Amaru

4.9
327 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American
Pan-Latin Cuisine & Cocktails in Wicker Park

We are limiting our reservations to a 90-minute dining experience starting at the assigned reservation time. We wish we could accompany everyone to stay all night but due to us being so small and having limited seating capacities to keep everyone safe we ask you to help keep your visit short. Thank you :)

Parties of 6+ will need a credit card on file to hold the table. You will NOT be charged UNLESS you fail to show up to your reservations or cancel before 5pm the day of the reservation. The charge will be $10 for every person on the reservations. We don't want to charge anyone for not showing up so please let us know beforehand if you aren't going to make it.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 327 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CrystalJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was okay. The yuca didn't have any seasoning and was fried a bit hard. The chicken was tender but didn't wow me either. The seating was awful for me, hard small wooden benches. Overall, it was an okay experience. I wouldn't recommend to friends or come back, there's too many outstanding restaurants in the city, this is nothing special.

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LeslieP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambience is wonderful. It is like taking a little trip to a hip town in South America. The service is incredible. Our waitress was very friendly and full of information about the dishes on the menu. The food was great but I was not completely blown away by the combinations of some of the meals. For instance, I didn’t feel that ravioli was the perfect choice to serve with oxtail. But we still loved our dishes and would definitely go there again. There was a pleasant family feel to this trendy restaurant.

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vipguyinchicago
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We stumbled upon this place. Although the inside was a bit dark and narrow, it was actually quite comfortable. The food was inventive and delicious, portions were generous, and drinks were as good as the food. We'll be back.

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Gman
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best! Although we had an initially long wait for our waiter, we were prepared for that wait thanks to information from the host. The food is knockout, care is infused in every component of Amaru. We had an amazing date night and were treated like kings.

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vipMarc
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We've been going to Amaru for several years now, and we have been impressed with every meal. Their food is delicious and we love their creative recipes. They also have a number of interesting cocktails. We make sure to get a sampling of both food and drinks. The service was also very friendly and attentive.

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AMedina
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was disappointed that they were out of the "Ojo de Bife", but overall the food was delicious, and the drinks were also excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place! Service is top notch and food was delicious!

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HongtaoL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious food and excellent service! Highly recommended!

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TW15
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just amazing. The service was great, the food completely hit the spot. Not a bad item on the menu

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SeanM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything bonkers good / best branzino I've had.

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NnennaSharee
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was soooo good! Tried a lot of dishes and everything was good, would definitely go back.

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Eric
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third or fourth time I've been to Amaru, and it's always fantastic. The food is straight-up tasty...incredibly good value for the price, too. We went for brunch recently and got the bacon-wrapped plantains, french toast, and oxtail benedicts, among other things, and each item was really good.

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Alyssaf
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic experience at Amaru. We made reservations for a group of 9 and the table was ready for us when we arrived. Our server was wonderful and provided us with a lot of great recommendations across the menu. We just ordered a bunch of sharable plates and every single thing we ordered was fantastic. My dinner highlights were the seafood empanada, coconut rice, and plantains.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our second trip to Amaru. Our party of 6 ordered every appetizer on the menu and all of them were delicious. The tuna and watermelon ceviche was my favorite. We capped it off with two fantastic desserts. The key lime dessert was fantastic. Definitely will be going back for a third time. Cheers to a super fun evening!!

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David
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food i’ve had in a while! Great service as well.

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vipKimR
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! The drinks were outstanding and everything we ordered was delicious. Our server Marely(?) was great. She had great recommendations and was very attentive. We would definitely go back

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vippoppopsfoodie
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fun little spot in Wicker Park. Our waitress was so positive and fun. We enjoyed the polpo, gnocchi (they’re GF. Made from yuca so my husband was in heaven), I had the vegetarian oxtail stew ravioli. They subbed parsnip purée for the oxtail and the dish was delicious. My husband had the branzino and enjoyed it. The tres Le he’s was another gf treat. It was really good. The Mexican chocolate tart didn’t have much flavor for some reason. Overall, a casual fun place to enjoy if you’re in Wicker Park.

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Sunjana
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place! Had the omlette. Was quite delicious. More vegetarian options on the menu would have been great.

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BethL
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Everything was plated very pretty and tasted great. Drinks were good too! The server was so nice and friendly. We would love to go back!

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Christephen
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. Very attentive. Mojitos were disappointing. Salad was excellent and fresh. Ceviche was delicious. Steak was tender and well presented. I would return— but would have a different drink

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vipKimK
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & drink at Amaru! Highly recommend and will definitely return!

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GenesisM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amaru was awesome! We had the Holy Water cocktail which was really good. We also tried a few dishes to share and everything was delicious. I would definitely go back!

