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About Kurah Mediterranean

Kurah Mediterranean in the South Loop offers wonderful, traditional Mediterranean dishes as well as unique and exotic twists on staple Mediterranean dishes. We also have a daily happy hour, live music on Thursdays, and serve brunch on the weekends.

1355 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Halal, Middle Eastern

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-11:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
14th and Michigan Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 624-8611

Website:
http://kurahchicago.com/

Entertainment:
LIVE MUSIC EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT!

Catering:
Catering options available. Please email catering@kurahchicago.com

Parking Details:
We co-valet with Chicago Firehouse. Pull up in front of Firehouse on Michigan ave, There is also a parking lot across the street and parking on our block is free unless there is an event at soldier field

Public Transit:
A 7 min walk from the RED/ORANGE/GREEN LINE ROOSEVELT stop
A 10 minute walk from McCormak Place
Bus stop 1,3,4,12 right out front

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Options available. Please contact the General Manager.

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Sun 10:00AM - 11:30AM 4:30PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

Mon - Thu 4:30PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Fri 8:30PM - 10:30PM

Sat 10:00AM - 11:30AM 8:30PM - 10:30PM

Kurah Mediterranean Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (14)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
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Creative Cuisine (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Casual (9)
Cozy (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Fun (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Healthy (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vegan (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 3 days ago

We were looking for something different and Kurah's offered that to us. The Red Lentil soup was really good, though I was surprised it wasn't red. The service was good, could have been more attentive but there was only one waitress and it did get busy. Overall, Kurah was a good place for something different, a tasty alternative to the standard fare.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

The evening started out with a mistaken understanding about my reservation. It had all of the makings of a bad experience. I went expecting a table but ended up sitting at the bar. The bartender recognized my discontent ,relayed it quickly to the owner who apologized and explained to me where the misunderstanding occurred. Then I proceeded to meet and talk with people at the bar and had one of the nicest evenings I’ve had in a long time. Not only was the fellowship good but I think it was the best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food I’ve ever had. The mushroom spinach soup appetizer was delicious and the vegan platter with Kibbe hummus and falafel couldn’t have been better. There is a reason that this restaurant is busy. I will no doubt be back

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·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I had a pleasant dinner here. The service was good, friendly, and fast. The atmosphere and décor were different and fun. The food was mediocre. I had the paella which had lots of mussels but lacked flavor and certainly wasn't prepared in a traditional way. The shawarma that my wife had also lacked flavor. I've made both dishes at home with better results. The desserts were fine.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We ordered the Paella which seemed to have mostly frozen fish and vegetables and was not seasoned well at all. The Lamb chops had a very sweet sauce and came to the table almost raw. We took them home rinsed off the sauce seasoned them and re cooked them. Very disappointed, needless to say we will not be returning.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was a great experience and a great location for NYE brunch! It was nice to have their private area for our group. The food is delicious and I look forward to going back

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

All of our food was great. The bruschetta was amazing. Next time we go, we'll order a bunch of appetizers as our meal. The restaurant was a little too warm for my liking but others were comfortable.

Tags: Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Tapas, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food is always great here. We ate upstairs and it was uncomfortably hot. Would have ordered dessert but couldn't stand the temperature any longer. My advice - if they ask if you'd like to sit upstairs, decline and wait for a table on the main floor.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Met a friend at Kurah and although we dined at 6pm, the place was already packed! Even with cold weather and snow outside! The service was friendly and interacted with us to help round out our enjoyment of the evening. The food was fantastic and we plan to visit again.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Delicious food and drinks. The music was an unexpected surprise.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

There are a lot of Mediterranean choices. The bacon-wrapped dates were outstanding! Dinner choices were chicken schwarma, grilled shrimp, and kiftka kabobs. The cookie assortment for dessert was a disappointment.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food was great! Service was slow

