Ceres' Table

4.3
688 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Ceres.

I always order arancinis, duck carbonara, and salted caramel budino.

Service is five stars.

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vipeagle2000
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely evening with friends. We shared dishes and had a leisurely meal. Our server was excellent and very helpful.

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karynh
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were a large party, and the restaurant was very accommodating, both with our table placement, so that we were in a more private area, allowing us all to easily talk to each other, and with our changing reservation numbers and arrival time.
The food was all delicious and fairly priced. It was a little bit slow in getting to our table, perhaps because we were a large group and all was prepared as it was ordered. Otherwise, it was all good!

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vipDRC24
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pasta and good vegetarian options. Super service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got laid

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vipFargoFlash
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very disappointed with the food. Was expecting much better. Would call it mediocre.

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vipGeorgeS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our server JT was outstanding!

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Alan
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Food was fair at best; certainly nothing exceptional.
Service was terrible. Forgot our wine and one of our dishes. We were told it’s “too bad, we have a big party in the back”. There are so many better restaurants around, advise skipping this one.

Ceres' Table
Responded on February 23, 2020

Alan, I cannot find your reservation, so I cannot get to the bottom of this. Can you provide some details on where you sat, who was your server or what you ordered, so we can locate your ticket? The big party in back should have had no bearing on your service. The pizza station was backed up for a bit, but nothing should have negatively impacted your experience. For that I apologize and would like to make it up to you? There is no good excuse for forgetting your food or wine. Apologies.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and wine were exceptional! Loved the whole experience.

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JaLy
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great deal at the bar, lovely food, great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, had the same waiter as last time and he was great.

RK
vipRayK
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Server was excellent. Really enjoyed the appetizers (mussels and bread) as well as two of our three entrees. Third entree (lobster risotto) didn’t have any lobster. Dessert was were great as well. One annoying thing was when the staff brought out both our appetizers and our desserts, they neglected to bring plates to serve them on and both times we had to ask. But overall a good dinner and we would go back

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vipWinger
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Meal is good, nothing wrong with anything just not better than good. So many alternatives with this style and price point that the restaurant didn’t stand out from my perspective.

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StephanieH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Service was terrible! We saw our waiter right when we were seated and order an appetizer and some drinks. We didn’t see anyone for another 40 minutes. Our food took forever and our waiter tried to charge us for additional glasses of wine that we didn’t even order. Great food and atmosphere but not really worth it with the terrible service. This is Chicago, you can find equally great italian food with better service just about anywhere.

Ceres' Table
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hi Stephanie We apologize for the service issue you experienced. Your server had to step behind the bar for 15 minutes to help with a drink rush and he miscommunicated to his manager about looking out for his tables. This was an avoidable error and we sincerely apologize for it, you should have received seamless service. The mistake with your bill was just that and we are glad you caught it. We would never intentionally charge for something we didn't provide. Can we make this up to you?

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vipCarterRizzo
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner at Ceres' table, what a charming & beautiful space! Food was fantastic, the puff bread was so simple and so delicious, the herbed butter was such a treat. Preferred our pizza choice to pastas. 🍕🍕 Salads were nice. Quite the selection of wines by the glass & the lemoncillo is not to miss! 🍋🍋 Staff was so friendly, attentive & kind. We came close to closing time & didn't feel rushed. Thank you Ceres' table, we will be back!

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skippy
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great great food with the friendliest and most interesting staff in town 👍👍😘

JG
JenG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

food and ambiance was wonderful!
Our server seemed very overwhelmed...while he was kind, the service was very slow.

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vipCitydweller
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Ordered the Restaurant Week special. It was weak to say the least. I expected more for $48. I ordered Brussel sprouts just in case we were still hungry. We were and it was the worst. They were swimming in grease and not fully roasted. We ate them anyway and paid for it the next day. I should have said something that night to management but thought it was just a one-off night and gave them the benefit of the doubt because we had two nice meals there before. However, in retrospect, $170 for two people who left hungry feels just wrong.

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vipBFTa
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Evan and Veronica were great as usual. I continue to like that folks know my off the menu drink order: Tip of the Boot served up

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vipViewChicago
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Disappointing visit for restaurant week 2020. Ordered the prix fixe with wine pairing.

The restaurant has amateur misses on the food pacing and the wine pacing (served the second course while the first course wine not finished; wine slow in coming once courses were delivered).

The restaurant was amateur in their food service - food being delivered with no explanation of what was being delivered (and server slow to attend to us even though nearly empty restaurant food on a Saturday evening).

The restaurant has a miss with amateur service. Our server was care-free and not well trained on good service overall. At one point we asked what a food word on the heading of the menu item meant with the server shrugging saying he didn’t know. While we still look perplexed, the server volunteered that it was probably just a googled word they came up with and didn’t even know if it were correct. When we pressed, asking if someone in the kitchen might now, he begrudgingly went to find out. Big sigh.

Overall a disappointing experience. The restaurant was fortunately nearly a ghost town on a Saturday evening — don’t think they could have handled a normal restaurant crowd.

