Essence of India

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4.2
Service
4.0
Ambiente
4.4
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OT
Chicago
2 Bewertungen
Besucht am 29. September 2019
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

Exceptional food! Every dish was wonderful. Service was great. Would highly recommend.

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J
Chicago
14 Bewertungen
Besucht am 16. August 2019
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

We've eaten there many times. One of my favorite Indian restaurants.

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OT
Chicago
2 Bewertungen
Besucht am 27. Juli 2019
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

The food was phenomenal. We had a couple of the speciality cocktails as well which were great. Our service was spot on. We will most certainly return!

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BJ
Chicago
6 Bewertungen
Besucht am 22. Juni 2019
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

Always great food

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c
Chicago
13 Bewertungen
Besucht am 30. März 2019
Gesamt 4Essen 4Service 4Ambiente 3

Dined there at 6:30 p.m. on a Saturday eve. Overall, Excellent Indian food, with an extensive menu of "all the things you want." The samosas were slightly disappointing because, instead of the sort-of flaky crust we're used to, these seemed to be dipped in a batter and deep-fried. The result was "OK," but not great. Our main courses were well-seasoned and tasty, with a choice of three levels of spiciness, although the Lamb Vindaloo , requested spicy, was "spicy" but not "Indian spicy." Good Taj Mahal beer (still brewed in India, unlike Kingfisher, which is now brewed by Ambev in Saratoga Springs, NY, and, accordingly, tastes like Bud). The "salty" lassi is VERY salty -- get the regular instead. Service was "earnest" but the restaurant was a bit overwhelmed by a full house -- you should probably allow 90 minutes for a dinner at peak hours. Anyhow, we really enjoyed our dinner and we're going back!

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S
Chicago
16 Bewertungen
Besucht am 30. März 2019
Gesamt 1Essen 1Service 1Ambiente 1

We were seated by the door. It was cold, and every time someone entered, we got a blast of cold air. The restaurant was full, so I could not request to be moved. I ordered hot black tea; but, when it arrived, the water was cold. I asked for a new pot, but waited 10 minutes, and when it arrived, there was no tea bag, and no cup. I had to wait again. We ordered vegetable samosas, but with the last bite, I found a rubber band in the food. I showed it to the waiter, and he feigned concern, said he would tell the chef; but, we never heard again, and we were not offered any concession or an apology. The saffron rice was very bland. It was supposed to have cardamom and cloves, but it tasted like plain rice with orange coloring. The Achari Murgh was swimming in a clumpy/jelly like sauce. The chicken was all dark meat with gristle and skin. Within a couple of minutes of eating the food, both my wife and I got severe abdominal cramping. The murg Tikka was OK, but very dry. It was supposed to have been marinated in yogurt, but that was hard to believe because of the dryness. We ordered the Raita plain yogurt sauce. It was supposed to have cucumbers, but all we tasted was onions. It was very watery and tasted awful. Because the restaurant was full, the noise level was excessive. In summary, this was one of the worst dining experiences we have ever had. The service was not attentive. There was a rubber band in our food. One of the meals gave us stomach upset, and the rice was bland and the sauces had poor textures and bad tastes. We are experienced in dining at Indian restaurants, so we were expecting a much better experience. We will never be dining there again and will not recommend this to any of our friends.

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L
Miami
18 Bewertungen
Besucht am 8. März 2019
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

We love Essence of India. We ordered both lamb and vegetarian dishes plus the shrimp appetizer. They were all delicious. And the service was unobtrusive and prompt. We’ll keep coming back!

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C
Chicago
31 Bewertungen
Besucht am 20. Februar 2019
Gesamt 3Essen 2Service 3Ambiente 4

Food not as tasty as remembered from earlier visit, but very good martini.

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OT
Chicago
3 Bewertungen
Besucht am 8. Februar 2019
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

Awesome! Delicious food, friendly staff, cute place. Could be casual or special occasion.

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EL
Chicago
2 Bewertungen
Besucht am 1. Februar 2019
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 4

Great food, will go back soon!

