Fiya

4.5
74 Reviews
$30 and under
Israeli
Fiya is our collage of neighborhood spots in Israel, revolving around a wood-burning oven turning out fresh pita, among many other foods. What we especially love about the cuisine is that it is healthy yet delicious, very veggie forward. And we have a great bar and a big, lush, garden patio in summer and, in winter, dinner bubbles, heaters, blanket, and warm food and drinks. At Fiya, we come to our cuisine through the lens of the Israeli melting pot, while knowing that its lineage is profoundly Arab, Kurdish, African, and that of other Levantine cuisines, among still others. We aspire to honor the heritage of the food, and to welcome all to the restaurant, especially the wonderful diversity that is Andersonville.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Recognizing that many restaurants remain short staffed, I write this after seeing other tables turned over way faster. We were there for 3 hours (not wanting to spend that much time). Our cocktails took 20 minutes minimum each time we ordered. Food took for.ev.er. So much so, we only ended up eating hummus and Salatim (neither of which have any cooking prep required). There was no apology or even acknowledgment offered for the SEVERE delays. No comped anything. During the three hours we were there, we saw multiple tables flip much faster. This was ultimately my wedding rehearsal dinner so it fell short of what I had hoped for.

The food and drinks were good but the terrible service totally overshadowed the good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, patio and service.

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vipmom2sons
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and great service! Very safe indoor dining precautions.

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vipParitaK
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed sitting in the bubble at Fiya. Good was very good. Would love to see more options for vegetarians.

Fiya
Responded on March 27, 2021

Thanks Parita. But the menu is already at least 50% vegetarian!?

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vipCoriP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved a bubble outside. It was so covid safe, they don't enter your bubble the entire time and just unzip it to hand you your food and rezip. The food was amazing, the service was impeccable. I'd note they stick to the 1.5 hour reservations and remind you. I didn't mind since I know they need to turn over these few bubbles to make enough to be open. I cannot recommend this spot enough! Everything we ordered was delicious, but we loved the bread boats the best!

Fiya
Responded on March 27, 2021

Thanks for the thoughtful words, Cori!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great ambiance. Very Covid safe. Awesome outdoor bubbles. Highly recommend will be back.

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AngelicaM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Will be a staple now!

Fiya
Responded on March 27, 2021

Thanks Angelica!

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vipnotank
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Server was terrible - the food was good but not enough garlic or spice - really food from the Levant? It seemed quite americanized in that the flavor profiles were way too dulled down.

Wine was so-so, and in short - other than the hummus and the oven fresh pita (which had no flavor but nice consistency), I would not recommend.

Fiya
Responded on March 12, 2021

Well, the chef is Israeli, as are many of our customers. Your author has been to Israeli twice for extended visits. Respectfully, I don't think you know of what you speak. Have you ever been to the Levant? Israeli cuisine is quite varied, having something like 180 distinct ethnic groups but, very generally, the use of garlic tends to more subtle than potent. It's not like Sicilian cuisine. Fiya is routinely cited as having the best hummus and pita in the city, a point for fair debate admittedly.

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EllenT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fiya was lovely. We sat in the bubble and it felt very safe. The food is so so good.

Fiya
Responded on March 12, 2021

Thanks Ellen!

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metaphor
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time here in two weeks. Different friends and some different food but everything was exceptional. The chicken, cauliflower, French fries, pita, hummus, lamb meatballs were all wonderful. We again sat in a heated bubble on the patio, which felt very safe and kind of warm. Great service, though they really kept to their 90 minute restriction so it felt a little rushed. Looking forward to sitting on their patio, unbubbled and unmasked! Great place!!

Fiya
Responded on March 12, 2021

Thanks Meta! We look forward to those days too, and relaxing that 90 minute rule. It's sort of a survival thing, that will limited seating we need to turn as many reservations as we can in a day.

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ChgoKC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For my first visit post-vaccine to DINE IN, in a YEAR, it was quite the treat. All the food was delicious, the service was excellent. Their set up is very good, no issues with any safety protocol. We enjoyed ourselves immensely!
The bread pudding is to die for. Leave room!!

Fiya
Responded on March 12, 2021

Welcome back Chgo! Happy days are here again? That bread pudding is made by master baker Eileen at our little bakery, Geraldine's, in Lincoln Square.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Unfortunately the outdoor "bubbles" have only a tiny heater and even with 6 people in the bubble and heater on it was FREEZING. They didnt turn the heater on ahead of time which may have helped?

Fiya
Responded on March 12, 2021

The heaters and bubbles add ~30 degrees to the outside temperature, so it depends on your expectation. It is outdoor dining and will never be the same as indoor. And we have indoor seating!

