Medici on 57th

★★★☆☆
  • 1327 E 57th St

    Chicago, IL 60637

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  • 773-667-7394

About Medici on 57th

Hours
Monday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Tuesday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Wednesday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Thursday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM Sunday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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I went there with four friends one of them is very heavy in weight and we asked for a bigger table and were turned down 3 times!! why we stayed is beyond me, they moved 3 tables together instead of seating us at the round table which was UNOCCUPIED!!, to make us comfortable, my friend was embarrassed and we all vowed to never comeback, we expressed how upset we were and we did not get 1 apology, all we were told was "it is the company policy to keep people seated in the section they were in and if we had 5 people in our party we could have been moved. I never heard more BS IN MY LIFE!!. So people imagine how we all felt?? Go there with skinny people i guess...the hell with Medici's on 57th!!!!! I rather have good service , if I want great food i'll make my own, we go out to resturaunts to enjoy ouservles not to get pissed off, the manger nicole? Oh dear you should find another line of work because dealing with the public is not you sweetheart. Med disciminates against people who are overweight and of color...

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★☆☆☆☆

I went there with four friends one of them is very heavy in weight and we asked for a bigger table and were turned down 3 times!! why we stayed is beyond me, they moved 3 tables together instead of seating us at the round table which was UNOCCUPIED!!, to make us comfortable, my friend was embarrassed and we all vowed to never comeback, we expressed how upset we were and we did not get 1 apology, all we were told was "it is the company policy to keep people seated in the section they were in and if we had 5 people in our party we could have been moved. I never heard more BS IN MY LIFE!!. So people imagine how we all felt?? Go there with skinny people i guess...the hell with Medici's on 57th!!!!! I rather have good service , if I want great food i'll make my own, we go out to resturaunts to enjoy ouservles not to get pissed off, the manger nicole? Oh dear you should find another line of work because dealing with the public is not you sweetheart. Med disciminates against people who are overweight and of color...

Pros: O

Cons: O

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When I visited a friend who was attending Law School at UofC we went here for breakfast and for hamburgers.

It's a Hyde Park landmark and students have been going here for ages- just a few blocks from where our new President lived.

I liked the fresh squeezed OJ and the burgers were delicious.

Nothing fancy but I enjoyed the atmosphere here.

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★★★★☆

When I visited a friend who was attending Law School at UofC we went here for breakfast and for hamburgers.

It's a Hyde Park landmark and students have been going here for ages- just a few blocks from where our new President lived.

I liked the fresh squeezed OJ and the burgers were delicious.

Nothing fancy but I enjoyed the atmosphere here.

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The Medici is NOT owned by the Medici family, it's owned by a Hyde Park family that also owns the UM next door and The Pub at the U of C.

Also, try the Mexicana shake made with coffee ice cream, not vanilla.

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★★★★☆

The Medici is NOT owned by the Medici family, it's owned by a Hyde Park family that also owns the UM next door and The Pub at the U of C.

Also, try the Mexicana shake made with coffee ice cream, not vanilla.

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I've lived in Boston for 8 1/2 years now, after living in Chicago's Hyde Park for 10 years, previously. I miss three Chicago-area restaurants...Pockets (one on 53d Street), Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder (on North Clark Street), and Medici (in Hyde Park).

I loved the deep-dish pizza, the chocolate cheesecake, the fudge-banana nut milkshakes, and the big salads. I haven't been back to Chicago since my husband and I left in 1999, but, if I ever make a trip back, I'll definitely be making at least one trip back to Medici!!!

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★★★★☆

I've lived in Boston for 8 1/2 years now, after living in Chicago's Hyde Park for 10 years, previously. I miss three Chicago-area restaurants...Pockets (one on 53d Street), Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder (on North Clark Street), and Medici (in Hyde Park).

I loved the deep-dish pizza, the chocolate cheesecake, the fudge-banana nut milkshakes, and the big salads. I haven't been back to Chicago since my husband and I left in 1999, but, if I ever make a trip back, I'll definitely be making at least one trip back to Medici!!!

Pros: pizza, big salads, fudge/banana-nut milkshake, chocolate cheesecake

Cons: can't think of any! I haven't been for almost 9 years...want to go back!

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The service is obnoxious, especially at the bakery. On several occasions, the servers I have come across are extremely rude to the extent that they might even ridicule you on your face for amusing fellow servers. The food is not bad but I'd rather go to a place which has a pleasant environment. It seems having an attitude is a prerequisite for the job at Medici.

