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Thai Restaurant$$$$
Albany Park, Chicago
  • Has a stamp of approval from Chicago magazine and Time Out Chicago Kids
    • Chicago magazine
    • Time Out Chicago Kids
  • The Feast
    "repeat James Beard nominee"(2 Tips)
    Pocket S.
    "They only have set tasting menus."(3 Tips)
    The Daily Meal
    "glimpse of Mama Arun making desserts"(2 Tips)
    ISC C.
    "Be prepared to spend three hours for dinner."(2 Tips)
13 Tips and reviews
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  • tasting menu
  • poached pears
  • sorbet
  • vegetarian food
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  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 10, 2014
    Birthday 12-course dinner with wine pairing. Very exotic decor, nice service, interesting flavors. I would recommend it for a unique experience. They only have set tasting menus.
    Upvoted Oct 15
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DulinJanuary 3, 2015
    Really fantastic food. The twelve course tasting is a must! The decor is quite dated and the service is significantly lacking however. But the food is delicious!
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealFebruary 22, 2011
    Hopefully you'll catch a glimpse of Mama Arun making desserts if you walk through the kitchen to the upstairs seating area. Go big or go home - the 12 course "Royal" tasting menu is just that. Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    Sure, you're limited to a twelve-course tasting menu at this upscale Thai restaurant, but coming from a repeat James Beard nominee, you can be sure it's worth it.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 11, 2012
    You’ll never find a more delicate Dungeness crab spring roll or a more elegant beef tenderloin in Panang curry, redolent of coconut and coriander.
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 10, 2012
    Opened by chef Arun Sampanthavivat in 1985, this stately legend would become the first Thai restaurant in America to nab four Mobil stars, an AAA award and a James Beard for Best Chef in the Midwest. Read more
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoFebruary 16, 2013
    Arun's continues to amaze with innovative dishes that set itself apart from pedestrian Thai restaurants.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 3, 2012
    Try the Fried Prawn - Fried prawn wrapped in coconut vermicelli on a sheet of egg omelet.
  • Rishad T.
    Rishad TobaccowalaApril 14, 2012
    The best Thai restaurant in the country and among the best restaurants in Chicago.
  • Beth B.
    Beth BuckleySeptember 27, 2014
    Had the twelve course. Everything was phenomenal
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoFebruary 13, 2014
    Be prepared to spend three hours for dinner.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 7, 2011
    Try the Lychee Sorbet And Poached Pear
  • Eliza
    ElizaDecember 22, 2009
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