Taxim

4.6
559 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Greek
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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
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Phone number
(773) 252-1558
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
David Schneider
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Private party facilities
Please contact us with questions.
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Private party contact
David Schneider: (773) 252-1558
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Catering
Taxim offers many catering options for all types of events. Please contact us with questions.
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Cross street
North Ave.
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Parking details
Valet on Fridays and Saturdays by APVS valet services, located in front of Publican Anker restaurant at 1576 N. Milwaukee Ave., just 5 doors north of TAXIM at the corner.
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Public transit
CTA bus: 56 Milwaukee, 70 Division, 72 North


Blue Line train: Damen or Division stop


Cabs are also plentiful in the area.
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Special events & promotions
Valentine's Day Celebration Tuesday, February 14.
A four-course romantic dinner is offered in lieu of the regular menu, although diners have their choice of any mezedes and entrees from the regular menu as part of the prix fixe menu. Price is $75 and all reservations require a credit card on file and phone confirmation.

Greek Easter Celebration Sunday, April 16
A five-course holiday dinner, including spit-roasted lamb, is offered in lieu of the regular menu on Easter Sunday (April 16). A credit card is required to secure reservations. A reservationist will contact you to confirm your reservation. Thank you.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

Great Greek food outside of Greektown. What a novel idea.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 559 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.5
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
5.0Dined 6 days ago

One of my favorites restaurants in all of Chicago. Not your typical Greek fare but every dish we've had has been a hit. Whenever we have guests in from out of town this is always on the rotation. Love the rooftop seating. Small but very interesting wine list that the staff can help you with. Highly recommended.

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KT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Always fun to sit on Taxim's rooftop, and when the weather is nice you can't beat the location and wide range of mezzes!

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OT
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

So loud inside it was difficult to have a conversation

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RS
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Such a gorgeous restaurant! The pace was leisurely but not slow, and the outdoor seating was pleasant with the beautiful weather. We especially loved the food - weren’t sure what to expect when we ordered, but both our dishes were delicious!

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F
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Had an excellent experience at Taxim, on the rooftop deck. Wanted to reserve the next dinner before we left. I highly recommend the grilled octopus and lamb chops. Next time I will save some room for desert! I usually drink Sauvignon Blanc and they had something comparable that was delicious! Ask James- he’ll know which one it is. He was our first class server!
Can’t wait to have another dinner here!

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D
3.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Took daughter and her family for her birthday. We have been there previously and loved everything about the place. This time, no air conditioning so room was uncomfortably warm. Service was inattentive and unfocused. Food was very good but other issues really spoiled the evening. Probably won’t go back.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I love bringing people here. It's a great sharing place, it always pleasantly surprises guests, and the food is consistently good!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Very nice outdoor patio. Romantic and quaint. Wait staff was knowledgeable and very helpful. Overall great experience and would recommend to any of my friends/family.

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M
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Unique and interesting take on Greek food. Enjoyed the rooftop deck, where it was quiet. Main dining room was very loud. Great service.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Great place to explore Greek cuisine!

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JH
4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Nice Greek menu - excellent service, would definitely come back!!!

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CJ
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent Mediterranean menu that was unique and flavorful! Waitress guided us as to what to try and she was spot on! We ordered a few appetizers and entrees and shared among 5 people. It had a Gourmet choices for Mediterranean menu. Just so different and much better than the basic Falafal and Souvlaki! Prices not cheap, $10-$15/entree, so bill adds up. But was so worth a special occasion. Wines were great too! And the desserts! Out of this world!

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OT
2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

It took us an hour to even get an appetizer which was olives.

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F
4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great food!! Nice ambience!! Congrats!!

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OT
1.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Service was very poor. We didn’t receive our drinks until being there for a half hour. Food came out cold and with understanding this is a tapas restaurant, however, a friend’s salad was the last to arrive. She was not participating in the shared plates and the waitress knew that so having her salad come out ~15 minutes after our food was not acceptable. Won’t be back.

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TI
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We enjoyed the food very much. The appetizers / spreads, etc. were terrific. I made a major error with the Duck Gyro. Surprisingly it comes like a fried roll. It was not good. The meat itself was not very tasty either.

I will be back to the restaurant and I look forward to ordering something different.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Fun time! Great food!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Taxim was recommended to me by one of my friends who feels the food and drink were the most authentic he’s had outside of Greece, and I have to agree! Food, wine, service and ambience were amazing! I’ve passed by so many times outside and not realized what it was - exterior could use a slight facelift to draw attention, though maybe that’s what they’re going for as it was incredibly busy! Can’t wait to try the rooftop!

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JF
4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The chef is well trained but his service staff out front isn’t. My wife is Greek and we frequent Greek places in the city and North burbs. The menu offerings are interesting and out of the ordinary; actually quite special. They do not allow you to bring wine in which is too bad because I am a wine lover. They do have an impressive wine list (but who knows Greek wines?) and no one on the staff seemed to have a clue about their wine. I asked for wine advice and got attitude from the young manager (acted like daughter of owner) AND offered bad advice. 😞

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BB
5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Our server was very helpful with recommending a bottle of wine and a few dishes for us to share. Everything was delicious.

