Meze Mediterraneo

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$30 and under
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Greek
From the Aegean Sea to the French Riviera, our restaurant embodies the essence of Mediterranean food & culture. Our contemporary cooking style includes fresh and simple ingredients to create the complex yet ambrosial flavors found uniquely in our kitchen.

Mezé is an innovative take on the traditional cuisine – mixing modern aesthetic with authentic flavors to deliver classic Mediterranean dishes. With an eclectic menu and illustrious wine selection, Mezé finds a way to celebrate every moment. It’s more than fine dining, it’s an experience.

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4.2
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4.2
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Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The 4 of us had the restaurant week menu and while my Tuscany chicken was very good... the other 3 had the ribeye (2 of which found their steak to be gristley)...I was disappointed no lamb shank on the rest. week offering has it is one of your great dishes. Sides of potatoes and dandelion greens were great... as were the desserts!

LM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food and service were fine. Not memorable or special in any way, but not bad either. The noise level was slightly high, but that was ok, it provided energy. The decor is pretty ho-hum. I doubt we will be back.

Meze Mediterraneo
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for your review. We do strive for excellence, and appreciate your feedback. We look forward to serving you again. Meze Management

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V
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent ! We had the Tuscany chicken and the mushroom Risotto. Highly recommend both entrees. The Fatoush Salad was perfect Amd Baklaba cheesecake to die for ! We went here for Restaurant Week and will definitely be back ! Try the Areni Wine from
Armenia !!

Meze Mediterraneo
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for your review! We look forward to serving you again. Meze Management

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CC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Changed the menu. Was very noisy!! Took off good Gluten free food I liked. They still have some but not impressed at all. We won't be going back again and would NOT recommend to anyone!!

Meze Mediterraneo
Responded on March 13, 2020

Currently we have 18 gluten free items on our menu, 12 being entrées. In addition, if there is anything a guest would like to have altered or specially prepared, we will always accommodate our guests to the best of our abilities. We hope you give Meze another try. Thank you for your feedback. We are here to serve you. Meze Management

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OT
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Cocktails were good. Sangria very tasty. Saginaki was brought to table, not flamed and not hot. Beet salad good. Meatballs were so salty they were barely edible.

JJ
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and drinks are always excellent at Meze. My scallops were sweet, tender and perfectly carmelized. The lamb shank was flavorful and succulent. Happy to see a wine list with a number of budget friendly options.

Meze Mediterraneo
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for your review! We look forward to serving you again. Meze Management

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SB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The waitstaff was good. The bus service, not so good. The wine selection is decent and their wine pricing was fair. Food was average, therefore the value (quality to cost) was in the middle. Not sure we will go again, but glad we gave it a try.

Meze Mediterraneo
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for your review. We do strive for excellence, and appreciate your feedback. Please give Management a call at 847-598-6393. We would love to have you back to experience excellence here at Meze. We look forward to serving you again. Meze Management

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P
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent sery

Meze Mediterraneo
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for your review! We look forward to serving you again. Meze Management

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ZB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The lighting was not very good. I had trouble reading the menu and my dinner companion said the lighting was hurting her eyes. That is really something they should change.

Meze Mediterraneo
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for your review. We do strive for excellence, and appreciate your feedback. We would love to investigate more so we can improve. Please give Management a call at 847-598-6393. We would love to have you back to experience excellence here at Meze. We look forward to serving you again. Meze Management

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TH
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I loved the food at Meze when we went there for lunch and I was not disappointed with our dinner experience. The sea bass was outstanding, the lamb chops perfect. The wine wonderful and the choices plentiful. The service was very friendly and I professional

Meze Mediterraneo
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for your review! We look forward to serving you again. Meze Management

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F
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was lovely. We enjoyed the roasted vegetables which were awesome. We also tried the mushroom risotto and that was fabulous!! The fried cod was also very good. We both ordered the Gibraltar whiskey drink and that was perfect as was the Chianti with dinner. Dessert was just ok. Would skip that next time. We ordered the Mille-feuille. Almost had a slight freezer taste. We will definitely go back as the meal was great.

Meze Mediterraneo
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for your review! We look forward to serving you again. Meze Management

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

It was February 22 and their dead Christmas decorations were still out front. Inside there was one dead rose in a large vase.

The food was not what was expected. I had the egg plant special which was thin as paper. The arugula, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella or delicious on it, however.

My friend ordered the cod which was barely warm and deep-fried.

