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Ethiopian Diamond

4.3
136 reviews
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$30 and under
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Ethiopian
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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Ethiopian, African, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation


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

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 338-6100
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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!
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Private party contact
Mark Keppy: (773) 301-6332
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Glenlake
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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.
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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.
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Entertainment
We have a variety of Live Entertainment on Saturday Nights. Our music ranges from African music, Jazz to today's Pop music.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.1
service
3.8
ambience
4.3
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HunnyBee (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

The food here is amazing! Everything was excellently spiced, the tea was delicious, and the fish was perfectly fried. The only issue was the service. We were seated very quickly, but our meal took over 2 hours. The appetizers came shortly after we ordered, but it was over an hour until our entrée arrived. When it was time to pay the bill, we couldn't get a hold of our waitress and had to ask the manager to take our check.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2016

Food was great and the service was excellent. We will be going back.

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viplocavore (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 21, 2016

Food was excellent. They give you more than you could possibly eat at one sitting! Decor could use a little attention but other than that, a great find for authentic Ethiopian food.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

Fantastic experience, as always. I very much appreciate the high quality of the food, in addition to the warm, attentive service.

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vipbrickstealer75 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on August 14, 2016

LOVE the food at Diamond! I could live off their entire vegetarian menu and I am not even a vegetarian. I really think they have some of the best Ethiopian food in Chicago. The service was awkward, and it was VERY slow. Pleasant staff, but they didn't give much direction when we were seated. Also, when we were finished the server sort of shamed us for not wanting to take the leftover food with us. LOVE the food, but only go when I can tolerate the service there.

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vipVacationjunky (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

Always a great experience. Food is delicious, the staff is warm and friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 31, 2016

Very good. Menu can be a bit intimidating for first timers, but not to worry, the waiter will tell you what to eat 😀

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MariangelM (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

AMAZING! food was just out of this earth, we had lamb and beef, it came accompanied with a smoky pea "babaganush", salad and collard greens! We were 2 at the table food could've serve 3-4 easily! They have a cool variety of beer, including a red ale African beer that was amazing! Colorful, vibrant place and the people working there the nicest!! Really!!! GO!! Worth it! Could start going once a month at least forever! Haha

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 12, 2016

Delicious savory dishes that don't disappoint

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2016

Large portions. Be ready to feast!

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vipAlisonC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2016

Excellent food. Helpful and attentive waitstaff. Will return.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 13, 2016

Excellent food! We come back over and over again with family and friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2016

Ethiopian diamond has outstanding customer service & the food is deliciously flavorful! It's the perfect place for those who prefer gluten free and even vegetarians! I recommend the Yebeg Tibs Alicha if you like lamb. I also love the tea as well!

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Southsidegurl (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

Such a wonderful friendly and delicious restaurant. All the food was amazing and such a fun experience to eat with ones hands and learn a little about Ethiopian cuisine.

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vipMike (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2016

First time visit. Definitely will return. The meat and veggie sampler was very good. Next time would focus more on favorites like the lamb and chicken, and less on the veggies. The injera bread less sour than other places (a plus in my book). Try the Tusker Lager. Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 19, 2016

This visit was my first to Ethiopian Diamond, but it certainly will not be my last! The food was delicious ,the ambience was tranquil and the staff was lovely and attentive. FYTP (For your tasting pleasure) I would suggest everyone try the "Honey Wine" ....A winner ;-)
Enjoy

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 13, 2016

Excellent food

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 9, 2016

I liked the concept of sharing food in Ethiopian restaurants. Food was great esp lamb and shrimp dishes.

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vipKalelChase (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

Not many Ethiopian restaurants, but this is certainly one of the best.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2016

We usually order delivery from Ethiopian Diamond, but had an occasion to go to their Broadway location. Love the ambiance, food, service, etc. We had the vegetarian dinners for two. Delicious appetizers and the meal was outstanding.

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Bb1795 (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

Ethiopian diamond is the best Ethiopian restaurant in Chicago! It's the best one I've been to! The food is wonderful. It comes out quick and hot. The tastes are incredible. The service is lovely and the servers are so nice.

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vipNathaniel (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2016

The honey wine was so good and there was so much to go around! Even the food was way too much for just two people. Come ready to eat!

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Quill (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2016

I was in town for a short visit and wanted a nice, interesting place to meet up with some friends. Making a reservation was easy, and the restaurant was not too full (but not completely empty) on a Wednesday night. Service was friendly and attentive but not overbearing, food was delicious (although you should familiarize yourself with Ethiopian cuisine ahead of time, as the menu is not easily readable for someone who doesn't know what they're ordering), atmosphere was delightful. Location was also VERY convenient from public transportation, and easy to find for an out-of-towner.

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Stacy (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 8, 2016

Took my daughter and husband sonthey could try a new cuisine. Everyone loved it. We ordered a sampler platter for 2 even though there were 3 of us. We had plenty. The others also ordered a salad. My one disappoinent was the service. The server was friendly bit not very attentive and no one explained what we were eating. Also we had to request that ahe bring our drinks. For some reason she wanted to serve them with the entrees and not the appetizer. I looked around and other tables received theirs right away!

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vipReviewer (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2015

Always fabulous!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

Love the vegetarian sampler and the chocolate dessert!

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vipalch (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

Friendly staff, decent food - not much ambiance but a good environment for groups.

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mmemoo (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

Very nice dinner and they were very sweet to light a candle and bring a cake for my son's birthday.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

I've been here several times and the food is always delicious. It's a smaller venue so it can be a little loud when they're full, but that's not unexpected. Very nice place overall and highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on September 26, 2015

We brought seven kids to try Ethiopian food as part of their Modern History class. Danny was FANTASTIC helping us order. He also took extra time to be sure our allergy concerns were addressed. Everyone was so helpful and the food was terrific!

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