Skadarliya

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$30 and under
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Serbian
Welcome to Skadarliya. In our restaurant we are striving to bring you the flavor and variety of the Balkan cuisine, the cuisine so familiar yet so unique, and just when you think you tried just about everything, we will surprise you with something new. Our every dish is made with love and served with our hearts, and we will never stop to look for ways to improve your experience.
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JP
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The Sunday brunch buffet is excellent. You need to go there several times, because there is no way you can try everything in one sitting. They also have live music.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and cozy place with eastern European food (serbian food). Great customer service. Great value for money.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is an interesting restaurant. My husband and I visited for dinner with another couple. We booked on open table for 6:45 because nothing was available after 7:00 so I expected a full restaurant. We arrived and there is a required valet service. When we walked in the restaurant was pretty empty. It was clean and the decor and ambience was beautiful. We ordered the feta cheese as an appetizer and three glasses of various wines. The cheese was delicious. The wine wasn't great. We ordered the meal platter for four which was various meats served on top of fries. The meats were AMAZING! So well cooked and seasoned. The fries were not great and almost cheapened the meal. The restaurant never filled up and the waitress was nice but not very attentive to us. When we got our bill, we were shocked at how inexpensive the meal was for everything we got. Definitely worth a visit!!

LL
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great buffet! Will come back.

A
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jelena was awesome! We are super American & had no idea what to expect but heard that “the Serbian restaurant down the street was fantastic”...it truly was! She helped us get through the menu and order the most amazing dishes. There were three of us but we ordered four entrees to have our own little buffet to try a little bit of everything she recommended ... The stuffed chicken with mushroom sauce was out of this world. The “pillows” were delicious. We also tried stuffed peppers-amazing and pork kabobs. So impressed. Cannot wait to go back! We are so full & cannot wait for left over lunch tomorrow! Thanks Jelena & Chef!

WR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only were the portions very generous, but the quality of the food was excellent +. For anyone that likes meat, this place needs to be on their bucket list.

B
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic Serbian food... have been there a few times and can't wait to go back again. The food is authentic and served with a smile and a good story! One note.. we've never been there for dinner only late luncbes!

NM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid Serbian food, nice sevice, feel free to invite your non Srbian friends, they will enjoy it.

DA
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was good. However, we went for a special occasion (our 1st Slava (holiday), and I added instructions when I reserved for the restaurant to write on the dessert plate a special message and they did not do it.

PS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic restaurant with wonderful service. Can't wait to dine there again!

JO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

If you like or want to try Serbian food this is a good choice in Chicagoland. Variety of spiced meats in good portions. Salad was excellent and recommended. Service was excellent.

w
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great date night with my wife the waiter and service were outstanding and really helped us order and seemed as excited to provide us with their Serbian Cuisine as we were to learn and try it.

Food was amazing!
Thanks for a great evening.

R
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

On a Saturday night only a couple tables were filled. A family, apparently known to the staff, allowed their three young children to use the restaurant as a playground. Cute kids, but not shy about making noise and moving furniture. Service was friendly, slow, and not helpful in describing dishes on the menu. Food is fine, but not a good dining experience.

C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it! Great cevapi! Salads were very fresh!

CI
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The PEARL of Ogden Ave. is what I call this restaurant after dining here. EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE and EXCEPTIONAL FOOD are what a person will find at SKADARLIYA. We started with the "FETA CHEESE" doused in olive oil and oregano topped with black and green olives as well as onions along with a "MACEDONIAN" Red Blend Wine recommended by our waitress. We were presented a basket of "SERBIAN" Bread that was fresh, warm and not a hard crust as some restaurants present where you can break a tooth. The "SHOPSKA" salad was firm even with grated FETA Cheese sprinkeld on top. Onto dinner! "TROUT" at it's FINEST! Broiled to perfection served on a bed of rice and the flesh of the fish melting like butter in your mouth followed by a Fruit Filled "CREPE" that was pleasing to the sweet tooth. The ONLY drawback we had was our HOSTESS. You don't seat four and give ONE MENU and walk away and not say a word other than "I don't speak English". Had to interupt her after she sat another couple who were given two menus by her in the cafe section. She had three menus she was ready to give to another group outside and I pointed to those menus as I wanted them and took them back to my table. When we left, her English became FLAWLESS. "Hope you had a great evening and thank you, please come again." As long as the manager(s) guide her to do things RIGHT, from the moment the patrons come in you won't have a problem. SKADARLIYA is a GEM and I know that I will be back for the Food, the Drink, the SERVICE and the Entertainment.