Our waitress was exceptional. She spoke a lot to us and had a good sense of humor.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is fantastic, a little pricey, but everything was great food wise. Service was good also. We will definitely go back.

k
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good. I highly recommend the saganaki cheese with the fig.

BN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had the grilled Branzini (fish) special at the recommendation of our server. It was great, as was the grilled octopus appetizer. My wife had the rib eye which wasn't nearly as wonderful.

C
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food outstanding. Best modern Greek food in Chicago.
Interior decor is a bit of this and that. No real concept. Table tops are cafeteria style and not becoming of the food...Service spotty and staff could use some training.

What this restaurant has going for it is the food, simply delicious.

Please work on your service, add table cloths to cut down on the noise, figure out who you want to be decode wise.

Will for sure be back.

GP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall it was a Great Experience, Great Food, Great Service. Everyone has to try it and they will Loce it!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We decided to try this place out for Valentine’s Day. We had an early reservation. We were seated at a table that was kind of sticking out into the main aisle. When I requested to change to one of the other tables, I was told that all of the other tables were reserved. It was as if people made reservations and asked for these specific tables. There was no effort made to accommodate our request. They have a full wine list, but the waiter that we had knew nothing about the wines. The beet salad and bacon wrapped dates were outstanding. The steak that they had on special was thin and tough. All in all, it was pretty disappointing, and we won’t be back.

CT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we found this place. What a hidden gem! Can’t wait to come back.

KF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was great! From the time we walked in the door to the time we left, the service was great the food was awesome. We went to the bar for an after dinner drink. The bar atmosphere was very cool and clean. We are going for Happy Hour. They have a great menu. We will make this one of our regular dining restaurants.

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was pretty delicious. Very fresh and modern take on classic Greek dishes. Very disappointed in the service. The hostess/ manager was friendly but didn’t seem to be in much of a rush to greet us or help us, even though the place was busy she took her sweet time. We had a reservation, and she sat someone who didn’t have a reservation before us and we had to wait to sit. We ordered an appetizer, and it came to our table within 2 minutes of us placing the order! It was obviously a mistake from the kitchen or returned from another table. It’s was cold and dried up. I can’t believe they would serve this for the money they charge! Our waiter also kept disappearing and coming back smelling like cigarettes and booze. He disappeared 3 times when we needed to order food, the dessert, and to pay the check. He dropped the check off and NEVER CAME BACK! We waited 15 minutes and just left the money on the table and left. As we left, the only person working in the restaurant was the bartender, it was no where near closing time. Then we saw our waiter and literally everyone else who was working, in the back all smoking and hanging out! He saw us leaving and rushed back into the restaurant probably thinking we dined and dashed. I’m just very disappointed with how all of the staff we interacted with didn’t seem to give a shot about us as guests. Even though the food was good I don’t think I would return solely for the fact of how bad the service was.

l
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The acoustics in this restaurant are horrible. It is so loud that you can barely hear the person next to you. Perhaps tablecloths on the tables might help. Tablecloths would also add to the atmosphere of an upscale restaurant. It seems like it is a coffee shop with upscale pricing.

The food was ok, but seemed a little bland.

AH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time in, and will be back! Food was excellent! Overall great experience :) A little loud, but nothing outrageous.

LD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great seafood! Saganaki excellent. Lamb was falling off the bone, but a little salty.
Overall a lovely dinner. We'll be back.

RF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The most amazing Greek food I’ve ever had! Lots of vegetarian and gluten free options.

M
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Meze....the ambiance, service and food!!! Great restaurant!

A
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Met a few friends for a "catch-up" dinner. I had dined previously and fell in love with their hummus and wine list. We happened to come during Chicago restaurant week and Meze was participating! We had an amazing meal at a bargain price. They didn't skimp on taste or portion size either. We started with wine ( Kenefick) and bacon wrapped dates. Don't miss the wine list, they have a lot of options at various price points. Also, ask about their wine club. If it's still an option, they have some choice ( and not so common) options. I love being able to have that top shelf variety for a mid price meal. We had the lemon chicken soup, which was lovely. I normally I don't finish soup because of salt restrictions, but I finished the whole thing. The main entrees were the stars, though. The lamb shank was flavorful, tender, and the portions were huge. It made a wonderful lunch the following day. One of the other ladies had the Greek chicken special of the night and she raved about the seasoning. She too had some for lunch the following day.
We finished with cheesecake, which was still a little cold from being unfrozen, but no harm. We were too full from that delightful meal, so it was great the following day as well. Will definitely be back. Bring an appetite.
The server was awesome; prompt with water and drink refills, as well as suggestions for the meal. He was cordial and read the group well. The restaurant is light and airy from the decorative standpoint. Tables are well spaced so conversation easy and not overwhelmed by volume at from the other tables.
Check out the impressive lighting in the fron lobby and bar.

