Indie Cafe

4.1
42 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian

About

The key to Indie Cafe’s success is simple cuisine, elegantly prepared. Chef Iggy Waranon's dishes feature a dynamic combination of savory Thai and simple Japanese cuisine, with an emphasis on the original flavor of the fresh ingredients. Fresh and seasonal fish is often touched by cilantro-infused oils, miso dressing, and Asian citrus for pop and personality. Indie Cafe's fun, casual, and modern Asian interior also lends itself to a comfortable and cozy night with friends. Before the rolls arrive, order up a Ginger or Lychee Martini to whet the appetite. Oh—and for an added bonus, they’re mere steps from the beach.Best New Restaurants, Chicago magazine
America's Top Japanese Restaurants, 2008 Zagat
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4.3
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3.8
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3.8
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vipDeniseh
Chicago
104 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great neighborhood place fun and large but consistently good food.

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elizab
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Discovered this by accident and so glad I did. BYOB and a bar!

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vipDanielM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2015
Overall5food4service4ambience4

My wife and I come to Indie Cafe on a fairly regular basis, a few times a year for the last 6 or 7 years. It's our favorite restaurant for sushi because it has the right blend of quality preparation, fantastic atmosphere and friendly service. What was once a local secret has become very popular and it shows in the amount of activity you'll typically find there on a weekend evening. It's to their credit that the folks at Indie have managed to preserve the aforementioned characteristics that made us like them in the first place, even as their business has expanded.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a fun double date at Indie on a Saturday night. The service was very good, as usual, and the food was delicious, as usual. We introduced our friends to Indie and bet they'll be back as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I lived in chi over 5 years ago and used to visit Indie 2-3 times a week easy. As soon as I planned a trip bank to visit this was the first place we had dinner. Good and qualify still amazing

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curlyhead
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was friendly and attentive. My dinner mates liked our one sushi roll but I was just medium. The shrimp and eggplant skewers were excellent. The shrimp had a nice curry sauce. We also had a seafood noodle dish that was quite good. I would definitely go back.

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vipHotspot
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2015
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We just moved to the area and have eaten there 12 plus times in 3 months. We bring all our friends there as their is a food choice for all and they have great wines to chose from. Our last visit was not so perfect. Saturday night and we were the last guests. I guess they wanted us out as it was 945pm-We still were finishing drinks and dinner. Out came the bleach cleaning stuff. They did not care we were finishing what we thought was a fun dining experience with friends. We were embarrassed as we bragged about this spot how amazing and fun it is. Go early to avoid early saturday night clean up-bad smell does not work with bottle of wine! We will try again as we like food, while we search for new spots in the area.

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vipJspi
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2014
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is my group of four friends "go to" spot for neighborhood sushi and pan-Asian cuisine. The restaurant was recently renovated to include a sushi bar in the dining room. Comfortable decor and a very low $2.50 per person corkage for BYOB with a convenient wine shop next door. (free corkage at lunch) The appetizers and salads are always great and the menu is extensive, allowing many visits without getting tired of the great food. They also have carry out available. The food comes out as it's ready, which makes for a somewhat uneven dining experience, but if you are with friends, it really doesn't matter too much, since you can share with each other, until all in the group have their choices.

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vipDanielM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2014
Overall5food5service3ambience4

My wife and I love this place and have been going for years. The service and sushi is always good, though what I like the most is the atmosphere and the typical clientele; nicely decorated, relaxed and fun.

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Nicefrance
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2014
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is beautifully presented and very high quality. Drinks including wine are low priced for a restaurnant of this style and ambience. Attentive service.

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JohnH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2014
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I discovered Indie Cafe recently. I had gone by it many times and never stopped in and when I did, I thought, "Why didn't I do this sooner?" I asked my boyfriend where he'd like to go for his birthday. He suggested Indie Cafe. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed this time. I had the spring roll and the broccoli peapod with chicken entree, and a mojito (with sake) and vanilla mochi ice cream. The drink & dessert were FABULOUS...nice take on the mojito! What was "off" for me was the appetizer and entree. Both were a bit bland, and my bf said the same thing about his entree (chicken teriyaki). I've had the spring rolls before, but never the entree. I was surprised, because usually this place rocks (different chef that night?).

