Ethiopian Diamond
Ethiopian Diamond

Ethiopian Diamond

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ethiopiandiamondcuisine.com/
  • Phone: 7733386100x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Try something unique at your next event. Traditional Ethiopian is a growing trend so why not let us plan your next event? We will help you select the food and serving style. We can service the entire event or just deliver and setup. Give us a call for more details
  • Private Party Facilities: Currently we have an area in the back of the restaurant for private groups. This area is separated by a closed curtain. Coming in 2013 we will have a complete separate room for your events!
  • Private Party Contact: Mark Keppy 7733016332x
  • Entertainment: We have a variety of Live Entertainment on Saturday Nights. Our music ranges from African music, Jazz to today's Pop music.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Glenlake
  • Public Transit: We are located 2 blocks away from the Red Line Granville Stop and the Broadway 36 CTA bus stop is directly in front of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We are located in Edgewater where parking permits currently are not required on the side streets. Pay by the hour parking on the main streets is very accessible.
A word from Ethiopian Diamond
Dining in Ethiopia is characterized by the ritual breaking of injera and eating from the same plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty and friendship.

Injera, the traditional Ethiopian bread, is part of every entree. It is pancake-like bread on which the various stew dishes are served. The traditional way of eating it is with your fingers, which in itself is a delicate art. A bite sized piece of the injera is broken off to pick up a mouth full of the chosen dish.

Ethiopian dishes are characterized by the variety of spices from which they get their exotic taste. Watt is a stew that comes in the form of beef, lamb, chicken, fish and vegetables. These range from spicy watt to very mild. The mildly seasoned watt is called Alicha.

Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant all dishes are free from artificial coloring, artificial flavoring and artificial preservatives. We use vegetable oil in all vegetarian dishes, No butter, no eggs, no milk, no honey.
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Ethiopian Diamond reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.4
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (9)fit for foodies (4)neighborhood gem (4)great for lunch (3)special occasion (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Excellent Food / Superb Honey Wine
    justluvfood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is the second Ethiopian restaurant I've been to in the Chicago area. The food was wonderful and the traditional honey wine was even better. The only complaints that will make me go to the other restaurant the next time are the service or rather lack of it and the noise. The waitress was very friendly and helpful to her large tables but mostly ignored our table of two. It took forever for our main course to arrive after the appetizer and i had to take our payment to the bar just we could pay and leave. While the food was great, the service and rock concert noise level was awful so I will stick to the other restaurant I go to while visiting the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elaine
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    First time trying Ethiopian food, it was delicious and our waitress was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience for a group
    guiness394
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went to this restaurant on the recommendation of a colleague looking for a eating experience that was new and different. We definitely found that. The staff were very helpful in identifying different dishes to try and there was something for everything (meat eaters, vegetarians, etc.). We all enjoyed the group experience and new and different foods and flavors. Parking was a bit of a struggle due to busy street and side streets but we eventually found parking only a few blocks away. It was a dark interior but enough lighting to see menus and food on your plate. Staff was helpful and the service was attentive. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a new ethnic food experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Mcw212VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Everything is always great here. Been going for years and never a bad meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy celebration
    GoodFood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent place for dinner, excellent food, pleasant wait staff. We had the whole family with for this dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent, authentic food
    Aubiefan
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food here was absolutely excellent. I was in Ethiopia earlier this year, and the food we were served at Ethiopian Diamond is as authentic as it comes. They even have the traditional honey wine and Ethiopian coffee, which you won't find at all Ethiopian restaurants in the US. The service was friendly and quick, and the food was a great value given the portion sizes. The dining area is spacious, so it's a nice place to go with a date so that you don't feel cramped and can hear one another easily. As with most Ethiopian places, this is an outstanding option for vegetarians.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, meh service
    SpecialOccasionEating
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My biggest complaint was that it took 15 min get someone's attention so that I could pay for the bill! I thought they were prepping to sing happy birthday to my sister who I treated to dinner, but I guess they were just being inattentive on a not-so-busy-looking Thursday night. I also found it a bit ridiculous that I had to pay for an entree for a six and three year old when they had mere nibbles all night while my sister ate an entree for two and theirs. I guess people in the past were abusing that entree for two but come on! Good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible; go elsewhere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Took 1.5 hours to order and get our food. Didn't get the order right and even slower at correcting mistake. Seems like there are only 1-2 servers who can approve/take orders and other people were only bus boys. Portions were small and good was microwaved. Took us 3 hours for dinner from entry to exit. Never going again.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 74 reviews are from the Ethiopian Diamond reviews archive.
  • Go for the food
    BN11
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food was excellent, but the service was slow. The first time I ate there was also on a Saturday night and the service was much better.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wedding dinner
    jgmccarn
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We brought our wedding guests here after we married at the Cultural Center. It was a chance since many of our guests had never had Ethiopian before but the food was a hit and everything was delicious. As we were finishing our meal the owner gave us a beautiful wrap to celebrate our wedding! It was a great experience and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal at a Jazz concert
    SGhandi
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I've been to ED before - it's a fine restaurant that serves tasty, exotic food at reasonable prices, and with attentive and ready service - but this visit was less enjoyable due to the overly loud jazz band. The music was good, just way too loud. It was concert-level loud. I had to shout to be heard by people sitting several feet away. Turn down the music, man! I'm trying to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great gluten free options!
    BrentVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Had a great time for my birthday here. One of the most attractive qualities of this type of cuisine is the gluten free option they provide. Everything was delicious. The service was a bit slow, as the restaurant was completely packed, but everything we ate was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The atmosphere was pleasant,
    foodislove
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The atmosphere was pleasant, and the food was excellent. The service, however, was lacking. We waited longer than we should've for our server to finally visit our table. We only saw him when he took our order, brought our drinks to us, and then our check. Guests at other tables seemed to have better servers, so I can't say service was bad throughout the entire restaurant. It was just our guy. The food was so good that there's no doubt we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Exotic
    Steve
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I've been a fan of Ethiopian food for many years. This is the best Ethiopian I've had in Chicago. The food is full of flavor and just enough spice. Try one of the samplers, which offers meat and vegetables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diamond in the Rough
    Amye
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    A favorite for food and friendly warm and welcoming staff...when the whole fam ily is in town it is our go to spot . We let the staff order for us...they know how to please. My sis is a vegan and always orders the 100 percent teff with vegan assortment...delicious! It's like going to long lost relatives to eat great food and foster camaraderie Ethiopian. Cuisine and .dining format is unique, delicious and always a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pretty good
    shirtless
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I had a great meal, though I was surprised to find they dilute theteff in their ingiri with regular flour. This means you have to special order gluten free ingiri. As someone who learned to love Ethiooean food from a woman who never used gluten flours in her bread, this came as a surprise. The service was not super attentive despite the fact that we arrived before the crowd, but when the food finally came out it all seemed worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    Doug
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Very authentic Ethiopian food. Couldn't be better! Don't leave without getting the coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    samlovesfood
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Me & My wife had returned to this restaurant after a year and found the taste is still great and ambiance has improved. I love this place and highly recommend for good romantic dinner where you can share the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    msgjkg88VIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Ethiopian Diamond never disappoints! Food is fabulous. Service is friendly. Great place for a crowd or just for two!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Diamond in the Rough
    Amye
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Come for the ethnic food...a unique dining experience with superb blends of spices veggies & meat....well suited for vegans too. Be charmed by the welcoming friendly and charming staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    MBAmom
