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Karma Asian Food and Fine Wine

4.0
429 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
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About

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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Cuisines
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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Entertainment
Our Zen laced dining room features a calming pool of water through the middle and a soothing waterfall.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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food
4.0
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4.3
ambience
3.8
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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2015

Food was amazing!

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vipTrinka (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 30, 2015

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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MrRV (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2015

Restaurant is beautiful. The service was excellent. The food was very good, my wife LOVED her shrimp dish. This place is a bit of a drive for us but I will return regardless. The restaurant wasn't too busy but the pub area seemed to attract more of the hotel guest. If you're in the Mundelein area check this place out.

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vipnorthsub (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 20, 2015

Love Karma. We've been going since it opened over a decade ago, and experienced a number of chef and menu changes. We've never been disappointed. Karma, PLEASE, add back your crispy spinach and amazing calamari salad (our friends who moved to Ca. still dream about this salad!). Gilberto was our server and made our dining experience even better. He has been with Karma for 11 years, and is knowlegeable, attentive, friendly and very professional. From the seared tuna to the decadent banana nutella spring rolls (OMG!!!!)... everything was delicious. The atmosphere, a tranquility wading pool in the center of the room and a waterfall at the end, is calming, romantic and allows for conversation without screaming. Karma has two sides, the Asian Fusion side, and on the other side, a beautiful bar that serves pub food (but you can also order from the main restaurant). GO GO GO... this is unlike any other place you will find in the Mundelein area. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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vipBarb (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 20, 2015

The four of us really enjoyed the ambiance of Karma and the food was delicious. Service was caring ands attentive. Thanks for a great meal.

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AJt61 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on March 20, 2015

Started out great. But service was sparse. Ordered stuffed peach porkchop. Came butterflied and dry. Disappointed as it was my birthday.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 7, 2015

We don't try new restaurants very often, so for my birthday we decided to stretch ourselves. Karma was the choice, and it was a great one! We went early, so there was plenty of seating, but from the first moment we walked in, our server treated us like the only ones in the place. We were given a spacious booth from which to enjoy the decor and atmosphere. With three teenage kids, we weren't sure about the food, but from the appetizer through the main course to the dessert, all of us enjoyed the taste and the opportunity to widen our palates. The salmon was cooked to perfection, the salads were tasty and the sides were done just as we asked. Being a birthday meal, they offered us a free dessert for each birthday at the table, so we enjoyed both the cheesecake and the Japanese sundae. So even with our restricted palates and experiences of new foods, our kids have even asked when we can return, and we intend to in the not too distant future.

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RunnerREH (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

This was our first visit to Karma and I'm quite certain it will not be our last. We were warmly greeted by our hoastes, our coats checked, taken to our table and greater by our waiter for drink orders in record time. The menu was excellent With all sorts of great options. We got our drinks, which were great, ordered an appetizer and settled down to a nice quiet evening of dining. The ambiance was warm and conversation was easy as we didn't have to compete with surrounding noise. We both had a lobster bisque and the surf and turf which was served with creamy mashed potatoes and perfect veggies. The only mistake of the evening was we only received the turf (the surf was missing). Our waiter fixed the problem immediately and all was good. We enjoyed our meal, ordered fresh drinks and we were encouraged to sit and enjoy. When the check came again were were encouraged to not rush and enjoy. With the exception of the miss order it was a perfect night of dinning. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

We hadn't been to Karma in at least 10 years so we thought we'd give it another try. It was not difficult to secure a table on last minute notice. The firecracker shrimp appetizer and the lobster bisque soup were excellent. The peachy pork was good but perhaps a little overdone. The chicken boursin was good and the edamame ravioli was solid also. The ambience is very nice with the pond in the middle of the restaurant. It is unfortunate this place is not in a better location (perhaps near other restaurants or shopping districts) because I think it would be more popular. I think most people just forget about it.

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jokeapoke (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

Great for a romantic date! Really good food! Dont let the Asian food turn you away, its very Americanized. It didnt feel asian at all!

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j2000 (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2015

Good food, great ambiance. Reasonable priced. Love the decor and design.

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vipDesignAngel (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2015

It was a quiet weekday lunch. Heading back home to downtown Chicago. We were surprised by the Zen decor. The entrees are a little pricey for what you get. The sides could be more generous. A cup of rice did not do my Korean BBQ Ribeye justice.
The portions are a bit small and pricey.
Outstanding service!!!
Enjoyed the atmosphere!

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