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GretchenB
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a lovely experience at Fiya! The food was very diverse and had a great twist on traditional Mediterranean classics. I had the lamb sausage pita and it was excellent. Make sure you come hungry! Portions seemed large. Our server Jacob was wonderful and all Covid safety precautions were being observed.

Fiya
Responded on March 5, 2021

Thanks Gretchen! Jacob has been with us for years, and is a favorite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food!!

Fiya
Responded on March 5, 2021

Thanks Anony! You're awesome.

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lotus312
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful experience yet again! This was our second visit and it did not disappoint; in fact it wowed our companions and they too want to come back. The fresh-made pita from that big oven you see when you walk in is stellar. The hummus omg the hummus. I'm not usually a fan but this hummus is different. Silky and flavorful, it's worlds better than the store bought crap. The roasted cauliflower this time was incredible as well - the first time it felt limp and not so interesting, but this time the texture was perfectly chewy with a slight bite.

Safety-wise, Fiya also delivers. The outdoor bubbles are comfortable and warm with the heaters, and the staff go to all lengths to be sociable and yet safely distanced. Fiya is a fantastic addition to the neighborhood, and we will definitely be back!

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vipMarcS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Fiya last night was okay

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vipJustynaC
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

All around the food was great; however, the service was sub par even under pandemic circumstances. We had ordered several dishes that never came out and were only informed that they were "out" after we had inquired about the missing dishes. We were here for a family member's birthday as well so it was rather disappointing when they forgot his, as well as other's drinks. They have a 90 minute time limit per table, which is completely understandable, but we were really taken aback when the server came to let us know that we only had 30mins left even though we STILL had not receive one of our appetizers and two of our entrees! We had really high hopes but were pretty disappointed especially given how good the food actually was.

Fiya
Responded on March 5, 2021

Thanks Justy. I am circulating your comments among our team. We got slammed that Saturday, the first warm one, and were still operating with a pretty slim winter/pandemic staff. And I know we ran out of a number of dishes. This weekend looks equally nice but we're ready.

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EJS8
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The ambience (indoors and outdoors) and service were great, but all of the food was lacking flavor.

Fiya
Responded on March 5, 2021

Well, this is an outlier?

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vipLeyaC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Delicious food.

Fiya
Responded on March 5, 2021

Thanks Leya! You're amazing.

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metaphor
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a wonderful dinner. I am already planning my next evening! The food was wonderful (what a chicken!) and the service was excellent, attentive and Covid-safe. It was my first “bubble” experience, and I was surprised how warm and comfortable I felt. Those heaters really work well. We had lap blankets with us, useful in covering chilly metal chairs, and I would recommend diners bring their own. The weather was cooperative, 35 degrees and windless. Servers never got to close either, just passed our food thru zippered panels. Get the chicken, French fries and tomato soup—comfort food at its best! It was VERY nice going out for dinner again. Great experience!

Fiya
Responded on March 5, 2021

Thanks Meta! It seems like warm weather is just around the corner although, as a Chicagoan, I am skeptical of my optimism.

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BUSHA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to get some authentic Mediterranean Food! Wonderful ambience by a wood-fire stove, perfect for a romantic evening for two. The staff here are incredibly friendly and outgoing, making the experience all the more worthwhile. All-in-all, highly recommend the spot.

Fiya
Responded on March 12, 2021

Thanks Busha! The staff are a nice bunch.

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EmilyC
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic, the atmosphere is lovely and the staff are some of the nicest in Chicago. 10/10!

Fiya
Responded on February 25, 2021

Thanks Emily! Sending your comments to our friendly staff (when they've gotten enough sleep).

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vipKalish
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

This is such a lovely place, love the decor and the ambiance. Only issue I had was with our main dish. My husband and I went for our first to Fiya and decided to try their Valentines pre fix menu. It started very good, the salad was delicious and also the Moroccan cigar (I think inside was filled with sweet potatoes) then for the main dish they had something call Lamb Shishbarak (lamb dumplings) spice rice stuffed onion. Hubby and I decided to try the dumplings since the stuffed onion server advised it didn't come with any meat. When the plate arrived I tried maybe 2-3 bites but my husband couldn't eat more than 1. This plate was not tasty at all, dumplings were chewy and the meat didn't taste good. We both were trying to finish the plate but we couldn't it just didn't feel right. For our surprise we had another couple next to us and they also couldn't finish their plate, they ordered also the dumplings. Last but not least finally arrived dessert and this one was DELICIOUS, a huge strawberry cake with 2 chocolate truffles. In overall we had a great time, they just need to remove this plate for their menu because it was a total failed.

Fiya
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thanks Kalish. Passing along your comment to the kitchen. If you want to send me either your email or phone, I'll send you a gift card for a future visit. (Contact me/us on our website as OpenTable won't allow posting an email address here.)

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ABD3
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Obsessed! I want to live inside of that pita oven!

