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Cedars Mediterranean Restaurant

16 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups

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Whether you're visiting our dining room, carrying out, or throwing a party, Cedars provides its guests with excellent, healthy food in a festive atmosphere! We also feature flavorful kebobs and steaks broiled at 1500 degrees, sealing in juices & tenderness!

Cedars prides itself on a traditional Mediterranean menu that includes Hummus, Falafel, Cous Cous, Shawerma & Kebobs that fill our dining room with magnificent aromas for guests to enjoy as they observe our gallery open-kitchen.

With a BYO policy, guests find that our prices are surprisingly moderate, and combined with splendid food and local popularity, waits are common on the weekend, so be sure to arrive early!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Daily: 11:30AM - 4:00PM
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Friday - Saturday: 4:00PM - 11:00PM
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Phone number
(773) 324-6227
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cedars caters events for all sizes and offers both buffet and plate service. We can also provide a full staff dressed in formalwear upon request. Please inquire with our event manager about this service. Please use the menus below as suggestions of Cedars’ most popular items, but our specialty is customizing each event to your specific dining needs.
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Cross street
Woodlawn Ave.
Bar/Lounge, BYO Liquor, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Takeout
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3.5based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on September 18, 2014

My friend and I went there before a visit to the DuSable Museum in Hyde Oark, and both had marvelous soups (lentil is their house special, wonderful and spicy) and terrific fresh and robust salads. Wonderful lunch spot in Hyde Park, with free parking right at the front door, as it's in a little strip mall.

3.0Dined on July 27, 2014

Someone might want to tell the waiter about Open table, he didn't have a clue about Open Table or my reservation. Have to ask twice for extra bread then ask the other waitress to bring it. Also she had to bring extra water and my meal. I didn't understand why he was my waiter, he was constantly doing other things beside waiting on my daughter and myself. Food is good but service was horrible and a turnoff. I will come back w/o the waiter.

2.0Dined on June 29, 2014

I liked the ambiance. The food was just ok. I've had better and this food was pretty subpar. I can appreciate the service. Everyone was really nice. I just thought the food was not that good.

5.0Dined on April 27, 2014

We have been here many times, and planned a group dinner with out of town guests this time. Sunday evening was not too noisy and not crowded. Polite service and food came out quickly and for the whole table at once. Many of our party were vegetarian and they were happily fed. Portions are substantial, so many entrees can be shared. Food was fresh and tasty, and our dining experience was great. We were so happy our guests found this place to be excellent as well. Glad to bring them here and proud of this restaurant in our neighborhood of Hyde Park. The prices are great too. Just days earlier we spent 4 times as much at the new Hyde Pk Restaurant A10 and food wasn't nearly as good. We will pick Cedars from now on! Great Healthy Food!

4.0Dined on September 30, 2013

We enjoyed the cucumber melon smoothies and the sandwiches and steaks are good and will be ordered again. Great neighborhood spot!

4.0Dined on March 31, 2013

All selected menu items were terrific, and we have always enjoyed the food here, and this on visit, Cedars delivered again. Food is fresh and good quality and flavors are excellent. Authentic Middle Eastern faire, with a slight American slant which makes the food a crowd pleaser to appetites of all types. We love the vegetarian options here, and the healthy ingredients. Portions are sizable, and prices are good. Meals can be shared which we do, to get a variety of dishes. The one drawback is the restaurant can get noisy when full because of the acoustics, however this was a brunch visit for us, and pleasantly quiet. We would love to see some gluten-free options added to the menu in the future. Great neighborhood favorite for us!

2.0Dined on March 24, 2013

The server a friendly the atmospher was nice I will probably have to come in again to tr more selection to really gib=ve thsi establishment a fair grade

4.0Dined on February 3, 2013

The food at Cedars was wonderful, very fresh, and large portions. Our group had the "dips" sampler and with fresh warm pita, it was excellent. Delicious lentil soup and a large fresh salad made a perfect lunch dish. I would definitley go back -- prices very reasonable -- but service was surprisingly slow, especially considering that we were literally the only party this server was waiting on! I had to go find her behind the bar to pay the bill, even though we had told her several times that we were on a tight schedule due to nearby theater tickets. She told us that she was new, so perhaps that's why. With a little more polish and attention with the service, I'd highly recommend Cedars when you are in Hyde Park.

4.0Dined on December 27, 2012

This was a pleasent surprise, delicious food, in a neighborhood that doesn't have many dining options. Very convenient to the Museum of Science and Industry.

4.0Dined on December 9, 2012

Good food and nice atmosphere make this a neighborhood gem. Nice variety of Mediterranean fare.

4.0Dined on October 21, 2012

The services was very outstanding.There meal was very different and the give you a lot of it. They salads could be better .

4.0Dined on September 19, 2012

We really enjoyed this neighborhood eatery near our sons home in Hyde Park. The rice pudding was especially delicious!

5.0Dined on July 24, 2012

I found Cedars on OpenTable and suggested to friends who live nearby that we go there. They said that it is one of their favorite neighborhood restaurants. I was not disappointed. The food was plentiful and excellent. It is very reasonable considering it's location. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Middle Eastern cuisine.

4.0Dined on May 6, 2012

Great food at an unbelievable price. We had the three cheese flatbread appetizer which was enough for a meal in itself. My husband had the chicken wings dinner which was more than enough for two dinners and I had the lemon chicken and took home half of it. Everything was seasoned perfectly. We can't wait to visit again. The dining room is bare, no frills, but the food makes up for it.

4.0Dined on February 12, 2012

Wonderful good and a very nice waitress.

4.0Dined on January 4, 2012

Affordable prices- you get a lot of food for the money. I love that it's BYOB!