Meze Mediterraneo
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for your review! We look forward to serving you again. Meze Management

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GS
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice place but not true to Mediterranean as I would have liked. Food was good, plenty of it but not as ethnic as I am used to

CJ
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service needs major improvement.
Chicago restaurant week menu is good value.
Drinks were average.

OR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meze is a hidden gem. There is tremendous pride in the restaurant and they work hard to ensure you are enjoying your experience. The Restaurant Week menu is a great value! From the warm bread, delicious soup, appetizer choices (hard to pick just one!) huge dinner portions and tasty desserts, you just can’t go wrong. Live entertainment in the separate bar area is also a treat. We enjoy coming here and will be back again soon.

BT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was very nice and presented well. We tried the saganaki, Italian artichokes and triple dip for appetizers. It was all good but we would have liked the presentation of the saganaki to be like other restaurants where it comes out and it’s flamed at the table. For the entrees, we ordered the scallops with quinoa, lamb ragu pasta, pasta pastichio and steak. While we enjoyed the food it wasn’t fabulous. Just every day nice food. Our server was very nice and friendly but the kitchen seemed to be running behind. There were long lags between courses which normally we’d be unhappy with but it gave us a lot of visiting time with our friends. We’d certainly go back again.

DT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Meze with friends and everything we ordered, including the 4 appetizers, 4 entrees and wine were fantastic. I ordered the chicken kabobs, my wife ordered Salmon and our friends got pasta and salad. All were excellent. My favorite appetizer is their mushroom flatbread. It's freak'in out of this world if you like mushrooms. Service and atmosphere were also excellent. The place is beautiful and the staff is knowledgeable and attentive. We sat in the bar for dinner and the Bartender/Server was Blairand. He's a really nice, friendly, efficient guy. The wine list is great and it is extensive with the standard wines but also with many really unusual wines from uncommon places too, and the wines have really good prices. The parking lot is well lit and lots of spaces. Can't wait to go back.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice! However the spanikopita eggrolls made me worry they were from some frozen microwavable thing, however they were pretty great! Everything was great. Had the Lamb Cutlets which were perfect. They didn't set fire to the saganaki which was a bummer. Pretty expensive. But a solidly impressive date night.

MR
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My boyfriend and I came here for our NYE date and we have never been here before. We came because we heard positive things about this restaurant.

We ordered the Saganaki for our appetizer and it was very , very dry. Brian for the Branzino and it was VERY liquidy and the veggies were mushy. He could not even finish his dish. I ordered the eggplant and it was excellent, however, the tomatoes were cold and mushy.

Our waiter was scarce. We had to wait a while several times to get our water refills. Also we had to ask for our check THREE times before we actually received it.

I was a bit disappointed.

b
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Most of the food was delicious. Came out piping hot. The saganaki was kind of blah. We also ordered the trio of dips, but our server never brought it. The only complaint was the lack of vegetarian options.

NI
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meza in Schaumburg has emerged as one of the best overall restaurants in the area. The food is phenomenal and service second to none. They also have put together a fantastic wine selection. The bar area is vibrant and cocktails made with top of the line liquors. Entertainment in the lounge is fantastic. If you haven't been to Meze you are missing out on a great overall experience. They are easy to get to and well worth the drive.

A
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the music in the bar after dinner. Bobby D was great! Would have liked him to play longer.

CH
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent! Sat in the lounge listen to the music that they had. Very good singer. Christmas parties going on lots of people were very happy. Good remodel from the previous restaurant Zeal.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall1food2service5ambience5

Food was ok. Not great. Extremely over priced . Lamb chops over charred. I’d rather go to Grek island in lumbard

LA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dined for the first time this past Saturday. Our waitress Mila was very polite, attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. The Artichokes were to die for! It's not something I would think to order
as an appetizer but oh wow they were so delicious! Perfectly cooked and so full of flavor. I chose the Tuscany Chicken for my main course and it did not disappoint. Finished the evening listening to live music in the bar while eating a lovely Crème Brule and drinking the best Cappuccino I've ever had. It was a memorable night and cannot wait to go back!