Ceres' Table

4.5
570 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

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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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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Always great food and drinks !

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The best! Our family loves the restaurant

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on May 25, 2018

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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3.0Dined on May 21, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

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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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

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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1.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

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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2.0Dined on April 16, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

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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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Delicious meal, great service.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Overall good.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Had reservation for Valentine's Day as my wife and I live in the neighborhood and enjoy the handmade pasta and pizza. Cozy and charming neighborhood gem as far as we are concerned. Upon seating we are told that we only have the option of a prix fixe menu which didn't include any of our favorites (including pizza). Regardless, we stayed.
They have a row of uncomfortably small two person booths located on the lefthand side near the back of the restaurant. Noisy spot with servers and bussers constantly buzzing right by our table. That being said, the food was all good (despite the disappointment regarding not being to choose our favorites) except for the appetizer which was relatively bland and small enough to feed a toddler. Would recommend to eat here if (a) sit by the bar and (b) full menu available.

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