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“"The best Greek Restaurant in the world" (outside of Greece!)” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Greek Islands Restaurant West

Greek Islands Restaurant West
300 E 22nd St, Lombard, IL 60148-4924
630-932-4545
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Ranked #2 of 171 Restaurants in Lombard
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Lombard, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“"The best Greek Restaurant in the world" (outside of Greece!)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

This is the most authentic Greek Restaurant I have ever been to outside of Athens itself! Freshness prevails and a strict following to regional Grecian recipes is the key to this "only the freshest" dining establishment. My only other favourite Greek restaurant was "Dianna's Opaa" b ack in the 60's to 90's run by the charismatic Petros Kogeonis who "moshed" with movie stars and kissed every girl he saw! Again as I mention in many of my reviews, the happy employee's are a firm indication of people being treated fairly by their employers resulting in only the best results for happy returning customers. Opaa!

Visited January 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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73 reviews 73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Wider selection than most surburban greek restaurants”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I'm sure it's the association with its namesake in Greektown, but the food here was pretty good compared to other suburban Greek places.

Visited July 2012
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Buena Park, California
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80 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 85 cities Reviews in 85 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Opa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

When my brother moved to Chicago in 2000, we heard about Greektown and tried Greek Islands Chicago location for the first time. That first trip, almost every table had table side fire performance. Two years later when I came back, I ordered saganaki (flaming goat cheese) and have been addicted to this restaurant ever since. My brother moves to Niles, so I decided to try the Lombard location. Our large party of 5 adults and 4 kids ordered saganaki, grilled octopus, cold octopus salad, Athenian traditional Greek salad, lamb riblets, gyros plate, arni fournou, and fried orange roughy.
When I walked in and before being greeted by the hostess, my eyes opened wide when they caught sight of two whole octopi! I have been scouring California looking for another Greek restaurant that served octopus ever since the sad day that Sophia's in Placentia closed several years ago. Since it's so rare to find octopus, I did not want to choose between the two octopi appetizers and ordered both the cold octopus salad and hot grilled octopus. The cold octopus salad was not as good as that of Sophia's and tasted kind of rubbery. The grilled octopus was fresh and as delicious as the ones I had in Santorini in Greece.
The saganaki is salty and paired perfectly with the free sesame and sour dough bread. It was a fun table side show as usual. The Athenian Greek salad is fine, but the lamb riblets were dry compared to the tender and juicy arni fournou. The roughy was fried perfectly and came with a delicious and potent garlic paste.
My older daughter had to go to the restroom, but both the men and women's restrooms were out of order because of sewage problems. My brother had to take two kids to pee in the bushes in the snow! I warned everyone not to drink anything else until we got home. Other than the bathroom problem, I will definitely be back to Greek Islands next time I am back in Chicago.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Park Ridge IL
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43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Very pleasant place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

The menu is large , wine list extensive and prices are good. The service from being greeted to the bus boys was excellent. Lamb was delicious, and the Salmon was cooked to perfection..large portions, prompt courteous service throughout the dinner. One word of caution..mapquest may direct you to 22nd street in Oakbrook which is wrong..you need to go a couple miles straight north to Lombard. It's a busy place so come early, sitting near the kitchen is noisy...we had no wait at all...

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lemont, Illinois
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113 reviews 113 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Been Going Back For Years”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

My wife and I keep going back to this resaurant. We love the food and the service is always attentive. The broiled octopus and the saganaki are consistently great. Try sitting at the bar during certain hours, call, for half price appetizers.This is one of our suburban regulars

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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