Grape Leaves

★★★★☆
  • 129 S Oak Park Ave

    Oak Park, IL 60302

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  • 708-848-5555

About Grape Leaves

Hours
Mon - Fri, 11:30am - 3pm, 4:30pm - 10pm; Sat - Sun, 11:30am - 10pm

Food

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I just went there recently after being told it was a great restaurant. First, it took a long time to be acknowledged and get our orders placed. The dish I ordered came out dry and lacking flavor. Afterwards I needed the bill split and

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★★★★★

I just went there recently after being told it was a great restaurant. First, it took a long time to be acknowledged and get our orders placed. The dish I ordered came out dry and lacking flavor. Afterwards I needed the bill split and

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I just went there recently after being told it was a great restaurant. First, it took a long time to be acknowledged and get our orders placed. The dish I ordered came out dry and lacking flavor. Afterwards I needed the bill split and

3
★★★★★

I just went there recently after being told it was a great restaurant. First, it took a long time to be acknowledged and get our orders placed. The dish I ordered came out dry and lacking flavor. Afterwards I needed the bill split and

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I went there in late June of 2008 with a transvestite friend of mine. the gal behind the counter never acknowledged us, then when I went to the little order window she said we could sit anywhhere we liked. We were never waited upon, we had to ask several times if we could just order out. Several groups coming in after us were immediately seated and there orders were taken with a smile.
The counter girl had this funny smirk on her face when she talked to us - and finally after a long wait - we ordered our food to take out.
Perhaps if you fit "the mold" you'll get better service.
10 on food, zero on service.

2
★★★★☆

I went there in late June of 2008 with a transvestite friend of mine. the gal behind the counter never acknowledged us, then when I went to the little order window she said we could sit anywhhere we liked. We were never waited upon, we had to ask several times if we could just order out. Several groups coming in after us were immediately seated and there orders were taken with a smile.
The counter girl had this funny smirk on her face when she talked to us - and finally after a long wait - we ordered our food to take out.
Perhaps if you fit "the mold" you'll get better service.
10 on food, zero on service.

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My girlfriend and I went into Grape Leaves on Saturday, 5/3/08. The waitress told us we can sit anywhere we want. We sat down and waited over 20 minutes without being acknowledged once. During that time, 2 or 3 new sets of people showed up, sat down, and their orders were taken immediately. We were not even acknowledged. It was very insulting. We got up and left, and went over to Jerusalem cafe, where fortunately everybody was friendly! If we decide to eat at Grapes Leaves again (which is highly doubtful), it will be carry-out.

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★☆☆☆☆

My girlfriend and I went into Grape Leaves on Saturday, 5/3/08. The waitress told us we can sit anywhere we want. We sat down and waited over 20 minutes without being acknowledged once. During that time, 2 or 3 new sets of people showed up, sat down, and their orders were taken immediately. We were not even acknowledged. It was very insulting. We got up and left, and went over to Jerusalem cafe, where fortunately everybody was friendly! If we decide to eat at Grapes Leaves again (which is highly doubtful), it will be carry-out.

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Grape leaves has delicious middle eastern food. The atmosphere is small and cozy. The combination plate is amazing, it comes with hummus, falafel and babaganoush. I would also try the chicken kabob dinner. The food is exceptional.

5
★★★★★

Grape leaves has delicious middle eastern food. The atmosphere is small and cozy. The combination plate is amazing, it comes with hummus, falafel and babaganoush. I would also try the chicken kabob dinner. The food is exceptional.

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First, I can't believe this place only has one review. My best guess is that people are happily eating something from Grape Leaves and cannot be bothered right now. It's this tiny little place, right? And so you walk in, it doesn't look special and they have plastic table covers. Whatev! The salads are so fresh that I would swear someone walked out back and picked the vegetables by hand. The tomatoes have much flavor - they aren't like some kind of nasty laboratory tomatoes. Nothing is drowning in vinaigrette, either. The dressing compliments the dish, instead of bathing it like at other restaurants. The mint was outstanding - not too much, not too little.

I had a vegetarian combo and ordered extra falafels on the side. It came with a salad bigger than my head and what tasted like homemade pita bread. Everything comes out on a bed of picture perfect greenery, sprinkled with slivered almonds. My combo had hummus, tabouleh, grape leaves and babaghannough (that is how they spelled it). I bet I could eat 50 of their warm stuffed grape leaves. Fresh, not over cooked, sweet and salty and perfectly seasoned. The falafels were warm and moist in the middle, crunchy on the outside but not too hard at all. My dining companion had the chicken shawarma, which also came with a ginormus fresh salad. Her dish was juicy and stewed, with plenty of veggies to compliment the meat and rice. We both had mango juice and enough leftovers for lunch the next day (the salads held up, even though they were in the fridge all night).

