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Mousa Greek Taverna, Joliet, IL

Mousa Greek Taverna

4.6
4.6
146 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek
Greek Taverna with wine & cocktails served in a cozy, comfortable setting

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Greek
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (815) 409-7338
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Joliet
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 146 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Greek

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Best Service

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Best Value

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Good for business meals

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Innovative

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Romantic

  • Southwest Suburbs

    Good for special occasions

146 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there, and the service and food were both excellent! We will be back!

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  2. GailS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our experience was great. No need to travel to Lombard or Greek Town if living in the Lincoln-Way area for upscale Greek. The only negative is no lemon soup! Please fix this…

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  3. CarolW

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were excellent! Their grilled salmon and gyro plate are my favorites but need to work through the menu and try all the other amazing dishes. Love their wine list. Mostly Greek wines. Loved my selection. Highly recommend!

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  4. RLWfromIL

    Chicago

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mousa Greek Tavern is an absolute gift to the Joliet area and a location that I hope against hope will survive here! Though I don't truly have much hope. Joliet is not exactly a fine dining town. A seventies era "steak house" seems to be the only thing that has had any staying power here (and, folks, I'm sorry, it is average at best!). Mousa is different. Mousa truly is fine dining and drinking done in a great environment. Mousa takes Greek cuisine and elevates it to a level that I have actually never seen...and we are "foodies". We all know what a Greek restaurant typically means: about a thousand things on the menu, all done OK but nothing done great. Mousa is a true fine dining experience. It stood to reason that there had to be such a thing as "fancy" Greek food...I just had never experienced it! Mousa has all the standard Greek dishes that you would expect but they elevate them to a new level. They also have dishes that I have never had before...and I have tried an awful lot of the things that humans eat throughout the world! And the drinks! The drinks alone are enough reason to go. I have no faith in the Joliet area being able to keep a place like Mousa open...but PLEASE try! They are different. They are exceptional!

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  5. DeeDee

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful dining. Our food was fabulous and our waiter was terrific. Definitely going back!

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  6. LSper

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good food & Nick our server was excellent! Love having the ouzo to start off the delicious dinner of seafood sample app, Greek salad & then kebab sample!

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  7. RLWfromIL

    Chicago

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! I feel like I need a "call to arms (table?)" or a mobilization of the local dining community. Mousa Greek Tavern is absolutely unprecedented in Joliet...which is EXACTLY why it won't survive without more fellow foodies finding it and enjoying it. Joliet is not exactly a fine food destination city. Mousa Greek Tavern is a reason to actually come to Joliet...unless you just live here like we do. This place is amazing! I have been to plenty of Greek restaurants in my time...you know the kinds of places...2000 things on the menu, quick service, solid food but nothing special. Mousa Greek Tavern serves special food! Not only is the food great but the ambiance is much more indicative of what you would expect for fine dining. I just cannot say enough about them! But, based upon what some of the staff was telling us, you better get there soon because they have been there for a year and business is not great. It is because this is sadly NOT what you would expect for Joliet, especially not downtown. Do yourself, and the city, a favor and try Mousa Greek Tavern. We are already planning our nexts visit. So now there is at least one reason that is not jury duty to actually go downtown!

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  8. Pauly

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wanted to stay close to home looked in OpenTable and search for Greek. Call town Joliet near the Rialto, theater historic quaint building once was a bank. The server was very personable and attentive.  Traditional Greek menu, saganaki Greek meatballs with Taziki sauce lamb chops were amazing. The cocktails were made with perfection. After dinner we sit at the bar for one more. We’ll be back!!!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Dawn was fantastic! Loved everything we ordered!! The Beef Kabob was superior though to the chicken do get the beef!! Best Saganaki around! Have a glass of Roditis! Can’t wait to go back & try more!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was great. There were four of us. We started with humus which was freshly made and Saganaki both served with pita points very good. We had kebobs and gyro platters. Everyone enjoyed the meal. Ambience was nice, however it is not a big restaurant so you are seated very close to other patrons. Prices on average for a nicer restaurant. The one critique I would make is that the bussers are a little too quick to clear a dish or glass. I felt like they were hovering leaving us feeling rushed. This was not enough to prevent us from coming back, but a suggestion to hold off a minute or two before clearing. Reservations recommended for sure.

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  11. Customer

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Not what I would expect for the price. I would not go back.

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  12. RichK

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Can’t wait to go again!

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  13. JusK

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible Greek food for a night out. Loved their craft gods themed cocktails.

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  14. Mariposa

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Reservation was at 8:30 and was rushed to order when we arrived. Server let us know the kitchen closed around 8:45 and needed to order asap. We would not have dined had we known we would be rushed.

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  15. JeffP

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great restaurant! We went for Valentines Day and had a nice meal and nice time. Nice touch was complimentary dessert. Our server was excellent, and the food was very good and reasonably priced. We'll be back.

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  16. TimS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. We had a great time. Brought our toddler and 9 month old. We're lucky they actually had a high chair. Great atmosphere. We will certainly be back.

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  17. TonyS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our Mousa experience was great. Always a solid meal and cocktail experience. The staff makes us feel like we are the only customers in the place. Great staff!

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  18. RachelC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place the food was amazing and so was the staff. Will definitely be going back!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu was a nice shift than what is usually available in town. Nice variety and the staff was very attentive.

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  20. DavidH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was fantastic. Got the Sampler platter. All the meats were really good. Service was great, even though we had a new waitress. Really neat spot with great atmosphere.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an excellent dining experience. Food quality, service and value on point. Highly recommended.

