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About NaKorn

NaKorn started with our belief that authentic Thai food should be found not only in Thailand—but here, as well.

Our menu offers a perfect blend of bold flavors with traditional, old-world recipes in a modern presentation. Using only the finest ingredients, we created unique dishes layered with flavors. Our menu is best enjoyed when served family-style, though our portion sizes vary according to the dish. Most of our dishes are best when accompanied by rice.

1622 Orrington Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Thai, Contemporary Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Monday, and Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Davis & Church

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 733-8424

Website:
http://nakornkitchen.com/

Parking Details:
1603 Orrington*
Parking by hourly rates. Available: Monday - Friday, 7am to 8pm; Saturday, 7am to 3pm

Public Transit:
Two blocks from the Davis Street Metra stop and Davis Purple Line stop

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

NaKorn Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (30)
Authentic (29)
Casual (22)
Romantic (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Cozy (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Gluten Free Options (16)
Healthy (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Spicy (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Business Meals (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Fun (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Organic (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vegan (3)
Great Beer (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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Disabled Access (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great value and very delicate food. I love the design of the plate and also the design of the restaurant atmosphere

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Love NaKorn! Not a Pad Thai in sight. Wonderfully creative food with homemade sodas that are delicious!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

All dishes were too sweet! Although they did look pretty when they came out.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The branzino is my all-time favorite. It is amazing that a whole fish could be deboned and fried to perfection with wonderful flavors and still retain the shape of a whole fish. The crab bites are also really good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

This was my 3rd visit, and each has been better than the one before. Interesting and creative menu. Satisfying in every way.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2017

We saw NaKorn on the cover of NS Luxury Magazine and had to try it. We started our experience with the grilled octopus (that's what's on NS's cover) and crab cake bites - Muah!! Wonderful. Then we moved on to Kale and Tofu (my wife is vegan) and stuffed cabbages - again both great! Tasted like the mushroom sauce was bred of a basket-full of shrooms. At that point we were so full that we ordered just one entree, the braised short ribs - what a TON of flavor in the little bowl (which we learned was from a Thai family, slow-cook recipe). Everything was complemented by coconut rice (choice of that or brown) and a side order of delectable brussels sprouts. Don't miss this Evanston gem!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Business Meals, Casual, Spicy, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2017

I had seen the quaint dining room of NaKorn while driving by, and thought to try it - boy am I glad I did. Mind-bogglingly good. I started with something that at first seemed odd to me - watermelon with cured salmon - but I figured, "eh, why not?" OMG what a great flavor combination, and it was all I could do to just not keep ordering repeats of that one dish and call it a night! I guess it's a historic Thai king delicacy, or something, but why more places don't have dishes like this I don't know! Another thing that struck me about the menu was the variety of tastes this restaurant takes care to serve. There are great options for meat eaters (e.g., pork shank and sirloin), really, really well-though vegetarian options (e.g., tofu and kale, stuffed cabbage), and it seemed like almost everything was either gluten-free or optional gluten-free. Wow, just a lot of thought put into everything. The atmosphere is quaint, comfy and romantic, and they also had some great music on their playlist. Top Notch!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

All three people in the party thought all five dishes that we ordered was tasteless, dull and little amount for the dollar. We agreed not to go back there again.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 10, 2017

save yourself the trip, terrible food and horrible service, stay away

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Disappointed. Food lacked flavor (very nice presentation but flavor missing) and quantity of appetizers was very poor too. Service just fair - waitress did not know a lot about the specialty drinks or the food which seemed odd. tables too close together and seating uncomfortable. All in all I'd say not worth the pricetag and nothing that special to warrant the prices.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 19, 2017

The food was amazing! It's Thai fine dining. The ambience is modern, but noise level was quiet. Their sign was discreet, so I almost walked past it. Thank goodness for google maps.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Excellent food, authentic flavors and cuisine. One of our favorite Thai restaurants!! Can't wait to return. Everything was tasty , fresh and full of traditional Thai flavors

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food is exceptional - modern, flavorful Thai. The presentations are spectacular. Really next level. Don't come here thinking it's your average Thai restaurant. It's special.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The restaurant was empty at 8:00 on a Saturday night. The menu had limited options. The two entrees and one appetizer we had were mediocre and expensive. The wine selection was very limited. The server gave us a taste of the chardonnay. It was terrible. We wanted to like this Thai restaurant but will not be going back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

