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.

We offer a Modern European cuisine, Best of Bulgarian kitchen, Italian Specialties, Fresh Seafood and Mediterranean dishes. Located In Des Plaines, Balkanika offers an extensive selection of unique entrees, sure to tantalize anyone’s taste buds. Besides one-of-a-kind pasta dishes, we also offer the freshest seafood, as well as daily chef specials prepared by our executive chef. Balkanika is the ideal destination for a unique dining experience and all special occasions.

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Birthplace of Gods



The Balkans, or the Balkan Peninsula, is a geographic area in Eastern and Southeastern Europe with various and disputed borders. The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch from the Serbian-Bulgarian border to the Black Sea.

Taste of Heaven



A very diverse cuisine that mixes many cultures throughout time. We use fresh ingredients to create home-made recipes with Mediterranean twists. Many simple grilled meats and fish to choose from, as well as homemade eastern European soups and stews. Hand-crafted pizza crusts and pastas to satisfy every craving.

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Nectar of the Gods

Spirits & Wine


Wine on the Balkans has existed for more than 4000 years. The diverse climatic and geographic conditions in the different regions create an extraordinary richness of varieties and types of wine.

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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!

Place and food you will always remember

Our specialties – the true taste of Balkans

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Satisfaction guaranteed

A few words from happy customers

"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."
"I came here on a Friday late afternoon with my co-workers and we sat at the bar. The bartender was so helpful with the menu since a handful of my co-workers had never had Bulgarian food. We loved everything we ordered. The Balkan style meats, the stuffed mushrooms, and the fries with feta cheese were my favorites. The last time I visited, I tried the chicken hearts and grilled calamari, and I really liked those dishes as well. The bartender also made us various shots that were delicious. Balkanika is a great addition to Des Plaines. The food is unique and flavorful and the service is great. This restaurant has become one of my favorite local spots!"
"Good food. Great drinks. Amazing energy. The decor is cute and large dining area / dance floor. The food is absolutely amazing. Traditional Bulgarian grilled meats fresh salads. Exquisite service and large parking lot for parties."
Balkanika - The true taste of Balkans

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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