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Karma Asian Food and Fine Wine

429 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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Karma is a self-described "baseball headquarters,” a sports bar that serves as a meeting spot for fans of both the Chicago Cubs and White Sox. Like any self-respecting sports bar, this restaurant is packed wall to wall with massive HDTVs so guests can catch the action from any seat in the house. Karma has lined its walls with baseball paraphernalia from both teams, including signed jerseys, balls and bats.

Karma's menu can best be described as bar food done right. Diners can start with the signature Karma quesadillas filled with cheddar, Monterey jack, pico de gallo, sour cream and a choice of marinated steak or chicken. Entrees take inspiration from all over the globe. Fish and chips is a popular entree borrowed from England, while Karma puts its spin on an Asian classic with the orange chicken stir-fry with sugar snap peas, bell peppers, onions, carrots and scallion rice.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Asian, Pan-Asian, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 6:00am - 10:30am
Dinner: Friday & Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Until February 1st the Karma will be closed permanently
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Phone number
(847) 970-6900
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paul Choi
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Cross street
Route 45
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Parking details
We have ample FREE parking.
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Our Zen laced dining room features a calming pool of water through the middle and a soothing waterfall.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipBarbara (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2015

Our server was very knowledgable and helpful with the menu and the preparation of food. Everyone enjoyed their food. The portions are large so was able to enjoy the left overs at home.
The atmosphere is lovely. We enjoy the tranquility of the place and the ability to have a conversation with friend with out yelling.
Go, you will enjoy yourself.

secondsweetness (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2015

Never expected that christmas day late lunch would be so inspiring and delightful. The reviews were mixed so I didn't have high expectations, however the food, service, ambiance, location and atmosphere was exceptional. I really loved it and recommend this restaurant to anyone! Couldn't be happier! Yum. Ps the firecracker shrimp and fried rice were the best than anything ever eaten at similar cuisine. The presentation of the food on each plate was a mastepiece! Wow!

vipDelicious (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2015

Food and service was great! We both enjoyed it and a great experience.

TTLV814 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 14, 2015

Expected more, good food but not as "artistic" as I was less to believe by website.

FoodRevMund (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

Karma's chef delivers beyond expectations. We cannot wait to go back as we look for chefs that care about where food is sourced, in addition to using real food ingredients (no cheap fake food please). The plating was beautiful and the Asian fusion flavor combinations were simply mouth watering. Lobster mashed potatoes! Scallops seared to perfection! Gorgeous vegetables! Dessert is not to be missed either. The decor feels like a swanky downtown restaurant, five stars for YOU Karma!

Ross (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on November 27, 2015

Food not good. There was only one other table at 630pm on a Friday night...that says it all.

hopethiswouldhelp (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 20, 2015

Food was average little too sweet.
The service was great .
Clean quiet ambience there were only two tables occupied including my table.

Kella06 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 15, 2015

Went to Karma with a family to celebrate a birthday. The decor was really well-done, but the room is large and cavernous and the music almost non-existent, which made the emptiness of a Sunday night seem somehow awkward and echo-y. We were slightly disappointed in the limited menu, but our appetizers were delicious. They were out of one of the meals we ordered, so that led to some disappointment. The meals were overall satisfying and well done, although not really anything to rave about, but they came out piping hot which is always appreciated. The quinoa veggie burger was good, but weirdly lacking in any kind of interesting toppings that it screamed for. Dessert was on the house in honor of the birthday, which was a nice touch. Service was excellent.

voffka (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

Obviously unable to serve a party of 20+, I don't even know why they accepted our reservations. We had one waitress and, besides our party of 23 people, she had like 4 more tables. We got our food 2.5 hours later. Staff is unprofessional - we literally had one guy throw plates on our table because he got upset with people not sitting down when he was serving... Yeah, food's okay. Never again!

DiningLady (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2015

Since Karma is attached to a hotel, we hesitated to try it. A definite mistake. It is lovely and the food is amazing. The atmosphere is peaceful and soothing with an artistic little pool in the center of the room. We tried the Ahi Tuna and Cantonese Crepes to start followed by the Normandy Chicken and the Truffled Scallop Scampi. Everything was original and excellent. There were also vegetarian options. This is definitely someplace we will recommend to our friends.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2015

The food was wonderful and our waiter was incredibly helpful and attentive. It couldn't have been a nicer evening.

vipLuvthehood (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

Great food but very quiet restaurant. They only had one server but she was on top of everything.

vipLinda (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2015

This restaurant is so impressive to view the interior with its waterfall and pool in the middle of the restaurant while you dine right beside the pool. Very exotic decorating. The food was really good and the service was excellent. The prices were very reasonable.

vipAZLolly (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on July 27, 2015

I was not expecting this beautiful Japanese garden feel in a hotel restaurant. The menu is varied all with a nice Asian flair. Not what I'd expect west coast fusion dishes to be but they do a descent job for Illinois.

Happy (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on July 12, 2015

Picked this restaurant for a quiet intimate dining experience, as it was rated "romantic" by a few magazines. The restaurant is across the hallway from Karma Pub that conflicts with Karma Restaurant by pumping Lady Gaga and such music for all of the bar, hotel and restaurant to hear.
We were not greeted at the host station for several minutes because their literally one-man show was waiting on a table at the time we arrived. One person to host and serve all tables, if this place ever gets crowded (or more than 4-5 tables) it's guaranteed a miserable experience.
The menu was inventive and very enjoyable to look at and read about all the different Asian fusion options...too bad they don't have a chef that can deliver (for all we know, it may be the one-man hosts responsibility as well). Over processed / over frozen foods brought back to "life" and "fresh" were very obvious. Oh and fresh ground pepper for your salad? LOL nope, just the fine ground pepper shaker that was probably taken from the continental breakfast room down the hall.
I also need to mention that we were offered the Pub Menu as well when we sat down "cheeseburgers, bar food, etc...". We were very confused by this considering the price point and atmosphere of the restaurant but then we understood, 4 teenagers came in (cargo shorts, tshirts, flip flops) who actually WALKED on the bench seat to the table before sitting down. They ordered off the pub menu and we believe charged it to their (more like their parents/chaperones) room... our assumption is that they weren't old enough to eat in the bar across the hall.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2015

Food was amazing!

vipTrinka (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 30, 2015

Love the look of this place - so cool! Attentive wait staff.

Winger (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 20, 2015

We have dined here 5-6 times before and always thought it was somewhat special and good for the price. The menu has changed drastically and now offers a much greater variety of oriental food/cuisine (some at a lower price point) but with a continental flair. That said, I miss some of the former classic dishes - especially their outstanding whole fried fish. The food was good but not as memorable as some of the dishes from their previous menu. The setting is still lovely and fairly quiet but dinner was lacking the wow factor.

vipVit10 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 6, 2015

We always enjoy dining here but were surprised at the diminished menu offerings and the fact that there were only three parties in the restaurant on Saturday 6/6/2015. The food is excellent and presented attractively.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 9, 2015

Do not miss the lobster bisque. There is literally a bite of lobster in every spoonful! I could make a meal out of the soup and a salad.