This was my first time at the restaurant. The food was superb and the customer service was outstanding. My only critic is that the items are very expensive for what you get. I would suggest lowering prices a bit to match the value.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 5, 2017

excellent! gourmet Thai, wonderful unexpected beautiful presentation of dishes, delicious, understated but cool and authentic decor. good service. such a great addition to the Evanston restaurant scene, and so different from your average Thai place.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 3, 2017

The branzino is amazing. Service is always attentive and friendly. This is not a typical Thai restaurant but the food is very authentic.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Great service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 31, 2017

We liked the space and the service was attentive and friendly but, unfortunately, the food was mediocre.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 24, 2017

I really enjoyed an opportunity to try real Thai food. After having traveled to Thailand a few times, I appreciate the difference. The food was well presented and really delicious.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 24, 2017

This was our first visit. The food was excellent but the portions were small for the price. The cocktail menu was fun. Service was also very good. It would be nice if they noted on the menu which dishes were spicy.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Three friends having dinner pre theatre. All dishes beautiful, tasty creations: Pandan Tapioca Pearl Crackers in tamarind/shrimp sauce, Pan Roasted White Fish with chutney, Lump Crabmeat curry. Cocktails as creative and well prepared as the food. Service super friendly and efficient. Quiet at 6PM. We will be back!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 8, 2017

I would have given 5 stars across the board but my meal (duck noodle soup) was just a little light on flavor. Otherwise, the appetizer was great and my guest enjoyed his curry chicken. The service was beyond 5 stars - wonderful wait staff, others came over to see if we needed anything. I will definitely go back - I'd like to eat my way through the whole menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Very disappointed with service and quality of food considering the amount we paid. No typical Thai dishes that we normally see on a menus in the Chicago & metro area.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Food was unique and very tasty - the chicken app should not be on a bed of raw rice, it sticks to the app and makes for an unpleasant crunch. Service on a Friday night started great and faded as the night went - we had 10 pp and were driving a great check, could have been higher if service had kept up.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 25, 2017

I thought the food was good/not great, but the portions were a bit small for the cost and I don't consider myself a big eater. Could have used more veggies or sides. could have used more help with the menu. Cocktail 1 of 5 was great. too expensive for a neighborhood place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Someone recommended we try NaKorn as we love Thai food and duck dishes. It has also been tough to get in as it is always booked, finally we found a time to try it!

Unfortunately we were not impressed and do not recommend this restaurant. The food was very bland and little to no flavor. The most favorable item was the ginger and lemongrass tea, I do recommend this tea, it was very good.

The duck was over a bowl of broth and had little taste. Seems they really like a lot of sauce or broth as all the dishes were swimming in broth. The coconut pieces had no taste whatsoever. Tasted like soft tofu.

Disappointed in NaKorn, hope they find a way to expand their menu to food that is tastier than it sounds.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Absolutely unique and incredibly delicious Thai. Can't wait to return to try the rest of the menu

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Our 2d visit and just as good this time. Brought friends and they loved it too.

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Wonderful, creative food! Service could not have been more helpful or knowledgeable!

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Everything was flavorful!
From the sea scallops to the sea bass to the black sticky rice pudding dessert everything was great!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2017

delicious food, small portions, good place for a date.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We were seated quickly but after that things were very slow. We waited long for our server, for the appetizer and the meal. The food was good but a little overpriced in my opinion.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

My husband loves Thai food so we thought we would try it. The food was not what we expected as it is more traditional Thai than "American" thai. However, the food was good and the homemade fruit drinks were tasty.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Delicious, authentic Thai food paired with excellent service in a beautiful room!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Spicy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2017

We had the restaurant week menu and tried everything. My favorites are the tapioca chips, taro chicken, crab meat with rice noodles, Amish chicken and black sticky rice dessert.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Nakorn is a real find. Authentic Thai recipes, but this is high-end Thai, beautifully presented. You won't find the American Thai standards here (no pad thai, mee krob, satay, etc.) but you will find inventive dishes, redolent with ginger, turmeric, tamarind and coconut. The pork shank and the chicken are stand-out entrees; don't miss the pandan tapioca crackers and the shredded brisket appetizers, or the delightful coconut cream pie parfait. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Very good food

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2017

We really enjoyed our dinner on Saturday at NaKorn! Both of us love Thai food, and the cuisine was a very original and different than the run of the mill Thai food in the Chicago / Evanston area. The menu was brief, but all of the dishes were executed flawlessly. We each had a craft cocktail and a glass of wine. If I had one criticism, it was a little loud for having dinner conversation. But the food was great, and the service was fantastic.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Absolutely a great find. All 4 of us loved it. Service was casual but excellent. Not what is expected for Thai food.. Will be returning very soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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