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★☆☆☆☆

The service is obnoxious, especially at the bakery. On several occasions, the servers I have come across are extremely rude to the extent that they might even ridicule you on your face for amusing fellow servers. The food is not bad but I'd rather go to a place which has a pleasant environment. It seems having an attitude is a prerequisite for the job at Medici.

Pros: The croissants are good

Cons: The staff is ill-bred

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I ordered a caesar salad and a pizza ("please go light on the cheese"). Although the delivery person was nice, and the food arrived within a reasonable time, the food itself was bad. The romaine lettuce in my salad had dirt on it. It clearly had not been washed. Also, the pizza was definitely not light on the cheese; it was smothered in greasy, full-fat cheese. A request to "go light on the cheese" isn't so difficult - either use low-fat cheese or put less cheese on the pizza - Medici did neither. The same thing happened when I ordered from them in the restaurant.

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★★☆☆☆

I ordered a caesar salad and a pizza ("please go light on the cheese"). Although the delivery person was nice, and the food arrived within a reasonable time, the food itself was bad. The romaine lettuce in my salad had dirt on it. It clearly had not been washed. Also, the pizza was definitely not light on the cheese; it was smothered in greasy, full-fat cheese. A request to "go light on the cheese" isn't so difficult - either use low-fat cheese or put less cheese on the pizza - Medici did neither. The same thing happened when I ordered from them in the restaurant.

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I'm writing in response to treatment at the Medici Bakery rather than the Med itself. The bakery has the absolute worst service I have ever had, which is unfortunate because their croissants are amazing. This morning, I ordered a mixed berry muffin and received a carrot muffin. I've been made fun of for ordering a "grande" coffee instead of a large. The servers don't put lids on or cuffs around the coffee cups. I was yelled at once for ordering 12 pastries (I didn't call ahead). The servers often are talking amongst themselves; I've even had to order by breaking into a heated discussion between a server and his friend. The service is appalling. I have to admit, however, that the baked goods are so tasty that I get yens for them and brave the bad service to pick up a croissant. And my carrot muffin is pretty delicious.

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★★★☆☆

I'm writing in response to treatment at the Medici Bakery rather than the Med itself. The bakery has the absolute worst service I have ever had, which is unfortunate because their croissants are amazing. This morning, I ordered a mixed berry muffin and received a carrot muffin. I've been made fun of for ordering a "grande" coffee instead of a large. The servers don't put lids on or cuffs around the coffee cups. I was yelled at once for ordering 12 pastries (I didn't call ahead). The servers often are talking amongst themselves; I've even had to order by breaking into a heated discussion between a server and his friend. The service is appalling. I have to admit, however, that the baked goods are so tasty that I get yens for them and brave the bad service to pick up a croissant. And my carrot muffin is pretty delicious.

Pros: pastries

Cons: SERVICE!!!

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The medici is owned by the medici family and boy have they done a great job on it! It's near the lab school so kids are always coming by to get their grub on, but it is hands down the best bakery of all time. The only thing better than the pastries would have to be the coffee and ice cream. Awesome! The price only makes it sweeter!

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★★★★★

The medici is owned by the medici family and boy have they done a great job on it! It's near the lab school so kids are always coming by to get their grub on, but it is hands down the best bakery of all time. The only thing better than the pastries would have to be the coffee and ice cream. Awesome! The price only makes it sweeter!

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The Medici rolled out a new menu this summer, along with increased prices. Recent experiences: The "Garbage Burger," advertised as being topped with cheddar, bacon, jalapeno, and grilled onion, omitted the latter two ingredients. Grilled chicken pizza (available but not on the menu) with exactly two broccoli florets. Overly literal interpretation of "spartan" on the brunch potato front. It is perhaps time to change the name to "The Hubris."

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★★☆☆☆

The Medici rolled out a new menu this summer, along with increased prices. Recent experiences: The "Garbage Burger," advertised as being topped with cheddar, bacon, jalapeno, and grilled onion, omitted the latter two ingredients. Grilled chicken pizza (available but not on the menu) with exactly two broccoli florets. Overly literal interpretation of "spartan" on the brunch potato front. It is perhaps time to change the name to "The Hubris."

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Tired of the same old eating routine? Want a different experience and environment? Try Medici on 57th. In the heart of historic Hyde Park and a stones throw away from the University of Chicago, Medici is perfectly located and easily accessible. The food is great and the service is friendly and fast. Medici also allows it patrons to leave their personal mark on the walls and furniture. There are plenty of messages and names scrawled along the walls and engraved in the table. A wonderful eatery and not too hard on the wallet.

