Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe - Darien
Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe - Darien

Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe - Darien

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chuckscafe.com/
  • Phone: 3314314000x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 11:30am

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Barbecue, Cajun
  • Executive Chef: Roman Burnat
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater any event! Chucks has a wide variety catering menu suited for all of your guests! Please call 331-431-4000 ext 7
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a 350 person banquet hall that can be divided into 100 (Dixie Room) person room and the other half will seat 250 (Orleans Room).
  • Private Party Contact: Banquet Office 3314314000x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cass Ave & Iroquois Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in the front and back of the building with valet available during our peak business times.
A word from Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe - Darien
A word from Chuck's Southern Comfort's Cafe and Banquets:
Our acclaimed menu and warm atmosphere makes this a favorite among south siders and north siders alike. Accolades for Chuck's have been received from Chicago Magazine, ABC-TV, Hungry Hound, Check Please!, Chicago's Best TV and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives to name just a few. Arrive early or after finishing your meal head into the bar area for all the televised sports events or just to relax and have a drink.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe - Darien reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (69)kid-friendly (51)fit for foodies (49)neighborhood gem (48)great for lunch (44)great for outdoor dining (32)great for brunch (19)vibrant bar scene (18)hot spot (16)special occasion (16)late-night find (10)romantic (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Chuck's Darien
    EdK8VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The menu is extensive with barbecue or creole options. The specials are always great to try. There are several kinds of soup every day and the cream of chicken with rice is terrific.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was perfect for the party we had.
    Valerie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    There we 8 of us and we sat at a long bar table so we could sit 4 across from eachother and all be in the conversation instead of a long rectangular table. Food was great and generous. We were celebrating 2 birthdays and they got a fabulous large ice cream brownie sundae. 6 p.m. reservations were perfect and people kept rolling in. By 9 it had cleared out fairly well, but we all hung on to enoy and play your slots. We are all a crazy bunch and this place was just the perfect cohoice for what we wanted. I am so glad it all worked out so well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, slow service
    Polnmax
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was good. We had two small children and service was too slow. Everyone was very friendly and helpful! Good spot for families because of noise level!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as usual
    Girls
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had a Georgia peach, drink special. It was good. Had Tamale casserole just ok, had it better before there. Brisket was very good. Overall we were very happy with our dinner. Definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    all 4 of us were pleased, and we saved room for the great dessert
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chuck's
    EdK8VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The variety on the menu is terrific. There are always daily specials which are a great option. The different home made soup everyday is a wonderful add to the meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    ElleChgoVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I was so amazed to find out they support the us based charity No Kid Hungry. It's my favorite way to give back. Bravo chuck for giving back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best meal for the money
    Chief
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Unique dining options that were wonderful. Reasonable. Had to order a banana split to qualify for a $5 off coupon. So the split was free and very good. The beignets were accompanied by a piano player who added to the experience. We have been there three times and enjoyed something different each time. Have recommended to friends and they enjoyed it so much they asked us to join them the next time they went. Outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent BBQ in Chicago Land Area
    mustangjoe
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The BBQ is excellent for a Chicago land eatery. True BBQ, like you would come across in Missouri or Texas, not just cooked meat drenched in BBQ sauce pretending to be BBQ. The ribs are loaded with meat that falls off the bone and melts in your mouth. The same goes for the brisket and pulled pork. One of my other favorites is the sizable craft beer selection on tap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dusty
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    It was a very nice experience - first time in Darien. Food was good and service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Suprise
    jerryVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I normally consider myself lucky to find even one idem I really like on a menu, and then it's the only thing order. I got brave at Chuck's because their selections really appealed to me and now every time I've been to Chuck's I find something better than the last time. Amazing food here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ribs and Sides
    Judy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We all had the sampler platter, choosing 3 meats and 2 sides. Everything was fantastic and at a very reasonable price. Great ribs, chicken, pulled pork, coleslaw, potato salad, hunter's stew. I'm definitely returning to try the Po-boy ad etoufee.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Ginnie115VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My food had a good taste but I waited 40 min for my food only to get cold food. I was to hungry to send it back. If I'm waiting that long I expect hot food. Our waiter was great though.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    moreofthesame
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food at Chuck's was good enough but not to my liking. There was some spice in the BBQ sauce that I did not care. My husband and I both ordered the beef brisket. Mine was lean while my husband's was so fatty it was inedible. My son had the ribs which he liked, another person at our table had the pork special which she thought had too much pepper in the peppercorn gravy and another person had the pulled pork dinner which she liked. The coleslaw had an odd taste to it and no one at our table was too excited about it. Our waiter was excellent and very informative. My husband would go back again but my son and I would not.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem close to home
    loveeatingout
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We love to go to Chuck's; food is great, service and ambiance wonderful!! I love the fact that I, as a teacher, get a 20% savings on Thursdays!! Keep it up!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • America!
    Eater
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This is a down-home american restaurant. This is a kind of sort of upscale "hole-in-the-wall" restaurant that serves homestyle comfort food. We got cajun cakes, jalepeno cornbread, and potato skins for appetizers. This was for 5 people... Everyone was saying that they were just about ready for the meal to be over because they were reasonably. About 35 minutes later, yes the service is not that great, our massive portion sized main courses cam out. It was all very good from the hot link to brisket and rib tips. The Carolina barbecue sauce was delicious. This place has an incredible beer menu, with somewhere in the ballpark of 5 pages of beers to choose from, complete with a food pairing and description of what the beer tastes like.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    They were very welcoming and very nice. Food was great and service was fantastic. Definitely will be back and went there because of Open Table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paint Nite
