Pera Turkish Kitchen & Bar

4.5
82 reviews
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Turkish
Pera is modeled around great fresh seasonal Turkish food and complemented by our wine list. This idea offers a sophisticated dining experience in a warm and friendly environment. Our wine list reflects the culture and passion of the vineyard. Smartly priced Domestic and European selections offer a balanced texture & acidity, to complement our classic "home-style" Turkish-influenced menu.
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Chicago
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here 4x and each time the food has been authentic and amazing. From the Meze selection to the lamp kebabs to the lamb shank, everything is exceptional. Our waitress was adorable. They have outdoor seating but the restaurant has to ability to open the large windows in the front of the restaurant so even if you cant get a seat outside, you still feel as if you are outside. Highly recommend this restaurant.

C
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Generally very fine. However, we miss having our Manti and urge Pera to put it back on their menu.

T
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm very lucky to have a great Turkish restaurant in my neighborhood. I've been here twice, dining outside the first time and indoors the second, and both offered a warm, friendly environment. Both times I had the bronzino (sea bass) because it's prepared so well with the fish grilled and served in an orange mushroom sauce with mashed potatoes. For an appetizer, they served us a bean dip at no charge and we also ordered the Pera hummus with beets, both served with homemade bread made in house. Both are delicious with mild seasoning, but the bean dip was preferred by my four friends and me. The feta salad was large so we shared it. My friends order chicken kababs, lamb and beef dishes, and all were pleased with their meals, and because of the generous portions, we all asked for to-go boxes. Wine choices are nice. A great way to end the meal it to share the traditional baklava served with vanilla ice cream along with a cup of Turkish coffee. I often think baklava is too sweet, but this was not - probably the best I've ever had. We also shared another dessert that had a crumble topping and a gooey cheese in the middle that was excellent too. This place is becoming a neighborhood favorite when I don't want to travel far for a nice meal with friendly service.

S
Chicago
84 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

wow what a difference a day makes, returned to this place because my tues nite experience was so great
friday was so different
had lunch menus, and an expired special dinner menu
i had to ask for the correct menu
the service was so so slow and wait for the food to come out was much longer
no thank you tea at the end of the meal,
not sure if this was an off night or the way the place will be on the weekends
the food was still excellent but will only return on a week nite and hope its back to good

S
Chicago
84 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

wow what a nice surprise! super food went with a vegetarian and we had so so many yummy choices
excellent attentive service
we will be back

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food! Felt like I was in Turkey!

MB
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, classy-quiet neighborhood gem, impeccable service. A+

f
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first try of Turkish cuisine, and we really loved it. There's great variety on the menu, and our choices from the chef's specials were delicious and very flavorful. The service staff was very helpful guiding us through the menu. It's nice that the restaurant can go open air when the weather allows. We will definitely go back.

N
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Wonderful! The outside seating was beautiful on the warm spring night.

RC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place with a great value breakfast. We didn't sit at their patio, but it's absolutely gorgeous!

c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Eaten there twice and meals were great and presentation pleasing.

D
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought 3 guests and we all loved it. I’ve been a couple times and 2 of my friends have been to Turkey, where I lived the last 7 years. We had the mixed meze starter. Borek. Feta salad. Lamb shank and two other lamb kebab plates. Everything was perfect. Turkish red wine as well.

LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful service and good atmosphere with large open windows and patio.

JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Was my second time there. The first time was really awesome with a violinist and the food was excellent. The second experience was also good but the food was not so good like the first time.

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

We had a casual date the night before and we decided to go aorta Turkish kitchen by friend Recommendation
I’m surprise that I have not been in this beautiful restaurant before 5 star ⭐️
Food is so Delicious try chicken Santa Sofia ( staffed chicken with almond and figs yummmy. Great spot in lake view

H
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the ezma appetizer, which was spiced in a flavorful way. Our entrees included the stuffed eggplant, the filet mignon, and the stuffed zucchini--all delicious combinations of textures and flavors, and presented in beautiful arrangements on the plates. In addition, our

JA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food and service. Good prices and full bar.

LH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our new go to spot for great food and terrific service.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Such great food!! Best chicken kabob I’ve ever had.

A
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood spot with tasty dishes and friendly service.

C
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All was wonderful. Only comment was my chicken was dry in the Mesopotamia chicken. The sauce made up for it.

VB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food is phenomenal! Just go very relaxed and without afterward commitments as they will take forever... But the food is worth the wait.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Pera, great food, home made bread, impressively cheap for the quality. Thumbs up!

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

I went here with my family to celebrate two birthdays, and the whole experience at Pera was great! Delicious food, great service, and they even gave us dessert and teawhich made it that much more special. I will undoubtedly be coming back to try everything else in the menu.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is great, but some of our orders were forgotten at first.

AE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food

MR
St. Louis
22 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited during a trip into the City. Food was very authentic and service was excellent. Having been to Turkey a few times, I felt the food was excellent, presentation nice and service even better than Turkey.
Overall a very nice experience with great food and wine.

D
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. I came with 4 other friends. I live half time in Istanbul so I know my Turkish food. We share some starters. The octopus was perfectly cooked. We shared some of the lamb main dishes which were all great. The lamb was perfectly done. A couple homemade desserts topped the meal. Turkish wine and all in all we are ready to return again.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice place; food is great, service was excellent; all organic eggs- perfect

MB
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent authentic Turkish cuisine with a southern Turkish cuisine influence. Great welcoming staff and service. Reasonably priced wine.

OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow. Out of two dishes ordered, two main ingredients were missing. Food quality leaves much to be desired. It's a neighborhood joint, used to be so good. That was my last time trying it. Lately, consistently downhill. Very sad it couldn't keep the quality it started with.

EK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Terrible service awful octopus
indifferent management

ID
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious, can't go wrong with the kabobs, but loved the lamb shank, potatoes and stuffed zucchini. That homemade bread and baklava - yum! Kind, gentle excellent service all led to a wonderful meal. I would definitely go back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was superb.

M
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Very friendly service. Lovely atmosphere . Neighborhood gem.

JW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A really nice and romantic ambiance. There was a violin musician playing that night what made the night even more special. delicious food. quite. good service.

GP
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the most delicious food I have eaten in a long time. Thank you for bringing Turkish food back into my life!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very charming Turkish restaurant with great food, the sweetest stuff ever and a lovely patio! Some days there is even a violin musician. Definitely recommend trying the mezze appetizer!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently delicious, high-quality and fresh!! Highly recommend this gem!!

S
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This is a lovely Turkish restaurant with limited outdoor seating. The wait staff is outstanding, able to describe the different dishes and assist with choices. The food was beautifully plated and very interesting. My only criticism is that I felt my dish was under seasoned, but the flavors were good. We had a very nice evening enjoying the mild weather.

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