Qulinarnia

4.6
231 reviews
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$30 and under
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Polish
Small, family owned restaurant located in a corner of a strip mall. Stated by Daily Herald as a “contemporary and classy, warm and welcoming”. Awarded by Chicago Magazine as “one of the best” Polish restaurants in Chicagoland area. Rated by Open Table users as a “Top Dinners Choice”. Qulinarnia will totally change your mind about Polish food. Here the traditional Polish cuisine is given a modern twist and elegant plating. We, at Qulinarnia, want to recall, or for those who don’t know it yet - show, Polish culinary traditions with a pinch of modernity. So… make yourself at home and find those delightful tastes with all your senses…

Specials

$12 Polish Classic Dishes

Enjoy our $12 Polish Classic Special from our menu.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 24, 2019

Ends: January 25, 2118

Availability: Tue-Thu 11:00AM-5:30PM

Half price on all appetizers

Enjoy 50% off on all of our delicious appetizers or FREE cup of soup with a purchase of a main dish. Limit one per person and can not be combined with any other offers.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 11, 2018

Ends: October 12, 2117

Availability: Tue-Fri 11:00AM-6:00PM

What 231 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere, tasty food, we will be back

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g
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic food served nice and hot. Friendly staff large portions

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and generous portions. We had plenty to take home. The staff was friendly and attentive.

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t
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They were overwhelmed with a large party filling the restaurant which means that their orders all went in at once. We were still taken care of just fine. The food and service were great.

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PD
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My first visit to the restaurant. I had determined prior to arriving that I would have the Polish Specialty plate, but succumbed to the description of the Lake Perch. It was wonderful! My friend had the Cod special. The restaurant is immaculate. Important note: It's a very small restaurant--make reservations so you don't disappoint yourself!

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TW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is ethnically genuine. One disappointment was Herring in wine sauce was not on the appetizer menu. A Polsh meal is incomplete without Herring. It's like a Jewish Deli not having Corned Beef!

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MO
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, waiter knows menu perfectly, I highly recommend 😊

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WS
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a hidden diamond!!!! Out first visit was with a friend who is Polish and he was very impressed with the authentic cuisine. EVERYTHING WAS DELICIOUS AND COOKED TO PERFECTION!!!! The service was EXCELLENT!!!! The ambience is warm and inviting.... we were able to have conversation without raising our voices... overall a VERY ENJOYABLE evening... we will be back!!!

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B
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE LOVE GOING TO THIS RESTAURANT !! Girlfriends get together and it's close to home !!

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GB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best polish restaurant in the area,delicious food and awesome stuff:)

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CW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very good, there were six of us and we enjoyed what we ordered. The service was attentive without being intrusive.

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good food, nice people, excellent service! We were really surprised by how much our waitress helped us with food choices, our special deal, pricing, etc.

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V
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding restaurant that not only has great food but is comfortable for a relaxing dinner.

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MA
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The only thing I didn't like about this restaurant is that I just discovered it. It was so good!
I got a glass of pinot noir and went for a full course meal. They bring pate w/ bread to the table which was delish. I started with a bowl of the mushroom soup and it was full of flavor, so good but not too rich. I had the goulash for entree and the portion was huge so I had it for 2 meal following my dinner but it did not sacrifice flavor for portion. the meat was tender and the potato pancakes were unique. for dessert we had the plums and it was a nice light finish to the meal. The restaurant is small but what they do, they do it well. It's not pretentious at all, it's just about good food. Can't wait to go back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place was very surprising, not much to look at from the outside but very charming on the inside. The food was very good and service was friendly. I would definitely go back.

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BP
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great traditional polish food in modern way , nice service.

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OT
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My daughter requested pierogis for her birthday and I stumbled across this place and decided to take a chance for a birthday dinner. I am SO glad we found Qulinarnia! From the minute we walked in I knew the food was going to be authentic just from the aromas coming from the kitchen. My Father was Polish and I grew up with homemade Polish dishes so am always interested in finding places where we can enjoy these kinds of foods and share them with my kids. We ordered a variety of traditional dishes including golabkis (stuffed cabbage rolls), pierogis, kielbasa, and potato pancakes and everything was perfect! The flavors were spot on, presentation nice and portions generous. We had quite a bit of leftover food and it all reheated well the next day, nothing went to waste! The service was friendly and prompt and they treated us with a birthday treat for dessert. We will definitely be back often!