    Hungry1
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We chose to dine here because we were attending a Paint Nite event in an adjoining facility. Glad we did. My companions loved the brisket and I enjoyed the fish of the day w/mango salsa. We shared a delicious cobbler for dessert, too. Prices were acceptable as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It is our Saturday go to
    ElleChgoVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    And when we do not go to chucks we are sorry we didn't! It is our favorite place by far.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over cooked
    jesse33
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We come there frequently. This past visit, the food was not very good. The swordfish was very dry. The boneless rib sandwich was so tough it was like leather. The smoked chicken was not up to par. We brought friends for their fist experience at Chuck's. I don't think they will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Soup!
    HrvesterVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Chucks Red is amazing and the Cream of Chix rice is like no other. Both are a must try! Always a great time and servers are so friendly!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's Alright
    Anne1111VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The place is alright. It has a limited selection of smoked products and they were out of brisket. My husband and I both got the sampler platter. The quarter smoked chicken was tasty but fatty. The ribs were ok. The pulled pork was pretty good. The Mac and cheese was very bland. There were different sauces listed on the menu and I had to request to sample them before making my order. In other places the sauces are all on the table for sampling with chips before ordering. It was alright but not in a rush to go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 07/27/2014
    surprise
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We have eaten at both chucks many times. We have always enjoyed what we have ordered. Today was the exception. My son ordered the Jambalaya w/ blackened chicken - 1st time. The flavor was ok, the chicken was not blackened, tasted like poached. Not great. A lot of seasoned rice, the smoked ham and andouille sausage seemed scarce. I ordered the special, Mexican Pot roast. The potatoes tasted cheesey. The meat was shredded - which I was not expecting as it doesn't say that in the description. I was looking forward to the roasted veggies, not a mirepoix! Very disappointing. Not very satisfied with this meal today. Thanks for listening...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had a great night with friends. Waitress very helpful w extensive beer menu. Food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice family place
    Kate
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We were a party of 12, 4were children , our table was waiting for us. The food was good and hot. Our server was very nice,she did a good job bringing us extra napkins and keeping the little ones with milk and water. It was a good choice for a big group.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food
    foodie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Chuck's has a varied menu of southern bar-b-q as well as cajun and mexican. The food was unique and wonderful. My husband and I both had a special of the day and were very pleased. I can't wait to bring out of town family here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding service, fair food
    Foodcritic
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went to Chuck's on the recommendation of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. The restaurant was clean, spacious, and very well maintained. We had reservations and were seated immediately by friendly staff. The server was excellent - came over right away, suggested some beers from an extensive beer list, told us about specials, super personality. Placed our order. Food came very quickly. Here's were I would reconsider my menu selection next time. Pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw was worth the trip. Very delicious. Not the same for the rib tips (very fatty) and Conchinita Pibil (for a "special" it was bland and mushy). Will come again, but will stick to the BBQ.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Choices
    Sheats
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Bar B Que Cajun and Mexican food Options for all three. Ribs with North Carolina sauce was tasty. Not as much tomato as most sauces around here . Different specials each day. Tres Leches cake was excellent
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Visit
    Siblings8
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I live out of state and come to IL to visit family in the area. We had a sibling reunion and met there for breakfast on Sunday before heading home. We had a wonderful time. Staff was very friendly and service was great. Food was excellent. My best friend recommended Chuck's at our last visit so I knew how great the food was. This will always be our departing place to meet for our group to sit and eat and visit before heading out of state.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great "different" food.
    kenk
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We liked Chuck's a lot. Group of 5 60i'sh folks had plenty to select from. Cheese Quesadilla and rib tip apps were tasty and plenty for a group of 5. The cup of gumbo was wonderful. Wish I had ordered bowl. Burger and filet were well received. Jambalaya was loaded with shrimp and salmon special was a delight. Rib/brisket combo was above average. We liked the variety on a menu almost to big to appreciate. Have to go back to try other things that sounded great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Meal
    DandyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very good menu choices and Chuck's covers all the bases. Best order of Ribs that we ever had. This place is a gem and our reservation was prompt. Will return many times. Service was very good. The restaurant is in a great location on Cass Avenue in Darien, IL.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I must eat for BBQ and MORE
    Newdiner1
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I will be returning to eat many more items off the menu........Food was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food
    UnhappyDiners
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We continue to bring friends, family and out-of-towners to Chuck's Southern BBQ. Food is always outstanding, service is great. Would highly recommend to anyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT food!!
    wineanddine
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a great time the food and service were excellent! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • littlebirdVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food, great prices. Love the uniqueness of the offerings. Grateful to the server who recommended the Blackberry Sage iced tea, I am hooked. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow slow, slow
    Buffy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We met friends for beignets on July 5. restaurant was not crowded we sAt outside. There was one waitress and it took forever to get coffee. Then we ordered breakfast and that took forever. We had no spoons for our coffee, had to ask for sugar for our coffees, had to ask for refills. Just waited a long time for everything. It was a holiday weekend but it was not crowded at all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    very enjoyable. The staff, the food and time wise was very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chuck's
    EdK8VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The menu is extensive and great specials every day. The different home made soups are excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had 10 people, the beer list is very extensive which makes many people happy. The menu is very eclectic. Services was great. I have been here many times and it is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent inconsistent service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    That is what's consistent about Chuck's in Darien. Inconsistent service. This day was bad, bad, bad. We were told 7 brand new people being trained in the kitchen because my food was cold. Question is why on a Friday night? Waitress seemed to be in a very bad mood & she was very unpleasant. Very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.