Taste 222

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Taste 222 is the storefront showcase of Cleveland Avenue headquarters, a venture capital and consulting firm that invests in remarkable food, beverage and restaurant concepts.

Taste 222 is a restaurant and event space focusing on unique experiences with an upscale vibe. We are a full-service restaurant with rich beverage and culinary offerings set in a beautiful space reminiscent of home.

We provide “Cheers”- like service. We know our customers’ names, their orders...we HUG! With a family-like atmosphere, Taste 222 provides great service, and delicious, comforting food in a warm and sophisticated environment.
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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved finding this gem so close to the train station. The decor was great, spacious, so easy to hear. Lots to choose from on menu and great service. Great wines. I will be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and very attentive and engaging service.

W
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, cozy interior & convenient location.

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JW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food....taste absolutely fabulous! Enough TVs and comfort to watch the game!

JG
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our server was outstanding...that young man made us feel right at home.

y
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was top notch (thanks Dan), food great and decor stunning. Music and lighting set a relaxing tone. Loved it. Highly recommend! Scallops appetizer was delish as was the Mac n cheese.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet friends! Great food & atmosphere!

AD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Took clients here and they really enjoyed the lunch offerings!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Food not good. I am usually happy there, but the brisket was cold, and not as described

CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was very good, tables are a decent distance away from each other but the acoustics leave a bit to be desired as the background noise level is pretty high - you can still hear your dining companions, it is just a bit distracting.

Taste 222
Responded on September 27, 2019

Hi, I'm sorry to hear the acoustics were distracting. We have taken this into consideration and will be more mindful of the music moving forward. All feedback helps us strengthen service and our offering, so we thank you. Please say hi next time you're in to visit. Best, Iman Dean

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M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, great food, drinks, and ambiance

Taste 222
Responded on September 26, 2019

@Mike THANK YOU we thank you for your feedback and hope to see you soon. Best, I. Dean - General Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

The ambiance is amazing! The food was great. Service was ok, I wasn’t to fond of my server. I would go again.

DA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service was great and the service staff were super nice

Taste 222
Responded on September 26, 2019

DebbieA, THANK YOU for the 5-star rating and feedback. The team and I look forward to your next visit. Best, I. Dean - General Manager

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YP
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful!! This was my 3rd visit and every time I’ve sinned at Taste 222 the experience has been excellent.
I’d like to give a special thanks to Yuchi our server and tour guide. He was the BOMB😊

Taste 222
Responded on September 26, 2019

YvetteP, thank you, thank you, thank you, we sincerely appreciate you taking time to share your great experience and make mention of Yuchi!! We look forward to your FORTH visit. Best, I. Dean - General Manager

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PH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to Taste 222, and everything about it was outstanding!

JG
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lunch service should be considerate of one hour lunch breaks.

GO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was friendly and attentive. Knew when to approach and when to leave guests alone. Food was excellent.

Taste 222
Responded on September 26, 2019

GwendolynO, thank you! we are so happy you had a great time and look forward to your next visit.

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LM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, great service and food.

Taste 222
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hi Laura, THANK YOU for the 5-star rating! We look forward to your next visit...

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PH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rasheed took care of us again! He is a great ambassador of your restaurant

Taste 222
Responded on August 23, 2019

@PaulH THANK YOU for the 5-star rating! We look forward to your next visit... Best, Iman Dean - General Manager

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TM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good brunch. Only area of improvement I would suggest is to lower the amount of salt on the breakfast potatoes. Other than that, the French toast was great, drinks were fantastic. The service by far was outstanding! We will be back!

