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Mar 1, 2006 11:25 AM

What's the best Greek Restaurant in Greek Town?

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I'm looking for advice on which restauarant in Greek Town is the best bet. Any suggestions? Looking for traditional cuisine and wine, and would prefer not to shell out big bucks.


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  1. I can't say which is best, not having tried them all, but Santorini is excellent and reasonably priced. I had a memorable lamb dish there -- one of the rotating daily specials. They're known for their seafood, but I haven't tried that.

    In my three times there, service was fine twice and REALLY slow the third.


    10 Replies
    1. re: Lee

      Someone recently recommended Santorini to me!
      I checked their website - are they open for lunch (esp. lunch on Saturday), does anyone know?


      1. re: AlisonNC

        I don't think you can go wrong in Greektown. My favorite is the Greek Islands.

        1. re: Jane

          I personally find the Greek Islands too touristy, as evidenced by the tour buses that park outside.

          Count me in for Santorini, and as another option, Costas.

          1. re: CMB

            Hello, I am Greek and have tried every restaurant there. I agree that most of them have similar food (like they share the same kitchen)...

            I would recommend Santorini (more low key), Parthenon, or Rodity's. I personally think that Rodity's has the most authentic food...

            1. re: JNT

              The mention of Roditys/Rodity's leads me to ask a question. Which is it? "Rodity's", as in "The restaurant belonging to somebody named Rodity" or "Roditys" (no apostrophe), as in the greek wine? A response of "check the phone book" doesn't help much, both because I'm in Maryland (though I could check on line), and because so many signs and such massacre the use of apostrophes anyway.

              I was wondering if anybody might know the owners and know what they intended with the name. Maybe it's both, and a memorable play on words!

              1. re: Warthog

                I had never seen the name of Roditys Restaurant spelled with an apostrophe until JNT's post including meals at this restaurant going back to the 1970s.

                Metromix can be a useful reference for Chicago restaurants even if their updating leaves much to be desired due to excessive dependence on press releases.

                1. re: Warthog

                  There is no apostrophe shown in the name on the restaurant itself, or anywhere on the restaurant's website, whose address is - you guessed it - I can only conclude that its name is properly spelled out:

                  Roditys Restaurant

                  without an apostrophe.

              2. re: CMB

                LATE POSTING:
                I love greek food! I grew up eating home cooked greek food at my southside friends homes. I recommend Greek Islands, Santorini's, and Rodity's. Santorini's is slightly more expensive but has a more upscale feeling and kind of romantic...fantastic food. They also own the Tempo Restaurant/Diner on State street in the Gold Coast...totally different atmosphere and menu. Greek Island's probably has the most extensive menu. I'm always blown away by thier prices. I had dinner there the other day. The two of us ordered a whole red snapper (it was totally unbelievebly fresh and delicious), greek chicken, two avgolemeno (egg lemon chicken soup), two appetizers, and two drinks for $56 without tip! Where else can you order a fresh whole red snapper for these kind of prices and food quality? I do agree that Greek Islands is very touristy but who cares when you can get such delicious food. The lines can be pretty insane so if its just the two of us, we typically sit in the bar area for immediate service/seating. Rodity's is the most casual of my three picks. It's great as well. As far as the Lincoln Square recommendation goes, I disagree. The food is average. The greek chicken at the athenian room is tough to beat. If you like lemon, you'll love thier chicken.

                1. re: CMB

                  We've been going to Greek Islands for over 25 years on the average of once per month and have never witnessed a tour bus group....lots of tourists/visitors to Chicago and lots of family celebrations, but don't let that keep you away from great food and a fun dining experience.

              3. re: AlisonNC

                Santorini is my favorite, as well.

                Hours: Open Mon-Thu,Sun 11am-12am; Fri-Sat 11am-1am

            2. I prefer Pegasus, but I agree that you probably can't go wrong with any of the suggestions thus far.

              1. Parthenon or Greek islands

                1. Ha! Is that a trick question? The differences between them are marginal, at least when it comes to the food. In fact, it seems as if they all share one kitchen. Atmosphere-wise, they're all pretty similar, too, although Costas and Santorini appear to try to rise above the crowd. Opaa!

                  1. Greek Islands is No.1 (Try the Swordfish shishkabob)
                    Santorini (right across the street) is a close second.