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henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2018

Gracias Marco. Thank you for your encouragement and endorsement. Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed 1 December 2018

We can here in the evening, and it was nice and quiet. Staff is very friendly! They recommended the oatmeal shake, which sounds awkward but it was too die for. I cannot remember what we had to eat, but both were delicious. We would go...back again in a heartbeat.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2018

Thank you for the endorsement. Yes, the oatmeal shake does sound awkward but it is fan favorite. Appreciate YOU! Pura Vida! Henry Cerdas, Owner

Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

This IS NOT Costa Rican food, the reason I know this is because I am a native of Costa Rica. Quality of food from 1-10 is 0 A complete misrepresentation of our culture and folk food. Not even close! Folks, burritos and quesadillas are NOT...Costa Rican , more like Mexican. Mexican tacos are delicious, but to make a Costa Rican taco you need a tico /tica in that kitchen!More

Date of visit: August 2018
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henry c, Owner at Irazu, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2018

Thank you for yiour feedback. You are right. Some of our items are not originally from Costa Rica however our diverse clientele enjoys that. I welcome you Gema 888 to meet with me personally so we can develop a menu that better meets the community’s...More

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Yes, Irazu offers takeaway services.

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Yes, Irazu is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Irazu is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4