Permanently Closed - Via Lima Restaurant

4.2
115 reviews
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$30 and under
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Peruvian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Via Lima has permanently closed as of May 21, 2017. Thank you for your support.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Peruvian, Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Via Lima has permanently closed as of May 21, 2017. Thank you for your support.
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Phone number
(773) 348-4900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Leonardo Cruzado
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Irving Park
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Parking details
Entrance thru Cuyler Street next to appliance store or Irving Park Road next to floral shop.
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Public transit
2 Blocks west of the Irving Park, Brown Line stop
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.3
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4.2
ambience
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Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was wonderful! Great food, great service, and we had a big party with two kids on a Friday night. I would go back every day

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AW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Everything was mediocre. The place is OK, but there is nothing to write about.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were delicious and the service was great! Will be back for sure.

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We were seated promptly at 7:00 pm.

Despite the fact that it was not crowded, we had to wait 30 minutes for wine and one and a half hours for food.

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JD
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service.

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F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm torn this place has closed. Awesome food and value.

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was our second time visiting, and I will never be back. The experience was so bad I wondered if it had changed management.

We came as a party of 6 to celebrate a birthday. It took an unusually long time for the food to come out. The food was subpar - we had Peruvian family in town and they could barely eat it. We brought our own cake to celebrate, and it took them 20 minutes to get it to the table after we asked for it. The restaurant was empty, only 3 other tables or so - no clue why it took so long.

Long waits, below average service, way below average food. Go to any other Peruvian restaurant in the city instead.

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MP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

2nd time to Via Lima and just as great as the first time! The drinks, appetizers and entrees were all very good. Service is excellent!

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R
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Via Lima has an amazing menu! Please note this is NOT a tapas style restaurant where all plates are shared. Entrees are HUGE portions so definitely order one for yourself.
Calamari ceviche was phenomenal (basically fried calamari), the stuffed pepper is delicious and comes with two slices of this cheesy potato lasagna thing.. delish. we also ordered the Peruvian chicken which is a huge portion, could definitely be shared. We ordered three entrees thinking they were small plates. Oops. Our server didn't tell us that though, which would've been helpful to know before ordering!

The only negative was that we went at 830pm on a Saturday and the wait time for the food took quite a while for all the tables.

The decor is beautiful. The booths have some amazing fabric work done to them and the ambiance in general is lovely. Great for date nights and groups, special occasions. I'm a HUGE fan

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PC
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Beautiful place to eat.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great cocktails and terrific food! Our server was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful; she made great recommendations throughout the evening. We'll be back for sure.

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OD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you rate food by quality vs quantity, this is the best Peruvian restaurant in Chicago. The downsidses are the limited selection of main plates and that desserts are hit or miss.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant!!

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H
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

They were very accommodating to my son's food allergies ensuring the chef understood the severity of the allergies and recommending good options on the menu for him.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Weird experience this time- we were early for our 5:30 reservation by about 15 minutes, and they refused to seat us even though the place was practically empty. We left and came back ten minutes later and they seated us. About 20 minutes passed and no waiter had come to take our order. We had to ask a bus boy to flag down the waiter. Had to ask for more chips several times. The food is good but I won't be back for a while.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and great first experience for Peruvian food

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice place

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CB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was delicious but the service was poor. We waited 10 minutes after being seated to ask for a server--no one had come by our table. The food came very slowly and our server forgot to pick up our beverages from the bar. Once served, we really enjoyed our meal. The restaurant is very pretty. I would recommend this restaurant but the service leaves room for improvement.

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A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

This was my 2nd time at Via Lima. I love there Ceviche. The lomo stir fry is delicious too. The chocolate turron was an unexpected amazing dessert! The wait staff seemed a little overwhelmed & service was a little slow, but friendly and they knew the menu well. I can't wait to go back soon!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Via Lima and I have loved it both times. Great food. Very amiable and informative personnel. Will definitely go back.

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l
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Service was attentive, however the kitchen was SLOW. Credit the servers for doing their best. Had my chicken not been over cooked (by probably 10 minutes! It was really bad), perhaps the kitchen could get dishes out a little quicker. Come for a cocktail and appetizer or ceviche, skip the entree.

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NN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went here before going to a northside theater production. The restaurant menu didn't have anything interesting to us, but the full menu prices were reasonable. The Peruvian food was amazing, the staff on point, the ambiance chill.