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    It has been years since going to an Ethiopian restaurant. We decided to try Ethiopian Diamond for my birthday. The food is outstanding and the unique African beer and wine list was great. The service is friendly but a bit hesitant at times. You have to speak up and ask for help with the menu if you are unfamiliar with this type of cuisine. They seemed to assume that everyone there was a regular. But once we spoke up, they were very accommodating. I love the mystique and freshness of Ethiopian cuisine. This place is the real deal. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of our favorite restaurants
    bam1
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We love this place. Great food especially the Kitfo. We tried the pumpkin stew which is now one of our favorite veggie along with collard greens and lentils. this time we brought along our 11 year old nephew and he loved eating with his hands. best Ethiopian the city and worth a try
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ethiopian Diamond was excellent
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    The food and the service were great. I will definitely include it in my regular rotation of restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food.
    Yagua
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    We have been going to Ethiopian diamond at least once a year for over 10 years, and the food is always excellent. This time we were a group of 11. The ambiance has improved over the years. Service is consistent. This time there was a large group of about 70 people in front of us that did not make a reservation, therefore the food took over an hour to arrive. I was disappointed that the only thing they offer was a few apologies for the delay. I would have expected that they will bring an appetizer or free drinks. Anyway, I do not think that any restaurant would be able to handle a large group like that without a delay. I think they did quite well given the condition. Thanks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outrageous
    Ceilidh
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    In looking over the menu, we were shocked to read the statement that a $5.00 charge would be imposed if people shared an order, a confusing policy. Eventually someone took our order and we waited about 30 minutes for food to arrive. We ordered 2 platters (for 2 people each) and 2 individual menu entres. When the food finally arrived, the two individual entres were missing. We were told that the individual entre items were included with the two platters, including a chicken dish put on the vegetarian platter; it takes a lot of cheek to charge $14.00 for a dollop of food (and I am not into big portion sizes). Very loud music playing as well. Nerve wracking evening and we will never return!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A fabulous discovery!
    PythiaEatsVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Being new to the Chicago area, we've sought out fun new places and cuisines to try. Ethiopian Diamond had everything we wanted and more--not only a cuisine that was new to us, but food that was cooked beautifully. We followed our server's suggestion and started with two kinds of sambusa, stuffed triangles of pastry stuffed with spinach and potato & carrot. They were delicious--the spinach was the best--and served with a sweet & sour kind of sauce on the side. We followed with a Tour of Ethiopia for two--two entrees and two sides, all served on the spongy injera bread native to Ethiopia. You eat with your fingers, using the injera to scoop bits of food and sop up the exotic sauces. Definitely worth a try--we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Be Shy, GIve Ethiopean a Try
    TheHafLife
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The staff at Ethioopean Diamond is always helpful, whether it's your first time or a return visit. They'll make suggestions and ask for preferences to ensure you are served an authentic Ethiopean meal you won't be disappointed in. They've expanded and gone through a mini makeover, and I don't know if that's why service was a little slow when we first sat down or not. After our order was in, things went more smoothly. We always order a couple tours and a bottle of wine. Would love to try an Ethiopean beer sometime, too. I enjoy the vegetarian menu items most, even though I'm not a vegetarian. Although, we did have lamb on our tour and it was excellent. There's always groups and couples dining here. Children, too. A good mix.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    TheaterGoerVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Whether you already love or are long o try Ethiopian, this is the place. Excellent food. Really good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    kcmo
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Great food. One of the best Ethiopian restaurants we have ever been to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    This is the second time I have chosen Ethiopian Diamond when seeking a dining experience that will accommodate a large group, including people with various food requirements [seafood allergies, gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.]. Ethiopian Diamond was able to provide a lovely meal for everyone without any difficulties or unnecessary fuss.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ethiopian Diamond ROCKS!!!!
    johnwp
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    We were a group of four and ordered 4 meat dishes and 3 veggie dishes because we were starving! The platter looked beautiful when it arrived and each of the dishes was perfectly prepared and tasty. Our water glasses were refilled without request and clean napkins appeared in a most timely way. We will be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Diamond Dining
    TopherVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    We had a great meal as usual at Ethiopian Diamond. They have really expanded the restaurant, it is very different than it used to be. They also raised their prices and changed their menu recently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ethiopian Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Servers were attentive and playful. We ordered various Taste of Ethiopia platters. All were delicious. I particularly liked the Yemisir Watt and Yesiga Alicha. One person in our party is gluten-free, and they were able to accommodate with a gf injera. Honey wine was really good despite it's unusually bright color. I had never had Ethiopian before, but everyone I talked to said this is the best place in the city. I would definitely go back and try other dishes as well as recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Ethiopian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Ethiopian Diamond has an extensive menu, so it is great for groups and for those who have never tried Ethiopian food. We always get a vegetarian sample and additional entrees. My husband, daughters, and I love the sampler. It is a great way to try several different dishes. If you would like to go with children and unsure what to order, my super picky 8 year old (now less picky 11 year old) started with Doro Tibs (Chicken), Kik Alicha (yellow split peas), and Dinich Alicha (potatoes and carrots).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food at Ethiopian Diamond
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/24/2013
    The food at Ethiopian Diamond is delicious, but the service is never quite as good as I want it to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    FormerChi
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Absolutely love this place. Everything we ate was outstanding. If you aren't sure what to order, ask the waitress/waiter for recommendations. They are more than happy to help.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dry fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    Eating Ethiopian-style is always fun for us, and this was no exception. As is typical, the meal was a good value and the ability to try a variety of dishes, even in a party of two, is a big plus. Unfortunately, what should be the highlights of the meal, the meat dishes, were distinctly dry and overcooked. Every thing else was quite good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try Something New!
    Sydnerd
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Amazing flavors, be bold and adventurous at Ethiopian Diamond! One entree per person will leave you more than full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but poor service
    calo
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Food is nice, there is tha quality and quantity for a good dining. However, the service was not very friendly, people seem not happy with their job. I also think that making us pay for a supplement of bread is really greedy. Finally, the bad point is that the restaurant refuses more than 2 credit cards. That's unacceptable, and for a group of 5 that creates a complicated and uncomfortable situation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    cjalv1431
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Always a wonderful experience. Servers were very helpful in making suggestions when asked. Food and wine was excellent. We love the decor and fabulous service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.