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“Basic Middle Eastern Food, But Good Vegetarian Options”
Review of Efes Cafe

Efes Cafe
Ranked #3,156 of 9,765 Restaurants in Chicago
Dining options: Delivery
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Dining options: Delivery
Reviewed May 5, 2013

A Turkish restaurant that serves generic Middle Eastern food.. The meat dishes were pretty unimaginative, the vegetarian dishes were better (taramasalata as an appetizer, vegetarian moussaka as a main course) and a nice change of pace. The Efes beer from Turkey went down easy. Service was quick, and the meal was a pretty good value.

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Reviewed September 9, 2012

My review is way overdue! This wonderful restaurant hosted dinner and wonderful evening for a large number of families that adopted children together. The food was so delicious I'd love to get back to Chicago just to eat there again. They staff was incredible in putting together a beautiful presentation of the food that the kids loved. They desserts are also absolutely awesome! I'd give six stars if I could!

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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Can't believe that so many people are still unaware of what a fantastic array of delicious foods this unprententious but clean, nifty restaurant serves. Plus it is BYOB or W (wine). Their mezes are out of this world, kebaps are heaven and prices very reasonable. Prompt service and the place is quite romantic by the way... at least one can have a decent conversation w/o screaming like in most places in major cities. Parking might be a bit of challenge though still we were quite lucky as there are various bars and eateries close by. Will definitely make another visit but more hungry this time around!

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Reviewed April 14, 2012

We used to come to this place a lot about 10-12 years ago when we lived in the neighborhood. We returned today and the food was as good as it's always been. Service was prompt and the waiter very pleasant and helpful. He went as far as to point out that one of the deserts was not quite fresh. Despite the Efes name logo looking a lot like the logo of the Efes Pilsener Turkish beer the place is BYOB. Food is delicious. Best seats are on a Turkish "divan" - a raised platform covered in wool pillows.

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Reviewed November 14, 2011

After sampling Chicago's pizzas, my husband and I were hungry for protein without the bread so we selected the Piyaz appetizer, a blend of Northern beans with fresh tomatoes, parsley, lemon juice, oil and spices. The dish was not only fresh but refreshing. Tasty, too. For an entree, my husband selected Vegetable Musakka, and I chose Veggie Humus. Both dishes were prepared well, full of flavor, and satisfying. The portions were quite large. We also enjoyed a hot black tea on a cool night. When in the Lake View East neighborhood of Chicago, an area not far from Lincoln Park, seek out Efes and enjoy the food in a very nice location.

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