Fiya
Responded on February 18, 2021

$1,000/mo rent, but all utilities included. Thanks ABD!

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agas
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We didn't know what to expect, but now we can't wait to come back! Amazing food--no matter what you order.

Fiya
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thanks Agas!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I had really high hopes for Fiya! Unfortunately it fell quite short. We ordered the shakshuka with lamb sausage which ended up being really bland and moroccan fish which showed up undercooked (sent back). The hummus with steak was great and the warm baked pear cocktail saved the night. Probably won't return.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Fiya. The food was fantastic. We got the falafel and humus appetizer and the pick 4: labbnah, pickled vegetables, cauliflower, and sun dried tomatoes. For our entre I had the chicken schnitzel pita. I was very impressed by their pita breads, they were to die for. The service was timely and friendly. Their drink menu was large and they had a great selection of draft beers to choose from. Overall, would definitely recommend this place for their unique menu and great atmosphere. I’m glad to see this business was able to operate with safe covid measure for indoor dining!

Fiya
Responded on February 4, 2021

Thanks Anon! We're hanging in there. Good times ahead (knock on wood).

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LoveIt
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great! Really very tasty food.
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Fiya
Responded on February 4, 2021

Thanks Love!

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AmyE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambiance was great! Would highly recommend their bubble outdoor seating however the 90 minute time limit was frustrating.

Fiya
Responded on January 28, 2021

Thanks Amy! With limited seating (only 6 tables prior to the partial return of indoor seating) because of the pandemic, many restaurants have added time limits to allow us to accommodate more parties. Hopefully more seating is returning and we get rid of the limits.

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JulieL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food- might be the best Pita and falafel in Chicago?! Dining in the outdoor bubbles felt safe and sanitary and although our server never physically entered our bubble he checked in with us regularly and gave us excellent service.

Fiya
Responded on January 22, 2021

Thanks Julie! Bubbles are us.

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AllieM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Delicious med food! Very pleased with the quality especially at such a reasonable price point! Our waiter was so great, enthusiastic and made us a special cocktail he’d been working on when we wanted to stray off menu. Can’t wait to go back !

Fiya
Responded on January 22, 2021

Thanks Allie!

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ChristineR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything clean and social distanced. Service was fast and friendly. Will come back soon

Fiya
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thanks Christine!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Word of advice- GET THE CAKE!

Fiya
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thanks Anon! (Passing your comment along to Eileen, pastry chef.)

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LyleL
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable dinner and wine in the bubble.
Whole chicken was really juicy perfect dinner for outdoor winter dining.
Look forward to going back soon.
Lyle

Fiya
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thanks Lyle.

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vipellelloyd
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience1

Food was great, heaters in Igloo's did not warm the place up much, I won't be back until eating inside is safe.

Fiya
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thanks Elle.

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MeghanK
New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome! Best hummus I've ever had. The bubbles felt very COVID safe and were warm enough to just wear a sweater. 10/10

Fiya
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thanks Meghan!

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eg3947
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent pandemic dining experience here! The bubbles are heated with space heaters, so we still dressed a little warm, but it was very comfortable the night we were there (about 30 degrees). The food was amazing! Everything in the salatim was really good, the pitas are huge. Felt really safe, the waiter never entered our bubble but passed things through the zippered door, and we were completely separate from other people dining. Already talking about going back, would highly recommend!

Fiya
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thanks EG! It's an odd time, but the bubbles are probably a keeper even when we return to "normal".

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GuyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time I go to Fiya. I love their food. It is always fresh and generous. Service is great. They have tents for outdoor sitting and they are very safe about covid. Highly recommend!!

Fiya
Responded on January 7, 2021

Thanks Guy!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Who would’ve thought you could take your coat off when eating ‘outside’ in Chicago in January? Loved the beautiful patio, the cozy heated igloo and the food, especially the hummus and roasted cauliflower

Fiya
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thanks Anon! It's a new world.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

The food at Fiya is phenomenal. Everything was just delicious. That said, they were OUT of hummus and OUT of steak. Not sure how a middle eastern restaurant runs out of hummus but...Since we were planning to order hummus as an appetizer along with falafel and a steak on pita sandwich as our main courses, it was a bit of disaster. We ended up ordering a whole smoked chicken and it was juicy and yummy. I realize it’s not the servers fault, but we did think it was a little odd not to tell us that as soon as we sat down and or give us a free dessert or discount or something like that. So, while we enjoyed the food we did get and loved the outdoor dining bubble, I can only give the restaurant three stars overall.

Fiya
Responded on January 7, 2021

I am forwarding your comments to encourage more efforts to not run out of hummus, but it will happen. We make it fresh daily and don't serve day old.

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Fiya is rated 4.5 stars by 74 OpenTable diners.

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