The Chicago Diner

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 148 reviews )
Contact
773-935-6696
Find

3411 N Halsted, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60657

Providing all vegetarian and mostly vegan American comfort food for brunch and dinner with organic beers and wine, margaritas, vegan bakery, and desserts. Meat free since 1983. Patio seating available. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri 11:00am-11:00pm, Sat 10:00am-11:00pm, Sun 10:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Beer/Wine, Bakery, Catering

148 Reviews

First Review by amargrav

Famous for a reason - Edit

Even my non-veg parents liked this place. They couldn’t even tell their food and milkshakes were vegan. We LOVE the wings, desserts, salads... okay we love everything here.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Great place - Edit

I'm so glad that I finally got to try this place. Must visit if you are in Chicago area. I had the best vegan spinich & artichoke dip along with stuffed zucchini. I wish that I had more time to visit them for more meals. Looking forward to my next visit.

Updated from previous review on 2018-01-28

Pros: Friendly people , Fast , Delicious

Cons: I wish that it was closer to me.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

wow - Edit

This is a must stop! Try the vegan milkshakes!

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

The BEST vegan food I’ve ever eaten - Edit

We visited Chicago last week and this place was recommended to me by several people. After the 2nd or 3rd “you’ve got to go to The Chicago Diner” I listened. I was told to order the vegan poutine for appetizer, and the Reuben with Mac and “Teese” for my entree. I can not recommend these three items enough! The poutine was absolutely delicious. The gravy on top was perfect and the waffle fries were great. Then came the Reuben which was, I kid you not, the BEST Reuben I’ve ever had. Including before I went vegan. The photos do not do it justice, it is amazing! If you like a good Reuben please try this, even if you’re not vegan. You won’t regret it. The Mac and “Teese” was also amazing and better than any “real” Mac and cheese I’ve ever had. Perfect flavor and you could not tell it wasn’t real cheese. Seriously so good! If you’re vegan, vegetarian or even just an Omni looking to try something new, check out this place. I was so full at the end I didn’t try the desserts or shakes but I’ll definitely save room next time I’m in town. Service was also wonderful, the wait staff was very nice and the place has a hip feel to it. My only complaint is that the diner is a bit small for the demand of this place and the wait was a bit long. But that’s to be expected on a Saturday night anywhere.

Pros: Everything

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Can’t wait to go back! - Edit

I was extremely impressed with this diner! Everything on the menu was either already vegan or could easily be made vegan. There was tofu scramble, pancakes, seitan sausage, cinnamon rolls, milkshakes... I love the variety of vegan comfort food. Portions are very generous too. We had the cookie dough peanut butter milkshake for dessert, and you would never guess that it was vegan! So creamy, sweet, and of course, delicious! I need to come back to Chicago just for this food!

Pros: Vegan dishes clearly marked, Lots of vegan options , Does not serve meat

Cons: Crowded , Serves eggs

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Great for an Indulgent Dinner! - Edit

My friend and I were very pleased with our waiter's enthusiasm when assisting us with making our order. Everything on the menu sounded amazing but we decided on the rueben, the pierogi quesadilla, and a milkshake. WOW... The portions were large and the meal was very satiating, and we were sad that our appetites were not large enough to finish it all. Haha. The menu is definitely comprised of "comfort foods" and wonderfully veganizes common foods in the Standard American Diet. The leftovers made a wonderful breakfast the next morning :)

Pros: Large Portions, BOMB Milkshakes

Cons: None

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

noisy but good food - Edit

Went to dinner with my 96 yr old father. It was so loud that conversation was impossible. But my dad had the chili and mashed potatoes which he really enjoyed. I had been to CHicago Diner about 20 yrs before. I'd return again there but during an off-time.