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas with family

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were happy to find Kurah for a Christmas night dinner. So glad it was open! Our vegetarian wished his were more spicy. Our two boys were crazy about theirs. I am on a diabetic diet and ordered spaghetti squash alfredo, but I believe the alfredo sauce was higher in carbs than I pictured. The service was "old world," meaning pretty slow, but we weren't in a hurry. It was a nice night out. All in all, Kurah had yummy food and a nice Mediterranean vibe.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had Christmas night dinner here. Food and service were both outstanding.
We will be back for sure.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The pizza was a big surprise. We had a White pizza with a great Italian cheese and mushrooms...the crust and ingredients were fab. The Branzino was expertly and deliciously prepared. The Nero D'Avila wine was reasonably priced and delicious! A very good find for us (although obviously found by the neighborhood folks much before us)!

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Sat upstairs. A bit hot. Table was wobbly. Couldn’t be fixed.
Food was good. Rack of lamb awesome. Coffee was lame.
Service was decent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Held our annual holiday at Kurah, and we had a wonderful experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Exceptional food and service! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Cozy, Vegan, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This was the first time I had done brunch here and it was great! I enjoyed the good value of the food/beverage and the food is really delicious. It's a nice vibe because it's a bit more quiet so you can actually have a conversation with your group. Definitely a good find

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Have been here twice now and the food has been excellent both times. The service was very good as well. I've seen some very poor reviews on here, but can't begin to understand them. The portions are small for American restaurants, but that's only because portions are too large here, period. The only negative for me is with the traditional music being played. It's just not for me, but I understand why they play it. Would always recommend this restaurant as an option in the South Loop.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Decent food and Great Service. The issue is the portion size. The couple behind us complained about the same thing. Way too small think a little bigger than a frozen food portion. Charge me whatever, but give me the food please. I let after the appetizers and went down the street. Stayed there for me hours drinking and laughing.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

A wonderful little place if you enjoy Levantine food. Good food, service and ambience. Steak and lamb kabobs were amazing. The rose flan was excellent. You must try the bacon wrapped dates. So good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Vegan
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I've been to this restaurant a dozen times, mainly on the weekend and mainly around 11 or 12pm. It's a place my mother and I like to go and we order the same dishes: Kurah sampler and the grilled kebob platter. The pita is rather thick so I usually separate them into smaller pieces, but the dips are satisfying. I also like their falafel because it is slightly spicy.

I've never been here where the food came out quickly, but there must be a reason for that.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

food is strange. small portions, inconsistent pricing, a surprising lack of pita bread given with food. the kifta was strange, and oddly shaped. not sure what part of the middle east makes this style. the rice was too heavy on saffron. so many better, authentic mediterranean restaurants. make the journey up north for better food. service was slow, fifty minutes for entrees.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was very good and they were able to adapt dishes based on my dietary restrictions. Would note that for some reason when I think of Mediterranean that I think of Greek. Not sure why. The dishes were more lebanese. All food was good though and would definitely come back again and order take out lunch from here.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Authentic middle eastern cuisine at its best. The Hummus was creamy and delicious, especially with the Pine Nut option. Everything was fresh and tasty.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Business Meals, Healthy, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Lovely meal. Casual neighborhood spot that serves great mideastern food. Portions are large. Excellent baba ganoush, humus and Peta bread. Really enjoyed the quail and spaghetti squash. Small wine list but we'll selected.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Everyone was pleased with the experience.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Nice restaurant in great South Loop area of Chicago. Lebanese food,Persian specialties too. Love the appetizers (humus,brie patatoes,pittas),not so impressed from dates with bacon (I like the taste of this better in Tapas Valencia ),Nice lamb and chicken kebab with rice and grilled veggies. Desert was to die for...
Overall I like the place,quite and nice atmosphere at lunch time.Service was good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Worst review I have ever left. If I could give them a negative star, that would reflect the service and the taste of our appetizers. We will NEVER return or recommend them. Stay away! Find another restaurant. Hate to say it, but McDonald's beats this joint. Manager didn't seem to care when I told him specifics about the server or food. Looked at me like I had two heads! May recommend it to my worst enemy...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The service at kurah was outstanding. The servers were very attentive and polite. Made great recommendations for entrees and wine. Drinks were good also. Had a manhattan and wine (Malbec).

