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The Best Restaurant Week Deals for Vegetarians and Vegans

They deserve better than a few sad leaves of lettuce

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This is dairy cheese, sorry vegans.
| Testaccio/Rachel Bires

Most Chicago’s Restaurant Week menus aren’t exactly friendly to vegetarians. And if meat-free options exist, they don’t exactly provide good values. Many restaurants don’t see the problem with offering vegetarians a few leaves of lettuce while omnivores feast on bone marrow and oysters for the same price.

But Chicago is doing a better job, and with frugality in mind, here are vegetarian-friendly Restaurant Week deals that are good for your conscience and frugality. Restaurant Week starts on Friday, March 19 and goes through Sunday, April 4.

Note: Some restaurants that do not have a vegetarian option listed are open to requests. HaiSous has consistently provided not only fabulous deals for Restaurant Week but they also have been very accommodating to vegetarians. Demera Ethiopian has also been a haven for vegetarians and vegans during Restaurant Week so be on the look-out for when they post their menus. In addition to the spots mentioned below, ROOH and Aba are currently excellent deals for vegetarians.

As of March 2, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 50 people — whichever is fewer. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Tokio Pub

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1900 E Higgins Rd #2
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 278-5181
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Schaumburg is the suburban destination for plant-based eaters with restaurants like Tokio offering vegetarian and vegan options with some gluten-free pairings as well. Tokio merges Japanese and American pub style food where one will find ramen and beignets under the same roof. Their Restaurant Week lunch menu for $25 offers three hearty courses including veggie potstickers, tofu and shiitake mushroom ramen, and beignets to conclude a heartwarming meal. One can dine indoors, outdoors, or do takeout and delivery. 

2. Arya Bhavan

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2508 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 274-5800
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Enjoy an assortment of hearty vegan and gluten-free staples like dosa, dal, and chana masala in the comfort of one’s home. Devon Avenue’s Arya Bhavan has an all vegan and gluten-free take-out/delivery menu with healthy and flavorful options making it a unicorn of Restaurant Week. Their 3 menus are incredibly good deals but their lunch ($25) and dinner ones (the $39 vs the $55) will leave you satisfied and give you an opportunity to get some uttapam (rice and lentil pancakes) or undhiyu (sweet potato, eggplant, and other veggies cooked with Thai chili). Don’t forget to drink some of their anti-inflammatory Masala ginger tea to keep you warm and healthy.

3. Testaccio Chicago

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2456 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-6028
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Testaccio is Logan Square’s Roman-inspired restaurant featuring flavors from all over the Mediterranean. Its Restaurant Week menu is for dine-in only but is a solid deal for vegetarians. What’s particularly exciting about their Restaurant Week menu from a plant-based perspective is that there are two options for the entree instead of just one. So if folks are dining out with other vegetarians, they can share entrees together instead of eating the same one entree together, but separately. Their $39 dinner menu includes highlights such as an herbaceous artichoke bisque, a classic orecchiette di cacio e pepe, and wood-fired Moroccan cauliflower with a farro tabbouleh and tahini, and its Roman chocolate bar with Nutella and raspberry.

4. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

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2024 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 935-5000
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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! has one of the best happy hours in the city but given the pandemic, it has been harder to get tipsy on sangria while snacking with your friends inside of their cozy, wooden bar. Its Restaurant Week menu has a brunch ($25) and a dinner ($39) option, which both include their naughty sangria. For plant-based eaters, their brunch menu is the best deal, which gives diners the choice of two brunch tapas options and a dessert. Soak up that sangria with their spicy potatoes, fresh avocado toast, and luscious chocolate truffle cake. Keep in mind that this special menu is only offered Friday and Sunday for indoor and outdoor dining along with takeout and delivery.

5. ALTHEA

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700 N Michigan Ave 7th floor
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 525-3400
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Althea is one of the few all vegan restaurants offering Restaurant Week deals that are a great bang for your buck. They also have gluten-free options for every course. This upscale vegan spot offers both lunch ($25) and dinner ($55) options but their lunch menu is a steal with 3 courses that would cost much more than $25 if you ordered them individually. Try their maitake and oyster mushroom-based barbacoa taco and their Italian salad with a smoked chickpea provolone. Both of their menus are dine-in only where you can enjoy the stunning views of downtown.

