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Kuma's Corner

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Kuma's CornerKuma's Corner
BA SCORE
99
world-class

114 Ratings
Ratings: 114
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: n/a
Taps: 5
Bottles: 30
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2900 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-5804
United States
phone: (773) 604-8769

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @kumascorner

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped here after a Beer Temple trip. Burgers are enormous and they have some cool appetizers. Beer on top is solid, and some good bottles. Not a ton of options, but what they have is good.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Kuma's Corner's burgers are as good as it gets. The service is always great, even when the line is out the door. Beer selection always small yet well thought out. Usually a Three Floyds selection available. Stellar, always bring out of town guests here!

Photo of Beer-Revelry
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is IT. This is a beer drinker's heaven. Walking in is like being teleported to a medieval, heavy metal, evil castle. Weaponry lines the walls, there's skulls, guitars and always really awesome hard rock to death metal music playing. The beer selection here is ridiculously awesome as are the insanely creative, metal band named burgers they offer. The staff is very friendly and is quick to get you seated (there's usually a bit of a long wait, naturally). If you are unsure of what a beer is, or just want to know what's on their rotating handles, just ask, they're more than happy to tell or check it for you. My first experience here was stellar, awesome heavy metal music, a gourmet burger and mac 'n' cheese and a glass of Three Floyd's Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker imperial IPA from the tap. If you're in Chicago, you HAVE to visit Kuma's Corner!!!!!

Photo of Ryan42
4.75/5  rDev +6%

decent beer selection and awesome food

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.06/5  rDev -31.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Stopped here briefly while walking from the beer temple to some (blue?) line stop
The place was somewhat overflowing on a Saturday evening. Walking in I was given the wait time and handed a draft/bottle menu to skim through.. I was drawn to the 3 Floyds and half acre "seasonal" options on the menu, as I stood comfortably within the biker-bar, metal blaring, hamburger grease saturating bar scene. When I asked the bartender what seasonal options were on for both FFF/half acre, she stated they had (permanently?) stopped carrying both breweries (and the lines were currently vacant - no replacement options).
There were some decent local offerings regardless (and I could have gotten canned daisy cutter -unknown freshness), but considering the other beer bar options available in Chi town, this place wasn't even a competitive establishment and I passed on luxury of a near-screaming 2-foot conversation and the lingering beef stench I'd endure with a local pint.

Photo of BRami127
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Innovative burgers, whiskey, Three Floyds beer (along with other craft beers on tap)...what more can a person want? If you can look past the heavy metal music and the "grungy" look to the place, you'll find quite possibly THEE #1 place for burgers in Chicago. Whether you're here at the original location or at their new location near the Lake, their burgers are a must try each time you go.

Photo of 3fdread
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Beer and metal = a match made in hell! and there's no better union than those two. Awesome beer selection. Monthly offerings from FFF are available but go quickly. The burgers are world class. The place is always packed. When you're throwing down a brew and you see the dude that's cooking your burger head banging and grilling at the same time, you know you're in a good place. Bring a friend, the appetizers are great, the burgers are huge and the brew is plentiful. You won't leave hungry, sober, or ready to go to the library cause your ears will be ringing from the awesome tunes you've just been jamming too.

Photo of Fluffheady
4.21/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I’ll 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. (Don’t 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 haven’t 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 it’s not busy so you can enjoy it. You ratebeerians probably know better, though.

Photo of Karl_M
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is my go-to place for beer and beef.

The on-tap selection is solid but the bottle list is outstanding.

Waiting for a table usually takes an hour but bar seats open up fairly quickly if you come alone.

The food is prepared with so much love and consistency and the portions will not leave you hungry.

Heavy metal pours out of the grease-laden speakers so conversations are usually drowned out- thankfully.

Watch the kitchen in action. They are amazing.

Photo of Alextricity
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

*From my Yelp profile*

That was the best burger that I have ever eaten.

Since I know almost nobody will read my entire review, I thought I'd be generous and put the "Too long, didn't read" at the top, rather than the bottom. For those with an attention span better than that of a squirrel, READ ON!

I came here on a Sunday at about 11:20, knowing that they opened at 12. As it turned out, I got here at just about the right time. There were already about ten people in line. I read that there are insane wait times for Kuma's Corner, so I wanted to beat the rush. At about 11:45, Kuma's decided to let people in. I got sat in the back (See pictures I added), and ordered a beer. For those wondering, I went with a Dreadnaught by Three Floyds, which ran $10 a pint -- about the price I was expecting, given the quality of the beer and the ABV.