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vipgenkins
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found Indie not too long after we moved to the area back in 2002. Indie is amazing. Seriously. It's amazing. It's the best Thai food I have had and I have a lot of Thai food. They also have Japanese food. Their Japanese food is amazing. You know... Maki rolls, Sashimi and Nigiri? Yeah, it's amazing too. Seriously. It's amazing.

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vipLuv2eat
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2014
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Indie had good service and very tasty food. Interesting, they had a wine list, but also allowed BYOB at an inexpensive price. Restaurant is right next to a wine shop also! :)

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vipMsprairie
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2014
Overall4food5service5ambience4

There are lots of mediocre Thai joints. This is not one. The service was great. The food was outstanding. My husband always orders pad Thai the first time, he figures if they can't get that right. Why bother. He said it was the best he's had since Arun's
I had a curry and it was so good. The shared two appetizers as well. The staff was attentive and accommodated some special requests!! I'll be back!!also did I mention price was right!!

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Amazingdinner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious dinner here with a friend who was visiting from out of town. The food was super yummy - we especially enjoyed the V tempura roll and the pad thai. Prices were very reasonable as well, for both food and alcohol. Would definitely go back!

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Shruthi
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2014
Overall3food3service3ambience3

For all those vegetarians who have not found alot of options to try out Japanese rolls, Indie cafe is a great option.
We tried mango roll, asparagus tempura roll, sweet potato tempura roll and tofu teriyaki. They had a decent set
of selections with vegetarian options. We also tried plum wine and iced ginger dragon drink. All of these were
were pretty good.

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vipdsg1110
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I went there with two friends to celebrate Valentine's Day. It took 90 minutes to get our sushi - they did mention it was on back-order but we had no idea it would be taking that long. We saw two tables just get up and leave because they weren't greeted by a waitress within 30 minutes of their arrival. It seemed that Indie Cafe wasn't prepared to handle a fully-booked restaurant on Friday, February 14.

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VixenVee
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2014
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had no idea that Indie had a liquor license (had not been there in a while). They actually have great wine and sake choices at reasonable prices. Not your everyday cheap, retail commodity wine choices, either.

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vipDanielM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been coming to Indie Cafe for several years, having lived in the Edgewater neighborhood for a time. I'm always pleasantly surprised when I come back to Indie after an extended period, to rediscover how consistently good the food and service is there. For this reason, it is frequently my "go too" spot for friends who have never been there before; I know that they'll have a good experience. Not surprisingly, it frequently becomes the "go-to" spot for friends who have been there before!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2013
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is always great at Indie Cafe. I tried a new dish this time and it was perfect and my new favorite dish there. It was the smokey shrimp dish with chicken - amazing. I left there already craving it.

Love Indie Cafe - the wait staff was also attentive and patient with our group of six. Indie Cafe is just great all around. Thanks!

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vipVicalicous
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of six, celebrating birthdays and enjoying one another's company. The atmosphere was fantastic, the food is always so delicious and we especially loved the crabmeat rangoon, Thai Basil and Pad See Ew. Oh, the Edamame was great, too.
Thanks. : )

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Rckbk
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2013
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Have been to Indie Cafe many times and am never disappointed. Went this time with my sister and her friend and my sister commented that the food was even better than the last time she was there. Our waitress spoke very broken english, which isn't a problem, but it seemed as though it kept her from explaining anything. It was crowded on a Friday night and energetic, which works for me, but can be noisy for others. I order carry out from Indie also because I live nearby and I'm never disappointed. I always get the spring rolls, vegetable egg rolls and the Basil Chicken and Drunken Noodles.

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bannebo
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have eaten at Indie for lunch before and it's a great, attentive lunch spot with lots of vegetarian options. This reservation was for Valentine's Day with my husband and we had a great date with delicious pad thai and sweet potato tempura maki, all for a very affordable price! Also great that it's BYOB and right next to the grocery and liquor store.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2013
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I like Indie Cafe but the service is not very good. Often, our meals arrive at different times. There were four of us and we all waited until the last arrived, my meal was getting cold. It's very inexpensive so, but, if you want really good service, it is not the place to go.