6. Vermilion

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10 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 527-4060
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Come to Vermilion and try their take on Latin-Indian fusion with their Restaurant Week global street smorgasbord at $39 per person for three dishes and eight accompaniments (chutneys, naan, rice, etc.) or $55 per person for six dishes and eight accompaniments. They do require a minimum of two guests for their Restaurant Week menus so one cannot dine-in alone. Try their unique tomato cauliflower empanada, savory masala fries, flavorful “pindi” paneer and their decadent dessert duo indoors or in the comfort of one’s own home.

7. Gaijin

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950 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 265-1348
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It might be awhile before one can travel to Osaka, Japan but one can at least be transported there with their iconic Osaka-style okonomiyaki (savory pancakes). Gaijin’s lunch menu is a steal at $25, which includes a miso soup or salad, vegetarian okonomiyaki, and a dreamy mochi donut. Dinner is also a good deal at $39 — a four-course journey starting with kombu-marinated vegetables, a hearty vegetarian yakisoba, tofu okonomiyaki, and mochi donut of one’s choice. All of this savory and sweet deliciousness can be consumed inside, outside on their tented patio.

8. Proxi

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565 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 466-1950
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Restaurant Week is a wonderful opportunity to try Proxi’s innovative global street food. They have two dinner menus ($39 for three courses and $55 for four courses) that will make one curiously salivate. The $39 one seems to be a great deal for plant-based eaters with unique dishes like tempura elotes and grilled king trumpet mushrooms with tofu hotpot scallions, miso, and rice that will leave eaters satiated. Proxi is doing dine-in only for restaurant week and is not available Friday-Sunday.

9. Antico Posto

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118 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 586-9200
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Antico Posto is a Lettuce Entertain You Italian cafe and winery in suburban Oak Brook offering both lunch ($25) and dinner ($39) menus for Restaurant Week. Their dinner menu is especially exciting because it includes an adult beverage (a glass of their red/white wine or their American Sbagliato cocktail). This cocktail is a refreshing concoction of aperol, cinzano rosso, strawberry, mango, and bubbles with four food courses. Indulge in their satiating eggplant parmesan with fresh mozzarella or their tempting tiramisu with a crème anglaise indoors, outdoors, or via takeout/delivery.

10. Osito's Tap

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2553 S Ridgeway Ave
Chicago, IL 60623
(773) 277-8117
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Osito’s Tap is a speakeasy style bar/restaurant that aims to merge Little Village’s Czechoslovakian past with its current Latinx culture. While they have three menus for Restaurant Week, their $39 dinner option is the better deal for vegetarians because there is at least an option for each course. Notable items include their Quesaditzin (tortilla stuffed with Chihuahua cheese, Oaxaca cheese, squash, mushrooms, and avocado salsa). And don’t forget about that chocolate flan for dessert. Eaters have the option of dining-in, feasting outside, or doing takeout. 

1. Tokio Pub

1900 E Higgins Rd #2, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Schaumburg is the suburban destination for plant-based eaters with restaurants like Tokio offering vegetarian and vegan options with some gluten-free pairings as well. Tokio merges Japanese and American pub style food where one will find ramen and beignets under the same roof. Their Restaurant Week lunch menu for $25 offers three hearty courses including veggie potstickers, tofu and shiitake mushroom ramen, and beignets to conclude a heartwarming meal. One can dine indoors, outdoors, or do takeout and delivery. 

1900 E Higgins Rd #2
Schaumburg, IL 60173

2. Arya Bhavan

2508 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

Enjoy an assortment of hearty vegan and gluten-free staples like dosa, dal, and chana masala in the comfort of one’s home. Devon Avenue’s Arya Bhavan has an all vegan and gluten-free take-out/delivery menu with healthy and flavorful options making it a unicorn of Restaurant Week. Their 3 menus are incredibly good deals but their lunch ($25) and dinner ones (the $39 vs the $55) will leave you satisfied and give you an opportunity to get some uttapam (rice and lentil pancakes) or undhiyu (sweet potato, eggplant, and other veggies cooked with Thai chili). Don’t forget to drink some of their anti-inflammatory Masala ginger tea to keep you warm and healthy.

2508 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

3. Testaccio Chicago

2456 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Testaccio is Logan Square’s Roman-inspired restaurant featuring flavors from all over the Mediterranean. Its Restaurant Week menu is for dine-in only but is a solid deal for vegetarians. What’s particularly exciting about their Restaurant Week menu from a plant-based perspective is that there are two options for the entree instead of just one. So if folks are dining out with other vegetarians, they can share entrees together instead of eating the same one entree together, but separately. Their $39 dinner menu includes highlights such as an herbaceous artichoke bisque, a classic orecchiette di cacio e pepe, and wood-fired Moroccan cauliflower with a farro tabbouleh and tahini, and its Roman chocolate bar with Nutella and raspberry.