Taste 222
Responded on August 23, 2019

Greeting @TremayneM and THANK YOU for taking the time to review us! We have since shared your feedback with the executive chef and will certainly reduce the salt on our potatoes. Again, thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon! Best, Iman Dean - General Manager

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DO
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and drinks are excellent. Everything is also reasonably priced especially for a downtown Chicago location. I've been once for dinner and twice recently for brunch. The chicken biscuit, cheese grits and the Nashville hot chicken and waffles were all very good. Sangrias and mimosas are a great brunch compliment. Great value. I highly recommend and have done so to several friends

Taste 222
Responded on August 23, 2019

Greetings DanaO, THANK YOU for your feedback and support in spreading the word. We want Taste 222 to be everyone's "home away from home". We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Best, Iman Dean - General Manager

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OT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great food and stylish decor...what more can you ask for !!!

Taste 222
Responded on August 23, 2019

Greetings, and THANK YOU for the 5-star rating! Taste 222 is "your home, away from home" and we look forward to your next visit... Best, Iman Dean - General Manager

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DJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and very reasonably priced for a nice lunch near the loop. Tri tip steak was amazing!

Taste 222
Responded on August 23, 2019

Greetings @DebbieJ and THANK YOU for the 5-star rating! The Tri tip is one of my favorites as well. Look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best, Iman Dean - General Manager

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LT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! The server was really nice and attentive. The ambiance was really nice as well. Hopefully, the menu options will expand.

BB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great. Underutilized. Delicious every time. Take my money.

E
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Ambiance and presentation was exceptional! Our waitress was also very nice. The coffee was amazing. However:

- Our frittatas were bland. It had zero salt added to the dish. Yet, the potato side dish was over salted.

- The homemade donuts appear to he fried in the same oil they use for chicken (they tasted a bit like fried chicken batter).

- When we asked the waitress what she thought about certain dishes, her response was “I don’t know, I have never tried those.” Maybe management should require taste testings...

- The Eggs Benedict that we ordered is on the menu with a description that indicated it comes with poached eggs... the eggs were not poached - they were a texture similar to a scrambled omelet.

Maybe the awesome reviews are related to the dinner menu...

F
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great cocktails! Excellent waitress. Definitely will be back.

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

Birthday dinner on Thursday evening. Great space in back with large screens for an intimate gathering
The front dining area is cozy.
There is also an outdoor sitting area

EW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and enough variety for everyone to be happy. Impeccable service without being overbearing. Becoming one of my favorite "go to" places as everyone enjoys it.

CT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great experience from the ambiance to the staff to the food.

JB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

The entire staff seemed to be on drugs, but the food was ok. The main dining area had a strange smell, but the entire place is decorated beautifully.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Usually love the experience and introducing new people to it. Server was C- at best, and pork belly gyro was mediocre. That’s just taste preference I’m sure as it’s probably a great seller. Service frustratingly changed experience. I’ll still be back a lot though.

TM
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I have used tast222 several times in the past 3months for breakfast and each time I have received mediocre service at best. Ambiance is nice and the food is good, although not worth the $$ paid. With lots of options in the west loop, I’ll look elsewhere for my “go to” breakfast experience.

AS
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and the restaurant staff are superb!

JL
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The stuffed Amish thigh was soooo good, along with the Mac and cheese. Drinks were good, loved the cocktail flight and red wine choice at happy hour. It was a perfect place for an early dinner before a show.

A
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

It was a first date ....place was empty
Server wanted to go home and rushed

The two appetizers were good drinks were good

Just empty for 830 on a Friday ....with poor service

BB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We live across the street and love this place. It’s a hidden gem with really surprisingly tasty food. Super convenient for us! Totally worth a trip. A super cool spot for a date. Instagrammable AF. Don’t miss the pear with Brie. Sometimes the service a little slow but the food and ambience totally make up for it. Great lounge spot in the back to hang out. we will keep going back!

KP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A really good restaurant where you can have dinner with friends and actually have a conversation that everyone at the table can hear. That alone would make it worth going to but the food and knowledgeable staff are the real stars.

LS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Didn’t like food or drinks. Sent back first drinks. Second was not much better. Appetizers weren’t great. Ate dinner at another restaurant

D
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at Taste222 and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent, the service was on-point, and we love the ambiance. We’re just sad it took us this long to find this spot (it is a 5-minute walk from our home). We will be back often!

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