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Taxim

4.6
4.6
969 Reviews
$30 and under
Greek
Taxim, which is located in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, features regionally-inspired Greek dishes paired with an all-Greek wine list. The stunning dining room is fitted with soaring 16-foot ceilings, travertine marble floors, dramatic Byzantine-style lamps and artwork, and the rooftop dining area lined with Greek flowering herbs.

The restaurant was chosen as one of of Chicago's Best New Restaurants in 2009/2010 by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Reader. Additionally, Taxim's housemade yogurt with young favas and lamb confit was selected as one of the Best Bites of 2009 by the Chicago Reader, the house-cured sardines were mentioned in Time Out Chicago's 2009 "100 Best Things We Ate (and drank) This Year" feature, and the wood-grilled octopus was selected as 2010's "Best New Dish" by Chicago magazine. Additionally, chef-owner David Schneider appeared on the Food Network's "Iron Chef America" in April 2011 going head-to-head with Iron Chef Cat Cora.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Greek

  • Hours of operation

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM Friday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM Sunday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM Sunday Brunch: 10:00AM - 2:00PM

  • Phone number

    (773) 252-1558

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    David Schneider

  • Catering

    Taxim offers many catering options for all types of events. Please contact us with questions.

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us with questions.

  • Private party contact

    David Schneider: (773) 252-1558

  • Neighborhood

    Bucktown / Wicker Park

  • Cross street

    North Ave.

  • Parking details

    Valet on Fridays and Saturdays at the location of 2000 W North Ave is available for all visitors to the Wicker Park neighborhood on the northwest corner of the 6 corner intersection.

  • Public transit

    CTA bus: 56 Milwaukee, 70 Division, 72 North<br /><br> <br />Blue Line train: Damen or Division stop<br /><br><br />Cabs are also plentiful in the area.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 969 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    Fit for Foodies

  • Chicago

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. JD

    JD79

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was fantastic but service got worse as it got later and more crowded. The upstairs deck gets very noise
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John or James (I cannot remember his name, had longer hair) was AMAZING
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Taxims food never disappoints. It’s fresh, full of flavor and served beautifully.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Very noisy. The rooftop was ok, but plastic was hanging everywhere; just not that attractive. Menu was interesting , but we didn’t particularly enjoy the food. Server was good and helped me select a glass of wine , since all wines on the menu were greek and unfamiliar to me. However, I was told they’d bring a birthday desert and that didn’t happen.
  5. MS

    MashaS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    We enjoyed our food at Taxim, it’s been a while since we visited. We happened to make reservations on a night of the wicker park fest, which we did not know about. When confirming the reservation, I would have appreciated a heads up or would have expressed preference for an indoor table. The terrace was obnoxiously loud due to the fest music and really undermined our experience - we were looking forward to a calm family dinner. The service was very good though and the quality of food did not suffer from an influx of diners which we appreciated.
  6. KG

    KaylaG

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Can’t wait to go back!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and friendly staff! Love coming here as lots of shareable food options and great wine list. Nice to go up on the rooftop
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The food was very good and staff was friendly and accommodating. The space could use some updates, particularly the bathrooms and stairwell up to roof. The rooftop itself is cute but the plastic screens everywhere were an eyesore. Overall would recommend for casual and good Greek food spot.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    They did not have a table available for us although I had a reservation ahead of time. They put together two small tables for us. Drinks came after we had finished appetizers. Did not check in on table after courses. They forced 22% tip on all reservations. There were only 3 of us. I usually tip 15-20% I thought that was a little aggressive considering it was a small party and the service was really poor.
  10. V

    Vfoodie

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely fantastic food! It is like Yiayia's home cooking, if Yiayia was a classically trained chef. Every dish was better than the next. Best Greek food in Chicago!
  11. PA

    PaulaA

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and service was great. Didn't like being charged for ice in our cocktails ("rocks" charge $4) and for extra pita($3) to finish appetizers.
  12. g

    greattime

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Waitress forgot my drink and my entree but she corrected it and gave me a drink on the house. Overall good experience
  13. A

    Alina

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food at Taxim was absolutely amazing. We ordered 6 dishes for the 3 of us, and everything was delicious from the simple hummus and pita to the lamb shank. We could not decide on our favorite dish. The cocktails were on the underwhelming side - next time we would go for the wine, but I wish there were more "by the glass" options vs. ordering an entire bottle since our party had differing wine tastes. The service was also very slow considering they did not seem understaffed and there were not many diners at the time we went. There is a 22% gratuity added on which normally I would not object to, but the service didn't meet expectations. Overall the ambience on the roof was lovely on a summer night and the food was the star.
  14. JS

    JaymeS

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taxim is a must every time I visit Chicago. The service is always impeccable and the food is delicious. Don’t miss out on the pastry dishes and we are always pleased with the staff’s wine recommendations. The atmosphere is perfect and there is a lovely rooftop patio when the weather is pleasant. My sister recommended this place years ago and I’m so glad she did!
  15. LF

    LeonF

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Greek food I’ve ever had and one of the best meals I’ve had.
  16. ES

    EricS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, atmosphere and great place to eat. The rooftop is where Everyone is, its covered and can be divided but no need. Service was good as they were crowded when we arrived. The wine selection was very good, good choices in food options; but pricy, so bring your Big Wallet you'll need it.
  17. AP

    AlexandraP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! There is a 22% tip added to the bill, so just know that.
  18. L

    Laura

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was thoughtful and efficient.
  19. S