Pros: good food, beer/wine

Cons: very noisy, hard to have conversatioñ, steps without handicap access

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Comfort Food - Edit

Chicago Diner is my favorite vegan eatery, and I’ve been to quite a few. The food comes in huge portions, and I always bring some home for later. The opening of the second location relieved some traffic at the original, though this location is still usually the busier of the two. It is not a cheap meal, but the food and atmosphere are worth it when you get the chance

Pros: Amazing comfort food, Cozy, Friendly staff

Cons: Sometimes long wait times

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

amazing!! - Edit

Absolutely amazing place! Great shakes, puddings aaand food is to die for! Suffered serious belly aches after the visit, as we ate so much haha!

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Awesome spot - Edit

It's a bit pricey but the food was amazing, I brought some friends that aren't vegetarian and they absolutely loved it! They have a wide variety of great comfort foods and desserts, definitely recommended the "wings"

Pros: Great food, Good service , Good atmosphere

Cons: Pricey, Bit of a wait time

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

amazing!!! - Edit

Every time I visit Chicago I make sure to come here at least once! The food great and practically everything is vegan unless you request otherwise. The dessert here is amazing as well. I absolutely love the vegan cheesecake and the apple pie! The service is always fast and friendly.

Pros: -variety of vegan options , -excellent food and dessert, -great service

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Incredible Desserts! - Edit

We came here after visiting Kitchen 17. We got a milk shake and the absolutely amazing peanut butter puck sundae. I wish we would have come here for our whole meal. Next time we visit Chicago we certainly will try many more items on the menu!

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Amazing Vegan Comfort Food - Edit

I've been here twice so far but it's my go to place when I come to Chicago. They have amazing vegan comfort food and their milkshakes get my dads (an omni) seal of approval. Definitely make a stop for this restaurant

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

AMAZING Comfort Food - Edit

Ate TWICE here while touring Chicago - even during a Vegan festival that was in town! The food and selection are amazing. It really surprised me and I have very high standards when it comes to quality and service. Impeccable, seriously, this restaurant is a MUST-GO.

Pros: Selection, Price, Service, Atmosphere, Hours

Cons: NONE

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Really good food - Edit

I've been here a couple of time and each time I order something new. Everything I've had has been really good. Literally no complaints. They know what they're doing!

Pros: Great food, Fair prices , Attentive staff

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Still great after all these years! - Edit

Re-visited recently and delighted to know the food is still wonderful and creative. Nicely renovated since my last visit as well.

Pros: Great veg/vegan "diner" style food, Great location

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

All day I dream of Chicago Diner - Edit

I don't live in Chicago, but I wish I did just so I could eat Chicago Diner. I took a whole group of skeptical non-vegans and they all left absolutely thrilled. Some of them even started eating more veg food after this. I had the Radical Reuben and it was more amazing than I could have ever imagined in my wildest dreams.

Pros: DELICIOUS, Omnivore approved, Milkshakes!

Cons: None!

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

the best!!! - Edit

Every time my husband and I are in Chicago, we go here. The food is amazing. I recommend the cookie dough peanut butter vegan milkshake!

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Amazing Spot - Edit

This place is great for any meal. I've had brunch and dinner here several times and have not been disappointed. You can't go wrong with anything on their menu and plenty of my non-vegan friends have joined me and loved it! Their milkshakes are the best.

Pros: friendly staff, excellent food, good value

Cons: Need a few lighter options

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

great brunch spot - Edit

This place is fantastic. We have to get poutine every time we go (seriously, order it. you’re welcome). They serve Teese which is getting difficult to find elsewhere. Their vegan shakes are just amazing. I love the vegan veggie, BLT, quesadilla, cinnamon rolls, Mexican breakfast bowls...never had a bad meal.

Pros: Doesn’t serve meat, Mostly vegan, Great rare vegan finds

Cons: Serves eggs and dairy

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Meat eaters love it too! - Edit

This place is amazing, the entire menu is vegan or easily made vegan, and even omni's enjoy the food. They have a great variety of choices available. I had poutine and milkshake and they may have been better than the real deal.

