Thai Urban Kitchen
Thai Urban Kitchen

Thai Urban Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thaiurbankitchen.com/
  • Phone: 8889555885x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Fri: 11:00am - 9:30pm
    Sat - Sun: 12:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Thai
  • Executive Chef: Chef Tassana Niyomrut
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Call us for special price on all any special cater.
  • Private Party Facilities: Organization's functions, Party, Wedding, etc.
  • Private Party Contact: Thai Urban Kitchen 8883386805

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Canal
  • Public Transit: CTA bus & Metra train. Located in Ogilvy Transportation Center.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: At 500 W. Monroe St. $6 after 3 pm and all day on weekend.
A word from Thai Urban Kitchen
Thai Urban Kitchen is located at Ogilvy Transportation Center and offers Thai dishes as well as sushi.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Thai Urban Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.7
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (22)good for groups (10)fit for foodies (4)neighborhood gem (4)romantic (1)special occasion (1)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • fast service and great food
    jjmcd97
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I go here for business all the time and it is consistently great. The pad see eiw is my favorite but I have never had a bad meal here. Steamed dumplings are also great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Get Together
    dcb75
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Met a friend for lunch and we had a great time. Service and food were both very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    Gretahov
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food was fresh tasting and portions were generous. Service was slow and we had to ask for beverage refills and had to ask twice to get our check. Beware - we called ahead to make sure we could use our Restaurant.com certificate, and were told they only accept them on Mondays and Tuesdays on full price orders. When we arrived we were told they only accept them at dinner time.
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  • Fun lunch spot in the loop
    LoopFoodie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Quick service and the food is pretty good. Fun concept of a standard $13 price per person which includes an appetizer and an entree. Lots of options and fun atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food/slow service
    ChicagosFinest
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food was not bad but although restuarant was practically empty the service was soo slow. Once we got service, the servers were nice. It was ok based on convenience but would not go out of my way to go back there.
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    great for lunch
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  • Excellent food
    HHChicago
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Always a great choice for a flavorful and reasonably-priced lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Lunch Deal
    weg313
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great selection of Thai appetizers and entrees for #13.00-- from 11:30am - 3:00pm.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, quick food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Our food was on the table very quickly and it was extremely good. The waiter helped us figure out what we wanted becauase there were a number of items on the menu that looked good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Time
    Adrianne
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great Sushi! Fantastic spot for an afterwork cocktail before catching the train;)
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid every Time
    BeerbrewerVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    A got to business lunch place - we shared some rolls and such and the food is excellent. Also had some edamame. Food is good, fast and service is solid
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    SB123
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I haven't been to TUK in a while and I used to love the Pad Thai. It arrived all stuck together and I had to ask for a knife to separate and cut it. I should have sent it back. There must be a new chef and it wasn't worth the money this day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • served food cold
    luvspicynchinese
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We reached at 11:30 am and the restaurant wasn't even crowded. Our food arrived in 10 mins but the chicken and tofu was cold. We told the server and he took the plates in, microwaves and gets it back. Seriously? We had rice mixed in the plates which he probably didn't know! Unbelievable.
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  • NOT great for lunch.
    c5reynolds
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Had a reservation to celebrate a co-workers bday during our lunch break. 50 minutes passed between apps and entrees, and one persons food came out before the other four entrees. Not quick and not attentive. Sushi wasn't anything special.
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  • Horrible service below avg food
    Resreviews
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Took over 40 mins to serve lunch after placing order. And I had invited business partners for lunch here because it is right next to our offices. They don't even pretend to apologize during the delays. And the soup when finally served was horrible: cold and too much salt.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 321 reviews are from the Thai Urban Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Did not live up to expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I came to Urban Thai Kitchen with a gift certificate and rave reviews in hand. My colleagues said that the food was flavorful and abundant. Yes, there was abundant food. However, the food was not necessarily flavorful to me. The pad thai was mushy and too oily, and the eggplant with green beans and peppers were only spicy, as opposed to spicy with different flavours (garlic, ginger, basil, etc.). Also, the rice was overcooked. I came at 4:30pm, so I expected the food to be fresh and not overcooked.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quick Bite
    dcb75
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We stopped for a quick bite before going to a show at the Lyric Opera. Food came quickly. Service was good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best in the area
    GinaHVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    My go-to restaurant in this area - lunch special prices are good & you can have as quick or as leisurely of a lunch as you'd like.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • place to eat before the opera
    ML03VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Very good Thai food, well presented but service was erratic
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for lunch
    Kelbut33
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    This is a great place to meet friends for a meal and the food presentation is good. You can't beat the lunch special (appetizer and entree for a great price). But it didn't wow me. The food is delicious, don't get me wrong. There's just another Asian fusion restaurant in town that I prefer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect place for client lunches!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    This is my go-to place for meeting clients for lunch. Very professional atmosphere, well-lit and nicely designed, and the menu has a variety of options for herbivores and carnivores alike. Being vegan, it's always great to be able to pick from a variety of dishes, but allow clients to choose what they like. Service is great, food comes out fast and hot, and the prices / lunch specials are a great value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Excellent Choice for Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    I have eaten in this restaurant many times and find it excellent for lunch. It is quite busy a noontime so a reservation is a good idea. The noise level is reasonable so one can talk and the service is efficient so one can be in and out in less than an hour. The food is not only good but different (not the usual hamburger or sandwich) which makes the lunch interesting. I recommend this place very strongly and will continue going there regularly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've dined here multiple times. Th
    Traveler
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I've dined here multiple times. This time disappointed. Inept server. Food wasn't hot enough. Etc.
