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Bayan Ko, Chicago, IL

Bayan Ko

4.6
4.6
200 Reviews
$30 and under
Filipino
Located in the charming Ravenswood neighborhood, Bayan Ko is a Filipino-Cuban mash up founded by Chef Lawrence Letrero and his partner Raquel Quadreny.

Bayan Ko means “My Country”, or “My home” in Tagalog.

The name to the couple signifies staying true to their roots and representing the melting pot that America is and always will be.

Bayan Ko’s menu features elevated Filipino and Cuban cuisine. Their culinary mantra is to respect the classic dishes their Lola’s and Abuela’s made for them growing up. Their vision is to keep their family recipe’s alive, while also incorporating their own interpretations of both their culture’s food. Bayan Ko’s menu is best enjoyed family style. Their dishes are meant to compliment and accompany each other, with a sense that you are sitting down to a family meal in someone’s home.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Filipino, Cuban
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (773) 698-6373
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Lawrence Letrero
  • Neighbourhood
    Lincoln Square
  • Cross Street
    Ravenswood Ave
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Located right next to the Montrose Brown Line stop
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking

What 200 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

200 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambiance

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  2. DineFuss

    Chicago

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last night’s Breadbreakers delivered another successful gourmand evening at Bayan Ko via the Filipino-Cuban cuisine provided by chef Lawrence Letrero. What is extraordinary is that we tried all dishes on the menu, and every single course provided a new nuance of this fusion cuisine on a very high level in regards to flavor and satisfaction. I will make sure to soon repeat this experience again. Exquisite!

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  3. JuanM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small space but very cozy. They were on time with our reservation and the service was very quick. We ordered the croquetas, lumpia, and chicken wings each were delicious in their own way. Wings had a nice crisp to them, the aioli sauce for the croquetas was amazing, and the lumpia was exquisite. For our main dish we each got something different to try, we had the cubano sandwich, ox tail, pork, and beef steak. Very generous portions with a generous portion side of rice as well. Highly recommend this place. Small and cozy, but full and large in flavor.

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  4. Narkis

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Traditional food from both Filipino and Cuban with a twist! Executed at a high level and totally delicious!

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  5. glusberg

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined here because we wanted to show friends how great it is. We have yet to find a dish we did not enjoy. Fun!

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  6. LisaR

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love this place! Delicious food with some of the nicest servers.

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  7. ColleenM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I've been to Bayan Ko twice and I've loved it each time I've gone! The food and service is excellent - definitely worth the money. It's a cute little restaurant but it can be a little loud - but I think that adds to the experience. Highly recommend!

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  8. EmGee

    New York City

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Small place. Really good food. Worth the trip!

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  9. AnnaEatsChicago2017

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We visited during the week but the noise level was something else - super duper loud! It was our 2nd visit- the first was charming and romantic atmosphere - this time, much different. Service was impeccable - food terrific. I guess one can’t determine the atmosphere based on client being different each evening. Will definitely return !

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  10. CNHB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic, our server was wonderful. This place was worth taking the train up to, I would recommend to friends (I already have!). Get the luglug noodles - yum garlic. The maduros so, so good.

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Google Map for Bayan Ko

1810 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Ravenswood Ave
  • Neighbourhood
    Lincoln Square
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Filipino, Cuban
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Located right next to the Montrose Brown Line stop
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Lawrence Letrero
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking
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