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  22. TanyaS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been here a few times and you can't beat this place. When you go out to dinner you want the whole package to be great, ambiance, food, service and the value. This restaurant has it all. The wine is reasonably priced. The food is great. We ordered the mixed grill for a appetizer and the octopus was a good size. Was expecting a tiny piece but it was big. Dinner was a mixed platter for 2 but it can feed more. Mix of sausage, kebabs, gyro, pita bread, potatoes. So good. Mousa has become one of my favorites

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  23. MMPP

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional, authentic Greek food! Nothing else like it!

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  24. RobertT

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Place is very nice inside. Old world meets modern decor. Will go back for sure. Service was spot on! The food delish. Had the kabobs steak and chicken. Very tender. Will recommend

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The spread sampler and gyro platter were delicious! Huge portions! Our waiter, Nick, was great. We will definitely be back!

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  26. MelG

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I'll start out with the good. The service we received was excellent and the drinks were good. We also enjoyed the grilled calamari and octopus. But the main reason we won't be returning is because, aside from the grilled seafood appetizer, everything else we ate was terrible. I brought my father here for his 70th birthday and spent the night apologizing for how bad the food was. My lamb chops, while cooked perfectly medium, were tough and chewy. I've never had such tough lamb chops. They were so tough that you want to spit them out after a while because you're just tired of chewing so much. My mother's pork chop was so tough and dry that she had to saw through it (not an exaggeration) just to cut off a piece. My father ordered the big sampler platter and was so disappointed. The Greek sausage was dry, the gyros were tough and strangely sweet, and everything was completely covered in onions (way too much). He managed to eat some of the chicken kebobs because they were the least terrible thing on the platter. My husband ordered the pork kebobs and thought they were okay, but wouldn't get them again. Two weeks later and we're still talking about how bad the food was, and we all agreed we'd never go back again. Mousa's was MUCH better when they were Spanish tapas. What a shame they changed direction.

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  27. DaveK

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Highly recommended!! Service was great

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  28. VEUVE

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Nick , was just great , it was our first time , And he helped with menu choices. We would love to see taramusalda , and the egg lemon Soup added to the menu. But overall a good Greek Tavern experience

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  29. SteveR

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place, fairly upscale, friendly staff, and cozy dining.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First time here. Staff confusion over who was serving our table. Ordered white wine. After 20 mins server said she didn’t forget but bar had no chilled white wine so they were icing it to get it cooled. When finally arrived it was warm. No apology or credit Our main dishes dinners were good except our sides. Rice & spinach was served cold. When we asked the person in charge of the floor the response was its supposed to be warm. I’ll let the kitchen know

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Greek food. Great service. Plan to return with our dinner group.

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  32. JANEK

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We received wonderful service and suggestions Our meals were delicious

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  33. EllenH

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about my dinner at Moussa was superb! I was dining alone and they gave me a perfect table. My waitress could not have been more attentive. The decor is gorgeous. But the real star of the show is the food. I live in Chicago, and eat at Greek restaurants regularly, as it is my favorite ethnic food. My meal of Garides Saganaki was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. Plump shrimp in a silky tomato sauce, perfectly spiced, and accompanied by several thin slices of lightly charred homemade bread, perfect for sopping up even more of the sauce. I had ordered flaming cheese as an appetizer, and the portion was large enough that I saved part of it to eat with my main dish, as well as the rice that came as my side dish. Perfect meal!

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  34. NicoleA

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent! Service excellent as well! Will definitely be going back!

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  35. DanK

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We've been here several times and have never been disappointed. I would l5to see a return of the small plate menu though.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Requested a table with our other party during our reservation & we were not accommodated. Appetizer Sampler Spread was good. However, we asked for more pita bread & it took about 30 minutes to get more. Two of our dinners were under cooked - salmon & lamb burger (asked for well done, was pink). Gordon Ramsey would have had a fit! Greek salad was a bowl of huge tomato pieces, some peppers & cucumbers with a huge rectangle of feta cheese. I asked to add chicken & I got 5 tiny pieces I’m guessing from a kabob. Asked for dressing on the side, had to send back because it had dressing on it. The server tried telling me there wasn’t any on it, so I had to prove it to her. Overall, not worth the price. Most likely I will never return.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, wait staff and ambiance. Highly recommend!

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  38. Smith

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All dishes were fantastic. The lamb chops were cooked to perfection, all 6 of them! No kid’s menu, but all three of our boys gave top notch ratings on calamari and salmon’ sos much so that my 8yo gave the waitress $5 of his own money as a compliment to the chef!

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  39. Manatee

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the little plates at Mousa Greek Taverna. We had the best table in the house, a four top by the window. Our server Naomi was excellent and attentive. The food was delicious, and the drinks were good. We started with the Saganaki, but were disappointed that regulations wouldn't allow the cheese to be flamed at the table. Then we had the Aegan Sampler-grilled shrimp, calamari and octopus; Spanikopita, chicken kabobs, and finished with a seasonal pumpkin creme brulee. We left our credit card at the restaurant when we left, and the manager was kind enough to call us that evening so we could go back and retrieve it. We will definitely return!

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  40. LanaL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We’re served our food and different times. Took too long to get drinks. Running late to our show

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FAQs

Mousa Greek Taverna is rated 4.6 stars by 146 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Mousa Greek Taverna

158 N Chicago St, Joliet, IL 60432

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Joliet
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Greek
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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