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The Gundis Kurdish Kitchen

4.7
152 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
Perfect For:
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 152 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I'd like to recommend this place, but I just can't. The service was unbelievably slow. Our server was so slow I thought he was napping btw one person's order and the next. The food was fine, but it wasn't all that different from any other middle eastern restaurant, and it fell a little flat. It's a fairly small menu with limited choices. Dessert was disappointing. But it is a beautiful space, and parking was easy. So there's that.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Nicest server ever. Food was incredible and unique. Coming back

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Very nice dining experience

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food was so delicious and now one of my favorite restaurants. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Four of us went because we had seen The Gundis reviewed on Check, Please. Our reservation was for 7PM on a Saturday night, and much to our surprise, the restaurant wasn't as crowded as we had feared. In fact, it's a lovely, spacious room, with space between the tables, so you don't feel as if everyone is a part of your dining experience.
Our waiter was funny and charming, and the food, when it came was really wonderful. We had two appetizers, four entrees and two desserts. One person had a lamb and eggplant entree, another had the octopus, another some pasta with shrimp, and I had a very spicy vegetable stew. No one had a bad thing to say about anything that we ate. It was all wonderfully flavorful, and we really enjoyed trying the different items. Even the Kurdish coffee was a revelation. We sat for a couple of hours; no one bothered us, and we were able to eat and chat and just have a good time.
At the end of the meal we all agreed that we wanted to return and to bring other friends with us. We really had a great experience!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food the service is all excellent we love this place

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day, love the food and service!

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

40th birthday dinner

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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