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Essence of India

4.6
59 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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  • Casual (3)
  • Good Vegetarian Options (2)
  • Authentic (2)
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".
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian
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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
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Phone number
(773) 506-0002
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Cross street: Wilson and Lincoln
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What 59 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.7
food
3.9
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
value
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RICK (Chicago)
3.0
Dined 5 days ago

I love Indian Food and I though the food was alright (about 2.5 out of 5 stars). The Coconut Curry Shrimp had a gray color and the shrimp was over cooked (not good, had a very vinegar taste). Found the prices to be high for the amount of food received also. The one positive was that the Chicken Tikka Masala was tasteful but sweet. I would not revisit this location.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Good food and service. Portions were not massive.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on November 23, 2017

My favorite place. The best bryani in all of Chicago.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0
Dined on November 18, 2017

Good food , and good evening over shadowed by the fact that you have to pay extra for rice ...common , really ?

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on October 15, 2017

Appetizers were mediocre but main dishes were very good.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on October 1, 2017

Essence of India is a lovely place for delicious food and good conversation.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on August 20, 2017

Consistently delish.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2017

Essence of India has long been one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. I've now had every vegetarian dish they make and I have enjoyed every one. This is my go-to weekend restaurant when I don't feel like cooking. I used to drive up to Devon street for Indian, but I found that I enjoyed this just as much, if not more, so I just stay in Lincoln Square and go to Essence of India.

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Susan (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on June 3, 2017

OK so we loved the place, loved the food. But the sodium content had both of us in pain the next day. My feet which never have swollen before were 3 times normal size for 24 hours.

So, we will not be going back. Sadly.

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ChiFamily (Chicago)
3.0
Dined on May 14, 2017

Great location near Lincoln Square.
Nice decoration.
Friendly staff.
Good options for drinks including some interesting Indian-infused cocktails.
Excellent choices and quality for appetizers but the lamb options of the main menu were disappointing: chewy and not cooked properly.
Not sure if I will go back.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian
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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
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Cross street
Wilson and Lincoln
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(773) 506-0002
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Parking details
Street parking as well as public parking lot.
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Public transit
One block from CTA Brown Line, Western Station.
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Executive chef
Satya Das
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Private party facilities
For lunch only, we can host private parties up to 50 people on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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Private party contact
Satya Das: (847) 208-9343
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine