Meze Mediterraneo

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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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D
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meze is a very nice dining experience. Although it is called a Mediterranean restaurant, the menu is more Greek focused. The quality of the ingredients are much higher than a typical Greek restaurant. The service is outstanding. The manager and the owner both came by to see how we were doing. Excellent attention from the entire staff. For our meal, we ate the meze only, like at a tapas restaurant. Don't miss the octopus--the best I have had outside of Greece! The menu is clearly marked for gluten free and vegetarian options. Gluten free bread was provided so our gluten free diner could enjoy all the dips. Highly recommend.

EK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Awful, what can I say. I don’t even know why they are still open. It was totally empty (explains why), there was two other tables besides us. We ordered lamb risotto and we got mushroom risotto instead. I ordered white sangria and it tasted just like lemonade. I don’t think there was any wine in there. My husband ordered a drink recommended by the waiter and it was very water down. I asked for just a glass of wine, and before I even said what kind I want the waiter was back with house Chardonnay and assured me that it’s very good. First of all I never asked for Chardonnay and second I don’t like Chardonnay. The waiter was just totally off all evening. I ordered salmon with cilantro sauce and it was ok. Definitely no reason to come back. I am still in shock with the service we got. For the same price you can go to much nicer restaurants where you get normal service and better food. Don’t waist your time or money. I am just sad that we went there for a special occasion cuz I get like I just want to leave and go somewhere else but it was too late to get reservation somewhere else.

TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We live Mediterranean food and we’re excited to find this restaurant. The appetizers and drinks were great but we were underwhelmed with our main course meals. My husband had one of the specials and his mashed potatoes were cold. My chicken wasn’t very flavorful.

We would come back again but only for the tapas menu items.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, we'll be back again! The phyllo-wrapped feta with honey was especially delicious.

GL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere, service and food was fantastic. We will definitely return again and bring more friends!

SB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Meze a second time. Truly a culinary experience in excellence. Two couples dined on a Thursday evening. We sat on the patio which was very pleasant and conversation friendly. We began with appetizers of grilled octopus and fried calamari, both were execellent. I have had octopus in a number of dining establishments and few do it well. Meze is an exception and provides delicious grilled octopus. Two of us had the lamb cutlets which were delicious. Another had the beet salad as an entree, again outstanding. Finally the fourth member of our party had the pasta special. All of us agreed to return to Meze.

LB
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant itself was beautiful. The food was delicious and very nicely presented. Our server was wonderful. It was a little empty for a Saturday night so worried that it will not make it. Perhaps others don’t know about it as I didn’t. If they did, I’m sure it would be hopping!

S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 10 of us and really no one else there but service and food were outstanding!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic find

l
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went to Meze for lunch on a Friday. 3 of us got the choose your own lunch bowl combo. We all enjoyed them, all portions were cooked well. The lunch pricing was not too bad ($14 for a healthy lunch bowl). Especially nice since I've seen fast food salads with nothing more than iceberg lettuce for $7 at other places!
The place looks super elegant. It was nearly dead when we were there so super quiet. Overall, Meze is a great change from what this place used to be (see my other review about when it was called Zeal). I will go back.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and ambience for any date night!

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch outside was perfect. It was windy, but their patio is closed off enough it wasn't a bother. The food was incredible. Can't wait to go back.

EP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice place with wonderful outdoor patio. a non traditional twist on the food from traditional Greek appetizers and entrees with a spectacular flair.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service very friendly we all appreciated the food suggestions by the waitress.

GY
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved rhe food. We had grilled octopus, bacon wrapped sates, roasted brussel sprouts and bacon, beet salad, artichoke hearts. Every dish delicious. We sat at table on outdoor coveredd patio, well shaded, comfy. Friendly, knowledgeable staff.

M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent!

TM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent!

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IF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped for a small dinner at Meze. Very nice Mediterraneo place, has a nice covered outdoor seating area with grape vines growing around the enclosed area. Very romantic! We had few hot tapas plates, all were delicious! I would come back

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the tapas. Nice variety. Liked the patio dining. Unfortunately our table was very wobbly. Server was very attentive. Food came out quickly after we ordered

M
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our appetizers and dinner were delicious. A great cocktail and wine list. We plan to come again soon and try some different dishes. Very happy with the experience.

