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Posted by Frances on 01/05/2014
The Medici has lasted a lot longer of the other other better restaurants in Chicago. Having gone there for nearly 18 years, I'm not sure if anyone would consider it a four star restaurant but it does have charm that one can't find at other local places. I've noticed that the food has improved vastly since 2011 when the place took a different direction and paid closer attention to the menu and food preparation. The recent remodeling to the Med entry feels a bit awkward upon first encounter. In any case the Medici is a good place to meet friends, have a decent meal and relax.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/20/2010
Fantastic place to visit once, but I live across the street but don't go very often because the can't match the great atmosphere with even decent food. If I'm going to take years off my life eating this super high fat food, I feel entitled to enjoying the process. The three worst meals I've had in Hype Park were all here, and I'm no food snob, but this is really sub par! Somehow it is always busy but more because it is a Hyde Park (and U of C) institution than for good food.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/09/2009
For non-brunch meals, the Med is expensive, overcrowded, and not so amazing. But if you get there before 11am on a Sunday it's the perfect place to read the paper over a cup of coffee and some awesome eggs. The squeeze-your-own orange juice is a classic. Two of us shared pancakes, eggs, potatoes, a turkey croissant, bacon, sausage, coffee, and oj for about $25 - not exactly pocket change, but a great brunch.
Posted by Katelyn on 06/23/2009
I wouldn't go here if there were other options in Hyde Park. The service was so bad it made me feel like I was in France. The food was average.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/15/2009
The Medici is only popular because it is convenient to University of Chicago students. It is overpriced and the food is not very good. There is absolutely nothing remotely healthy to order on the menu. The waiters ignore you, and the hostess acts like you're wasting her time.
Posted by anon on 04/10/2009
I've been going to the Med since I was literally an infant, and it's basically exactly the same as it ever was - pizza, burgers, a few random menu items, all served by jaded U of C students who are perpetually in a rush. Food's good, not mindblowing, but you're not there to expand your palate. The "Obama Eats Here" t-shirts are a little silly, but by Hyde Park standards this place is golden.
Posted by anonymous on 03/02/2009
The last review was right. Medici's could only exist in an atmosphere like Hyde Park, where competition is limited. It is overpriced, average quality, and service is slow. Hyde Park has a tradition of what i call, "zombie restaurants". They are restaurants that you rarely have anyone in it, but somehow are able to stay open, for example Orley's and Picolo Mondo. Medici's is considered good because it is competing against these zombie restaurants.