EricaD
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  • Review Count
    7
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  • First Review
    May 26, 2014
  • Last Review
    August 7, 2014
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    3.9
 
 
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Ceres' Table features regional, Italian-inspired seasonal plates that pay homage to Chef Scurato's Sicilian heritage with respect to the technique, process and history of his native cuisine. A reflection of the Italian lifestyle, Chef Scurato has forged meaningful connections with Midwestern farmers in the spirit of cooking with seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients. In the new space, Chef Scurato has expanded the menu to feature mostly new offerings, including homemade pizzas cooked to perfection in a newly-installed wood burning oven that sits in the heart of the restaurant. The Italian-focused wine list showcases a sophisticated yet approachable variety, with more than 90 selections available by the bottle and ten by the glass. Additionally, the craft cocktail program highlights classics and house specialty cocktails.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Didn't lose a thing in the move!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/05/2014
 2003
Dined on 8/05/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"So happy to see Ceres Table thriving in its new location. Some of the best dishes made the transition and several new ones are equally good. Our starter of steak tartare and gorgonzola was outstanding. The vitello tonnato (nice portion for sharing) showed why that is a classic dish. The fresh pastas are all different and are texturally satisfying. The pizza can be a meal for one or an app for 2-4. Ours had great flavor but there was a lot of liquid which made the crust mushy even straight from the oven. Great chew to the crust that was not soaked. We didn't leave room for dessert but it's a nice list and modestly priced. Expanded cocktail menu and nice Italian wine list. No brainer to go back again as it's not a typical Italian rest"
Dined on 8/05/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Francesca’s Bryn Mawr became the 8th restaurant added The Francesca's Restaurant Group in 1999. Located in the old Bryn Mawr Apartment Hotel, Francesca's Bryn Mawr brings a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, good, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices to the Edgewater neighborhood. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. <br /><br />About The Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of three concepts across 33 locations and four states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 23 Francesca’s Restaurants, five Davanti Enoteca, and five Glazed and Infused locations.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
You had me at 1/2 price wine!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/31/2014
 2003
Dined on 7/31/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"That's on Thursdays. And they remind you that you can take home any remainder. And on a daily basis, things are very well priced and the portions are very nice. Some of the best presented carpaccio. Pastas are excellent with many fresh ingredients. They are a little light handed with the seasoning but fresh pepper and Parmesan are offered liberally and there's a salt shaker. Nice cocktail list, great desserts. Pizzas are well priced and there are many DIY combos. Very friendly service at all levels. Dessert list tempts most everyone. Great place to snack or dine regularly."
Dined on 7/31/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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 Prasino-Wicker Park
Prasino-Wicker Park
Prasino is an eco-friendly restaurant in Chicago that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The name of the restaurant is the Greek word for green which is at the heart of the restaurant's mission - to provide healthy food at an affordable price in a modern, environmentally conscious setting. Prasino emphasizes seasonal, local, and organic food whenever possible. Its commitment to sustainability is incorporated in Prasino's eco-chic design.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
And there's parking!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/19/2014
 2003
Dined on 7/19/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Went for late lunch and the menu was pretty expansive (incl beverages). Great quality ingredients made a killer, melt in your mouth pork belly BLT; a way flavorful flatbread; a warm Mediterranean chick pea side dish and some great cocktails. Prices were fine since the portions were so generous that 3 way sharing wouldn't be out of order. The sidewalk cafe is comfortable with some patio-like areas for groups. Breakfast menu looked incredibly decadent. I can't believe we missed out on this place for almost 3 years but we'll be back soon. So many other items to try and with a track record of tasting even better than described, we'll be back often."
