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About The Gundis Kurdish Kitchen

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.

2909-11 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657-5209
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Brunch: Sunday & Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Cross Street:
Surf Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 904-8120

Website:
http://www.thegundis.com/

Public Transit:
Belmont Red Line
Wellington Purple & Brown Line
Diversey Purple LIne
Clark Bus
Broadway Bus
Sheridan Bus

Executive Chef:
Juan Manuel Gonzalez

Additional:
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Gundis Kurdish Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (29)
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Fun (12)
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Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Cozy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Romantic (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Spicy (5)
Vegan (5)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
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Tapas (1)
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Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

The food the service is all excellent we love this place

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

An overall wonderful restaurant. A fantastic addition to the Chicago restaurant scene. Love introducing friends to this place. They always love it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Valentines Day, love the food and service!

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 (Greensboro)·Dined 7 days ago

Loved eating at Gundis!! The food has a special quality and flavor that I have not found at other Mediterranean restaurants. We got the spicy lentil soup, the Zaza pasta with shrimp and the vegetarian stew. Such good flavors and we were stuffed to the brim! The wait staff was so kind and helpful— they even brought us complimentary cookies at the end of our date! Would definitely go back again if I lived in Chicago!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

40th birthday dinner

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner with friends. Food was amazing!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

It was a cold, snowy Monday evening, so Gundy's was pretty empty, but for me and my friends, that was perfect. The staff is gracious and friendly, and the food really is outstanding. Our waiter, Mehmet, was helpful with suggestions and explanations and, because business was slower than normal, we had a chance to chat with him and get to know more about him and the restaurant.
The food is not cheap, but it's worth it. Beautifully prepared and presented, and wonderful flavors. The table 'favorite' this evening was the stuffed chicken. Yum!!! But the lamb/veggie plate and the veggie stew were also delicious.
Apparently weekends are very busy, so make a reservation. Or better still, find a quiet time to go and you'll have an even more memorable experience.
I will definitely return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Delicious and very understated, courteous service. Went twice and would go back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food is bland and we weren't able to taste any spices that made it unique.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Many menu choices, large portions. Delicious bread & hummus before the entrees arrived.
Vibrant atmosphere. Noise level a little high especially due to a couple of screaming kids. Would definitely return.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This place is unique because of creative food and very pleasant hosts. I recommend going there for brunch and experience meal as a ceremony of 10 little dishes of honey, jam, olives and other sauces and omelette with SOUJOUK (spicy beef, halal sausage) After that get a Kurdish coffee that comes in beautiful metal cup with the cute cap.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Altho highly recommended, we found only Cautious expectations. With a full house, it was not conversation friendly. If we return, we’llpick Another time. Serving sizes were very ample. The Babagunis was fine, but there is a problem matching degrees of “heat” with the customer’s taste with both entries. Neither were asked about heat levels desired. My wife found the chicken-pasta “too spicy”, but I loved her dish, but only because I like heat. I found my lamb entre to have adequate flavor but devoid of heat at all, but think it could be spiced up. There were too many mushrooms & not enough lamb..

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was delicious. We shared hummus and several entrees. The salmon was our favorite dish of the evening!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

My lunch partner and I were thrilled that we both selected The Gundis Kurdish Kitchen to try and we can’t wait to go back for dinner! Clearly their own ethnic group, the Kurdish cooks of yore and today have a mostly completely different take on foods from the region. Not Turkish, not Middle Eastern , not Persian, not Israeli, not Slavic or Greek but if you know those cuisines, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the spins and spices in the dishes. goat cheese adds richness to many soups, salads, pastas and meat dishes at The Gundis. Large open dining area lets in light and at lunch, it was quiet but you can tel it will get loud. The red lentil soup (both versions) were rich, layered and satisfying. The seafood salad was lovely and generous with shrimp and octopus but the dressing was a tad bland. The Adana and cheese wrap with spiced sumacced potatoes were very good. The yogurt sauce too was a bit weak but the meat was flavorful. The bread that comes with the meal was completely unique in taste and texture. Service was outstanding— friendly, warm, funny, helpful, never rushed. We took our cue and lingered for a bit and voila! Tea and cookies appeared! The wine and beer lists were thoughtful and well matched to the flavors. Several dessert options will be tried “next time”. As “the one and only Kurdish restaurant in Chicago,” The Gundis has set a high bar for whomever comes next!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Always excellent food! The seasonings are just right. The service is impeccable.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very nice restaurant. The staff is very friendly, helpful and efficient. The dishes and portion size explained very well by our waitress and water glasses promptly filled. The food itself was good but don't see where being the only Kurdish restaurant is a different than any other Mediterranean restaurant. They have a couple of dishes with pasta and we were advised not to order because" it's not an Italian restaurant". I'm still working on that. However, it's reasonably, priced , vibrant, and very welcoming atmosphere and would return

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food- complex flavors. Everything was great except it was loud since there’s nothing to absorb the noise (no drapes, rugs, etc).
Loved it and would go back for sure!

