Clever Rabbit

4.5
209 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table

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A veggie-centric restaurant within the heart of Wicker Park featuring thoughtfully sourced ingredients alongside an eclectic wine list and inventive cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Farm-to-table
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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
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Phone number
(773) 697-8711
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Brandon Gross
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Cross street
Damen Ave
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
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1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place was great! All the recommendations our server furnished us with were excellent, and the ambiance was amazing.

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p
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great vibe, cool bar, love the decor. The food for brunch was creative, healthy (mostly!) and delicious. Lots of good choices for diet challenges like gluten, dairy and vegetarian. Our waitress seemed a little spacey, but the rest of the service was on point. The music is loud enough (or we were just under a speaker) that we had to talk louder than normal to be heard amongst our group. Overall, great meal and we'd visit again!

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T
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Setting was very fun. Great for my vegetarian friend and for me the non-vegetarian. Prices were very reasonable. Great combo of veggies and fish etc Loved it. People were all so nice!!

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Felt very rushed. Little to no time between dishes. We weren’t finished with starters when entree rolled out.

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DJ
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. Had never been to Clever Rabbit before but will definitely go back. Great cocktails and wine list. Our server was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. And the music was great too!

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MB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delighted by the vegetarian options at Clever Rabbit - lots of creativity and excellent mixing of flavors. Recommend the sharing platter of the many appetizers and spreads to sample the full diversity on offer. One or two duds on the rest of the menu, but overall we were impressed!

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MD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really incredible unique dining. The octopus was amazing. All the veggie dishes were amazing. Very good!!

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AG
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here with my partner and my grandparents. My grandparents are Chicagoans originally but recently moved to Alabama. They were in town visiting and instead of indulging in the usual spots to satisfy their craving for familiar food, we decided to come here for something different. My partner and I try to eat vegetarian as much as we can and we heard good things about Clever Rabbit from friends.
We ordered some cocktails- carrot margaritas, a regular margarita, the watcher, an old fashioned. My grandpa ordered a regular margarita and said it was just okay but he really enjoyed the carrot one he ordered after tasting one of ours. We ordered the fried radishes, brussel sprouts, carrot dumplings, sweet potatoes, pig ear pasta, and tuna. We also got the carrot cake for dessert (the olive oil jam is pure genius). Everything we ate was delicious. Table favorites: the fried radishes, brussel sprouts, carrot dumplings, and pig ear pasta. The pig ear pasta was again quite delicious but we felt that for our table of 4, it could have been a slightly bigger portion by maybe 3-4 more pieces of pasta. I personally loved the tuna and it was sliced beautifully. The service was super friendly. Our server Hector was perfectly attentive but not too overbearing or pushy. We left feeling full and satisfied, but not overly stuffed, which was great. My grandpa loved it so much he took the food and cocktail menus home to try to replicate the recipes at home ha! I can't wait to come back and try the brunch menu. Thanks for a great evening!

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LG
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I don't eat meat and there were more than the usual vegetarian and vegan options. Service was excellent. Really liked the carrot orange mimosas.

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s
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere and delicious food. LOVED the carrot margarita!

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AS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Drinks and ambience were great! Would go again for drinks. Food was less than spectacular. We just did appetizers and ordered cauliflower and chickpea based dishes. Honestly didn’t think the food was good or worth the price.

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JB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Clever Rabbit was wonderful! All of the plates are meant for sharing and trying new foods. The vibes had a pretty, rocker, slight Nashville feel that we were all totally on board with. Will absolutely return and recommend.

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BN
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here twice, and have had a great experience both times. The menu is very vegatable focused, but is really delicious and creative. They also have some really great meat options...the burger and the calamari are both fantastic. The space has a cool vibe, and the service was friendly and attentive. We will be coming back.

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KT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I'll start by saying our server was absolutely fantastic!

The food...... less so... We had the harvest salad which was fine, then got the brussel sprouts. The sprouts were listed under "vegetable" and we thought they'd be halved and roasted or sauteed. Instead they were a salad - an undressed and unseasoned salad. It was basically eating raw shredded brussel sprouts... we sent that back. Next we got the fried radish under "spreads" because we were intrigued. It was literally fried radishes with an herb butter.. no bread or anything. Turns out, when radishes are fried they just become a sponge for the grease. very unpleasant and we sent that back as well.

