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The Chew Chew
The Chew Chew

The Chew Chew Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thechewchew.com
  • Phone: (708) 447-8781
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch
    Tuesday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Steak, American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Zimmer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full-Service, Pick-Up or Delivery
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant has a second level mezzanine for groups up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Scott (708) 447-8781
  • Special Events & Promotions: The Chew Chew hosts wine & beer dinners throughout the year. We also celebrate Mardi Gras with a weeklong party including a creole menu, fortune teller, magician, belly dancers, costumes & throws.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Steps away from the Burlington Northern train station in Riverside.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Directly on Burlington Street and city lot nearby.
A word from The Chew Chew
Awarded "Best of Chicago" and a "Neighborhood Gem" by Chicago Magazine the Chew Chew is back on track after a complete renovation of their new location in Riverside. Chef/Owner Scott Zimmer has re-opened the popular eatery two-blocks from the previous location which features multi-level dining, a large bar/lounge, new menu and an expanded beer and wine list. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Top notch restaurant in the heart of Riverside! AMAZING Food, drinks, service/staff and Chef/Owner Scott."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The best pork chop I have had anywhere in the 'burbs"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We had been meaning to try this close by restaurant for many months, and we finally did last weekend. We had high expectations and I believe that they were exceeded. A second couple was with us. When we visit them in Rogers Park we have no trouble finding wonderful restaurants in Chicago or Evanston, but I struggle to pick a good restaurant when they visit us. We enjoyed sitting upstairs where it seemed a little quieter. Everyone enjoyed the food especially my wife who had spareribs, one of the specials that night. The wait staff was just as attentive as I would want them to be. The tab came to $165 for the four of us with an appetizer, drinks and deserts. At that price we can't be regulars, but we expect to go back many times."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I frequent this place often because the food is always excellent, very inclusive wine list and drink options are plentiful and very well made. Service is top notch. Need I say more?!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We had a great dinner at Chew Chew. We had been here once before in its previous location and thought it was very good. This time it was even better. We were greeted immediately and shown to our table. Warm bread with a yummy herb butter arrived a few minutes later. For appetizers we had the mussels and a linguine special with homemade sausage and mushrooms. Both were really good but the mussels were outstanding and we sopped every drop of the broth with the bread. There were four of us and we all had different entres. Each of us tried the others and they were all outstanding. My favorite was the duck with risotto. The scallops also stood out. I would definitely recommend the Chew Chew if you re in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great food and service. Menu offer a wide range of options - everything we had was delicious - love the fried pickles!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We needed a quiet spot for a family gathering and they put us upstairs in a quiet corner. The food was wonderful, interesting, delicious. Ambiance wonderful. Service attentive."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Great place to meet friend for late lunch or dinner always pleases"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "we got a lovely corner/window table, it was fun due to the Cruise night outside. everything was lovely. food was delicious esp flatbread/brussel sprouts"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This local Gem always pleases whether it is a quick lunch or a relaxed dinner."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed meeting friends here for lunch. Service was good without being overbearing, quiet and elegant atmosphere. The shrimp tacos were outstanding, and my friends spoke highly of the spaghetti squash bolognese and the fish and chips. You won't regret a visit to the Chew Chew."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Creative menu and quality, preparation and presentation could not be better Had the lamb burger last two visits, should try something else but now hooked. Good wines at reasonable prices. Great service"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very good food. Server was very nice and polite; could have watched drink levels a little more carefully. Martini glasses are a bit ridiculous though. Very small so the drink is spilling all over the tray and table. Not sure why they do that, but easy solution. Overall I enjoyed my experience."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The cuisine is outstanding with a delightful presentation and excellent service. The variety on the menu plus the specials make this treasure of Riverside a place to return again and again! Kudos to one of my favorite places to dine, but better yet, minutes away! Have a penchant for the Spaghetti Squash, but all the offerings I've experienced are delightful. Never any rushing, but a delightful experience of dining with a friend or friends. Can be a special occasion, or just enjoyment of friendship, excellent food and service!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Dinner experience at The Chew Chew was exactly as anticipated after reading the great reviews on YELP. Our reservation was at 5:30 & we were seated approx. 5 min after arrival. We had a cocktail at the bar while waiting. We shared the special Burrata appetizer.. fabulous! Loved that they offered this, as not many restaurants do. My husband had the soft shell crab pasta & I had the almond encrusted trout. Both great. Unfortunately the appetizer filled us up & we were unable to finish our entrees and skipped dessert. That's ok because we had them to enjoy again the next day. Our server was wonderful & very personable. We can't wait to return to The Chew Chew..perhaps for lunch so we can explore the historical downtown of Riverside."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We've been going to the Chew Chew for years. The food and the service is ALWAYS outstanding. This was our farewell dinner with them because we are moving out of Riverside and we had to say goodbye to Scott the owner and our one favorite waitress."