Just a few minutes away from Mondial River West, you’ll find a cozy and elegant vegetarian restaurant called Mana Food Bar. Adjacent to its sister restaurant, Anaba Handroll Bar, Mana features a menu of creative, globally-inspired vegetarian small plates. With its innovative dishes and intimate, contemporary setting, the establishment has quickly become a neighborhood favorite for both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
A Noble Mission and Inviting Atmosphere
Mana Food Bar aims to provide seasonal, fresh cuisine to the community. Their menu changes based on the flavors of the season and what produce is available. The owners hope to provide an elegant, innovative dining experience at a reasonable price.
The interiors feature rustic whitewashed brick, a palette of warm woods, and clean, recessed lighting. With its casual but intimate environment, this would make an excellent spot for a date, a get-together with friends, or a solo outing. The space is on the smaller side, so reservations are recommended for weekends. Mana is open during evenings from 5:00 pm onwards, but note that they are closed on Sundays. During the warm weather months, the restaurant also invites diners to enjoy its beautiful outdoor patio.
Vegetarian Small Plates to Die For
Mana’s menu features hot and cold dishes as well as a selection of savory sides. Most of their menu items are available in both a small and large plate format with plenty of vegan and gluten-free dishes. Patrons rave about the flavorful Sesame Noodles, featuring wheat noodles tossed in a spicy sesame sauce. Shredded carrots and cabbage offer a bright pop of color. Other house favorites include the Gnocchi and the hearty Mushroom Saute, served with a creamy polenta. The dessert offerings vary by day, but guests highly recommend them. So try to save room if you can!
The drink menu includes a variety of alcoholic beverages as well as smoothies, juices, coffee, and tea. Highlights include their daily special Boozy Slushie, as well as their small but carefully curated selection of sakes.
Mana Food Bar is just one of Chicago’s wonderful culinary offerings. In the River West area, you’re always just steps away from vibrant culture and entertainment. Please contact us today to learn more about how you can join our community.Back to all posts