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Mana Food Bar

Mana Food Bar

(Now Closed)
Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant$$$$
Wicker Park, Chicago
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  • alison f.
    alison frakerOctober 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The slider is delicious and filling even for me and I'm a meat eater. The creamy polenta is perfectly done and worth it. Seared collared greens are the perfect side. Also: all of the wine.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJune 25, 2015
    The cocktails here, all sake-based, are built around fruits and earthy flavors, including almond horchata and coconut water. Mana Food Bar's cucumber sakerita yields a subdued tangy and botanic taste. Read more
  • Mike S.
    Mike SmithAugust 2, 2014
    I am by no means a vegetarian, but I love this place. The food is amazing. especially the Slider Special. 4pm-6pm daily. Two mushroom sliders and a beer = $7.50.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneFebruary 25, 2015
    Here, every bite warrants a pause. Pairing your meal with one of the house cocktails won't jeopardize your ability to notice the nuances in flavor, especially if you settle on the cucumber sakerita. Read more
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    Leandro AraujoJuly 8, 2017
    My favorite in all Chicago... Mana Slider - brown rice and mushroom burger with spicy mayo on a Hawaiian roll... just perfect!
  • Raksha R.
    Raksha RavikumarFebruary 26, 2014
    So I'm gonna be all "the Baked Goat Cheese is amazing," but realistically how could it not be? It's the cheese created from the milk of a goat, which has been perfectly prepared in an oven. Come on.
  • Sabina C.
    Sabina ChandiramaniJuly 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The baked goat cheese was amazing, but then again it was all really great. The dishes were brought out one or two at a time so you're not overwhelmed. Outdoor seating in the summer is the best.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 13, 2013
    Mana Slider: The patty of brown rice and mushroom, kissed with spicy mayo, gives any veggie burger in town a run for its money.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Spicy hot pepper miso, brown rice and fresh vegetables, all mixed together and so delicious that you won't just not miss the meat, you'll be too busy stuffing your face to care. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    The light, crisp, good-for-you eating continues with the riceless maki, which subs a forest-hued collard green for nori as a wrapper for enoki mushrooms, carrots, cucumber and avocado. Read more
  • Lauren D.heart icon on user image
    Lauren DrogosJuly 8, 2017
    Sliders and polenta are the absolute best, but you can't really go wrong with anything!
  • Heather B.heart icon on user image
    Heather BellJune 26, 2016
    Oh my gawdddd. The sliders were to die! So was the sake cucumber cocktail. Holy god. Go here. Eat that. 😋
  • Mike S.
    Mike SmithSeptember 20, 2014
    Slider Special - 2 sliders and a beer for $7.50 between 4 and 6 everyday
  • Mehul S.
    Mehul ShethSeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sliders, sliders, sliders. And don't forget to order some sliders.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 31, 2011
    We recommend sampling portions of yellow squash “pasta,” asparagus ravioli in spicy tomato sauce and the brown rice-mushroom sliders, Chocolate pot de cremé for dessert and try the cucumber Sakerita. Read more
  • Amanda A.heart icon on user image
    Amanda AizussJanuary 17, 2016
    Mushroom sauté, bi bim bop, ma po tofu, and brussels sprouts were particularly good!
  • Deepa K.
    Deepa KonujalaMay 12, 2012
    My whole family Are meat eaters and everyone loved it. They liked the gyoza, bibimpap, salad and mushroom sautee with polenta.
  • Colleen S.
    Colleen StebbsOctober 18, 2013
    Try the ravioli and the goat cheese, both were delicious! I'm not a vegetarian but thought all the food was great!
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    GrayJuly 28, 2011
    go with three or four people and order a bunch of different things in small orders...its like tapas and sooo delicious you souldn't just get one thing
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10, 2016
    Mana Food Bar garnishes its refreshing Golden Beets Salad with Amish blue cheese, toasted hazelnuts, arugula and sherry vinaigrette. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 17, 2011
    We recommend sampling portions of yellow squash “pasta,” asparagus ravioli in spicy tomato sauce and the brown rice-mushroom sliders, Chocolate pot de cremé for dessert and try the cucumber Sakerita.
