Taxim

4.6
856 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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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJay1039
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Rooftop was nice and we were lucky to snag a seat overlooking the street during wicker park fest.
Food was meh- over salted octopus, lumpy overcooked kebabs. Fries that came with duck gyros were the best item. The Manhattan-ish drink was too sweet due to the cherry reduction or so were told.

And yes, there’s a mandatory 22% gratuity. For my tab of drinks, apps and entrees, gratuity was the second highest number. I am all in favor for the wait staff being tipped handsomely but I think it’s the restaurant owner’s job to provide their staff with income stability and not mine. If that means they need to raise the menu prices, do it.

Over all, nothing special.

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pecustrev
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food was the best part, but that only gets 3 stars. Service was the worst part, too few servers meant our server vanished on us and we only saw her once again before leaving.
The experience wasn't great because when we first got there we were given a menu and were pointed to go upstairs. I don't know how other people like it but we didn't like to be handed a huge greasy menu while we hold it and walk across the whole room to find a seat for ourselves. This was the first time I encounter this kind of service. Also, we weren't told that a gratuity of 22% was added to everything. Normally this is fine and I always tip even higher but the lack of service made it an extra point of dismay. Overall it was ok and the food was good, but we are not going back, especially since it was my wife's birthday and even though we said that in our reservation it made no difference in the quality of the service or anything extra being done.

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vipChristian
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We ate on the rooftop which was nice but warm. Fans would have helped. Food and service were very good. It was crowded and a little noisy. Not ideal for a quiet business dinner.

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vipLorraine18W411
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We loved the food and the service. The wine list was very good, with wines from different regions of Greece. We sat outside. The noise level was almost intolerably high. Energetic is a gross euphemism and understatement. The ambient noise from traffic and the commuter train made everyone speak very loudly.

We will try downstairs the next time.

The menu is unique in that it represents food from different parts of Greece. Of the items we ordered the fried cauliflower, duck gyros and lamb tubers I ( we ate a similar dish while in Heraklion in Crete in 2018) were exceptional.

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swatland
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service4ambience2

I love Taxim, the food is really good. I haven’t been in awhile, but I surprised to be seated upstairs and the music be really loud during my latest visit.

In prior visits, the ambience is perfect. Quiet rooftop bar with a cozy rustic aesthetic. While the visual aesthetic is the same, they for some reason had the music on really loud that evening.

The servers were kind enough to turn it down a little for us and seat us away from the speakers. But I really question what the music was adding to the atmosphere. I just did not met my expectation of my prior experience.

The food was still good, but I hope at my next visit, the vibe is a little more chill.

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hamdaman23
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic greek food and wine. Felt like we were back in Greece for dinner and it was excellent!

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BeeTee
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have been to Taxim several times and it is one of the best Greek restaurants in Chicago, but I have to say the quality of the food was worse on our mid-July visit. The baby bamies and the prassopita were very good but the cabbage dolmades were tougher and colder than usual, and the eggplant spread was old. I think they are struggling in the kitchen.

Plus we realized there was a 22% mandatory tip for our party of 2. I always tip 20% but to include such a high tip and not even tell the customer is wrong. We almost didn’t recognize it on the bill (I checked cause it was very expensive and then I saw). They also charged me $7 for a cup of coffee after the meal and I would expect better from a real Greek restaurant.

I would still say the restaurant is the best Greek food I’ve found in Chicago and their wine and ouzo selection is great. I hope these changes are a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and they will go back to their usual quality soon.

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JohannaK
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, service was very good, rooftop patio was very pleasant.

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JonathanS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great. Wonderful atmosphere.

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vipJimW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my husband and son .

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vipTomF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience4

Overpriced, small portion, overcooked food. Service and ambiance were good.

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viptapaslove
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best way to celebrate my birthday. Food is exquisite. Our waiter was outstanding!!! Thank you

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Peter
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. One of the few places I felt like every choice was perfect!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious every single thing we tried. The fried cauliflower was killer. Great Greek beer as well!

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vipJanetH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently the best Greek food in Chicago!

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vipSophie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our waiter was great and the food was outstanding. However, the hostess at the front of the restaurant was very rude and dismissive. She seemed annoyed when we checked in for our reservation, and when I approached her to ask a question later on she literally turned her back to me as she said “the bathrooms are that way” which was not the question I was trying to ask her. Outside of that the experience was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time! Food is always delicious and staff always very kind and helpful in making recommendations

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here for the octopus?

