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 37 People Are Saying
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Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
1 review
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
6 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
46 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
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and service

m
Chicago
25 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.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood spot.

JP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience. It was our first time at Amaru. The food was incredible! Lots of favor and texture profiles. We all loved it. Service was also very friendly, attentive, and well paced. Will definitely go back!

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place, menu, and service. Food was extremely tasty! Definitely will be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was outstanding, and you can tell the entire staff is committed to making this place a success. Everyone should go here!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about this restaurant, it was our second visit & we are already planning a third. It is rare
to find a place that cares so much about the customer’s
experience and serves such delicious food!!!

C
Chicago
185 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

All in all, the food was good, the mixed drinks were a little bit weak on the alcohol, limited menu, but whatever we had was good, especially the branzno and the special beefsteak they had that night

CV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

super high quality selective menu, fresh and seasonal. everything was bright and flavorful from cocktails to shared plates to the dessert, try it all!

F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific experience!

S
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is such a great addition to the neighborhood! The food was all so delicious! We tried the yuka frites, gnocchi with rabbit ragu, ceviche, burger, some delicious chicken appetizer, and the octopus. The octopus was so tender and delicious. All the dishes were very creative with a great balance of flavors. The staff is super friendly as well and the chef personally brought out some of the dishes and introduced himself. We also splurged on two deserts- I forget the names but a caramel waffle on top of dulce de leche ice cream and some kind of custard Mexican cake with caramel popcorn and ice cream of the same flavor. Well worth the calories!! So tasty and the ambiance is great. We all agreed we’ll be back!!

CT
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Eat here before you can't get a reservation! You won't be disappointed in the food. I'm still raving about the daily ceviche and yuca gnocchi. But really everything was delicious. Presentation, balance and flavors are on point. It's my new favorite spot in town.

l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've had dinner at Amaru twice and brought my daughters for brunch.... love everything on the menu. Love the atmosphere, decor, staff. It is so good, you have to experience it for yourself.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! Food was so good!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible! The staff was extremely accommodating and made great recommendations. A great addition to the Wicker Park community of shops and restaurants!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

even though just opened the chefs are turning out great food and the service is wonderful. once liquor license is sorted (within days) this will undoubtedly become a hot spot in wicker park for food and cocktails.

VG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty combination of flavors. Food was fresh. The owner/chef personally brought food to the table and and described the dishes in detail.

A
London
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cute, bright space with equally bright food. The ceviche of the day and the edamame/corn salad were both super fresh with a good balance of seasoning and acid. We finished with the pork loin - also perfectly cooked and well seasoned. Our waiter and other staff were friendly and knowledge. You could tell that they enjoyed being there . Amaru did not have its liquor license yet, but they were thoughtful enough to call me ahead of time to let me know it was BYOB AND to work with a liquor store a few doors down to get a discount for their customers. I didn't see any of the typical growing pains with a brand new space.

F
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd visit here already, it was that good. Every dish was amazing. The servers are attentive but not pushy. We tried the menu as well as specials. We had a group of 6 adults and all agreed that every dish was delicious. Get a resesrvation while you still can. So glad to have this place in the neighbirhood.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went after the opening of this restaurant and for just starting, the entire team there was amazing. The staff was great and the food delicious. I'm excited to go back after they have been open for a while and see how even more amazing it becomes!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service!

F
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Literally everything was delicious. For opening night they nailed it. Service was friendly and the food all arrived at the same time. Amazing flavors, we went with a 12 and 15 year and they loved it. The atmosphere was very comfortable, not loud. So glad to have this treasure in the neighborhood.