Dined on 7/19/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Bow & Stern Oyster Bar presents the bustling West Town neighborhood with an unprecedented dining experience. The raw bar and seafood-centric restaurant promotes a fishing and farm-to-table kitchen, helmed by executive chef Brian Greene. Oysters are the star here year-round, with 6 to 12 varieties offered daily, as well as menu specialties ranging from tuna tartar, Cioppino, and crispy whole fish; to pork belly scallops, rock lobster & grilled wagyu sirloin and a Bow burger. The extensive bar at Bow & Stern showcases Midwestern brewers, straightforward wines (hand-selected to pair), and seasonal craft cocktails. With its warm wooded fixtures, exposed brick walls, and nautical blue & grey color scheme, the understated eatery radiates a laid-back, “boathouse” feel where great food and good times naturally flow together.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Try Happy Hour!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/19/2014
 2003
Dined on 6/19/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"During Happy Hour, oysters (served in 3's) are $1-1.25. Great way to try different varieties. All food we tried was well prepared, shareable and great with beer or cocktails. Small selection but plenty of good things from the land, sea and air. There was a live Blues duo playing on Friday after work. Great stop before gigs at the UC. Parking was easy. Service was helpful if not a bit intrusive between waitstaff, water person, and various bussers. Beautiful atrium section as well as 2 bars. Window walls opened to let in the outside. Small TV's above the bar. Pretty much a little something for everyone. Will return."
Dined on 6/19/2014
 2003
Special Features: good for groups, fit for foodies
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Boltwood is a farm-driven, seasonal restaurant with a menu that is as diverse as the community around us.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
A bit sparse
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/18/2014
 2003
Dined on 6/18/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"One long rectangle of a room with different types of seating arrangements (from 2 to long communal). No painting, no decoration and nothing to absorb the sound. It is a LOUD room, even when only partially filled. Service is attentive and knowledgeable, limited beverage choices in all types. Small menu. Appetizers are share size; entrees not as much and table sides are good for 2. Best brat (appetizer, housemade) I've ever had (flavor, texture, condiments). Ask for the bread and butter (no charge but on request). Farro tagliatelle was fantastic (side) as was the escarole. Sweetbreads in mushroom dashi was light, interesting but small for an entree. Went for the most unusual sounding dessert (share). Dandelion ice cream & cookies. Weird!"
Dined on 6/18/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Since 2006, Broadway Cellars has become the spot on Broadway where Edgewater residents find a second home. Warmth, hospitality and darn good food combine to make Broadway Cellars the Northside's favorite American Bistro.<br /><br />Our philosophy is simple: find great products, offer them at fair prices and provide outstanding service. Whether you stop by for a casual dinner or special occasion, a glass of wine, a great burger with a cold craft beer or one of our fun-filled events, you will enter to our smiles and leave with one of your own. Welcome to Edgewater's place where "everybody knows your name."
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/25/2014
 2003
Dined on 5/25/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Although the menu stays pretty static, there are a lot of good choices in different categories, especially at brunch (don't forget the bottomless Mimosas or Bloodies!). Food is done well and is flavorful. What the server doesn't know, they follow up for you. Sidewalk seating is on the quiet street side and is a bit cramped but great when the weather's good. Wine list is decent and there are special wine events monthly so it seems they are trending to being more wine focused. But there is a cocktail program as well. All in all, a very nice neighborhood place with a diverse enough menu you can go frequently and with a group."
Dined on 5/25/2014
 2003
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Kendall College Dining Room is an extraordinary classroom that provides students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience in a student run fine dining restaurant under the supervision of Kendall's experienced instructors. Thanks to an outstanding faculty and dedicated students, Kendall College produces the finest talent in the hospitality and culinary fields in the Midwest. The Dining Room offers guests an amazing view of the Chicago skyline, multi-course meals at very reasonable prices, and ample parking. Come dine with the students before they become famous. The Dining Room at Kendall College is first and only culinary school restaurant included in MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2013.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Eat well while doing good
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/23/2014
 2003
Dined on 5/23/2014
 2003
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"What comes out of the kitchen is the best part of the meal. The food (quite a variety of options available, both a la carte and prix fixe, a great deal btw) is well done. Potions are good (however desserts are monstrous!), plating is lovely and flavors and textures make the grade. Available beer and wine is priced consistent with a moderate restaurant (house wines are $4 w/the prix fixe; you may also byo for $). The servers are very rough and it's not just that they refer to notes about the food which is fine. Maybe the program ought to take them out to some moderate upscale or even gastropubs because it does seem many aren't familiar with service. Easy parking is a plus. But it's a highly recommended experience."
Dined on 5/23/2014
 2003
Special Features: scenic view, fit for foodies
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