Rustic-chic Italian restaurant serving pizza from a wood-fired oven plus modern entrees & cocktails.
Very good Italian food; the thin crust pizzas are standouts. The Flannery bistecca is a delicious piece of meats.Wine list is all Italian, extremely well chosen, and fairly priced.
So I’d been here a couple times last year and was surprised when I recently looked at the Bib Gourmand list and saw Ceres’ listed as my first two visits from memory didn’t rock my world….so I thought I’d give it another crack and I’m glad I did. Our waitress was great, new the menu very well, recommended a wine for me based off of what I said I liked, even bringing out a little bit for me to taste before pouring my glass. The food was generally pretty good (the squid was a little on the chewy side, but squid can be a tough one) was quick and delicious. The pasta and rabbit were cooked perfectly, I inhaled it! Overall a good pretty good experience.
I haven’t been here in a while. It’s rare that someplace improves over time but this place has. I remember when it first opened and I thought it was great then. I only get here about once a year but I love it more each time I pop in. Sadly the funghi gnocchi aren’t on the menu this time but luckily the branzino, that I’ve never tried, is. Pure love bursts in my mouth. This is of course, after the mixed olive appetizer that my dinner companion and I must wrestle over. The staff has changed over the years but always attentive, informative, and friendly. As a home gourmet cook, a small confession to add. This is one of the very few affordable restaurants in Chicago that give me a twinge of pleasure and jealousy when I eat there. I take a bite of something and think,”Damn. This is better than I can make.” And that’s why I come back.
Pretty good food and a nice patio for outdoor seating. We got the finocchiona pizza, soft shell crab, and the squid ink pasta. Overall the food was good but I wasn’t really wowed by anything. I really liked the pizza, the garlic olive oil was a nice touch to add depth of flavor with the sausage and mushroom. The soft shell crab was pretty good, it’s covered in a butter tomato sauce that felt very indulgent. I think it might have been better if it were fried to add more texture and the sauce felt a little too heavy and salty after several bites. I liked the squid ink pasta, it had octopus in it and it was cooked well. Again, I felt like the sauce was decedent but got a little too salty towards the end of the dish. Overall a pretty good experience and tasty food but I felt like this place was a little overrated. I’d recommend the pizzas and the squid ink pasta.
Ceres’ Table is aiight I guess. .. Service was friendly, but super slow. We waited nearly 30 minutes for the Arugula Insalata. When it finally arrived I thought it was tasty despite the kitchen forgetting the red onion. I’m a sucker for a good bolognese and order it whenever I find it on a menu. They’re best made with a combination of pork, beef and most importantly lamb. I suspect this Tagliatelle Bolognese is made with ground beef only. It wasn’t bad just not particularly flavorful and lacked seasoning. The Whole Grilled Branzino was moist and cooked perfectly, but that too lacked salt. I get it’s a simple preparation with lemon and EVOO, but a little salt would’ve gone a long way. Can’t say I’ll go out of my way to return. The wood fire pizza oven was nice to see close up. If there’s a next time, I’ll give the pie a try.
The place looks really unassuming and small from the street but inside it’s much larger with a wide open space that’s nicely lit. We loved how it wasn’t cramped and dark like a lot of restaurants. Our favorite dish of the night was the Prime “Flannery” Beef Hangar Steak – delicious! Overall, the food was good, but did not wow us. Like very enjoyable but just not quite hitting the mark totally. For examples, The pork shoulder pasta was really good but just a tiny bit too salty. The Cookie desert was delicious but more chocolate chips would have made it SO much better! That was the theme of the night…just about there for a 4 star review but in the end while we really enjoyed our meal here I’m going to have to give 3.5 out of 5 yelp stars
I’m Italian and very often disappointed by Italian restaurants in the US. Ceres’ table exceeded my expectations. I tried pizza ai Funghi (mushroom) which was good, but the pasta was truly exceptional, one of the best I had in the US.
