NaKorn

4.6
111 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
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.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration - possibly the best Thai restaurant in Chicago!

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Responded a day ago

Thank you for coming and for posting! Sam

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C
Cancun
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to my husband at lunch. We ordered Coconut Curry Braised Beef and Bahn Mi Noodle (a little bit spicy) and Coconut Cream Curry Sauce Sautéed White Prawns. Both were delicious!

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T
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at NaKorn is excellent -- totally different from any Thai food you've ever had. Many of the dishes are made with coconut cream or milk, making it a wonderful choice for lactose-intolerant persons.

NaKorn
Responded on April 10, 2019

Oh, thank you so much, Tels! We appreciate you coming and posting, and hope to see you again soon! Sam.

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P
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I wrote in the reservations that theee of us are vegetarian but was disappointed when chef said she can’t and won’t substitute any dish . He said to order other vegetarian dish he had on the menu but that’s not what we wanted. Like we wanted chicken curry without the Chicken and he said he won’t do it. So after paying high prices didn’t get what we wanted . So won’t recommend to my friends as I feel it is not Customer friendly .
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TW
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the first time I'd been to Nakorn and I went with a friend who has some dietary restrictions. The server was wonderful to help find a dish that she could have. I had the curried chicken -- it was amazing! While a little on the pricey side, I would highly recommend this place. They take Thai food to another level!

NaKorn
Responded on April 7, 2019

Thank you, Traci! We appreciate your patronage and the 5-star review! Sam

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff, incredible presentation with the food and, most importantly, it was delicious! Will definitely go back.

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DL
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The ambiance and service was wonderful. The food was intriguing and spicy but also real creative.
I took my Chinese in-laws who appreciated the restaurant. I particularly enjoyed the friendliness of the staff.

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MA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is incredible. Staff is very kind. Service is well executed.

NaKorn
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you so much, MASMAS! We appreciate the kind words (not to mention the 5 stars!!!), and hope to see you again soon! Sam

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastic food, service, and ambiance.

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C
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Novel, tasty food. Cordial, attentive servers. Lighting too dim.

NaKorn
Responded on March 15, 2019

Hi, Comensal! Thanks for coming, and for reviewing. if there's anything other than brightening up that we might do to get your 4 up to a 5, please let us know! Thanks! Sam

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JS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Rich, complex flavors developed using combinations of ingredients that were unusual but readily accessible and tremendously delicious. We're not talking Thai heat-type flavors, but complex and layered mellow flavors. The branzino and accompanying small side salad made a particularly awesome tasty combination. My wife had the scallops and raved about them. I had read someone say in their review that they loved the chicken appetizer so much they ordered a second one - I can now understand why. The tequila drink on the menu was also unusual but left me wanting another one.
Just can't say enough about the wonderful foodiness in what they serve here!! Look forward to eating here again!

NaKorn
Responded on March 12, 2019

Hey, thank you so much, Jack! You seemed to like us, so we're wondering if there's anything in particular you could recommend we do so that next time your 4 becomes a 5! Thank you again, so much! Sam

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding, fresh and flavorful. The service is very friendly and attentive. Nice and cozy atmosphere. Favorite Thai restaurant!

NaKorn
Responded on March 10, 2019

Thank you, Jimmy! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Sam

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C
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unexpected and so lovely. Wonderful balance of flavors. Also great little touches in restaurant itself. Can’t wait to return when I am in the area again.

NaKorn
Responded on March 6, 2019

Thank you, Catherine! We're so glad you came, and liked us, and we hope to see you again soon! Sam

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KG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!!
I cannot wait to go back!!!

NaKorn
Responded on February 26, 2019

Thanks, Kathy! We are honored that you chose to share with us your special day and so happy that we fulfilled your expectations! We hope to see you back again soon! Sam

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F
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Evanston, Nakorn delivers Thai tastes of sour, sweet. salty, bitter in unusual ways. The owners say it's the food of their childhood but the dishes are sophisticated and attractively served. Very warm, friendly place to spend a few hours.

NaKorn
Responded on March 14, 2019

Thank you so much- hope to see you again soon! Sam

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Exceptional three course menu, everything was well-prepared, well-paced, and enjoyable. Dishes work well for sharing / family style eating.

NaKorn
Responded on February 21, 2019

Thanks, Nick! We're glad you enjoyed our North Shore Restaurant Month prix fixe menu! We hope to see you back again soon. Sam

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SB
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I don’t get to treat ourselves often due to our kids’ preferences. We took advantage of the opportunity to dine somewhere we normally don’t get a chance and we were rewarded with a splendid dinner at NaKorn. Outstanding food and great service. It will now be one of our go-tos for our dates!

NaKorn
Responded on February 19, 2019

Thank you, Stacey! Bring the kids - we'll make them happy! Sam

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P
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly Awesome! Great food, excellent service.

NaKorn
Responded on February 24, 2019

Thank you, Paul!!

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M
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Excellent service! Food was amazing! Flavor profile was phenomenal, ingredients were fresh. Small and cozy atmosphere. Perfect for date night and small parties!

NaKorn
Responded on February 16, 2019

Thank you so much, Miaa. We hope to see you again soon! Sam

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J
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

NaKorn is the only restaurant in Evanston I would like to have in my Chicago neighborhood. Excellent food and service. My smoked whitefish and rice dish really stood out. Finally, a reason to eat in a northern suburb!

NaKorn
Responded on February 14, 2019

This is high praise, indeed, John! Thank you for coming and posting. Tell your friends! Sam

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m
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed NaKorn finally for the first time with a friend. It surpassed my expectations. Several friends have recommended this restaurant, so I expected a lot and it delivered. The food was outstanding. Unique dishes with excellent flavors. The ambiance is very nice. Love the decor. Although we had a later reservation and it was quite dark in the restaurant. While I enjoy it not being too bright, it was so dark that we had to hold candles by our menus in order to actually see them. Other than that, everything was perfect and I cannot wait to go back with my husband.

NaKorn
Responded on February 12, 2019

Thank you, melissah! maybe we need to turn up the lanterns a bit! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Sam

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Group Dinner for new year

NaKorn
Responded on February 7, 2019

if you get a chance please let us know how we might improve! Sam

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JO
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We braved the cold and snow to have dinner and it was so worth it!! I have now had every appetizer and most of the entrees over several visits and there isn’t a bad choice among them!! The pearl tapioca crackers are so delicious!! I think about them often!! Definitely come for a meal. You will love it!

NaKorn
Responded on February 5, 2019

Oh, thank you so much JOBO! We are glad and lucky that you have adopted us a one of your regular dining options, and look forward to seeing you again soon! Sam

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday. We had an amazing time spacious and beautiful, great ambience and nice music and not noisy. One where you can sit quietly, relax and enjoy wonderful food.

NaKorn
Responded on January 20, 2019

Thank for sharing with us your special day, and also the great review! We hope to see you again soon. Sam.

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e
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant never disappoints with creative, beautifully presented unusual and delicious dishes. Someone is the kitchen is an outstanding chef

NaKorn
Responded on January 10, 2019

Thank you so much for coming, and for posting a 5-star review, evhikers! We hope to see you again soon! Sam

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SL
Chicago
1 review
Reviewed on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food service ambience

LOVE this restaurant. I have been multiple times now and I have loved everything that I have tried..(some favorites were the Taro Chicken, Crab Cake Bites, White Fish Filet, and Thai Tea Creme Brulee). The decor is beautiful and the food presentation is stunning. Cannot wait to go back again.

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AY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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AL
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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

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c
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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JV
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

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S
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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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OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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F
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

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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