The waitress was highly professional and efficient, which I wasn't expecting from such a casual place. Our total bill was around $18! Hello! We tipped the waitress 25% or more because she was so good, and because we would have felt like cheapskates otherwise. I'm going back for some Turkish coffee, too. It's far better than anything Starbucks has. Great value, highly unpretentious, amazing flavorful entrees, and perfect service.

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★★★★★

First, I can't believe this place only has one review. My best guess is that people are happily eating something from Grape Leaves and cannot be bothered right now. It's this tiny little place, right? And so you walk in, it doesn't look special and they have plastic table covers. Whatev! The salads are so fresh that I would swear someone walked out back and picked the vegetables by hand. The tomatoes have much flavor - they aren't like some kind of nasty laboratory tomatoes. Nothing is drowning in vinaigrette, either. The dressing compliments the dish, instead of bathing it like at other restaurants. The mint was outstanding - not too much, not too little.

I had a vegetarian combo and ordered extra falafels on the side. It came with a salad bigger than my head and what tasted like homemade pita bread. Everything comes out on a bed of picture perfect greenery, sprinkled with slivered almonds. My combo had hummus, tabouleh, grape leaves and babaghannough (that is how they spelled it). I bet I could eat 50 of their warm stuffed grape leaves. Fresh, not over cooked, sweet and salty and perfectly seasoned. The falafels were warm and moist in the middle, crunchy on the outside but not too hard at all. My dining companion had the chicken shawarma, which also came with a ginormus fresh salad. Her dish was juicy and stewed, with plenty of veggies to compliment the meat and rice. We both had mango juice and enough leftovers for lunch the next day (the salads held up, even though they were in the fridge all night).

The waitress was highly professional and efficient, which I wasn't expecting from such a casual place. Our total bill was around $18! Hello! We tipped the waitress 25% or more because she was so good, and because we would have felt like cheapskates otherwise. I'm going back for some Turkish coffee, too. It's far better than anything Starbucks has. Great value, highly unpretentious, amazing flavorful entrees, and perfect service.

Pros: The food that tastes as good as it looks (outstanding), and it's super cheap.

Cons: The tables are kind of so-so.

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A small establishment, seating maybe thirty people at the most, Grape Leaves ranks as one of my favorite places for Middle Eastern. I've tried a variety of dishes, all of which I've been happy with. The prices are resonable, there is a nice atmosphere, and there's nothing like the occasional Turkish Coffee to go with desert.

2
★★★★★

A small establishment, seating maybe thirty people at the most, Grape Leaves ranks as one of my favorite places for Middle Eastern. I've tried a variety of dishes, all of which I've been happy with. The prices are resonable, there is a nice atmosphere, and there's nothing like the occasional Turkish Coffee to go with desert.

Pros: Many good dishes, served promptly

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This restaurant is a real find south of the Green Line in Oak Park. I can honestly say I have never had a bad entree from here. You can dine in, but get there early as the seating is limited; or you can carry out. The chicken shwarma sandwich is my favorite! It's better than a burger anytime. Vegerarians will be delighted with the number of entrees that are actually vegetarian and not adaptations of meat dishes tweaked for them. The service is consistent as the server is always on the floor. This place is worth the trip south of the el green line in Oak Park!

PROS: Vegetarians love it here!
CONS: Small Dining Room

4
★★★★☆

This restaurant is a real find south of the Green Line in Oak Park. I can honestly say I have never had a bad entree from here. You can dine in, but get there early as the seating is limited; or you can carry out. The chicken shwarma sandwich is my favorite! It's better than a burger anytime. Vegerarians will be delighted with the number of entrees that are actually vegetarian and not adaptations of meat dishes tweaked for them. The service is consistent as the server is always on the floor. This place is worth the trip south of the el green line in Oak Park!

PROS: Vegetarians love it here!
CONS: Small Dining Room

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Grape Leaves is a little restaurant located in downtown Oak Park. It serves Mediterranean style food on a budget. Most dishes are < $6. They are small servings but are very good. I love the falafal here!

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★★★★☆

Grape Leaves is a little restaurant located in downtown Oak Park. It serves Mediterranean style food on a budget. Most dishes are < $6. They are small servings but are very good. I love the falafal here!

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