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Ay Ay Picante

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Northwest Side
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4569 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630-4214
+1 773-427-4239
11:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Chicago, Illinois
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food. Green sauce is excellent, the Peruvian "ketchup" that works well on a lot of dishes besides the bread. Price is the only real complaint.

Thank Glenn G
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food and ambience is great. Reservations are preferred but not necessary. It is a bit expensive, but the food is great.

Thank Nely E
North Chicago, Illinois
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We wanted to go to this restaurant for Peruvian food, we order the mix ceviche, it was good not sure about the orange sauce on top, a bit too spice for my taste, for our entrée we order the churrasco , was very good, the prices for me are a bit too high. Yes is BYOB.

Thank carmen95
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346 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Our waiter told us everything served here is different/better in Peru, since the meats are natural. The ceviche mixto was ample and delicious; the arroz con mariscos was very tasty and lots of seafood was mixed in. The churrasco parrilla was pretty rare, and too chewy even if you could pare off the fat and gristle. I would stick to... More 

Thank smdds
Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 February 2017

It's BYOB along with great food, service and prices. Mon-Wed are the best times to go. The empanadas and Papa Rellena are delicious!!!!

Thank whitedove777
Bettendorf, Iowa
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 December 2016

The staff is very professional, friendly and helpful in advising the diners which is the best dish of food one should choose by describing in detail the ingredients and how to prepare them and if possible what is their origin

Thank jmvlv111
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
380 reviews
307 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

So it's been 3 years since I'd been here & this time brought my husband. We weren't too hungry as we had a late lunch but still enjoyed the warm rolls with the aji verde & I tried their Sopa de Mariscos - Delish broth, full of fresh seafood * He had a Vegetarian dish - Vegetal al Oleo with... More 

Thank Justsaygrace
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3 reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2016

We sat on the back patio that I had no idea was there. Lovely. They bring out a basket of hot, fresh bread & a delicious green garlic sauce to dip. Craveable. Their ceviches are huge & delicious. Peruvian food has lots of potatoes, sweet potatoes, field corn, beef, chicken & seafood. They also have vegetarian food. There's a Japanese... More 

Thank Linda s
Chicago, Illinois
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124 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016

We went with another couple who had also traveled in Peru. It had been several years since we had been to AyAy Picante. The menu is extensive and inexpensive. The BYOB makes it even better (if you bring pisco, you can have pisco sours). So many good choices.We had never had the terrific filet mignon with shrimp. The seco de... More 

Thank sallyws
Acton, Massachusetts
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427 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,678 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

Having spent time in Peru as a student, my daughter selected Peruvian cuisine for her birthday meal when we were in Chicago last weekend. Ay Ay Picante was further from the Chicago Hilton than others recommended by the concierge, but it was convenient to us and, in fact, only 20 minutes driving through heavy traffic. When we arrived at 6:30... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4569 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630-4214
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Northwest Side
  • Neighbourhood: Northwest Side
  • Phone Number: +1 773-427-4239

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?