Cira

4.6
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308 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Cira is a modern Mediterranean restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as weekend brunch. The menu is made up of small, shareable plates, inspired by the countries that make up the Mediterranean Basin and their symbiosis over the years.
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Friday, February 14, 2020

What 308 People Are Saying
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S
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, super nice hostess and professional waiters. We spent some time discussing their wine program with the manager. It was great dining experience. Don’t miss a cocktail at Ladybird below Cira.

IH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, as well as the service. Definitely going back.

a
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for restaurant week. The platter of naan with the multiple dips was delicious! I would come back just for that. The rest of the food was great but I preferred the vegetarian dishes vs the meats. Great wait staff, thank you for an awesome meal!

B
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed this. After we walk through the chaotic lobby, I was relieved by the more organized restaurant in the back. The decor is stunning. The staff were wonderful and the food was very good. I felt like the food could have been served much warmer and in warm plates. But, I’ll be back!

OT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was phenomenal. Very pretty decor and food was great! We did restaurant week and enjoyed our experience very much

DJ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience - the staff made me feel like I was their most important customer ever! I'm gonig back again and again!

TL
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch food and nice atmosphere. Love that they are dog friendly.

MH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience5

I went with a friend on a Saturday night. Very lively atmosphere but would not go back. Waited for table for a bit so tried getting a drink which was difficult. Finely got a drink at the bar which was terrible and overpriced. The food was just okay and the service was mediocre. Would not recommend.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing man

SL
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the vibe, comfortable upscale. Everything we had was high quality, and the waitress was very knowledgeable on wine. You will want to share because there are too many good things to try!

N
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The ambiance is really cool. They are very generous if you’re there to celebrate your birthday. The food is just meh. It’s nothing special and below in taste compared to other high end Mediterranean places in Chicago. I would recommend just going there to hang out and grab a drink.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Cira! The food were absolutely good! And our server really took care of us well. Highly recommended brunch spot👍🏻

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Very very disappointing service!!! We arrived for our reservation on time and were seated immediately, it took approximately 10 mins for someone to come to our table, we understood they were busy! Javier our server greeted us, we order drinks, then appetizers and main dish. The appetizers arrived and they were great as always! However we finished our appetizers and were waiting for our main dish, maybe 30+ minutes passed by and our server didn’t comeback, we were still waiting for our main dishes to come to our table, we ask the server from the table next to us (who was checking on his table several times!) if he could please help us find our server... 10 mins after... nothing! we decided to ask the host, she was very apologetic and try to help, but she couldn’t find our server neither. Tired of waiting we decided to cancel our main dishes after approximately 45 minutes! Finally, after approximately 10 more mins, the server arrived with our check, he just left it in our table and walk away with a very rude attitude! We left the restaurant hungry and very disappointed, no one seemed to care! The only person that show interest on helping us was the host.

VD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dining experience! The service and food was phenomenal! We liked every dish and cocktail.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience - food was amazing! Service was a tad slow but other than that we had a great time.

K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I enjoyed Cira for the ambiance and decor. I was really impressed with the setup of the space. Food portions are very small. This would be a nice pre-game spot or second date drinks location. Not for a full meal as the food portions were overpriced.

SP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Wait staff needs to learn how to space out orders. Our appetizers, salads and entrees came to the table all at once. Also let customers know before ordering if any of the items are no longer available.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and food! Definitely recommend the brown butter hummus and Moroccan chicken thighs!

MB
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulously shared Lamb shank dinner and ditto one of their large salads. Superb service by D’andre, who was really knowledgeable about menu. At 5pm bar was noisy on a Friday, but dining space was not. Amazing! Oh - dessert offerings were excellent too.

MA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

All great accept for music that was not conducive and too loud.

M
Chicago
183 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for brunch, not just dinner! Fine for babies, rolled my stroller right up and it’s not too loud in the restaurant. Burger = awesome.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve was wonderful!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Bad service, terrible food small choice of food. We ordered 2 bottles of wine and both of them were warm. Asked waiter about 5 times to cool it or bring the ice but he just ignored us. Starters and main came together when normally main coming after the starters are done. So upset as was celebrating New Year’s eve with family and it was totally bad!

s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service was good, the ambiance was elevated, and the cocktail I had to start was also good. However, the food just didn't meet expectations, especially for the price point. We went for New Year's Eve before heading out to parties, and the first two dishes (the house salad and the beets + burrata) were good--a nice way to prepare for larger dishes. Then, we got the garganelli. The pasta was overcooked, and the sauce was watery and lacked any flavor. We got the Crispy Fideos as our last course. The vermicelli was cut short, which made them harder to eat. The sauce was a bit heavy for the dish as well, though the flavors were far preferable and more married together than the previous pasta dish. I want to say I'd be willing to go back--perhaps the holidays put strain on the kitchen staff--but I would probably just go for small bites and drinks vs. a full meal.

C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Was at Cira for a friend gathering. The place looked nice and the food was also tasty. However we didn't feel very welcomed or taken seriously like they treated other customers that day. We waited for ~15-20mins after sitting down before someone took our order. During that time servers just kept passing by right in front of our table and we felt we were invisible. Nothing outrageous or straight up rude but it was honestly not a very pleasant experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place! Great food, great ambiance. Great neighborhood too. We’ll be back

R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find. Friendly staff. Limited menu, fantastic dips!!

R
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The Hotel Lobby is really pretty. The restaurant was a little to dark even the 30 year old couldn't read the menu and we rather like seeing our food.
Service was not that great. Our servers button was about to pop off and i had to flag down another server for water twice. The food runner was nice. Our server and sommelier were just too laid back. It is tappas not a 7 course meal. They need to pep it up and act excited to be there:)

I'd go back to the lobby bar but the server there also took about 20 minutes to get drinks and it was empty...

j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Dark and a little noisy. Very nice staff.

CD
Washington DC
125 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had our first visit to Cira just before Christmas and while it was quiet, it was a lonely ambiance, great service & the food was fantastic! Such interesting flavors! Will be back for certain!

D
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The food, drinks and ambiance were amazing but it seemed as though they were maybe short staffed as our service was less than desirable. We will probably try this place again but the service didn’t leave a good first impression, especially since we were visiting from out of town for the holidays and had marked Cira on google as a place to try after reading great online reviews.

D
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

They had to brink new beers because there were several fruit flies in our glasses. Other than that, pretty goo. Good falafel sand which and good hummus dip.

d
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Friend bday celebration . Appetizers very good as well as seafood meal. Burrata and beet fell short

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Great food! Service was slow and they overcharged us.

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. Really cool vibes and ambiance, the decorations are neat. The booth we sat in was super comfy and relaxed. Service was superb. Food was well presented and super tasty. The shakshuka was really good. The banana bread came with homemade spreads that were delicious. I will definitely be returning.

NC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't miss out on the Smoked Mackerel "Taramasalata", it's a dream!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Food was amazing! Love this spot. Well done.

S
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant w/ really nice food. Great people watching. Nice mix of younger and older clientele.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant!! The food was amazing and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back!