Arun's Thai Restaurant

4.4
249 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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Neighborhood
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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 249 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
219 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
4 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
19 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
11 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
9 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
3 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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S
London
14 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
3 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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SS
New York Area
2 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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MH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our own private niche: great place for conversation. Wonderful food, creative and delicious. Service was abundant and professional. Presentation of each dish: very special- just look at my photo: the carrot ‘basket’ of spring ‘flowers’.

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c
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We have been to Arun's several times over the years and had enjoyed it. It closed for a while for "remodeling" however none was evident.

We had a 6:45 pm reservation on Friday, March 23. The website says that they open at 5. We arrived at about 6:15 for a pre-dinner drink in the lounge. There were buckets and mops scattered about, and they said they really weren't prepared for us, but that we could have a drink in the lounge. Fine, had the drink, seated at 6:45.

Course after course came out barely warm - There was no sense that there was any cooking going on in the restaurant. In fact, there was our party of 5 and one other table of 2, and we felt that it was likely that they chose not to hire a chef for the evening but rather to warm up some leftovers. The scallops and lobster were fishy and not fresh. The duck was inedible. The wait staff was unable to answer several questions about the food, although one did manage to tell us how tired he was after his day at his first job.

Bottom line - our bill was $1400 for five people for food that was not freshly prepared. We will not return.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time! Fine dining on Thai cuisine with impeccable service. Thank you Paul & George for making our evening so memorable! Thank you Chef Arun for painting the mountain scene on the birthday boy's dessert plate- what a treat!

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NS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good and interesting but experience overall (service, ambience, etc) did not merit the prices.

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SP
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

George and Paul were amazing hosts. Thank you kindly!

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LE
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service and beautiful presentation

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DL
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular as always!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service excellent as usual. The presentation is artistic.

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W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! The carved garnishes were worth the price of dinner themselves! And such an array of wonderful dishes in the 13-course tasting menu!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose the 10 course pre-fixed menu and it was delicious. One of the people in our party did not eat seafood, so they substituted anything from the sea with meat and they were very accommodating. It ended up being around $200 per person after drinks and a tip, and it was completely worth it!

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J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special place... everyone should experience Arun’s

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n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Cocktail were the highlight! Meal was pretty but flavors were extremely unremarkable. Wine pairings were poorly coordinated both in flavor and amount (one ~3oz pour to accompany between 2 and 4 courses). Staff seemed uncoordinated and confused throughout the evening.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit. The Pre-fixe menu we chose had 10 courses, with lots of seafood, beef and vegetarian samplings. The presentation was gorgeous and of course delicious, though they were almost too pretty to eat. We especially love the carved carrot decorations that accompany several of the dishes. This is splurge for us, but we feel for a special occasion we get our money's worth.

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o
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

superb presentation, service and variety with creative twists on Thai staples and other gourmet dishes. Room got cold for a while but was near 0 degrees outside.

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DL
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arun's defines perfection. This was our third time, and it just keeps getting better. We brought the New York relatives, who were similarly impressed. Arun's reimagines Thai cuisine in a way I have never seen anywhere else. You have to go.

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BA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an extremely special and delicious dining experience!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Absolutely one of the most amazing dining experiences ever.

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