900 WEST RANDOLPH STREET, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS | 312-733-1975
LOCATION AND HOURS
Leña Brava and Cruz Blanca are located on Randolph Street in Chicago’s bustling West Loop neighborhood. Valet parking is available.
900 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607-2208
Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday: 5:30-11 p.m.; Sunday: 5:30-9 p.m.
Leña Brava is OPEN on Monday 5/22 for the National Restaurant Show!
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Leña Brava reservation policy: Leña takes reservations for up to 8 guests. To make your reservation, contact the restaurant at (312) 733-1975, or use the button at right. We take reservations six months in advance, and reservations are recommended.
For private party options, contact Lisa Carlson at email@example.com or by calling (312) 733-1975. The Leña private dining room holds as many as 36 people. Ready to begin planning your unforgettable party? Click below and let’s talk.
ABOUT LEÑA BRAVA
Fire and ice have never played so well together. Leña Brava — ”ferocious wood” — takes its inspiration from the multicultural seaside elements of Baja California Norte, the region’s celebration of live-fire cooking and the area’s world-class wines.
The raw bar tempts with spicy aguachiles and unique ceviches while the kitchen satisfies with everything cooked on an open hearth and wood-burning oven. With one of the country’s best selections of mezcal and wines from the much-heralded Valle de Guadalupe, Leña Brava evokes the unique flavors of one of Mexico’s most vibrant regions.
Our seafood is sourced from sustainable fisheries and environmentally responsible aquaculture enterprises. Our tortillas are handmade from heirloom corn grown in Oaxaca, Mexico!
“Another Triumph for Rick Bayless” — Chicago Reader
Chicago’s Best New Restaurants 2017 — Chicago Magazine
“Rick Bayless Sings the Song of Baja” — New York Times
“Bayless on Fire at Leña Brava” — Chicago Tribune
Most Anticipated Restaurant, 2016 — Eater Chicago; Zagat; Chicago Tribune; Choose Chicago; Fox32
MANAGER Pairing beer with food is literally Matt Morin’s favorite thing in the world. Nearing his certification as a cicerone, Matt is one of the brains behind Cruz Blanca’s killer craft beer program. Not only does he help run the suds on Randolph Street, at Leña Brava, Matt pairs crisp Cruz Blanca cerveza perfectly with fresh Baja seafood. Instagram eagleandpheasant
LESLIE LARUE LAMONT
AGM / SOMM Sommelier. Instagram enthusiast. 90s hip-hop aficionado. Sagittarius. Leslie is a lot of things, including an expert at making our guests feel truly happy. At Leña Brava, Leslie pairs wines from Valle de Guadalupe with our wood-fired seafood to craft the ultimate Baja experience. Leslie is a shining example of the West Loop’s best hospitality, with our guests and our staff. Instagram leslielaruelamont
PRIVATE EVENTS DIRECTOR Lisa literally grew up in a bed & breakfast, so hospitality has always been part of her life. She will help you throw the dinner party of your dreams in Lena Brava’s exclusive second-floor private dining room. Lisa and her staff will have you feeling right at home. Instagram carlsonlisaa
BAR MANAGER Nosheen is all about the business: so much so, that in college at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods she majored in business (and marketing.) That being said, there has been a noticeable uptick in fun since Nosheen joined the staff. Nosheen joined us from Formento’s, our delicious Italian restaurant neighbor just across Randolph Instagram noshiface
SOUS CHEF Stephen has worked around the world from New Orleans to Mexico City to Argentina but is rooted by his childhood in San Diego. His father owned a car wash in Tijuana and they would go hunting together in Mexicali. Stephen has been braving Lena Brava’s roaring fire with a GoPro camera, filming his day to day culinary adventures. Instagram chefsand
SOUS CHEF Born and raised in Chicago, Chef Iliana is inspired by the bounty of seasonal produce and locally raised protein to be found in the Midwest, and utilized in new ways to create Lena Brava’s baja cuisine. Following in the footsteps of her father, who also cooked on the line and now runs a pasta shop, Chef Iliana has been preparing for this role her entire life. Instagram ila2011
PASTRY CHEF As a young man in Kentucky, Chef Chris got a taste for fine dining at his first restaurant job, working in the kitchen at Louisville’s legendary Jack Fry’s. At an even younger age, picking fruit from his grandma’s apple and pear trees, and watching as she baked homemade pies, Chris found his love for pastry. Instagram thetalented_mr_ripley