Zeal
Zeal

Zeal

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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: Steak, Italian, Prime Rib
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Zeal reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (59)fit for foodies (58)neighborhood gem (53)vibrant bar scene (47)special occasion (39)great for lunch (22)romantic (19)hot spot (19)great for outdoor dining (16)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (10)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great Food
    Shamis
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Seated on time, good choice of entries, service was excellent. desserts are to die for. Just a great overall dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was Excellent and Creative
    tomd
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Excellent dinner spot. Prices were very much in line for the area, but the quality was excellent. The menu is very intriguing, I had a hard time deciding, everything was excellent. The meatballs and polenta was simply awesome. My daughter had the sausage and broccoli ravioli, which was also awesome. My wife had a scallops special, one f the best meals she has ever had. Will definitely return. The food and menu is a real step up. Unfortunately, it suffers from the same lack of charm that most restaurants in the area suffer from. I would have never thought to stop in as it looks like another fast casual big box construct from the outside and inside as well. For older diners, the menus are backlit when you open them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find
    Cygnus
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Didn't know this place existed and their menu looked solid so decided to take the hubby here on a date. We were not disappointed. The food was very good and the portions (even for the half plates) are huge! We took our leftovers home and a nice lunch the following day. I was concerned by reading the reviews that we would have an issue with the staff being friendly, but everyone we interacted with was super friendly and helpful without being annoying. A drink list would be nice. They do have a limited wine list but having a beer and cocktail list would be helpful. The food was tasty and I thought the price was justified. Was the food outstanding compared to other high end restaurants in the area? No. But still a hidden gem pwe will keep in mind.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zeal is Top Notch!
    DrFrankTVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    What a fantastic menu from the second you open it, it will immediately impress you! The appetizers are impressive, to say the least, and are as delicious as they sound. Chef Vince has hit a home run with his food. The Pork Wings, Cheezy Beef Egg Rolls, Stuffed Melrose Peppers, Eggplant Rolls, and several more are excellent. The Prime Rib infused Lasagna is the best I've ever had. This is my 6th time at Zeal, and haven't been disappointed once. Save room for the Zeal Gelato dessert. It is SPECTACULAR! The entertainment in the bar offers a well-rounded dining experience. A terrific place to go!! Salute' Chef Vince!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Zeal is our favorite Italian place and we went for our anniversary- I made a reservation for the bar because that is where we like to sit and unfortunately we were put in a back booth that was basically in the corner, the overhead light was out and it just didn't feel special at all. Johnathan was our server and he is always gracious and goes 100% but he was really running on Saturday night. The food was good but came out in like 60 seconds from placing our orders which made me think that the gnocchi and Melrose peppers are just sitting back there waiting to be plated. I ordered the stuffed eggplant and it too was just barely warm. I am hoping that this isn't how it will be next time and was just an off night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Appeal for Zeal
    BobSchram
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Awful. We had a reservation for 6 people for weeks. They crammed us in a booth at first but we complained that we wouldn't have enough elbow room to cut our food so they moved us to a very overcrowded area but it was a little better. At least it was a round table. It was not like we dropped in unexpectedly at prime time. We had a reservation for at least 2 weeks. There is no wine list available. Red, white or pink are the choices, apparently. The waitress did her best, but the food was terrible. I personally had a shrimp dish and the shrimp was so tough I could barely cut it with a steak knife. Another person at our table was trying to eat the so-called "fresh fettuccini made on premises". It was all clumped and stuck together. Never again!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As good as it gets
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great food, great service, great everything. Vince is one of the best chefs in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, neighborhood place
    GoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We went for the first time with a friend from out of town. The food was a little better than good. Portions were huge. We left satisfied with plenty of leftovers. The service was good; the server was personable and she knew the menu well. It was great to see a independently owned place doing well around here. It was pretty quiet when we got there for our 6:45 Saturday night reservation, but by 8pm the place was full, there was a band in the bar, and the energy on the room was high. Cool to see a later-dining place here. The main dining room is comfortable and looks nice, but I could have done without the TVs showing sports.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good italian not good service
    yums
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food took very long and it wasn't crowded. Bartender did not make good drinks sent the first one back and second was not much better, food however was very good and I would eat it again
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    JLSV
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Not the type of Italian restaurant I thought it would be (don't think Olive Garden.) The food was excellent. The recommended half plate was more than enough for 1 person. The waitstaff was attentive and friendly. I could not decide between 2 meals. She recommended one and it was delicious. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Different
    Myopine
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Menu offers I ntriguing, unusual and extremely tasty selections. Don't be deterred by the otherwise unfancy exterior and modest interior. Our server knew the "dynamic" menu impressively well. Generous to incapacitating portions arrived at our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but Bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I really wanted to like this place. It looked nice, the ambiance was pleasant, but it started off on the wrong foot. We made 8pm reservations, and when we arrived at 745, we were put on a waiting list. We weren't seated until almost 830. Servers were nice, but it took about 10 minutes for someone to come by and take our drink order, and while the appetizer came out very swiftly, the entrée took unusually long (long enough for the owner to notice and investigate in the kitchen). The food was good, though a tad bland. Dessert salvaged the night. The salted caramel gelato with popcorn in it was heavenly. I'd come back just for dessert. Really, this feels like a mom and pop Italian joint that moved into a location too big for them to handle.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was cold.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This very busy highly recommended restaurant was a disappointment . Our food order was messed up and by the time we got it it was cold. So apparently it was sitting there for a while before anyone delivered it to our table. Server made excuses the entire night .