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  • Good for lunch
    MikeBikerVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    If you work in the Loop area, this is a good place to try for lunch. They have a $13 lunch special with a lot of options.
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  • Lunch find
    SB123
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    A bit pricey for lunch, but still love the pad thai with shrimp and the dumplings. Its good for a team meeting or lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Opera with an 8 year old
    DavidsDad
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Accomidating our departure time, our first appetizer came out while we still pondered the rest of our order. We asked if we could substitue the included salad/soup for something else. The waiter inquired with the manager and we soon enjoyed shrimp dumplings. The owner/manager came by our table and we talked for a bit. All the staff seemed very interested in making this a good experience for an 8 year old. The owner/manager and my son enjoyed talking about the food. At the end of the meal we were suprised by a special dessert for my son compliments of the owner/manager. I am not suggesting that dinners should expect free food but they can expect an experience that conforms to their particular needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No standing ovation.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Maybe it was an “off night”. I was seated promptly, but 20 min. passed before the server arrived to take my order. Once the order was taken, it was an additional 20 min. before the first course (soup) arrived. The food was pedestrian, at best. I will not return.
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  • Poor impression
    Maren
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Seating request was not granted even if the restaurant was half empty on Valentine's Day. We waited long time and had to call the staff to take our order. Nobody checked us during the meal to see if we liked the food or we are doing fine. Overall, we won't go back to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch spot!
    ChikindVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Always a great deal with their $13 appetizer and entree special. Food is always tasty and well presented. Not your typical Thai but more elegant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location to unwind the day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Step off the train. Walk into this pan-Asian fusion before heading home. Offer a bottle of hot Sake and some appetizer, such as heaven beef, and all your trouble of the day vanishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy-Yummy
    JeedLikeDaUkraineWomen
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Thai Urban Kitchen is My Thai! My Favorite Thai that is... Excellent Basil Chicken. Conveniently located on the first floor of Ogilvy Station.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic, delicious Thai!
    BdinesVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Delicious meal, attentive service, wonderful presentation. From the dumpling appetizer to the most unique Pad Thai with duck and eel; the Maki - "Sex on the Beach" - which was fresh and heavenly...then topped off with a passion fruit torte and jasmine tea. A perfect meal for a blistery Friday night. Reminds me of many meals during our last holiday in Thailand. Will be back!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot in the loop
    looper
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Convenient location right in the Ogilvie station. Many of the sit down lunch spots in the loop get pretty packed and have to make reservations a day in advance. Thai Urban Kitchen is good for business lunches.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Stop before the Opera
    skyroverVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I don't get over to the Ogilvie Station area very often, but this restaurant fills the bill for excellent Thai and Japanese food before the opera. It is also very close to a good discount parking garage at 500 W Monroe ($6 on nights and weekends).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bountiful plates on a cold evening
    BalticRambler
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We needed a reasonable priced dinner pre-opera within a short walk. This restaurant fits the bill. The wine was reasonable and decent quality. The food was overwhelming: we ordered lobster appetizer that was scrumptious, Emperor Pad Thai – (sauteed small rice noodle with duck, calamari, beef, shrimp, red apple, egg, bean sprout and peanut) and Panang Curry (S) –( green pea, string bean, basil and bell pepper in coconut milk with tons of shrimp). The Emperor Pad Thai came with a large salad which we shared. The main dish itself was enough for two people or one athletic teenager! We were the 2nd to arrive at 5pm and a few more opera types arrived by 6 pm as we waddled away at 6:30 pm. We plan to return and same more of their offerings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service
    Kath
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We had a reservation at noon for 2. We ordered by 12:15, but our main dish didn't come until 12:50. My friend had to take her main course to go.
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  • Little disappointed.
    cubfanVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    I have been to this restaurant numerous times and have always been quite pleased with everything. I don't know what happened last week, but the service was a little off for some reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, SLOW service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    I've been here at least 5 times now, and it's the same thing every time - good food, but it takes FOREVER to arrive. I always come for lunch during the day... which means that I'm somewhat pressed for time. But despite that, I'm never in and out in under an hour. I mean... it's not like the place is packed, and even if it is... they should plan accordingly. Speed things up!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow unattentive service
    Yumyum
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I really enjoy thai food and I love the food here. I just get frustrated when I have to beg for a refill and plead for someone to bring my check.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food wasn't as good as before
    Luncher
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    I like this place for lunch and will go back. The pad thai was soggy this time but the service was good so thinking it was just a glitch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, service needs
    accidentalfoodie
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Food was good, service needs improvement. Had to request silverware and napkins.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.