West Loop, Chicago

Nia Mediterranean Tapas

Hidden among the new and flashier restaurants along Chicago’s Randolph Street in the West Loop lies an understated Mediterranean hideaway. Nia Mediterranean Tapas is a warm and homey space, serving Mediterranean tapas, or “meze,” as they are known in Greece – a dish that is served alone or with other mezedes to enhance a separate eating experience. With a menu highlighting the key elements of the Mediterranean diet, including vegetables, legumes, olive oil, fish, and lean red meat, it also boasts an extensive, award winning wine list, including selections from Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and France.

My friend and I recently dined at Nia on a weeknight. We had our choice of tables, and the restaurant was about half full while we were there. We started with the delicious Nia Salad. Mixed greens, goat cheese, dates, avocado, piquillo peppers, almonds, and a nice limoncello vinaigrette blended nicely together. While we ordered the salad with the dressing on the side, it was delivered already dressed. After going back and forth with the server about whether the salad did, in fact, already have dressing on it, another was brought to us with the dressing on the side.

West Loop, Chicago

Photo: Chritiques at Nia Mediterranean

My favorite dish of the evening was the Citrus Ceviche, featuring bay scallops, shrimp, Mahi-Mahi, Alaskan halibut, and Nova Scotian caviar. It tasted bright and fresh, and the citrus cured the seafood perfectly.

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Photo: Chritiques at Nia Mediterranean

I was unfortunately disappointed with the Octopus, which is a mainstay on Greek-influenced menus. While the meat was cooked nicely, I did not care for the balsamic reduction, which was too sweet and tangy for my taste. A simple olive oil and lemon would have suited it much better.

West Loop, Chicago

Photo: Chritiques at Nia Mediterranean

The Jumbo Garlic Shrimp, with a simple lemon butter sauce, were nice, with a generous serving of sliced garlic. While the shrimp could have used a bit more crushed red pepper for some spice, they were cooked well and were a nice end to a good meal.

West Loop, Chicago

Photo: Chritiques at Nia Mediterranean

I would return to try some difference mezedes, including the hummus, wild mushroom risotto, and baked goat cheese. The service faltered at first, but then recovered when a new server took over our table. He was friendly, but not overbearing.

Nia is an intimate and cozy space, perfect for a date night or dinner with friends. It is open for lunch, Monday through Friday, and for dinner, seven days a week. Reservations are accepted.

Nia Mediterranean Tapas

Tastefully,

Christina

While our meal was complimentary, all opinions expressed herein are my own. 

  • I just ate here last night for Restaurant Week and will post my review next week, but I can say their hummus was on point!

    • Good to know, Sarah – I’ll try that next time!

  • I went a few years ago and had an okay experience. The food was really hit or miss, but thing that really bothered us was the noise. I’ve been to loud restaurants before, but our surrounding tables were so close (and the diners so loud) that we couldn’t even hear each other across the table. I’d be willing to give it another shot though!

    • Thank you for sharing your experience! I heard that they used to play loud music which did not fit the ambiance, but we had an opposite experience, as not many people were dining while we were there – it was almost too quiet! I did have mixed reactions over the food and service, as well, and hope they fix those sore spots.

  • Nia Restaurant

    Thanks so much for featuring us on your blog, Christina! Visit us again to try out our Baked Goat Cheese – it’s one of our regulars’ favorites!