Although it's nice to have someone cook for you, children aren't tall enough to reach the stovetop, and neighbors are surprisingly accurate fork throwers. Leave meal preparation to the pros with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Mediterranean fare and drinks at Laurel Mediterranean Grill in Naperville.
Laurel's menu is big on small plates and authentic Old World flavors. Give hunger a spicy sucker punch with a mezze of feta cheese baked with grilled banana peppers, tomatoes, and olives ($6). A tasting platter lets you save decision making for Stratego tournaments by combining calamari salad, braised baby artichokes, hummus, and five other edible elements ($12). Protein pirates can sink their mouth cutlasses into grilled beef medallions ($21) or grilled baby lamb chops ($24), and grizzled sea captains and killer whales can make amends over grilled sea bass (market price). A lunch menu lets Laurel Mediterranean Grill crush midday cravings with a condensed version of the dinner lineup, augmented by a sizeable selection of sandwiches.
Pick from one of more than 15 wines available by the glass, half-glass, and half-bottle on the restaurant's heavily Mediterranean wine list to complement your meal, or take a seat at the cozy bar to sip some ouzo and practice telekinetic powers on cocktail shakers. Throughout the space, teal and pale-blue paint cultivate a relaxing vibe, and neatly set wood tables make Laurel as orderly and classy as it is spacious. The restaurant aims for openness and light; it was named after the leaf of the Bay Laurel (a tree beloved by chefs for its tantalizing aroma), which was an ancient Greek symbol for Apollo, the god of light, the sun, and candles burning too close to foam pillows.
The Chicago Sun-Times reviewed Laurel Mediterranean Grill and Chicago magazine mentioned it. Ninety-one percent of 23 Urbanspooners recommend the restaurant and Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars.
- While suburban Italian, Greek and Spanish restaurants provide a good representation of Mediterranean cooking, with few exceptions Turkish fare has fallen through the cracks. But that picture has brightened since November when Sam Karatas, a native of Istanbul, opened Laurel Mediterranean Grill in Naperville. – Thomas Witom, Chicago Sun-Times
- The food was innovative and excellent as was the attentive but not overbearing service. The decor is light, bright, airy and comfortable. – Retired Diner, Urbanspoon
1163 E Ogden Ave.
Naperville, Illinois 60563Get Directions