Amaru

4.8
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Latin American
Pan-Latin Cuisine & Cocktails in Wicker Park

Inspiration
With influences from the Argentinian wine country to the seafood-abundant waters of Peru; the Amazonian jungles of Brazil to the verdant mountains of Colombia; with the diversity of Mexico and the spirit of the Caribbean, at Amaru. We share with you our culture, history, and passion for Latin American food and warm hospitality.

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Sun 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Sat 10:00AM - 2:00PM

What 146 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
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4.7
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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food. Attentive service. Great mix of veggie, seafood, and meat options. Fun space on north ave, even just for a cocktail (they were awesome).

AM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was sooo good! I had the skirt steak while my friend had the chicken skewers. The steak was full of flavor & perfectly cooked (medium) & the chicken was soo tender! They have 2 salsas, habanero and a green one which taste so freshly made. The yuca fries perfectly cooked through AND was a compliment from the chef, thanks! Omg I would so come back. I cant wait to try the salmon w/lentils next time !

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have yet to be disappointed by Amaru. Consistent quality every time I’ve had the opportunity to dine here. Wait staff being fantastic is the cherry on top.

ES
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner here. Great food & service.

LF
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and even better service! Would recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh was an excellent server! The empanada was our favorite. We’ll be back!

D
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely go back!!! Great food and a fun place

EM
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our experience was very positive, We enjoyed most of our dishes and the staff was wonderful. The decor was unique and beautiful. Definitely a place you must try if you enjoy trying new flavors.

AD
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience at Amaru! Food was amazing and service was great. Highly recommend!

CM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. One of my new favorite places to dine.

SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 3rd visit to Amaru and I am never disappointed. The food is delicious!!! The small shared plates allows you to try different dishes. Every dish is unique and the very tasty! I highly recommend this restaurant and I will be back.

DB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Arguably the best meal in Chicago

N
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our small party arrived quite a bit early in advance of a 7:30 reservation, but we were greeted, seated, and served promptly. The staff were spot on with recommendations, everything was delicious. Exceeded expectations. I only wish they had a slightly more extensive draft beer list.

S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Service was great, good was delicious.

SG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food - braised beef & polenta to die for, awesome specialty drinks and our waitress was really great too! Ni doubt will be going back!!!

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and the service was even better! We were given several drink recommendations right off the bat which were all very unique and crafty. Our waiter was so nice, he explained every dish and really catered to our favorites. The chickpea/lentil cakes and bacon wrapped plantain and chorizo dishes were so unique and packed with flavor. Couldn’t speak more highly of this restaurant. Everything was great from when we arrived to leaving. Highly recommend to anyone willing to try something fun and different from your everyday cuisine.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and drinks, server was helpful

A
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Love this place! Amazing service and phenomenal food. Unique and flavorful Latin Fusion dishes, with ingredients you’re probably not familiar with but will absolutely enjoy. Price is very reasonable for the quality of food you get. Chef brings out many dishes himself to tables very cozy yet modern feel.

C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Atmosphere great, too!

DM
14 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the meal was great. I've also learned about the Happy Hour menu - my 5 y.o. son and I crushed a wide range of options - plantains, Yuca Frites, ceviche, pulpo, chicken skewers, dessert, I had 2 drinks and we were out for under $50.

I've already made my reservation to come back with the full family.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal. Can’t wait to come back and try new things

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal! And great service, all you can ask for in a restaurant!

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great energy and great food. We loved everything we ordered

AG
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience at Amaru. The people working there were exceptionally nice and the food exceeded our expectations. We will definitely return.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating friends’ engagement. Meal was great as was the service. Manager brought a champagne toast at the end of the meal. Superb.

S
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The octopus was amazing, and all of the sauces paired very well with its dish.

RL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week menu is superb. Will go back to try other menus😍

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely go again! Great food and experience!

B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food - a small menu but the food was excellent; very creative menu and very well executed. The service was great, very personable and our server really cared that we enjoyed the food and had a great experience. The chef cam and explained each of the dishes. All around a great restaurant; we will definitely be back.

TM
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Staff was great and attentive. A noisy place, but the dining area is very accommodative to those looking for a little less noisy corner or nook. Drinks were tasty! Great stop in Wicker Park. Go!

A
Chicago
216 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed this restaurant. Imaginative options on the menu, outstanding flavors Excellent service. Waiter was very friendly and helpful.

We were there during restaurant week, although we elected to select from the regular menu.

My only criticism is the music. They offered a wide variety of background music. I think it would have been better if they had focused more on the Latin theme, and not played any of the louder rap selections. Latin Fusion food and rap doesn't seem to mix.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food

A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We came here for restaurant week and LOVED the menu! Each course was a pleasant surprise. Can’t wait to come back and try more things on the menu. The bacon wrapped plantains, pulpos (octopus), oxtail ravioli, guava cheesecake were all must-try items!

V
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A total gem of a restaurant in Bucktown, which I found "accidentally", on the Chicago Restaurant Week list and I'm so glad I did! My family had dinner there this past weekend and we all loved our experience and the contemporary presentation of Latin America by chef Rodolfo Cuadros (who is not only very talented, but also super down to earth and fun to talk to). We tried their special Chicago Restaurant Week menu and also several items from their regular menu and we loved every single dish (even coffee, which can be a let down at some places after a great meal, was very good). Do try the lamb empanadas (currently a special, but I hope they put it on their regular menu), the piononos (bacon wrapped plantains), pollo al carbon (the chicken dish) and pastel de elote (corn cake)... which is amazing, best desert I had in a long time! Oh, and most definitely the Holy Water cocktail... not just delish, but you will also enjoy the mini show (you'll understand what I mean when you order it). In addition to great food, the service by everybody on the team was outstanding, friendly and attentive (a special shout out to our great server, Josh). I'm already looking forward to going back and perhaps trying their brunch menu as well.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the vibe to the food, you can’t miss here. Will be back.

CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy yummy food. Amazing service and the chef is so talented and creative and Is very interactive. The best.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend, food and service were perfect. Very knowledgeable about drinks and food. Feels homey in a trendy spot

BP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food, the drinks, the service...it was wonderful. It was my 2nd time here and it didn't disappoint either time. The first time was Christmas Eve and the staff was fabulous in accommodating our large group. THe servers are super knowledgable about the menu and barstaff is awesome. The other night we took our servers recommendation of the ceviche app and we just about licked the plate. We were able to share everything. We ordered the skirt steak and pork shoulder dishes and split both. We were in heaven. The Holy Water drink is indeed a religious experience and the sangria was awesome. HIGHLY recommend Amaru!

T
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Great food, poor service. Our server would go missing for long periods of time. Ceviche and pernil were the highlights

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!!!