Ceres' Table

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$31 to $50
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Italian
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, Ceres’ Table will expand and seasonally adjust our menus 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.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was absolutely awful. The Crostini served with the Burrata was old - Tasting of old oil and the broccolini tasted like it was left over from a couple days ago. The scampi also taste at all. It really really really really bad experience

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great pizza and a very good service!

T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very attentive waiter and the food was delicious. They offer most of their pastas in two sizes, and opting for the smaller size is the perfect amount for one person. No leftovers and you don't feel overly stuffed.

WM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Branzino was excellent. Portions are small though.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

It would be so much nicer if there was warm outdoor patio lighting, instead of the cold/uneven lighting on the sidewalk. Otherwise it’s great

A
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Although Ceres Table is in a great location and looks appealing, the value is not there for the food. My pasta was delicious, but I paid $27 for a large portion that was more of a medium size. For 2 people, we spent $95 for an app, rose, 1 small pasta dish, and 1 large pasta dish.

Ceres' Table
Responded on August 21, 2019

Hi You ordered the Lobster Risotto, it is an expensive product to work with and given the cost and quality of the lobster, the mushrooms and the product we use to make the stock, it is going to be on the pricey side. Our "large" is 6oz of pasta which is a substantial portion and is certainly entree sized. You could have received a small (3oz) portion in error and if so, I would be happy to make it up to you. Let us know how we can make it up to you. Cheers CT

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AM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our anniversary dinner here and the service and food were excellent. It was such a great experience we look forward to going back!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Cere’s Table was wonderful! We started with a margherita pizza and the roasted beets with Pistachio pesto. Very tasty! Pizzas are great to share. We all had the smaller portion of the pasta dishes as our entree and a side of the Brussel sprouts. The guanciale and Pecorino added a nice salty crunch to the Brussels. The Pasta dishes were fabulous as well. Especially the Gigli Alla Norma, Duck Carbonara, Orchiette with Kale Pesto, and the Tagliatelle Bolognese. Our server, Mark, was so helpful and just a delightful person that was very knowledgeable of the wines and the menu. It was my husband’s birthday, and they were so kind to end our evening with chocolate gelato and limoncello. We will definitely return to try even more yummy things on the menu!!

M
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We went at a slower hour. The restaurant is very attractive inside. Do not take outdoor seating. Very cramped and crowded sidewalk. Pedestrians and car traffic very high and very close. Prices are very high. Husbands drink was $18 plus they charged $1 extra for a splash of soda. $146 for two people. When we asked for the check waitress dropped it off and then disappeared. I probably would never go back because there are restaurants just as good that are not so pricey and where parking is not a challenge.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The risotto tasted and had the texture of rice-a-roni but we loved the drinks and had a wonderful server!

DF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing.

KO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food and service. A great intimate setting where you can talk without shouting.

C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic from start to finish! Our server was the best, made great suggestions and was patient with our many questions. The food was beyond delicious; wonderful aromatic flavors in every bite of every dish.

We had the Brussels sprouts (OMG), calamari and rockfish, white fungi pizza to start (I was full right there). Next came out entree’s: branzino x2, pasta with squid ink and crab, pasta with duck bacon.... each dish was prepared beautifully and had a unique blend of flavor. We’ll definitely be back often. Can’t believe we were first timers!

AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday and we’re looking to taste a bit of everything on their well stocked menu. Our server was incredibly kind and attentive, and ensured we always had everything we needed.

I would definitely recommend Ceres’ Table to anyone with a special occasion coming up.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great meal please get better air conditioning!!!!

I
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

I love this restaurant a lot, the food was great, the wine was great, the service wAs awesome and friendly. The only problem which was a big deal, it was soooo warm and we sat in a place we didnt like to sit in it but the waitress insist on us to sit in there. I really love this place and would hate to stop going there for this issue which I think it can be solved.

Thank you

JT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good, interesting, and tasty food. Staff was fantastic. Great casual place for a relaxing meal and a date. Thanks for an enjoyable evening

RR
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Some of the worst service I have ever experienced

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was meh. Won’t be back.

JJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ceres’ Table is a neighborhood gem! Fantastic homemade pasta and some of my favorite pizza in the city.

Ceres' Table
Responded on June 30, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We're thrilled you enjoyed yourself.

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s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The Branzini was waaay overpriced. Very good, but a bit too salty. The eggplant pasta was very disappointing. The gigli pasta was doughy and hardly cooked (aldente is one thing; but these were actually tough!). Sauce was tasty, but only a few tiny pieces of eggplant throughout. I should have sent it back.

We spent over $100 and will never come back.

Our server was very good.

Ceres' Table
Responded on June 30, 2019

Hi Susan We're very sorry to read how disappointed you were with your experience at CT. Had you alerted us to the salt issue, we would have gladly remade your dishes. As a note, the eggplant in the gigli is primarily blended into the sauce rather than in pieces. We're sorry you didn't feel the Branzino was a good value. It is the lowest gross profit item on our menu as our 1.25 to 1.5lb whole Sea Bass are flown in from Europe and are quite costly to us too. We hope to make it up to you.