    Sid25

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Overall, the food was great. The lamb chops were bland and the pilaf were undercooked. The lamb shank dish was phenomenal.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    It was really great they were just super understaffed and needed more people to tend to everyone.
  21. A

    Andrea

    Chicago

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Such creative offerings! I have never heard of duck gyros or fish gyros! Lots of options for vegetarians as well as meat eaters! Everything was quite delicious! Also an unbelievable selection of Greek wines! Easily 50 or more options! So fun to try new imported Greek wines!
  22. DF

    DanielleF

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food & service!!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This place is legit Greek food. Love the menu and all greek wine selection. The restaurant itself was a little noisy (poor sound insulation and everything echoes) and the tables were a little too close for my taste. It is pricy, but a great splurge location. I will be back however for the super tasty menu.
  24. H

    Havanai

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Have never been disappointed in our meals at Taxim, and we've been there several times. Server was knowledgeable and cordial.
  25. TL

    ThomasL

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Service was very slow. Table of 4 we had no drink menu, 1 food menu. Asked 3 times for food menus before they brought. Food was expensive for the very small portions. I know tasting items but then appropriate price. The whole roof is still covered with ugly plastic and has no ambiance at all. Take down the cheap plastic please. Its not worth sitting up there. Included 22% tip I don't mind if service is good, it was not. Asked for several things that were brought very late to the table. 1 item we returned as we were just about finished eating when they brought the condiments.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service was really slow, but the food was solid.
  27. M

    Mgfinchi

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food is always amazing. That’s why we come back. The service is slow but good when they do tend to the table.
  28. A

    Alison

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding waiter. Delicious food. Roof deck is COVID-comfortable
  29. JA

    JASChicago

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Went for an early dinner before a show on Friday night. We sat on the roof, which was delightful and very comfortable. The heaters kept it warm, it was about 55 outside. The food was hit and miss. Souvlaki and fries by far the best dish and best value. Lamb chops had no seasoning and tasted gamey. The octopus was above average- tender and well seasoned, we also ordered apps like eggplant and taramasalata which were average. In general, serving sizes are small. Baklava for desert was delicious as was the coffee. We’ll be back for the souvlaki and ambience.
  30. I

    Isiw

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Energetic, and such good food! We ate upstairs; small dishes, flat breads, wild boar (!), lamb in caul -- every dish was interesting, distinct, and delicious. What a great place!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Amazing!!! Food. Service was a little slow but everyone was so nice!! Definitely recommend this hidden gem
  32. J

    Jack

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    I have been here several times and it is the best Greek restaurant in town. Last night they sent us up to the roof level (when I would have preferred to have been downstairs but they were not seating anyone there for some reason). When you go you need to make an initial strategic decision: will I have an entree? Several are good: the Greek chicken and the lamb chops in particular. But if you are headed there you need to scale back the # of small plates you order. Alternatively you can go with 'all small plates' and that will be delicious as well. I recommend the tzatziki, the hummous, DEFINITELY the grilled octopus and fennel, the friend cauliflower and the leeks in puff pastry. Others are great too Exclusively Greek wines so bring a cheat sheet or go with their recommendations unless you know Greek wine.
  33. O

    Oliver

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Some of the best Mediterranean food I've ever had.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Loved the food, but you could tell they were understaffed as some items took a bit long to be delivered. Some of the sedating doesn’t have a back to recline.
  35. MB

    MamaBear

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants. Always lands a perfect 10.
  36. DY

    DavidY

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great casual evening Authentic Greek food Nice wine list
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Everything about this place was mediocre at best. We had the Greek salad , braised lamb and roasted chicken and their version of baklava for dessert. The Greek salad was basically capers with what I think was cucumber and possibly red peppers and days old croutons. The roasted chicken was probably the most promising dish of the evening cooked perfectly paired with roasted potatoes. The lamb was dry and flavorless accompanied with Meh orzo and sub par tatziki. The baklava was not made with traditional Phillo dough and was plated with a whipped creme that tasted like cool whip… this place could definitely benefit from a revamp to the menu. Also automatic gratuity added without even asking was the final kicker for me. As a Greek cuisine lover I had high hopes for this place but definitely not worth it
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our meal was fantastic. Our server made suggestions and we went with what he said and was blown away. We got multiple bottles of wine, several apps, and a couple entrees and everything was above and beyond. Will definitely be back.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Taxim gets better every time I go there.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. Maria was our server and she was kind and helpful. My husband and daughter and I shared 7 small plates and a dessert which were all amazing. The lamb was my favorite and the fried mussels a close second. The complimentary Mallika (sp?) was a nice touch! This was our 4th time here and we will be back...again and again.

FAQs

Taxim offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 252-1558.

Taxim is rated 4.6 stars by 969 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Taxim

1558 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Additional information

  • Cross street

    North Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Bucktown / Wicker Park

  • Hours of operation

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM Friday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM Sunday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM Sunday Brunch: 10:00AM - 2:00PM

  • Cuisines

    Greek

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet on Fridays and Saturdays at the location of 2000 W North Ave is available for all visitors to the Wicker Park neighborhood on the northwest corner of the 6 corner intersection.

  • Public transit

    CTA bus: 56 Milwaukee, 70 Division, 72 North Blue Line train: Damen or Division stopCabs are also plentiful in the area.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    David Schneider

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (773) 252-1558

  • Catering

    Taxim offers many catering options for all types of events. Please contact us with questions.

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us with questions.

  • Private party contact

    David Schneider: (773) 252-1558

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