NI
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meza is a Great dining experiance from the food to the ambience.
A vibrent bar scene along with an outdoor patio that is so relaxing with a wonderful
waterfall in the backround.

C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service!

OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. The waiter was very attentive and remembered it was our anniversary from OT. The food was over the top delicious. The house drinks were outstanding. Will be back soon.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went on a Friday night around 6:45. It wasn’t too crowded. We sat inside which had a beautiful decor. Definitely more my type of restaurant over my boyfriends. Our waitress , Natasha was very friendly and attentive . We ordered the meatballs as an appetizer which were fantastic. My boyfriend and I both ordered the free range chicken , which was OK . It came with 3 roasted potatoes which were really good . It was a good portion for the price of $22 but I’ve had better chicken . Would definitely go back and try something else.

SK
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The appetizers and Caeser salad was great, the main course my chicken was lukewarm, no potatoes with steaks, we ordered vegetables and had to search for waiter to get them because they were forgotten and the brussel sprouts were hard and not hot. The main meal was disappointing.

A
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recently dined here with two friends for a late lunch/early dinner ( "linner"). It was perfect. We were in the area for other reasons and needed something to eat. I was trying to avoid all the chain restaurants in the area and happened on this in OpenTable. Intrigued, I made reservations for the dining room, but when we arrived, we settled in the bar area because it was inviting, cooler, and were received wonderful service from the bartender. We started off with wine. They have several options for wine pours ( regular and large pours). Our barkeep ably assisted picking some out for us. In addition, we learned they have a wine cabinet service which allows you to purchase the wines at retail and store them at the restaurant. This was great, as they had several wines which you would not be able to find easily at Binnys etc.)
We started with the hummus dish and immediately fell in love with the tapenade. Orders included the protein bowl ( great way to mind the diet, but get what you really wanted), the lamb burger ( cooked perfectly with pita standing in for traditional hamburger bun), and a beautifully prepared salmon. We left with full stomachs and happy thoughts. Service was excellent, dishes appearing just a we needed them, with wonderfully chosen wine pairings, and speedy water refills. We will be back with bigger group. The decor is a lovely respite from the Woodfield area chaos and you feel like you have entered a calm oasis. The lamps in the lobby and the bar are worth checking out. You'll see. Besides the wine club option, they have piano bar on Thursday nights I believe and happy hour. Go. You won't be disappointed

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

We wanted to love this place but it just didn't happen. We were there for a business lunch. The service was good. The server was very courteous, however, the food was very bland. The prosciutto flat bread was about the only good thing we ordered. Everything else lacked flavor. The avocado "fries" were anything but good. The server said they had a "kick". Unfortunately they did not. The lamb burger my colleague ordered was overcooked and oversalted. My shrimp/veggie/hummus bowl was served with overcooked (almost what looked like melted) orzo, flavorless roasted veggies and two shrimp. Our client also ordered one of the bowls and also complained about the dish lacking flavor. Overall very disappointing experience. The place is beautiful inside and out, however, the food is nowhere near where it needs to be to be considered Mediterranean. This is coming from someone that is from the Mediterranean region.

y
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good value for the price we pay. Very quite. Good location for business discussions.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great outdoor seating. Food was a bit greasy

NI
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is awsome. THEY HAVE A GREAT OUTDOOR DINING AREA. Meza is a must !!!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience!

DK
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish!! Expensive yes but your worth it. Unique yes!! Tapas yes. Just go it’s worth it

LG
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great variety in Mediterranean dishes. Will return to try a sampling of the small plates to share

J
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great delicious food!! Natasha was an excellent server!
For a Friday night, it was not crowded at all.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. The staff was great. Brin our waitress took really good care of us

CW
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at this restaurant. Ambience is very nice, I love the look of the bar and can't wait to come back there. We sat in the dining room. Plenty of great choices on the menu. Ordered the special risotto with lamb. Even though I usually prefer risotto a little creamier, it was delicious. My husband said his salmon was the best he eaten. Will definitely come back on a nice day to sit outside.

M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Really slow and bad service, bland flatbreads. Went here for Father's Day dinner and felt bad for the dads in our family because it wasnt good.

KP
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for my birthday to try something new. It was a Wednesday evening, not very noisy and service & food were great!

DY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Server is outstanding! Food quality is wonderful.

KR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner and staff are wonderful.

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