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Chicago Diner

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant and Diner$$$$
Lake View East, Chicago
199 Tips and reviews
  • vegan food
  • milkshakes
  • desserts
  • Reuben sandwiches
  • lively
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  • Darwin F.
    Darwin Flowers1 week ago
    Loved it...and this is coming from a definite carnivore! Had no idea I walked into a vegan restaurant, but I'm glad I did! Food and service was top-notch!
  • Veg W.
    Veg Wise3 weeks ago
    Go hungry and even then you may want to split a meal! We had more than half the Titanic Burger & Country fried steak leftover- it would've fed at least 4 ppl! Desserts were amazing so save some room😂
  • Brian P.
    Brian PierMarch 18
    Ruben, shakes and the quinoa chilli
  • Paige K.
    so many breakfast options i thought i'd said goodbye to once i went vegan. everything is wonderful!
  • Lee C.
    Lee CohenFebruary 15
    Awesome cheesecake and from someone who isn't a vegetarian this place is really good
  • Angel S.
    Angel SalasFebruary 9
    Absolutely delicious vegan food.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJanuary 5
    Serving up classic diner staples without any animal products. Yep, there's steak and eggs, Reuben sandwiches and chilaquiles all without meat, cheese or eggs and just as good as the real thing. Read more
  • Linda H.
    Linda HarrisonDecember 13, 2016
    The Rueben
  • Yasemin
    YaseminOctober 10, 2016
    I had the black bean burger with avocado and fries. It was delicious!
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweOctober 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The avocado toast adds have great taste mixed with a great mix of textures. Crunchy lettuce, hard she'll taco mixed with creamy avocado and so much more!
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MillerAugust 20, 2016
    The shakes, Reuben, country fried everything, everything is good. Make sure to get the mac&cheese
  • Alex K.
    Alex KAugust 7, 2016
    Everything! Even as an omnivore it's delicious
  • Ricky K.
    Ricky KimAugust 2, 2016
    do not leave without ordering the poutine. you're welcome
  • Phillip J.
    Phillip JohnsonJuly 5, 2016
    I think is my favorite vegan restaurant ever! Loved everything I had here. This location is more cramped than the other one but it's across the street from Roscoe's!
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 19, 2016
    Best Restaurants according to
  • Ryan
    RyanApril 17, 2016
    The herb gravy on the mashed potato side drenches them but is still really light and tasty.
  • David W.
    David WeathersbyApril 1, 2016
    Great vegetarian spot.
  • David W.
    David WeathersbyMarch 31, 2016
    Very vegetarian spot in boystown
  • Anne S.
    Anne SoinskiMarch 28, 2016
    I would move to Chicago for this place. Ate here 3 times in one weekend. Rueben was the best, followed by bbq ranch salad.
  • Keith P.
    Keith PeltasonMarch 4, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    they have a stupid policy of not seating until everyone is there, regardless if the restaurant is more than half empty. that's just ignorant
  • Raed M.
    Raed MansourJanuary 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Seriously meat free but couldn't tell. The gyros was great! Nice small selection of craft beer. Crowded but loved the diner atmosphere. Nice servers.
  • Hathor R.
    Hathor RabiahDecember 23, 2015
    My favorite go to spot when I'm in Chicago. Best vegan Reuben in the world!
  • Zak H.
    Zak HillDecember 20, 2015
    Vegan shakes and fries are amazing. It's easy to spend a more money than you plan on here, but you won't be disappointed
  • Majed A.
    Majed AldeeriDecember 6, 2015
    Cajun Black Bean burger!
  • Connie P.
    Connie PraterNovember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm not a vegan, but the milkshakes here are better than any I've had with dairy.
  • Jeff E.
    Jeff EarlyNovember 24, 2015
    Great place for a carnivore to take a vegan! Delicious food, do not go expecting it will taste the same as meat, go and explore how good vegetarian can be.
  • Alisson S.
    Alisson Soche-ForeroOctober 18, 2015
    Portobella sandwich, salad and green tea.
  • Pam D.
    Pam De SilvaOctober 6, 2015
    Fantastic vegan comfort food. The cookie dough peanut butter milkshake is a must! Concocted from soy milk and corn ice cream goodness.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezAugust 24, 2015
    The buffalo wings were some of the best buffalo wings I've ever tried - and I'm a meat eater who loves wings! Tastes amazing - you won't even know it's not chicken!
  • rebecca b.
    rebecca bAugust 17, 2015
    Always a wait but that's a good sign! Vegan desserts are to die for!
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MarksAugust 9, 2015
    Black bean burger, portobella prime sandwich, and tofu stir fry were delicious!
  • Adam C.