Within a few minutes, I got my order taken and decided to have the Plague Bringer. Being a huge fan of "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives", I wanted to get the Black Sabbath burger, but I felt compelled to get something that seemed "new" to me. The Plague Bringer, having roasted garlic mayo, crushed garlic, housemade hot sauce, jalapenos, tortilla strips, lettuce, tomato, and onion, did that for me. I should also note that I decided to get the burger medium rare, even though I normally get my meat cooked medium.

For the love of God. Half of the 9.5% ABV pint of Dreadnaught may have had an effect on my opinion of the burger, but I was far from drunk -- I've had plenty of intoximeals where the food wasn't anywhere near as good as this.

The Plague Bringer basically blew me away. First of all, it's monstrous. I took some pics, but it doesn't do it justice at all. With the bun on, the 10oz burger with all of the toppings has to be nearly five inches tall. You'd better have a wide mouth, otherwise you'll just have to eat this with a knife and fork (wimp...). Everything about the Plague Bringer makes me crave it right now. Obviously, the perfectly cooked, juicy burger makes me want to dive in, but the spice from the jalapenos and fantastic house-made hot sauce. The crunch and flavor of the tortilla strips that somehow stay perfectly crispy with all of the juices from the burger... I can't get over it.

My friend went and got the Black Sabbath burger, to which he simply said was "Good." He wasn't nearly as impressed with his burger ... I assume that's a combination of being completely sober and his burger choice. I have no doubts in my mind that even if I hadn't had any beer whatsoever (wasn't much to begin with), that I'd be just as in love with the Plague Bringer.

For $13, you actually get an impressive value. The 10oz burger is slightly bigger than the normal half pounder, and obviously almost twice that of a 6oz burger. If that's not enough for you, you get a generous portion of fries. The fries aren't anything to write home about, but if you couldn't already tell, THE DAMN PLAGUE BRINGER IS!

Absolutely, 100%, no doubt, I'll be back to Kuma's (Not KUMAR'S... why are some people calling it Kumar's!?) when I'm in Chicago... and I'll *try* to get something different. I can't make any promises though...

For those that skipped to the bottom of this review and didn't read the top...

Photo of rudyarmand
2.86/5  rDev -36.2%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.75

Big Deal...you make a big burger.

The burgers are 10oz. and have interesting sounding toppings. They are $13-16 each.

They have about 10-12 taps with some Lagunitas and 3 Floyds selections which is nice.

They play metal music and their burgers are named after metal rock bands.

My burger was over cooked and dried out. The fries were OK.

I definitely would never go back again.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.96/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This was an interesting place to say the least. Very dark with the overall feel of a run down biker bar (I think that is their goal). Showed up later in the evening on a hot night and could barely stand sitting inside due to the lack of A/C, despite the giant industrial fan that they had. I actually had to leave and sit outside for a few minutes while my friends ate their burgers.

The beer selection was very good, with rotating taps from FFF and Half Acre among the taps.

I didn't eat, but the burgers looked fantastic. As long as it isn't a hot night, I will give this place a another try next time I am in Chicago.

Photo of BLITZNGRINS
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Amazing burgers! Heavy metal, plenty of ink, great service, and craft brews. They don't even allow the big name beer companies in here. Bring your appetite because all burgers are 10 ounce patties. In addition to the amazing craft beers both bottled and on tap, they have 3 whiskeys on tap. This place is serious. You can't go wrong coming here.

Photo of RMelyon
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Best burgers in the world, probably. Great, if not top-notch beer selection too. Really nice waitstaff and bartenders. Has gotten a little too well known for its own good the last few years, but as long as you ignore the posers, you'll have a great time. The only reason this place doesn't get all fives is because it's always crowded. It takes a bit longer than the usual burger joint trip, but if you're like me and enjoy the music, then it's absolutely fantastic.

Photo of tbergsli
3.45/5  rDev -23%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Out of hand burgers and good craft beer selection. This place is not for people who hate to wait and hate heavy music. During peak times, you can see the line go around the block. Get yourself the Mastodon burger and head bang to the blasting metal music.

