Taste 222

4.5
96 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • Lunch
Taste 222 is the storefront showcase of Cleveland Avenue headquarters, a venture capital and consulting firm that invests in remarkable food, beverage and restaurant concepts.

Taste 222 honors entrepreneurs by providing a supportive and experiential environment for their food and beverage creations. In addition to original offerings from our culinary team, Taste 222 features new products from entrepreneurs ranging from grab-and-go beverages to delectable desserts.

The restaurant also gives other Cleveland Avenue business partners a retail venue to test new food and beverage concepts with consumers.
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4.3
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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

It was a first date ....place was empty
Server wanted to go home and rushed

The two appetizers were good drinks were good

Just empty for 830 on a Friday ....with poor service

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BB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We live across the street and love this place. It’s a hidden gem with really surprisingly tasty food. Super convenient for us! Totally worth a trip. A super cool spot for a date. Instagrammable AF. Don’t miss the pear with Brie. Sometimes the service a little slow but the food and ambience totally make up for it. Great lounge spot in the back to hang out. we will keep going back!

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KP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A really good restaurant where you can have dinner with friends and actually have a conversation that everyone at the table can hear. That alone would make it worth going to but the food and knowledgeable staff are the real stars.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

Didn’t like food or drinks. Sent back first drinks. Second was not much better. Appetizers weren’t great. Ate dinner at another restaurant

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D
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our second time at Taste222 and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent, the service was on-point, and we love the ambiance. We’re just sad it took us this long to find this spot (it is a 5-minute walk from our home). We will be back often!

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TA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing everything...a gem of a place. The level of care in every detail from the atmosphere to the unpretentious charismatic staff, to the craft cocktails and insanely great food, you will have a great meal experience. Usually you have to give up on something when dining out but this place has it all.

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DC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We were at Taste 222 for BOTH a late Biz Lunch and an early Biz Happy Hour meeting on the same day with different clients.

The lunch was decent...

The Duck Tacos were a bit dry however and not really as good as other Duck Tacos I have had previously. (I am a big fan of both Duck and Tacos.)
Too much “gristle / inedible pieces” of Duck in my Taco.

Happy Hour snacks and drinks were great.

Good ambiance for biz meeting both outside on the lnice patio...and inside in the front bar area.
Although chairs could definitely be a bit more comfortable inside in the tables at the bar area.

Liked the ambiance overall will check it out again in the future.

Cheers!
Dave

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SF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been to Taste 222 several times. The food always is outstanding. The servers are knowledgeable, friendly, and take great care of us. The atmosphere is conducive to conversations. I going again this week.

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OM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The place is great most of the time but the kitchen is not consistent, same food different days taste differently. In my last visit the soup was great (carrot ginger) but my salad with Tuna was not that good. The Tuna was tasteless and the salad was just OK

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a
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I took one of my co-workers to Taste 222 and the first thing she commented on was the atmosphere. When you walk through the door, you are greeted with genuine smiles and great personality. From the hostesses to the servers to the kitchen, Taste 222 is awesome. Kudos to the wonderful owners!!

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8
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

For overall value and ambience, I would recommend it. Service, however, left something to be desired.

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fantastic brunch! The shrimp & grits and chicken & waffles are to die for. Will be back very soon!

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CM
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beginning with a warm greeting on a wet and chilly night for an out-of-town stranger, my Taste 222 experience was excellent. Kudos to the chef, whose Korean BBQ and red snapper were spiced to perfection. Kudos to mixmaster Alan for crafting an impeccable Old Fashioned. Finally, kudos to Kamayla (sp?), who provided peerless menu advice, friendly conversation and great service. My new go to spot in Chi-town👌🏾. Craig M.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Not a great experience.

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DW
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing restaurant with a great staff and really good food!

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SS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing, the service was amazing and the atmosphere was simply gorgeous. A true gem!

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EW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service. The front of the restaurant has a really lovely decor which was perfect for our girls lunch. The back room has a bit of a different vibe with a wall of TV screens so there is something for everyone.

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a
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This has become my first restaurant of choice. The food is great, the service and servers are great, and the atmosphere is wonderful. Don and Liz have done an outstanding job of creating a welcoming atmosphere when you walk through the door.

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DB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I’ve only dined here a few times but I must say each time the food has been exquisite. I’ll be back.

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MG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to get coffee or breakfast, and cocktails! Beautiful setting and the staff and service was very attentive and accommodating!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the place and the food! Would definitely go back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Good food as always, but very slow service. This is in contrast to my other visits.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The food was GREAT! The service could have been much better.

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SA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! Simply perfection. We went there for brunch. I had the their burger. It was truly one of the best I've ever had. The place is beautiful and the staff is wonderful. I love Taste 222.

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KY
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Sunday breakfast brunch place. Great atmosphere, awesome staff. Hats off to our waiter Rashid.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband really loves restaurants. I was referred here by a friend and they did not disappoint. My husband loves his meal; mine was a tad sweet for me. They saw I wasn’t thrilled and offered me something else. I really appreciated that. I ended up with chicken sausage, grits and biscuits. It was REALLY good. Great Sunday brunch option.

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EH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and excellent food! My only regret is not finding out about this place sooner.

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c
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, excellent food, and noise level was low - whic is hard to find downtown. Well worth it!

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M
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a pleasure!

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NR
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome food and service! Definitely going back!!

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TS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a hidden gem in Chicago. The ambiance and food were fantastic. I will definitely be going back to Taste 222.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had Mother’s Day Brunch, Food was fantastic.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I was in town and went to dinner with my family. From the moment we arrived, the staff and even other patrons were welcoming and accommodating. My Dad uses a walker to ambulate and was received very graciously and warmly. We were snapping selfies and another patron stopped eating to take a picture for us (thanks again Maxwell!) The service we received was excellent. CJ and the staff were great. I have a lovely time with my parents and uncle.

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VA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very friendly staff. Was a little disappointed that a wine that we selected was not available. Also they changed from the fried Mac and cheese that we've enjoyed before to a good but not as good version. And cmon $8.00 for that small serving of cornbread is totally unreasonable. Desert selection could improve. However, in general we did enjoy the meal.

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CN
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

We sat by the door and each time the door opened, a blast of wind would blow onto us. I would rather have eaten at home. It was an unpleasant experience.

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GL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was excellent!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This experience was simply amazing. From the food, to the music, all the way to the amazing staff.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Food and service was great. Desert was also great!

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PP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Favorites - shrimp avocado toast, grilled cheese, jerk pork (that was a special, but I hope it comes back). Perfect for business/personal meet-ups. Great atmosphere, quality food, reasonable prices.

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LJ
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Service was great, nice ambiance, but the star of the show was the food. Truly enjoyed the shrimp & grits, chicken & waffles and the lobster roll.

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