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Podhalanka

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Northwest Side
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1549 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642-3337
+1 773-486-6655
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10:00 - 19:00
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Sun 10:00 - 19:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 20:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

I have no idea what polish culture is like, and that drove me to the polish museum of America. However it closed today, so I thought, why not try some polish food? It turned out that I really liked it!!! May my 2017 full of sweet surprises like this!! BTW, please be sure to bring cash..........

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Thank Summer T
Austin, Texas
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

I had read the reviews so I knew what we were walking into. My sister and I had decided to be firm and only order what we wanted. But, we ended up getting quickly persuaded to get the sampler meal that many others on here have had. I am half Polish and have traveled to Poland twice so I'm fairly... More 

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Thank LilAustinite
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159 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Our party of 6 wanted to go some place none of us have been to and my son found this place by googling good restaurants that are over looked. First the restaurant....nothing to look at from the outside and once inside, not much to look at again. But don't let that keep you walking. I guess I don't need fancy,... More 

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Thank Linda010659
Elmira, NY
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336 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Podhalanka came highly recommended, but I think it was because the restaurant was close to the where we were when recommended. The area of the restaurant is seedy and I wouldn't have wanted to be there at night. The restaurant is tired, food was OK and the lady running was very nice and accommodating. They do not serve alcohol.

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Thank RayMargeson
Chicago, Illinois
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361 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The elderly lady who runs this little run down restaurant is hardworking, but the place has clearly seen better days. There is a long counter and some tables with plastic table cloths with an overlay of greasy plastic placemats with easter bouquets on them. The menu runs towards "stoge" and is quite limited. Yes it is Polish cuisine, so I... More 

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Thank Roadbirds
San Jose, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

The food is good, but expect to be forced to order more than you probably want. On the plus side, you'll have leftovers for a second full meal (if you have fairly quick access to a fridge). Watch out for the bread basket; I saw the owner put our uneaten slices back into the bag. Who knows how many diners... More 

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Thank puddin52
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Don't expect white linens and fine china here - definitely a retro-diner environment, plastic tablecloths, unmatched silverware, weird display of Polish souvenirs and icons, TV with Polish music videos playing behind the counter. My girlfriend and I went along and allowed Greg, our waiter, to order for us and weren't disappointed. The soup was full of kielbasa slices and had... More 

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Thank Susan D
Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

The girlfriends and I went to Polish Museum where Fred enthusiastically recommended Podhalanka. Since we were raised in Polish or Ukrainian households, our taste buds were ready for a blast from the past. What you've read in other reviews is true - the owner will shanghai you and start bringing out all sorts of goodies. Let him - it's all... More 

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Thank Karen R
Toronto, Canada
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477 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

We were told to check this place out when in Chicago, but we were pretty disappointed. The owner forces his choices on the patrons, pretty much forcing them to pay more than they were expecting to by not really being clear about what they ordered. The food portions are decent, but not really for the price, and the quality of... More 

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1 Thank FirstCircle
Chicago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015

The food here is fabulous, the prices are even better. I've been here twice (once for dinner and once to pick up an order of pierogis that i took to a tailgate - they were a hit), and both times I thought I was lost, that I couldn't be in the right place. It is like walking into someone's home.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12
Cuisine
Polish, Eastern European, European
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 19:00
Monday
09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 20:00
Thursday
09:00 - 20:00
Friday
09:00 - 20:00
Saturday
09:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1549 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642-3337
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Northwest Side
  • Neighbourhood: Northwest Side
  • Phone Number: +1 773-486-6655

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?