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JessicaO
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From appetizers to dessert, very high quality meal for less than we’d expected to pay! Delicious food and everyone was so kind and the kitchen was freakishly fast!

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LowKeyDiner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We absolutely love Amaru. It may be one of the best restaurants in Chicago (that we've been to, at least!)! This was our fourth time going over the course of two years, and each time we've been has been a wonderful experience with different friends and family, who are always all equally delighted. We've also recommended Amaru to many friends and have heard nothing but great reviews from them, too. The food is EXCELLENT and very fairly-priced--you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The drinks are so fun and delicious! And each time we've been, our server and hosts have always been so friendly. If you are looking for a casual but fun place to take friends, family, or yourself, check out Amaru for an amazing experience.

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Coco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Disappointed- two out of three dishes were good. Limited menu. Ambience bleak with make shift Covid shields really making it look odd.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! I went with a bunch of friends from Chicago who had never heard of this place and we all loved it! For sure a hidden gem!

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AdreaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Bye, You is the best cocktail I’ve ever had and I’ve had some good cocktails. The service was outstanding and every dish delicious. We had the ceviche, pulpa, gnocchi, and cheesecake. I would get Every single dish again.

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AliC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday at Amaru and had an absolutely amazing time. The staff was so sweet and helpful - truly great service. The food and drinks are out of this world and the restaurant is super cute and quaint. I can’t say enough good things about my night here! Definitely a hidden gem in Chicago

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DCOpenTable
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, 3 small plates and 1 entree was perfect for 2 people. Well-priced.

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vipGreg
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The quality of the food far outweighed the somewhat less-than-ideal seating arrangements/comfort. Our waitress was very good and had a great personality.
We had the bacon-wrapped, chorizo-stuffed plantains, and I would absolutely suggest everyone get them! The waitress even said, "It's by far the best thing on the menu." We followed with the terrific octopus and then shared the 36-oz ribeye. It was spectacular! Cooked perfectly, presented nicely, and the flavor was fantastic.
Thanks, Amaru, for a great dinner to celebrate our 29th anniversary!

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vipChristine
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a group dinner with 8 friends and it was fantastic! All of the food was delicious (we ordered almost everything on the menu)… well seasoned! The cheese spread, ceviche, octopus, burger, branzino, and oxtail were the group favorites. Loved the Palomas (cocktail) and tres leches, key lime, and cheesecake were all delicious. Our server was delightful and the restaurant had a great atmosphere! Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I’ve had in years. Great service. Top 5 spot in Chicago tbh

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the octopus!

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CMN2015
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The bye, you! Cocktail is one of the most amazing, delicious and complex cocktails ever! Josh was attentive offering samples of the main, rare Asian liquor called Bijan (?)as well as MamaJuanas at the end of our meal. The pinions are not too be missed as neither are the oxtails with goat cheese ravioli! The pork Milanese was giant and delicious, though perhaps the breading a bit too salty. I was with a non- pescatarian friend and had to pass up pulpits and ceviche del dia. I thought the mojito was average. Coconut Tres Lechese dessert was delightful!

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vipDgoese
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food. Watermelon tuna seasonal ceviche was so delicious, the watermelon went so well with the dish. Bacon wrapped plantains with chorizo. Yes! Oxtail ravioli was also fantastic. But our favorite was the seafood empanada. Some of the best empanadas I have ever had. Excellent very nice service. Thank you Amaru

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vipAustin
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great drinks, unique, well priced food.

What was thought to be just a casual dinner with friends over-delivered on service, food, and drinks - would go back!

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OpenTableUser
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem and one of the best meals I’ve ever had in Chicago!! We loved getting Amaru takeout during the pandemic, and it was even better in person. Highly recommend the piononos, requeson, entrana, and pollo al carbon. Cocktails were tasty and creative with generous pours. The server was very helpful with accommodating for a food allergy and the chef even brought out the dishes himself to confirm.

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vipAmyL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The key lime dessert was overly sweet, especially the meringue

The yellowtail cerviche didn’t seem fresh

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vipMidagegirl
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time here. Met a friend at the bar around 530pm on a Wednesday. It was quiet at that time and we found a seat very easily. Bartender was friendly and attentive. We ordered many glasses of the Carmenere, and ate the requeson, seafood empananda, and pulpo. If you like lemon desserts, you will like the Floridita key lime "pudding" Everything was delicious. I will definitely come back here.

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AvaniP
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service, and the ambiance were all spectacular! I am still thinking about the bacon wrapped plantains. They were delicious.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Amaru using the Order Online button. Amaru also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 687-9790.

Amaru is rated 4.9 stars by 327 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.