Arun's Thai Restaurant

4.5
266 reviews
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$50 and over
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Thai
Arun's Chef Designed Menu ignites the rich and inexhaustible traditions of Thai cooking with imaginative flair. Dishes combine subtle spicing and intricately balanced flavors with striking presentations. Unlike most, our offerings are exclusively in the style of a prix fixe degustation, in which the guests are presented a series of dishes as a "tasting menu," aligned with the preferences of each diner and market availability. This degustation showcases Arun's understanding of authentic Thai flavors, fascinating textures, captivating forms, and balance. Your culinary passage to Thailand is complimented by innovative Thai-themed craft cocktails and a continuously expanding wine list geared to marry perfect pairings with your meal. To provide a truly personal experience, before you arrive, our waitstaff gauges your table's adventurousness, tolerance for spice, dietary restrictions, allergies and aversions to create a meal custom-tailored to your every preference.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Thai
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Hours of operation
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 5 PM - 9 PM
Wednesday: 5 PM - 9 PM
Thursday: 5 PM - 9 PM
Friday: 5 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday: 5 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunday: 5 PM - 9 PM
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Phone number
(773) 539-1909
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Arun Sampanthavivat
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Private party facilities
We have an intimate upstairs dining room available for private parties. Room fee is $20.00/person. Audio and screen rental; sound system available with fee.
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Private party contact
Paul Schermerhorn: (773) 691-9700
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Catering
We consider catering on a case to case basis. For more information, please email us at info@arunsthai.com with inquiries.
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Cross street
W Berteau Avenue
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Parking details
Valet Parking on Saturdays only. All other days, ample street parking is available.
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Public transit
CTA Brown Line - Kedzie Station
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Special events & promotions
For a limited time, Arun's will offer a themed menu feature every month. Available for only 2 days each, this culinary adventure will highlight various regional styles and techniques to showcase Thailand's wide variety of flavor profiles.

This special menu will be offered exclusively for $150 per person. Seating reservations are available on the days listed below from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Event Schedule:
June 21 & 22 - Regional Thai Cooking
July 19 & 20 - Vegetarian Feature
August 23 & 24 - Marriage from Heaven: Wine & Food Pairings
September 20 & 21 - Chili Dip Challenge
October 18 & 19 - Thai Dumplings & Pasta
November 15 & 16 - Thai Curry Lovers' Paradise

Please call (773) 539-1909 or email info@arunsthai.com for reservations or additional questions.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 266 People Are Saying
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DG
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been here several times before, and we brought some friends for a special treat. The service, which is always good, was above and beyond. The courses are always intricately prepared and presented - and delicious. This time, since we used a car service, we had the wine pairings to accompany. I would recommend this as an added bonus.

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F
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

We have eaten at Arun's several times over the years and in the past we were never disappointed. Sadly, that was not the case on this visit. When we walked in, the restaurant was empty which was cause for concern especially on a Friday night. It began poorly with our early arriving guests being seated in another room for over 15 minutes before we discovered they were there. It should have been pretty easy to figure out that they were with us as they gave my name! Service was friendly but inept - the wrong wine was served twice and there were long periods of waiter absence. While the food was good, it was not outstanding especially for the very high price (about the same as Alinea - and no where near the experience and food there). The main courses are far too large and not very appealing, the “pretty food” we had known in the past is no longer extraordinary and, with a few exceptions, the flavors fell flat and very far from the unique tastes of the past. When there's a prix fixe service, there should never be large plates of food returned to the kitchen because of the size of the servings - and that's what happened. While we were full when we left, we were not very happy. We won't return.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food was terrible. Over cooked proteins. Cocktails that didn’t work together.
A very disappointing experience

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BT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for the first time with 3 other friends on a Wednesday night. It was quiet, I think there were only 2 other tables occupied, but that was good for us because we wanted to talk and catch up. The ambience is really cool. I was worried it would be something tacky Asian. It was actually very nicely designed inside. It was also very calming and relaxing. The food was delicious and fresh. There was nothing written about the dishes and the ingredients, so my friends were worried about not knowing what they are going to get. The waiter was very accommodating of our dietary restrictions, and we didn't have any issues with any of our dishes. We went with the 6 course, because it was our first time, and we weren't sure what it was going to be like. Next I go, I think i will try their standard 10-12 courses. It was that good. I would definitely go again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I chose the 10-course menu, which was made of 10 everyday Thai dishes, beautifully presented. I was expecting to taste creative dishes and new flavors. I was disappointed.

