Himalayan Restaurant and Bar, Niles, Illinois

This restaurant is located across from Golf Mill shopping center in a strip mall. I just love the food here and have eaten here on several occasions.

There was simple and ample handicapped parking that was close to the entrance. There was room for wheelchair loading, and it was easy to access the curb cut. Getting through the front door was a little difficult making the turn from the outside to the inside door. The staff was willing to hold open the doors and were very friendly. The interior of the restaurant was accessible. The waiting area was quite small. The lighting is low and not very good. It was somewhat difficult to navigate to the bathroom and the hallway outside the bathroom was obstructed with baskets with paper table clothes and high chairs. The restrooms were well marked and well lit. There was ample room in the bathroom.

The noise level was comfortable and not hard to hear at your table. It was relaxing and the staff was very friendly and kind. The staff staff was respectful to me and welcoming.The menu had many photos of food available. There were many options for dietary restrictions available. There were vegetarian options available. The restaurant was willing to make substitutions and the food was excellent! The food was very fresh and generous portions. I will definitely come again to this restaurant.
I liked this restaurant very much and the food was great. The major draw back was the bathroom access and the lighting. Overall I give this restaurant 4 stars. It was very good.
“Exterior Access:4” “Parking Lot:4” “Access Through Door:3” “Interior Access:3” “Seating for Wheelchairs:3” “Restroom Access:2” “Ambiance:4” “Staff Interaction:4” “Menu:3” “Food Quality:4” “Overall:3”

Niles, IL 60714

(847) 324-4150
Hours 1130 am to 230 pm for lunch buffet
Dinner hours 5pm to 10 pm
Yelp rating is 4 stars

Tuscany Restaurant, Wheeling, Illinois

I went to Tuscany on July 27, 2014. I had a great time! The staff at the restaurant were very friendly and welcoming towards me. The staff spoke clearly and respectfully. The service was great and they were on top of our needs.

The lighting was good. It was easy to read the menu although there were no pictures to help. There were some menu choices for most common dietary restrictions.  It was easy to get around inside and into the restaurant It was very quiet and easy to have conversations.

I had the minestrone soup and the eggplant parmigiana and tasted pasta from other people. The food was excellent and prepared just right. I felt very comfortable and relaxed at this restaurant and it was easy getting my chair to the table and under the table.

The ambiance of the restaurant was very friendly and nice.  It was little crowded getting to the bathroom but not bad. The bathroom was accessible but a waste basket in the restroom could have caused a fall.

Overall, I give the restaurant 5 stars because of the great ambiance, friendly staff and easy access into and around the restaurant.

[usrlist “Exterior Access:5” “Parking Lot:5” “Access Through Door:5” “Interior Access:5” “Seating for Wheelchairs:5” “Restroom Access:3” “Ambiance:5” “Staff Interaction:5” “Menu:3” “Food Quality:5” “Overall:5”]

Tuscany interior

Tuscany Wheeling

550 S Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090

Phone:(847) 465-9988

Hours: 4 pm to 11 pm

Olive Garden, Vernon Hills, Illinois

Parking was nearby and there was handicapped parking. The lot gets very crowded but it was not hard to get from the parking space to and through the front door.

At Olive Garden in Vernon Hills, I ate salad, bread sticks, and chicken gnocchi soup. The soup was hard for me to eat. At the height of lunch hour it was very crowded. There still was plenty of room to move freely in a wheelchair. The lighting in the restaurant was good. It was easy to read the menu. Conversations were noticeable and you could catch some of what people were saying around you. You might need to ask your meal companions to speak a bit louder.

The staff at the restaurant was friendly The service was great, and they were on top of our needs. The menu was large and easy to read with little clutter. There was a seasonal menu that had pictures. The restaurant has plenty of good choices and there were some menu choices for the most common dietary restrictions. Olive Garden publishes a menu with information about allergens and nutrition. The food was pretty good and tasty. I would eat there again. Overall it was very good.

