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Kostali, Chicago, IL

Kostali

4.3
4.3
56 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
"Relaxing, carefree and casually elegant, Kostali offers a transportive coastal experience in the heart of Chicago. Here, we offer cuisine inspired by the great coasts of the Mediterranean, including Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Tunisia, Lebanon, Israel and Morocco."

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, European, Regional French (Southwestern)
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 327-0600
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Carrie Nahabedian
  • Neighbourhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Cross Street
    Grand Avenue and Rush Street
  • Parking Details
    Valet is offered at $20 for all Kostali diners.
  • Public Transit
    CTA Red Line Grand Stop
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 56 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

56 Reviews
  1. AndyW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Very interesting wine list. And the service was fantastic!

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  2. ExNewYorker

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    After some initial problems in getting our party of four seated, we enjoyed all the drink, food and desserts. Three in our party had the cod and reported it was one of the finest seafood dishes they've ever had. I had the tagine and while I don't particular like chickpeas or couscous, I really enjoyed the dish. Drinks were excellent although I thought $23 for a martini was a bit high. The breads were delicious as was the burrata. Our waiter was a bit hyper and offputting, but that did not prevent our 75th birthday celebration.

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  3. RobertF

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Having enjoyed the other NAHA restaurants we were excited to eat at Kostali. The hostesses at the front desk were unfriendly and flippant regarding our difficulty getting parking at the Hotel and parked in the lot across the street. Kostali offers NO discounted parking and it was $42 to park for 2 hours in the parking lot across the street. Our waitress was lovely, the food was OK, nothing we would crave and return for or pay the exorbitant parking rates for!

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  4. LaurenG

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was not good. The ceilings were very low. Go elsewhere.

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  5. Madge

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place, great food AND there is no live music to disrupt the ambiance.

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  6. Omahan

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Awkward service is the best way to describe that part of the experience. The food, however, shone! Pretty atmosphere. We showed up at 7:08 for our 7:15 reservation and were told that we'd be seated "closer to our reservation time". We made our way to the bar, and by 7:45 checked back in with our hostess, who indicated she had forgotten about us. Thankfully, our glass of rose and French 75 held us over. After we were seated, it took quite a while before we were greeted by our server, probably about 5 minutes. A very nice gentleman, but seemed to have his opening lines memorized, and spoke very quickly. It appeared he had been assigned way too many tables; he seemed overwhelmed, and was not very attentive to our table. We watched a group of 4 women be seated, and walk-out 15 min later after no one greeted them for service. In all, my dinner date and I were there for nearly 3 hours, which is well beyond the time it should have taken. Good thing we had nothing but time. Cocktails were flowing and conversation was great. The Burrata with cipollini onions, squash, freekah and grapes, pomegranate, mint and greens was delicious and the highlight of our meal! We also had the Bread with taramasalata and my dinner date is still talking about this delicious spread with roe. We shared the Garganelli pasta, which left more to be desired - having just 3 clams and two shrimp. I would give this place a second chance and hope for better service experience next time.

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  7. TimH

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went to dinner before a Second City and had been a frequent Naha visitor. Kostali was a very fun experience and the food was as you would expect sensational. We had oysters, hummus, the Kostali salad and the Mothers' Feta cheese Turnovers (which were amazing). All were tremendous. Then we had the chicken poussin and the whole Branzino which they fileted for us. The flavor of both were exceptional. This is a shared plates concept and there were 4 of us and it was just enough but we could have maybe done one more dish had we had time. The price point is very compelling. It looks like a very simple menu but it has a bit of everything and the ability to share made it a perfect place. While it is not the old Naha, it is a tremendous alternative to Brindille and I will definitely be heading back soon

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  8. JamesK

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The feta cheese whip for the bread was fantastic, and my girlfriend's food came out great. The ribeye was fine tasting, but was very tough in some areas, and the fat was almost impossible to cut through. I would expect more from a 60 dollar steak. But it was still enjoyable. Service was great. But nothing too special about the place

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  9. jasonK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Wickedly over priced. Bland food, bland setting, would not recommend

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  10. Foodie2enjoy

    Chicago

    337 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    337 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed our dinner but were disappointed that we only found out the day before that there would b a special menu because it was THE DAY AFTER Valentines Day. We had been looking forward to viewing and ordering from the complete menu.

