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Brasero, Chicago, IL

Brasero

4.9
4.9
110 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Brasero, a South American term for a grill's fire box, is born of Chef John Manion's love for the live-fire cooking of Brazil that captured his imagination as an eight-year-old living in San Paolo. Brasero brings bold, wood-fired Latin cooking to West Town’s bustling restaurant row. This sultry 120-seater draws inspiration from across Latin America, honed through Manion’s decades of experience. Think flame-roasted, whole young chickens slicked with garlic-chili oil, linquiça with mojo de ajo, and moqueca teeming with mussels, shrimp and coconut-scented rice—all washed down with quenching caipirinhas and locally brewed, Latin-inspired beer. The wine list leans fresh and playful, focusing on low-intervention pours from up-and-coming winemakers in South and Central America.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 62 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, South American, Contemporary Latin
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (872) 342-2079
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    John Manion
  • Neighborhood
    West Town
  • Cross street
    Between Wood and Paulina
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wine

What 110 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Best Ambiance

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Contemporary American

  • Chicago

    Best Ambiance

  • Chicago

    Hot spot

  • Chicago

    Contemporary American

110 Reviews
  1. Chilango

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great option for a date night. Entire concept is appealing; food was amazing, great cocktail/wine menu and location was great.

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  2. RachelG

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing date night at Brasero - food was fantastic, everyone who helped us was friendly and helpful, and it’s a gorgeous room. Don’t miss the oysters and the quail! We also loved the pork chops. The wine list is great too - all affordable and we got excellent recommendations from the sommelier Alex, who is charming and informative. We’ll be back!

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  3. JeffZ

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service all the way around. Was a bit more expensive than I expected….without including drinks. Thanks.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal Food and Service definitely worth every penny!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Half of the red snapper was raw. Drinks were good.

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  6. Provo

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique flavors, spectacular dishes! Moquequa and Picanha must haves!

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  7. Toothdoc

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every dish was a winner. Lots of pork and nuts in dishes…fyi

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  8. Baldegl

    Chicago

    155 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    155 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A nice addition to Ukrainian Village. Not inexpensive but portions and preparation justify the price. We'll be back.

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  9. ChristopherC

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely you need to visit this place. That is all I can say.

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  10. beccap

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every dish we ordered was phenomenal. And our waitress, Autumn, was the best!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative and delicious food. Sexy and exotic vibes. Saude!

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  12. ChicagoMaria

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Totally exceeded our expectations! One of the best restaurants we have been to in a while. The space is lovely and welcoming. Every dish we tried was a hit - packed with flavor and well executed by the kitchen. Staff was helpful and every dish arrived promptly. We really enjoyed the experience and will definitely be back! Brasero is a can’t miss in our opinion! ☺️

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  13. TarynS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brasero is absolutely gorgeous, with an all new build out that feels sultry and swanky. 4-top girls night, we all started with an n/a bevvy each and they were delicious, complex, and adult-feeling. Then some moved on to wine and picked through really refreshing and complementary choices for the food! We ordered almost everything. The OYSTERS! and the prawns. and the quail. omg. Then we got the whole fish and a steak, and the woodfire flavors and cooking were PER-FECT - the sides?? were HUGE and the sweet potato which was slightly bruleed with a ton of cheese is getting it's picture in a heart-shaped locket around my neck. It truly doesn't matter how full you are, order dessert. Do it. I would eat a bowl/cone of the coconut sorbet with chocolate sauce every single day of my life. It tastes like a samoa. Love love love

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  14. SokolN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Brasero had become my go to restaurant I love the food!!! Highly recommended!!!
    BraseroResponded on April 5, 2024
    Hi Soko! We're honored to be your new favorite restaurant. Stop by to see us again soon— our drinks and bites await. Best, The Team at Brasero

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. Food, service and atmosphere are spectacular.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible!! Please do yourself a favor and try this place everything is fresh

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining at Brasero. The service and food were excellent. My girlfriend is Brazilian and she approved!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food. Everything is top tier outside of the endive salad. Will absolutely be back

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great except the oysters. The crunchy toppings overpowered the oyster.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience! Each dish that was brought to the table was flavorful, well plated, and amazing! The Customer service was impeccable. I would surely return and try more menu items as we were left with a wonderful first impression! I’ve visited El Che a number of times, and Brasero did not disappoint!