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GC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my second time there and didn't disappoint. Service and food wonderful.

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V
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five star for everything!

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DW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The only glitch in a perfect dinner was some miscommunication between our server and one of the partners.

But overall the food and wine were outstanding. The partner who helped us at first was terrific about the wine list and introduced us to a new favorite.

Arun also stopped by to say hello, which was a treat.

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V
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Arun’s is truly a spectacular dining experience. Be prepared to enjoy a very slow dining experience with amazing food and exceptional service. The menu is prefix and they offer a 10 or 12 course and we went with the 12. We started with delicious cocktails and the food can not really be put into words, way too intricate. It is on the high end especially with alcohol we also had a bottle of wine. If you really want a fine dining experience I highly recommend Arun’s ! I will share a photo not all just one so you can see the presentation.

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FN
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are outstanding! All recipes are crafted with fresh ingredients and the plate presentations are a work of art. If you have not tried Arun’s I highly recommend it!

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b
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Went to the place third time now. Food was good and authentic.
Ambience was good however the place is too cold for comfort.
Also compulsory gratuity 20% is an overkill with the food expense

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EG
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 4

We felt disappointed with this restaurant, it is definitely overpriced and overvalued for what you get, I regretted going there for my last dinner in Chicago especially because we where expecting a high quality dinner that only resulted in common dishes with beautiful presentation, we could tell the ingredients where below the quality we expected for the price. I mean serving sriracha sauce in a restaurant that has an average spend of 75+ usd per person is completely unacceptable. The service was outstanding but the food unfortunately wasn’t. I wish I listened to the bad reviews because they are completely true If you are looking for outstanding food please avoid going to this place.

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A 10 course experiance with fantastic visual food creations with a taste that goes hand in hand.

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my fav restaurants in the world! Art masquerading as food. Makes any special occasion spectacular. Is expensive so we can’t make it a regular thing, tho we’d love to go once a month if we could.

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DW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pricey, but wonder entries, cocktails and service.

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d
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful setting, attentive service, over priced.

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LF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arun's is a special treat. George, our server, was lovely, helpful and fun. Every dish is beautifully presented and delicious. The place to go if you wish to surprise and wow someone!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, and George’s attentive and informative service, not to mention his sense of humor, made it a very special and memorable evening.

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KL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Visited years ago- when it was much better. Beautiful space- but majority of dishes were unmemorable, bland, cold, not fresh, not beautiful. Wine pairing tasted good with dishes- but came out already poured (so who really knew what they were serving- and who cares- none of it merited a second glance, would never buy any). Not at all worth the price.

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LM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our sixteenth wedding anniversary. The service was great, and with the arrival of each thing they gave us a full description of what we were eating (it was a 10 course meal). Then at the end of the meal they gave us a delightful menu to take home of what we ate and a note that wished us a happy anniversary and our names on it. Each course was delightful and the drinks were delicious.

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MB
Chicago
222 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is not your average Thai place (I think in Chicago with so many main stream, carry-out Thai places, we expect the same). This is an much elevated Thai experience that cannot be compared to any other, hence expect to pay more for the experience (it is worth every penny). The food is very creative and well presented. Service was very attentive. The 12-course option was excellent overall (and for two guys, it was very filling). We will be back.

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l
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely 10 course dinner. So glad that could accommodate our dietary needs. Made our anniversary extra special.

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L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING, delicious flavors and creations, and incredible service!! A foodie adventure!

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A
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully presented food which was delicious. Creative tasting menu which also had limited carbs - perfect for anyone trying to limit their intake of carbohydrates. My only comment was that it was a very expensive meal so would consider it a special occasion restaurant.