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JW
Chicago
1 Bewertung
Besucht am 31. Dezember 2018
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 4

The owner is friendly, our waiter was great. We came back and brought two friends the second time we went. Butterchicken is a must try.

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C
Chicago
32 Bewertungen
Besucht am 17. Dezember 2018
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

An amazingly wonderful neighborhood gem! Best butter chicken in the city. Everything was layered with flavor and the service was equally great.

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LL
Chicago
1 Bewertung
Besucht am 9. November 2018
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

Having come here many, many times; I thought I knew everything I liked on the menu. I found a new favorite. Chicken Shahi Korma was a sweet surprise. I was warned by the server that it would be sweet. It was sweet and good, good, good. I thought everything was balanced just right. There was just the right amount of the wonderfully smooth and creamy curry sauce. The only spice I added was black pepper to give it a little kick. If you're afraid of sweet in the description, order it and let everyone at the table have a bit. You'll say it's a sweet surprise, too.

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D
Chicago
3 Bewertungen
Besucht am 22. August 2018
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 4Ambiente 3

So good! We will be back soon!

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k
Chicago
10 Bewertungen
Besucht am 4. August 2018
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

Essence of India is always a treat. The new wine list is worth checking out and the portions are great. Enough to bring home for meal #2!

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OT
Chicago
1 Bewertung
Besucht am 27. Juli 2018
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

The staff was really accomodating to our group of 7. The manager even opened the patio area for us earlier than usual. Great food and great service! Appreciate the patience and kindness for our group!

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L
Miami
18 Bewertungen
Besucht am 14. Juli 2018
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

Four friends dining at Essence of India for the first time. The food was delicious, service was paced well, helpful, and friendly, nice ambiance. We will return!

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HV
Chicago
2 Bewertungen
Besucht am 30. Juni 2018
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

The food was amazing, loved all the different flavors and spices. The service was great, friendly and helpful. We will definitely go back and highly recommend.

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l
Charleston
11 Bewertungen
Besucht am 21. Juni 2018
Gesamt 4Essen 4Service 3Ambiente 3

Very tasty and clearly consistent, given that the restaurant appeared filled with neighborhood regulars. Great location, good service and excellent food at a reasonable price.

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G
Chicago
20 Bewertungen
Besucht am 21. April 2018
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 4

Great tastes, very reasonable. I'm pretty stuck on something Tandoori. I've had the chicken and the lamb chops, both excellent. My spouse loves the stews. Nothing terribly fancy but excellent tastes. Great spot to go to in Lincoln Square, a few steps from the Davis.

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KN
Chicago
2 Bewertungen
Besucht am 14. April 2018
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

I've been to or ordering from Essence of India over 20 times in past three years. Love their authentic Indian Vegetarian food, easy parking and just opposite of my favorite theater, DAVIS.

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OT
Chicago
1 Bewertung
Besucht am 31. März 2018
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

Food was good, service was good, everything was great!

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BG
Chicago
9 Bewertungen
Besucht am 27. Januar 2018
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

Essence of India never disappoints. My wife and I have been enjoying coming here for years. The food is always very tasty and staff is friendly. We would highly recommend.

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RI
Chicago
13 Bewertungen
Besucht am 14. Januar 2018
Gesamt 3Essen 3Service 3Ambiente 3

I love Indian Food and I though the food was alright (about 2.5 out of 5 stars). The Coconut Curry Shrimp had a gray color and the shrimp was over cooked (not good, had a very vinegar taste). Found the prices to be high for the amount of food received also. The one positive was that the Chicken Tikka Masala was tasteful but sweet. I would not revisit this location.

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OT
Chicago
1 Bewertung
Besucht am 5. Januar 2018
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 4Ambiente 3

Good food and service. Portions were not massive.

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OT
Chicago
1 Bewertung
Besucht am 22. November 2017
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

My favorite place. The best bryani in all of Chicago.

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OT
Chicago
1 Bewertung
Besucht am 18. November 2017
Gesamt 3Essen 5Service 1Ambiente 4

Good food , and good evening over shadowed by the fact that you have to pay extra for rice ...common , really ?

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OT
Chicago
4 Bewertungen
Besucht am 14. Oktober 2017
Gesamt 4Essen 4Service 3Ambiente 3

Appetizers were mediocre but main dishes were very good.

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JG
Chicago
1 Bewertung
Besucht am 30. September 2017
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

Essence of India is a lovely place for delicious food and good conversation.

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SM
Chicago
103 Bewertungen
Besucht am 20. August 2017
Gesamt 4Essen 4Service 4Ambiente 4

Consistently delish.

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OT
San Francisco
1 Bewertung
Besucht am 16. Juni 2017
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

Essence of India has long been one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. I've now had every vegetarian dish they make and I have enjoyed every one. This is my go-to weekend restaurant when I don't feel like cooking. I used to drive up to Devon street for Indian, but I found that I enjoyed this just as much, if not more, so I just stay in Lincoln Square and go to Essence of India.

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S
Chicago
6 Bewertungen
Besucht am 3. Juni 2017
Gesamt 4Essen 5Service 4Ambiente 4

OK so we loved the place, loved the food. But the sodium content had both of us in pain the next day. My feet which never have swollen before were 3 times normal size for 24 hours.

So, we will not be going back. Sadly.

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CF
Chicago
27 Bewertungen
Besucht am 14. Mai 2017
Gesamt 3Essen 3Service 3Ambiente 3

Great location near Lincoln Square.
Nice decoration.
Friendly staff.
Good options for drinks including some interesting Indian-infused cocktails.
Excellent choices and quality for appetizers but the lamb options of the main menu were disappointing: chewy and not cooked properly.
Not sure if I will go back.

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J
Chicago
135 Bewertungen
Besucht am 12. Mai 2017
Gesamt 4Essen 4Service 4Ambiente 4

Essense of India continues to be my favorite Indian restaurant in Chicago. The quality of the food is consistently very good. Their tandoori shrimp is outstanding. The service is always attentive and friendly. Its street parking in Lincoln Square area but still easier than in Devon area.

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s
Chicago
16 Bewertungen
Besucht am 24. April 2017
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

This is our favorite restaurant now. We usually bring our own wine at $10 corkage and we always order 2 jasmine rice with our 3 dishes and we take home enough for lunch the next day. We love this spot!:)

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FF
Chicago
22 Bewertungen
Besucht am 10. April 2017
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

My wife and I enjoy Indian food and after living down the street from Essence of India for several years decided it was time to try it. We are very glad that we did. The food had such flavor, great spiciness if you ask for it, and it's a charming corner spot for date night!

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JN
Washington, D.C
13 Bewertungen
Besucht am 2. April 2017
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 4

My husband and I went to celebrate his birthday before taking in a show at The Old Town School of Folk music. We had a great experience. It was an early Sunday evening so not too crowded. The service was friendly and attentive. The restaurant is very comfortable and attractive. Most importantly the food was excellent. We are vegetarians. There were many selections for us. The Samosas came to us hot and delicious. The 2 vegetable dishes were delicious. The Garlic Naan was the best we've ever had. They have a nice wine and beer selection and the prices are very reasonable. We will defiantly be back.

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EL
Chicago
8 Bewertungen
Besucht am 26. Februar 2017
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 5

Delicious food, beautiful space.

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OT
Chicago
1 Bewertung
Besucht am 29. Januar 2017
Gesamt 4Essen 4Service 4Ambiente 4

We ordered the non - veg sampler and bhuna chicken. The non - veg sampler tasted a bit sweet, which is unusual. It was probably stale as well. The bhuna chicken was simply amazing and perfectly made and quality of chicken too was good. Bhuna is quite spicy.

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OT
Chicago
36 Bewertungen
Besucht am 31. Dezember 2016
Gesamt 5Essen 5Service 5Ambiente 4

I've been coming here for years. Essence is the best Indian food in Chicago.

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