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was quite good, the service excellent but the noise level was so-o-o uncomfortable.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 17, 2018

We always enjoy The Gundis Kurdish Kitchen because the food is so full-flavored and the service so caring without being intrusive. The Spicy Red Lentil soup is an absolute knockout, so good you can't stop filling your mouth with its tangy, creamy richness. It is the best lentil soup we've ever tasted. Also amazing is the chicken breast that's stuffed with spinach and goat cheese and covered in a spicy Kurdish cream sauce. It's almost too much with the soup since both are rich but it's so delicious that resisting it is hard. We tried a new dish this time, the Mardin Special Lamb, and it was spectacular, perfectly cooked and with two sauces that offered depth and variety. Our complaints are few: The esme can be a bit sweet and the octopus salad is not as scrumptious as other items on the menu and the cookies pale next to the food that came before but the aromatic coffee more than makes up for all this. Portions are huge so come prepared to share or enjoy a couple lunches of leftovers, which is a good deal!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Nice restaurant with the most attentive servers. Loved the bottomless tea and all the extras that came with the meal (cheeses, bread, olives, tahini, preserves, honey). We ordered a lamb and veggie scramble. It was good, but the lamb was a bit tough. We also ordered baba ganoush, it was delicious!

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I would like to be able to write a review but the restaurant canceled our reservation, with only two hours notice, and no explanation, leaving us scrambling to find an alternate restaurant for our guests. We were doubly disappointed because all four of us were looking forward to trying Kurdish cuisine.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We have been at this restaurant about 10 times since they opened (this by itself says a lot about their food). Our friends had the stuffed chicken which is luscious and hearty, this can’t never disappoint but better plan a serious work out the next morning. Another friend had the shrimp, citrusy/buttery, couldn’t stop eating it (requires at least 20 more mins at the gym). I LOVE the octopus, tender, simple and tasty. The beet salad is amazing, specially if the beets are warm out of the oven. My husband always gets lamb or beef sac tawa -tangy, hardy... but not too heavy like the lamb shank (which is always falling off the bone and succulent). Must leave room for in-house made cookies!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food and service! Would definitely come back and have already recommended to friends!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Spicy, Casual, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

They did not miss a thing. The service was great and the food was too! And I liked the decor. It was cozy but spacious somehow.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Everything was fresh, delicious flavors, good portions, staff knew how to guide with additional spices. Loved it! Dessert for birthday celebration was delicious as well.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Best restaurant in the neighborhood

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

A new neighborhood gem..fresh ingredients.. friendly staff..authentic Kurdish/Mediterranean fare..

Tags: Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Really excellent food! Fresh and carefully made. Love that they have cava by the glass. Only criticism would be waiting a long time for our entrees after our first course.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always delicious, always fun. Service sometimes slow but also attentive and friendly.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Spicy, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Loved the food and the service. The waiter was super nice and helpful. I would certainly go back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was a repeat visit. As in the past, the food was terrific as was the service -- we'll be back often.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This is my absolute favorite restaurant. The food is invariably tasty, and the service is always warm and friendly. Some reviewers have complained that the prices are too high, but they are appropriate and well in line with a good Chicago restaurant. This is not a hole-in-the-wall middle-Eastern dining spot, but a carefully thought-out culinary concept with expertly prepared and interesting Kurdish fish, lamb, chicken, and beef entrees, a beautiful decor, and a full wine-and-beer list. The menu is enticing at any time of day.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Booked table through open table, was told there were no tables when we arrived at the scheduled time. Walked there in the cold and had to head back home.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our son recommended this restaurant to us as something different from the everyday American cuisine. This restaurant did not fail to deliver at all!! Everything from the service, to the appetizers, to the salads, to the entrees and even the Kurdish coffee was superb! I would highly recommend Gundis for any occasion! You will not be disappointed!!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Love the breakfast/brunch with all the books of goodies, fresh bread and choice of main that's served weekdays, too! We went for a late weekday brunch, sat in the warm, sunny window and nibbled through all the great dips and toppings. Now, the men in our clan put their names in for a haircut at Gabby's and come here for a nourishing wait. At dinner, the lamb dishes are favorites. Also, lots of variety and attentive, helpful service.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Really wonderful food - a unique take on the Mediterranean cuisine with which I am familiar (Greek, Turkish, Spanish, Italian). The grilled octopus was wonderful (with bulgur). Good wine list, small but thoughtful beer selection. The chocolate moose is a must - light, savory, and garnished with pomegranate seeds that really pop.

The staff could not be more wonderful - thoughtful, attentive, and charming.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was wonderful and fresh. The salad was crisp and tasty. The service was very good. When needed, the server was able to fully describe the dishes. We arrived about 5:30 pm and there were a few tables occupied, by the time we left there were people waiting for tables. The noise level increased dramatically as more people arrived. I know the trend in restaurants right now is bare walls and open ceilings. The noise level gets too high to hear across the table. We older folks can't communicate or hear the servers.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Simply dinner with friends, good conversation over excellent food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Amazing food- like everything we ate. Also, great leftovers- you know how good it was that the leftovers were just as yummy. Great restaurant space and great server- Mauricio!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Best breakfast omlet I've ever had!
Don't miss the tea!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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