Olive-Garden-Web

 

“Exterior Access:3” “Parking Lot:4” “Access Through Door:3” “Interior Access:3” “Seating for Wheelchairs:3” “Restroom Access:3” “Ambiance:3” “Staff Interaction:4” “Menu:4” “Food Quality:4” “Overall:4”

Olive Garden, Vernon Hills, Illinois.

701 N Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(847) 816-0293
Hours 11am – 11 PM
For information comparison Yelp gave this Olive Garden location a rating of 3.5 stars, Tripadvisor a rating of 4 stars, and on Urbanspoon 78% like it.

Green Basil Kitchen, Vernon Hills, Illinois

Green Basil

There was easy handicap parking close to the entrance, but there was little space for passenger loading. Regarding access from the parking lot, it was easy to access the curb cut.

There were obstacles in the way of the entrance. The doors were lightweight and easy to open. The doorway was clear and unobstructed. There was sufficient room between the doors.

The staff was not helpful when entering. The interior of the restaurant was very accessible. The aisles between tables was wide and easy to navigate. (See photo below)

The lighting was good.  The seating at the table was easy to access. The waiting area was quite small. There were handicap accessible tables.

It was easy to hear your own conversations. It was quiet.  It was relaxing.

In the beginning the staff was not welcoming at all. However as the meal progressed the staff become more accomodating.

The menu was easy to read because there was good contrast but it had small print. The menu was uncluttered. There were few or no pictures available. There were vegetarian options available. The restaurant did not have senior discount.

The food was excellent, very fresh and extremely tasty! I would come again to this restaurant. I had chicken curry stir fry.

[usrlist “Exterior Access:3” “Parking Lot:4” “Access Through Door:3” “Interior Access:3” “Seating for Wheelchairs:3” “Restroom Access:2” “Ambiance:3” “Staff Interaction:2” “Menu:3” “Food Quality:4” “Overall:3”]

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Green Basil Kitchen

Address: 701 N Milwaukee Ave #284, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Phone: (847) 918-8858

Hours: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm

For comparison purposes Yelp gave Green Basil 3 stars. Urbanspoon 4 stars, and Tripadvisor 4 stars. These sites are for informational purposes, do not apply my criteria and are not from the perspective of a person with a disability.

Pita Inn, Mundelein, Illinois

There was simple handicap parking. It was close to the entrance. There was sufficient room for wheelchair loading. There was easy access. It was easy to access the curb cut. It was easy to navigate the door. This restaurant’s door were wide and easy to enter. It was difficult to enter through the door. The doors were lightweight and easy to open. The interior of the restaurant was very accessible. There was ample room in the waiting area. The aisles between tables was wide and easy to navigate. The lighting was good. There were plenty of accessible tables.

It was easy to hear your own conversations. There was a comfortable noise level in the restaurant.

The staff was positive and helpful. The staff was very friendly and kind. The staff was respectful to me. The staff was patient. The staff was very welcoming.

The menu was difficult to read. The menu had small print. The menu had small print. The menu had poor contrast making it hard to read. The menu had poor contrast making it hard to read. The menu was uncluttered. There were few or no pictures available. The menu was on a tv screen behind the counter. It was far away and hard to read. There were vegetarian options available. The restaurant did not have senior discount. The food was very fresh. The restaurant had large portions.

I will come again to this restaurant. I had the chicken shwarma entree. I give it 3 stars.

“Exterior Access:3” “Parking Lot:4” “Access Through Door:3” “Interior Access:2” “Seating for Wheelchairs:3” “Restroom Access:2” “Ambiance:3” “Staff Interaction:2” “Menu:3” “Food Quality:4” “Overall:3”

Pita Inn

Pita Inn

Address: 200 Oak Creek Plaza, Mundelein, IL 60060

Phone: (847) 566-8888

Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

For comparison Yelp gave this location 4 stars.

Tripadvisor gave this location 4 stars.

Urbanspoon based on 4 reviews gave this location 5 stars.

These other ratings are not taking into account the perspective of person with a disability apparently accounting for the different ratings.