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Zeal Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.Zealforfood.com
  • Email: info@zealforfood.com
  • Phone: (847) 995-0188
  • Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 11 am-12am
    Saturday 4pm - 1:00 am
    Closed Sunday
    Live Music Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday Evenings
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Prime Rib, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Chef Vince Pecora
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: ZEAL can cater your event from 10 to 10,000. Weddings, Private parties, Corporate events. Call for 847-995-0188 for details.
  • Entertainment: The bar/lounge hosts live entertainment on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Music ranges from easy listening to pop, and there is a cozy little dance floor for those who want to dance the night away.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Higgins Road and Mall Drive
  • Public Transit: There are multiple bus stops in the area. ZEAL is located just south of Woodfield Mall, down the street from Lord and Taylor.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: ZEAL has its own private lot providing ample space for guests.
A word from Zeal
Zeal is a new restaurant in the Woodfield-Schaumburg area that serves great mix of Italian, Steaks, Chops, Tapas, and Seafood. Everything is Homemade, all from the finest and freshest ingredients. Experience Chef Vince and his unique take on food. Chef Vince Pecora has been serving great food since 1990. Weddings, Private parties, Corporate events, and even the President of the United States and Air Force One. The bar/lounge area serves fantastic drinks including specialty martinis and hosts live entertainment several nights a week. There is also a cozy dance floor for those who want to dance the night away. The personal touch of a family-owned restaurant and over 50 years of experience in the restaurant business is what makes Zeal unique to the area. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "This was my second visit to Zeal. The food was ordinary. The service was fair. We started by splitting a zesty Caesar salad. It came in two small bowls that were impossible to deal with. There was more salad on the table than in my mouth. There was also very little dressing on it. I had the Prime Rib. Not good. Ordered it medium and it came out more well done. My wife had the scallop special. She could feel the sand in her mouth from these things. Not Good. We won't be back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Good flavorful food. The Chef, Vince, came out and explained the menu and options for dining. Definitely good to try it out, good change from the chain Italian food places."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Pleasurable dining experience at reasonable entree prices. Nice varied menu. Added plus was great live entertainment in the Lounge, which made for a great "date night" experience. We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was really good. The only objections was that for a party of six I was surprised they put us in a booth. Other than that everything was wonderful. The Carrot cake was outstanding!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "A great place to meet your friends and have good food be able to converse and go to the bar after dinner for entertainment,"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This is a great new restaurant in town -- we will be going their often for work lunches !"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We love this restaurant. We have been here several times. Sent many people to try Zeal. We have never been disappointed. All the servers are so friendly and helpful. The food is plentiful and reasonably priced. We like the fact that Vince is there always and comes out to great his guests."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Service was a bit slow but it was Saturday, but the place was not packed at 7:15p so service was slow. The lobstersicle was overpriced but very good for only 1. The pork wings was very good and flavorful I would get this again but I don't think I would return. Drinks seemed water down (Rum and Coke) and Entrée was ok. The Egg plant was hard and the sauce lacked flavor. The 4oz steak I got was good but lacked a comp side as the potatoes did nothing for the meal. Older crowd dancing was cute."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Excellent food. Service was overall good - our second time there and we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Drinks, menu selections, service and food preparation was very, very good. This was our 4th time there and we plan on attending again and again!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Brought my girlfriends here. Shrimp Cocktail and Grilled Calamari Steak appetizers are great and easy to share. Dinner was terrific but save room for dessert. The carrot cake is awesome and the Salted Caramel Gellato with Chocolate Chips and Garrett's popcorn is crazy!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I went there with a large group. We all enjoyed our food very much and all want to come back to try some of the other items. It is a little on the pricey side but was a very good experience with excellent service and great food. We had prime rib, lamb shank and a pasta dinner on special and all enjoyed their meals as well as one clam appetizer. I had the coconut cake which was average. I'm not crazy about the neo layers. Someone got the carrot cake which was excellent but she was surprised at the $14 price. We had not seen a menu. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience. We are a dining club that goes out once a month. Most of them want to return on their own and try other things. The lighted menus are a real good idea."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food at Zeal was certainly made with love. It was fresh and delicious and the service was exceptional. Very happy with the wine selection. Worth coming back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Good menu. Waiter was great. LED Menu is a nice touch. You can tell this is a family run restaurant. We will go back for sure."