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Mana Food Bar

Restaurants, Vegetarian Wicker Park
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Photograph: Erica Gannett Mana Food Bar

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

At this shoebox-size meatless mecca, global vegetarian fare is gobbled up by diners lounging on chunky wood stools and in dark booths under dim lights. Most dishes are available in small and large sizes, so even a party of two can sample lots of dishes. Our favorites include the sesame noodles, bibimbap and a fresh panzanella, and you'll probably see at least one brown rice-mushroom slider delivered to every single table. Housemade ice creams make a great ending, unless you’re looking to drink dessert, in which case go for the cucumber Sakerita.



Address: 1742 W Division St
Cross street: between Hermitage Ave and Wood St
Transport: El stop: Blue to Division. Bus: 9, 50, 56, 70.
Price: Average small plate: $7
Opening hours: Lunch (Sat), dinner
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Users say (4)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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My friends and I had maybe 7 dishes on the menu in total. Our favorite was the sweet and sour tofu. The least favorite was probably the slider, which was surprising to me because I really liked it last time I was at Mana. 

The service itself was okay. I didn't really like the speed/order in which the dishes came out of the kitchen. 

The only vegetarian restaurant that has been universally loved by all of my carnivore friends. Service tends to be just-okay, but the food and small-plate format keep us coming back.


As a vegetarian, I was surprised to find that I'd never heard of Mana Food Bar before stumbling upon it while walking around Wicker Park. The toughest part was deciding which things to order, and how many from the hot and cold menus. The cocktail list is a lot of fun, too, with multiple options for sake drinks. 

The portions at Mana Food Bar are deceivingly filling for how small they are. Each is packed with flavor meant to be eaten slowly and savored. It's a bit pricier than the Division Street restaurants around it, but the extra money is well worth it for a good date. You can split three dishes with someone and go home with a full belly.