2456 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

2024 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! has one of the best happy hours in the city but given the pandemic, it has been harder to get tipsy on sangria while snacking with your friends inside of their cozy, wooden bar. Its Restaurant Week menu has a brunch ($25) and a dinner ($39) option, which both include their naughty sangria. For plant-based eaters, their brunch menu is the best deal, which gives diners the choice of two brunch tapas options and a dessert. Soak up that sangria with their spicy potatoes, fresh avocado toast, and luscious chocolate truffle cake. Keep in mind that this special menu is only offered Friday and Sunday for indoor and outdoor dining along with takeout and delivery.

2024 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

5. ALTHEA

700 N Michigan Ave 7th floor, Chicago, IL 60611

Althea is one of the few all vegan restaurants offering Restaurant Week deals that are a great bang for your buck. They also have gluten-free options for every course. This upscale vegan spot offers both lunch ($25) and dinner ($55) options but their lunch menu is a steal with 3 courses that would cost much more than $25 if you ordered them individually. Try their maitake and oyster mushroom-based barbacoa taco and their Italian salad with a smoked chickpea provolone. Both of their menus are dine-in only where you can enjoy the stunning views of downtown.

700 N Michigan Ave 7th floor
Chicago, IL 60611

6. Vermilion

10 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60610

Come to Vermilion and try their take on Latin-Indian fusion with their Restaurant Week global street smorgasbord at $39 per person for three dishes and eight accompaniments (chutneys, naan, rice, etc.) or $55 per person for six dishes and eight accompaniments. They do require a minimum of two guests for their Restaurant Week menus so one cannot dine-in alone. Try their unique tomato cauliflower empanada, savory masala fries, flavorful “pindi” paneer and their decadent dessert duo indoors or in the comfort of one’s own home.

10 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60610

7. Gaijin

950 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607

It might be awhile before one can travel to Osaka, Japan but one can at least be transported there with their iconic Osaka-style okonomiyaki (savory pancakes). Gaijin’s lunch menu is a steal at $25, which includes a miso soup or salad, vegetarian okonomiyaki, and a dreamy mochi donut. Dinner is also a good deal at $39 — a four-course journey starting with kombu-marinated vegetables, a hearty vegetarian yakisoba, tofu okonomiyaki, and mochi donut of one’s choice. All of this savory and sweet deliciousness can be consumed inside, outside on their tented patio.

950 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

8. Proxi

565 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

Restaurant Week is a wonderful opportunity to try Proxi’s innovative global street food. They have two dinner menus ($39 for three courses and $55 for four courses) that will make one curiously salivate. The $39 one seems to be a great deal for plant-based eaters with unique dishes like tempura elotes and grilled king trumpet mushrooms with tofu hotpot scallions, miso, and rice that will leave eaters satiated. Proxi is doing dine-in only for restaurant week and is not available Friday-Sunday.

565 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

9. Antico Posto

118 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Antico Posto is a Lettuce Entertain You Italian cafe and winery in suburban Oak Brook offering both lunch ($25) and dinner ($39) menus for Restaurant Week. Their dinner menu is especially exciting because it includes an adult beverage (a glass of their red/white wine or their American Sbagliato cocktail). This cocktail is a refreshing concoction of aperol, cinzano rosso, strawberry, mango, and bubbles with four food courses. Indulge in their satiating eggplant parmesan with fresh mozzarella or their tempting tiramisu with a crème anglaise indoors, outdoors, or via takeout/delivery.

118 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523

10. Osito's Tap

2553 S Ridgeway Ave, Chicago, IL 60623

Osito’s Tap is a speakeasy style bar/restaurant that aims to merge Little Village’s Czechoslovakian past with its current Latinx culture. While they have three menus for Restaurant Week, their $39 dinner option is the better deal for vegetarians because there is at least an option for each course. Notable items include their Quesaditzin (tortilla stuffed with Chihuahua cheese, Oaxaca cheese, squash, mushrooms, and avocado salsa). And don’t forget about that chocolate flan for dessert. Eaters have the option of dining-in, feasting outside, or doing takeout. 

2553 S Ridgeway Ave
Chicago, IL 60623

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