North Center needs to conspire to keep this place busy.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Waiter was rude and incompetent. Tasting menu was a huge mistake - entree and desert were enjoyable, but first two courses put them 10 steps behind. Manager helped out in the end, but it was far too late.

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TF
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our second time at Via Lima and loved it even more. Delicious and innovative food yet very approachable.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went during Chicago Restaurant Week. The menu had a good variety and was delicious. I wasn't a huge fan of the purple potato cakes, but the duck confit was ridonculous.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

This restaurant was not prepared and seemed under-staffed the night I dined there. It took a very long time to get anything....15 minutes for a drink even. We sat down at 7pm and received our entrees at 845pm. Granted we ordered appetizers, but almost 2 hours is a bit extreme. Our waiter did not apologize for the wait. The food was decent, but didn't pack the flavor punch I was hoping for at a Peruvian restaurant. I ate with 5 other people, and everyone said their food was just ok. Also, something in particular that perturbed me - the waiter told us that the appetizers were really small and meant to be a first course for an individual. Not so, the appetizers can and should be shared based on their size. We ended up with waaaay too much food. I will say the restaurant was very clean and ambiance was nice. Based on the amazing service and food this city has to offer, I probably won't be back to this particular restaurant.

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l
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Via Lima has a very creative Peruvian menu and their pricing, considering the quality of the food is quite reasonable. They also have fantastic Pisco sours. There is also free parking behind the restaurant. If you want some high quality Peruvian, this is the place to go. They should be packed all the time but that stretch of Lincoln has always had trouble drawing crowds.

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DT
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice ambiance, good service. The food was good, but not memorable. It seemed like everything was under-seasoned. Spicy wasn't quite spicy, moderate was bland. Everything was fresh, so I might give them another chance. But overall, I was disappointed.

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AE
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Be prepared (and willing) to try Peruvian cocktails! The wait staff should take the opportunity to try to explain the cocktail selection to patrons, as the menu does not include any description on what they are.

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MS
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was tasty and simple. Very pricey for the dinner portions. Come here for apps and drinks instead.

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b
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

WE love this place. Great Peruvian food and really knowledgeable staff. Its hard to decide what to order, since all of the food looks so good, and everything we have had has been delicious.

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AP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good (and some offbeat) ingredients are creatively assembled and expertly prepared in this handsome, comfortable space. My roast chicken with a modestly spicy green sauce was bountiful, tender, delicious, served with healthy vegetables and fries. Four of us shared a surprisingly tasty corn, bean, and cheese appetizer salad and there was some left over. A polenta-like corn dish with a sauce, a vegetarian option, seemed a bit monotonous, but was great the next day as a leftover. TVs are playing over the bar, but the overall ambience allows for conversation--rarely so these days. Brunch this past summer was sensational; looking forward to a promised new version of it.

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Portland
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall excellent and varied food. Some of the vegetarian options were quite tasty, as was the ceviche. Very pleasant wait staff.

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LR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, great cocktails- Pisco Sours!, extremely authentic. Would highly recommend this place for folks.

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P
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent restaurant on Lincoln in North Center/Lincoln Square area. Definitely try the pisco sours (there are several different versions) all very fresh. I am not a brandy person, but I really enjoyed them. All of the food was very tasty and nicely presented; unfortunately the octopus was really really really chewy. Not sure whether that is the way it is enjoyed in Peru or whether it just wasn't very good octopus. So skip the octopus unless you like it that way! Service was friendly and they made good suggestions for things to try; she probably would have scared us off the octopus if we had asked her if we should try it

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The appetisers and drinks were great, the entrees were consistently bad with the exception of the chicken.

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J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff was very attentive, food was was delicious and beautifully presented.

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d
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real neighborhood gem. Cozy. Excellent, authentic Peruvian food and cocktails. I discovered Via Lima here in Chicago after a trip to Peru last fall and dine there as often as I can. Service staff very knowledgeable if you are not familiar with this Latin American cuisine.

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H
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We dine at Via Lima now and then. While it's pricier than our other Peruvian place, the ambiance and attention to detail is worth it. Our most recent visit wasn't up to their usual standards, service wise, and the very observant and professional owner noticed and stepped in to make it right. The food and cocktails were great. We will be back. It's a great spot in the neighborhood. If you love Peruvian it's a must. If you've never tried Peruvian...it's a great place to start.

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Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having dined in Peru, this place makes it seem like I am back. If you want to say more than "I went to a Peruvian Restaurant" and instead say "I've tasted Peruvian food!" then this is the place to go!

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