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Arun's Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.arunsthai.com
  • Email: info@arunsthai.com
  • Phone: (773) 539-1909
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM, Friday - Saturday5:00PM - 10:30PM

    Closed: Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Executive Chef: Arun Sampanthavivat
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have an intimate upstairs dining room available for private parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Please speak to one of our staff members (773) 539-1909

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Warner Ave & Berteau Ave
  • Public Transit: CTA Brown Line Kedzie Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available on Friday and Saturday. There is ample parking on the street.
A word from Arun's
With Arun's innovative Chef's Designed Menu, Arun ignites the rich and inexhaustible traditions of Thai cooking with his own imaginative flair. Arun's offers subtle spicing and intricately balanced flavors in striking presentations. The Chef's Designed Menu is prix fixe degustation, in which the chef presents series of dishes as a "tasting menu", tailored to the preferences of each diner's preferences and to market availability. Our waitstaff gauges the customer's adventurousness, tolerance for spicing, dietary restrictions, allergies and aversions. This degustation showcases Arun's understanding of authentic Thai flavors, fascinating textures, captivating forms , especially his sense of the delicate balance of savory and spicy, light and rich, tender and crispy if not to mention temperature and aroma.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I was so excited to try Arun's after hearing amazing things but I was completely underwhelmed. The food was mediocre and did not seem fresh. The restaurant itself is super outdated. It was like being transported to the early 90s. Not worth it for the price."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The meal was completely delicious, the service was very friendly, and the atmosphere was great. We can only afford meals like this on special occasions, and it's great when the experience lives up to expectations!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "A feast for the eyes and taste buds. They were also very accommodating about dietary restrictions, making appropriate substitutions for those diners requesting them. Clearly it's all made custom from scratch. The 12-course fixed menu may seem like a lot of food, but it's amazing how much one can eat if it's paced appropriately. It starts out beautiful and delicious, and then just gets better. The price is high, but very reasonable for what you get. This is a place for people who appreciate food. If your focus is on something else and the food is secondary, you are wasting an opportunity."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Aruns a Chicago Thai classic. no one does it better in chicago fixed prix dinner is well paced with stunning presentations and flavors to match. good example of paying for what you get- it's expensive, but worth it"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I have been to Arun's before and found it fun. This time...the service as awkward, disjointed and unprofessional. Like teenagers playing dress up. The food was not good. Noodles and Company prepares better thai food. I will never go back again. A waste of time and money."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This family owned and operated Thai restaurant rivals the very best that I have experienced in DC and NY. A 20 course fixed price dinner was served in an unhurried way by knowledgeable servers who took the time to explain each dish and guide us through this culinary journey. Located on Kedzie Avenue about a ten minute taxi ride from the loop, this is a true neighborhood gem and a true 10!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Don't get me wrong, the food was good but was it worth $300 per couple? I don't think so. There was way too much chicken served. Sure there was lobster in one course, but I think at least 3 courses had chicken in them. The ambiance is terrible - it was as bright as my office or a McDonald's. Our servers were o.k. but at this price, it was a little too kitchy for me."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great restaurant, but be prepared for the fixed price menu."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "This used to be called one of the best restaurants in the country. When considering wine/beer tax/tip and $85/person for the fixed meal - I'd expect something fabulous for $275. It was very nice - but not at the level they bill themselves. The 12 courses were rather diverse - but some so large that the meal became more about stuffing in the food than the delicacies of taste. Also, I had to reserve my table with a credit card before they would keep my reservation. Seriously? Finally, this restaurant is out in the suburbs - in a bit of an odd neighborhood. So no strolling around afterwards. I wouldn't recommend a friend spend their time there when there are so many fabulous choices to try in Chicago."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I had high hopes for Arun's, which has been on my radar for 25 years and just now had the opportunity to dine there. Unfortunately, I think Arun's time has come and gone. The dishes were fine, but essentially a well-presented array of straightforward Thai-American greatest hits that can be found at any number of other restaurants at a fraction of the price (and in many instances, executed with more finese). I'm glad I finally went to Arun's, but I'm sorry I didn't go 20 years ago."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food and service at Arun's was the very best. It was a birthday celebration that will remain in our memories and our hearts forever."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "My bf eats everything, but I am a picky vegetarian who does not eat mushrooms, so I had noted that on my reservation. We reconfirmed that at the hostess station, then were brought to our seats. However, the moment the first arrived and was presented (by a very sweet, funny server), it was clear that the kitchen did not know of either my vegetarianism or my dislike of mushrooms, so with many apologies, our server returned it to the kitchen. From that point on, the vegetarian dishes were forthcoming (and delicious), but to my dismay at least two of them had mushrooms. Luckily, I am not allergic. The staff were quick to gift us free drinks, which was lovely and unnecessary."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I was pretty amazed by the presentation Arun's provided, my girlfriend loved the things they carved out of carrots."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Arun's has enjoyed a great run in Chicago. Sadly, it best days may be best viewed in the rear view mirror. Our recent visit found the place to be faded, aging and over-priced. From the badly water-stained ceiling tiles to the $85 tasting menu the experience was less than hoped for and not reflective of Arun/s glory days. The food is still wonderful to look at and fun to eat, but Chicago offers many better places to spend $500 on a meal for 4. I was particularly disappointed with the wine list. While many "old" standards are offered I can't believe this list has been looked at by a knowledgeable wine professional in over a decade. Arun's is a Chicago classic, and worth a visit, but you would have been better served going 10 years ago."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Arun's is always a treat! Great flavors accented by the crispness of the ingredients. Portions are perfect for the 12 courses taste g meal. Service was impeccable and friendly. My only concern is the wine list, which I mentioned to our server. It has gotten smaller while the prices have escalated, few now under $100. This is a dramatic change from the varietal and price range of the recent past. And a $55 corking fee is also not acceptable. We will return, of course, but will imbibe much less."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "The decor is twenty plus years old. Needs updating Food is amazing and plentiful. Go there hungry."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Arun's hasn't changed much in the 15 years that we have been dining there. The prices have not changed ( $85./12 courses), the decor is the same (beautiful) and the food is pretty much the same (elegantly plated). We have noticed during our last two visits a decline in the competence of the wait staff. Awkward and somewhat clumsy. Perhaps some additional training is in order. Still a delightful dining experience, especially for out of town guests."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Excellent food. We were in Thailand six months ago and this gem definitely represents some of the best Thai food out there. Our only criticism was that there was no music so it was so quiet in the restaurant, that you could hear everyone else's conversation. They had speakers, so we suggest some soothing, low key Thai music. Fantastic experience overall. We will be back for another special occasion."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Loved Arun's - we went there for my husband's birthday and the food was wonderful and the service spectacular. Try it, you'll like it.."
    Dined on 10/18/2013