Amaru

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$31 to $50
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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 61 People Are Saying
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LH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, particularly the octopus and the burger. Service was fantastic. Drinks were strong. Ambience was casual and inviting.

KT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tasting reminds me of my travels in South America.

BC
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do not miss this! I found it while doing some reading on new restaurants near my hotel (The Robey), and it had some great reviews and what sounded like great potential. It delivered. The chef was on hand to serve and explain everything. You MUST get the piononos, the Argentinian skirt steak, and the pernil en lata - a fabulous pork shoulder cooked and served in a can that's custom-made for the restaurant. GO NOW before it gets booked up all the time.

IP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really a wonderful restaurant. It is laidback but with excellent service and food

OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently added brunch was wonderful.

MG
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The severs were great and the food looked simple but packed complex flavors. Will definitely be back soon.

MD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Great prices for happy hour, the food was ok.

ML
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite restaurant. Exquisite food and lovely service. They really care about their quality.

d
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting flavors and ingredient combinations. Gnocchi with yucca and rabbit was quite good. The cornish hen was outstanding, as was the quinoa...salad and the expresso tres leche cake. The Mexican sangria was not good. Waiter was outstanding.

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The portions are way too small. I left still hungry. I think the egg white omelette was maybe three eggs? May want to consider a more substantial side and larger sharing portions for apps.

TS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative food and great service! The vibe is hip, but inviting. Very fun!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amaru was great! The food was delicious and the service was impressive. We even got to speak to the chef at the end of the meal and we could not thank him enough. I loved the yucca gnocchi, the plantains, and the frita especially! The cocktails were also very well done.

KH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new restaurant we can’t wait to enjoy again. Service was attentive and friendly and the food outstanding.

A
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, inventive Latin food and outstanding service. We will go back again.

BD
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant.

KM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very accommodating, and incredibly friendly. The drinks were fantastic, and every one of the plates that we shared was incredible. We will absolutely be coming back.

AA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and perfect. Get a reservation immediately.

DM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great, new restaurant. The ambience is cool and hip, the food is fantastic, and the service was amazing. They clearly care deeply about what they do; the chef helped to deliver the food and explain the dishes. I highly recommend the Ceviche and the Pernil, though everything was really tasty.

SF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food and friendly service. Neighborhood gem.

MW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love the small plate concept. It allows us to explore different dishes. All were creative and tasty. We sat at the bar and we were not only served by two extremely knowledgeable and friendly bartenders, but also the chef. He checked in on us, when bringing us our dessert. Cool place with a great vibe.

BM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks at a very reasonable price. Pretty blown away by this place. Wasn't too busy for Saturday brunch when we went.

2
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Our table was ready when we arrived. Super friendly and helpful with the menu. Great recommendations on food and wine. Great wine list and cocktails. Mm

G
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was next-level food and service for sure! Creative menu, incredible flavors, knowledgeable staff and an all-around fanstastic experience. I had the plantains appetizer, which I will be getting again soon, the fries with the charred garlic butter sauce were out of this world, my edamame and crispy quinoa salad was unlike anything I’ve had before. My husband had a burger and said it was excellent, and the key lime dessert was everything you ever wanted key lime to be and you didn’t know it yet. GO THERE!!!

M
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved every dish and we sampled several. Excellent service and cocktails (would appreciate “better” wine by the glass options—tried a few tastes and liked none. Outstanding service, nice vibe and great happy hour. Will be back and am spreading the word!

R
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great new spot in Bucktown !!!! Excellent food.

h
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amaru far exceeded out expectations. Everything was amazing- food, ambiance, service. This would be a great spot for a date, family dinner or just drinks. I cannot say enough good things!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service. Excellent food and variety! Great for sharing!

P
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Plain and simple: the cocktails were excellent and interesting (we tried three); the food was impressive and adventurous (we had four plates + dessert to share); the service was excellent; and the ambience fun.

I was going to write that the ceviche was our favorite dish (it was amazing), but then I remembered that we equally loved the yuca gnocchi and piononos. The pollo al carbón was good too, but was second tier for us compared to the other dishes.

It was a little loud, but nothing outrageous. Overall, we had a really fabulous night and are excited that Amaru is now in the neighborhood! We will surely come back!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Super nice staff and fantastic food!

JA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for this firs time last weekend after booking a reservation on Open Table. They were very accommodating since we had some additional guests in our party. Cocktails were delicious and since there was a big group of us we ordered a bunch of plates - perfect for sharing. Some favorites were: the Pork dish, edamame salad, octopus. Everything was just so good and had a twist to it! Our waitress was absolutely lovely and explained the menu with such detail, I appreciated her recommendations and explanations of certain ingredients and preparations! Will definitely be back!

JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Just go there!

OT
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful and the hospitality warm! Had the opportunity to try the Black Garlic and the Verde Mojo suaces on the fries. Loved both! Save room for the dessert.

KT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and service

m
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved this place! Great vibe. Delicious food. Tried lots of plates - ceviche was excellent as was the octopus and steak dishes. Service was wonderful. Will be back.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was an amazing meal - pleasant surprised by the yucca fries, may be the best I’ve ever had!

AZ
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED it. The food was soo good, atmosphere was great and the staff was so friendly and knowledgeable! Definitely would recommend to anyone and everyone!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my parents here this weekend and had such a good meal that I've already made another reservation! Can't wait to go back. Thank you Mareley and the rest of the staff.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service here was amazing but I didn’t think the food was anything special. A lot of the dishes were too salty (and I love salt!! Love pickles and anything w/salt), but they were too much for me. I didn’t think the drinks were that great either.

CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing service great. Chef is very creative, kind and interesting. Love this place

MD
Indiana
28 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was creative and true to the promised cuisine. The flavors were wonderful. We loved the empanadas, the edamame/quinoa salad, the chicken and steak. They managed to avoid the typical challenge of being new—good service...it was friendly, responsive and organized. Prices were surprisingly reasonable by Chicago standards, yet they didn’t skimp on portion size. In short it was an incredible dinner, and we still were talking about it the next day.

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