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About Clever Rabbit

A veggie-centric restaurant within the heart of Wicker Park featuring thoughtfully sourced ingredients alongside an eclectic wine list and inventive cocktails.

2015 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Monday--Thurs 4:30 PM-10:00 PM
Fri- 4:30 PM-11:00 PM, Sat 10:00 AM -11:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM-10:00 PM

Cross Street:
Damen Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 697-8711

Website:
http://cleverrabbitchicago.com/

Executive Chef:
Matthew Lair

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Clever Rabbit Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (38)
Vegan (30)
Healthy (29)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Good for a Date (27)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Cozy (20)
Gluten Free Options (16)
Casual (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Organic (11)
Seasonal (11)
Fun (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Paleo Friendly (10)
Romantic (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Authentic (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Tapas (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Business Meals (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Clever Rabbit is the best vegetarian focused menu in Chicago! As always, Clever Rabbit delivers a well above expectation experience even on a busy Valentines Day evening! The staff modified a reservation with less than 2 hours of notice to increase the size of the dining group and had the table ready with no wait upon arrival within a busy dining room. The food was outstanding, and the service was highly attentive without being overbearing. Food highlights include the broccoli pate, the smoked carrots, and the carrot dumplings. Servers provide beer and cocktail recommendations well suited for the food courses, even as the menu changes frequently. The inventive food at a shockingly good price point makes Clever Rabbit a "must visit" restaurant even for dedicated carnivores.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Organic, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Maybe it was the 9:00 pm reservation time, or perhaps the bad weather made key people call off that evening, but our experience was not consistent with most reviews. We ordered 6 items: Fried Breakfast Radish, Broccoli Rillette, Harvest Salad, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli Gratin, and Eggplant Rotolo, plus a Chocolate Chip Cookie for dessert. While nothing was terrible, none of it was very memorable either. Many of the items lacked flavor (incidentally, we overheard diners at two adjacent tables also requesting salt & pepper) and/or were not hot when served. The highlight of the meal was the Breakfast Radish. The salad was soggy. The cheese on Broccoli Gratin was barely room temperature. The Eggplant Rotolo was loaded with turnips, not mentioned in the description, and wasn't to our taste. Even the Chocolate Chip Cookie, which the server warned us was hot and right out of the oven was cold in the middle. Again, we may have just visited at a bad time or on a bad night, but our experience was underwhelming.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Being vegetarian/vegan/gluten-/dairy-free in Chicago's midwest steakhouse restaurant scene is tough. I guess we had high hopes Clever Rabbit would be the missing link for our neighborhood spot to enjoy by ourselves and/or with friends. I'm sad to say we were disappointed.
The ambiance is nice. I wished the fake fire was real, as it was a cold snowy night, however I can imagine the garage doors opening to a happening city street during our short-lived summer months.
I was intrigued with the carrot margarita so I ordered that. It was good.
Our table felt misled about the proportions of items on the menu. There are ample vegetarian starters and shared side plates, yet there are no/limited veggie main dishes (which we know is a tough category to fulfill, though we were hopeful the vegetables would be freed from side-dish purgatory).
The kale salad was tasty. The carrot dumplings left something to be desired (I think they needed more carrot filling). The mushroom polenta lacked a bit of texture and taste. The brussels sprouts were a bit over-seasoned (salty?). A friend got the oolong angolotti as his main course and it was surprisingly small. I typically like small dishes, but having known its size ahead of time he may have ordered something else for his entree. My husband got the broccoli gratin and I was disappointed as we were sharing. It looked like they melted kraft cheese over the top of the broccoli. I ordered the eggplant rotolo and would go back for it. It was the best dish we ordered by far. I was bummed I had to share it.
With all the dishes we ordered we still had room for dessert. The desserts were great. But when sugar is the main ingredient it's hard not to like the way it tastes...
I would go back and try it for brunch, though I will have to convince my husband to join me.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Kid-friendly, Tapas, Good for a Date, Healthy, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

My husband chose Clever Rabbit for my birthday because of its vegetarian focus. It’s rare to find a quality veg restaurant and Clever Rabbit qualifies. Service was excellent and the food was unusual and delicious. I would recommend the sweet potatoes for sure. Will definitely go back.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellently prepared small plates. Two of us shared five plates with food leftover. The breakfast radish appetizer and brussel sprouts were excellent. The staff was courteous, well-trained and knowledgeable. Given that I am gluten sensitive, I appreciated that the menu clearly classified each item as gluten free, nondairy, vegetarian, and/or vegan.

I highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

amazing! we tried the restaurant week food options and i have to say all the vegan options beat out the other dishes. They were all so tasty and unique! We have been to alot of vegan/veg restaurants and this was our favorite! loved the matcha cookie for dessert at the end.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful restaurant, great service, and amazing food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

What I liked the most was how they checked for food allergies up front and helped guide us on the choices. My date has a ton of items to avoid, yet we were able to pick out a number of great choices. The food was superb and creative.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was very good. Unfortunately, we barely saw our waitress so ordering more food/drinks was a pain.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing drinks and vegetarian dishes!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food overall. Everything on the menus looked great and every one at our table enjoyed their food. Great service and great food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo it was great

Tags: Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2018

This place didn't get great reviews when it opened so, even though I walk by all the time, I had never gone in. I loved it! I think it's way better than a similar concept in the west loop. Portions are appropriately sized, the waitress was very accommodating of diets/allergies and the food was great. Good wine list too.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We very much enjoyed our first visit to Clever Rabbit. Most dishes are for designed for sharing. Each dish was very satisfying and a creative (but still normal) take on tastes and flavors. It was reasonably priced and a vibrant atmosphere on a Friday night in a very chilly Chicago winter.

