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The Gundis Kurdish Kitchen

4.7
168 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 168 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch and the food was good, but nothing was a standout. We ordered a la carte so we didn't get the Turkish breakfast.

Service was also really slow. We didn't have someone come to our table to ask about drinks or food for 10+ minutes

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

As soon I sat down, I was plotting my return because there were many things on the menu I wanted to try. I thought the food was terrific and the service was also great. It is a large room and doesn't feel too crowded or noisy. It was great for our occasion - in-laws in town. I'll be going back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Consistently great cooking and amiable, polished service. Distinctive cuisine. We've been going there regularly since its first week, and it's never lost its start-up enthusiasm and graciousness.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Best restaurant in Chicago! Beautiful interior, excellent service, delicious wine, and best of all the most delicious food AND best desert.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Their service has improved immensely -- it's amazing now. Top notch.

Their food has always been outstanding. Nothing has changed in that aspect.

The servers are very accommodating.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Excellent place to experience Kurdish food. Portions are huge and food is tasty. It’s exceptionally noisy but worth the noise. Esp loved the Kurdish coffee.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Amazing food and service

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

This a a wonderful and authentic Kurdish restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was excellent. We will definitely be going back.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We have been here twice now and definitely recommend it! House made bread is amazing, hummus appetizers, salads all very fresh, my husband loved his lamb shank. Looking forward to going back and trying a fish dish!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Every time we've visited Gundi's kitchen we've had an enjoyable meal and good service. If you're concerned that you don't know Kurdish food and will be challenged, no need to worry. There are some similarities to other middle eastern or persian cuisine. The dishes are flavorful without being overly spicy. There are good options for vegetarians. The weekend brunch egg dish platter is fantastic.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food was excellent, think more spicy and flavorful Mediterranean food. Unfortunately, the service was awful. I had to ask for menus, constantly ask to make a drink order, waited a considerable amount of time to put our food order in. For these reasons, we decided to have dessert elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Our waiter, Amet, was amazing and everyone was friendly even when we over stayed

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Lively scene, attentive welcoming service. The garlic shrimp was fresh and zesty and we
started out with hummus and warm bread. We have been back several times and always
enjoy our evening there. A great place to dine before or after a movie at the Landmark Century,
only a few blocks away. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Awesome meal. Food was outstanding and all the staff were so kind and accommodating to our toddler. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food flavors interesting; servers do try; noise level gets in the way of conversations except at closing when it has thinned out.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Very good food. Relatively large portions. The stuffed chicken is very, very good.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Very good experience. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We were enticed here by an episode of "Check Please" and also by good reviews. We loved our entrees, which were the stuffed chicken and lamb shank, but weren't that happy with the grilled cheese appetizer. It would have been better if it were hot. The baba ganoush was good, but not spectacular like the entrees. It was quiet when we arrived at 6:00, but by 7:30 it was very.....energetic! The entrees were so good we'll be back.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Fantastic!!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Very nice addition to the area. I love lamb and so wanted to try after seeing restaurant featured on one of the 10pm news restaurant features, I had to try it. The Ezme & Walnuts and Zêr Beet Salad were delicious ( I LOVE BEETS).

If you are a Lamb lover like me, that lamb shank......yes, yes, yes (in my best Homer Simpson voice). Delicious, tender, meaty, mouth watering. And more than enough for two people or to take home for leftovers.

I can't wait to go back to try the Shish. And I will be spreading the word.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Always excellent food and service. The fish and the lamb are particularly tasty. Best baba ganoush in the city.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

I took my son and his wife here for a birthday celebration. The service was very attentive. The food was absolutely delicious. We had the mezza platter for an appetizer and loved all 4 dips. We shared the stuffed chicken, adana kebab and lamb wrapped in eggplant. All three were absolutely delicious.

The only down side is that parking is tough so maybe Uber there or walk. Great place. I'll be back.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Absolutely wonderful food and service. Limited wine menu but we always let the server pick a bottle for us and we have never been disappointed. Staff is friendly and extremely attentive. We could eat here every week.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

My husband & I went for our 28th anniversary. This was our first time. The food was excellent! I ordered the Baba Ganouch for starters & it is delicious and spicy. I ordered the stuff chicken it was sooooo goooood! My husband ordered the lamb shank and it was very tender and I must add, the vegetables was the bomb! We also drank red wine and it was very good, and the service was excellent. Also, the chocolate Belgium cake was awesome. We will be back! Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We went to The Gundiz because we were intrigued to try Kurdish for the first time, and we were not disappointed. The food was flavorful and artfully prepared, a pleasing blend of the familiar and the novel. I’m not normally a fan of baba ganoush, but it was maybe the best I’ve ever had. The prices were reasonable, and the service was excellent. The staff was friendly and attentive, and we especially appreciated that nobody tried to rush us out as we were having our (complimentary) post-meal tea, even though the restaurant was approaching full capacity. Overall, I highly recommend The Gundis, and I plan to go back there soon - and with my friends in tow.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Tried because we saw it on Check Please - was amazing! We loved it and will go back. Great food and wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The Gundis Kitchen is a gem - the food is fantastic, surpassed only by the attentiveness and quality of the staff. For those who are not familiar with Kurdish food (I was not familiar before dining with The Gundis), the food is full of wonderful and unique blends of savory and spicy flavors. The seafood and vegetable dishes are particularly good, as is the spicy lentil soup. (I don't eat red meat, but the lamb dishes look beautiful, and I've heard those eating them raving). We frequently take our out-of-town friends and family here and they always love it - especially the chocolate moose, which is the best I've ever had.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Gundis is a Lakeview neighborhood gem. We dine there frequently and have brought many friends and I always get bonus points for sharing this place with my circle. There are so many wonderful dishes it's hard to know where to start. For a lighter meal for two try sharing the Mêzê Sampler and one entree. The Newroz Pasta is an excellent vegetarian choice. We love the Halloumi Cheese Salad, the Grilled Octopus and the Stuffed Chicken. I'm not a meat eater but my husband loves the Lamb Shank. The restaurant is child friendly and good for large groups. Even though there are often large groups, the space is conversation friendly. The staff is warm and knowledgeable. Landmark Century Centre Cinema is just south of Gundis so this is an excellent choice after a movie. Do make a reservation and do plan to allot ample time to enjoy the food and the conversation.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The Gundis is our go-to nice restaurant - business dinner, birthday, or just a nice night out. The food is consistently above and beyond, the servers are kind and attentive and knowledgeable, and we love showing our friends the very best Chicago has to offer. There are a lot of restaurants in the city, let alone Lakeview, but this one takes the cake.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Food and service was great. Mahmat was good at explaining the menu and recommending.

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