Our Story

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Our Story and Specialties

 Las Tablas Colombian Steakhouse is a family owned and operated establishment founded in 1991 by Chef Jorge Suárez and Soraya Campos. At that time, Colombian food was virtually unknown in Chicago, and they were forced to sell Mexican food to entice customers through the door. When the growing clientele was just beginning to prefer the Colombian dishes over tacos and burritos, that original Las Tablas (located at 1918 W. Irving Park Rd) was completely destroyed in a fire. That is when the Suárez family moved Las Tablas to Lincoln Ave - first for many years in a small space at 2965 where Las Tablas first became popular, and then it's current location after having grown out of the first space. In 1999, another location was added at 4920 W. Irving Park Rd. 

 

The name Las Tablas comes from the wooden boards on which the restaurant serves most of the dishes. The restaurant’s rustic wooden tables and chairs handmade and imported from Colombia add to the casual and familial ambiance to the establishment.  The menu offers dishes staples such as Colombian-style Empanadas, Arepas, Churrasco, and the Bandeja Paisa (Colombia's national dish).

 

Always a trend-setter, Las Tablas was the first Colombian restaurant in Chicago to introduce dishes that are now commonly emulated by the city's several other Colombian eateries. The first of these was the Matrimonio - the ultra-popular combination of flame-broiled steak and chicken breast on the same plate. Another example is the Entraña, or Colombian-style skirt steak, which was selected as best in the country by national food show "America's Best Bites". Las Tablas is the only Colombian restaurant in Chicago that works with special aromatic herbs from the Andes called "guascas". These herbs are an essential ingredient to the famous Ajiaco soup from the region around Bogotá, thus Las Tablas is the only Colombian restaurant in the Midwest that serves authentic Ajiaco soup.

 

In addition to unique and award-winning cuisine, Las Tablas also serves some of Chicago's best Sangria, Mojitos and Martinis made from fresh fruits, and original cocktails made from Colombian rums and liquors.

 

Both locations offer space for private gatherings (up to 40 people at Lincoln Ave and up to 110 people at Irving Park Rd).

 

In 2013, Las Tablas started an exclusive product line of salsas and seasonings called "Cocina Las Tablas". These all-natural, MSG and preservative-free products allow our patrons to enjoy the unique flavors of Las Tablas in the comfort of their own kitchens.

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