Arun's Thai Restaurant

4.6
315 reviews
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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.

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Sun 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM

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IS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. My wife and I went for our anniversary. George served us with grace and wit, and truly made the night special for us, an event to remember.

AD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arun's is a culinary experience. Some of the best food that I have ever had was from Arun's and this visit was no different. The mango dessert that we had was the best sweet I'd ever tasted. I only wish that it was sold a la carte!

Arun's Thai Restaurant
Responded on August 13, 2019

Thank you for your kind review. Chef Arun will launch the a la carte in September! If there's no Golden Mango Crumble on the a la carte menu, please show this message to the staff and we will send a compliment one to you and your party!

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m
Berlin
28 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Thai in Chicago. A little pricey with the 10 or 12 course pre-fixe. But terrific for a special night out.

MG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not just a great Thai restaurant, but a great restaurant period. Perhaps the finest I’ve ever been at. A bit of sticker shock when you see the bill, but still worth it.

KZ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really liked this restaurant. Very attentive/service oriented. Great wait staff. Table was ready at the time of the reservation - no waiting. Wine selections were very good. Interesting Thai decor. Loved my food, but we should have opted for the 10 rather than the 12 course meal. I am planning to come back during the week when they offer 6-8 course meals. Nice place for a special occasion. Amazing presentation.

DR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I've patronized Arun's twice in 2008 and 2010 prior to this recent visit and was blowned away both times. Been telling everyone how amazing the food was. I took my boyfriend and best friend this time excited for them to experience the same greatness as my previous 2 times. I was so very upset and disappointed this time. The course was increased to 10 or 12 which was overkill. But worst of all was the food. I didn't eat seafood and ended up with dried chicken EVERYTHING. My friends stated that all they got were seafood, seafood, seafood. The flavors and diverse ingredients and dishes of the post were completely gone! Adding insult to injury, my bill was over $500 with a $100 tip which meant the past $75 8 course dinner was now doubled and with food that was not worth anything. Really upset.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was good but simply wasn’t worth the exorbitant prices. Also I was very disappointed that they keep their wines in a hot basement cellar. We had to taste test very warm wine which was meaningless and then wait 20 minutes for the bottle to be chilled down. You shouldn’t charge people so much if that’s the type of service you are providing. There were also a total of 3 tables at the restaurant on a Friday night which felt very awkward. Again it may be time to lower the prices here.

JJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most wonderful dining experience. The food is remarkable.

WP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven’t been to Arun for years but it was K&L wife’s bday and thought it was a good time to go back. We had the full 12 course menu.

Overall everything was great. Not every dish was a home run, i.e. seafood medley entree, probably a double but the key is everything was fresh and authentic. As my wife is Thai, chef Arun even made a dish especially for her. Who does that!

If you enjoy Thai food and have something to celebrate this is the place to go.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience would totally come back again!

J
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our first time here. Were were just in Thailand and were excited to try Arun's. It was good, not great. We were here for our anniversary and overall, dinner was disappointing.

GS
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are some experiences that are truly unique and impeccably executed - This is undoubtedly one of them.

From the very beginning until the finale of the 10 course meal we chose to partake in, I was in awe at how well executed the food was and how impeccable the service was. George truly is a marvel and in every single dish, it is clear how well versed he is in Thai cuisine and more importantly, in Arun's menu. He was extremely thorough, considerate and explained everything better than any wait staff I have ever come across.

I highly suggest the 10 (or more ) course meal to truly get the full experience, and enjoyed the pad thai noodle dish, the dumplings starter and the shrimp pastry the most. Everything was divine and I look forward to coming back soon!

LD
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Start to finish we thoroughly enjoyed every bite. The service is impeccable and the artwork throughout the restaurant is exquisite!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I didn’t realize the menu did not permit a la carte. Was surprised by bill. About $200/person for 12 course tasting - 3 pescatarian one vegetarian, 2 drinks per person.

ML
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so thankful I didn't let my wife know I was taking her to Aruns because she would have gotten on that review site and seen some very incorrect comments. I can't believe what people have written. This place is the real deal from top to bottom. I was in awe, so was my wife and 12 year old son. Yes it costs a chunk of change but it is worth every penny. Staff explained every single ingredient and it wasn't like they were reading off a script. I looked around the room and it was spotless as it should be. The food was the best I have ever eaten and I have been to many good restaurants. You really need to go here. This was my second visit. The first one was 14 years ago. This was every bit as good as the last visit. And, compared to other high priced restaurants, this is probably the best deal.

OT
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A little expensive, but food delicious and service is great.

T
Phoenix
55 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We keep thinking that one of these times we will be disappointed, but we never are. It is always a pleasure.

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

Our waiter George was welcoming, cordial and attentive! The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. We even had some “dessert artwork” by Owner Arun delivered to our table. My first visit to Arun’s was a few years after they opened this location and I took my friend there this time for her first experience EVER fine dining. Her favorite food is Thai. This restaurant blew her away! We had a lovely evening, did not feel rushed and enjoyed the entire evening from start to finish! Expect to pay more for this experience but this is Chicago — this is what to expect for a night out at a fine establishment!

LM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food First. We had Chef's 10 and 12 prix-fix menu. Simply Delicious!! And, the artful presentation was a feast for the eyes!

Our server, George enhanced our dining experience from beginning to end with his delightful disposition and colorful ingredient and history description of each dish. His knowledge was amazing and his service on point and unpretentious. He really made our evening a memorable and lovely experience.