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LF
3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

After she took our orders for appetizers our waitress disappeared. I had to ask the hostess to hunt her down and she couldn't find her. Eventually someone else came and took our order. Our waitress came back later and didn't act like she had been MIA or apologize. The hostess gave us a few cookies on the house to apologize but overall was not impressed to return.

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C
3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We were really disappointed by the service here. It
was not a busy night at all but it took at least 15 minutes for a waiter to see us after we were seated and at least 25 minutes between ordering our drinks and receiving them. They gave our appetizer to the table next to us. Those people touched the food and almost started eating it before waiter realized and to it back... They walked it away but then brought it right back and put it on our table...
They also walked all around the restaurant with my entree, confused about whose it was.
Way too expensive for service provided.
We will not return.

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AM
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The food and the staff were wonderful. We started with a series of small plates to share. After tasting 5 small plates, we also shared and entree and dessert. We will definately return when we return to the Chicago area.

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OT
4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The food was very good, but most of it was lukewarm at best. I believe it was the waitress’ first day, so I’d like to give it another chance.

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J
4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Overall experience at Taxim was very good. Loved the food, especially the ARNI YUVETSAKI ME KRITHARAKI (braised lamb shank). However, there were several things on the menu that they were out of including all but one of the pastry section. Also we had an 8:00 reservation and the website said they are open until 10:30PM; however, the kitchen closed around 9:00 which was disappointing because we were sharing items and would have liked to try more.

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KM
3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Very noisy ! Hard to hear ! Appetizers were good, but
main entrees were very disappointing! Next time will
probably just go to Greek Town !

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M
5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Everything about this place is amazing. The decor is beautiful, the lighting is perfect and our waitress was exceptional. The fried cauliflower and roasted octopus are so amazing. Go. There. Now.

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DC
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had not been to Taxim for quite a while and were delighted that when we brought out-of-town family with us there, it was absolutely as good as we remembered, and then some. Delicious small plates, creative vegetable preparations, everything fresh and also great service. Our guests are still talking about the meal and look forward to going to Taxim again when they come back to Chicago.

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IB
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Loved it. Creative Greek menu items. Wonderful service. Took care of all needs related to gluten-free, and food sensitivities. Cozy and close dining room. Highly Recommend. And only 1 block from Damen Blue Line station....convenient Bucktown location.

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OT
5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My friends and I really enjoyed the food. We shared a few different dishes. The whole fish was very fresh and they deboned it for us. The ambiance was fine. Good lighting for the decor. Great for a casual date (make sure you’re okay sharing dishes I feel it’s more a family style place) and a causal get together with friends.

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OT
3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Food was tasty. Table wasn’t in the most ideal spot, by the hallway near the bathroom hall. First seated by the kitchen door😒 I wasn’t a fan of eating off of chipped plates. Our food came out on chopped plates. Very unsanitary.

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CG
5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I love this restaurant, everything is fresh and home made. Contemporary Greek in a lovely setting.

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T
1.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Server cleared full of plates of uneaten food. Tasted like all items were deep fried. So many good Greek options in Chicago. Do not waste your money. Staff was all sitting down enjoying wine and cocktails together, not caring about their guests.

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A
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Impressive food and excellent, attentive service as always!

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KR
5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Taxim is a Wicker Park neighborhood gem! My friends and I dined here last Friday night, and we had absolutely loved our experience.

With my Greek red wine, my Vegan self dined on hummus, eggplant spread, semolina bread, and veggies. Everything was delicious, and I especially recommend the hummus!

Overall, Taxim is the perfect spot for a Girl’s Night Out, cou Hey Bethany! What’s your email address? You will be getting an email from me, Kiley, the marketing coordinator! ld be romantic for a date night, and would be fabulous for a crowd!

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OT
5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Not that I don't like Greektown, but this is a restaurant far apart from that. So different, drawing on authentic Greek traditions, yet still creative. A wonderful variety of mezes and mains. An astounding list of Greek (and Macedonian) wines, though I would have liked more by-the-glass selections (and lower prices). And everything was delicious; duck gyros might have been the best gyros I've ever had. I liked the Byzantine ambiance, with muted colors. It was quiet when we went (early on a Thursday) so, if you don't like noise, I'd recommend that time frame. Service was attentive and very knowledgeable. Prices are typical for a restaurant of this quality. I can't wait to go back again and again to work my way through the menu.

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F
3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Kitchen was slow. Service was intermittent.

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a
5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Amazing food and great service!!!!

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P
4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

This restaurant really expands on the definition of Greek food typically served in other restaurants in Chicago. Makes for a wide variety of interesting and tasty food. Our service was attentive and helpful. The only negative was the sound of the low battery smoke detector in the background. Otherwise enjoyed the evening and will be back.

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OT
3.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Overall, the experience was good. Service was a little slow but the food and atmosphere was nice.

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