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  11. Singeli

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food! Loved the fresh takes on pan-Mediterranean cuisine, highest quality ingredients, artfully crafted dishes. Can't wait to go back!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was wonderful, and our waiter was great. Hosts seemed much more interested in turning tables than they did in providing a great dining experience. This is a very good restaurant, but needs to pay more attention to ambiance and overall dining experience before it can be considered a great one.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic. Do not miss!

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  14. JohannaD

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding evening at Kostali celebrating birthdays with my friend. The host and hostess could not have been nicer-friendly, smiling, courteous and relaxed. I waited at the cool round bar for my friend and while I didn’t have a craft cocktail, I could tell the bartender was a REAL pro mixologist. I loved watching him craft a cocktail for someone as his attention to detail was impressive. Then we sat and Andrew came to our table. I can’t even say he was our “waiter” because he felt more like an entertaining educator. SO knowledgeable about EVERYTHING on the menu and made excellent suggestions based on our hunger level. He was funny, smart and interesting, something we really appreciated! The ambiance of Kostali is cool, chic and hip. But not over the top. Just comfortably chic. I cannot wait to go again and eat all of the things we didn’t have!
    KostaliResponded on February 13, 2020
    JohannaD- Thank you so much for your feedback! We are happy you enjoyed your experience and look forward to your return. Sincerely, Kostali Management

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  15. KimberlyT

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful place! Brought a customer here but can't wait to come and dine with my spouse. Fabulous food, service, and ambience. Thank you Kerry!!!!

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  16. GoodEats

    Chicago

    336 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    336 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredibly well-executed, tasty food. Service (Jake) was very friendly and informative.

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  17. Rose

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was a regular at Naha and was very impressed with the new restaurant. It is very warm and inviting, but with a refreshing energy. The food is delicious and the service was very friendly and attentive. I loved the cocktails! I would definitely recommend for a date night or group dinner.

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  18. MP40

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Seated nearly an hour after reservation time. Restaurant went from full to empty in 10 minutes.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a reservation at 8pm, but we didn’t get our table until 9pm

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  20. AlanS

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Extremely disappointed with the new offering from this group. Poorly trained and executed staff. Food was extremely unimpressive and not worth visiting again.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good. I appreciate they are new but the service need to improve.

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  22. BobA

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Naha team does it again. Food output standing, nice and attentive service as well.

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  23. Vlahoula14

    Chicago

    64 reviews

    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and décor. Folks that loved Naha will note be disappointed in Kostali. Even though the menu has a different spin the food and pairings of flavor is of the highest quality. I can't wait to go back!

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  24. AndyP

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great waitstaff! Didn't know what to expect for an in hotel restaurant but safe to say Kostali exceeded all expectations

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Loved the food and service. I asked a stupid question and received a sincere answer without any snark. The staff genuinely loved the food. If the restaurant added doors, the ambiance would match the service and food. This is worth the hunt for the entrance. Located in the lobby of the gwen hotel.

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  26. BarryS

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was really an outstanding experience. The service was incredible as was the food. One of the nicest evenings out I have had in some time!

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  27. Aw2417

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time at this new restaurant We always enjoyed NaHa and tried Brindille last year and it was also excellent so we were looking forward to our meal at Kostali. My husband and I enjoyed our food- great taste combinations in all the courses. Our only disappointment was that since it was Chicago Restaurant Week so they only had the special menu available, not the full selection. Guess we’ll have to return so I can get the lamb shanks another time.

