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Spirit Elephant, Winnetka, IL

Spirit Elephant

4.7
4.7
1154 Reviews
$30 and under
Vegan
Spirit Elephant is the only plant-based restaurant and bar on Chicago's North Shore. We elevate and showcase local and seasonal vegetables into approachable, but globally-influenced cuisine in a beautiful space. We celebrate living deliciously while making a difference. Eat plants, feel beautiful.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 85 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Vegan, Cocktail Bar, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Thu, Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (847) 348-9000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Neighborhood

    Winnetka

  • Cross street

    Tower Rd and Gage St

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Hubbard Woods Train Station off the Metra Union Pacific North line

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,154 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • North Suburbs

    Great for brunch

  • North Suburbs

    Healthy

  • North Suburbs

    Hot spot

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great tasty food and unique
  2. M

    Manofsimpletastes

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch choices
  3. JG

    JaniceG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    All good. Been at SE 3 times and haven't been disappointed at all. Keep up the good work. One item -- I did request a quiet booth, but none available but found quiet spot in bar by front windows, so all good!
  4. L

    Luv2eat

    New York Area

    132 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    132 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. The brussel sprouts were the best I ever had. The cauliflower wings were delicious.
  5. J

    Javier

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vegan they even a meat liver would eat. Kendall, the bartender, is helpful, engaging, and knowledgeable about the menu.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was friendly, the food was amazing and the restaurant is beautiful!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service…
  8. MM

    MMChi80

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambience-extensive menu which, although full of vegetarian options, was pleasing to everyone regardless of dietary restrictions.
  9. g

    greengoodness

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food at Spirit Elephant. Always great service and interesting vegan options.
  10. c

    ctgal

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was our first visit and we enjoyed it very much . Food delicious but very noisy.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice good food
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and the food was superb! We had the Cauli-Wings and Tuna Tacos to start. Loved both. Especially, the cauliflower wings. For dessert, the brownies were delicious. And we enjoyed our entrees but the menu is filled with so many options that sound wonderful. We'll definitely be back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved Spirit Elephant. I am not vegan or vegetarian, a friend made the plans and I loved it! All of the food was delicious and the ambience is Terri too!
  14. DR

    DeborahR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!! Would never guess it's Vegan!!
  15. C

    Cindy

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can recommend the whole menu! Everything we had was terrific. It's definitely a favorite place of ours.
  16. D

    Dima

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food and atmosphere. We came with our friends who are vegan, and it was their first visit to Spirit Elephant and they were very impressed.
  17. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Sandra was unfriendly and inattentive. The music was much too loud. The food was delicious. The cocktails were excellent. The bus boys were polite and friendly.
  18. JR

    JRoman

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    BBQ cauliwings, southwest egg rolls, and calamari fitting were 10/10s. Would definitely order again and makes me excited to try other appetizers. They were all well seasoned. The Jorge's Burger was good, fries could have used salt and pepper. The Portobello Piccata sauce was a bit salty. It tasted fine with the mashed potatoes. Would give the entrees another try, but only after trying other entrees.
  19. A

    Ania

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time coming to Spitit Elephant and we loved it! Kendal served us both times at the bar when we came and made sure we enjoyed everything. Service 100/10!
  20. RL

    RobL

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our second time here and it didn’t disappoint. Everything was delicious and the service was wonderful. At one point, the Assistant Manager stopped by our table and she couldn’t have been nicer. We were celebrating a birthday and they brought us a dessert with a candle. All in all, a wonderful dining experience and I look forward to returning.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wanted to introduce my sister to this awesome restaurant and SE did not disappoint. Great service and outstanding food. We had the beet salad, tuna tacos and Pad Thai. Super delicious and well presented, as always. I drove in from the city to eat here, if it was closer I’d eat here every day!
  22. KA

    KATIE

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The restaurant exceeded my expectations for both food and vibe!
  23. WW

    WendyW

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our first time here. The food was really good. Wish we could have had dessert, but we ate too much! Our sever was nice, but not particularly attentive. We will definitely be going back, though. Lots to try.
  24. KM

    KimberleyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Staff very attentive and friendly! Food was excellent and unique.
  25. JF

    JackieF

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is only my second visit, but once again, the food and service was exceptional. And once again, I visited with an omni friend who loved it as well!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came at such a busy time but food came out so quick and was delicious! My favorite spot in this area. Service was great and the place was beautiful!
  27. LG

    LisaG

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food!!!!!!
  28. KD

    KDawg703

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    In a party of 3, one loved the food, one liked it, and one did not (me). I found the texture of each dish to be off, which I would generally describe as gummy. I have been a vegetarian for over 30 years, and I would not go back. However, ambience and service were great.
  29. KM

    KarenM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place and it was the 1st time we had lunch there and it was great, really good selection from huge entree style salads to gnocchi, burgers, pulled portobello bbq sandwiches, BLT’s, green curry and so much more: And the appetizers! A bowl of buffalo cauliflower and a cup of tea! - perfect lunch!
  30. P

    Petersen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    usually amazing...but last night not so much. green curry bowl was a bit mushy. i'll still go back!
  31. S

    Santa123

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another phenomenal experience at the best restaurant on the NorthShore. Everything on the menu, cocktails included, is excellent.
  32. CS

    ChiShakes

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Daughter came for a visit
  33. R

    Rick

    Chicago

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good food. I wish there were something like wall hangings to cut down on the noise a bit.
  34. DB

    DonalB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambiance. Great service. Food was delicious and interesting. Highly recommend.
  35. RG

    RG6060

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to spend an evening eating, drinking, and catching up with friends!
  36. IA

    IAnn

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Food was mediocre - Minestrone just ok. Marinara flatbread Was too well done, spicy, ‘meat’ was hard and crumbly. Not at all impressed. Not sure if I will return. Other ratings have said too many fried foods. Nothing innovated or interesting
  37. SD

    SofiaD

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar staff is the best! Food is always amazing
  38. S

    Sydney

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for a Birthday dinner and was not disappointed in any way. Service was excellent and the food was spot on delicious!!!
  39. LS

    LS17

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service, delicious food. Very accommodating for allergies.
  40. CG

    ClareG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Finally, a vegan place with actually satisfying options besides a veggie burger. 10/10

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Spirit Elephant using the Order Online button. Spirit Elephant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 348-9000.

Spirit Elephant is rated 4.7 stars by 1154 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 85 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Spirit Elephant

924 Green Bay Rd, Winnetka, IL 60093-1719

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Tower Rd and Gage St

  • Neighborhood

    Winnetka

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Thu, Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Vegan, Cocktail Bar, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Hubbard Woods Train Station off the Metra Union Pacific North line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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