Green Zebra
Green Zebra

Green Zebra

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.greenzebrachicago.com/
  • Phone: 3122437100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday- Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Closed Mondays for the winter
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Shawn McClain
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Small, intimate private dining space located on the second floor.
  • Private Party Contact: Elizabeth Burke 3122437100x
  • Special Events: Our private dining room can comfortably accommodate 10-35 people. Please contact us for further details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Greenview
  • Public Transit: Blue Line, Chicago Avenue Bus, Ashland Avenue Bus
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking available on Chicago Avenue and surrounding side streets (please note: parking can be challenging when special events draw crowds to West Town)
A word from Green Zebra
Green Zebra offers a contemporary vegetarian experience in an upscale, hip environment.
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Green Zebra reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (115)special occasion (79)romantic (62)neighborhood gem (59)notable wine list (24)hot spot (15)good for groups (13)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Delicious!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We loved Green Zebra!! The food was amazing - shared several small plates - each was incredible. I am a vegetarian - my dining partner is not and we both enjoyed the dining experience equally! Definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My boyfriend and I are both vegetarians. I had dined here once before and absolutely loved it, so when my boyfriend was in town from Atlanta, Green Zebra was at the top of my to-do list. We ordered a few small plates- each bursting with flavor. The mushroom pate with pickled fennel was my favorite, while my boyfriend really enjoyed the country flatbread. A not-too-peppery bottle of Malbec was the perfect complement to each dish. I absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves food. Each dish is ridiculously delicious- every bite is a glimpse of heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Who would believe it's vegaterian
    Juan4two
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Wonderful food and lovely restaurant. Have been here several times and have always come away with a very satisfied feeling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food poor service
    Jose
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    You know that you are off to a bad start when the waitress states that you are ordering too much food. When I asked how big the portions were she pointed to the small plate in front of me and said "about that size." She then proceeded to tell us that the kitchen had run out of bread as well as a few other food items (it was 9 pm). I ordered 4 items and received only 3. My 4th choice was inadvertently placed in front of one of my other friends (party of 8) who promptly ate it thinking that he had ordered it. During the meal the waitress would come over to enquire if we needed anything. Before anyone could answer she would turn abd walk away not hearing what anyone had to say This happened more then 3 times.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The service was slow and not at all attentive. I had been assured that the kitchen would be able to handle our table's food allergies. This was definitely not the case! One of our party went home hungry! The hostess who tried to open our bottle of wine broke the cork and giggled while she struggled with the opener. When we were leaving the staff couldn't find our coats. It was a very unpleasant experience from beginning to end! We will not return or recommend to others.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to bring non vegetarian
    Vegetariandude
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I had eaten here once before a couple of years ago, and really enjoyed it. Great food and all vegetarian or vegan. This time came back with a non vegetarian friend who was skeptical at first, but was won over by the food and gracious service. Great place for dinner for business or social occasions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miss Piggy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This is delicious sophisticated food, with mushroom pates and vegetable purees - not heavy but very satisfying
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic truffle menu
    rgl201VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The truffle menu at Green Zebra -- a truffle-infused cream gougere; a salad with ample mushrooms and seasoned with truffle vinaigrette; goat cheese ravioli with truffles; six minute egg with vegetables and truffles, and even truffle-flavored hot cocoa (not on the menu, but offered along with it). Wine pairings (Italian wines to go with the truffles) were excellent, and they added dessert wines (moscat d'asti and also an ice-cider from Vermont) to boot. Although we reserved a table, they were very full when we arrived and had to wait a few minutes, but they comped us a glass of sparkling wine and also a delicious plate of broccoli, and were super-gracious (as usual). Although we are not vegetarians, this is one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Green Zebra
    Ginsey
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Service and food are wonderful. I'm not a vegetarian and I never leave disappointed or hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now in my top 10
    napa4vaca
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Get the pumpkin soup! Green Zebra is one of the best places I've ever eaten. A food adventure - for the light and fit foodie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Cauliflower polenta was life changing, so amazing ! Delicious food, I can't wait to go back and try other seasonal menus
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, place is noisy
    Veggiehead
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I'm not sure the taste justify the prices. Some dishes were really good (mushroom pate and polenta) and others just okay (ramen, black bean dumplings). The waitress missed one of our orders and but instead of dealing with it discreetly, she sent a server to deal with us who wasn't exactly tactful. He apologized eventually, but for this type of dining experience, I'd expect better service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as it gets
    SFOXVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We ordered the prix fixe Truffle menu with the wine pairings. Though we did add the Hens of the Woods mushroom pate, launching our meal with a dazzling start. The mini-puff with creme fraiche and truffles was light yet richly flavored. The truffle salad that followed was a well constructed bridge to the truffled six-minute scotch egg. The goat cheese ravioli adorned by truffles was the climax of the meal, while taking nothing away from the dessert, was superb. The wines chosen for the pairings were not standard issue and complemented each dish quite well. You have to admire a restaurant where the service is friendly, and attentive, without being in your face. If you feel you deserve a great evening out, Green Zebra should be your choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vegetarian Gem
    VegetarianGem
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Always a great place to dine for vegetarians, and non-vegetarians. Nice place, great ambiance, great service, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • truffle dinner out of this world!
    2plusme
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My teenage daughter and I go here a few times a year for a special treat (away from her siblings). The truffle dinner was fabulous! GZ never disappoints and I have been coming since they opened. Wait staff and bus staff is always attentive and helpful, and there is never a long wait for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant great, but no parking.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We loved our meal, had great service, and enjoyed the time they gave us to linger. Only complaint was lack of parking valet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truffle menu - wow!
    jujumuccVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This special menu was one of my favorites so far! Their seasonal menus are so excellent, but their standard menu is fantastic too. Favorite dish of the night was the goat cheese ravioli with truffle - to die for! Staff is always great and the wine list is small but impressive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Even my kids loves it
    ELProf
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The first time we went, my daughter was not sure she would like it. However, she loved it, and she made a special request to come back here for her birthday dinner celebration. Food was great as always. Wish we lived closer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will turn a carnivore...
    samkatvic
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Fantastic.....creative, excellent, and just delicious.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • really, good food
    Dcb44
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Even if you are not vegetarian or vegan, green zebra is still worth the trip. There are many dishes to choose from with complex flavor profiles. Green zebra has some of the best food I've had in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Among the very best in Chicago..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    .. whether you are a vegetarian or not. I've vegetarian and non-vegetarian friends who agree and all have been back once they've been. You cannot go wrong with the chef's tasting menu. I've stopped reading it and just trust that the experience will be great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • one of my all time favorites
    Karen
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Love this place! I am never disappointed. I'm vegetarian and this is one, if not THE best. But bring your meat eating friends, they will never miss it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food terrible service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went to the green zebra for a birthday dinner. We loved the food but found the service to be terrible. We were asked to delay ordering until we all knew our entire order. Not that odd normally but very bizarre considering the entire menu is made up of small plates that are meant to be shared like dim sum or tapas. We had to ask several times for things that did not have to go thru the kitchen and in the end were joking that the waitress was scared of my sister who kept trying to get her attention unsuccessfully. I wish I felt I could go back because the food was fabulous but the service was so bad I will have to look elsewhere next time!!!
