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Essence of India
Essence of India

Essence of India Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://essenceofindiachicago.com
  • Email: essenceofindiachicago@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (773) 506-0002
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Monday, Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Closed Tuesday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Satya Das
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For lunch only, we can host private parties up to 50 people on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Private Party Contact: Satya Das (847) 208-9343

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wilson and Lincoln
  • Public Transit: One block from CTA Brown Line, Western Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking as well as public parking lot.
A word from Essence of India
While you are here, our wish is that you experience a culinary and cultural passage to India. From the multiple Indian spices used in our dishes to the dining room decor that represents the distinctive regions and artwork of India, our goal is to surround you with the "Essence of India".
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Diner Reviews
  • "Hands down favorite Indian food in the area if not best in city. I haven't had a bad thing there."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This was my first time here. The atmosphere was nice. The food was excellent. Service had a bit to be desired but was passable. This is an area to improve. We waited for a long time for drinks. Waited for the check and then waited for the check to be picked up with credit card in it. Overall an enjoyable evening Up the service quality and this place would be a real gem."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "This is the 3rd time that I have dined at the Essence of India. The first time was a good experience. 2nd time was a nightmare. Waited over 45 min for a table when I had a reservation and no apology and service was poor at best. The food is always what keeps me coming back. This last time we were able to be seated right away. (there were only 3 other tables on a Friday night at 7:30) but, it was very cold outside and they seated us very close to the door when there were many other options. Service still unattentive and slow. Food still great but I don't think they will see ne for quite a while since the poor service and treatment of people with reservations is a little too much to get me back even for the food which is very good."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Over the years, this has become our place in the city to celebrate many special occasions, or just to go out and satiate our craving for good Indian food in the neighborhood. Whenever my husband wants to cheer me up, he knows immediately that this is the spot to take me! I recommend the selection of wines that they have from India. Perfect match for all their mouthwatering dishes!"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Whenever we have out of town guests, we bring them to Essence of India, which we have done twice in the last two weeks? Everyone was very pleased with the flavors, service, and ambience and will visit again when they return to Chicago. My husband and I go there whenever we feel like a wonderful Indian meal!"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "We enjoyed our dinner and swapped foods so we all got to taste multiple dishes. Medium spicy was all that we needed and mild have have been better to enjoy the flavors more."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "..and I am so glad she did! The location is in the cute Lincoln Square corridor. Good size menu. Good portions for sharing including appetizers, curries and breads. The staff was very kind and patient with our 16-month old in tow. I will definitely come back here when in town and need a good Indian option in the area."
    Dined on 12/2/2013