  • Yokeshwaran S.
    Try the rice noodles get the large one as the quantities r little bit small... Dont forget the mana sliders
  • ashish r.heart icon on user image
    ashish rastogiJune 3, 2018
    Sliders, Mushroom Polenta and baked goat cheese are amazing
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.heart icon on user image
    I can't believe no one has mentioned the 'Opening Hours' deal: From 4-6 pm, have two sliders + any beer for $7.50. 3=D
  • Wendy A.
    Wendy A.February 9, 2013
    Despite what foursquare says, Mana is open all day on Saturday. Great for a snack or late lunch.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineMay 7, 2012
    Don’t miss the lush blue cheese tart and sweet-potato pancakes good enough to join the latke Hall of Fame. Read more
  • Brook H.
    Brook HarrisMarch 31, 2012
    Try the Mana Sliders - Delicious, love it with the pickles!
  • Matt
    MattMay 21, 2012
    Had the slider, shroom soup, ravioli & cheesecake desert, what a feast!!
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LeeMarch 26, 2011
    We tried several things but our favorites was quinoa, hummus, cauliflower and mana slider. You won't regret these selections :)
  • Sonja B.
    Sonja BroachJanuary 4, 2013
    Vegans: the curry and tamale are great
  • Dulcie H.
    Dulcie HillMarch 31, 2014
    The food is excellent! Cannot wait to come back with my family...their treat!
  • c0uPheart icon on user image
    c0uPSeptember 25, 2016
    Everything is delicious! Those sliders though 😍
  • Mike H.
    Mike HillJune 7, 2013
    The peach, oatmeal, & almond milk smoothie is super delicious.
  • Clairan F.heart icon on user image
    Clairan FerronoMay 16, 2016
    Mushroom sliders. Sag paneer. Sakitinis.
  • Co
    CoNovember 13, 2013
    Cute decor. Service was good but I found this place to be extremely overpriced. Spent $50 on dinner for two and felt as if I'd barely ate. Portions are very small and not filling. Try the Brussels!
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin CampbellNovember 24, 2013
    Share plates! Everything is so good you'll want to try a selection.
  • Maansi S.
    Maansi ShahJuly 1, 2012
    Amazing vegetarian food. Fun ambiance! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Tyeise H.heart icon on user image
    Tyeise HuntleyMay 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Arugula salad and mushroom sliders are everything! Awesome place!
  • Michael R.heart icon on user image
    Michael RoytmanOctober 5, 2015
    Sliders, mushroom polenta
  • Anne B.heart icon on user image
    Anne B.August 28, 2014
    Great sliders, vegetarian food, good service.
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LeeMarch 26, 2011
    Drinks wise our favorite was the cucumber sakerita and the avocado, pineapple, and coconut water smoothie.
  • Monica S.
    Monica SamuelsJuly 26, 2012
    Try the peach nigori cocktail, made w Momokawa organic sake!
  • Andréa M.
    Andréa MalmquistJuly 23, 2017
    Worst service in my life. Forgot what I ordered, waited over one hour for my food, when the food never came the server was arrogant and tried to tell me I didn't order it, and that it was my fault
  • sally
    sallyJune 26, 2014
    pineapple ginger sake cocktail to drink and rice noodles to eat...yummmmmm....
  • Marco M.
    Marco MorelliApril 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    These are all great: red quinoa, lasagna, baked goat cheese, mana slider (must get), and the sweet potato pancakes
  • Emily B.
    Emily BeldenMarch 11, 2014
    Portions are tiny...err on the side of MORE and LARGE
  • Brook H.
    Brook HarrisMarch 31, 2012
    Try the Orange Juice And Sake - Delicious - another great way to enjoy Sake!
  • BigTab R.heart icon on user image
    BigTab R.N.October 16, 2011
    Sliders with a side of garlic black beans? Yes, please. Do it.
  • Melanie Y.
    Melanie YoustraApril 20, 2014
    The baked goat cheese is amazing.
  • Joni L.
    Joni LupoApril 2, 2013
    The creamy polenta was to die for!
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