NaKorn

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$30 and under
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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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4.7
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4.6
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Lisa
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! Delightful menu options and impeccable service. I cannot wait to go back.

NaKorn
Responded on March 14, 2020

Thank you, Lisa! We so much appreciate your visit and your positive review. We hope to see you again soon - note we have curbside pickup of carry-out orders during this trying time!! Sam

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vipAnnC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was beautifully presented and delicious, and they took great care with my gluten concerns. Now my fave restaurant in Evanston!

NaKorn
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you, Ann!! Short but sweet - we hope to see you again soon! Sam

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friendtodogs
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is so fantastic. The dishes are inventive (you won't see the usual pad thai on this menu) and delicious. All the servers are attentive, helpful, and so knowledgeable about the food and drinks etc. The owners will typically pay a visit to each table and check in on how you're enjoying your visit.

On weekends it can be quite busy and a little bit noisy but on week nights the place is a little less crowded and the room has a wonderful relaxed cozy vibe.

NaKorn
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thanks so much, FTD!! We appreciate your comments and hope to see you again soon! Sam

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NeilO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular. Very tasty. Excellent amount of spice. Sauces are light. Food is very fresh. Vegetables and fish in particular are high quality.

NaKorn
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you so much, Neil! We're glad you noticed some of the things we put so much thought and care into, and we hope to see you again soon! Sam

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vipMarge
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time at the restaurant and the food was outstanding both times. It was quiet on this weeknight but I think they are pretty busy on the weekends. I highly recommend trying the white fish appetizer!

NaKorn
Responded on February 28, 2020

Thank you, Marge! You are too kind. We hope your third visit is soon! Sam

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CarrieS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband and I finally tried NaKorn after I had been eyeing the place for well over a year. I have a deep and abiding love for Thai food, there's really no good reason that it took me this long to get there. Anyways, it happened to be Restaurant Week so there was a special prix fixe menu which was very fortuitous indeed as it let us sample more dishes at a bit of a discount. We tried the popcorn chicken (excellent) and the mushroom "scallops" for our appetizers, and then I got the seafood braised in coconut milk (basically a very seafood-heavy Tom Kha soup) and hubs got the curry chicken - all of it really delicious. I will pass on the "scallops" again - they were OK, just didn't blow me away (and when you say "scallop" I end up just wanting an actual scallop) - but the popcorn chicken was EXCELLENT, the seafood was fresh and plentiful (and appropriately cooked - the mussels were open and plump, not over-cooked and shriveled like they tend to get) - and the chicken was rich and flavorful without being dry (a true feat of expertise with chicken breasts). I had dessert but only a few bites because I was pretty full by that time. The drinks were delicious and well-crafted; we are totally THOSE PEOPLE who do some pretty fancy mixology at home so we're all picky and stuff. These cocktails cut muster for sure. Fantastic food for the price. Our only tiny qualm was waiting a bit for the check at the end of the night but that can be a moving target of expectations which I understand. We're the kind of folks who are DONE when we are done though I know not everyone is like that. Service was friendly and attentive, space has a cool vibe and decor... there's really nothing stopping you. Go!

NaKorn
Responded on February 25, 2020

Thank you thank you thank you, so much, for the wonderful thoughts!! It seems like you dine and review a lot, so if you can tell us what we might have done to earn that Fifth Star we sure would appreciate it! Fours are great, but with a 4.6 average we now need two Fives in order to just get back to even on average from the single Four!! We hate math! But, anyway, if you could tell us how we could someday bump up in your eyes, we'd appreciate it! We hope to see you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always great!

NaKorn
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you so much!

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Sluszczek
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! The food was delicious and beautiful, and the service was A+ on a full night. A favorite!

NaKorn
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you, Sluszcek!!! Sam

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

naKorn is a wonderful experience - amazing thoughtful food and service and a great vibe that’s caring. Highly recommend!

NaKorn
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you! Sam

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LindaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautifully presented and flavorful meals. Arctic Char was mouth watering, and the banana cake for dessert was just the right amount of sweet. Server kind of forgot about my friend and I by the time we were ready for the check, but it was Valentine's Day and the room had filled with perhaps more demanding patrons. Expensive for a couple of single ladies!

NaKorn
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you, Linda! We're so happy you liked us, and were understanding that your visit was on the restaurant industry's busiest day of the year! We hope to see you again soon. Sam

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Willie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was good, the drinks were better, especially the housemade ginger ale. The waitress didn’t seem to know the menu well. All the staff was very kind and attentive.

NaKorn
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hi, Willie, and thanks for coming and for posting! We appreciate you coming and posting. You said good things, but gave only 3 stars. We'd very much like to know what we might have done to get that 3 up to 4 or 5! Math says it takes six 5-star reviews to make up the ground from a single 3-star in keeping our 4.7 average. Customers' opinions are very important to us, but without any narrative we have no way to improve! If you have the time and inclination, please let us know! Thank you again! Sam

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BrendaW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, service, and environment. Enjoyed the custom drinks.

