ROOH Chicago

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Indian
Progressive Indian cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere.
Meaning soul or spirit, ROOH brings the spirit of India to Chicago through the restaurant experience. Renowned Executive Chef, Sujan Sarkar, delicately balances rich traditional flavors with fresh local ingredients prepared with international techniques and inspirations.
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Sun 8:15PM - 9:15PM
Tue - Thu 8:15PM - 10:15PM

What 68 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Heater on first floor during winter was broken and they decided to seat patrons and not tell them about issue. Offered a $10 bourbon on a $300 tab to say sorry.

w
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food, as good as Indian Accent and Junoon in New York city. I particularly like the small plates. Every small plate is amazing. Pan Indian flavors.

Upstairs dining room does feel a bit cold, my legs were freezing. We were seated adjacent to the window, that might have had something to do with it.

Wonderful and welcome addition to Chicago Indian food scene. Especially since the Indian food in Chicago has been generally disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came out to celebrate a birthday! This is the perfect place to come celebrate any special occasion. As soon as you walk in, you get a very modern vibe. The cocktail & food menus live up to that same vibe! Wonderful experience, and will most definitely be back!

PR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very pleased to see a different take on Indian cuisine. Loved the Chicken 65, it was quite spicy and flavorful. Potato tikki was crunchy and delicious. Jackfruit kofta was a pleasant surprise since I have never heard/tried it before. Butter chicken was good but not extraordinary. Cocktail menu was innovative and informative. Portion sizes were generous considering places serving haute cusine charge a lot for very small portion sizes. Will definitely come again.

S
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Almost all the dishes were a hit (the paneer chili roll was a miss), the old fashion was phenomenal, the atmosphere was fun and the service was really good. Our server did a great job making recommendations with the menu and guiding us for a well-balanced meal. I would recommend Rooh!

R
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Absolutely delicious butter chicken, garlic naan, black dal. They did not hold back on the spices to appease an American palate, the food was so deeply flavored.

Service could be a little better. The hostess seated my husband and I last out of 5 groups, even though we walked in first, and had a reservation (some of the other parties did not). The waitstaff was warm and welcoming.

L
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and service, but it was hard to carry on a conversation. Some noise buffering would make the experience better.

K
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Cocktails were delicious. Food was very good but we were super disappointed that beef short rib wasn’t available and our sever didn’t bother to tell us until we tried to order it. Service was seriously lacking, condescending, and just not helpful. Lovely decor. Really nice upscale Indian but the service doesn’t match the level the restaurant is trying to reach.

c
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

It took nearly 10 minutes to get seated, even though the restaurant was nearly empty and another 20 to have someone take our order. Not the waiter’s fault—he was kept on the run. The four small lamb riblets in our order were tasty, but extremely fatty and one of the four was almost entirely fatty. The duck in the duck and apricot kulcha was pulverized into a paste and had no texture to speak of. The dal was more like a thin soup than the dal we’re used to. We very much enjoyed our regular and garlic naans and the tender butter chicken was delicious. We also really liked the mango sorbet and jaggery ice cream (like salted caramel) with some good caramel sauce on top.

The thing that most detracted from our meal was the noise. I took two readings with my SoundPrint app and the averages came out to be 86, both with peaks up to 103 dB. This is a danger to the restaurant employees’ hearing and made conversation very difficult. The frosting on the cake was 2-year-old seated near us. Her clueless parents and grandmother neglected to bring a toy or snack for her or to pick her up and she spent an hour alternately shrieking and banging a spoon on her plate and the table. Oddly, the loudness level wasn’t a lot quieter after she left. THE MANAGEMENT NEEDS TO ESTABLISH A NO KIDS UNDER 5 OR 6 POLICY! No one wants to go to what aspires to be a fine dining restaurant (with commensurate prices) and hear unruly toddlers shrieking in their ears.

TS
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a joy....so lucky to have them in the hood...

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We checked in for our reservation but were somehow skipped and counted as a no show. We checked in around 9 for a 9:15 reservation and at 9:30 when we inquired about the wait they realized the mistake. We waiting until almost 10 to sit down.
The food and service once we sat down was amazing, very glad we stayed.

J
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was a great experience. The food was elevated Indian. Sea bass was outstanding and the lamb shank was delicious. Our server was very helpful. The chicken tikka had a little too much cheese on it. Drinks were really good. Lighting made it a little difficult to read the menu

SN
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience. Sampled many dishes. Standouts were the chicken 65, dal (one of my favorites flavor wise), duck and apricot naan, the mushroom dish (prob the best thing), butter chicken, pork belly, and lamb (this was the favorite for the guys). We’ll definitely be back.

8
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty tasty Indian cuisine. For dinner we ordered the papad, potato tikki, lamb shank, and butter chicken. Best thing we had was the cashew cake at the end - yum. Otherwise, everything was very good but nothing particularly mind-blowing.

