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Serai

4.6
4.6
169 Reviews
$30 and under
Malaysian
Serai – Malay for lemongrass – is a hardy plant that can grow in harsh environments, full of herbal properties, and ubiquitous in South East Asian cuisine.
It's a unifying ingredient that connects all countries across the region, and adds that extra little kick to make a dish truly authentic. Also, it is the answer to your call for genuine South East Asian, Malaysian, cooking.
Currently being cultivated in Logan Square, the delightful restaurant aims to bring to you the best of traditional regional food, with a focus on Malaysian fare – specialities like Char Koay Teow, Curry Laksa and Hainanese Chicken – at the hands of a passionate chef who lives to enhance his craft.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Malaysian, Asian, Contemporary Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm Friday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (872) 206-8368

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party contact

    reservations@seraichicago.com: (872) 206-8368

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Square

  • Cross street

    N. Talman Ave.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    CTA Blue Line to California. <br />CTA 56 Bus to Milwaukee & Talman

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 169 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food
  2. m

    middlegeo

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! We love Malaysian food and Serai hit the mark for us! Definitely will be coming back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Quality of food going down
  4. NV

    NVP1

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    I only loved the servers having professional treatments for their craft. The food is ok but Chicken Satay was a hit and the Crab Rangoons.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best thing I’ve ever had. Delicious.
  6. WL

    WestLooper

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always love serai! They did kind of forget about us on the patio but we were there at the end of the night and we’re in no rush. Love the food!
  7. LF

    LauraF

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious!
  8. D

    Dessertphile

    Hawaii

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall, on a scale of 1-10, I’d rate the food an 8 for authenticity and taste. My favorite was the roti prata and curry chicken- very authentic roti prata and delicious curry with chicken & potatoes. The chicken satay was disappointing- chicken skewers were dry and the peanut sauce was too thick/not authentic. The gado gado salad was good served with braised egg. The char kuay teow (fried chow fun noodle) was quite authentic and delicious with lap cheong, fried pork lard, shrimp & calamari rings. The nasi lemak with beef rendang was also quite authentic with anchovies, sambal, deep fried egg, acar pickled vegetables and big piece of keropok (shrimp cracker) - served with a generous side of delicious beef rendang. It’s a little expensive but the nasi lemak big portion size is sufficient for two people. Ended our lunch with the black glutinous rice with coconut milk dessert which was very authentic and yummy. Overall, we enjoyed our Malaysian/Singapore lunch. Thanks to Eric, our server, who seemed rather new, not from SE Asia, and didn’t quite know the food well, but he more than made up with his friendly demeanor and attention. Terima kasih! P.S. The Teh Tarik needs to be tarik/“pulled” more to create milk froth on top of the teh… ;-)
  9. AL

    AnnaL

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Our friend from Malaysia has been wanting to bring us here and we LOVED it. We were all so impressed with the food. Truly unique flavors (to me an american who has never had this kind of food), and delicious. SO GOOD. We can’t wait to go back!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Incredible food
  11. LF

    LauraF

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    The food is so good! Get the Drunken Noodles or the 3 chili Chicken. You won't be disappointed
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Plenty of delicious shareable apps. Mango chicken is top notch!!
  13. k

    kiepkath

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Serai is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The Food is always amazing. The flavors and textures are on point. I recommend this restaurant to everyone. Dishes I order every time I visit: roti pratha, calamari (even if you don’t love calamari you have to order it from serai! It is different from anywhere else I’ve had it and it is the best I’ve ever had), 3 chili chicken, rendang lamb and hokkien noodles. Delicious food!! Dishes are meant to be shared, so it gives you the opportunity to try a bunch. Servings of main dishes are large.
  14. S

    Snackerson

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Delicious food as always. Outdoor patio, noisy train.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing!!! A unique find in Chicago for Indonesian food
  16. D

    Donnie

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything was wonderful! Including the coconut rum in the iced coffee. Yum
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious!
  18. JD

    JDOhio

    Cincinnati

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fabulous meal! The restaurant location has been through several rebrandings over the years and has a bit of a run-down feeling to it, but you owe it to yourself to stick with it. The menu focuses mainly on Malaysian cuisine and has a great selection. You definitely owe it to yourself to consider something new, and the staff can certainly guide you if you’re unsure. All the food brought to our table was fresh and hot, and timing was great (party of 6). Glad to see that they are emerging from the pandemic, and look forward returning when we’re back in town.
  19. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant closes at 9pm and kitchen at 8:30pm. Timings need to be updated in Open Table. We were denied dining.
  20. GC

