Permanently Closed - Pera Turkish Kitchen & Bar

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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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vipMark
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall, we loved Pera. The Mezza appetizer was wonderful. The Mediterranean Chicken Stew was delicious. One of the three entrees, a chicken dish, was overcooked though. When we brought it to their attention, they comped us 4 best ever baklava deserts. We’ll be back

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IhsanG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Taste is classic Turkish couisne . I would recommend everyone.

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vipHipmom1031
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pera is a gem. High quality, authentic food, excellently prepared to order. Fresh homemade bread is a bonus. Attentive, professional service.

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vipBorninnd
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, welcoming host, beautiful Turkish music on soundtrack.

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vipIndustryVet
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pera has upped it's GAME and it's an A+. Did you know they have a restaurant in Istanbul? This is AUTHENTIC Turkish cuisine (middle eastern at its best.) Check it out!

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vipBarb
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipChi1
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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vipTiggertigges
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipSusan
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

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

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vipSusan
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food! Felt like I was in Turkey!

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipfscorch
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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Ns2ties
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RozmariC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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cpsslp
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Eaten there twice and meals were great and presentation pleasing.

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vipDrewChicago
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipLotharB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JudithW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipHoward
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJAX9000
London
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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LisabethH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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vipAdventurousdiner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great neighborhood spot with tasty dishes and friendly service.

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Cindy
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipVanesaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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AltanE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food

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MRMR
St. Louis
22 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipDrewChicago
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Steakgeek
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMichaelB
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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.

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ElliottK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Terrible service awful octopus
indifferent management

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IreneD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was superb.

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vipMangia2
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Permanently Closed - Pera Turkish Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 87 OpenTable diners.