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CT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smart, articulate, friendly service. Superb food quality. Modern spin on classic polish dishes. Well thought out menu with a complimenting drink menu. Ambiance was great.

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent Qulinarnia, the atmosphere is great and the food is excellent.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic selections of Polish food which were quite tasty.

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our service was excellent and the food very authentic. Will return soon,

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JG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy dinner here. Authentic, but modern, Polish meals.

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JN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy coming here, the food is very interesting, delicious, and well presented. Great attentive service. Close to home, but not your everyday run of the mill restaurant! If you like gourmet food with a Polish twist, this is your place. Not the cheapest dinner, but worth it for us.

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EB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Our group felt very welcome and we ended up closing the restaurant.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I liked the coziness. I didnt like I had to ask for more coffee and that soda was limited to one because it came in a can at the cost of $2.00. However the food is very good and not your typical polish food. Will continue going to try different things on the menu.

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LH
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food at a reasonable price. Quantities are large. Wait staff friendly and accommodating. Would definitely go back.

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is a total gem! The food is delicious, the portions are generous, and the service is sweet. Don't be put off by the fact that it's in a strip mall next to a dialysis center. If you want a thoughtful, tasty meal in the northwest `burbs, head here.

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TT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great polish food. Not a fancy place and not a big place but we enjoyed it. Could be slightly understaffed. I believe there were 2 people who were waitresses, made the drinks and handled the check out and seating. We waited over 15 minutes before our server asked if we had ordered drinks. We said no not even water however she did acknowledge that we had been waiting quite a while and apologized. After that we had no problem with service. Polish sampler plate was awesome and everything others ordered was also awesome. Dessert very good. The plums were something I don't see everyday. I definitely would recommend it especially to my polish friends and relatives.

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S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were both very impressed with the creativity of the menu. My wife had just returned from spending time in Poland and she was particularly impressed with how this cook has captured the traditional cooking of Poland but in such a creative way as to be completely unique. This restaurant makes one-of-a-kind cuisine that is different and wonderful from everything else that is out there.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Unassuming place in a strip mall. Very good food. Had the pork tenderloin - very tasty. Mushroom soup was a little salty.

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BG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a foodie, an amateur home chef, and have taught BBQing and cooking at district 128 adult ed.
I have eaten in very high end restaurants, and all the way down the line.
I will make this brief: 1st it is located an hour from where I live now but in an neighborhood that I haven't lived in for 25 years. The restaurant is small and very pleasantly appointed, making it cozy but not cramped. The staff was friendly and our sever was young but very nice and knowledgeable about the menu. But the real shock was the food. Even though my wife and I looked at the menu on line and knew pretty much what we were going to order, the food was exceptional. The presentations (including the dinner ware) and recipes were imaginative and creative. Everything was fantastic. You were reminded of being in a high end restaurant. The prices were not cheap but for what you got they were reasonable. My suggestion is to look at the menu on line before you go. Although there are plenty of side dishes, the entrees give you a large helping. There is no question that we will be returning. The only downside of this review is that after people read it we might not be able to get back in. But they really deserve it. We had a great experience.
Thank you,
BillG

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KW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the food there and the service is great

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S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food across the board! Definitely will be dining there again soon!

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V
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great dinner with good service. The food has such a great level of preparation of Polish food that is difficult to find anywhere else.

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JK
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Never dissapoints! Best beef tartar in Chicago, great soups, everyone should try veal cheeks and Please - bring back the goose! At least seasonally

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OT
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Polish food and excellent service. Highly recommend!

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SF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Qulinarnia is a quaint local polish restaurant with a fine selection of authentic appetizers and entrees. The soups are worth the price. The portions are generous. The service is very friendly, helpful and efficient. Don't be put off by the strip mall location, the ambiance is nice and comfortable.

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B
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious meal and dessert!

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p
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was very good. Only drawback was I made the reservation for my wife's b-day and mentioned that when I made the booking w/open table. They didn't do anything special or even mention it.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was delicious! Sadly, they were out of mashed potatoes (Not sure how that happens). It was a Friday night. We arrived a little after 7:30. We were rushed to order because we were told the kitchen closes at 8:30. The owner is the chef so that surprised us a little. Again, food was awesome just didn’t like feeling rushed etc.

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