We just had wine and appetizers, but everything was great! Especially loved the “wings”…the buffalo sauce was so tasty! Staff was welcoming and fun yet unobtrusive. If I lived in Chicago I’d go here all the time!
I love Karyn’s Cooked and make it a point to go there whenever I go to Chicago. Tasty vegan food at it’s best. I love every entree I’ve tried, but the vegan cheesecake was just sweet w/ not too much other flavor. I would recommend everything, but the vegan cheesecake. This place has great service and is elegant, so a great place to take a date.
Great food, good atmosphere, and good service. From a non – vegan aspect the food was amazing! Hard to believe that it is all vegan. Must go!
I’m not a vegetarian, but I sure don’t miss the meat! These dishes are amazing and I always look forward to eating here everytime I’m in the city.
Karyn’s is one of the best vegan options I’ve found in Chicago. I’m not usually someone who likes fake meat but they have a lot of veggie options that are really delicious. My favorite is probably the polenta and mushroom dish. Definitely a great lunch spot in River North!
My husband and I came to Karyn’s tonight, both pretty skeptical and cautious as we have never really had vegan food before. From the raw stuffed mushrooms to start, to each of our entrees (chicken parm and the portobello mushroom dishes), followed by raw carrot cake. We were both blown away at how flavorful every single bite was. We were both full but not in the typical, heavy gross feeling kind of full. Our waitress was incredibly helpful, friendly and patient. We will most definitely be back to Karyn’s very soon. Give it a shot even if you feel skeptical, you’ll leave happy for sure!
I have to admit that I’m not the guy who comments or review on the businesses, but this one deserves a good review from a Vegan who is searching everywhere I go when I’m traveling. The place is very nice, clean, low light, excellent personnel, answer my doubts about the food, no every place that say is Vegetarian is it, but I liked the ambience. I tried the Portobello steak with veggies, in the start with a butternut squash soup that was exquisite! I was full with another appetizer, but I want to order a dessert that I had to take out! Then in the hotel I tasted and was awesome! Now I’ll return for a second chance with another nice dish! 🙂
Beautiful dining room. Food was delicious. Server courteous and efficient. I’ll definitely be back.
This is one of the tastiest and nicest restaurants I’ve ever been to, and everything is vegan to boot! I had the raw cheese plate, the ravioli, and the chocolate cake and everything was amazing! Our server Lisa was excellent and made great recommendations. I will definitely make a point to come back here next time I’m in Chicago.
If all vegan food tasted like this….
As I try to think how to convey my experiences here, I struggled until I took my parents and brother here. For background we are a foodie family who celebrates at places like MOTO and the French laundry. For reference, we ate at NAHA the night before going to Karyn’s. —- that said in 30 years I have never seen this group enjoy food so much.
Every bite brims of flavor. Surprising flavor as the fake meat taste like the meat with an added freshness. Starting with the whipped butter (not real butter) to the burger and the buffalo chicken to the biscuits and gravy. The salads are some of the best in the city and the bread is delicious. I strongly suggest ordering to share and trying as much as you can.
For you carnivores, I too am one of you. Of all places, this is where you want to let go and walk on the vegan side for a day. Start slowly by getting the corn on the cob 🙂
Open and airy. Simple and beautiful. Lots is space. For dinner not the best place for kids. For brunch, bring them. Service every time is pleasant, but not over bearing.
For the weekends there is a $5 parking lot right next door. The entrance is one block west (Peoria) but the French had a gate right next to the restaurant.
(I hesitate to share this) on Sunday they have a brunch that is the standard Chicago. $10-$12 plate price. Never crowded. Crazy great food. On Sunday, they have a sweets table (coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, etc) for $8 a table which I can’t even describe. I found out about the brunch a month ago and have taken people there three of the four weeks in Sunday morning
Again, if only all vegan food tasted like this.
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My favorite place in Chicago!!!! Can't wait to go again !! The weekend brunch is amazing !! All my non-vegans friends love it too !
Great food! It would be nice to see some meals without tamari and noma shoyu, especially for those who have allergies to these ingredients. Thanks
It's great to see finally a new website!!! The other one was not very friendly at all! Yes the food is pricey, but if you've ever bought raw organic nuts on its own...you almost need to take out second mortgage just to be able to consistently always have them available. Food is good and it's nice to see new meals come out on a more frequent basis! In the past, it was almost always the same meals being sold. Just one mind boggling curious thought...why is there such a turn around with employees here. It's kind of nice to see the same employees working here everytime we visit. I guess it's all in running a business.