Arun's Thai

4156 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 Directions
Today 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM All Hours

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About Arun's Thai

  • Cuisine
    Thai, Asian, Ice Cream, Eclectic, Diner
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $50-$75
  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Valet
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    No
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes

Tips

Report | 6 years ago
Hi: We had high hopes for dinner. We were celebrating our 10 year anniversary here. We told them of this when we made the reservation and they said that they would make a note of it. If they did, they must have misplaced the note as they never acknowledged it nor said anything. Besides that we have a lot of comments. 1. when we arrived at the restaurant, there was no one at the front door to greet us. It took a minute or two for someone to acknowledge that we were there and offer to seat us. The lighting in the restaurant is shockingly bright. It reminded us of a clothing store. Very bad and harsh. The decorations are dated. The table tops have an acrylic covering on them. for a high end restaurant experience, we thought a nice white table cloth or a real glass table top would be appropriate. Also, they had chair rails made out of acrylics lining the wall. Very tacky. On the positive side the food was delicious. Nice presentation. Well spiced. However, for the experience and the price it is not worth it. Years ago Arun's was a real hot restaurant. To get back to that level they need to up their game. Here are some suggestions. 1. new lighting. much softer. remove the florescent and can lights. 2. nix the plexiglass 3. Offer lower price options. Many years ago Yoshi's was a high end place. He reconcepted...kept a higher end, but not the wallet breaking prices and has done very well over the years. 4. make sure someone is at the door to greet folks as they arrive. 5. make certain to acknowledge a special occasion. Thank you for providing this opportunity to review the restaurant. I'm happy to talk to anyone about our experience.
Report | 6 years ago
The 12 course chef's tasting is incredible. The tastes have to be experienced there,,,I don't even think they do take-out/delivery.
Report | 7 years ago
Expensive, so wait for a Groupon!
Report | 7 years ago
Get a Groupon if you can, as this restaurant is quite pricey!
Report | 7 years ago
The food presentation was beautiful but was warm or lukewarm instead of piping hot as it should be when it arrives at the table. The service staff was excellent! We have lived in the neighborhood for 25 yrs and always wanted to dine at Aruns, but couldn't afford it. We came to be impressed by the restaurant itself but found the ambiance truly lacking for an upscale experience. The carpet needs replacement yesterday, the bathroom looks like my grandmas house, but we did love the hand lotion! The total food experience was good but I would only give 3 stars out of 5 because some of the sampling was disappointing. A good example of this was the chicken salad-the breast was cold & hard but the combination of leaf favors was amazing along with the dressing. I truly wanted to love Aruns since the hype over the years has been over the top, but I can honestly say we were pretty disappointed.
Report | 7 years ago
They have a lovely menu. We had a 12 course tasting, the food is beautifully presented. I personally enjoyed the small plates or appetizer portion of the menu the most, very creative. They have many intriguing art works, nicely presented. I did find the lighting to be a bit bright and utilitarian given the elegant atmosphere they are striving to create.
Report | 7 years ago
Go there hungry
Report | 7 years ago
This is a meal next to none - the food is truly amazingly delicious - but be prepared - 12 courses is more food than I should consume at one time.
Report | 7 years ago
Great food, service and great all around.
Report | 7 years ago
Amazing, elegant restaurant. Best service in Chicago. A cornucopia of flavors.

From Our Editors

Even in his early days of crafting culinary masterpieces, Chef Arun Sampanthavivat spoke as if his life was a perpetual swan song. In 1998, the New York Times began its article “The Great Chefs Go to Him To Be Dazzled” with the words, “To hear him talk, you might think he's a man with regrets.” Later on, Sampanthavivat described his numerous four-star reviews as a blessing and a curse . . . “I have to live up to every word they say.” Wolfgang Puck added another potentially bad omen by calling Arun's “probably the best Thai restaurant in the country.” Cursed or not, it still earns acclaim nearly 15 years later, most recently from Chicago magazine, which characterizes the eponymous eatery as “a treasure” whose “tiniest elements amaze.”

At his Albany Park mainstay, Chef Arun builds elegant arabesques, filling his tasting menus with spiced pork lar atop grilled sweet pepper, and sea scallops drizzled in kabocha chili sauce. This attention to detail and workmanlike approach extends to the dining room, which is decorated with Thai artwork curated by Arun himself. Even the website's gentle piano music was composed by the tireless chef, further showing that, in the culinary world, he's the closest thing we have to a genuine auteur.

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