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Mykonos Greek Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 170 Restaurants in Niles
Price range: US$8 - US$22
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean, Grill
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Established in 1981, Mykonos Greek Restaurant has grown to become a leader in traditional Greek Cuisine. Owner Dimitrios "Jimmy" Merageas was born in Sparta, Greece. Growing up and watching his grandmother and mother cook delicious authentic Greek food in their tiny little taverna, Jimmy was always eager to help. But, school was a priority and in 1972, Jimmy packed up his bags and moved to Chicago, Illinois, to get an American education. His first few years in the United States were rough. He went to school during the day and worked hard in various Greektown restaurants in the evenings to attain the American dream. At that point he realized that his passion was to explore, discover, and create the best Greek cuisine ever. He went back to Greece and with much perseverance he had the unique opportunity to assist and learn from some of the greatest chefs of Athens. He brought back all his newly acquired knowledge to the United States, and luckily a break came through. He stumbled upon a small, local ethnic restaurant in Niles, Illinois, and quickly became the head chef. After a short time later, the restaurant was up for sale. He jumped at the opportunity and bought the place. He immediately changed the name and tweaked the cuisine to make it more traditional. Mykonos Greek Restaurant first opened its doors in October 1981. Jimmy decided to call his restaurant Mykonos after the beautiful island of Mykonos in Greece, which was one of his favorite places to visit as a child. Through the years, the restaurant and the menu have expanded. In 1983, Jimmy had an ingenious idea of bringing the outdoor atmosphere of the Greek isles to the Chicagoland area. He designed and built one of the first outdoor eating areas in the state of Illinois. The concept stuck and people loved it! Jimmy worked harder and harder to make his restaurant gain a world-renowned status in Greek cuisine and in the Greek restaurant community. In 1987, Jimmy met the love of his life and decided to start a family. His wife, Athena, and all three of their children, Peter, Renee, and Madeline, are very enthusiastic about Mykonos. They have helped evolve recipes to include organic meats and vegetables and also to offer gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan foods without losing traditional flavors. After visiting Greece in 2010, Jimmy and his family brought yet another idea back to Niles, a retractable roof for the beautiful outdoor dining area. One of the first of its kind, the retractable roof is a huge success. Jimmy, his wife, and the rest of the Merageas family continue to work their hardest to maintain a cutting edge, yet, traditional atmosphere at Mykonos Greek Restaurant. Only time will tell what the Merageas family has in store next!
Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

The food was wonderful and the staff was very knowledgeable. The waiter suggested the fried zucchini and it was fantastic. Everything was great from the appetizers to the desserts.

Date of visit: October 2015
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Reviewed 18 September 2015

To the person who complained about the waiter looking for a bigger tip YOU were the one in the wrong those waiters go far beyond what is expected of them . Besides since when do you leave $30 on a $300 bill. The going rate is a minimum of 20% and those waiters deserve at least 25%. They have the best Greek food outside of Greece.

Date of visit: October 2014
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3  Thank williams377
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Reviewed 25 July 2015 via mobile

Went there with family (2 adults 2 kids- 7&4) for dinner. We did make reservations just to be safe because it can get busy on a Saturday evening. We also went early to avoid a crowd. We were promptly seated, and had our beverages come quickly. Food had great portions (we walked away full with leftovers).
Parents-the kids menu is limited- I split a regular "adult" entree for two kids, they allow that. It's a little pricey, but it was worth the delicious Greek food. The parking situation is complicated, they offer complimentary valet parking, which was very quick and professional.

Date of visit: July 2015
1  Thank Tina L
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Reviewed 14 June 2015

The waiter ruined our birthday by screaming after us "Where is my tip" after we left him 30 dollars tip at the end of the night. He made big scandal and made us feel like we were stealing from them after leaving 300 dollars bill. Don't go there if you don't wont to get blackmailed for money by the rude waiter.

Date of visit: June 2015
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4  Thank Zlatilina V
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Reviewed 9 May 2015 via mobile

We found this restaurant and enjoyed the experience. The service was excellent and there were many authentic dishes including the flaming cheese served table side. "Opppaaaaa!" Great entres and unbelievable baklava. Not overcrowded and nice atmosphere.

Thank Maxim64us
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