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Anne
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2013
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The servers were very pleasant, but a little slow toward the end. Had to cancel my
dessert order because we finally had to leave.
My husband's orange shrimp was very good, we liked having the option of brown rice.
My teriyaki salmon was just ok. The salmon seemed like it had been around awhile,
although we were eating early. The meal was not hot enough (temperature.)

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MichaelC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Speedy service, but with a little bit of a language barrier. Generous portion sizes. Large and diverse menu but quality not lost.

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vipHunger
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I always come here for lunch since my school is really close by. Their crab rang goons are the best. I love their sushi too! Mod X maki & crazy hand roll. I love how they have belly rewards.

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viphalbermole
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Indie is indeed a neighborhood gem. My partner and I dine there regularly. Food is beautifully presented, always tastes fresh and is consistently enjoyable. Furthermore, you simply can't beat it for value. It used to be BYOB but now they have a remarkably good wine list curated by the sommelier from Arun's at a ridiculously affordable price point. Also, it should be noted that they have a very efficient, speedy, courteous and reliable delivery service!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2012
Overall4food4service3ambience5

we chose this spot for its convenience to the Broadway Armory, as a pre event dinner. It was very good. The ambience is very hipster with cool anime and asian influenced wall art as well as nicely appointed tables, which are reasonably distanced from one another.
The menu is very large and consists of both Japanese and Thai favorites.
Service was a little slow, but we had allowed plenty of time, so not a problem. The server was very polite, and knowledgable.
Portions were large. I had Panang curry. It was very tasty and not too spicy. Jasmine rice was perfectly cooked. Reasonable wine list , by the glass, as well.

We parked right on the street , metered, in front of the restaurant.
would highly recommend this gem to all.

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vipAnna
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2012
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Whenever we want a special family night out we head to Indie Cafe from Evanston. The sushi is creative and delicious as are the Thai entrees.

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Mike
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Was pretty slow for a Saturday evening but it was still early. Server was great and food was amazing. Their Crab Ragoons are to die for. My sushi was fantastic and my dining companions got regular entrees and they loved them. I just wish the edemame was served a little hotter and with more sea salt. Fantastic job!! Take out was BUSY

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Thai food and lots of vegetarian options if you ask. Best green curry I have had in this area. Fish for Sushi was a day old. Not bad, but not great either. This was on a Saturday.

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vipchicagocooks
Chicago
132 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The salads, curry, and noodle dishes were all delicious!

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kate
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2012
Overall4food5service4ambience4

each time i visit indie i am blown away by their food! the panang curry is to die for.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2012
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food - the curries are delicious. The wine list has a great selection at amazing prices - we were very happy with our Syrah and what a great price!!

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vipPhoebe60093
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Indie Cafe is one of our favorite restaurants. We have been going there for years and have never been disappointed. The food is always delicious and the staff is always warm and inviting. We especially like the signature sushi rolls with their great presentations, the curry dishes and the crazy basil fried rice. Go with friends and plan to share.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2012
Overall4food5service3ambience2

We enjoy going to Indie Cafe because of the service and food. The only negative thing that I would like to add is, I requested a special table and they did not get it on the reservation according to the hostess but they ended up making it right!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2012
Overall3food4service1ambience4

normally a great place with descent service, although the waitresses are never great. Food is always very good. This time the service was worse than horrible. We were a party of 10. The first thing she said to us after sitting there for 10 minutes was "do you want appetizers?". We said "well we'd like to order drinks first". This just seemed to annoy her. When the drinks came, she put the tray down and handed the drinks to one person to pass down. She did this with drinks, food, plates, etc all throughout the meal.

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vipgenkins
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Wife and I have Indie Cafe on our top 10 restaurants list for quite a few years now. This place has amazing Thai and Sushi! Never disappoints! They are still BYOB too.

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You can order delivery directly from Indie Cafe using the Order Online button. Indie Cafe also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar. Indie Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 561-5111.

Indie Cafe is rated 4.1 stars by 42 OpenTable diners.

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