Kan Zaman
Kan Zaman

Kan Zaman

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kanzamanchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3127519600
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00AM - 4:00pm, Saturday: 12:00PM - 4:00PM, Sunday: 3:00PM - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM, Friday - Saturday: 4:00PM - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Middle Eastern, Lebanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Delivery, Entertainment, Takeout
  • Catering: We would love to cater your next event!
  • Entertainment: Come enjoy belly Dancers every Friday and Saturday nights @ 9pm!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W Ontario St
  • Public Transit: Brown/Purple Line at Chicago and Franklin River North
    Red Line - Grand Ave
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking. There is also parking available on the street.
A word from Kan Zaman
A Chicago Lebanese Restaurant where fringe-beaded lamps, a long shelf of Middle Eastern knicknacks and dolls make for an exotic, upscale-casual vibe.
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Kan Zaman reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (13)neighborhood gem (12)fit for foodies (7)special occasion (4)romantic (3)great for lunch (3)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • A Gem
    AenderVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I'm not going to say much as Open Table doesn't allow you to really provide a detailed review so if you want an in-depth one please see my review on TripAdvisor. For Open Table all I'll say is the food was excellent and better than I expected. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good times
    16Yum
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food is delicious food with large portion sizes and the belly dancing is highly entertaining. I took my parents there and they loved it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belly Dancer and Great Food
    KPchicagoVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a friend in town, so a group of us headed to Kan Zaman for dinner. First of all, the food is great. I think they have, hands down, the best hummos in the city. Everything came as ordered. On the weekends, they have a belly dancer that comes out around 9:30. It's great entertainment! Bottom line, this is the place if you want great Mediterranean food and a unique atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Middle Eastern food
    kate5130
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Last night was my 2nd time at Kan Zaman and the food was better the second time around. The prices are very reasonable and the cork fees are low. There were several large parties going on that raised the noise level and at times I needed to raise my voice to talk to my friend across the table. The excellent food and very friendly staff made up for it. The belly dancing was great fun and was very entertaining. Kan Zaman will always be my recommendation for middle eastern food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, BYOB, and belly dancers
    Jillybean
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent food, fun entertainment, BYOB, and very reasonable prices. Call to find out the time of the belly dancers. I would definitely return soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lebanese river north
    Guillermo1215VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Solid experience. Friendly staff- crowded with good energy- byob is great for pocketbook - the vegetable appetizer medley is very good- kabobs solid- big portions couple can probably share- good middle eastern outpost and a nice change of pace
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    vipdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food here is amazing! I really liked the chicken dishes and rice. I would come here again and highly recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best middle eastern food in Chicago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Everything on the menu is great. Beef shish is a must-try!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Really good middle eastern food. Nice location downtown. Friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 57 reviews are from the Kan Zaman reviews archive.
  • great dining experience
    ArmenianGregg2
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Just had my third visit to this restaurant. Every time it has been great! The food is wonderful. They understand the delicacy of blending and seasoning and always hit the mark. True to their greatness is the consistency of the food. You won't have a good outing and then a not - so - good outing. The staff is very friendly, very hospitable. The food was like what my grandma used to make. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service.
    DavidRS4VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Great food and great service. During the week it is very quiet and on the weekends it has great energy!
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A good place for big groups
    stasiaVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I think this place is really fun if you have a big group of friends or family. I don't think it's very fun when you just want to do date night or small girls night. My friend and I went on a Saturday night-- thought it would be a good idea since it's BYOB and we like Middle Eastern food. My biggest issue is that they sat us at a dirty table in the hot, dark corner by the bathrooms.. so I asked for a clean table that was not tucked away. And the lady just put us at the next table over and said we couldn't sit in the main area (even though it was empty at 7pm..). It wasn't ideal, but we weren't going to make a scene. I've been here before with a big group and it was a blast, but we just had mixed-feelings about our recent trip.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great for large groups
    foodie727
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Reserved a dinner party for 15 here, and Kan Zaman worked well with us! Service was great, food was good, I recommend this place for large groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food is great
    DewiVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    appetizers are amazing... entrees are really delicious too... but i can eat their appetizers forever...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rare to find BYOB in river
    mlabella
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Rare to find BYOB in river north.... The experience was unique however the main entre (chicken shwarma) was just average. The appetizer and dessert was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!!
    AshandmVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal here. It seems we were the only ones that did not know this place was BYOB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hookah was fun but they did
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Hookah was fun but they did not tell us there is an extra charge if you have more than one flavor
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and great staff
    jeremyh
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I went to Kan Zaman with my girlfriend for valentine's day for her first Lebanese restaurant experience and we weren't disappointed. They gave us a nice booth with pillows. The staff had everything ready for us including a bucket of ice for the wine I brought (BYOB is a great plus!) and we didn't have to wait long for our food. I would definitely recommend Kan Zaman.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    The food and service are always wonderful! Great food and a friendly staff. Very affordable and BYO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice surprise!
    MelvinVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Didn't know exactly what to expect and had a great experience. The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful and genuinely pleased to have us there. Note: byob.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    BYOB. Now serving vapor hookah. Food is some of the best middle eastern/ Lebanese food I've ever had. Highly recommend the beef shish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forced to order entrees
    TizzyLoLo
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    I have dined at Kan Zaman two prior times for my birthday. The food is easy to share, BYOB, weekend Belly Dancer. This last time I went there was a group of 5 of us. We ordered a lot of appetizers, probably the equivalent of two each. By 7:45 we were full from all the apps. and didn't want to hang around for another 1.25 hours waiting for the Belly Dancer. When we requested the bill, we were told we HAD TO order entrees. No where on the menu, on the website, on open table did I see anything about being REQUIRED to order entrees on a "show night". Our server tried to get the manager to waive this requirement but he refused. I found this very unethical and poor business.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for a unique experience
    JS211
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    My wife and I have been to this place close to ten times. The food is great and the vibe is different from the standard. The price of the food is very reasonable. Also its BYOB (binny's is around the corner), which also keeps the price down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    I enjoyed most aspects of this place save for the service - when we first got in (I was with my partner) our host waved us to a table near the window (it was mostly empty when we arrived at 6:30 on a Thursday evening), but my partner spotted some lovely tables where you could sit on cushions round a table in the booth, so on our request they switched us there. I wondered if they were just doing this to us until I saw him do the same to another couple/group who came in later, who also spotted our style of tables. Perhaps they're harder to clean...? We ordered two appetizers and a main to split, which was good as the main dish (moussaka) was huge. Everything was delicious, maybe due to a large amount of added oil. Lovely dim lights & space.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good hummus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    The hummus was great and also the chicken veggie soup! Huge bowl and super tasty! The salads we had were not so flavorful. Maybe it was an off day, bc I have had this food before and it was better before.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun for a Fri/Sat with the
    TigluvVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Fun for a Fri/Sat with the belly dancing show. Just be prepared to wait as service gets really slow when they are busy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best middle eastern around
    MichaelScottVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Excellent food, delightful service. Playfully cheesy decor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Lebanese Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    Lebanese food prepared with authentic recipes and ingredients. A simple casual rewarding meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great under the radar spot,
    DerekVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Great under the radar spot, get the hummas and skirt steak - very tender and juicy!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful.
    Stefanie
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    Rudest waiter I have EVER had at a restaurant. Not good food. Just a horrible experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good fun, good service, great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    Good fun, good service, great atmosphere (choice of a table with chairs or sitting on pillows). Belly dancers on the weekends are an added bonus. There are very few BYOBs in this neighborhood which makes this an even better "Find". There is a corkage fee ($3.00 per person) but we didn't mind as we had a great time overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tastey, very casual, byob.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    Tastey, very casual, byob. The food could be a little more flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for a friends birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Went for a friends birthday and it was the perfect spot to celebrate. Very fun and good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and Authentic Lebanese Fo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    Excellent, authentic Lebanese/Syrian food. Service was very attentive and they were also very accommodating for our toddler who joined us for dinner. The kibbee is fantastic and so is the kafta!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/18/2012
    Food was good but not great. I had the Vegetarian Moussaka and lentil soup. Service was unfriendly- like the waitress did not really give a hoot and she had very little patience for answering our questions about the menu. The food was delivered on time though. I did like the booth we sat in, you sit cross legged, and I liked the atmosphere. I might give it another chance to see if we get a friendlier waiter and I would try a different menu item.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • There were only a few other
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2012
    There were only a few other tables full, so it was a bit quiet. The food was amazing and everyone loves a BYOB. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super hot inside restaurant...not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    Super hot inside restaurant...not comfortable. Food was nothing to write home about. Mixed reviews on the Schwarma. Shrimp Kabob was not good. Hummus and Baba lacked WOW and pita was bland. House salad tasted off -- and just consisted of lettuce - so go figure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kan Zaman only good for belly dance
    cheFoodie4life
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    The service was horrible! The server was a bit aggressive and rude. She had to yell at us to order because of the high noise level. She forgot my one friend's order after she made her order an entree because every person was "required" to order a dinner entree. It turns out that my friend's entree was sitting in the microwave. Our server then argued with my other friend, who is vegetarian, ordered vegetarian and took a bite out of her food to discover there was meat in it. Lastly, she got our check all mixed up and our friends and myself got over charged, but we gave up on arguing with her. We were forced to give her 18% tip because we had a large party but in our opinion she did not deserve it. Other wait staff was friendly!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They have live bellydancing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    They have live bellydancing performance on weekend evenings and the traditional seating option is great. It is also BYOB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is amazing. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    This place is amazing. The value is great with it being BYOB and only a $3 corkage fee. The food was very good, and the wait staff was very attentive. We did not feel rushed although we stayed in the restaurant for almost 3 hours finishing our wine and waiting for the belly dancer (they have a belly dancer on weekends).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate