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.
Chicago, IL 60657-5209
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
$31 to $50
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Belmont Red Line
Wellington Purple & Brown Line
Diversey Purple LIne
Juan Manuel Gonzalez
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Gundis Kurdish Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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..
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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