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    fit for foodies
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  • amazing food but poor service
    ginoVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    waiting 10 min at check in before anyone even acknowledged us. after being seated we waiting another 15 min before a waitress came. had to flag someone down anytime we needed something. absolutely amazing food though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dining experience
    Aless10
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A friend originally suggested I visit Green Zebra for its unique dining experience and out-of-the-ordinary dishes. The restaurant did not disappoint. For starters, the cocktail drinks were very good. The food was excellent and not overly filling. 4 dishes were enough for us (2 people), which left some room for dessert. Favorite dishes were the sweet corn bisque and the risotto. I will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too high rating
    Foodlove
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Service was not friendly at all. Menu was not accommodating. Wine list/ bar not impressed. Only OK food too.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary at Green Zebra
    olivd
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We celebrated our 25th anniversary at the Green Zebra and it was a great experience! The staff were very nice, the food was delicious and we received multiple surprises for our anniversary. (Like champagne and a menu designed for our anniversary!) Overall it was a great experience and I would definitely recommend visiting the Green Zebra for a special dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fail
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have been to many vegetarian resturants and this was a complete disappointment. Small portions and extremely salty food. You can have fresh quality food without over use of salt.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A favorite date night spot
    albanyparkerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Green Zebra has both an a la cart menu, as well as a tasting menu. This visit we went a la cart: Favorite: Hen of the Woods Mushroom Pate. This is a perfect starter, and maybe my favorite course of the meal. Hits: Chilled Somen Noodles, Housemade Ramen Noodles, Creamy White Corn Polenta, Twix dessert. Misses: Heirloo Summer Bean Chili; while it has a nice smokiness, this didn't do it for me. Also didn't care too much for the Fresh Cavatelli Pasta. While I like pasta al dente, it was too chewy for me. My husband did like it.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would go back
    Anthony
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Fantastic food and an excellent server. However, the service team is a bit disjointed: food runner brought food before the first course was finished and I shall call the busser "mister cling clang and bang". Having worked as a waiter for over 20 years, you have to try to make that much noise. However, the food is enough to bring me back. Absolutely amazing. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE THIS PLACE
    RavensReview
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Its not easy to make vegetarian food so unique and complex. Green Zebra does this incredibly well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Outstanding
    rbbm
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    GZ is not a great vegetarian restaurant; rather, GZ is a great restaurant that happens to be vegetarian. The secret is that GZ doesn't try to simulate meat flavors/textures; rather, it makes great dishes that happen to be vegetarian. The favorites from this meal: Mushroom Pate, Duck Egg, Roasted Summer Squash and Risotto. It is my favorite restaurant in Chicago and I'm not a vegetarian.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vegetarian but Carnivore friendly
    evanston2
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant is amazing - it's small plates are delicious and filling and heaven for any vegan or vegetarian. Don't cross this off your list if you are a meat-eater. Even my meat-loving boyfriend considers the Green Zebra a top Chicago restaurant. Go hungry - you'll want to try everything on the menu :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still lovely!
    TSwan
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Dined here around 5 years ago and loved it. Came back with colleagues and had an equal or better experience. Lovely flavors, thoughtful and well balanced dishes, very substantive food even for those that are accustomed to eating the more typical protein heavy meals you find in the midwest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yuck.
    winkVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Have had good meals there in the past, but this was very disappointing. At the end of summer, a vegetarian place should be at its best. Four of us had most of the menu. Corn soup was the only dish that was good. We won't be back.
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  • YUMMY!
    LovePari
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Amazingly creative and tremendously innovative. Even our meat loving guests enjoyed our fav Chicago restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and presentation!
    Tekinikal
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Except for some disappointment with desserts, the food was excellent. White Corn Pollenta was excellent!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Super yummy even for a carnivor!
    bgroovy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We are from out of town and I did research for nice vegitarian resturaunts for my friend who is vegitarian to cheer her up after dropping off her first child at college. Her child came as well and we all LOVED it! The food is delicious and flavorful! As my sister is vegan I have no problem going meatless and would frequent Green Zebra on my own. My friends have already decided this will be there resturaunt of choice when she comes into town for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    FoodieX4VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Highly recommended by a friend. Very excited and looking forward to dining here. The dining experience was wonderful. Food delicious, correct portions. Good bar and wine list. Very attentive wait staff. We were so pleased to have dined here. Yesterday, I get my credit card statement. The tip has been padded. We gave almost 20%, it was padded to be almost 25%. I have called and spoken to the manager, she said she was busy with diners and will call me back today. I was disappointed that she didn't take care of me immediately, but I'll give her 24 hours to return my call, and based on that, I will edit my review. This has happened to us before with two other restaurants. We always tip generously, sad it's happened again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent for all
    Food3lover
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    You don't have to be vegetarian to enjoy this restaurant. My daughters and I are vegetarian, but my husband is not. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Love the small plates so you can sample lots of different dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.