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Ethiopian Diamond

136 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies

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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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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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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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Cross street
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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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We have a variety of Live Entertainment on Saturday Nights. Our music ranges from African music, Jazz to today's Pop music.
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
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 😀

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

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

Delicious savory dishes that don't disappoint

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

Large portions. Be ready to feast!

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

Excellent food. Helpful and attentive waitstaff. Will return.

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

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

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!

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.

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.