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Diners' Choice: Mediterranean restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated June 05, 2024

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

A photo of avec West Loop restaurant
4.8
4.8 (666)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
West Loop
About the restaurant
avec, a wine-focused restaurant in chicago, features midwestern takes on mediterranean classics.

inspired by the sun-drenched wine regions of the mediterranean, avec west loop has been a chicago favorite for over 20 years. originally conceived as a wine bar, avec is the second concept from celebrated one-off hospitality. with communal and bar seating—it is a high-energy, intimate, and interactive experience.

for parties of 6 or more, please call us at 312-377-2002.
Top review
SusanOvip
Dined 2 days ago
Love the restaurant. Continues to have just the perfect flavors!
A photo of Aba - Chicago restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2282)
$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
Jill
Dined 3 days ago
The food here is amazing! The crispy short rib hummus is a must have. We also loved the cucumbers among all other items we ordered. The vibe and ambiance are just great. Must try whether you’re local or visiting!
A photo of A Thousand Tales restaurant
4.8
4.8 (64)
$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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
The food was delicious and the service was great. We had a wonderful time. Strongly recommend this place to anyone who would like to try Turkish food and would like to have a nice dining experience
A photo of Citrine Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1215)
$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
JolantaS
Dined on May 31, 2024
Entire experience was amazing. Food was simply delicious and service great. It was my first time visiting and I definitely enjoyed my dinner and will be back 😉👍
A photo of Ruscello - Nordstrom Oakbrook Center restaurant
4.8
4.8 (318)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Oak Brook
About the restaurant
Ruscello is a full-service restaurant featuring Mediterranean and Italian-inspired cuisine. The menu is bold in flavor, focusing on great appetizers, salads, sandwiches, brick-oven pizzas, pastas, entrées and housemade desserts. Guests can choose to sit in the dining room or enjoy a drink and food offering in the bar area.

Nordstrom is located on the Northeast corner of Oak Brook Mall. You will find Ruscello on the first floor just inside the East entrance.
Join us for Brunch on weekends.
Top review
BarbaraL
Dined on May 31, 2024
The restaurant was sunny, clean, and pleasant. We all had salads, and the lettuce was fresh and the dressing tasty. A little loud, but we could still hear each other.
A photo of Vasili's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (277)
$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 1 day ago
Seriously one of the best meals I’ve had! The feta brined chicken and the sweet potatoes for the table were to die for! Trio dip is a must. The service and ambience was outstanding, 10/10 highly recommend!
A photo of avec River North restaurant
4.7
4.7 (235)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Very enjoyable experience. Great service and food was prepared perfectly. Food came out quite quickly as well.
A photo of La Parra Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (476)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
La Parra is one of the very few restaurants I frequent. Their drinks are good and their food is even better. I know that when I visit La Parra the experience will be sensational.
A photo of Ema restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4350)
$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
FrancescaDvip
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
The food was fresh and delicious! Great spot for a business lunch.
A photo of Black & Caspian restaurant
4.9
4.9 (222)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
Black & Caspian Wine Bistro is a Modern Mediterranean Wine Bistro in Lakeview East.

Highly regarded locally, our modern international restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating, and a reputation for excellent service. We are known for creating stunning food experiences and our meals are known for being outstanding and well remembered. Our wine bar flows with great international selections – wine and good food pairing forever.
Top review
RichF
Dined on May 18, 2024
Very good food. Prices were moderately priced, did not feel was getting gouged. Very good place and will be back again
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