Ceres' Table

4.7
571 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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About

The restaurant features regional, Italian-inspired seasonal plates that pay homage to tradition with respect to the technique, process, and history of Italian cuisine. A reflection of the Italian lifestyle, Ceres’ Table has forged meaningful connections with Midwestern farmers in the spirit of cooking with seasonal, local, and sustainable ingredients wherever possible. In continuation of that philosophy, Chef O'Neill will expand and seasonally adjust our menu with what is available in the market and from our purveyors on regular basis.

CT's 100% italian-focused wine list showcases a sophisticated yet approachable variety, with more than 200 selections available by the bottle and 20 by the glass. Additionally, the craft cocktail program highlights both classics and house specialty cocktails. The bar opens daily at 5pm.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(773) 922-4020
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Steve O'Neill
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Cross street
Briar
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Parking details
There is ample street parking as well as two paid lots immediately to the south of the restaurant.
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Public transit
Broadway & Belmont - Bus
Belmont - CTA
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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J
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and drinks !

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BF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best! Our family loves the restaurant

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QV
Chicago
173 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for always being so supportive of The Lynn Sage Foundation.

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C
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service, i would have rated higher but the hosts were terrible and ignored reservation requests. Kitchen is slow and sadly unpredictable as to timing so our food came out at vastly different times which lessened the experience 9we were only two so shouldn’t be hard to hold until both meals are ready?

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n
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had around an hour and a half before a theater performance. We let out waitress know. We were not rushed - we had cocktails, an appetizer. Entrees and dessert. Our waitress was great. She was knowledgeable. Guided us through cocktails and food. The food was delicious. Preparation and presentation were great.
We’ve been dining at Cere’s Table since they were on Clark Street and always look forward to their interesting menu.

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MD
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband's birthday at Cere's Table with our son and his girlfriend who live nearby. Both are foodies; she trained as a chef. Cere's Table was their recommendation. It was perfect! The food was delicious. The service was genial. The cocktails were beautifully presented as well as great tasting--not too sweet. We ordered many things---arancini, crostini, salad with basil crumbs, a couple of pizzas, mushroom risotto, pasta bolognese-- and shared. Our son and his girlfriend took some of the pizza home. We cleaned our plates of everything else and managed a little dessert. We look forward to going back there. There are many more things we want to try!

P.S. It is best to Uber or take public transportation. It is about a 15 minute walk from the Belmont El stop.

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CP
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit, but Ceres' Table lived up to its recent reviews. The food was delicious, the wines were excellent and the service was superb. We were celebrating an anniversary and the staff went out of their way to bring us special treats and indulge our requests to share several dishes. We had fun!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Better than expected based on the reviews I read. The Food was very good.

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AR
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible service. They didn't ask how I wanted my steak prepared. Not once did our waiter ascertain satisfaction during the meal. Then he just dropped the check without asking if we wanted anything else.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was just okay. Nice interior so I’d go back for a glass of wine but not for food.

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DL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Great food! The service, however, was just much too slow. We were going to a show that started at 10....got to our reso at 7:30, and were still nearly late to the show. It really shouldn't take almost 2.5 hours for a meal. In addition, our waiter was really nice and friendly, but disappeared for long stretches of time which was a bit frustrating as well. I'd come back, but only when I didn't have somewhere to be after my meal.

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M
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

ordered a salad and pizza. They were supposed to have great pizza but came out and it was cold in the middle like it just came out of the freezer and popped in the oven, but just not long enough!! Really sucked. Was wife's B-Day. Wont return.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my daughter’s 24th birthday. It was a cute bougie restaurant with great food and awesome service.

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V
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

This was a tough review to write. Food was GREAT. Really solid and even special. Only complaint food-wise is that they were already running out of things at 8pm - -not great planning. The BIG downside in our experience was the service. It was TERRIBLE. Probably worst I've ever had at a restaurant of this supposed caliber. We had a spunky waitress who looked like she had WAY too many tables to serve. She left us for really really long stretches (including waiting for our initial drinks) and then was defensive when we said something. Even the bus service was poor with plates not cleared, water not refilled and a wobbly table that took multiple attempts to fix.

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D
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I have eaten here several times over the past few years, but this was a disappointment. The service was very slow. Three of us dined, and none of us particularly enjoyed our entree (Branzino, risotto, tagliatelle). To end the evening, the waitress first gave us a bill for about 1/2 of our order. Then we asked her to split the check between 2 credit cards, and that was wrong too.