PROS: Good Food, Great Location, Quick Service
CONS: No Parking

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★★★★☆

Tired of the same old eating routine? Want a different experience and environment? Try Medici on 57th. In the heart of historic Hyde Park and a stones throw away from the University of Chicago, Medici is perfectly located and easily accessible. The food is great and the service is friendly and fast. Medici also allows it patrons to leave their personal mark on the walls and furniture. There are plenty of messages and names scrawled along the walls and engraved in the table. A wonderful eatery and not too hard on the wallet.

PROS: Good Food, Great Location, Quick Service
CONS: No Parking

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taking advantage of the meager alternatives available to UC students, the Med is allowed to exist when, under normal competitive circumstances, it would go out of business. the food is acceptable, but the service is at best average; at worst rude and condescending; and usually nonchalant. Hyde Park's lack of alternative eateries is pathetic. the Med is symptomatic of the general Hyde Park anti-competitive market. if this is the result of sustaining the 'charm' of the neighorhood, UC students suffer the ill effects of this misguided attempt. whoever runs Hyde Park (and the UC community) has missed the memo. please, for the sake of UC students sick and tired of being jealous of the alternatives available to Northwestern, DePaul, and IUC students, allow *egads* franchises into HP, let 'charming' establishments compete fairly with other outlets, and observe the level of service, food, and prices improve.

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★★☆☆☆

taking advantage of the meager alternatives available to UC students, the Med is allowed to exist when, under normal competitive circumstances, it would go out of business. the food is acceptable, but the service is at best average; at worst rude and condescending; and usually nonchalant. Hyde Park's lack of alternative eateries is pathetic. the Med is symptomatic of the general Hyde Park anti-competitive market. if this is the result of sustaining the 'charm' of the neighorhood, UC students suffer the ill effects of this misguided attempt. whoever runs Hyde Park (and the UC community) has missed the memo. please, for the sake of UC students sick and tired of being jealous of the alternatives available to Northwestern, DePaul, and IUC students, allow *egads* franchises into HP, let 'charming' establishments compete fairly with other outlets, and observe the level of service, food, and prices improve.

Pros: better than starving

Cons: horrible service, mediocre value, attitude

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The Med has the best garbage pizza in town. It's not literally garbage but has almost everything on it. They are in a great location in Hyde Park and they're customer service is wonderful. This restaurant is very clean and tidy. I would definately recommend this place to anyone.

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★★★★★

The Med has the best garbage pizza in town. It's not literally garbage but has almost everything on it. They are in a great location in Hyde Park and they're customer service is wonderful. This restaurant is very clean and tidy. I would definately recommend this place to anyone.

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I know that the Med is a Hyde Park staple, but that doesn't mean it's good. The pizza is horrible and service is worse!

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★★☆☆☆

I know that the Med is a Hyde Park staple, but that doesn't mean it's good. The pizza is horrible and service is worse!

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As a student at UofC, I went to the Med all the time. I love it - the toasted ravioli, vegetarian lasagne, and salad with white french dressing (why can't I find that dressing anywhere else?!) are personal favorites. For dessert, don't miss the Vaguely Reminiscent, which is excellent. I've liked pretty much everything I've had there over the years.

The service can be a bit spotty, but most people are content to hang out there instead of incorporating it as part of a plan (which would involve leaving on time).

Overall, I definietely recommend it.

4
★★★★☆

As a student at UofC, I went to the Med all the time. I love it - the toasted ravioli, vegetarian lasagne, and salad with white french dressing (why can't I find that dressing anywhere else?!) are personal favorites. For dessert, don't miss the Vaguely Reminiscent, which is excellent. I've liked pretty much everything I've had there over the years.

The service can be a bit spotty, but most people are content to hang out there instead of incorporating it as part of a plan (which would involve leaving on time).

Overall, I definietely recommend it.

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I recently read some article in the Reader about the "best restaurants in Chicago," and somebody listed the Med as their favorite. Then I checked here and saw the Med's very high rating.

To be honest, I am very nonplussed by this praise. Sure, the Med's a good place to eat if you're a University of Chicago student that doesn't want to leave Hyde Park, but by any other standards the restaurant is mediocre. The ambience is fine for college students but it's pretty dismal otherwise. For instance, the ceiling seems to be decaying around a statue that has been bolted to it.

The pizza is good but the burgers are tough--the meat seems low-quality. Their desserts (especially apple pie and bread pudding) are also far too buttery. I cannot stress enough that the Med is not worth the trip if you live anywhere other than Hyde Park.