Food was another story. Had sampler as appetizer and it was ok. Had ceviche also. It was fair. Entree was the lamb shank. Overcoooked to the point were I had to asked the waiter to take to kitchen and debone the meat. Well prepared lamb shank should fall off the bone. Not this one.

Cute place. Great service. Fair food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The food was very good. I will definitely go back. Loved it, & great service too.

Tags: Tapas, Healthy, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I went to Kurah to have dinner with a friend I haven't seen in a while. The restaurant was decorated very well and had kind of a cozy feel to it. It was a lot quieter (for a Saturday night) than I expected, but that didn't make much of a difference since I was there to catch up with a friend. The service was good and the food was even better. I ordered the lentil soup for an appetizer, which tasted authentic. We also ordered the spicy hummus for an appetizer, which was good, but didn't taste homemade (tasted a little bit like it was from a grocery store), but was fine for a starter. I'm a vegetarian, so I felt like there were some great options for me! I ordered the vegetarian kobob with rice. It was really good and the perfect portion! Finally, I had the rose infused flan, which was delicious and presented well. Overall, I'd definitely dine at this restaurant again and would recommend it to other people!

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Good for a Date, Vegan, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

One of our favorites in the south loop. We just ordered appetizers or you could call them small plates, everything was excellent. Musician playing guitar softly made excellent ambience, but easy to talk. Wine list not large but good values.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

I always love to try different & new places. Me & my company are all very satisfied with the place, service, food quality & general atmosphere.
Thanks for the nice place. ..

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Wonderful evening for outdoor dining in Chicago. Brief but interesting and reasonably priced wine list. Service was professional, friendly and attentive. All the courses we had were very good. Exceeded expectations and one for the return to list.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Victor was our server and he was fun and gave excellent service. We tried a variety of Tapas (Dipping Sampler, Bacon Wrapped Dates, Bean Dip, Potatoes with Brie cheese melted on top, and 4 cheese Flatt bread ). We both had deserts (Flan and Moulton Lava Cake). Flan was the best I ever had. Their house white wine with fruity flavors was also very good.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Kurah is a Mediterranean gem in the middle of the South Loop. I've been there 3 times and each time was great. The restaurant is a bit small which can limit the size of the party but it also adds to its coziness. Liquor selection is above par with fully stocked bar and innovative craft cocktails (highly recommended). Their meat and poultry is excellent and portions are great (not too small for a multiple dish place). The key to Kurah is to try many small dishes - not 1 big entree. It's about diversity of flavors. Highly recommend it!

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 7, 2017

We found the soups (Red Lentil and Spinach Mushroom) to be the best parts of our meals. The soups were very good. Spicy and brimming with flavor.

The Jerusalem Salad was a disappointment because it was just not good. The wraps
(Shrimp and Chicken) were okay. Overall, Kurah was not what we expected for a
Mediterranean menu because most of what we had was bland and lacked flavor.

Those who had drinks - thought the cocktails were pretty good.

I would suggest Kurah to those who prefer mild flavors.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Kurah was amazing!

We went with friends for my son's graduation. The server was very polite and helpful and the food was delivered quickly. The place was clean and nicely decorated.

We ordered the Kurah platter, which has different meats, vegetables and 2 types of rice. It feeds 4-8 people and cost $75, which I thought was reasonable for the amount of food. It was quite delicious. I also loved the rose infused flan.

The total bill was less than $30/person including drinks, tax and tip. I thought it was nice that they did not automatically tack on a 18% tip.

They also had a nice outdoor seating area facing 14th Street. It was fairly calm on a Sunday evening.

All in all, I highly recommend Kurah!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Tapas
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