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I thought the food was very good at Zeal, but the service has much to be desired. Since it was my first time dining at Zeal, I cannot compare the service to any other time I had been there. It is a shame because the food was very good."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This is a great little place, I hope it does well. We were in a hurry, so only had an entrée. But we'd like to come back with friends or the kids and order one of the family style options and some appetizers."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "First time we had ever been there and everything was outstanding! Very unique food selections which made choosing what to eat very, very difficult. Very reasonably priced too. Chef Vince came to our table to provide recommendations. Everyonewe interacted with is very friendly & personable. Can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a great experience with great friends and great food. The chef described the offerings to us and the service our waitress provided was outstanding. We really liked the variety of specials and everyday dishes as Chef Vincent adds a special twist to each dish. Recommend Zeal to everyone."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Chef Vince does an amazing job with his menu. His staff is fun and very attentive. Great new spot to visit if you have not been there before. You'll be back!!!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Slow service and mediocre food. High prices for the quality and portion size - we felt like we could get much better elsewhere for the same price. They did have some interesting offerings."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My husband was watching TV and Zeal was on one of those restaurant shows where people go and taste and rate the food. Well to our surprise it was as every bit as good as promised."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My friends and I picked this place because I heard great things about this restaurant. All were true! We were seated promptly and our server was very pleasant. The food was outstanding! After dinner we went into the bar area and listened to the entertainment. We had a great night with lots of laughs and lots of dancing! I will definitely go back. I'm so glad to see that this area has a authentic Italian restaurant instead of another "Chain" restaurant. I hope Zeal will be around for a long, long time :)"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This place was very loud from the moment we entered. There was a DJ in the bar, which luckily we could not hear in the main dining area. This doesn't mean it wasn't loud in there either. Service was a bit slow from our waitress. The water filler gave us quicker service. Food was very good. Ordered the three pound chicken plate. More than enough food for two people. Overall, it might have been better if it wasn't so loud and our waitress was more prompt. Doubtful that I would go back on a weekend just to give it one more chance."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Its our first time to dine at Zeal all I can say is my wife abd I love the food and the server is friendly even though she told us she was just hired recently. Overall we love it for sure will be back qnd chef Vince personaly ask me how do I ilike my stake to cook and what side do I like."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The restaurant had a very nice ambiance when we walked in. It was the 1st Friday of lent so no meat for me. The menu had nice assortment of food. The presentation was very nice. I was disappointed that their "special" didn't include fish dinner vs. fish sandwich. When we got there early for dinner, the restaurant was fairly quiet. By the time we left it was loud, and it was hard to talk to each other. But I did like the fact that they didn't have the music turned up so that you couldn't hear yourself think. This would be a good place to come for lunch or an early dinner if you want it quiet. All in all it was a nice experience."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Owner/chef Vince has a great following in our area. He is known for his great Italian dishes but also services regular dishes as well."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We dined at Zeal with friends who actually know the chef and many on the wait staff. Our food was very good; well-prepared, hot, and as described on the menu. No complaints there! Unfortunately, we waited a very long time to receive our drinks, to place our order, for our food, and for dessert. Even our friends' acquaintance with the waitress didn't help with this. Granted, Zeal was very busy, which is good for them. But I believe they have been in business long enough to have adequate wait staff to meet the demand. They need to work on this!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Eclectic menu from which I found it difficult to make a decision - I loved the variety of items that are not seen in other Italian restaurants in the area. After finally making up my mind (Sombrero pasta with Italian Sausage and grilled Brussels Sprouts), my meal was superb!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "My husband and I love to try new restaurants. It just seems that Schaumburg has an over abundance to high priced restaurants and this one just added to the mix. Everything is "a la carte" which gets expensive. I had the Grouper ($22) which was kind of bland. My husband had the sirloin ($24). We had heard that the menu may get a face lift so we may give it another chance but not any time soon unfortunately."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "First time here....enjoyed it very much....will definitely go back and try the lunch menu..."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Our party of 4 split appetizers and salad...all were very good. However, of the 2 grouper specials, one came out almost raw. I will say that the waitress immediately offered to send it back. We will try again, but Chef Vince's kitchen still needs a tune up."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We had reservation and still had to wait. After seating it was ten minutes before a waiter appeared and though he was personal and friendly we barely saw him. Wait staff overburdened. Food was good. Definitely would not return during dinner hours, service suffers."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was excellent! Great place to listen to music on the weekends."
    Dined on 2/21/2014