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food & service was excellent. I would definitely return & recommend to friends"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The owner, Scott, runs a reliable gem in the National Landmark Village of Riverside.Food is always excellent whither it is a corned beef sandwich or a four course dinner. Nice wine selection and great local beers."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Three of us took a co-worker who is relocating to Florida for a great opportunity for a celebratory and good bye dinner. I was the only one who had been to the Chew Chew before. They all loved it and were telling others at work about it the next day. We all ordered drinks (frozen strawberry daiquiri, sangria, 2 glasses of wine) and snacks of edamame and brussel sprouts. Also, the warm bread and spreadable herbed butter were both tasty. We ate it all. I ordered the pasta special while everyone else ordered off the menu. I can't remember exactly what everyone ordered because we were talking. After dinner, I ordered the mini hot fudge sundae while everyone else ordered coffee. Great atmosphere & food but a little noisy."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "My skirt was wonderful and the Cosmo and oysters, my husband liked his salad but his Wild Bore and spare ribs was not what he expected as pasta in a bowl. My sister had chicken and her husband had the special. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We were quite LATE for our reservations and found the door was lock. Yet the Owner, Scott, saw us, specially openned for us and personally served us as we finished a relaxed VERY LATE lunch. The food was VERY GOOD and the service was EXCELLENT. Few places would places or owners would take such care of tarty clients. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We have been going to the Chew Chew for years and have never had a disappointing meal. The hardest thing to do is to decide what to select from the menu as everything sounds delicious and, no matter what you choose, it is! The service is always great. Our server was very knowledgeable and responsive. Prices are reasonable in light of the quality of the food offered. We highly recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "great food and terrific service. convenient location in Riverside. we've never been disappointed here."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "As usual Chew Chew hits the mark with good food at all levels. Open again for lunch Scott Zimmer continues to serve the needs of his guests whither they want a great sandwich or an upscale three course dinner. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "As always, to be greeted by the pleasant and always friendly accommodating owner. Scott Zimmer, at the door is always a plus. A crisp glass of Reisling and this eclectic menu pleases the palate. Even ran into friends who decided, much to our surprise, to select the same culinary treat for dinner. I chose the fresh perch fish and chips and it was a delight, as usual. I love the old-fashioned train dining car art. That's all that's missing is the occasional choo-choo in the background!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Never disappointed and always look forward to eating at the Chew Chew. At the top of our favorite restaurants and the bonus is that it is right in the neighborhood with ease of parking. Staff is always attentive and friendly. Upscale food and creative drinks in a casual relaxed atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We go to Chew Chew for every birthday celebration in our family. We always have a great meal and the kids love the fancy occasion. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We faced a wall and the party was loud no atmosphere. My chop was delicious but my friends scallops were fishy and only warm."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Flatbread was delicious, seafood medley pasta was delicious, all was delicious. Parking no problem. Will definitely go back. Drinks, appetizer, and main courses for two was about $70, tip included. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Chew Chew in Riverside has the feel of a downtown restaurant but is set off the tracks in a small village. Foodies will adore this place because of the somewhat eclectic menu. It's a great neighborhood place where many of the locals come regularly to dine. This place is not to be missed."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Loved the old Chew Chew, but the new place is quite a delight. Very popular in the western suburbs. Who wants to travel downtown, pay huge parking fees and then fight traffic to get home. Food is a delight, with a variety to choose from. There are always Specials to try. Go today, you won't be disappointed!!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We came for dinner. We found the trio appetizer to be a bit bland. The cesear salad was excellent, as were the shrimp tacos and pork chop. The key lime pie was way too sweet and not much lime flavor."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I had dinner there with an out of town friend. We spent a lot of time chatting...so when we went to order our Entree..the trout was no longer available. we were sad because we had it before and it was so good. But we had the fish and chips and they were just as good. Our waiter was perfect. attentive but not hovering. and very helpful and friendly. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I hate to be unkind, but our dinner at Chew Chew was one of the worst we had in a ling time. My husband's pork shops were so sweet he couldn't eat them. The sauce on my steak was bitter. I guess we just don't like the way they prepare their food."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Nice place for couple's dinner. We were seated on the second level; nice to be aways from the hustle/bustle near bar. Be sure to make a reservation!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Been here a few times and never disappointed. Dishes are well-thought out and delicious. Their drink menu is top notch!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "A Riverside institution that is reliable place for a good meal in friendly atmosphere "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I checked both romantic and Kid-Friendly. These folks have it together: Great eats, spend $40/.00 couple, or a c-note, you'll get value for the $$$$$'s Two level dining well appointed and quality wait staff make it easy to say nice things."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Surprising to see this "style and contemporary" type restaurant in Riverside .... great service - very ample wine list - food was good .... and a great location .... congratulations to " The Chew Chew " on their 5th anniversary ..... and yes, I will definitely return - with more friends .... "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Food was excellent . Had seen restaurant on a dining review show and was curious. Totally enjoyed our dinner. Restaurant was clean and pleasant."
    Dined on 4/14/2014