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Indie Cafe

4.1
4.1
39 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
The key to Indie Cafe’s success is simple cuisine, elegantly prepared. Chef Iggy Waranon's dishes feature a dynamic combination of savory Thai and simple Japanese cuisine, with an emphasis on the original flavor of the fresh ingredients. Fresh and seasonal fish is often touched by cilantro-infused oils, miso dressing, and Asian citrus for pop and personality. Indie Cafe's fun, casual, and modern Asian interior also lends itself to a comfortable and cozy night with friends. Before the rolls arrive, order up a Ginger or Lychee Martini to whet the appetite. Oh—and for an added bonus, they’re mere steps from the beach.Best New Restaurants, Chicago magazine
America's Top Japanese Restaurants, 2008 Zagat

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Thai, Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 561-5111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Iggy Ake

  • Private party contact

    Gui: (773) 561-5111

  • Neighborhood

    Edgewater

  • Cross street

    Thorndale

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    CTA red line - Thorndale station

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz, once a month.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 39 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. D

    Deniseh

    Chicago

    109 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood place fun and large but consistently good food.
  2. e

    elizab

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2015

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Discovered this by accident and so glad I did. BYOB and a bar!
  3. DM

    DanielM

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2015

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    My wife and I come to Indie Cafe on a fairly regular basis, a few times a year for the last 6 or 7 years. It's our favorite restaurant for sushi because it has the right blend of quality preparation, fantastic atmosphere and friendly service. What was once a local secret has become very popular and it shows in the amount of activity you'll typically find there on a weekend evening. It's to their credit that the folks at Indie have managed to preserve the aforementioned characteristics that made us like them in the first place, even as their business has expanded.
  4. EG

    EGJean

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed a fun double date at Indie on a Saturday night. The service was very good, as usual, and the food was delicious, as usual. We introduced our friends to Indie and bet they'll be back as well.
  5. CZ

    CindyZ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I lived in chi over 5 years ago and used to visit Indie 2-3 times a week easy. As soon as I planned a trip bank to visit this was the first place we had dinner. Good and qualify still amazing
  6. c

    curlyhead

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Service was friendly and attentive. My dinner mates liked our one sushi roll but I was just medium. The shrimp and eggplant skewers were excellent. The shrimp had a nice curry sauce. We also had a seafood noodle dish that was quite good. I would definitely go back.
  7. Y

    Yummy

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2015

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We just moved to the area and have eaten there 12 plus times in 3 months. We bring all our friends there as their is a food choice for all and they have great wines to chose from. Our last visit was not so perfect. Saturday night and we were the last guests. I guess they wanted us out as it was 945pm-We still were finishing drinks and dinner. Out came the bleach cleaning stuff. They did not care we were finishing what we thought was a fun dining experience with friends. We were embarrassed as we bragged about this spot how amazing and fun it is. Go early to avoid early saturday night clean up-bad smell does not work with bottle of wine! We will try again as we like food, while we search for new spots in the area.
  8. J

    Jspi

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    This is my group of four friends "go to" spot for neighborhood sushi and pan-Asian cuisine. The restaurant was recently renovated to include a sushi bar in the dining room. Comfortable decor and a very low $2.50 per person corkage for BYOB with a convenient wine shop next door. (free corkage at lunch) The appetizers and salads are always great and the menu is extensive, allowing many visits without getting tired of the great food. They also have carry out available. The food comes out as it's ready, which makes for a somewhat uneven dining experience, but if you are with friends, it really doesn't matter too much, since you can share with each other, until all in the group have their choices.
  9. DM

    DanielM

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2014

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    My wife and I love this place and have been going for years. The service and sushi is always good, though what I like the most is the atmosphere and the typical clientele; nicely decorated, relaxed and fun.
  10. N

    Nicefrance

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food is beautifully presented and very high quality. Drinks including wine are low priced for a restaurnant of this style and ambience. Attentive service.
  11. JH