    GinaC

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The waitress forgot to send our orders for all our entrees to the kitchen, and after finishing up our two appetizers they came to our table telling us the kitchen has closed and apologized they forgot our food! Wow… I can’t believe how unorganized they were, and while we were waiting someone else was picking up food and was complaining how they forgot a dish as well. So I think there are definitely some organizational issues. We made a trip out of it since the restaurant is far from where we live, not sure when we’ll be back again.
  21. JG

    JenniferG

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time dining out back on the patio — loved that and had terrific food and service.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    TL;DR: Wrong order, poor service, long wait time, hidden 20% surcharge We used to love Serai and dined here frequently, and I usually do not post negative reviews. While the food was still delicious, our last experience at Serai was quite disappointing. 1) It took them 45 minutes after we placed our order to receive our food. Other tables that were seated after us received their food much more quickly. 2) Ordering food was a hassle. We ordered the sambal eggplant (one of our old favorites) and rendang shrimp. We received a shrimp dish which we thought was our rendang shrimp and after confirming with the server that it was rendang shrimp. But after eating it, we realized it was sambal shrimp. We sent it back with half a plate full so we could receive our sambal eggplant and the server said he would “fix it right away”. The eggplant never came, and we were charged for it. When we tried to get the charge removed, the server replied “well you ate it”. 3) Without telling you on their menu or website, they tack on a 20% service surcharge when you get your bill. With the long wait time, wrong food, getting charged for a dish we didn’t eat, and the 20% automatic surcharge, our favorite Malaysian restaurant sadly has now become a place we will not visit again.
  23. DF

    DavidF

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first indoor dining experience in more than a year - and it was fantastic. The food and service were terrific. We appreciated how far apart the tables were and every other element that made for safe dining.
  24. F

    Funsands

    Chicago

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Serai was closed for patio/outdoor dining. Disappointing given that we were not notified by OT/restaurant. A day earlier, I received a text to confirm my reservation. We opted for take out - Crab Rangoon, Spicy Wonton, Tom Yum Soup, Roti Paratha, Shrimp Sambhal & Nasi Goreng. It’s a hit or miss.
  25. AT

    AngelaT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Serai was delicious! We were all happy with our dishes. I enjoyed the casual atmosphere and it definitely felt like a step up from your go to delivery spots. Service was timely but pretty casual, which is not a bad thing as long as you're not looking for an upscale spot. I would recommend for sure!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friend gathering. They accommodated all 8 of us and helped us get enough food family style!
  27. PB

    PatrickB

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    mango chicken-love it! service kind and attentive.
  28. b

    bethu

    Chicago

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We've been to Serai many times since it opened and the goodness of its food is very consistent. I especially love their Roti appetizer. I only wish they would let us order extra roti (the bread) without having to buy a second appetizer order. The delicious chicken dipping stew is pretty generous and just begs for more roti to sop up its flavor.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Servers were very attentive, seats were very close to each other, and the room was dark. but as a Southeast Asian myself, a lot of the flavors were very close to home (though back home at a much lower price) but it was definitely a wonderful experience, and would definitely come back again!
  30. PC

    PatrickC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
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  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Hainanese Chicken was so good but the coconut pudding was the best in my memory!
  32. JO

    JiaqiO

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Hainanese Chicken is stunning and every dish we ordered is awesome, except for the Tom Yum Soup, a little bit plain compared to others. However, my friends and I didn't quite like the atmosphere there. It's too dark to even read the menu. It might be good for dating, but definitely not for hanging out with friends. As a restaurant with so many good dishes, it should use more lights to let customers take a good look at the great food.
  33. S

    Stew

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good food, good value. Cocktails were sub par, but I didn’t expect them to be good. Would go again.
  34. t

    thomallmom

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great service, delicious food, lots of options.
  35. LB

    LizaB

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Gluten Free options! Food was excellent! Can't wait to return!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    so was our first time having food here the experience was great plus I call it Our waitress was Teressa she was wonderful and kind would love to go back
  37. e

    eek14

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best chicken curry sauce we ever had... just like my grandmother's. The nasi goreng had a lot of good shrimp and was quite a large serving. Love this place! Definitely will go back.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I love this place, everything is great but definitely try the roti paratha, three pepper chicken and fish (amazing)
  39. RM

    RitoM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! The cross section of so many wonderful cultures and their cuisine is what Malaysian food is. It is the delicate blend of thai, indian, and east asian that creates magic. The roti is the best in Chicago. I love this place. Rito
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

Serai offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (872) 206-8368.

Serai is rated 4.6 stars by 169 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Serai

2169 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N. Talman Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Square

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm Friday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Malaysian, Asian, Contemporary Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    CTA Blue Line to California. CTA 56 Bus to Milwaukee & Talman

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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