NaKorn
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you, Brenda! Sam

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vipKriss
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place, it never disappoints!

NaKorn
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you, Kriss!! Sam

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KimO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

as a return customer, it was no surprise that this meal was so good. care was taken in its prep and service. we'll be back!

NaKorn
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thank you, Kim!!! We hope to see you again soon. Sam

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vipDebbie
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was very good. I would go back

NaKorn
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you, Debbie! Short but the sweetest! We hope to see you again soon. Sam

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KandJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great ambience- finally authentic Thai food in America!!!

NaKorn
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you, Kand!! Sam

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BradM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed it. Great food and service. Delicious drinks too.

NaKorn
Responded on January 16, 2020

Thank you, Brad! Sam

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, attentive service. Delicious food, beautiful presentation. Cozy atmosphere with dim lighting. Can’t wait to go back. We didn’t have room for dessert, but the desserts looked stupendous. We loved the arctic char in coconut curry.

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vipSPICY
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NaKorn is a jewel. The drinks and food are imaginative, the flavors intense but not mouth-burning hot. It is an excellent choice for a quick meal or night out with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

We ordered a number of interesting plates and shared them all. While everything was beautifully presented and flavorful, the Pink Pomelo shrimp appetizer won the evening. Just a lovely delicious dining experience. We will absolutely visit again.

NaKorn
Responded on January 5, 2020

Thank you so much and we hope to see you again soon! Sam

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KathleenH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great , loved the uniqueness of the dishes, everything tasted wonderful .

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HonestReview
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed everything. Nice portions of food without much filler. All the ingredients seemed to be good quality and fresh. Flavors were well balanced. My wife and I will be back.

NaKorn
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you so much! It's so very nice not only to have delivered for your special dinner, but also that you notice and appreciate that we take pains to avoid the old restaurant trick of a pile of cheap filler on the plate (like the pound of fries one would typically get at a steakhouse). Thank you so much, and we hope to see you again soon! Sam

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Mathmom
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and interesting food!! Portions are a little small.

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vipSudsy
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

After ordering our meals, we waited and waited and still no food. Finally, our server came over and apologized that he forgot to order our meals!

He didn’t offer to compensate us for his screwup.

Not good.

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vipjuliec
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic. Inventive, beautifully prepared and plated Thai cuisine. Don’t come here looking for pad thai. What you’ll find is so much better.

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cf14
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third visit and I haven't been disappointed once. The food is consistently creative and delicious. The portion sizes are great, filling but not too much like you might get at other Thai restaurants. Highly recommend and I hope I have more reasons to go back.

JB
JulieB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great gem of a find in Evanston. The food is so creative and delicious. The service, everyone from the hostess to the person offering water to the waiter were so friendly. The owner even came over to the table to check in. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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KathyW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about this restaurant! I brought my husband here for his birthday. We ran into a friend whose wife is Thai and said they go here often because the food is so good. He also mentioned that they are constantly adding new foods to the menu. I had artic char with ginger and pomegranate seeds and a wonderful sauce, my husband had swordfish which was fresh and spicy and so good that he was spooning every last drop of the sauce from the bowl! We also had a delicious creme brulee and chocolate mousse for dessert (they brought the mousse with a candle and a birthday card signed by the entire staff!). We will definitely be going back. :)

NaKorn
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thank you so much, Kathy! We're so happy, particularly that your husband tried the swordfish - just added that night to our new fall menu. We hope to see you again soon! Sam

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vipAlansky
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a double date. The server was nice, it was quiet and most importantly the food was fantastic! I highly recommend the “big fish”

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Suzanne
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, unique flavors but true to Thai. Outstanding blends of taste. Love this place.

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LeslyL
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was wonderful! I highly recommend this place!

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cam1244
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, service, ambiance. We love this place.

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RachelW
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adorable decor, amazing unique food, super fresh, seasonal... service was outstanding. Highly recommend!

JB
vipJanetB
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautifully presented food and great service. Owners stopped by table numerous times to make sure everything was ok. Flavorful Thai inspired dishes. Not your usual noodle shop but Delicious well seasoned dishes. No pad Thai here but enjoyed flavors and freshness of dishes and ingredients. Can’t wait to go back

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Woolie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, cool atmosphere, beautiful presentation.

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SherronP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Usually 5 stars across the board. Unfortunately the waiter was over extended, and thus it took longer than usual to have dinner. Nonetheless, it was a wonderful time with my granddaughter and niece!

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vipBlueskies
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

What we love about Thai food, the layers of flavors and freshness were on point at NaKorn. We shared family style which was super tricky with four people on an outdoor table but we managed. The crispy rice iceberg wedge was outstanding. The special arctic char was so delicious. The coconut curry braised chicken was delightful. We never missed the common Thai dishes. Everything on the menu is more like the chef's special then a regular menu item. Took a while to have our orders taken and be served outside which was really the only complaint. Food was worth any wait.

NaKorn
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thanks, Blueskies, for your thoughtful review. We'll try and do better on the service on your next visit, which we hope happens soon! Sam

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews