Amitabul

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 36 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.

Category: Vegan, Take-out, Asian, Korean

Reviews (36)

First Review by mollypitcher

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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Yummy - Edit

We've been going to his restaurant since it opened. Everything on the menu is delicious. All dishes are super healthy with a great mix of veggies. They have dishes containing all parts of plants (roots, tuber, greens). The varying sauces are all excellent. The tea I drink contains actual chunks of ginger (yum); no prepackaged tea bag.

Bill (owner) is super nice and welcoming.

The environment is very calming & clean.

You'll leave here stuffed but a good kind of stuffed, feeling super healthy and energized. We've been looking for an alternative "go to" veggie restaurant as an option to this, but have yet to locate another that's enticing as a mainstay for us. Amitabul- nothing compares.

Pros: Tremendous tasting, healthy food., Welcoming atmosphere

Cons: None

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My ultimate healthy vegan mecca - Edit

I read about Amitabul years ago and never managed to get to it while in Chicago, finally on a trip in over the weekend I made it to my mecca a TOTALLY OIL FREE vegan restaurant (they do use sesame oils for flavor, but not cooking and you can omit) I started with a plate full of vegan dumplings, don't forget the spicy sauce and plum sauce to kick them up, its so nice when you break them open not to see globs of oil oozing out! I had the kim chi noodle bowl. Bill the owner was so nice and took our order and they kept the delicious purified water glasses full (HUGE to combat the spicy food) I thought I could eat the entire menu, but half way through and drinking gobs of water to combat the spice (heaven to me!) I was physically full!!! I boxed it up and ate it later before bed, it was just as good!!! I've never had kim chi cooked into a dish before and it was just beyond delicious, I didn't want to stop eating!!! I can't believe its taken me so long to make it to Amitabul. I looked at the news articles and clippings on the wall from the 1990s and am just sad it took me so long to find a place that is so congruent with my way of healthy eating. Korean food is my favorite food on the planet and to find healthy korean vegan just seems like dream. Amitabul just hits it out of the park on flavor/inventiveness/great menu / portion size / friendliness and service. Its one of the few restaurants that you leave healthier than you came in! It lived up to every expectation I had and I can't wait to go back!

Pros: oil-free, kim chi, huge portions

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Great food! - Edit

It was a nice small quiet restaurant. The food was very healthy and tasty. ALl our meals were very spicy even with the mild sauces. If you cannot eat spicy food make sure to say not spicy. The portions were very large and filling. It was delicious and I would come back again!

Pros: great food, all vegan

Cons: slow service, large portions

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Simply Fantastic! - Edit

Plenty of great reviews, but I'll add a quick 5 cower myself. Best I've ever had!

Pros: Delicious, Fresh, Friendly

Cons: 220 mils from home

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Very delicious and healthy Korean cousin - Edit

Very delicious and healthy Korean cousin. Completely vegan and has a feel as a macrobiotic cooking (recommend!) Unfortunately the place is not good for large group but perfect to have a healthy dinner with a few friends.

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Kim Chee Noodle Soup - Edit

Ditto to all of the above. I had the Kim Chee Noodle Soup. WOW! Delicious....packed with fresh vegetables and the best kim chee I've ever tasted. It's spicey and the portion size is HUGE but I couldn't put my spoon/fork down. Just one more bite....

Pros: fresh, delicious, generous

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Healthy Vegan - Edit

Don't believe the others claims of having the healthiest food around. This place will leave you feeling good. No it is not RAW and yes it is all VEGAN. The food served here is a type of Korean/Healthy-Vegan fusion. I've had the bibim bop and some of the boochingae. Very well made and the tastes are excellent.

Pros: Healthy , all vegan, awesome service

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Welcome, some surprises... - Edit

Good friendly homely restaurant. Our only experience with Buddhist cuisine was Chinese Vegetarian restaurants in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, London, Florida, etc... and one reason we sometimes eat there is because they don't use onions and garlic, which we strictly avoid too (these are foods that bind us strongly like ropes to materialistic life)... so we just say "no mushrooms no fungus no eggs please" (these are foods in the mode of darkness)... here the dishes were full of onions and garlic. The chef prepared a meal without, but it wasn't quite the same after the shock of that heavy taste in the mouth in the first bite. We paid though, because honestly there is no strict definition of "Buddhist" cuisine, almost anything goes, many buddhists eat meat as a matter of course.
So, anyone else going there, if you don't want onions and garlic, please say so upfront.

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