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MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply Fantastic!! I had not been to Aruba for a while and that was a mistake. 20 years ago Charlie Trotter told he that Aruns was the only other restaurant he would suggest other than his own. He had a very good point!

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HJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s no wonder that Arun’s is part of the 1000 things to do before you die. Food was amazing! Well worth the cost. We tried the 12-course tasting menu and it was outstanding. Chef Arun really surprised us with the menu. This is not your average Thai food. The cuisine is authentic, not take out. Every course was so different and beautifully presented. We were blown away. George, our maitre’d, made us feel so welcome, and when it comes to pairing drinks with courses he really knows his wine and cocktails. He was so funny and attentive. He makes great cocktails. I had the Starting Gun. It was awesome! It was so nice to meet him. A few locals came in and they obviously knew him well. If you are looking for a unique food experience then go to Arun’s!

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H
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went on a Sunday night and had a quiet dinner with impeccable service. Waiter was very knowledgeable about the dishes and paired wines. Each dish was a small piece of art. Waiter generous with his pours and allowed us to enjoy our wine in between courses so we didn’t feel rushed.

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AB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious! Would definitely recommend! The service was outstanding

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible take on Thai cuisine! The service was outstanding, each dish in the 12 course tasting menu was a revelation. Highly recommend the experience.

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KS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was nice, but it does not justify the price level due to a bad atmosphere (very “unclassy”) and bad location.

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PT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Everyday Thai meals with some fancy garnish carving at 10x the price. The waiter tried his hardest to glamorize dishes which are very common in Thai food fairs / kitchens. Nothing glamorous about it. We gasped at the $300.00 tab for two- w/o alcohol!

Perfect place if money doesn't matter and you enjoy empty restaurants on weekends.

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B
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is special. They have taken Thai food to a new level. Not only was the food good it was beautiful. Its not cheep but you pay for what you get. Keep in mind when you do a 8,10 or 12 course tasting menu you might not like everything but I would guess you will like most things. Also don't be in a big hurry. A meal like this will take a couple of hours. They also have wine pairings which we did not do.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Tried the 12 course, it was good, some items inconsistent.

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c
London
15 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable and the ambience perfect for a romantic or celebratory experience, and the cocktail and wine pairings were a highlight, but the food was underwhelming! Where was the heat? Where was the spice? Or if not that, then where was the flavor? There were maybe two exceptional dishes, but otherwise unmemorable food. We indulged in the lobster course, which was very expensive, but was neither a traditional buttery version, or a Thai version (which is what we were hoping for), plus it was chewy and unimpressive displayed.

If it wasn't so expensive, I wouldn't write a harsh review, but the $600 bill for two should have left me feeling completely impressed and blown away by deliciousness and unique flavors. I'm OK with spending good money for an exceptional experience, but the presentation (of food and service) at Arun's seemed a greater concern than the taste.

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JK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall excellent but felt that we were a bit rushed when our server poured our wine and served our first course while we were still sipping cocktails

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RH
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience. I enjoy hosting friends who have not experienced Arun's before; it is magical!

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MM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Really terrific. Great Service. But it all comes at a price. Not for the fiscally faint-of-heart.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality and very flavorful. One of the best tasting menu experiences we've had in Chicago. They even gave us a special treat at the end to help us celebrate our special occassion, and were very attentive to my wife's dietary restrictions with flavorful and unique substitutions (not just removing items from the dish).

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I would caution anyone who is thinking about dining at Arun's. For a prix fixe restaurant that promises an elevated dining experience, this restaurant fell well short. The food was mediocre, and the price was one of the highest I've paid in this genre. Food was served lukewarm, the quality of the ingredients was low, and I've had tastier thai food at my corner thai restaurant. I actually doubt whether a chef was on staff when we went, or whether they had a waiter assembling pre-cooked food before each course was brought out. At one point I was served a gristly piece of wagu beef. When I mentioned it to the waiter, I was not offered another piece of meat or anything to make up for the fact that one of the most pricey dishes on the menu was inedible. The staff was friendly, but the food was unacceptable. For an experience that is costly for almost anyone, this felt like a robbery.

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