I would recommend this place for a date or group. There were plenty of both around the restaurant and everyone seemed to be having a good time. The cocktails are also very good and the place is definitely vegetable forward with well less than half of the dishes containing meat.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food and cocktails. Girlfriends and I had brunch. Left full but not stuffed. Vegan, vegetarian options available which makes this place even better!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Absolutely loved Clever Rabbit! While it's very vegetable-focused, all the options were very filling and different (carrot dumplings?! yum!) It was a different take on veggies and the cocktail list was incredible - highly recommend the carrot margarita and the drink with matcha in it. I will be going back!

Tags: Cozy, Organic, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Came here for brunch on a snowy Saturday morning. Everything was excellent! There are a lot of vegetarian options, but also dishes for meat lovers.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The food was amazing, the drinks were delicious, the service was outstanding. This is one of my favorite spots.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Good concept but poor execution, missed the mark - food was cooked unevenly and 4/4 dishes from our table were WAY oversalted...the point of being inedible.

Drinks were decent but service was lacking. All in all - not worth the high prices.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

another wonderful meal at this new(ish) neighborhood gem. quite cold sitting at the front of the restaurant (kept our coats on for part of the meal) but other than that very tasty - my parents were in town visiting and loved it!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Hungry Rabbit always delivers an amazing experience. The ingredients are high quality and the seasoning is perfect. Each dish is unique in taste and texture. The service is not rushed and perfectly timed. Ask the server to deliver the courses as recommended by the chef for an even better experience. Do not hesitate to reserve a 5:30pm table before a 7:30pm Bulls or Blackhawks game. You will have a great meal at a much better value than a bar in the West Loop, and your companions will be talking about the meal for weeks to follow.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

would come back just for the atmosphere! they played a lot of Queen & Bowie that night, which was fun. burger was incredible- would also recommend the carrot margarita. server was sweet and attentive. we weren't fans of the coffee (dark matter) but waitress took it off our bill. overall wonderful experience.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

It was delicious. It was very reasonable and service was great.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Organic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went for brunch. Was very hopefully but wasn't impressed. Food was underseasoned and overpriced.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food in a comfortable ambiance. I love the emphasis on gf and v options.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for NYE with a small group. Small plates to share. Food was DELISH and different. It’s known to be a vegetarian restaurant, but had a few non-veg options. Im not a vegetarian by loved every single dish. Server was great and personable. Would definitely recommend Clever Rabbit to a friend. A must-check-out!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Most dishes are meant to be shared, which was fun. The menu is very creative, with a lot of interesting flavor combinations. For example, it would have been easy (and obvious) for them to serve their carrot dumplings with a brown sugar butter sauce, but instead they went with a sesame ginger sauce, which made the whole dish lighter and allowed the subtle carrot flavors really come through. And, although it seems like everyone has a kale salad on the menu these days, theirs was really delicious - definitely a cut above the rest. All in all, we were very impressed and will definitely go back again. This is also a really good option for mixed groups of vegetarians and non-vegetarians because there's something for everyone here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were interested in getting out of our neighborhood (river north) & trying something new. We're both vegetarians. We were incredibly impressed with Clever Rabbit's menu, selection, variety, & drinks. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu offering suggestions & drinks. We'll definitely be back to enjoy the great food & atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Vegan, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food! Love the ambience. Servers were very helpful. Will def be back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Highly recommended! The dishes were unusual/interesting in a very good way and the presentation was visually appealing. Great flavors, amazing service and the new benchmark for a chicken dish.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

great food and great service. just a bit to loud!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We enjoyed it very much. So wonderful to have a veggie centric restaurant that doesn't rely on fake meat, but makes use of the almighty vegetable. We had trouble choosing what to order because it all sounded awesome. We will be back!

Tags: Cozy, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Romantic, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Good place to eat! Food is delicious and service was very nice

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great spot on division to get food you would otherwise associate with a restaurant in the West Loop. Incredible selections for vegetarians and a decent supply of meat options for those who would rather go that route. And an incredible wine list to boot!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Solid cocktails, good wine selection. Definitely recommend pairing a salad with a main for sharing--think the burger. Was disappointed with the Brussels sprouts, but recommend the carrot dumplings.

Tags: Healthy, Happy Hour, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Truly my favorite place to go to these days. Authentic, healthy, beautiful yet non-pretentious place with great music playing that is not so loud that you can't converse. I love the fact this this vegetable forward (truly delicious and creative vegetable dishes) has one of the best burgers and roasted chicken dishes I've had.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Must have gotten this place on an off night. Everything we ordered on this visit was either bad or average. Best item was the burger but the bun was soggy. My husband and I went a few months back and had great dishes, so it seems to be hit or miss.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food delicious vegan options yummy cocktails! Definitely will be back ! Service was superb.

Tags: Vegan, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Fun, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was excellent. Had an 8:15 reservation and was not seated until 9:30. Had drinks at the bar which were comped. Restaurant was busy; however, 1:15 minute wait with a reservation was disappointing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

What a great find. Can't wait to go back for other food items!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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