The Best Vegetarian Restaurants In Chicago

Photo of Riley Londres
9 February 2017

Those in Chicago who prefer to stick to vegetarian fare, look no further than the restaurants on this list. These restaurants provide comfort food and a wide selection of veggie burgers to satisfy every diner.


Green Zebra

A chic establishment complete with modern decor, Green Zebra is a refreshing vegetarian restaurant. The menu is comprised of small seasonal plates made from local and seasonal ingredients, guaranteeing freshness and flavor. Guests can partake in a variety of dishes such as chilled somen noodles, spicy tofu, or maitake mushrooms with house kimchi. Open Tuesday to Thursday 5:30-9:30pm, Friday to Saturday 5-10pm, Sunday 5-9pm.

Karyn’s Cooked

A restaurant that prides itself on being able to provide vegan comfort food, Karyn’s Cooked provides a range of dishes featuring deep fried vegetables or soy cheese. Customers can try nachos with homemade corn chips, vegetable chili, or even lasagna with tofu ricotta. Open Sunday 11am-8pm, Monday to Tuesday 11am-9pm, Wednesday to Saturday 11am-10pm.

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Kitchen 17

Kitchen 17 is a BYOB restaurant that provides a vegetarian selection of Middle Eastern and American cuisine. Customers can enjoy classics such as gyros and shawarma made from housemade seitan or chick’n or partake in a mouth watering veggie burger made with ground zucchini, carrot, onion, and rosemary. Open Wednesday 3-10pm, Thursday to Saturday 12pm-10pm, Sunday 12-6pm.

Mana Food Bar

A winner of a Michelin Bib Gourmand award twice, Mana Food Bar provides excellent and delicious vegetarian fare to hungry customers. The establishment is trendy and intimate, making an ideal location for a date where visitors can enjoy the spanakopita, saag paneer or the sweet pumpkin ravioli. The meal can be completed with one of their smoothies or sake cocktails. Open Sunday to Thursday 3-10pm, Friday 3-11pm, Saturday 12-11pm.


Chicago Diner

Established in 1983, Chicago Diner has been meat-free from the start. The restaurant has a classic diner atmosphere, complete with vintage decor, neon lights and various comfort foods; the only difference is that everything on their menu is 100 percent vegetarian. Guests can enjoy stir-fries and quinoa as well as have their choice of many kinds of veggie burgers, including sweet potato, seitan, mushroom and black bean. Open Monday to Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday 11am-11pm, Saturday 10am-11pm, Sunday 10am-10pm.

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