    JohnH

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2014

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    I discovered Indie Cafe recently. I had gone by it many times and never stopped in and when I did, I thought, "Why didn't I do this sooner?" I asked my boyfriend where he'd like to go for his birthday. He suggested Indie Cafe. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed this time. I had the spring roll and the broccoli peapod with chicken entree, and a mojito (with sake) and vanilla mochi ice cream. The drink & dessert were FABULOUS...nice take on the mojito! What was "off" for me was the appetizer and entree. Both were a bit bland, and my bf said the same thing about his entree (chicken teriyaki). I've had the spring rolls before, but never the entree. I was surprised, because usually this place rocks (different chef that night?).
  12. g

    genkins

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We found Indie not too long after we moved to the area back in 2002. Indie is amazing. Seriously. It's amazing. It's the best Thai food I have had and I have a lot of Thai food. They also have Japanese food. Their Japanese food is amazing. You know... Maki rolls, Sashimi and Nigiri? Yeah, it's amazing too. Seriously. It's amazing.
  13. L

    Luv2eat

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Indie had good service and very tasty food. Interesting, they had a wine list, but also allowed BYOB at an inexpensive price. Restaurant is right next to a wine shop also! :)
  14. M

    Msprairie

    Chicago

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    There are lots of mediocre Thai joints. This is not one. The service was great. The food was outstanding. My husband always orders pad Thai the first time, he figures if they can't get that right. Why bother. He said it was the best he's had since Arun's I had a curry and it was so good. The shared two appetizers as well. The staff was attentive and accommodated some special requests!! I'll be back!!also did I mention price was right!!
  15. A

    Amazingdinner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a delicious dinner here with a friend who was visiting from out of town. The food was super yummy - we especially enjoyed the V tempura roll and the pad thai. Prices were very reasonable as well, for both food and alcohol. Would definitely go back!
  16. S

    Shruthi

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    For all those vegetarians who have not found alot of options to try out Japanese rolls, Indie cafe is a great option. We tried mango roll, asparagus tempura roll, sweet potato tempura roll and tofu teriyaki. They had a decent set of selections with vegetarian options. We also tried plum wine and iced ginger dragon drink. All of these were were pretty good.
  17. d

    dsg1110

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2014

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    I went there with two friends to celebrate Valentine's Day. It took 90 minutes to get our sushi - they did mention it was on back-order but we had no idea it would be taking that long. We saw two tables just get up and leave because they weren't greeted by a waitress within 30 minutes of their arrival. It seemed that Indie Cafe wasn't prepared to handle a fully-booked restaurant on Friday, February 14.
  18. VV

    VixenVee

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I had no idea that Indie had a liquor license (had not been there in a while). They actually have great wine and sake choices at reasonable prices. Not your everyday cheap, retail commodity wine choices, either.
  19. DM

    DanielM

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I've been coming to Indie Cafe for several years, having lived in the Edgewater neighborhood for a time. I'm always pleasantly surprised when I come back to Indie after an extended period, to rediscover how consistently good the food and service is there. For this reason, it is frequently my "go too" spot for friends who have never been there before; I know that they'll have a good experience. Not surprisingly, it frequently becomes the "go-to" spot for friends who have been there before!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2013

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food is always great at Indie Cafe. I tried a new dish this time and it was perfect and my new favorite dish there. It was the smokey shrimp dish with chicken - amazing. I left there already craving it. Love Indie Cafe - the wait staff was also attentive and patient with our group of six. Indie Cafe is just great all around. Thanks!
  21. V

    Vicalicous

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a group of six, celebrating birthdays and enjoying one another's company. The atmosphere was fantastic, the food is always so delicious and we especially loved the crabmeat rangoon, Thai Basil and Pad See Ew. Oh, the Edamame was great, too. Thanks. : )
  22. R

    Rckbk

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2013

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Have been to Indie Cafe many times and am never disappointed. Went this time with my sister and her friend and my sister commented that the food was even better than the last time she was there. Our waitress spoke very broken english, which isn't a problem, but it seemed as though it kept her from explaining anything. It was crowded on a Friday night and energetic, which works for me, but can be noisy for others. I order carry out from Indie also because I live nearby and I'm never disappointed. I always get the spring rolls, vegetable egg rolls and the Basil Chicken and Drunken Noodles.
  23. b

    bannebo

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I have eaten at Indie for lunch before and it's a great, attentive lunch spot with lots of vegetarian options. This reservation was for Valentine's Day with my husband and we had a great date with delicious pad thai and sweet potato tempura maki, all for a very affordable price! Also great that it's BYOB and right next to the grocery and liquor store.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2013

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    I like Indie Cafe but the service is not very good. Often, our meals arrive at different times. There were four of us and we all waited until the last arrived, my meal was getting cold. It's very inexpensive so, but, if you want really good service, it is not the place to go.
  25. A

    Anne

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2013

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The servers were very pleasant, but a little slow toward the end. Had to cancel my dessert order because we finally had to leave. My husband's orange shrimp was very good, we liked having the option of brown rice. My teriyaki salmon was just ok. The salmon seemed like it had been around awhile, although we were eating early. The meal was not hot enough (temperature.)
  26. MC

    MichaelC

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2013

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Speedy service, but with a little bit of a language barrier. Generous portion sizes. Large and diverse menu but quality not lost.
  27. H

    Hunger

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I always come here for lunch since my school is really close by. Their crab rang goons are the best. I love their sushi too! Mod X maki & crazy hand roll. I love how they have belly rewards.
  28. h

    halbermole

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Indie is indeed a neighborhood gem. My partner and I dine there regularly. Food is beautifully presented, always tastes fresh and is consistently enjoyable. Furthermore, you simply can't beat it for value. It used to be BYOB but now they have a remarkably good wine list curated by the sommelier from Arun's at a ridiculously affordable price point. Also, it should be noted that they have a very efficient, speedy, courteous and reliable delivery service!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2012

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    we chose this spot for its convenience to the Broadway Armory, as a pre event dinner. It was very good. The ambience is very hipster with cool anime and asian influenced wall art as well as nicely appointed tables, which are reasonably distanced from one another. The menu is very large and consists of both Japanese and Thai favorites. Service was a little slow, but we had allowed plenty of time, so not a problem. The server was very polite, and knowledgable. Portions were large. I had Panang curry. It was very tasty and not too spicy. Jasmine rice was perfectly cooked. Reasonable wine list , by the glass, as well. We parked right on the street , metered, in front of the restaurant. would highly recommend this gem to all.
  30. A

    Anna

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2012

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Whenever we want a special family night out we head to Indie Cafe from Evanston. The sushi is creative and delicious as are the Thai entrees.
  31. M

    Mike

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Was pretty slow for a Saturday evening but it was still early. Server was great and food was amazing. Their Crab Ragoons are to die for. My sushi was fantastic and my dining companions got regular entrees and they loved them. I just wish the edemame was served a little hotter and with more sea salt. Fantastic job!! Take out was BUSY
  32. c

    chicagocooks

    Chicago

    141 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    141 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The salads, curry, and noodle dishes were all delicious!
  33. k

    kate

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2012

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    each time i visit indie i am blown away by their food! the panang curry is to die for.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food - the curries are delicious. The wine list has a great selection at amazing prices - we were very happy with our Syrah and what a great price!!
  35. P

    Phoebe60093

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Indie Cafe is one of our favorite restaurants. We have been going there for years and have never been disappointed. The food is always delicious and the staff is always warm and inviting. We especially like the signature sushi rolls with their great presentations, the curry dishes and the crazy basil fried rice. Go with friends and plan to share.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2012

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    We enjoy going to Indie Cafe because of the service and food. The only negative thing that I would like to add is, I requested a special table and they did not get it on the reservation according to the hostess but they ended up making it right!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2012

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    normally a great place with descent service, although the waitresses are never great. Food is always very good. This time the service was worse than horrible. We were a party of 10. The first thing she said to us after sitting there for 10 minutes was "do you want appetizers?". We said "well we'd like to order drinks first". This just seemed to annoy her. When the drinks came, she put the tray down and handed the drinks to one person to pass down. She did this with drinks, food, plates, etc all throughout the meal.
  38. g

    genkins

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Wife and I have Indie Cafe on our top 10 restaurants list for quite a few years now. This place has amazing Thai and Sushi! Never disappoints! They are still BYOB too.
  39. d

    dalicious58

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A fantastic neighborhood eatery, great options for asian dishes, fast and friendly service.

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Indie Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Indie Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 561-5111.

Indie Cafe is rated 4.1 stars by 39 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Thorndale

  • Neighborhood

    Edgewater

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Thai, Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    CTA red line - Thorndale station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Iggy Ake

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz, once a month.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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