Photo of phillybeerfreak
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Awesome place but get there early. All Heavy Metal but who really cares as this place is awesome. Beer selection has at least 3 Floyds on draft and the bottle selection is also out of this world. Burgers, Burgers, and more burgers and they all sound an amazing. Also the mac and Cheese comes highly rated

Photo of Claytonbrewsby
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've been to Kumas Corner twice now. Great metal bar with an awesome selection of brews and the best burgers I've ever tasted! If you're ever in Chicago, this is the place to go. Great atmosphere and great service. Convenient and free parking on the street behind Kumas. I recommend the High On Fire burger!!!

Photo of ScreamBloodyGore
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have been here at least 30 times and it is by far my favorite place to eat. I have never had better burgers/food in my life. I have tried about 10 burgers about from their and wasn't disappointed with a single one. And considering its heavy metal themed, so all the burgers are names after metal bands and they play metal, thats amazing for me since I'm a huge metalhead. Don't let that sound like bias though, like i am reviewing the place/food good just because they play metal. Not the case, its just a huge plus. Ive recommended this place many people who hate metal and all they talk about is going back ASAP. As far as beers go, they have like 5 or 6 on tap which sometimes change, been the same ones for a little while now though and a large amount of bottled craft beer (never counted but it would take a while to try them all). Ive had to wait for a seat from anywhere between 1 second and 2 hours, just got to know when to get there. 2pm on multiple occasions has seemed to be a no wait time, also very late like 10pm or so will usually get you seated quick. Despite how crowded this place gets I have always had great service and the waitresses have always been able to make good beer recommendations for me.

Photo of jegross2
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

It costs upwards of $13 for a hamburger and fries. Their kitchen is the size of my bedroom, and the entire restaurant is not much bigger than my apartment. On the weekends, you are almost guaranteed to wait 2-3 hours for a table. They do not take reservations, and in the summer, you can't even order their food to go. And if you're a vegan...fugetaboutit!

And yet, they are the home of the absolute best hamburger that I have ever eaten in my entire life. Their food is simply that good. Kuma's is easily my favorite restaurant in Chicago.

Kuma's is a metal-theme restaurant/bar, and their food is "heavy metal inspired" -- from the Iron Maiden burger to the Neurosis to even the Mac N' Cheese (which is second only to the Brickhouse BBQ in Madison in terms of Mac N' Cheesiness). Each of their uniquely crafted burgers features a host of interesting flavor combinations. Their barbeque sauce is delicious, their ketchup is home made, and their relish should be put on every burger. My personal favorite dish is the Neurosis burger. The portions are huge and every burger is served as it should be -- on a pretzel bun. I can never finish my entire meal in one sitting and always have left overs.

You can also feel incredibly comfortable ordering your meat medium rare at Kuma's and be confident that they will cook it just right. You do not have to worry about getting undercooked meat when you order your food -- that warning is fluff at Kuma's. The restaurant is so popular, the line to get a table is so long, and the food is just so good because so much love and care and attention is cooked into each burger. Each burger is a handcrafted masterpiece. I've even waited an hour in line at Lollapalooza -- where I shell out $90 a day to listen to nine hours of non-stop music -- just to get a burger because they are so tasty. No matter how long the line, no matter how big the hype, I promise that you won't be disappointed (unless you're a vegan).

Oh, and the beer? Kuma's always features solid every day brews like Gumball Head and a few rotating taps. Those rotating taps tend to feature outstanding brews like Surly Darkness, Zombie Dust, Surly Furious, and Greenbush Anger. So even though you'll inevitably have to wait to eat, at least you'll be doing it with a great brew in hand.

Like I said, the restaurant is a bit pricey, but it is WELL worth what you'll spend. The beer prices are run of the mill for Chicago, and the food is sized large enough that you'll have enough for a small meal tomorrow.

Oh, and did I mention they always play super schlocky movies on the TV? Like Godzilla versus some robot thing. Classic.

The secret to enjoying Kuma's without waiting is to either order carry out or go for a SUPER early dinner.

PROST!

Photo of cagocubs
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Finally got around to this place. After hearing rave reviews, I have to join the bandwagon.

A: A "metal-bar" with loud blaring music and crazy gore movies playing on the television above the bar. A long bar with a smoked out and foggy dining room. This place looks like something out of a movie. However, don't feel as if you wont fit in; there are people of all sorts here from businessmen to young adults to actual biker looking dudes. A friendly, yet intense setting.