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C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not sure about a reco at this point. Used to love this place, but my husband ordered their signature pasta and it was terrible. Overcooked and gummy. Sauce was mediocre at best. Our waiter was very good and attentive, however it took us a long time to get grated cheese for the pasta. We sat outdoors, so ambience was not an issue. Seems that Ceres table has fallen off a bit. The whole roasted branzino was, however, very good, as was the salad it was served with.

Ceres' Table
Responded on June 30, 2019

Hi Which dish are you referring to? I am guessing our Duck Carbonara, but I am not sure that is our signature dish. In any event, if you can share more details of your experience, I would be happy to look into it further. Certainly would be happy to make it up to you. Cheers!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good experience overall
BUT I WISH THIS RESTAURANT HAD FRESH FRUIT AS A DESERT OPTION.
IT WOULD BE NICE IF THIS RESTAURANT HAD A NON SUGAR DESERT OPTION

Ceres' Table
Responded on June 27, 2019

Hi We're so sorry that we didn't have your preference for the evening. We do offer cheese as a non-sugar dessert. However, on your next visit, just let us know and we'll be sure to have fresh fruit available for you as an option. We don't get a lot of requests for fresh fruit, but we're happy to accommodate a guest request if you give us a bit a of a heads up. Cheers!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was awesome, but the service was almost non-existent. Seems like they only had one waiter who was also working as the host. I saw a pregnant women waiting for a very long time to be seated when there was plenty of empty tables. The bartender looked like he was the hardest working guy in the place. Need to hire more people.

Ceres' Table
Responded on June 27, 2019

Hi Olivia You caught us on a busier night than we anticipated. We had much greater walk in traffic than normal and for a bit we were understaffed. Estimating walkins vs reservations is not an exact science and sometimes we underestimate in error. Sadly we could not address the demand in real time and service was delayed. For this we apologize. We hope we can make it up to you on the next visit. Reservations are strongly recommended, although we gladly accept walkins as well.

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SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Apparently too few wait staff. Took a long time to get some attention.

DC
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very good experience for a business meal with a large group. Service was excellent and food was very good. Appetizers were particularly good. Special requests were easily accommodated. We would return.

T
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent! We enjoyed the ambiance very much and are looking forward to returning.

AM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was good. Waiter was great at giving recommendations. The desert of the ricotta dohnuts was the only disappointment. They were dry, and the cooked pear in the middle wasn't good either.

DC
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice meal at Ceres' Table the other night. Service was attentive and kind, and the food was very good. The atmosphere was pretty quiet, so we were able to converse without a struggle. We particularly enjoyed an arugula salad, side of brussels sprouts (which were kindly made vegetarian on request), gigli pasta, and margherita pizza. On the expensive side, but everything tasted wonderful and we left happy.

F
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good food! Inventive and solid. This trip wasn't a full meal, but salads and a shared pizza and wine. Everything was excellent. I highly recommend the white mushroom pizza!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Food was pretty good — service was SLOW. Beyond SLOW. Multiple tables around us were all waiting on pizza, and everyone else had their meals at the table 25-35 minutes earlier. My friend’s pasta came out 35 minutes before my pizza (my meal) and he was finished way before I got my food. Just really poorly timed meals and the server kept avoiding all the tables who were having the same issues. Unfortunate the service was so terrible.

Ceres' Table
Responded on June 4, 2019

HI. We're so sorry for the delays you experienced. Your server should have told you that pizza comes from a separate kitchen and has a timing of its own. We do our best to time it, but on a busy night, it is nearly impossible, especially when pizza gets backed up. We discourage guests to order pizza as a entree for that very reason and your server should have communicated this to you. If you can provide us some details on your reservation, we will gladly try make this up to you.

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JT
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had not visited Ceres Table for a couple years and--I must say--they have upped their game. I always thought it was good, but we had four people in our party and every meal was excellent--front to back. Will definitely make this a neighborhood go-to.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience with a big group! They seated us by the chef counter but far enough away from other tables that we weren’t self conscious about how loud we were. Wonderful food and service!!

V
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment!! They treat you like family.

f
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was fun to watch the pizza guy jamming while he made our pizzas! He seemed to love his job! Food was great!

PG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

always good, even stuff i'd otherwise never eat—e.g., radiatore with oxtail sugo, mushroom risotto, both of which i ordered (completely voluntarily: amazing!)—is invariably superb, which certainly was the case this weekend!

A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, extensive wine list and attentive staff. Great spot for an evening with girlfriends.

JB
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with fantastic service. The staff is always friendly, welcoming and considerate. Love coming here!

C
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were here for a special event, a cookbook signing and prix fixe menu based in recipes from the book. Price included a copy of the book which was signed by the author as she circulated throughout the restaurant. A lovely and different kind of experience. I hope they do it more often. Ps: the complimentary Aperol Spritzers and souvenir glasses was a nice (and tasty) touch !

DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. I highly recommend the mushroom risotto.

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