We went to CT this past Friday, day 2 of the New Normal in the grand restaurant experiment. We went for the joy of being back in Ceres’ Table for the first time in many moons and also, for the fun of dining out again. We were there with the understanding that these are new times with lots of new rules & systems freshly in place that would create challenges for dining establishments. All that being said, we had a great visit. Our server Paul did all in his power to make sure our visit went smoothly. He was efficient, conscientious and still found time to be cordial & helpful. Everything was great. Food came out in a reasonable amount of time and CT’s food did not disappoint. My wife was thrilled to have fish again and the branzino was awesome. I dined on several apps and again, everything was plated well and prepared great and tasted very good. Glad to have Ceres’ Table back. Our visit was a success. Thanks to all of the CT team for all the work it took to get to this moment. We are most appreciative.
I wish I was able to dine here, but their horrible disorganization resulted in no record of our reservation. In fact, I attempted to make a reservation initially but their website was poorly designed and did not allow for the reservation to go through. I then called, they didn’t pick up, but instead texted me back. I responded immediately, explained to them I wanted to make a reservation for 6 and never got a response. My sister then called shortly after and was fortunately able to make a reservation and they took down her credit card number since we’re a party larger than 5 people. Once we showed up, however, they had no record of our reservation and had no idea what random employee took our credit card number. Their best attempt to rectify the situation is to give us a table for days away. We planned this days in advance since we flew into town to visit and were really looking forward to the patio dining. Overall terrible and rude service. They clearly had open tables and made little attempt to fix the situation. I’m sure we weren’t the only ones who suffered from their irresponsibility. UPDATED: In response to the accusations from the owner below… First of all, we initially attempted to make a reservation online and THEN we made one over the phone. Obviously you failed to understand what we told you and quickly jumped to conclusions. Thus it’s not surprising you failed to honor the phone reservation; you guys seem to barely understand what’s happening in your own restaurant. And why would you take a credit card for a request? That makes no sense. Second of all, we showed up at 6:50, 10 minutes before our reservation and we all wore masks, two of us took them off to speak to you guys. Even your waiter wasn’t wearing a mask, he had it under his chin. And NONE of your guests has masks on, so stop acting so self-righteous. The fact that you blame your potential customers instead of believing them when you can’t even pinpoint who worked at your place on a given time and day shows how horribly run your restaurant is. Also, you clearly don’t understand how your UI works. We couldn’t make a reservation online because your UI didn’t allow reservations over 5 on one page. On another, it redirected to pick up. Hire a better front end engineer to fix your crappy site. There were dozens of times available for tables for 4 when we tried to book online, so don’t pretend like you were booked. If you were, then that proves your online AND phone reservation process is completely pointless and not updated in real time. Your website doesn’t work, you don’t pick up phone calls, when you text and people respond, you don’t respond back, and then when you take credit cards over the phone, you don’t honor your reservations. Then you make up lies like we were late and we had no reservation. If you can’t even figure out who works for you on a given time and date then you need to hire a better manager. If you can’t hire people who need to understand that taking a credit card to hold a reservation for 6 is pretty important, then you need a better hiring process. All the “facts” you point out in your response shows utter confusion where you obviously mistook us for another party. It wasn’t a “request”, it wasn’t for “any time”. We were never on a “waitlist”. You never asked for an email so it’s impossible that you sent an email that “timed out”. Just admit that you don’t know what goes in your restaurant and try to do better. And you were rude because you clearly didn’t believe us despite us showing the text messages and 4 minute phone call, and your waiter who had no mask rudely asked us if we had reservations, and when we said “yes we are supposed to” said “well, sorry, this is reservations only”, instead of trying to understand our side of it.
Weekend happy hours! Thumbs up! Came for the happy hour on a Saturday. The place was not too busy, but still buzzing enough. The happy hour menu boasted a range of appetizers and drinks, all $10 or under. My partner and I shared the $8 Pizzette which was basically like a flatbread. It was delightful and a perfectly sized appetizer. We each had a glass of $6 wine which was very good for the price. They have a range of wine varieties, I think around 4, on the special. Overall the atmosphere was so-so, but a clean and open space nonetheless. Decent if not slightly aloof service at the bar. These two components lost the place a star. Overall, though, I think it’s worth a trip back to try more appetizers in the future.