Sunda

4.7
5753 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
Located within Chicago’s bustling River North neighborhood, Sunda pairs New Asian fare with Midwestern hospitality for an award-winning concept. Offering contemporary interpretations of traditional dishes from Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and more, the Michelin-recommended concept from Rockit Ranch Productions has received numerous accolades, including Best New Restaurant and Chicago’s Sexiest Restaurant. Showcasing exceptional cuisine from Executive Chef Jess DeGuzman, mod décor from renowned designer Tony Chi, a chic, yet approachable ambiance and seating for more than 200 guests, Sunda has rapidly become a mainstay on the Chicago dining scene.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

Does eating at Sunda feel like eating in the club? Yes, but you don't have to love the ChampagnePapi lifestyle to love this restaurant.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 5753 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Bad service

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Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food best service best decor

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really, really delicious food. But it was very VERY noisy in there. Difficult to carry a conversation. Fun, energetic space just don’t expect to hear anyone that isn’t right next to you!

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time to this restaurant and the food was delish! Tried a variety of dishes and each one did not disappoint. I will be back!

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and service but the insane noise level really is hard to get by. Enough to not go back which is a shame. Top noise level rating being called "energetic" is a joke. How about "I hope you know sign language" instead.

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great! Our server was eager and willing to provide recommendations and the small plates and sushi came out at appropriate intervals. The restaurant was packed, it was difficult to move between tables and it was very loud. That was the only downside to dining here for a client dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was absolutely DELICIOUS! Sunda is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago, hand down!

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CC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate here with my fiance about 5 years ago and, except for the noise level, we LOVED it! The food is outstanding! And this time, with clients, it did NOT disappoint. Once again, amazing and seemed to be a little quieter with a lunch croud.

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DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Always recommend Sunda. That is all I have to say.

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JS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 3 went for Sunday brunch and had a fantastic server, Daniel. He provided great recommendations with excellent descriptions and shared ways to best enjoy our food. He really cared about the food and our enjoyment. Loved the Bloody Mary bar! Sunda also had great music, not intrusive, perfect!

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KB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!! Loved the food.

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JB
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat Sunda turned out to be. The room was big and open and well designed. Joe, our waiter, was helpful and so accommodating with all of our questions and needs. Each dish we ordered was outstanding. The menu was varied and seems to have something for everyone's taste.
I will definitely return to Sunda whenever I am in Chicago. It is a don't miss kind of place.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor service

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MS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In from out of town and tried Sunda based on a friend’s recommendation. Possibly the best meal I have had in my life.

Went as a group of four and tried a lot of the menu. There was not a single item that we did not like. Everything was amazing.

Can’t wait to be back in Chicago to get back to Sunda. I want to try the rest of the menu!

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AN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Looooove this place. Food is phenomenal. Service is great. Everything we’ve tried has been amazing; the flavor profiles, the depth of flavor, the plating; everything is exquisite. Definitely recommend the spicy edamame, pork belly app, Chilean sea bass, tale of two tunas — and really everything on the menu. You can’t go wrong!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great, especially the foie gras Nigiri. We had a special work anniversary and expected something to be brought to the table - were disappointed it was not acknowledged

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good work by the Event Organizers - Jamie and Karen.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. But be mindful that the portions are huge and when they say "meant for sharing" they mean it.

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Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Interesting and BIG menu of various Asian cuisines, which will be familiar to those who remember Stephen Starr's Buddakan of the early 90s -- a mix of Japanese (sushi), Chinese, Thai, etc. with varying degrees of success. High marks for the black cod, Red Dragon sushi and the pork adobo fried rice, which was recommended by our very talented and knowledgeable server. We loved it. Missed the mark on the pad thai, which was overly sauced and the Szechuan chicken which was dry and tough to eat with chopsticks given the large unwieldy pieces. Come prepared to shout in order to be heard by your tablemates over the deafening din. Very busy with tables crowding the narrow aisles.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Average service and average food. I know people rave about Sunda. It has ambience, no doubt, and you can often catch celebrities there but I'd recommend skipping this place unless your really into paying high prices and for very average sushi, dim sum or Filipino food. Lots of better options in the city. River North is very overrated.

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Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

4th time to Sunda and love it more and more each time! The lobster and wagyu beef roll is by far the best item on the menu!

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BI
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was ok, the main entree was kind of small compared to the appetizers. The wait helper (Micheal) was decent but our waitress was very busy talking and doing other things besides being a waitress. The drinks were just ok. There needs some work to be done.

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Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Will be back and highly recommend!

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Bit over priced however sushi was very good. Probably would not return

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SJ
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic meal... with everything served family style, there is such a nice opportunity for everyone to share the experience. The food was absolutely stellar. The lemongrass beef lollipops were incredibly flavorful and tender, while the tuna truffle pizza is simply not to be missed. Great wine list and excellent cocktails. The server was extremely knowledgeable and helped us navigate the more unfamiliar offerings. Excellent experience, we will definitely be back.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time here and it was a good experience! The oxtail potstickers were delicious, could've eaten a whole meal just of those. I would come back here again, though next time with someone to share with so we could try more things.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was tasty and service was good, but the drinks were too light on alcohol and quite expensive. I didn’t taste the alcohol in those drinks.

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SA
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sushi rolls were very good, however, not cut to size for eating. Nigiri yellowtail very good also. Chicken pad Thai and oxtail potstickers were very good also. Efficient service.

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KK
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is always fantastic!!
Favourite restaurant in Chicago!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and place. The only issue was that we were limited to order more food as we reserved the last sitting time for lunch (2:30)

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m
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Creative menu. Fun atmosphere. Great location.

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m
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great choice! Restaurant has a great VIBE! Food and service are consistently good! Highly recommend!

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SG
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing; seemed like every dish we received was better than the last. The service was also very prompt

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k
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food. Service was awesome. Will definitely be going back!

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C
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Another visit to Sunda did not disappoint. It was just two of us. It's more fun with a larger group because you can share more dishes. But we really enjoyed what we had and were happy to celebrate the restaurant's 10th year!

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KR
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Sunda is a very good restaurant. Unfortunately I thought the food was a little better last year.
The apple pear salad was outstanding but the pad Thai was only average and the miso soup was so salty
it was almost Inedible. The service was friendly and professional.

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KA
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The vegan menu had a lot good options. We ended up going with the avocado sushi roll, veg fried rice and pad Thai which were all delicious.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Had to ask other wait staff to ask our server to come to the table multiple times. Would have probably ordered way more drinks had she been back by.

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and cocktails. This has a comprehensive menu which is served as Asian tapas meant to be shared. Definitely a go to for special occasions or if you visitors coming to town. I wish it was more reasonably priced so I could go more often

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