SF
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious and so inexpensive. Waitress was nice and reasonably attentive given the size of her section. It was a little cold seated under the a/c vents, but most of us brought sweaters/sweatshirts to layer, and the rest of us ordered Serbian beers, so we were fine. It is a hidden gem in Brookfield and will become one of our regular go-to spots for delicious food at great prices! Also, we sat inside, but the outdoor seating looked beautiful, we’ll try it next time.

VK
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Odlicna hrana sve je jako ukusno ,svakako cu da preporucim prijateljima i tko je raspilozen za dobar zalogaj,sve desetke i za ambient za uslugu a narocito za Srepske specijalitete !!!!!

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S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been there before, and kept trying to convince family to join me there. They thought I was exaggerating, but I finally found an occasion to bring a group, my family included. The quantity and quality of food and the atmosphere had everyone saying they would definitely be back!

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a reasonable price! Service is really friendly and attentive. Highly recommend this place.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

First time dining for my mother's birthday. Our group of six enjoyed the fried cheese appetizer, a cucumber and tomato salad and the skardilya meal for 6. Food was great and we left with enough food for dinner the next night. Would love to go back and try some other offerings.

KL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was very good and the waitress was very accommodating.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Only the vegetables in the salads were prepped may be at noon...coz they were old and saggy. But the grilled meat, amazing!!!!

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great night! Exceptional service, amazing food, awsome desserts! We def recommend this place. It was our first time but not last for sure. We heard its a lot of fun when they have live music too, so probably next time we will do that.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food !!! Excellent service !!! Cozy place !!!

DS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant serves Serbian food and it is very tasty.

KA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Our waitress was friendly and really helpful.

T
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A big open space with many tables available for big groups makes this place a good choice for families and groups. The service was fast and friendly and the food beautifully presented and plentiful. Would definitely go back and recommend to friends. (as an aside, though the reservation was confirmed by Open Table, the restaurant seemed unaware or maybe confused about this option. Perhaps, not many of their costumers use the app yet, but this could be an issue on busy nights)

EL
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Authentic cuisine, great bread, large portions and helpful staff. We will be back.

P
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was Excellent.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was impressed by the quality of food and staff. We sure are gonna come again soon.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. Our service was great. We can't wait to go back.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We were looking forward to our first visit to this Serbian restaurant which just recently opened. We were quite disappointed. It started with the hostess, who acted befuddled when I mentioned I made a reservation on open table, (she asked "open table?"), yet she did have a reservation. Then after dining we arrived home to an email that our reservation had been "cancelled"? It took some time for the waitress to come to the table, but once our order was taken service was quick. There is a problem with the menu - they have a full page of "specials", but there is a note that "only 5 of the specials are available each day", and they are not indicated. Of course what we ordered was not served that day! Then why not have a separate special menu for those you DO have. Very frustrating. Menu is in Serbian with rough English translation, so difficult to understand. Food quality was good, but not our first choice due to the confusing menu! Noise control needed as well. We will not be back!

e
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good...but most of the menu was not available. I needed last second reservations on Christmas. I've driven by the restaurant since it's opening, so I figured why not. I'm not really well acquainted with Serbian food or custom, what I do know is they are traditionally welcoming...and the wait staff was just that. We did however feel out of place...the atmosphere was more of a sports bar type vibe, with little English spoken by staff or customer. Once we overcame a few hurdles the food was delicious...if you don't mind feeling a bit out of place and / or speak Serbian this may just be the place for you.

S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The menu had lots of interesting sounding Serbian and Eastern European dishes. Sadly, not all of the items are always available. One section of the menu states that of the list of dishes, five will be available each day. I was disappointed that the day we were there was not the day that chicken paprikash could be ordered. While my veal dish was delicious, the accompanying mashed potatoes were just about cold and tasted like instant out of a box. I hope that next time I can get real mashed potatoes or perhaps spaetzle which would be good with the tasty veal. Our group enjoyed the sausages that we ordered as an appetizer and the breaded pork schnitzel was tasty. The restaurant is attractive and has adequate parking. We'll try it again, for sure.