The Best Restaurants with Vegan Options in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

Chicago is a fascinating city full of contrasts and idiosyncrasies. It loves its hot dogs, deep dish pizzas, and all kinds of Midwestern meat specialties—so it’s understandable if it’s not the first place that comes to mind when trying to find a great vegan restaurant. But a lot has changed in the past few years! Chicago is now home to some of the best restaurants with vegan options in the country, where chefs are doing fresh, inventive takes on vegetable-forward cuisine. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Le Colonial - Chicago, TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago, Nonnina
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Vietnamese, Asian, Italian
Neighborhoods:Gold Coast / Streeterville, River North (Chicago)

Le Colonial - Chicago

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,238 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Le Colonial is a cleverly crafted re-creation of the bygone world of French Indochina. The ambiance is a throwback to 1920s-style dining, with warm lighting, intimate tables, and lRead more
95% recommended

TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

$$$$·Asian·
River North (Chicago)
1,157 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
An outpost of the New York City original, TAO is a large two-level space with four private dining rooms and a large bar. Daybed sofas abound and the eclectic lounge is a perfect blRead more
90% recommended
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Nonnina

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
1,668 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Nonnina, in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, is an Italian restaurant with a focus on old-school cooking techniques inspired by “nonnas,” or grandmothers. The chefs put a mRead more
97% recommended

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Lincoln Park
6,831 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is Chicago’s original tapas restaurant, serving authentic Spanish cuisine in Lincoln Park since the 1980s. The menu features tapas, pintxos, and paella along with Read more
98% recommended

Quartino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
9,550 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
Quartino is an urban Italian restaurant and wine bar that combines the best of Italy’s osteria and enoteca to offer a casual, everyday food and wine experience. Located just off thRead more
94% recommended

il Porcellino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
2,327 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Il Porcellino, located in the heart of River North in Downtown Chicago, is a neighborhood restaurant featuring classic Italian-American food. Their casual setting is very welcomingRead more
91% recommended

Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Chicago

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Lincoln Park
1,008 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Happy Hour
  • Comfort Food
Stella Barra is an artisanal pizzeria with an eclectic menu inspired by keeping recipes simple and clean. They used fresh-milled 100% California flour for the dough and sustainablyRead more
94% recommended
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HUB 51 and Ben Pao

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
5,029 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
HUB 51 is the River North creation of the Lettuce Entertain You organization. They are one of the best vegan restaurants in Illinois, featuring a perfect blend of entertainment, niRead more
92% recommended

Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
4,439 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Summer House is the perfect place to escape the city to feel like soaking up the sunny vibes of the West Coast. The setting featuresRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois

RPM Italian

$$$$·Italian·
Chicago
11,495 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
RPM Italian presents modern cuisine with an old-school Italian spirit. The menu features a wide variety of cold and hot antipasti, fresh pastas prepared in-house, salads and entreeRead more
93% recommended
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Naoki

$$$$·Japanese·
Lincoln Park
559 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Naoki features a playful, eclectic mix of contemporary and classic Japanese cuisine and sushi as well as Asian-inspired cocktails, sake, beers, and a full wine menu. The atmosphereRead more
94% recommended
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Sepia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,030 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Sepia melds refined and rustic food and vintage and contemporary decor to give the feel of an instant classic. The space is stylish, warm, and inviting, with a strong attention to Read more
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in Chicago / Illinois
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Clever Rabbit

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
209 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
  • Fit for Foodies
Clever Rabbit opened in Wicker Park a couple of years ago and most of the items on the menu are vegetarian or vegan. They serve dishes like carrot dumplings and braised mushroom feRead more
86% recommended
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Bad Hunter

$$$$·American·
West Loop
This place is not a dedicated vegan restaurant—they're mostly vegetarian, but they will throw some bacon on a veggie burger if someone asks. However, they do have plenty of dedicatRead more
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The Chicago Diner

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
The motto here is “Meat Free Since ‘83” and they sure do stick to it! Chicago Diner is a very casual spot but because they're one of the only true meatless dining destinations in tRead more
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