S: The service here is excellent. The waitress/bus crew/ and bartenders are friendly and quick.

S: A good selection of craft beers both on tap and in bottles. I noticed a lot of local breweries ranging from New Holland to Three Floyds to Great Lakes. They have good seasonal brews and you will surely find something you like or have never tried.

F: The best burger in Chicago, bar none. I had the Led Zeppelin burger which was loaded with bacon, pulled pork, and cheese. Words cannot explain this heart-attack on a plate, you will just have to try it. Otherwise, I noticed they have pasta/mac n cheese, and other things to try.

Photo of osusullins
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I live right up the road from Kuma's and visit this place religiously. It is a heavy metal bar that has a kick ass beer selection... and oh yeah, they happen to serve the best burgers in the world.

There menu is awesome. The burgers are all named after metal bands, and they are all freakishly good. I eat the Mastadon which is a huge patty with cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, Alpha King battered onion strings (yeah, that's right) on a pretzel bun. It is the greatest burger I have ever had anywhere. They also do a create your own Mac-n-cheese that also is devine.

The beer list is good with all craft beer. They have a lot of Floyds, Lagunitas and Left Hand. Pretty decent bottle selection too.

The bartenders and waitstaff are very cool, however some of the management come across as pretentious. They are just too cool for school, if you get what I'm saying. That said, I would recommend this place to any and everybody.

The only drawback is that the place isn't very big and the dining room can fill up quickly. Usually long waits for tables, however if you go to the bar you can usually get right in. I love it.

Photo of Davidpgibbons
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The best burg i have ever had in my entire life! If you like burgers than this is your spot, kumas has the craziest ideas for a burger too! I reccomend the led zep or basically any burger of the month, everyone ive had has always been amazing. The wait always sucks (like 1 to 2 hrs) unless you go early or late during the week. They also dont play any games so go during a big sports game and u might grab a seat right away. Pretty good beer selections when they arnt out. Good service, pretty quick too once you get a seat.

Photo of RayYanks23
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

What a cool place!! Very good beer selection tap or bottle. Being a metal head the music was not an issue for me, but be prepared, haha no Lady GaGa...

The place is small and being a warm day was a little uncomfortable being that our bar seats were near the grill, but the beer trumped the heat for a while.

The wait staff looks a little scary, but were cool once they had a minute to talk...very busy back there.

We didn't think to get a burger (DUH), but they looked Phenominal!!

Will definitely be back for the burger and some beers!

Photo of elginirishpunk
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Known for its amazing burgers and mac and cheese by anyone who has ever watch great burgers show on; Travel channel, food network, cooktv, ect.

All burgers named after metal bands, and unforgetable flavors and combinations. Favortie burger is lair of the minator.

They have a very good beer selection. They have a little bit of everything and are ever changing thir menu. Most definitly support local, craft, and independent brewers.

This is a very well know burger spot for Chicago. You will see everyone from Roller derby girls to men in suits who just got back from O'hare. Do not be suprised if you are waiting an hour for a table on at 9pm on a tuesday night.

PLEASE LOOK AT WEBSITE AND LEARN RULES SO NOT TO APPEAR IGNORANT.

Photo of Northsider
4.75/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place has gained a LOT of attention over the past few years. Hands down, I have to say these are the BEST, and most UNIQUE, burgers I've ever tasted anywhere (and I travel for a living!). If you've never been to Kumas, regardless of anything else, you have to try the burgers.

Yes, the music is loud. It's a heavy metal bar, what do you expect? The art on the walls, the art on the staff, the music, they all contribute to the GREAT atmosphere here. Lots of people criticize the loud music and 'alternative' staff, but seriously those yups need to realize where they are.

Beer selection is pretty good, I can't say anything bad about it. Service is pretty good, though I'm biased since I know the manager there and get treated well.

Be prepared to wait. LONG. No reservations, not even for people like me with connections. Honestly, the burgers are worth the inevitable 2+ hour wait. Go during a "low" time of day. Friday-Sunday at any time is out of the question. Go on a weekday at like 4 or 5pm if possible. After your first time, tolerating an hour+ wait seems less and less worth it. For first timers though, WAIT!

Not much else to say than what has already been said. GREAT GREAT place, not to miss.

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Kuma's Corner in Chicago, IL
99 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.