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  21. MeganH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brasero was great. The ambiance, service and food were top notch. Our group enjoyed everything about our dinner. We do a monthly dinner club and we said that this place sets a really high bar going forward.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Quail was good. They forgot it was both me and my friend’s birthday.

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  23. plainjane

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food in an amazing restaurant. Highly recommend the sweet potato and snapper!

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  24. TrSn

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful birthday dinner; amazing creative food; beautiful ambiance. Pricey but worth it for a special occasion.

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  25. HelenR

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding. My water glass was always filled. Yaseen was so pleasant and answered our questions. Food came out in a timely manner. We ordered the chick pea appetizer which was delicious. I ordered the chicken and my friend ordered the port ribs. Both delicious and displayed nicely. Dessert was the coconut soft serve ice cream which was yummy. Chips of coconut on the bottom with drizzles of chocolate. Cheers to the chef!

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  26. tmari

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience. The food was great, drinks were great, wine was great. John Manion has another hit. We will be back.

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  27. LizS

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional - will be back again soon! Vibrant beautiful dining space, excellent service and the food was outstanding. So happy to see an amazing dining venue replace this property vacancy :)

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  28. MatthewK

    St. Louis

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent. Love this place. Killer menu and vibe.

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  29. ErinS

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    WOW. Our experience at Brasero was absolutely phenomenal. Food and service were outstanding (shoutout to our server Liam), and the vibe was very lively and energetic. We cannot wait to return!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing ! The consistency of the food there is incredible! Loved it!!!!

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  31. VinodB

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and attentive server prices slightly expensive

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  32. EricG

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is great. Sweet potato is incredible, as well as most of the meat dishes we tried. Drinks are also great, this time getting a michelada which has a great tamarind rimmed glass. Service however was lackluster this Sunday night. Service was slower than the first time I had come, and communication seemed off. Ordered 2 sides, and only a single arrived, as well as was told a main dish was sold out, but replaced by another steak dish that the waiter recommended, but not on the menu. We decided to order the replaced main dish, and the food was incredible. I get the bill, and the replaced main dish is more expensive than anything on the menu, without the waiter mentioning it was more than 4x the cost of the dish it replaced. I said that next time to be up front about the cost since it was many time multiple of the dish it had replaces, and I was told he did mention the price (which nobody at my table confirms occured). The waiter did try to make things a little better with a round of drinks and the second side was not on the bill. I dropped about 25% more than expected. Maybe Sunday nights are not the A team, so maybe go on Friday or Saturday night, and stick to only menu items. I'll definitely make sure I ask for price if being told there is a substitute dish.

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  33. Sven

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Congratulations on a great launch to a truly satisfying menu. We’re very grateful to be living so close and will be back again.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dinner. The Wagyu Picanha was delicious, and the half lobster was tender and juicy! Excellent all-around, would return without a doubt.

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  35. JacobS

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another phenomenal meal! 2nd time dining in a week and a half!! Such a great addition to the neighborhood. Dwayne’s service was warm, friendly and engaging. Sarah made some delicious cocktails from behind the bar. We’ll be back soon!

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  36. KevinT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Autumn was excellent! Food was great as well. really enjoyed our time there.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing- loved the lobster and sweet potatoes! Will be back soon!

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  38. Timikeb

    Chicago

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food. Unique. The grilled think Pork chops with the grape and nut topping were tasty and moist, the seafood stew was too.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food! Excellent service! Excellent ambiance! Will definitely be back!

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  40. ShyamaM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks. Highly recommend it. Staff was very accommodating

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FAQs

Brasero is rated 4.9 stars by 110 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 62 times today
Google Map for Brasero

1709 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-5009

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between Wood and Paulina
  • Neighborhood
    West Town
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, South American, Contemporary Latin
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    John Manion
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wine
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