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JB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Not terribly impressed with the service here. Was meeting friends for dinner before going to Blue Man Group, and it turned out making 6pm dinner reservations for 8pm theater tickets was a necessity. Server was polite and apologetic, but the only thing that came quickly & efficiently was water. We had to ask for our drinks, bread, and meals. The food was very good, but all the waiting made us nervous and took some of the pleasure out of the meal.

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A
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiance and I love to come to Ceres Table about once a month or so and sit at the bar in front of the big pizza oven. We almost always split a pizza (the Rucola is our favorite!) with a couple of cocktails. The bartender makes delicious drinks and is super friendly. He also makes homemade limoncello that we love to have at the end of our meal! Would definitely recommend to others.

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s
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

the margarita pizza that I ordered didn't have any cheese on it - I would not recommend this item

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JW
New England
31 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place! I always sit in the bar area. Sometimes at the bar. The bartender is great and this time he was waiting tables. If you like Italian wine I think they have the best by the glass wine list I’ve ever found. The wine is terrific and a $15 glass of Barolo can’t be beat. Did I mention the generous pour? I’ve never had anything I didn’t like. This time we both had delicious homemade pasta. Mine was bolognese and the sauce was perfect. I’ve always had veal in the past but for some reason it wasn’t on the menu this time.

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b
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars at Ceres Table and our recent dinner was wonderful. A mix of our regular favorites (pizza) and new options (cacio e pepe ravioli, insalata di treviso alla griglia, clams). Truly an ALWAYS FAVORITE for us.

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CD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maria was a great server. Lovely ambiance. Creative food.

This was our first time at Ceres Table. We'll all be back!

Thanks for making our birthday celebration so special!

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L
Cleveland
34 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Walked to Cere from Airbnb. Airbnb recommended the restaurant. We waited a lol before the server arrived. We ordered Caesar salads which just ok, not croutons. To pizzas, one had a white sauce with Tampa the other was supposed to be a suave Nd pepperoni which arrived without cheese? The pasta bologna was jus so so. It is a beautiful place. But the food could be greatly improved.

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LJ
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great neighborhood go to. The food is always good and the service is great. I have the branzino which was perfectly prepared. My friend had the orecchietti with sausage, both were yummy. Great wines by the glass.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Management seemed off. We had about 7 different servers & busers come to our table. The mushroom risotto balls were very dry and the hanger steak was served completely raw in the middle.

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great booking and excellent service from the people at ceres. I appreciate it!

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BF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Frequent customers. Daughter’s bday this time. Something was off. Food was fine instead of great,including the Florentine steak. We’ll continue to come though. I’m bummed that I can no longer get Tip of the Boot cocktail.

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OT
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend for dinner and everything was wonderful! Great service, great food, and great limoncello. We can't wait to go back!

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b
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is ridiculously good. Definitely try a cocktail and order a pizza handmade in their pizza oven!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, great service.

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KM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall good.

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MB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food the fish was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented
Service was excellent-our waiter was fun and attentive

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TT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quite the surprise -- a neighborhood gem. Immediately placed on our repeat list.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ceres never fails to impress. I have Celiacs and always feel safe eating here. No repercussions. I had the monkfish over lentil purée. So tasty.
The service is spot on. Not overly hovering but ready.
Like that they have an extensive wine list. Impressive for a smaller restaurant.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s become my great local restaurant and I’ve been bring friends from all over the city and all says I s a gem in the city...

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M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

This was my second visit. The first time, during the week, it was fabulous. This time, on a Friday night, service was inattentive and the wait for our meal was much too long.

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MG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambience were excellent. The cocktails were amazing. I’ll be back.

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S
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A neighborhood gem.. food and wine always outstanding..

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday
Great restaurant with amazing food and service. Mora was the best in giving us suggestions and serving us .

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b
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great time at Cere's table! the atmosphere is nice without being stuffy, and the food was delicious! We especially loved the burrata and the fact that all the pasta is hand made in house. We will definitely be going back.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We attended for Valentines Day. We made a reservation for 8:30 which I would have never guessed would mean that they would be sold out of both dishes I wanted, but they were. They didn't let us know this at the door, and no there was no compensation for it. I settled for the Halibut, but it was very, very bland. Our waitress never came around to ask how our main dishes were so I did not have a chance to tell her. I ended up splitting my fiance's entree with him instead. Again, there was no attention to this when our plates were picked up. Overall, we were very disappointed in our decision to choose Cere's Table for our Valentine's Day. They seemed ill prepared and disinterested in making up for it. The drink menu is extensive, and the place is really cute/romantic. So, if you went for drinks and a meal I think it would be nice. However, I can not recommend it for special occasions.

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