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★★★☆☆

I recently read some article in the Reader about the "best restaurants in Chicago," and somebody listed the Med as their favorite. Then I checked here and saw the Med's very high rating.

To be honest, I am very nonplussed by this praise. Sure, the Med's a good place to eat if you're a University of Chicago student that doesn't want to leave Hyde Park, but by any other standards the restaurant is mediocre. The ambience is fine for college students but it's pretty dismal otherwise. For instance, the ceiling seems to be decaying around a statue that has been bolted to it.

The pizza is good but the burgers are tough--the meat seems low-quality. Their desserts (especially apple pie and bread pudding) are also far too buttery. I cannot stress enough that the Med is not worth the trip if you live anywhere other than Hyde Park.

Pros: pizza, open late

Cons: relatively overpriced, their beef

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I have eaten pies from this place since I was twelve and walking to The Museum and spending the whole day running the streets and Washington Park. Better yet after playing baseball for the Blue Gargoyle, we would go to eat there. Keep makin the pies!

2
★★★★★

I have eaten pies from this place since I was twelve and walking to The Museum and spending the whole day running the streets and Washington Park. Better yet after playing baseball for the Blue Gargoyle, we would go to eat there. Keep makin the pies!

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We were caught in a downpour on our way to this place, so we got coffee and Mexican hot chocolate. The hot chocolate was delicious; the coffee had grounds at the bottom. We got a pizza with goat cheese and sundried tomatoes, which was $11.95 for a medium and quite tasty! I got a house salad with creamy parmesan dressing--delicious!!! Ambience was okay, not great, but then, at least it was dry inside. :)

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★★★★☆

We were caught in a downpour on our way to this place, so we got coffee and Mexican hot chocolate. The hot chocolate was delicious; the coffee had grounds at the bottom. We got a pizza with goat cheese and sundried tomatoes, which was $11.95 for a medium and quite tasty! I got a house salad with creamy parmesan dressing--delicious!!! Ambience was okay, not great, but then, at least it was dry inside. :)

Pros: cheap, tasty hot chocolate

Cons: service a little slow

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The "Med" is a Hyde Park classic, and a staple for any student who's looking for a quick bite. That said, the food's not so fabulous and their barbeque sauce has this weird tang to it that annoys me to no end. I'm never amazed at what a mixed bag the Med is. It can be slow sometimes, and the numerous carvings into every wooden surface in the restaurant say more than I can about the "ambiance," but occasionally I'll stop scouring at the menu for something that looks remotely appetizing and find something good (the strawberry lemonade, a bit pricey, is a good complement to any meal). A good place for a bite with friends, but expect to pay more than you might expect for food that will satiate, but not wow in any way.

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★★☆☆☆

The "Med" is a Hyde Park classic, and a staple for any student who's looking for a quick bite. That said, the food's not so fabulous and their barbeque sauce has this weird tang to it that annoys me to no end. I'm never amazed at what a mixed bag the Med is. It can be slow sometimes, and the numerous carvings into every wooden surface in the restaurant say more than I can about the "ambiance," but occasionally I'll stop scouring at the menu for something that looks remotely appetizing and find something good (the strawberry lemonade, a bit pricey, is a good complement to any meal). A good place for a bite with friends, but expect to pay more than you might expect for food that will satiate, but not wow in any way.

Pros: established

Cons: pricey, average fare

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I came to this place with my parents from out of town and I was very disappointed. The waiter took forever to take our orders even tough the place had only a few customers. After our orders were taken a half hour goes by and we see every other people who was seated after us getting there food immediately. When we told the waiter that a half hour went by we didn't receive our food his reply was it has only been 25 minutes and walk away. My parents were so disguisted they just walked out. Medici you need to work on your staff!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I came to this place with my parents from out of town and I was very disappointed. The waiter took forever to take our orders even tough the place had only a few customers. After our orders were taken a half hour goes by and we see every other people who was seated after us getting there food immediately. When we told the waiter that a half hour went by we didn't receive our food his reply was it has only been 25 minutes and walk away. My parents were so disguisted they just walked out. Medici you need to work on your staff!!!

Pros: nothing

Cons: rude service, parking

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Few places in the city can match the Medici's combination of food and atmosphere. This is a great date place - especially the romantic two-person booths on the lower level. You can't go wrong on the menu (there's probably too much to choose from), but their salads, burgers, and pizza are all good choices.

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★★★★☆

Few places in the city can match the Medici's combination of food and atmosphere. This is a great date place - especially the romantic two-person booths on the lower level. You can't go wrong on the menu (there's probably too much to choose from), but their salads, burgers, and pizza are all good choices.

 

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