    Adam CernyMay 12, 2015
    Everything is good here! I would recommend the pizza popper appetizer. You'd NEVER believe it's vegan. The salted caramel milkshake is also divine. 🍭
  • Holiday
    HolidayMay 5, 2015
    Probably everything but mos def Reuben and lemon meringue
  • Kübra Z.
    Kübra ZenginApril 28, 2015
    Cajun black bean burger is tasty! Sweet potatoes is really nice!
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammApril 24, 2015
    The shakes are bangin'!
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew StraubApril 10, 2015
    However you feel about it, almost everything is made from soy.
  • Rob K.
    Rob KolminMarch 25, 2015
  • Kingsley Y.
    Kingsley YoungerMarch 10, 2015
    All the desserts here are complete vegan. Featured on Unique Desserts. Must try the orange lime raw vegan cheesecake and cocoa mousse cake!
  • Emily B.
    Emily BauersfeldMarch 3, 2015
    Excellent grasshopper shake
  • Michael W.
    Michael WayneMarch 1, 2015
    Always, always save room for dessert.
  • Mischa L.
    Mischa LumiereFebruary 20, 2015
    Very filling!! Great brunch option.
  • Ricardo T.
    Ricardo TorresJanuary 10, 2015
    I am no vegetarian and vegan neither, but food here is Amazing!
  • Ryan
    RyanDecember 29, 2014
    A really special place. Food wonderful and feel is one of a kind. Had the Reuben and the Kale White Bean soup. Both were outstanding. I think they make the Thousand Island. I want it on everything.
  • Leonardo G.
    Leonardo GastmannDecember 16, 2014
    Their signature burger!!
  • nina m.
    nina moralesDecember 11, 2014
    Good for a date and awesome music!
  • Marissa Y.
    Marissa YennieNovember 17, 2014
    Can we talk about those snickerdoodle cookies, please? Unreal.
  • Amy G.
    Amy GraffNovember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicago vegan legend. Reuben gets all the love but the truffle melt really, yes, melts my heart. Seitan wings are amazing starters and the peanut butter shake is the best end to your vegan junk feast.
  • Dora T.
    Dora TungNovember 1, 2014
    Vegans, vegetarians, non vegetarians will love this place. I recommend the Thai chili wings as an appetizer. I love that there is a small lot adjacent to the diner. Rare in Chicago
  • Dana P.
    Dana PanyaOctober 20, 2014
    I always get a shake to end the meal, no matter how full I am! The peanut butter cookie dough is one of my favorites
  • Renz P.
    Renz PeeOctober 17, 2014
    The food here was great . Got my non-vegetarian grandfather to try the veggie ribs and he liked them! They were delicious along with the ice cream and black bean burgers. Must walk through the kitchen
  • Forrest
    ForrestOctober 12, 2014
    You don't need meat to have a delicious breakfast.
  • Kristin W.
    Kristin WeisSeptember 27, 2014
    Get a milkshake. A bit expensive, but oh so good.
  • Gregg P.
    Gregg PullanoSeptember 26, 2014
    The Reuben is my all time favorite sandwich. Best food in the world. This is also one of the top vegetarian restaurants in the whole country!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 3, 2014
    Check out Chicago Diner as seen on Unique Sweets Read more
  • Madeline G.
    Madeline GullettAugust 18, 2014
    Everything! Great for vegans, vegetarians, or anyone who likes burgers and milkshakes. My sweet potato burger with avocado etc was fantastic and so was the vegan Mac n cheese on the side! A fav place
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel StineAugust 13, 2014
    Do not order anything here. I'm a longtime vegetarian and everything I tried was AWFUL
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BoneAugust 13, 2014
    Never ever ever order the Vegan Banh Mi. It's the worst...
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 11, 2014
    Very good variety for a vegan place. Everyone enjoyed their dishes.
  • Carlos J. C.
    Carlos J. CruzAugust 11, 2014
    Plenty of vegetarian options to choose from and really fresh food. I will definitely be back and YOU will be coming with me!
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    With an extensive menu of food and drink, the friendly staff can cater to all of your comfort food fantasies, and even make it a bit healthy along the way. Read more
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Looks like a classic American diner but serves vegetarian and vegan versions of comfort foods such as reuben sandwiches, country-fried steak and even a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    The thin slices of juicy seitan are impressively flavorful especially when smothered with the creamiest vegan tzatziki sauce you can imagine. The whole deal is wrapped in a perfectly fluffy pita. Read more
  • Kristin W.
    Kristin WeisJuly 26, 2014
    Radical Reuben <3
  • Bradley P.
    Bradley ParkerJune 30, 2014
    Such a good black bean burger!!
  • Maricela C.
    go vegan ;)
  • Kaili L.
    Kaili LambeJune 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong with the wingz
  • Angelica D.
    Angelica DongalloMay 17, 2014
    Get the poutine!