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  28. ChristineM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Soooo Loud. I won't go back there simply because it was so hard to hear and enjoy the great food. Too bad.
    KostaliResponded on January 29, 2020
    Thank you for your comments. We appreciate them and use them to continually improve the restaurant. We have been looking at different ways to address the noise level in the restaurant and hope you will come again soon.

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  29. GBAK

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent new restaurant If you liked Naha you will love this more

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  30. donner96

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you loved Naha... then make a reservation here immediately. Carrie Nahabedian's genius is alive and well in this new restaurant. It's inside The Gwen on Rush Street and sets a new standard for how good a restaurant within a hotel can be. I know very little about the flavors of Greece,Tunisia, Lebanan, Israel, and Morocco but I trust the chef. Our dinner was delicious, beautifully presented, and at reasonable price points. The desserts are marvelous, too. You will never experience tapioca pudding like this. I can't wait to go back.

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  31. Snoopy

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Going to Kostali is a great experience. The staff is so nice and friendly, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is cool. This was my second time at the restaurant and I am looking forward to my next visit.

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  32. TizzyLoLo

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kostali was phenomenal from the food to the drinks to the service. I highly recommend.

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  33. RayH

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extraordinary high quality food. Vibrant, robust dishes. Large portions delivering great value. Interesting wine list of “Coastal” wines from Mediterranean area and other, including Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia. Southern France (Languedoc) and Canary Islands. Top notch service. Nice space, w/ cool bar area.

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  34. HowardT

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative cuisine and excellent service in a beautiful and relaxed setting. The bar program also matches the level of the food.

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  35. LizBchicago

    Chicago

    155 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    155 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow - Carrie Nahabedian has done it again - perfect Mediterranean food rooted in her homeland of Armenia but accented with flavors from all over the region. The baby chicken tagine was AMAZING. Every component had its own flavor profile going on and they all sang like a choir. Every bite was a different sensation. Masterful. The black cod with was similarly amazing - every piece of the dish was flavorful and delicious. The breads? Shut up - amazing. Super fun wine list (bottles start in the $60-range). It's downtown prices, yes, but the quality delivers - or over-delivers for the price. I'll be back.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful. Delicious. Perfecto!

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  37. LJSU

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent dinner from start to finish with a very helpful staff!! Loved it!

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  38. KeithR

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fabulous!

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  39. ChrisL

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time. Everything was perfect. First, the room is beautiful., very relaxing and inviting. We had a booth which was extremely comfy. Our server was a young woman who was friendly and very helpful with suggestions on the menu and wine pairings. Portions are generous and I recommend sharing. We started with the hummos, lamb ribs and Kostali salad. The breads and lavosh are to die for and there are 3 spreads, we chose the feta. For entrees we shared the whole roasted loup de mar and lamb shank. Absolutely delicious. We were getting full so shared the tapioca dessert which was light and refreshing. The hardest decision on the menu is what to try so next time, the calamari fritto misto or oysters and the ribeye! Will be back. The Gwen is a great little hotel and there is an elevator direct to Nordstrom’s if you want to shop.

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  40. Mike

    Chicago

    74 reviews

    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Eagerly awaiting this new restaurant. Great food and yummy drinks. The wine list is a good tour of the Mediterranean area. Downsides are that the restaurant is VERY noisy - if they could do something to breakdown the noise, it would help a lot. Service was good but could use a bit of a polish - there were times we were waiting for service (like when all our glasses were empty) and more advice from the service - ideas for wines that would work well with the food we ordered and how to order (after commenting that one of the mains was rather large, the server noted it was something best to share - something we would have liked to know when ordering). That said, the food was exceptional and we'll be coming back.

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Kostali is rated 4.3 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Kostali

521 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611-3646

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Grand Avenue and Rush Street
  • Neighbourhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, European, Regional French (Southwestern)
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Valet is offered at $20 for all Kostali diners.
  • Public Transit
    CTA Red Line Grand Stop
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Carrie Nahabedian
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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