Pros: Absolutely delicious, Friendly staff, Reasonably priced

Cons: Very crowded

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

YUM! - Edit

Ok, this place is amazing. The entire menu is basically vegan unless you modify your order to add non-vegan items. Server was super nice. I order a sweet potato pineapple burger with vegan mac and cheese for a side. HOLY COW it was so good!! The vegan mac was the best I'd ever had. I wanted to order a vegan shake for dessert after because they looked amazing but I was stuffed. This is a place that vegan, vegetarians, and omnivores will love. I will DEFINITELY go back!!

Pros: TONS of vegan options, Nice staff, Nice atmosphere

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Reviewer Avatar
Vegan

  Contributions +218

Nothing Could be Finer than the Chicago Diner - Edit

After a cold and rainy bike ride and Cub's game the Chicago Diner was a great way to end the day. We started with some tasty appetizers (waffle fry poutine, caesar salad) and some great shakes. All of our main courses were delicious as well, especially the "meat loaf" and the cheesesteak. They also have an extensive beer list and a variety of vegan desserts. Chicago Diner placed a solid 3rd in our family vacation restaurant war competition. We liked it so much we bought the cook book.

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-01

Pros: great food, great drinks, neat atmosphere

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Worth waiting years for! - Edit

As a Chicagoland native who has spent my adult life elsewhere, I had been waiting a few years for an opportunity to return to my hometown and eat at the Chicago Diner. The restaurant did not disappoint! I am vegan; my dining partners (old high school pals) were one vegetarian and one omnivore. We ordered two Radical Reuben sandwiches, one Country Fried Steak, Sweet Potato Fries and Ginger Garlic Flashed Greens - sampled a bit of each and loved it all! The beer and wine selection was good - I had a nice glass of Pinot Noir with my meal and my friends had beer. Servers were exceptionally nice - it was a really lovely evening!

Pros: Outstanding food, Great range of options, Friendly staff

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Excellent every time - Edit

Edit:
We generally visit the Logan Square location and are much happier with wait times and space. The variety offered is great!

----
The food is always amazing. We've had numerous items over the years and the only thing we didn't love was a burrito which I don't think they have anymore anyway. I very highly recommend the gyros and shakes.

One disappointing thing is that their portion sizes have gone down while prices have gone up. For example, you used to get two gyros instead of one and sandwiches came with two sides. The place is also very cramped.
Updated from previous review on Thursday October 20, 2011

Updated from previous review on 2012-09-14

Pros: So many great selections!

Cons: small and cramped, smaller portion sizes than before, sometimes a long wait to get in

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Revolutionary Radical Reuben! - Edit

This is one of the best experiences I've had since going vegan. I was in heaven! I NEVER expected the Reuben to be as good as it was. A meat-eater would never have guessed this sandwich was vegan. I was traveling from out of town and had planned this visit to The Chicago Diner for several months and was quite excited. I wish I could've had gone back every day I was in Chicago and had the Reuben. (Never been a fan of Thousand Island dressing, so I always sub yellow mustard.)

I had Macaroni & Teeze as my side dish and regretted my choice. I've had WAAAY better vegan mac & cheese.

The Choc Chip Cookie Dough milkshake was super delicious. The only thing I regretted about that choice was that I didn't order the large! ;)

My dining partner ordered the Pierogi Quesadilla and really enjoyed it.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

it was okay - Edit

Nothing too fancy. It was all okay. I would recommend soul veg over this place.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Link to this page from your site. .
Return to Chicago Vegetarian Restaurants & Health Food Store Listings
Business Owners, if you see an unfair review, read this.
Why was my review removed? - details / Review guidelines
Reviews are not endorsed by HappyCow - review terms
Has The Chicago Diner closed, shut down, moved, or changed? Please use the Update Form.
This page has been viewed 15066 times.

Keep HappyCow Growing Strong!

I would like to support