PS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The wait staff need more training or additional help. Our food was out waiting to be served but no plates and silverware as they were being replaced. It took a while for the water person to notice and then brought the plates and service ware. The food turned cold by then. An extra order of Naan was received after all the entree's were finished - took too long.

Food was great, great ambiance, reception prompt in sitting us. The waiter showed up 10 minutes after we sat and apologized for being busy.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Excellent food. Not an Indian cuisine lover and really enjoyed. Will be back!

J
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have a group of 5 and shared a variety of dishes. The cauliflower is a MUST! Everything was so flavorful.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall good experience

D
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely delicious food and a wonderful restaurant. Yet the music - as in many of the Randolph Street restaurants - was too loud.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good , had very nice time . Music was little too loud.

EB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good food, modern twist on traditional dishes. Everything was very dark so they say you eat with your eyes - was a bit challenging in this sense.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent drinks and really enjoyed the tandoori mushroom dish.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance. The wine list was just okay. And overall the meal was pricey!

i
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Tasty food overall and adequate quantities considering this is a gourmet indian food. I am not sure of freshness of the ingredients like jackfruit kofta and rolled up paneer containing starters.
The temperature of entrees were lukewarm. We, both had some indigestion same evening . We are eating indian foods at home on nearly daily basis so spices are not to be blamed.
Needless to say that we will not be going back after above experience.

TR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duck and apricot kulcha is arguably one of the best Indian dishes I’ve ever eaten! And I grew up in India!

LH
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Not like Indian food you have had starting with the menu. Every once in awhile a familiar food word appears in the menu, but not often. We tried four different dishes--cannot recall any of the names--but based on four dishes--three out of four were divine--just order and enjoy the original tasty food. The one disappointment was the duck-apricot dish (kulpah?) which was like a fluffy naan (oh the naan were fluffy and delicious) filled with an apricot-duck combination. But all we got in taste was the bread with a hint of apricot. Not much duck flavor or duck for that matter. We both had the Kerala cocktail--unique and delicious. Rooh is a food adventure and if you can take the noise level, go. We loved it (except for the noise level).

A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of the best Indian restaurants in the City! Loved every single bite and we will be back for more.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Nice ambience

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SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was great, but the service for the Diwali tasting menu event was very, very slow. It seemed that the waitstaff was quite stressed and were forgetting to bring out some items. We ultimately got all our food, and they gave us a drink on the house, but the food took quite a while to come out (though delicious).

JC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Indian food is amazing and this was an OK experience. Should have been better. Especially for a special Indian holiday tasting meal!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!!

DM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Easily the most rude front door staff I've ever experienced. We were seated at the worst table in the restaurant (upstairs room, with the bar, in the corner, next to a loud vibrational hum of some machine). So we moved to another room, which was completely empty. They seated another couple next to us right away, which was a joke because the room was empty, and they stuffed them in a corner, and the other tables never filled. The other diners and us joked about how ridiculous this is and we apologized for invading each others dates. Not really what you are looking for on a special birthday dinner. Again, the whole room was empty so its not like other tables were going to be filled. The waiter also stuffed himself in between our table and theirs, so I was able to dine with his rear end in my face for more times than I wanted. I have attached pictures because its that ridiculous. I know most people aren't sensitive to MSG or MSG-like flavor enhancers, but if you are, avoid this place. My partner and I were up until 5 AM with hearts racing and crazy MSG-sweats. For ~$300 for two people, not really worth it.

a
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had 4 dishes, 3 small plates and 1 large plate and it was plenty for two people. We started with the Paneer Chili Rolls which were delicious - ginger flavor of the chutney came shining through. We then had the Cauliflower Koliwada - beautiful texture as the cauliflower was cooked just right. Next came the Chicken 65 - succulent pieces of chicken cooked with podi spice and peanut chutney. Topped off the evening with the lamb shank which fell of the bone and was sitting in a wonderful brown gravy which we used the Nan to soak up. All in all a great meal and great ambiance.

NM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just OK overall, but not worth the price. Food was average, service was slow, and our table was far too small. Happy to see that Jaipur opened next door for another Indian option in our neighborhood.

BR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This was our second time at Rooh, and while the atmosphere was a bit too loud for my taste between the music, chatter and laughter from the surrounding tables the food was very good. If we return, we will make sure to go a bit earlier before the party crowd arrives.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable and incredibly kind and polite. The food exceeded my expectations in terms of creativity and visualization. Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had! The whole family loved it

P
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food quality at Rooh is undeniable, but they clearly have some kinks to still work out in the kitchen. It’s a tapas-style Indian cuisine, and it took us an hour and a half to complete our meal of only 3 plates. Our cauliflower starter took over an hour to come out (clearly forgotten), and wasn’t even comped on our final bill. The kitchen was messing things up all night for other tables too, and we found it to be poor form to charge us for that simple dish that was clearly missed.

You won’t be disappointed with the food, but I’d wait a few months till they figure out their service issues.

C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Didn’t get to eat here as they were not accommodating to a nut allergy. First time I’ve ever been to a restaurant where this has happened.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!