Taxim

4.5
756 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this during Covid. So nice. So safe. Great food.

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SergioC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The roof top is well conditioned for covid19 restrictions.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Greek food with a lovely atmosphere. Get the kebabs and the tzatziki app

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vipHartej
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice friendly/fun atmosphere. The food was good

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JulieB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Sat for over 20 minutes with no server. Reserved table was essentially in a stairway.

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vipchicagofoodie89
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent! Took my family here for dinner who was visiting and they want to make it a tradition. Extremely impressive authentic wine list. Had a great experience!

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vipElizabethS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING restaurant. Everything was so good. Some of the best Greek food I have ever had.

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vipMargaritaB
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We ate on the roof on a chilly (55 degree) night and were plenty warm with all the outdoor heaters around the tables. Had three items and they were all delicious:
- the roasted octopus
- the beef kabobs
- the braised lamb shank
Service was fine. Value was very good.

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Katie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience2

I had heard great things about Taxim and was excited to try, but I was ultimately disappointed. Upon arrival there was a police officer out front taking names. This was odd, but we shrugged it off. While all of the food was quite good, it just wasn’t worth the price tag. Due to COVID they are also charging an automatic 25% gratuity that is then taxed. And lastly, there were not 6ft distance between tables. This made us very uncomfortable, especially as we were dining indoors. I wanted to like Taxim so much, and I think I could if they improved these things, but ultimately the price tag and COVID-related precautions made my experience poor.

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Molly
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our reservation was at eight and the host must have forgotten about us because we did not get seated until an HOUR later when we reminded him we were still waiting outside. It was a very poor experience. We watched as he seated numerous people who showed up long after we did.

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BerdanL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taxim was amazing and our server Chris was incredible. He knew his wine and helped us have a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & amazing service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to this restaurant twice and had the same server. He truly was amazing! I don’t usually write reviews. They make mocktails which is an added bonus!

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veroniqueM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We have been going to Taxim for 10 years and the food is always excellent!

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vipKimH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service is a bit slow but foo

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food awesome down to earth knowledgeable servers.

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MalazS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Every plate that hit the table was exceptional- aside from the mains (lamb shank and fish gyro- lamb shank lacked spices (odd for a Greek establishment) and fish gyros were bland and overcooked).

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EL15
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

James is amazing! He gave us great wine recommendations for both our meal and dessert. Was a little chilly the night we were there, but they had heaters spaced out to add some warmth. All in all great experience!

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vipCool
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You cannot get food like that offered at Taxim at any other Greek restaurant in Chicago because the food here eclipses every other Greek restaurant in this city & I have enjoyed a lot of Greek food in my 56 years of my eating. Standards like chicken, lamb chops, octopus & roasted fish are excellent but treat yourself to the more unusual dishes that offer complexity & savory intensity. The menu changes seasonally but our current favorites are:

AHANODOLMADES Lamb and rice stuffed fermented cabbage
MARATHÓPITA KRÍTIS Cretan pastry
Any PEYNIRLÍ
GARÍDES SE ABELÓFYLLA DOLMÁDES Fresh grape leaf-wrapped shrimp
HTAPODÁKI STI SGÁRA Octopus
AGRIOGURUNO ME STRIFTOUDIA Oven roasted wild boar
Fish Gyro
TSIPOÚRA ME RADÍKIA Oven-roasted whole Aegean sea bass

And don't forget the desserts, which are also quite delicious. The rooftop patio is heated so enjoy it before winter hits. The only downsides are that you will bring home the smell of the oven, the Retsina list is a bit sparse at the moment, tables are not quote 6 feet apart if that is an issue & mask rules aren't always enforced for customers. None of these, however, are reasons to avoid the delights of Taxim. And please keep ordering takeout & delivery when the weather turns cold because we cannot afford to lose a restaurant as stellar as Taxim!

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vipHappy
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely rooftop with heat lamps. Great service with delicious food. The lamb shank in yogurt was amazing. We also enjoyed the smoky eggplant dip and lamb souvlaki. The bread was not a highlight.

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BarbaraR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a special friend here for dinner on Labor Day and we were both so happy with our experience. The service was excellent and the food was very tasty. We shared the wood-grilled shrimp dolmades and the prossópita for starters - great choices. I'm going back to try everything wood-grilled. We both had lamb for dinner - he had the chops and I had the shank and there wasn't anything left on/in either plate/bowl. For dessert, he had the chocolate halva and I had the boughatsa - both terrific. We will definitely be back. It was great fun to eat on the roof, even with the chilly weather.

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vipMarB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding experience, service and food! Highly recommend Taxim for its experience and truly authentic cuisine.

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Fsc0
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful night to enjoy the terrace.
We ordered lamb shank, grilled octopus, wild boar and an excellent white Macedonian wine. I loved everything except the boar. The octopus and lamb ate stellar! Last time I was there, I had the lamb chops and they were excellent!
I would definitely order the wine again too.
Our server, James is the BEST! Thank you for taking good care of us!!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was extremely late and forgot our appetizer. Drinks were good but everything else was overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food on the rooftop! This was our second time dining at Taxim and it didn’t disappoint. Don’t miss the octopus and the flatbreads.

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MoniqueC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was okay/good. Mixed drinks/cocktails were average.

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dia23
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

great patio and delicious food! some favorites include the mussels, phyllo pastry, sea bass, tzatziki and cauliflower.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was decent. We were hoping the food was going to be a lot more flavorful... almost every dish just seemed to be missing something. Ambiance and service wasn’t bad, but I definitely didn’t find the value to be worth what we paid.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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VikiV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great take on greek food with very cool ambiance (rooftop is great)

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vipsaturdaynightdiner
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant! Roof top was great! Service excellent!

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EliseG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful rooftop, epic, authentic food and wine!

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vipTheDeb
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional Greek cuisine! Nothing else like it in Chicago. Romantic rooftop dining and professional friendly service. A must visit!

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vipJohnk
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and interesting wine list. Have been there about 5 times over the years and have consistently had high expectations exceeded..wish it was closer to where I live, but when I am in the area I seek Taxim out

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Micah
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is my new favorite Greek restaurant in Chicago! As someone who has spent a few years living in the Mediterranean, I was pleasantly surprised to find if I closed my eyes, and drank a few drinks, I could almost imagine I was dining on an airy Athenian patio.

The wine list is extensive and features many choices unavailable without a flight across the ocean. Their cocktails looked creative as well.

Small plate style allows you to create a unique sampling of their menu. The olive oil, grapevine leaves and feta taste like they may have been imported yesterday. It is truly an authentic Greek experience and worth spending a little more money for a little bit more than your corner Gyro shop.

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Cheetle
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rooftop setup was excellent and James is a fabulous server! He treated us so well and gave fabulous recommendations! Will definitely go back 😊

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vipIvyS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is outstanding

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Rose
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic place, refined food, I recommend it for date night

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AlexandraC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great rooftop patio and excellent service. Will definitely return in the near future!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Had a reservation for 7:44 but had to wait till 8:30 to finally get seated.

FAQs

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

Taxim is rated 4.5 stars by 756 OpenTable diners.

Taxim does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://taximchicago.wixsite.com/taximrestaurant/taximchicago-giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.