Located along the Chicago river in the burgeoning Goose Island neighborhood, Azul is an upscale mariscos (seafood) restaurant serving an expansive menu of Latin-inspired fare. The concept combines the ethos of an authentic mariscos restaurant with modern hospitality practices and all the touches of a sophisticated, lively spot.
Celebrating the rich flavors and fresh ingredients of Latin culinary culture, Azul’s chef-driven menu is brimming with refined representations of classic mariscos cuisine. Created by Executive Chef Michael Hernandez, Azul offers a variety of grilled, baked, fried and raw proteins as well as ceviches, seafood cocktails and artfully arranged family-style platters. Guests can look forward to mouthwatering dishes like Grilled King Crab Legs prepared Nayarit-style, Whole Veracruz Red Snapper and Grilled Tequila Lime Glazed Salmon topped with housemade fire roasted salsa and fresh avocado. The seasonal menu will change as the weather begins to turn colder, making Azul a year-round dining destination.
An inventive beverage program includes craft cocktails, cervezas, wine and international spirits. A list of signature libations will include Margarita towers, locally produced Pinches Miches Micheladas and seasonal & picturesque specialty cocktails. Large format drinks are available in pitchers & jarritos (clay pots) and bottle service is available.
The space itself is a visual experience that’s as bold and beautiful as the food & drinks themselves. The walls of the multi-level space are covered in shades of blue with accents of orange and bright white throughout. Original artwork in the form of ocean-inspired murals by Mexico’s Senoke punctuate the space while an eclectic array of glass, metal and ceramic light fixtures hang from the ceiling.
Oversized windows flood the main dining room and bar with natural light, creating a warm ambiance year-round. A lounge-like area next to the dining room boasts plush banquettes and garage doors, which create a wide-open feel in the summer and cozy atmosphere in the winter.
The crown jewel of Azul will undoubtedly be its rooftop named Cielo -one of the largest open-air rooftop in the city of Chicago. During the day, the rooftop will offer a decidedly more relaxed vibe where guests can sip on a drink or two and hang out as they enjoy the view. After the sun goes down, the rooftop will change a bit, combining the sexy, sultry feel of a lounge with the relaxed feel that’s at the center of the Azul brand.
Additional patios situated on the first floor provide extra options for al fresco dining & drinking in the spring, summer and fall.