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Amaru, Chicago, IL

Amaru

4.8
4.8
499 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 687-9790

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rodolfo Cuadros

  • Neighborhood

    Bucktown / Wicker Park

  • Cross street

    1904 W North Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    A quick walk from the Damen Blue line Stop

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 499 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. HB

    HollyB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, and experience. Will definitely be back!
  2. JL

    JimL

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Terrific in every way. Noisy, but great vibe.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing experience
  4. C

    Charlie

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, loved the shareable plates! Service was quick and kind. Definitely a place I would go back to!
  5. V

    Victoria

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The hostess was our server and wasn’t attentive. We had to flag her down every time we wanted to order or needing anything.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Foods as always was outstanding, drinks were great too. 10/10
  7. ZD

    ZoeD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing and the service was fast and friendly! Cocktails were great too.
  8. V

    Vickyc

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cozy, food was good and service was excellent!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such unique items all bursting with flavor - we loved it
  10. k

    kristin6

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was incredible. We can’t wait to visit again soon!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always
  12. IV

    IsabelaV

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been trying to find time to get here and finally did on a spur of the moment last minute reservation. We have heard so many great reviews of this place and we’re so excited to try. WOW did this place live up to the hype. They have small apps, small shared plates, medium plates, and entrees. It’s not necessarily a tapas styled place but I would recommend approaching it as such. We started with the requesón, yuca frita, and guava ribs. The requesón was amazing. Great portion to start out. Bread toasted nicely. And what an amazing flavor combination. Ribs fell right of the bones. The yuca frita was good but I would pass next time to save room for something else. We then got the pollo Al carbon and the bife angosto. Both of these were amazingly seasoned. Cooked with a beautiful char and the presentation was beautiful. To drink I got the holy water which came on fire. It was light and refreshing with a more tropical flavor. We finished with the espresso tres leches which tasted like a tiramisu and tres leches had a baby. It was so amazing. I would recommend this place 100 times and to anyone that will listen. And of course I can’t forget or server neada. She was was so sweet and attentive. Overall this place hit all the marks. Amaru gave an upscale flair to old world Latin dishes.
  13. A

    laurenA

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I really loved how the chef incorporated so many vegetables into all the dishes-all four dishes we had were fantastic!
  14. MM

    MiguelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service the food was amazing I will be going back
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is a fusion that you can't resist all your favorite foods in one . Alexis was very helpful waiter with all the insights on drinks and ingredients for your likings.
  16. WF

    WexfordFoodie

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic! Especially loved the oxtail and goat cheese ravioli. Our server, Saul, was amazing! He was very attentive and helpful in providing recommendations. Will absolutely dine at Amaru again!
  17. B

    Beej

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Amazing drinks. Amazing service. Can’t really go wrong by ordering anything here. It was energetic but not too loud. Tables are close but who cares! It’s part of the ambiance. Will definitely be returning.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance was great! Service was great! And the food was great! Everything we had was very tasty, and we sampled quite a few of the dishes. We will be visiting again!
  19. ER

    EmilieRS

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my family members birthday they made it very special. The server was awesome. The food was perfection. We will definitely be coming back again for a date night
  20. JE

    JasonE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Yucca was good Bacon wrapped plantains were good (3 "meatballs" per order). They were good. Ribs (3 per order) were not spicy, they fall off the bone. I liked them, my wife didn't. Cheese (requesano?) Was okay. I wanted to love it. Octopus and strip steak (Angosto?) had too much seasoning. Service was great. Neon Bueno provecho light was annoying, especially being seated directly facing in front of it. Price was good and we were full despite small plates.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came for my 21st birthday dinner with my girlfriend. It was super fun! Great drinks and great food!
  22. NS

    NigelS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    It was awesome our server Alexis G was great and the food was good
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t say enough good things about this place. Cocktails are made with fresh ingredients, the sea food is cooked and prepared to perfection, and the portions are small but absolutely satisfying. Can’t wait to go back
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing- especially the pulpo, lomo asado, and pernil. The cocktails were equally awesome (holy water, old Cuban, poblano pisco, and pina colada). I also highly recommend the choco flan for dessert. Waiter Saul was attentive and provided great recommendations. I can’t wait to go back.
  26. AM

    AnneM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  27. r

    rgl201

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The octopus was a special treat! Latin American food meticulously and elegantly prepared. The service was impeccably attentive.
  28. AF

    AshleyF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Amaru was a delightfully casual dining experience with exceptionally delicious and beautifully plated food. My husband and I went for Chicago restaurant week and enjoyed every dish we tried. The ceviche was wonderfully fresh and flavorful and the two entrees we got were equally amazing. I had the Pernil which was beautifully cooked and my husband got the Cuban Oxtail - *insert drooling emoji*. We'll definitely be back!
  29. D

    Dave

    Indiana

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great small neighborhood spot in Wicker Park. Pan-Latin. Great menu. Excellent service. Highly recommended. Good vibe.
  30. e

    ej11

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and atmosphere. Service was fast and responsive. Great overall experience!
  31. MW

    MalishaW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I took advantage of tasting what Amaru has to offer during Restaurant week and was not disappointed. The food is so flavorful and as a foodie I enjoy really tasty food. Service was good and the ambience was cute. The restaurant itself was small so reservations are suggested.
  32. ER

    EmilieRS

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chicago restaurant week menu. Was amazing. definitely going again.
  33. BT

    BeeTee

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience here during the restaurant week. The food was fantastic, the oxtail, the ceviche, the plantains, the octopus, all very good, also all a bit too salty so you will be asking for a lot of water for the table. The tajin on the ceviche de dia was overkill as well, especially in terms of saltiness. I would not suggest the desserts, we tried thedeconstructed key lime pie which was good, light, uneventful, but the other desserts we had, the flan/cake and the chocolate almond cake with cajeta, were not good.
  34. DT

    DumpTrump

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and excellent service! Also very lovely decor- great neighborhood find!!
  35. M

    Melissa

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was soooo good. Very flavourful and unique. Would definitely come back! Reason for ambiance rating: Felt a bit crowded. Couldn’t get in and out of the table without a patron needing to move their chair a bit. Bathroom is really close to dining tables. Felt bad opening the door to the bathroom and the diners being right there.
  36. R

    Rebecca

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service!
  37. J

    Jessica

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    The vibe was great, love the greenery and the comfy-ness. The restrooms were extremely clean but we did arrive as soon as they opened @5pm . The ceviche was decent, very acidic from the lime. The yuca fries- overly SALTY!!!!!! The pollo Al carbon has pickles….The Pernil is not a traditional pernil and is on a bed of grits. The dessert was great!!!! The cocktails were great as well.
  38. TB

    TaylorB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the staff were superb, I’ll definitely be back! Our waitress was so incredibly kind and took great care to work around my allergy. I can not say enough nice things about Amaru — from ambiance to service to the delicious food, it was wonderful.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for date night and even a night out with friends! Food was super tasty, enjoyed the fun Latin/Caribbean flavor combos, could tell everything was fresh! Loved everything that came out- highlights were the salmon ceviche, lamb empanada, pulpo, oxtail ravioli, and NY strip! They also have a fun collection of cocktails, their "Holy Water" was their version of a Mai Tai and came out flaming! Cherry on top was the interior decor, so many luscious plants, made us feel like we were somewhere tropical! We will definitely be going back!
  40. F

    Foodislove

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every single thing we had was delicious - every course and every cocktail. Absolutely will come back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 4.8 stars by 499 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    1904 W North Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Bucktown / Wicker Park

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    A quick walk from the Damen Blue line Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rodolfo Cuadros

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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