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About 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.
Chicago, IL 60660
Ethiopian, African, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We have a variety of Live Entertainment on Saturday Nights. Our music ranges from African music, Jazz to today's Pop music.
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
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.
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.
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: (773) 301-6332
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Ethiopian Diamond Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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
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.
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 ;-)
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.
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!
Went with a table of five, most of whom had never eaten Ethiopian food. The waiter was patient and explained every dish and how much we should order for the table. The food came on a large round tray and everyone shared and sampled everything. The amount of food served was perfect for our group and we had a very enjoyable time. Definitely will be returning to this restaurant!
Service was great. Went with a group of friends for my birthday and completely enjoyed the experience. They even brought me a birthday desert without anyone mentioning it. Restaurant is clean and well appointed. I would definitely recommend for a group dinner or special occasion.
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