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Healthy organic food

Original family recipes

Best winery traditions

The true taste of Balkan cuisine

Discover our story

Once upon a time


From Generation to Generation we have managed to keep some of the oldest original recipes that we now have an opportunity to serve to you just the way they were served 200 years ago. Enjoy!

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Take a look around Balkanika restaurant

Walk the restaurant


Multiple rooms that can host your private party, bar area, outside garden. Friendly atmosphere and great food to help you feel the authentic taste of eastern European cuisine!

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Private Events

Organizing a anniversary celebration or a birthday party?


Your event is not just the day when relatives, acquaintances and friends gather together to join your joy, success and emotion … This is also the day full of trembling, feeling and strong emotion … Located in Des Plaines, Balkanika restaurant can organize for you a weddings, catering for corporate banquets, birthdays and other occasions.

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The true taste of Balkan cuisine

Balkan specialties

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Boliarski, Banska mozaika, Lamb meat or Vegetarian sach
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Seafood Mix
Calamari, shrimp & octopus served over mixed greens salad
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Homemade sausage
Grilled homemade sausage
Unity in diversity

Discover our traditional menu

Cheese bites
Deep fried feta cheese or mozzarella.
Fried zucchini
Greek style zucchini, served with garlic dip & dill.
Stuffed mushrooms
Baked with mozzarella cheese.
Grilled calamari
Marinated grilled calamari served over mixed greens salad.
Shopska salad
Tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, peppers, shredded feta cheese, garnished with parsley.
Easter salad
Romaine lettuce, cucumbers, green onion, radishes, olives and boiled egg.
Snejanka (Snow White) salad
Creamy yogurt (tzatziki style) with cucumbers, dill and touch of garlic and walnuts.
Fresca salad
Мixed greens, tomato, grilled zucchini, pumpkin seeds and grilled feta cheese, tossed with balsamic dressing
Balkan style meats
Mixed grilled Balkan style pork meats.
Balkanska pleskavitza
From pork meat, served with French fries & sour cream.
Rack of lamb
Grilled to perfection, served over vegetables medley with spicy garlic-wine sauce.
Pork skewer
Marinated pork meat grilled on a skewer.
Sea Bream
Served with mashed potatoes & vegetable medley.
Grilled Trout
Served with mashed potatoes & vegetable medley.
Grilled Norwegian Salmon
Served with mashed potatoes & vegetable medley.
Sea Bass
Served with mashed potatoes & vegetable medley.
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Satisfaction guaranteed

A few words from happy customers

"Wonderful atmosphere, large menu, delicious Bulgarian food, and some European twists. All reasonably priced. Great selection of Bulgarian brandies too. I wish they had Kamenitza beer but Zagorka is good too."
"I celebrated my birthday here and everything was delicious! We ordered the sauteed potatoes and it was a very generous portion, there were leftovers for the next day. I got the Seafood Mix dinner entree and it was honestly the best octopus I've ever had. Everything was cooked perfectly! We will be back."
"We came upon this place by chance because we were staying at a nearby hotel the night before a flight out of OHare. Great food, wonderful service and so much fun to be dining with a bunch of friendly Bulgarians! It felt like an evening in Europe."
We can't wait to meet you

Working hours

Sunday – Thursday

9:30 a.m. – Midnight

Friday – Saturday

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 am

Monday -Closed



1414 E Oakton St, Des Plaines
IL 60018-2104

(224) 567-8267