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nbondi (41) Chicago, Illinois | January 2, 2010| Updated April 30, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
8 out of 10 Kumaís burgers Iíve had have been the best burger Iíve ever had in my life. The other two were only awesome. Beer selection is adequate with several good choices. Options donít change often, and at least half the time theyíre out of my first choice. Focus is on North American breweries. Staff doesnít seem to know the beer well, but the focus is not the beer here. The focus here is metal, pretty girls, and the best burgers in the world. Expect a wait. Even is itís 10 PM. on Sunday.
fluffheady (95) Chicago, Illinois | January 21, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Iíll admit - I avoided Kumas for a long time. I hate lines. I had also heard bad things from others, and for some reason I listened to it instead of listening to my gut. After all - my boyfriend and I have a track record of taming some of the surliest bartenders (cough ** Toronado). Anyhow. Our friends were in town and had heard a lot about Kumas. We went expecting to wait a long time, but, realistically, the wait was about a 45 minutes on a Saturday afternoon and we got drinks from the bar during the wait. The draft list is small but well thought out. The bottle list is great. The burgers are incredible. The service is stupendous. Absolutely nice people. (Donít believe the music and - not kidding - the Shining playing on the TV). Lovely people (ha, they probably cringed at that word). Great bar. If you havenít been here, GO. But go on a weekday afternoon. The negatives of this place are summed up in our experience with a man who ran up to the hostess after our party of 6 was sat. He was insisting that he and his 5 year old son were there before us. Whether he was right or wrong, we were sat at a 6 top, and he only had a party of 2. F*** that guy for not only yelling at a really nice hostess but also yelling at other customers. However, when a place is this famous, crap like this happens. Go when itís not busy so you can enjoy it. You ratebeerians probably know better, though.
rickhall28 (225) Denville, New Jersey | December 9, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great burgers...fine selection of local Chicago beers...great decor and vibe...thatís the pluses. The negatives...can easily & often be a long wait...with likely no place to really wait...and the music may or may not be too loud for you even if a metal fan in the small place while probably eating faster than youíd like. Given the wait to get in...Iím not going to say they rush you out...just that you really donít feel like this is the place to take your time and be leisurely.
emerge077 (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | October 15, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 14/20
Pros and cons: Itís not a place where you leisurely spend an evening having a few beers and a burger. The burgers are great, but youíll wait 2 hours here if you go most nights. Weekday lunch is great if you have the option. Beer selection has improved with some seasonals recently, but itís still a bit of a tourist trap. Check out Beer Temple and Revolution Brewery nearby if you make the trip.
JCB (206) Durham, North Carolina | July 22, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Went to Kumaís Too on Diversey. Slightly more spacious and bourgeois than expected, but I was happy to get a seat at the bar so easily. Obviously the burgers are what you go for, and they donít disappoint (even if theyíre not especially transcendent, nor do they seem to capture their band inspirations for the most part, but whatever). The place still more than merits inclusion on RB, since they have an extensive bottle list and a well assembled array of (mostly local) taps. Fun place.
t0rin0 (1180) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 1, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited in July 2010 with masterski around lunch time.
Hell yes, this place is awesome, well mostly. I heard about this place from a guy that I ran into at RBSG (noblesquirrel) who was wearing an Iron Maiden shirt that said Kumaís on it. Iíll start with the complaints first:
-Music is freaking loud. As a metal head I should never really complain about that but really, why do I need to feel like Iím front row at a Ted Nugent show (in a small venue)?
-Prices. But itís an experience, worth it if youíre prepared for the shock of the bill.
-The wait. But thatís not entirely their fault, theyíre just that popular.
-Old Alpha King on tap. May be the distributorís fault, who knows. Live and learn.
Alright, despite the negatives the place is a lot of fun. Lots and lots of burgers to pick from. Every one of which is probably enough for 2 to 3 meals. They are all named after a band, but I couldnt figure out exactly what each burger had to do with the band it was named after.
There are tons of pictures on the wall of the various metal bands, which is kind of neat. The service was surprisingly attentive for a place that was so full.
Would go back for the burgers and for the spectacle. Iíd also go back for the t shirts when the next one is released.
swoopjones (294) Buffalo, New York | June 4, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
very cool palce, divish, loud death metal (not my thingbut itfit here). awesome burgers, FFF on draft, awesome
ads135 (132) Lawrence, Kansas | August 29, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Honestly the best burger Iíve ever had. If I lived in Chicago I would eat here once a week. The beer selection is good, though limited. What they have is exceptional, though, focusing on Chicago area beers including Three Floyds. Be prepared to wait in line.
EHouse (20) Boston, Massachusetts | August 12, 2012
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
3 Floyds on tap and the best burger I ever ate. There will be a wait, you may be there an hour, but if your life is in that much of a hurry than you donít deserve Kumas!
guerinfbfan (4) Elmwood Park, Illinois | June 4, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Finally visited the legendary Kumaís Corner. Stopped by on Sunday evening around 7 pm and the place was rocking. We knew that we were going to be in for a wait, but we were prepared. Hostess told us the wait would likely be an hour and a half, so we went outside to wait. No more than 15 minutes later the hostess came outside and said she had a table for us. Freaking awesome. Tap list was nice, was really psyched to have a FFF Zombie Dust, but the were out, which is totally understandable being it late in the weekend. Food was teriffic. It does take a bit of time giving the kitchen being about as big as the bathroom, but the portions are huge and the food was teriffic. My girlfriend and myself loved this place. We will definietly try to go back!
KickInChalice (20) Chicago, Illinois | February 17, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Kumaís is a unique beast, at least from the craft beer perspective.
They are known for their burgers, and for good reason. They are by far the best burgers I have ever had. Ever. But, due to space limitations and a huge demand, there is always a wait here. So this is not the type of place you just wander over to expecting to have a beer. Unless you want to have a beer while cramped in the corner waiting for over an hour until you get a table.
The atmosphere is, well, different. It is heavy metal themed, with blaring metal of the upmost intensity. I am a hard rock / metal fan, but I still need to be in the right mood to head here. The crowd is varied; there are not a ton of people coming in wearing suits, but there are people from every other walk of llife coming in. I have even been here as a vegetarian gave up on the vegetarian lifestyle after 5 years and devoured a 10 oz. burger.
The beer list is solid, and they change it up. Their philosophy is to try to have local beer available, but they will also have a few select choices from around the country as well. Normally they have about five choices on tap and thirty in bottles, and there is always something worth drinking. I tend to go for something in my "moderate" ABV range like Alpha King and let the burgers be the focus.
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