The Gundis Kurdish Kitchen

4.7
199 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
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  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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.
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
Clark Bus
Broadway Bus
Sheridan Bus
Additional
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 199 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

If you're willing to try different ethnic dishes, this is a perfect spot to start. It's not completely unfamiliar and yet different. Our waiter was willing to make suggestions and let my friend taste wine before ordering. It's a new and different place for the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great service and food. The server remembered our note about the birthday and gave us a delicious birthday dessert on the house for the birthday woman! It was really special.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Dinner was amazing.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

So for the area and the food being offered, I think this place is overpriced. I ordered the chicken and pasta dish, which was $20. It had 5 bite-sized pieces or chicken. The flavors were good, but this either should have had more protein and less pasta, or should have been about $12. It's not located in a high-priced restaurant location. I like the concept and I did like what I ate, but drop the cost down or move further north to Andersonville where rent/taxes are less.

The worst part about this place is the noise level. The need something on the exposed brick walls to dampen the sound. It's hard to have a conversation there.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Way, way too noisy. You can hardly carry on a conversation without yelling. I LOVE the food, but it is hard to choose to come to this restaurant because of the noise level. So, if I do recommend it for the food, I will accompany my recommendation with a noise-warning.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Going for lunch is not worth it. The menu is super limited but I think Dinner is really good! They have this breakfast that I have had in Turkish restaurants before, several meats, bread jam etc. Very good but they waaaay overcharge for it here. I have had excellent versions of that breakfast dish for about $20 cheaper. They charge $32.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The Gundis is a beautiful restaurant with great food and a nice wine list. The Ezme and Walnut salad is so delicious as is the bread they serve it with. The lamb kebab were tender and perfectly cooked--full of flavor and served with a nice rice pilaf. We also loved the sac tawa. The waitstaff are great. I really like this restaurant.

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2.0Dined on July 27, 2018

This should be a great restaurant. The food is delicious and fresh and the service is very friendly and attentive. However, the noise made is nearly impossible for us to talk with each other. We had planned a nice time re-uniting with some relatives from out of town. No way -- the sound level was so deafening that we found ourselves unable to talk to the person across the table from us. Perhaps lunchtime is a better time to eat at this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

It was amazing, I’m not sure if they do anything for birthdays but I did make a comment on out reservation that I was bringing my mom on her birthday and no one sang or brought anything for her. But the food is amazing and the service as well! I will for sure be back!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

A visit to Chicago is not perfect without a special dinner at this amazing restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

The food and service were outstanding. The wine list was superior. Can't wait to return! I suggest going earlier rather than later when the place fills up - especially if someone has any hearing issues - because it's a bit of an echo chamber.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Introduced our neighbors to this place. They loved it! The lamb was better than ever! And I got to try the chicken for the first time. Amazing! So tender and juicy and flavorful!

They’re actually getting better with time!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

This was our second visit to Gundis Kurdish Kitchen. Food is outstanding. Service is exceptional. We'll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The stuffed chicken was amazing!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Our new favorite neighborhood spot—attentive and kind staff was very accommodating of allergies. Delicious, healthy food. Kurdish coffee is delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

I can’t say enough good things about this place. Food is exceptionally good and beautifully plated. The food is
very well spiced but not hot. We always request Mahmet as our waiter, he is so gracious and funny,

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Been here for brunch and vowed to come back for dinner. Glad I finally did. Everything was excellent! Great service too! They care about their food and you can taste it.

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3.0Dined on July 16, 2018

We loved the food and service but the acoustics were terrible. They really need to do something about it. It’s a great spot but the noise level makes me hesitate to return. This was on a Monday night too.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

I've been there twice now, loved it both times. Everything was excellent, my friends who hadn't been there before loved it as well. Will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Awesome. The food was great and staff friendly.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Gundis Kurdish Kitchen is a rare find! Wonderful food, friendly and professional staff and terrific atmosphere. We frequent it often!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Excellent server - Mehmet! Great recommendations.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

This exciting restaurant is sliding downward. Prices up, rude greeter, menu limited, service slower... disappointing, I had dined there several times before... not sure I'll go back

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Friendly, personable service; delicious food. We'll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Fabulous, flavorful food with incredible service. Second time I've dined here. Once before for dinner, this time for lunch. Both times I've had incredibly warm, hospitable service. The food is just fabulous, with delicious, new flavors. They were happy to accommodate vegan requests.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Neighborhood gem. Wonderful service, wonderful food. Reasonably priced wines.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Warm, inviting, helpful and attentive service. Fabulous food—fabulous! Every dish was delicious and memorable. This was our first visit. We are looking forward to many more great meals at this unique neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Three times visited and three times wonderfully pleased
The staff is gracious, professional and friendly - what a comfortable and easy space! Many options for both vegans and gluten free diners - without sacrificing taste of quality of ingredients!
We will be back - grateful to have such a gem in our neighborhood!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Good friends recommended the restaurant. My husband and I loved the food, all its wonderful flavors, the fabulous coffee, and the service. Definitely would return

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The food and service at The Gundis was all around fantastic. I highly recommend this restaurant especially if you're looking for a taste of authentic Kurdish cuisine.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Love this place. The food is so delicious. Wait staff is on point. Great wine too.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The chicken shish we ordered was a bit dry but the lamb shish was fantanstic. The service was great, but the food a bit overpriced.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Really a wonderful restaurant! My first time eating Kurdish cuisine, and it was excellent! The servers were very helpful in making recommendations, and in general were gracious and attentive.

To start, we had the sampler platter - a mix of typical Middle Eastern fare of baba ganoush and hummus, plus Kurdish Ezme tapenade and octopus salad. For entrees, my son had the goat cheese stuffed chicken, while I had the delicious vegetable stew with bulgur.

Such a gem of a restaurant - unusual but accessible!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Outstanding, incredible service...an absolutely favorite

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

The food is absolutely delicious at this restaurant. Salmon, chicken and lamb dishes all excellent, as are the first courses. When crowded, it can be on the noisy side.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

I really liked this place! The food was delicious and clean; the staff were great - and it was bright and light. I will go back for sure.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised by Gundis. The Beet Salad was fantastic! The rest of our food was really good too. We had the apricot rice pudding and it was delicious as well. The interior is simple and comfortable. The wait staff was nice and accommodating. I would definitely recommend if you are in the area.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The food made me sick, the restaurant was amazingly loud, and the waiter was just weird

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

outstanding meal!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

We were a group of five, including one vegetarian. Great food choices and so flavorful. Attentive service. Friendly atmosphere. Note closing hours: we went on a Sunday, and we were the last diners to leave, shortly after 9.

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