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.
Chicago, IL 60622
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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