Azul Mariscos is officially open.
Located along the Chicago River in the Goose Island neighborhood. As a mariscos (seafood) restaurant & bar, Azul will serve a menu of Latin-inspired fare. The concept aims to combine the ethos of a mariscos restaurant with modern hospitality practices.
The address – 1177 N. Elston Ave. - will be familiar to members of the city’s social scene as Azul occupies the space that housed the bar, Estate, for 8 years.
Celebrating the flavors and ingredients of Latin culinary culture, Azul’s chef-driven menu offers representations of classic mariscos cuisine. Created by Executive Chef Michael Hernandez, Azul will offer a variety of grilled, baked, fried and raw proteins as well as ceviches, seafood cocktails and artfully arranged family-style platters. Guests will be offered 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. Chef Michael and his team have opted to present a curated opening menu to allow the kitchen to social distance safely and comfortably.
A beverage program includes craft cocktails, cervezas, wine and international spirits. Azul will offer individually sized cans of select wines.
A list of signature libations will include original creations like the Cantarito, a citrusy tequila-based drink served in jarritos (clay cups). Azul has partnered with Project FIRE, a trauma recovery program for youth injured by gun violence in Chicago, to help this particular cocktail come to life. Part of the Firebird Arts Community, Project FIRE participants will make the jarritos (clay cups) and cazuelas (large clay pots) for Azul’s signature Cantarito cocktail. Proceeds from that drink will directly benefit the Project FIRE organization.
The Azul rooftop is slated to open in late Summer 2020 a bit later than the rest of the restaurant. “The health & safety of our guests and staff are the most important thing,” says Operations Manager, Derek Medina. “We feel that opening Azul in phases is the best way to ensure all COVID-19-realted protocols and CDC recommendations are followed explicitly.”
Two additional patios situated on the first and second floors will provide additional options for al fresco dining & drinking in the spring, summer and fall.
Azul Mariscos is located at 1177 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago, IL. Reservations will be available via OpenTable or by calling 773-770-3766. Azul will be open Thursday – Friday from 4:00pm – midnight and Saturday – Sunday from 12:00pm –midnight. Hours of operation are expected to expand in early Fall.
Delivery and carryout will be available by contacting the restaurant directly and via UberEats, GrubHub, DoorDash and Postmates.