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RebeccaG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Waited a hour and 15 minutes for the 1st course, couldn't even get drinks brought to the table. Had to leave before all courses were served because after being there for 1 hr 45 minutes I had tickets to an event to attend afterwards. Highly disappointed in the service.

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vipDTraci
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Ceres Table needs better service. I ordered a cocktail, and the bar was literally 8 feet away. The restaurant had few customers, maybe 8 total, and it took more than 10 minutes to bring me my drink. Tasted like there was barely any gin in it and I ordered a martini. Arguably one of the worst drinks I’ve had in a long time. Our friends arrived 12 mins later, and it took the bar again more than 10 mins to bring the same drink.

Burrata and prosciutto appetizer was very good. Throughout the night our server would appear, then disappear for 15 minute periods. I decided that wanted to order a pizza while the other three ordered more traditional entrees. He warned me that the pizza oven was backed up, and my pizza may not come at the same time as the entrees. We advised him to wait on putting the entree orders in and to time it so everything comes out together. Well, lo and behold, 9 mins later my pizza comes out, but not for another 10 mins do the other entrees arrive. Turns out in our minds he didn’t want me to order just a pizza. That sucks.

Overall, in spite of the seafood entree being removed from our bill because it wasn’t good, the pasta dish my friend had and the pasta my wife had were both delicious, as was my pizza. The service, particularly because of our table location, was bad.

I feel that with so many outstanding or adequate Italian options in the area, I will not be back. So disappointing as with a Bib Gourmand, I was expecting big things. Try the far, far, far better Ricardo Trattoria.

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skippy
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent , wonderful food and delightful staff .. a neighborhood favorite visited once a month 👍👍👍

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vipJohnk
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food...wonderful wine list and excellent cocktails...would like a bit more vegetarian options

GL
GroupofLadies
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The homemade ravioli with mushroom ragout, the bruschetta, and the roasted Brussel sprouts were absolutely delicious. The excellent service made this a place to return to. Interesting wine list. Highly recommend.

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bloom3421
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

The food is very good here but they were pretty unorganized with the NYE tasting menu. We got the wine pairings and the wine only came out alongside the paired course 1 time. The other 3 times we had to ask our waiter to bring our wine and it would be delayed 15+ minutes from when we got our food. There was also a long delay between each course. 4 courses took almost 4 hours. I've seen other reviews of bad/slow service here which is unfortunate because the food is really good and the wait staff was friendly. If they were to tighten up their service I could see myself coming back here.

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vipFrankA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time on NYE! Thanks Ceres!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

New Years....understaffed, undercooked and overpriced

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Carol
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and ambiance. Love this restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite meals of 2019. Our branzino was so good and the wine recommendation was affordable and a favorite. Our server was also great. We’ll be back again!

MF
vipMaryFaithC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Mark was awesome. We had some ‘dietary issues at our table and he handled it like a pro!

SB
SophiaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Ceres' Table is a very welcoming and pleasant space, elegantly lit, with (generally) oldies rock playing (but not too loudly). I really appreciate their $25-trio menu, which will get you a drink, a pizza/pasta, and a dessert for $25. I had the funghi pizza, which was delicious, if a little too salty. My boyfriend had a red sauce pasta (I forget the exact one) which was also great. And their gelato flavors were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The menu changed from what’s online. The bartender doesn’t know how to make simple cocktails. When we decided we wanted to go someplace else the server took our check, and when she went to cash us out she decided to tell two other employees that we complained about our experience instead of moving with a sense of purpose while we where standing at the front door waiting on her so we could leave.

Ceres' Table
Responded on December 15, 2019

Mr. Guidry We are disappointed by your review but want to address a few points. 1) our menu is published online and accurate, we are confused by that point. 2) you ordered a "super dirty" martini without specification. You didn't like it, didn't want it remade, and were not charged for it. 3) at your request, your server asked our chef/manager to cancel your food order, comp the cocktail you didn't enjoy and make change for your tab. Your delay in leaving was two minutes. We're perplexed.

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vipKimberlyF
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ll be back! Excellent!

Ceres' Table
Responded on December 15, 2019

Thank you, Kimberly!

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vipNancyS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love this place. Great restaurant with an outstanding chef.

Ceres' Table
Responded on December 15, 2019

Thank you, Nancy!

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vipLisa
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Always a great experience.

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vipCharlesS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Wait person good. General flow of food goofy. Lacks coordination. I will not return. Where’s the management? Food good

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VinnyC
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved their carbonara pasta and the pizzas were puffy and delicious. High quality ingredients, simple presentations. And the cocktails looked amazing. We will definitely return!

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vipMeaghan
Chicago
189 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE Ceres. Delicious homemade Italian, great wines, lovely ambiance. Great neighborhood spot but also worth a drive.

SA
vipSebastianA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Was a bit odd that the first and second courses all came at the same time.

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You can order delivery directly from Ceres' Table using the Order Online button. Ceres' Table also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 922-4020.

Ceres' Table is rated 4.3 stars by 688 OpenTable diners.

Ceres' Table does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/ceres-table/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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