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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.

Specials

LIVE MUSIC

Thursdays from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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LIVE MUSIC

Thursdays from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Details

Every Thursday Kurah will be offering live music. From 6-9pm transport yourself to the Middle East with the beautiful sounds of the Oud, a Middle Eastern guitar. Excludes Tax and Tip. Make your reservation now!. Special valid Oct 16, 2017 - Feb 16, 2018 on Thursdays from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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We will be open for Christmas Eve and Christmas day! Come enjoy delicious Mediterranean food and forget about the cold and snow!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

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We will be open for Christmas Eve and Christmas day! Come enjoy delicious Mediterranean food and forget about the cold and snow!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Joins us for our annual New Year Eve Celebration! 4 course meal, live entertainment and unlimited drinks for one low price! Contact us for details and to reserve your space, but hurry, we will sell out!

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Details
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
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Authentic (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
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Healthy (12)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Casual (8)
Cozy (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Tapas (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Fun (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Vegan (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Romantic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Music (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (London)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We were a family group and the restaurant accommodated us well. The food was good enough. The staff was friendly and helpful. The portions are big. One or two dishes were very oily. I would go again with a group.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Amazing food and the team inside was awesome! I´ll be back!

Tags: Great Beer, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on July 24, 2017

The service was aweful. We got there at 5:30 and had a concert at Northerly Island at 7. We walked out at 7:25 with our dessert in our had because it took 15 minutes to bring it - and they knew we were in a hurry. They got our drinks wrong 3 times. And it was the worst baklava I've ever had. So bad I spit it out in a napkin. The rest of the food was OK but not great. Had to seek out a manager twice to get our food and neither the server or the manager was concerned that we had a bad wxperience. Went there a year ago before a concert and had much better food and service. Won't go back and wouldn't recommend.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 24, 2017

It's difficult to go out to eat when you are on a diet. However, we did a very good job at Kurah and left feeling satisfied. We tried the Kefteh and Chicken Kabobs and they were wonderful. They were accompanied by grilled veggies and rice although I had them with potatoes. The decor is very beautiful with a middleastern inspired motif. Very good place go to if you are going to the Huntington Bank Pavilion.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We had a wonderful meal before heading to Northerly Island. The staff was fast and helpful.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great for brunch with the patio space.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Food was average. Nothing special and service was not very attentive even though the restaurant was not crowded. They even forgot to bring out one of our dishes and the red lentil soup - green and spicy.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We had a delicious meal by ordering multiple items from the appetizer menu. Almost everything on the menu is made in house. We'll definitely be going back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Consistently great food! Casual, family-friendly place.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 2, 2017

This is only my second time there (not near home or work), but definitely worth the trip and will be back. Everything we've had has been delicious, uniquely flavored, and fresh. Very pleasant ambiance and service.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Healthy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2017

I was on a business dinner in Chicago and I am used to amazing Mediterranean food from the Bay Area in San Francisco. I was pleasantly surprised by this establishment. My guests and I enjoyed every bit of this traditional spot. It's a bit of the beaten path but totally worth the trip down Michigan Ave. Samplers were tasty, Lamb was fantastic and cooked perfectly. Vegetariean dishes had lovely authentic spices and desert (rosewater flan) was worth the entire trip down to this place. The consistency was like velvet. Super tasty!! I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The food is exceptional: wonderfully seasoned, homemade, creative. The ambiance and decor are unusual and very pleasing. Staff are friendly and helpful. This would be my go to place if I were a local. Reasonable prices, lots of vegetarian, gluten free options. Could not have been a more enjoyable dining experience!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We ❤ it all, enjoyed every bite!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 21, 2017

I just love this place and have been here many times. Great creative decor and pita bread made on premises! Nice wine list, too. Don't miss the soups. They're fabulous! The new mushroom and spinach soup is so good my husband is ready to live on it. Just go and enjoy the wonderful quality food served in this establishment!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Service was polite. Food was bland and uninteresting. Shawarma was not traditional style and was served cold.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Always a pleasure dining here...from the music that sets the mood to the house made zatar and Tripoli.

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Such amazing food! Highly recommend!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Fabulous Mediterranean fare and great Lebanese red wine! Fun, authentic atmosphere and great service. The owner was serving all tables---awesome!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Started with the bacon wrapped dates - they were fabulous - waiter recommended a bottle of very nice white wine, had the lamb kabobs for dinner and ended with tasty cheesecake bites. Service wonderful, atmosphere very relaxed. Looks a tad run down, but nice nonetheless...

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Loved it great good outstanding bacon wrapped dates!!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Although we were late for our reservation they were able to seat us quickly. Service was efficient and the food very tasty. I had the lamb shank.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Had a reservation at 5:15 PM and we waited, crammed in the front by the bar, for over 50 minutes. We finally had to tell the hostess we had to leave at 6:45 for a concert. Finally got seated around 6:10 PM only for the server to tell us the kitchen was backed up about 45 minutes. They ended up giving us a few appetizers but we were unable to order a meal. Food looked good but service lacking; overbooked and understaffed. Even the bartender took over 15 minutes to serve us while waiting.

Tags: Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Best falafel I've ever had. Sangria is delicious!

Tags: Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Vegan, Healthy
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