Amitabul

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 44 reviews )
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6207 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60646

Vegan restaurant offering buddhist Korean cuisine menu with dishes like savory pancake, rice noodle soups, dumplings, kimchi, and its signature Dr. K's soup. For dessert, there's ginger tea with ice cream and maple cookies. Quiet setting. Open Tue-Sat 12:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Take-out, Asian, Korean

44 Reviews

First Review by mollypitcher

Amazing atmosphere and food - Edit

This place was excellent. The miso soup was one of the best I’ve ever had.

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Amitabul is wonderful. - Edit

Delicious tasty food!

Pros: peaceful comfortable little place. yummy veggies.

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diamond in the rough - Edit

Loved everything about this restaurant! The food was delicious and so healthy. I was able to eat well and feel good and everything I did eat. And try the fermented hot sauce. Out if this world!

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Devine - Edit

This place has not only amazing food but a wonderfully calm atmosphere. Well priced yummy food. Left here feeling full and happy.

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Great! - Edit

It was so worth the *expensive* lyft ride I took to get ALL the way across town on my recent business trip to Chicago. The food was so yummy and the service was friendly and warm. I have never really eaten Korean food at a restaurant because it's usually so tricky to tell if things are vegan. Amitabul did not disappoint, though! I ordered too much food (both a kimchi-topped salad and a mixed rice dish) but I probably could've eaten it all - so delicious! I enjoy quite a bit of heat in my food so I added quite a bit to the rice, but the salad was perfectly spicy as it was. If I ever move to Chicago, I'll be looking for a place to live nearby. :-)

Pros: Great food, Nice servers, pleasant atmosphere

Cons: too far away from me!

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fantastic and so interesting! - Edit

Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Amazing savory pancakes, pizza, veggieful dishes that are healthy and delicious.

Pros: cozy atmosphere, convenient parking, pleasant staf

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Korean vegan is the best! - Edit

Had my first meal at Amitabul last night - I being the only vegan in a party of four with two vegetarians and one omnivore. We all absolutely loved the food!

We started by sharing a plate of vegan dumplings.

For main course, I had the Buddha's 3 Luck with maple and wild sesame leaf sauce, chewy brown rice cakes and mystic Asian veggies served over brown rice. Absolutely delicious - and so healthy, cooked without oil.

Two of my friends ordered different Bi Bim Bops, and one ordered the Energy Pancakes - all big hits!

Chef Bill and his team are flexible about spiciness level, which is great - you can order spicy, medium or mild.

For many years, my favorite New York vegan restaurant has been a Korean place - and now I think Amitabul has become my favorite Chicago vegan restaurant for food quality.

Pros: Delicious, healthy food., Simple but attractive decor, Friendly service

Cons: Service a bit slow

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Lovely Food, Lovely Atmosphere - Edit

The restaurant itself was a great one. While somewhat small and easy to miss from the street, the interior decor made the restaurant really stick out! There was a lot of artwork from Asia and the music was very calming and ambient.

I ordered the tofu w/ veggies as an appetizer, which was good. The tofu was soft and a bit bland, but enjoyable nonetheless.

As an entree, I ordered the Hello Dolly and Bill. The curry sauce was very nice, and not too strong (comes in different levels of spice). This was mixed with tofu, veggies and a mound of white rice.

My compatriot had the mandu dumplings, and the spicy Kim Chi Tofu Bi Bim Bop. The dumplings had the texture of pirogies which were also wonderful, as was the Bi Bim Bop. For desert we shared a Giant Red Bean Cake, which I did not enjoy much, but my friend ate the rest.

Pros: Staff were very attentive, Music/atmosphere was very calming, Great food!

Cons: Didn't enjoy desert much, will try another

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Nice Saturday Lunch - Edit

We drove a 1/2 hour to try this place. It was good. We started with the Spicy Kimchi Maki. I had the High Tabetian spiced medium. It was really spicy but tasty. I plan to go back to try some of the other dishes.

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delicious - Edit

Me and my non vegan bf loved this place and left full. Dr k's soup was the first thing that we ordered - one order was enough to feed and stuff both of us. HOWEVER we ordered another dish -no idea what we ordered - but it had rice cakes in it - SO GOOD!

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fantastic - Edit

This was our first visit. We choose the Chef Special. We each got a separate entrees. Which was great since we like to sample off each other's plates. It was a huge amount of food. Come hungry or take some home. What we appreciated besides the fantastic taste was how well balanced and intricate the dishes were. So many varieties of veggies, beans, nuts, etc. The sauces were so flavorful. My husband compared
It to other restaurants when you think it was good but I can make it better at home. This would take lots of practice and a ton of work to even try to make the smallest resemblance. We highly recommend and will be back frequently.

Pros: colorful, unique, thoughtful

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Favorite Food in Chicago - Edit

I love Amitabul, and I really think it is the best vegan restaurant in Chicago. Every single thing I've ordered there has been super delicious and I also appreciate that it's specifically a whole foods, plant-based restaurant, so health is a priority. I would recommend the place to anyone. I wish I could eat there every day!

Pros: healthy , delicious , affordable with large portions

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Yummy Korean vegan food - Edit

Amitabul has a very relaxing setting. The staff are very attentive and the food delicious. The dumplings are wonderful tried Dr. K's noodle soup and that was some of the best soup I've ever had. Spicy broth with plenty of veggies and noodles. Cleared my nasal passages.

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Good alternative - Edit

Good alternative restaurant. Food is not salty, but it is tasty. Good service

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My first vegetarian place! - Edit

Once I gave up eating meat about 3 years ago, I set myself on the journey to discover another world of food and lifestyle, cruelty free, tasty, nutritious and far more exciting! Amitabul was the very first meat free place that I found and I was amazed that such places exist. I was excited to see a whole variety of dishes and juices that they make. The juices and teas here are the best!! I tried a few hot dishes which were always large and filling. The one with shiitake mushrooms were my favorite! Love this place and atmosphere!

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A Great Neighborhood Restaurant - Edit

Amitabul is in a category of restaurants where care is obviously put into the food but whose mission is more about feeding people than impressing people. The food is good, the portions are large, and it's a vegetarian oasis in a part of the city that focuses more on meat and potatoes. I have been visiting Amitabul occasionally for about ten years. Things tend to change slowly on the Far Northwest Side, and fortunately Amitabul isn't an exception, because I always leave happy. The spicy dishes are particularly nice on cold, blustery days.

Pros: Tasty food, Neighborhood feel

Cons: Public transit isn't plentiful

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MY FAVORITE - Edit

I LOVE THIS PLACE. It's my favorite little vegan gem. All the food I've tried is amazing, but most especially Dr. Ks cure all soup. Just, yum!

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Left full! - Edit

My husband and toddler and I recently tried this restaurant. The food portions were HUGE and we ordered way too much. It is a BYOB, which is nice, and the owner was very friendly. It is very quiet, which is sometimes not great with a child. There were some carry-out orders when we were there, but, most of the tables were empty. The savory pancakes and Dr. K's soup were great. My husband ordered a spicy noodle dish (cannot recall which one) and loved it as well.

Pros: satisfying food, large portions

Cons: out-of-the-way location

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yummy, healthy - Edit

Nice vegan Korean food. Huge serving of soup! Tasty wontons. Everything nicely seasoned, leaves you with a good feeling.

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The absolute best vegan restaurant in Chicago! - Edit

I've been eating at Amitabul since they were on Southport. It's by far my favorite restaurant to eat at. If you go there and they are not busy ask the owner if he will make you a pizza! It's not on the menu and well with the wait if you have the time. I love all the dishes on the menu. If you're under the weather I recommend ordering Dr. K's soup. Try the garlic..it's like candy! I also recommend the Ginger Citron tea.

Pros: Never uses oil, sugar or salt., everything is steamed, The best kimchi that I've ever had.

Cons: nothing

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Wonderful No Onion No Garlic options - Edit

This is my favorite restaurant in Chicago. It is distant from downtown but the drive I made in early September was past beautiful forests. The food is great, wonderful and amazing. Everything on the menu can be made NOGO (No onion and no garlic)and 1-10 for spicy. I chose 5 and almost had to call the fire department but I love food that spicy. The green tea was great, the sushi with soy sauce, ginger and wasabi is a treat and I had the Buddha Bop which I adore. Truly a great restaurant with generous portions.

Pros: Taste of food, Service and Parking, seeing trhe owner, Bill.

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all time favorite - Edit

i have been vegan for five years in chicago and amitabul is my all time favorite, for sure. i cannot rave about it enough. i bring my friends and family there (not always all vegan) and they absolutely love this place too! if you are looking for suggestions on what to order, i get these items almost every time i go: ginger energy tea, steamed mandoo (dumplings, stir fried is also an optional), and the 9 ways to nirvana rice noodle soup (or dr k's cure all soup) followed by green tea and chocolate ice cream (or maple cookies). sometimes we love it so much, we have to go back the very next day. there is plenty of parking and service is excellent. they also have vegan kim chi, korean pancakes, and a variety of other noodle soups and non-soup dishes.

Pros: most delicious vegan food, huge selection, everything is good

Cons: wish it was closer to downtown!, wish it was open 24 hours! :)

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Spot on good!! - Edit

Very tasty food and friendly atmosphere. A must go to place if I'm in the area. Their Dr. K's CURE ALL soup is the BEST, even if you're not sick but really helps when you are.

Pros: Delicious food, Street parking, Friendly staff

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Tasty - Edit

I'm not a huge fan of korean food, but this place was very good. Very friendly staff. We'd definitely go back next time we are in Chicago.

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Korean Vegan Food - Edit

Good, Delicious, Korean, Vegan Food.

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Four and one half cows - Edit

A very peaceful and serene atmosphere. Very fine food and drink. Great service.

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Our Favorite - Edit

We have been going to Amitabul for years (maybe 10 or so, can't really remember it has been that long) and it is by far our favorite. Never, ever, have we had a disappointing dish. The vegetables are cooked to perfection and amazingly flavorful. After going there for so long, my favoite dish is now "surprise me". This dish no matter what it is never fails to come to my delight and the more "surprise me's" we order the better. Don't get me wrong, we have favorites on the menu, but it is truly just a delightful experience and you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. You cannot leave this restaurant stressed and you certainly can't leave hungry as the portions are ample. ENjoy!

Pros: Fantastic food, Wonderful relaxing atmosphere, Good prices

Cons: None. This is as close to perfection as

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