The Gundis Kurdish Kitchen

4.7
244 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
The Gundis Kurdish Kitchen is Chicago's first and only Kurdish restaurant. Brunch, dine or have lunch at this unique eatery offering fine dishes proudly made with local ingredients.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Brunch: Sunday & Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 904-8120
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Juan Manuel Gonzalez
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Cross street
Surf Street
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Public transit
Belmont Red Line
Wellington Purple & Brown Line
Diversey Purple LIne
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Broadway Bus
Sheridan Bus
Additional
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 244 People Are Saying
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LG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service are superlative. Fast becoming a favorite place to eat excellent food with outstanding, friendly service.

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HK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED IT! The food, ambiance, service was all fantastic! Everything is authentic and fresh. I would highly recommend trying the kurdish breakfast for two.

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KD
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is outstanding and I really enjoyed the service - very knowledgeable, although a bit slow in getting us our check. It was a bit loud but manageable.

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c
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and service and food is consistently excellent! Sometimes the noise level can get pretty loud but that is when large groups are in there at the same time.

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KD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful and many options. Turkish coffee a major plus. Highly recommend this place!

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r
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

Very loud, appetizer sampler was great, meat was over cooked, stew was good. They use Israel couscous which is always a plus.

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JP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful salads, terrific lamb, salmon & stuffed chicken. Beet salad was especially good! Only downside: loud!

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SF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gundis is an outstanding restaurant for breakfast lunch and dinner.
The food is fresh and delicious, the wait staff is amazing, the service is prompt.
Five stars for this place....a real gem before or after a movie at Century Landmark Theatre
or a shopping spree on Diversey.

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c
Chicago
265 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my friend here fir her birthday. She loved it! We started with the bubba ganoush, which was Smokey and the best we’d ever had. She had never had haloomi. It, too, was delicious. She opted for the stuffed chicken and I, the lamb shank. We split each dish to try both. Both were exceptional. For dessert, we split the chocolate mousse and the rice pudding and had enough for both of us to take home. Be aware: those 2 desserts could have fed 8 people!
Can’t wait to return with my children and their families to try the breakfast. Many tables were eating it and it looked fantastic.
This restaurant is a real gem.

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WG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gundis is absolutely phenomenal! We have been there for brunch and dinner and it is always consistently delicious. The service is always excellent as well. I have recommended Gundis to many people and they pretty much agree how wonderful it is. Our personal favorites have been the stuffed chicken, lamb shank, lamb wrapped in eggplant, the salmon and the traditional dish sac tawa. Yum!!!

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S
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

We have eaten dinner here twice, both on a Saturday evening. The noise level is not only intolerable but measured at 87 average deciBels, a level harmful to hearing. The server had to lean in to take orders that we shouted. We asked that the “music” be turned down and the server did so which helped but soon, the noise levels were back up to maximum. The food was average: the lentil soup was tasty but not hot. The beet salad was overdressed and unremarkable. Bye Bye.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very loud, difficult to carry on reasonable conversation

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DP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous ! Loved and will go back . Food was delicious and we all enjoyed . Tell all your friends . Fabulous north side location and plenty of street parking .

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F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Kurdish coffee with pistachio - a dessert in itself!

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M
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The lamb with eggplant was disappointing (overcooked). Every Middle Eastern restaurant should be lamb experts. The grilled octopus was excellent as was the service!

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent, service was excellent, and it was fun to try a new cuisine. We were particularly impressed by the presentation, everything was beautiful. Our only complaint was the noise level. We would definitely come again.

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J
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant pleasantly surprised me. I have never had Kurdish food in my life and so glad I tried it! Kudos to Gundis for opening up the first of its kind in Chicago :) Above all, the meat is prepared wonderfully, has so much flavor and tastes magnificent! Sooooo delicious! Move over Pita Inn and Noon-O-Kabob - Chicago has a new restaurant in town that meets it competition! We also had the Kurdish coffee and I like it better than the Turkish coffee. Service is very attentive and everyone there is aimed to please the restaurant's customers. Very very good Middle Eastern food

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JG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is outstanding and service is particularly warm and attentive. Sometimes it can get very noisy.

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S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding Middle Eastern cuisine and excellent service.

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g
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service. My favorite restaurant!

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PC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Gundis! Food is amazing and the service is fab! Best Lamb shank I have ever eaten! Brunch is fun! Wine is good and a fun and friendly atmosphere!

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really delicious. We tried the fried halloumi and hummus for appetizers which both went really well with the bread they serve. We also shared three different entrees: a pasta dish, a chicken and vulgar dish, and a beef stir fry dish. They were all amazing. We all had tea after our meal and it was the perfect ending to the meal.