Beautiful ambiance. Great chef story. What an interesting journey!

Thank you. We'll be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, highly recommend

P
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arun’s is by far the best Thai restaurant I have been to. It’s just an amazing experience. The food is amazing, the murals on the walls and decor is phenomenal and the cocktails were extremely delicious as well.

I wish that folks pay attention and visit this place more often.

s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way for a special evening with my wife

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The restaurant was dead on a Saturday night, yet our reservation got confused multiple times upon arrival, they couldn't figure out how many of us there were and got us confused with another table?
Once we were seated it took over 10 minutes for anyone to greet us or give us a menu. Then we ordered 2 drinks and it took 20 MINUTES for them to arrive, I have never waited for drinks/a meal to start longer than we did here. It was all downhill from there ... The menu and pricing wasn't quite explained to us and we were shocked when the bill arrived! $150/person for food, plus drinks, our table of 4 had a bill of $1000. Which I will gladly pay for the right service, food and experience, this is definitely not it. Now I understand why the place was dead. Stick to your neighborhood Thai joint!

PM
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Much too pricey!! It was truly like Basic Thai food made with better grade meats and presented beautifully! Just not worth the money AT ALL! So sad, as we were so excited to try it!
The decor and ambiance was pretty awful! I don’t think they are aware of all the new restaurants that have popped up in Chicago in the last 10 years. No wonder Aruns was, on a Saturday night, not near full capacity. I don’t mean to be so harsh, but, for the price, I don’t want anyone else to be disappointed like I was!😢

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, great food

HM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arun's was such a treat. The presentation was beautiful and I could not have taken another bite of food by the time we left the restaurant after almost 3 hours. The courses were spaced out perfectly, and each dish had such a unique flavor that I had not ever tried in Thai food before. The wine pairing was great and the staff were extremely knowledgeable about the food and drinks. This was the perfect restaurant for a special occasion. I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a new Thai dining experience.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible! I’ve been wanting to get here for years and am so glad to have the occasion. The food was beautiful, delicious and creative, the layers of flavors were a delight to the senses. The sorbet at the end was the freshest, lightest and most flavorful I’ve ever had. Entire experience was outstanding.

FC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Beautiful experience!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is outstanding. Each course is completely unique and delicious. By not providing the list of courses in advance, each flavor is a surprise and provides a more engaging experience as you are focused on the food in front of you. The presentation and attention to detail is amazing. Each garnish is like a piece of artwork and truly impressive.
The service is incredible, each person is so friendly and knowledge about the food. You can see the respect they all have for the talent of the chef as they explain the food and the thought that goes into the menu.

I won’t post any pictures because this experience will only be made better by letting yourself be surprised by each dish.

RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We returned to Arun's for the first time in 7 to 10 years. We were reminded of why we should have been going much more often. Food was outstanding and presentation artistic. Wine list better than it used to be, and reasonable. Service attentive and helpful. Hard to beat for a celebration dinner.

MR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arun's is one of the BEST dining experiences in Chicagoland! The service is impeccable, decor unsurpassed, but the best part (as it should be) is the food. Complex and varied tastes, beautifully plated artistry, each bite a wonderful surprise. The restaurant is great for a romantic date as well as entertaining friends who appreciate good food And wine.

SI
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our dining experience was amazing. The food was incredible, the service was personal, friendly, and attentive and we got to sit in the dining room that has an amazingly detailed mural which we appreciated during our dinner. We chose the 10-course tasting menu, and I enjoyed every bite!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though you need to wait for a year- Book Valentines Day now- amazing experience!

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great! Wonderful service and ambience. Very interesting and tasty menu.

L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic and personal

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We went there for my wife's birthday dinner on a slow weekday Thu evening and it ended up being a very expensive mistake... The weather was bad in Chicago and there was just one other table occupied in the restaurant.
1. We were told they offered 6-8 courses on weekdays and 10-12 on weekends... After we chose our wine and settled in, we were told they only offered 10-12 courses so then we reminded him of the 6-8 courses on the weekdays. We chose the 8 course which was 4 appetizers, 3 main courses, rice and the last course of dessert.
2. My wife clearly specified that she does not eat red meat and only fish when we ordered our 8 course. We were told no problem they accommodate all dietary needs.
3. Course #3 Larb came with "wagyu" beef for both us, we sent her dish back and so they got her a shrimp instead of the beef. He apologized at that time and we again mentioned that my wife does not eat red meat, only fish.
4. A few minutes later, two of the three main courses were pork and beef curries that were to be shared between the two of us. Once again we reminded him that my wife does not eat red meat and he made a joke about pork being the other white meat. They then brought her a fish and chicken curry dish while I retained the pork and beef curries.
5. We were offered one large spoonful of rice each and were told that we can ask if we needed more. Never once did he come back and ask if we needed more rice
We have eaten in fine dining restaurants all over the world and unfortunately this was the worst expensive experience we have ever had. We will not be going back and advise you all to take the required precautions in case you have dietary restrictions.

S
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A birthday meal that was an artistic experience. George and Landon guided us with expertise and care through 12 courses of visually stunning and flavorfully epiphanal works of handcrafted edible art. Sublime yet memorable, Chef Arun's creations are worthy of your contemplation and consumption.

S
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is perhaps the finest Thai restaurant in the U.S. The food is sublime. The service is impeccable. This restaurant should be on every foodie's bucket list.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ah-mazing!!!! The service was the best I’ve experienced.

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