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Isla Pilipina

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2501 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625-2958
+1 773-271-2988
11:30 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 11:30 - 21:00
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20 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Husband and I are in Illinois for a convention and drove to try out this restaurant with high expectations as we saw them being featured in triple D. For us, it's just a so-so. Nothing fancy and special. Tho we love their ube ice cream. Definitely tastes like ube ice cream back in the Philippines.

Thank Ana Z
Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Great experience and highly recommended for people who have never had Filipino food before. Though I am not an expert, I have been married to a Filipino for three years. Finally, I got to try what my husband calls "the best Filipino restaurant in Chicago", and I can see why. The menu is clear and the variety is amazing. It... More 

Thank WanchenVillegas
Chicago, Illinois
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60 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We walked in as a party if three 25 min. before kitchen was closed and seated semi promptly only to be told the kitchen was closed. I was really hungry but the rest of my party wasn't so I asked if we could get Halo Halo and they semi kindly obliged. Not the best Halo Halo I've ever had by... More 

Thank Brian S
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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54 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

tried isla in lincoln square it was very busy liked the food the bbq skewers were good chicken was also good didn't care for the way they made lumpia small and freid adobo was some of best i've had would go back

Thank strurakjohn
Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

I usually visit Little Quiapo when in Chicago but IP was recommended by a Lola who lives in Chicago. How do you doubt a grandma-type who should know what good cooking is? The mixed adobo and jasmine rice made it seem like I was back in the Philippines again. The halo-halo was good but not quite the same as in... More 

1 Thank E M
Stuart, Florida
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228 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

The lumpia! Paradise. Our table was probably the only one without a Fillipino -- the natives clearly approve of this place. Rightly so.

1 Thank HampsteadCarrie
San Diego, California
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27 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

Went with Filipino cousin, Wife, and baby niece for dinner. Seated immediately which was good. As we were walking in, though, a sketchy character hanging out front was asking my cousin if he had any money. By the end of our meal the police had showed up in the parking lot because the same sketchy character tried to rob someone... More 

Thank knightmuves
Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

Whether you like Filipino food or you aren't even sure you've ever had it - this is a great neighborhood spot to stop in to. It is cheap, fresh, delicious and filled with a very friendly wait staff. It is even a BYOB! How do you go wrong? I really recommend the "Lumpia Shanghai" fried mini eggrolls as an appetizer;... More 

Thank thenewjackieo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2015

I've never tried other Filipino food, but I can tell you this is just excellent food, regardless of its classification. I second everything good that's been said about this place. It's consistently fresh and delicious, and I've literally liked everything I've tried. There are no bad choices on the menu, though the Bicol Express is a dish I must have... More 

Thank ecypert1081
Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014 via mobile

I love everything about this place. The employees here practice the Filipino type hospitality. I highly recommend to call ahead at lunch time if you want to order Crispy Pata, as they usually run out very fast. The taste of the foods are pretty authentic and the price is average. Make sure to make room for halo halo for dessert.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Philippine, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2501 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625-2958
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: +1 773-271-2988

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