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Gundis’ food and service are always outstanding, we look forward to returning again. As it has become more popular the noise level has increased - not super-noisy like some restaurants, but conversations are starting to become difficult. Wish they would place some noise-dampening rugs or wall hangings.

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F
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, what can I say. This is my 3rd time to Gundis, but first for Brunch. Very, very unique. Finest Brunch in this great food city. People need to experience this at least once. Mehmet our waiter really helped and was outstanding. Thanks, Mehmet. This is our new go to restaurant in Chicago. Fortunately, it's right around the corner from our Son's condo. Great value!! Fresh ingredients!!

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KS
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. We’d love trying new food and this was an exceptional dining experience.

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m
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We absolutely loved Gundis Kurdish Kitchen. I wish we could give it 4.5 stars instead of just 4. Really, the things you come to a restaurant for--the food and service were amazing. All of the appetizers and entries were perfection. I got the couscous and I think that is best to almost be a side dish to share with the table. The lamb shank was divine. The mashed potatoes are of my dreams. The service was perfectly attentive but not overbearing. We will return!

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g
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant for fish, lamb, rice, vegetables, cookies, good wine, and Kurdish tea.

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Beautiful interior with warm staff and delicious food. Highly recommend! Our only negative is the noise level. There's nothing to absorb the sound and it was a challenge to hear one another, even at lunch.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, so many flavors in one meal.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

You had run out of Salmon. And Bulgur !!! How do you run out of Bulgur?!!!

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OT
London
160 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent!!! The food was great. Loved my lamb shank - - wow - - really well prepared, perfect seasoning, awesome mashed. My wife had the stuffed chicken - - - loved it. Great sampler appetizer. Great wine. Great night. I will go back. Our server was awesome!

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OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had Kurdish food before but everything was great. Had the appetizer sampler, grill halumi salad, chicken sac tawa, eggplant stew with grill lamb on top. Everything was excellent and flavorful. Will be happy to return. Appreciate the staff who were attentive.

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S
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We were not sure what Kurdish food consisted of but were pleased to find it was a bit like Turkish food (Turquoise is a favorite restaurant in our family) and a bit like Persian/Middle Eastern ( we also like Reza’s and Cedar House a lot). The food was tasty but entree prices are $25-$30 which detracted from the “value”. We enjoyed the sampler plate of appetizers (hummus, babagahnoush, octopus and a traditional Kurd type of salsa. The menu included lamb and chicken items but also several vegetarian selections. Our main complaint was the very high noise level. The place is all hard surfaces and high ceiling...impossible to not only have a conversation but to understand the server. Desserts looked interesting but we could not linger over a Kurdish coffee because the ambient noise was exhausting.

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A
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here many times and it is consistently excellent. The cuisine is exceptional, beautifully plated and the staff are friendly and engaging.

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DB
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our daughter here to celebrate her new apartment at DePaul University. Mauricio was a knowledgeable and attentive server and we took his recommendation of the Grilled Octopus .... never had it before and we were pleasantly surprised. My Shrimp in Lemon sauce was divine!

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OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We saw this reviewed on WTTW Check Please & had to try Kurdish food. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent & we will return if in the area. It is a low key restaurant, not white table cloth, but not a diner. Nice ambiance.

Only 2 minor issues:
- we arrived at 6pm & was almost empty, but were seated right next to another table. Since it was very quiet, low level conversations could be heard. Not eavesdropping but had to try to not hear. (When left at 7:15, it was 80% full)

- we ordered appetizer with our entrees & they delivered the entrees before we were finished with the appetizer.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food tasted very good, the ambiance struck an even balance between comfortable and fancy, and the service was attentive and nice. However, expect to pay at least $25 per person.

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d
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit. The food was delicious!

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SF
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful presentation of Kurdish cooking amid an ambiance that so reminds me of life across the Middle East.

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LP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a hidden gem, an A+ experience from beginning to end. The food is superb. The service is quietly attentive and caring without being overbearing, capably navigating our group of six on our last visit. The wine list is well thought out and interesting, even boasting a Nebbiolo by the glass. If you don't know what Kurdish food is or don't care, don't pay any attention to that - the ingredients are all familiar and of the highest quality, combined artfully and with a sense of seasoning and proportion that would be the envy of many more high profile restaurants. On my last visit, I had the lamb shank with mashed potatoes - perennially one of my favorite dishes - and it was among the best I have ever had, comparing very favorably with some well-known names in the city. I'm ambivalent about writing this glowing review because part of me wants this place to remain off the radar so that it doesn't become difficult to snag a reservation. I can't wait to go back.

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