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Diners' Choice: Mediterranean restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Mediterranean cuisine in Chicago / Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Pistores restaurant
4.9
4.9 (24)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Pistores is a family owned, neigborhood eatery, serving high-quality delicious food in a fun, friendly, casual environment. Chef Joel and Andrea Reno pride themselves in offering warm genuine hospitality to our River North neighbors and visitors with delectable artisan pizzas, pastas, salads, sandwiches, small plates, entrees, and pastries. Our full service bar compliments our seasonally changing menu with local craft beers, and fresh creative cocktails, and unique regional wines. Come join us and experience firsthand our Pistores family, Friends, and mouthwatering food and beverages. Our state of the art pastry kitchen also houses Pistores cakes, designer cakes by cake artist Andrea Reno.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
The concept of pizza and pastries is a winning one. The thin crust pizza is elegant and tastefully presented, the Detroit pizza is rich and decadent, the focaccia Light, really allowing the toppings to shine. The pastries are out of this world. Highly recommended 
A photo of A Thousand Tales restaurant
4.7
4.7 (50)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Mount Prospect
About the restaurant
Enjoy the perfect fusion of Turkish and Mediterranean dishes at A Thousand Tales. Start off your early morning at our cafe with the perfect cappuccino, latte, americano, or espresso paired with a Turkish bagel or Balkan-style borek stuffed with potatoes, cheese, or ground beef. A Thousand Tales offers a variety of breakfast options including veggie omelettes, waffles, and traditional Turkish platters. You must try the eggs with soudjouk or menemen! Bring your friends and family for lunch and dinner and enjoy the mixed grill that includes lamb chops, chicken shish kabob, kofte kabob, adana kabob, lamb shish kabob, lahmacun (Turkish pizza), and traditional beyti kabob. Finally, end your meal with Turkish coffee paired with Sutlac (Rice pudding), Kazandibi (Turkish flan), pistachio baklava, eclairs, honey cake, or our specialty cookies. Enjoy the summer weather by dining at our outdoor tables while sipping on some refreshing homemade lemonade and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Top review
DianeH
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
LOVE this restaurant! Generous portions. Tales Salad is an absolute treat. Save room for the most decadent desserts!
A photo of avec West Loop restaurant
4.8
4.8 (576)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
West Loop
About the restaurant
avec, a wine-focused chicago restaurant featuring midwestern takes on mediterranean classics,
inspired by the sun-drenched wine regions of southern europe. avec west loop has been a chicago favorite for 20 years. originally conceived as a wine bar, avec is the second concept from celebrated one-off hospitality. with communal and bar seating—it's a high-energy, intimate, and interactive experience.

Top review
PTE1vip
Dined 6 days ago
The food was great, the service was good, at lunchtime the small restaurant was packed and noisy
A photo of La Parra Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (443)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Berwyn
About the restaurant
La Parra Restaurant & Bar, in Berwyn, IL, is a premier dining establishment serving the Chicago, Cicero and Oak Park areas. We specialize in home made pastas, tapas and the best cocktails you'll ever try. We offer a Mediterranean style menu, a full bar, and dine in or carry out options.

For your next night out, visit La Parra Restaurant & Bar in Berwyn. The best Mediterranean around!

Top review
LeeGvip
Dined 7 days ago
We tried the octopus, garlic shrimp, scallops and mussels. Everything was delicious. We will go back and bring friends. The sangria is also very good! The service is very good.
A photo of Citrine Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1187)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Oak Park
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Oak Park IL, Citrine offers Mediterranean influenced cuisine with American flair. The menu includes seasonal fish and vegetable dishes, braised meats cooked in clay pots and fresh bread from our brick oven.
Top review
LisaD
Dined 3 days ago
The branzino special got my attention, so I ordered that and the calamari appetizer. My friend and I considered splitting a salad. The server suggested the beet salad but I wanted something green. He remembered the branzino I ordered was paired with broccolini the day before and said he’d ask the kitchen if they’d make some for me. He confirmed they could add broccolini as we enjoyed our calamari. Small things like this make a difference. The branzino was juicy and tender and the broccolini very flavorful.
A photo of Aba - Chicago restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2103)
$50 and over
Mediterranean
West Loop
About the restaurant
Aba is a Mediterranean restaurant with locations in Chicago, IL, Austin, TX, and Bal
Harbour, FL. Aba, meaning father in Hebrew, incorporates Chef CJ Jacobson’s lighter style
of cooking with influences from the Mediterranean, including Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, and
Greece. The bar program showcases rare Mediterranean-inspired wines and spirits.
Signature dishes include Smoky Garlic Hummus, Muhammara, Heirloom Crispy Chicken
Thigh, Shawarma-Spiced Skirt Steak, Grilled Salmon Kebab and more. The bar program
showcases rare Mediterranean-inspired wines and spirits.

Top review
Ellie
Dined 7 days ago
Service and food was excellent. A little bit too noisy tii ok talk at the table, but otherwise everything was great!
A photo of Pinched on the River restaurant
4.8
4.8 (327)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
The most unique and eclectic Mediterranean inspired food with a pinch of this and a pinch of that.
Top review
Laurelvip
Dined on 25 Feb 2024
Lovely restaurant on the canal in streeterville area of Chicago. The staff are amazing and the food was so good!
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4.7
4.7 (200)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Naperville
About the restaurant
Love, laughter & lamb—a celebration of food, family & Ouzo! Hearth cooking from the heart inspired by recipes from our Papou, passed through generations.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We had a wonderful experience, excellent food, friendly service, highly recommend
A photo of avec River North restaurant
4.7
4.7 (125)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
under the culinary direction of james beard award-winning chef, Paul Kahan and executive chef Dylan Patel, avec river north brings warm and rustic mediterranean-inspired cuisine.

interested in hosting an event or large group with us?
email vipevents@oneoffhospitality.com to book with us today!

Top review
theTO
Dined 2 days ago
We had a party of 9. We ordered a little bit of everything. The food was absolutely amazing. Everything was delicious and fresh. Easily one of my best meals in Chicago.
A photo of Ema restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4261)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
A Mediterranean & California-inspired restaurant featuring small plates & Chef CJ Jacobson's lighter style cooking in Chicago's River North.
Top review
JoseB
Dined 3 days ago
Decently sized portions. Tasty dishes. Highly recommend the almond garlic dip to go with your pita bread, that itself I consider a meal. The kefta kebob dishes are highly recommended as well. Service was efficient and courteous.
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