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and bot a long wait. The lamb was fantastic!! I was so full but had to finish.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Good food, thoughtfully prepared with creativity and care. Two of us shared two small plates and two entrees. The cauliflower and capers was amazing and lamb shank was perfect. Efficient and helpful service. We sat on the roof, which was a little warm. The alternative was to have a fan blowing your hair around or deal with warm weather.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing!

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SaraC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visiting Chicago. Loved the rooftop dinning and the food! Fun atmosphere and area!

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Wendy
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is excellent. We were disappointed to not be given rooftop - we were told they were "really busy up there", but that was fine. The issue is that it is extremely loud in the main dining room and they sat us in the middle, it made conversation very difficult. They also made us feel rushed. Get your food in, you have to put it in all at once, no ordering additional plates if you decide you want to try something else. I get that turnover is important, but given what we were spending it felt a little rude to be rushed.

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Katie
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious and the server was attentive and very helpful in selecting wines as we were unfamiliar with the Greek varietals. I'd like to go back!

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EthanB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great bang for the buck, and would highly recommend to anyone!

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reidz
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First large co worker dinner out in over 18 months

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JohnB47
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great spot for Greek food, Our server was amazing as she explained the different dishes on the menus and gave us some great recommendation.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Greek food in Chicago

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Lamb Shank was cold, and not served as pictured on website... Not worth the money! Service was terrible and mandatory 22% tip added to check regardless of party size.
Not to clean. Glassware and Silverware stained.
Restrooms not clean. Don’t waste your time, much better Greek Restaurants in Chicagoland.

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vipShawnLaree
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I greatly appreciate ensuring that your service staff is well compensated and taken care of. However, since the institution of the auto-gratuity, service here has really gone downhill. There is no attempt to time the food so that those at the table can dine together, the whole point of going out to dinner. I had been served everything I ordered, but waited 15 minutes for my husband's entree to arrive. He had to remind the servers that he had ordered a starter, which came AFTER his entree, and very long after my food had arrived. Taxim has been our go-to date place in the neighborhood for years. However, if this complete disregard for timing food continues, we'll probably have to find a new go-to. We love your place, so please get this service thing straightened out.

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dancer9688
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. What an amazing experience. Perfect little getaway in the middle of Wicker Park. Love the outdoor rooftop seating. Wonderful ambience and lovely service. the food is out of this world. Can not wait to go back and try more! I loved the amount of options on the menu. There were a TON of vegetarian options as well, which I love!

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Havanai
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience1

Food was delicious as always, BUT on the roof the noise level was oppressive and unbearable. I have dined on the roof several times, and it seems to me they have put a clear plexiglass covering. Didn't it used to be just open-air?
Regardless, we arrived at about 6:45 and the music was way too loud. Then more people came and the conversation was at a roar-level. To have a conversation with a companion you had to lean close to each other across the table and yell at each other. I couldn't wait to get out of there. I wanted to go to a quieter bar afterward so my friend and I could have the conversation we could not share in the din of Taxim.
I might go back in the winter do dine inside, but I will never endure that noise on the roof again. You want an intimate dinner with conversation? Go somewhere else. You won't find it on the Taxim roof.

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vipAGagen
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Limited entree choices and felt overpriced for the environment. The street outside is packed with drunk people and doesn’t feel safe. Your stopped as you enter restaurant by security guard who makes you wait on sidewalk while he confirms you have a reservation. And they require minimum 25% tip which is added automatically. It’s OK place but won’t be going back

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant was lovely! Great selection of Greek wines, incredible small plates, and a cozy rooftop atmosphere. I’d definitely dine here again :)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Excellent food as always, hot and flavorful and fresh. Great rooftop vibes. But the service was pretty much absent. Bottle of wine took 20 min to arrive, and we never got a dish we ordered. Waiter maybe came by once. Too bad.

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chelceater
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The upstairs roof dining was very nice. The server was also very helpful in suggesting both the main and the accompanying wine.

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BarbaraR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our third visit to Taxim, and the first time we dined inside. Eating on the rooftop transports you to another place, which doesn't quite happen in the dining room. The food, as always, was excellent. We had two types of dolmades, one shrimp and one lamb - both delicious. You cannot go wrong with lamp chops or the lamb shank. Our server was great and spot on with a wine recommendation. All three men had different desserts, chocolate halva, loukoumades (my favorite) and an ice cream. I just sipped my ouzo and watched them finish every bit. We'll be back, but on the roof.

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MichelleD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Cute little rooftop, food was just OK for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food/experience was not what we expected. Overall, over priced food.

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vipMatthewG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorite spots in Chicago

FAQs

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

Taxim is rated 4.6 stars by 856 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.