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Spirit Elephant, Winnetka, IL

Spirit Elephant

4.8
4.8
968 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 69 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

    Thu, Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 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 968 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Healthy

  • North Suburbs

    Best Overall

  • North Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • North Suburbs

    Fit for Foodies

  • North Suburbs

    Healthy

  • North Suburbs

    Most Booked

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  1. t

    tobyg

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Birthday celebration
  2. AK

    AbiK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything we tried tasted better than expected! Both food and drinks were exceptional.
  3. CR

    CarrieR

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful restaurant with amazing vegan food and great service. Very loud in the dining room but other than that we loved it!
  4. M

    Mary

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Loved the entrees Pad Thai and Green Curry bowls. The shredded brussel sprout salad was okay, a little dry and not much flavor. The Margaritas were very good. Service by Dana was excellent
  5. P

    Prime1

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It seems like not as much care is going into the food. Appetizers seem to be slightly undercooked. The food has been just ok my last couple visits.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! We loved the food
  7. E

    Elesdee

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It doesn’t matter what your eating preferences are. Spirit Elephant is just good food! The staff couldn’t have done it better and it’s a really comfortable atmosphere. I’m looking forward to coming back, and would recommend this place to anyone.
  8. HP

    HPdiner

    Chicago

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    This was my first visit with my son who keeps kosher. The food was amazing. We shared the calamari. He had the Carne Asada tacos and I had the vegieplant. Both were outstanding. Cant wait to go back.
  9. BL

    BonnieL

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is fresh and delicious! The wait staff is very attentive and knowledgeable!
  10. CL

    ChristinaL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great atmosphere. All plant based food but your non vegan friends and family will not be disappointed.
  11. LS

    LaurenS

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best vegan dishes in the Chicago area
  12. o

    operagoer

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed yet another great meal and evening with a long-time friend. Thank you!
  13. AR

    ARCJC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Awesome restaurant! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
  14. JS

    JoanS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely casual atmosphere, very helpful wait staff, and delicious food.
  15. H

    Hasufel

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Flatbread was dry and cauliflower was undercooked. Staff provided exemplary service and were welcoming.
  16. H

    Hector

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, flavor and great service are a constant here! One of the best fine vegan choices in the city of Chicago!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as usual
  18. JD

    JolieD

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything about this restaurant. The food, the decor and the kindness.
  19. r

    regulardiner

    Chicago

    121 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Booked because of outdoor seating. Had to wait a bit past our time so they could seat us at a 2 top even though a few 4 tops were open and they had our reservation. Staff was friendly and fairly efficient. Drinks were good. Food was meh. Wife’s salad was salty. My non-meat meatloaf was small dense and hard to eat. Won’t be back anytime soon.
  20. l

    lorir

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious vegan food! Always love coming here. It will not disappoint.
  21. M

    Marvin1

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great lunch with 2 teenagers who were trying a vegan restaurant for the first time. Food was great and the terrace was a lovely environment for a relaxed lunch. Thoroughly recommend, even for the traditional burger and fries lovers out there!
  22. JH

    JasonH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! A true culinary experience ! I’m not vegan/vegetarian but 2 others in my party were and we all loved everything!
  23. MZ

    MartyZ

    Mexico City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I’m not vegan or vegetarian but the food is so good. Pad Thai , Cali wings and great desserts
  24. M

    Mandy

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have a ton of dietary restrictions and they were SO accommodating. And the food is delicious (even my meat-eating friends loved it)!
  25. GW

    GailW

    Puerto Vallarta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Nice place to try if you are thinking of branching out. Beautiful outdoor space. A bit over priced.
  26. JC

    JC24

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent vegan food and atmosphere. I highly recommend.
  27. CD

    ChavezD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I love the place and Service. The food was delicious. The only thing I didn't love was the cheese cake.
  28. DO

    DOCAM

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food - always amazed at how the textures have been recreated using plant-based products.
  29. ME

    MElster

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I LOVE their food. Best menu. Everything is delicious.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    food was excellent. The outdoor patio was not that appealing. I looks and feels more like parking lot that it was.

    Spirit ElephantResponded on July 19, 2022We completely agree that it is due for an upgrade and we are psyched to announce that will be happening in 2022...stay tuned! :) Thank you so much for your review!

  31. c

    carolf

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My vegan meatloaf bougignon was excellent
  32. L

    Lora

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good. The food is amazing and the ambience and service are great every time.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. I'm hardly vegan, but this food would certainly make one thi k twice.
  34. DW

    DanaW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    I’ve been twice and I wish the dishes has more fresh vegetables in them. It’s pricey too.
  35. KA

    KellyA

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, beautiful meal!
  36. DS

    DavidS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, Spirit Elephant was a great overall experience.
  37. S

    Sammy

    Chicago

    62 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Ambience is excellent but noise level is unacceptably high. The food is creative and outstanding. Although the service was ridiculously slow (waited more than 15 minutes before the waiter approached us for a drink order) the server was helpful in describing the various menu choices. Also took an unreasonably long time to process credit card payment.

    Spirit ElephantResponded on July 19, 2022We are so sorry to hear about the noise level. We are always looking for ways to increase our guests comfort so we appreciate you letting us know and we will also address the wait times--that's far too long. Thank you so much for the feedback! Warmly, team Spirit

  38. CJ

    ChuckJ

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, our dinner was great! Service was great>
  39. B

    Billy

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow. My second time and it won’t be the last! I’ve now tried different appetizers and entrees and they exceeded my expectations every time! Who knew vegan could be this amazing?
  40. GF

    GFVegan

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I've wanted to check out this restaurant since first reading about it a few years ago. My sister and I were going to be in the area so we booked a table. We tried 5 different things on the menu. Two were fabulous, two were good and one was "eh." We want to go back and order different things to taste test them, next!

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 4.8 stars by 968 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 69 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

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