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Diners' Choice: Mediterranean restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Mediterranean cuisine in Chicago / Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of avec West Loop restaurant
4.8
4.8 (701)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
West Loop
About the restaurant
avec, a wine-focused restaurant in Chicago, features Midwestern takes on Mediterranean classics. Inspired by the sun-drenched wine regions of the Mediterranean, avec West Loop has been a Chicago favorite for over 20 years. Originally conceived as a wine bar, avec is the second concept from celebrated one-off hospitality, with communal and bar seating—it is a high-energy, intimate, and interactive experience.

For parties of 6 or more, please call us at 312-377-2002.

Top review
AmandaWvip
Dined 5 days ago
Great menu; excellent food. Great wine list. Very noisy. Seating is tight/not very comfortable.
A photo of La Parra Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (486)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Berwyn
About the restaurant
La Parra Restaurant & Bar, in Berwyn, IL, is a premier dining establishment serving the Chicago, Cicero and Oak Park areas. We specialize in home made pastas, tapas and the best cocktails you'll ever try. We offer a Mediterranean style menu, a full bar, and dine in or carry out options.

For your next night out, visit La Parra Restaurant & Bar in Berwyn. The best Mediterranean around!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We stumbled upon this restuarant on our way to the movie theater. We are so happy we did! Excellent drinks, excellent food and service. The fresh pasta was amazing! We can't wait to go back when we visit Chicago again
A photo of Aba - Chicago restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2352)
$50 and over
Mediterranean
West Loop
About the restaurant
Aba is a Mediterranean restaurant with locations in Chicago, IL, Austin, TX, and Bal
Harbour, FL. Aba, meaning father in Hebrew, incorporates Chef CJ Jacobson’s lighter style
of cooking with influences from the Mediterranean, including Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, and
Greece. The bar program showcases rare Mediterranean-inspired wines and spirits.
Signature dishes include Smoky Garlic Hummus, Muhammara, Heirloom Crispy Chicken
Thigh, Shawarma-Spiced Skirt Steak, Grilled Salmon Kebab and more. The bar program
showcases rare Mediterranean-inspired wines and spirits.

Top review
JalineV
Dined 6 days ago
Amazing restaurant and always a great experience!
A photo of Black & Caspian restaurant
4.8
4.8 (223)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
Black & Caspian Wine Bistro is a Modern Mediterranean Wine Bistro in Lakeview East.

Highly regarded locally, our modern international restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating, and a reputation for excellent service. We are known for creating stunning food experiences and our meals are known for being outstanding and well remembered. Our wine bar flows with great international selections – wine and good food pairing forever.

Top review
StephanG
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Thanks for the service and the wine! We had a great time and a very nice dinner
A photo of Ema restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4393)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
A Mediterranean & California-inspired restaurant featuring small plates & Chef CJ Jacobson's lighter style cooking in Chicago's River North.
Top review
Emmavip
Dined 5 days ago
An excellent restaurant overall. Probably our favorite in Chicago. I dream about the charred eggplant hummus.
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4.7
4.7 (306)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Naperville
About the restaurant
Love, laughter & lamb—a celebration of food, family & Ouzo! Hearth cooking from the heart inspired by recipes from our Papou, passed through generations.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
I had a great time. Food and drinks were great. 10/10 would recommend!
A photo of avec River North restaurant
4.6
4.6 (275)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
under the culinary direction of james beard award-winning chef, Paul Kahan and executive chef Dylan Patel, avec river north brings warm and rustic mediterranean-inspired cuisine.

interested in hosting an event or large group with us?
email vipevents@oneoffhospitality.com to book with us today!

Top review
SarahA
Dined 4 days ago
We had an amazing meal at AVEC. Great service. Great food. A fun night. (The outdoor seating was great.) Get the rigatoni and the asparagus!!!
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4.7
4.7 (1225)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Oak Park
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Oak Park IL, Citrine offers Mediterranean influenced cuisine with American flair. The menu includes seasonal fish and vegetable dishes, braised meats cooked in clay pots and fresh bread from our brick oven.
Top review
Kathyvip
Dined 2 days ago
For this visit to Citrine, had invited a couple friends to join us there who had never dined at Citrine. They really liked it and said they would return. Matthew was our server (he has been our server many times) and he was super. We could not have asked for more. Management - Maya was there, overseeing the restaurant and it was good to see her. The food was excellent as were the desserts and drinks. Drinks: my friend said her cosmo was excellent and ordered another. Both of the gents had seconds on their drinks. Another nice thing about Citrine is its consistency. The food is always good. Always. Our experience with the service here has always been very good. I have nothing but nice things to say, but then again, that is why we return!
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4.7
4.7 (74)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Mount Prospect
About the restaurant
Enjoy the perfect fusion of Turkish and Mediterranean dishes at A Thousand Tales. Start off your early morning at our cafe with the perfect cappuccino, latte, americano, or espresso paired with a Turkish bagel or Balkan-style borek stuffed with potatoes, cheese, or ground beef. A Thousand Tales offers a variety of breakfast options including veggie omelettes, waffles, and traditional Turkish platters. You must try the eggs with soudjouk or menemen! Bring your friends and family for lunch and dinner and enjoy the mixed grill that includes lamb chops, chicken shish kabob, kofte kabob, adana kabob, lamb shish kabob, lahmacun (Turkish pizza), and traditional beyti kabob. Finally, end your meal with Turkish coffee paired with Sutlac (Rice pudding), Kazandibi (Turkish flan), pistachio baklava, eclairs, honey cake, or our specialty cookies. Enjoy the summer weather by dining at our outdoor tables while sipping on some refreshing homemade lemonade and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Top review
Foodudevip
Dined 4 days ago
Our waiter was fantastic. The food was outstanding went for a family dinner and the restaurant was celebrating their two year anniversary. We all got free desserts from the bakery. Wow unbelievable delicious I’ve been to this restaurant several times and every time it’s better and better if you want to have a great dining experience, go to 1000 tales restaurant. 
A photo of 101 Patio restaurant
4.6
4.6 (15)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Streeterville
About the restaurant
101 Patio Bar and Grill features all-day dining in a design-forward indoor restaurant and bar, and in the warmer months, a beautiful open-air patio space equipped with two fireplaces, lush greenery and breathtaking landscaping. The kitchen, led by Executive Chef Khellil Abderezak from Deerpath Inn and Ritz Carlton, offers visitors a culinary tour of the Mediterranean, where Chef himself was raised and first learned to hone his culinary prowess. With a menu ranging from shareable small plates to soups, salads, hearth-baked flatbreads, handhelds and seafood-centric entrees, the 101 Patio Bar and Grill blends Mediterranean-style techniques, ingredients and cuisines to offer an ever-refreshing, whimsical experience each and every visit. A warm and inviting bar team serves up inspiring craft cocktails, world-class spirits, international wines and local brews.


Discounted guest parking ($13 for up to 3 hours) is available at nearby 50 E Ohio self-park garage. Please inquire with the host.

Top review
KaroleMvip
Dined 5 days ago
Great food and friendly service. Chef Carlos very impressive
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