The wine was good. I will not be back.

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OT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Brussels sprout salad was delicious. Carrot dumplings were deep fried balls of dough and disappointing. Cauliflower was tasty and good value but needed salt and lemon. Service was poor.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Its decent. 3/5 for sure, I personally can find better nearby.

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YK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great customer service, great staff, amazing food!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was again, mediocre at best. Bland and uninspired... again.

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s
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not the most creative vegetable-forward joint in Chicago, but worth a spin! Their cocktails are good fun. Food was solid, but not mind-blowing.

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YG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service and the carrot marg was a delicioys surprise. 10/10 would return.

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SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

I have been to Clever Rabbit multiple times in the past. This last visit was extremely disappointing and don't expect to go back

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great! Atmosphere is wonderful. Healthy family style dishes. We had the brussel sprouts, cauliflower, octopus and trout. The trout was our favorite! Great service as well.

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C
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for Brunch and enjoyed the sweet potato pancakes. Wasn't the most memorable meal I have had but was just a solid brunch. Also incredibly kid friendly with plenty of space to navigate a stroller. Excellent and worth trying if you are in the neighborhood

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V
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wait staff continues to be friendly, helpful, and kind. Great menu full of "healthy-ish" & delicious dishes.

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Brunch was not memorable and kind of pricey. I liked the dinner there better!

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OT
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this great Wicker Park restaurant. Cocktails are fun including the carrot margarita. Love the board of appetizers. And we shared almost all the Vegetable options. Super yummy, especially the cauliflower.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great creative flavors of seasonal food. 100% would go again

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e
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised with the flavors and textures of food, as I recently am trying to eat vegan. Would definitely visit again and recommend to friends.

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D
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love this place

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AR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with a vegetarian focus!! We had the broccoli gratin, pig ear pasta, Brussels sprouts, carrot dumplings and mushroom polenta terrine. The menu changes so make sure to look before you go but it was all delicious! The plates are a little small so you might want two!

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was too salty

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D
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Definitely a cool spot. The service was excellent. The food was good; bigger portions than I anticipated, which was actually nice for a change. Good spirits list with good mezcal selections. Good spot to bring a date or just hang out and eat and drink.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good. Was a little confused if this was a small plates or bit. Decided the portions we're too big to be small plates and to small for entree. But very good and excellent drinks.

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KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to Clever Rabbit and my first as a new transplant to Chicago. I can't fault the service or the food we ordered - both were outstanding, our server was happy to share tips about the menu (which she knew back to front) and Chicago life, the carrot dumplings and tomato confit were incredible. Just wish there were some more hearty Vegan options on the menu, a delicious pasta or something more filling which tended only to be the non-vegetable offerings.

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s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and nice menu for sharing. Lots of veggie options!

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MJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Most of what we ordered was spectacular. I'm vegetarian, but even my devoted carnivore friend enjoyed the food. Some of the portions were tinier than I would have expected (even knowing that we were getting small plates), but the service, bread and drinks more than made up for it.

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PH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sweet potatoes were amazing, don't miss those. I love the variety of veggies on the menu. There is a variety of options available without the menu being overwhelming.

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S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We were seated promptly and served efficiently. The food was good and portion sizes for brunch were big.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn’t know about the Clever Rabbit until I saw a posting about it for this years Chicago Restaurant week... I was blown away! I booked a table for my wife and I to enjoy for her birthday and we were elated by the experience and the kindness of the staff; they really brought a level of exuberance that was refreshing and appreciated.

Top 5 Meal of my entire life!

Thank you for an amazing meal!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal with lots of veggies in a cool setting! They have fish and chicken dishes alongside a great selection of vegetarian items. Our group of 4 shared a handful of the veggie dishes and a salad and all left content. They have unique cocktails, but most seemed light or sweet rather than spirit forward. The value was pretty good, not overly expensive for the quality.

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