  • Kush S.
    Kush ShahMay 4, 2014
    Best vegan options till date!!! Meat lovers feeling left out!! Quinoa chilli was nice
  • Julie
    JulieMarch 22, 2014
    So many vegan options, it was overwhelming! The food was fantastic!
  • Erick C.
    Erick CruxenMarch 16, 2014
    The best veggie restaurant in the world!!!! AMAZING....
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SpanglerMarch 12, 2014
  • Colby B.
    Colby BechtoldFebruary 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Spicy Chickun Sandwich is amazeballs. Like... faux reelz
  • matthew g.
    matthew gilboyFebruary 10, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Best vegan food in forever. It's like I would make at home but better times 9000
  • Joseph H.
    Joseph HatfieldJanuary 25, 2014
    The brunch menu is the only thing worth waking up before 3 for.
  • Khadija B.
    Khadija BrewingtonDecember 28, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    carrot cake milkshake is the best!
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BrooksDecember 21, 2013
    Mexicana Bowl all day. So delicious.
  • Becky D.
    Becky DeFordDecember 19, 2013
    My boyfriend got the ruben sandwich & loved the sauerkraut. I got the spicy black bean w/ a side of kale &Ginger so good!! We topped off our lunch with splitting a peanut butter cookie dough shake!
  • matthew g.
    matthew gilboyOctober 3, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    New mango habanero wings are the win!
  • Deanna
    DeannaSeptember 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Getting there early enough for the brunch menu is completely worth it.
  • Ian A.
    Ian AllenSeptember 7, 2013
    Do they not believe in putting ice in your water...? Really?
  • 🆗🆒Lindsey W.
    🆗🆒Lindsey WeberAugust 31, 2013
    Holy shit, the carrot cake shake.
  • Dennis G.
    Dennis GeorgesAugust 17, 2013
    Breakfast stops at 3pm
  • Emily C.
    Emily CanibanoJuly 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch the grease quotient on sandwiches they can be a lot to handle ESP if you have gallstones
  • Michael L.
    Michael LiuJuly 12, 2013
    The Vegetarian Times recommends the Radical Rueben with a side of greens and a mocha milk shake.
  • Elizabeth F.
    Elizabeth F.July 11, 2013
    I just can't handle how good the food is!
  • phill h.
    phill hJuly 9, 2013
    It is an atrocity that in 100+ tips the country fried stæk has not been mentioned. So there, I mentioned it.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KelchnerJune 10, 2013
    Chances are there's going to be a wait when you go. The food's worth every minute of it!
  • matthew g.
    matthew gilboyMay 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The wake fry poutine is amazing, utterly satisfying
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 16, 2013
    Though this diner doesn't serve any meat, it serves the kind of greasy food diners are known for. The radical reuben, a vegan reworking of the classic sandwich, is just as good as its meatier cousin.
  • George W.
    George WilksonMay 10, 2013
    They should make their items order-able from a smart phone by adding them to the app "appay biz". That way, I can order ahead using "appay"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Kelley J.
    Kelley JohnsMay 6, 2013
    All vegan/vegetarian! and I am not but I went for my daughter and the food was very tasty!
  • Lauren
    LaurenMarch 29, 2013
    Chai milkshake = DELICIOUS. The reuben was also amazing.
  • DinkyShop S.
    DinkyShop SGMarch 17, 2013
    Good variety on menu.. Good service. Place is a lil seedy, grimy tho'.. Time to wash down & paint the interior & walls. Milk carton sitting out unrefrigerated.. I doubt the glass shelves get washed..
  • Mary B.
    Mary ButlerMarch 10, 2013
    Planning a party and need a fab cake, but need to accommodate a range of food allergies in your group? The bakery here can deal w/lactose-, nut-, and gluten-free requests & make it pretty and delish!
  • Paras K.
    Paras KharaMarch 9, 2013
    Incredible food! Love the brunch menu. Also get the snickerdoodle cookie for dessert :) so good
  • Jenni S.
    Jenni SpinnerMarch 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Veggie gyros: tastiest dish in the city
  • Gary S.
    Gary SchechnerFebruary 20, 2013
    The peanut butter puck dessert is friggin ri-donk-ulous.
  • James D.
    James DelnortFebruary 10, 2013
    When cold outside put your name on the waiting list right away, even if you're waiting on your party to show, and use the enclosed waiting area behind the restaurant instead of standing in the cold.
  • VNessa H.
    VNessa HJanuary 21, 2013
    I had a salad from here that seemed to take a while BUT when I got my salad I started to wonder if they hadn't plucked the vegetables fresh from their own garden. SO FRESH and delicious!
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BraunJanuary 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Greatest vegan restaurant on the planet. Go for something hearty and meaty!
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