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    food was very good and a great value..The bar was somewhat limited on their selection of liquors..It was a very busy friday night and we were seated next to a large party and it was very noisy..the only complaint..Overall a great restaurant with very different but wonderful food, will definitely be back soon
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening out
    loves2bsocial
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great place - loved the ambiance, food, wait staff was wonderful, and the food outstanding. Don't let the "Half Entrée" fool you - you will take food home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun evening
    GinnyVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The music was great, the food was great, the service was very good even though it was so busy. The only thing that I think needs improvement are the cocktails they were not goid
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place!
    Prostark
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The bar was hopping,bartender was great,whipped up a martini for me,a band started,were good~people were dancing!The only negatives were our server(although nice),and wine list. It took a long time for our server to come over,and when she did,she forgot to tell us about one of the specials,which my husband ended up getting.Then, she forgot the winelist(again,she was nice,and apologetic). It was my husband's B-day, and she never asked us if we wanted dessert or coffee when we were done with our meals. The food portions were big, and delicious. I got the chicken eggplant special, and he got the seafood suprema.Their suprema sauce has a slight kick to it, but good, nonetheless. We would go back, just hoping for better service next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Fantastic food and service from a family operated restaurant. Great spot for dinner and Chef Vince will customize your dish to your liking as he tries to meet with every table before they order. Nice outdoor patio area for dining outside. Definitely recommend to check this place out for any occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    futurex332
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    There was 7 of us who went there for dinner and then for the entertainment in the bar. The food was outstanding - everyone of us enjoyed our meals. The staff there was very accommodating and very helpful informing us of their specials for the evening. Can't wait to go back for both - the food and the entertainment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of my favorite restaurants
    travelgirlVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    No matter what I order to eat, it is always delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great time
    dineoutfan
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had a wonderful time. Good food, great entertainment in the bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but for older crowd
    ChicagoDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food is good - very satisfying. But, ambiance was not what we expected. The restaurant's interior is outdated, the bar is almost separate from the dining area, and the dining area has two types of table - modern/sleek and old supper club. Finally, the hostess was literally (no joke) over 70 years old and wearing a senior citizen pastel track suit. Although our meal was delicious, we will not be returning.
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  • Go hungry!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Waitress recommended we get the half-plate salad. Four of us shared it and even took some home. Best part all 4 of us got to share the amazing gelato with caramel corn... sheer delight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Menu
    Neveradoubt
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Read some great reviews and it did not disappoint! Even though it is billed as Italian, it is more like Italian accents. Could not decide between four different entrees and finally asked the waitress what she thought would be the best out of those. She said the lamb shank and it did not disappoint. Tender and flavorable. All four of us enjoyed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience
    NikkiVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I had a delicious salad. It was half portion but plenty for 2 of us. I had the lobster roll which was delicious but a little on the small side. Our waitress was very good and it was an overall good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SATURDAY NIGHT
    RAMMCO
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    SERVICE WAS GREAT. WIDE RANGE OF FOOD SELECTIONS. FOOD WAS EXCELLENT & GENEROUSPORTIONS. THEIR MENU IS ACTUALLY LIGHTED SO THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO READ THE OPTIONS. THERE WAS ENTERTAINMENT....EXCELLENT. I RECOMMEND,
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian cooking starts here
    Gourmetlover
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Some of the Italian dishes a little different example no-fried calamari only grilled. Huge portions don't get the Prime rib stuck with the Italian varieties
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not so good
    SchaumburgslumpVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Weren't impressed at all, unfortunately. We tried several dishes. The eggplant roll tasted like refrigerator. The filling was good but the eggplant tasted like it was in the refrigerator for a week. The clams tasted like they were frozen -- no pizzazz -- no fresh bread crumbs. Short Rib sliders were good and so was the sauce for the stuffed peppers with sausage. Probably will not return. Service was slow as well.
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  • What a Gem!
    KennethVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food, Service and atmosphere are outstanding.. Don't miss out on this restaurant.!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Amazing food as usual, great service as usual, too noisy as usual!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    Lunchbunch
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great food, great service! Enjoyed the outside patio. Very nice
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eat3slice
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great service! Our server was Linda and she made the dining experience even better. Food was good and interesting. Owner/Chef stopped by the table and what a personality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a Very Good Experience
    LSidVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Started by not being able to walk around people dancing to get to bar seating. Food was average at best. Salty Lobster Popcicle, rubbery stuffed meatballs. All food was just luke warm. We did enjoy the cheesy beef and rueben style eggrolls. Drinks were very good. The entertainment was fantastic. The bar does not seem large enough for entertainment. I could have walked out on my bar tab before and after dinner and no one would have known.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • time2dine
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food fun atmosphere the stuffed melrose peppers were soo good and we have been here many times never had a problem the entrees are amazing Love it here!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful meal
    Foodie1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I had zuppa di mare. OMG! It was the best! Tender calamari, not tough rings. Wonderful fresh seafood!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    casualdiner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Fun and interesting menu. The gnocchi and pork wing appetizers are amazing. Don't miss the sea salt caramel gelato with the popcorn mix in for dessert. Tables are close together and the restaurant was loud and lively.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zeal
    Terschu
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was good. RestaurAnt was noisy. Music was good in bar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza
    DoloresVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Pizza was excellent. Best we have had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious italian, great service
    caroline
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was delicious with options for whatever kind of Italian you're craving. My husband and I ate here two nights while staying in Schaumburg and tried chicken parm (big serving, great sauce), Zuppa D'Mari (great shell fish and seafood, I ignored the linguini), lollipop lamb chops (small serving, perfectly cooked), porcini bags arribiata (large serving, comfort food). We also had sea salt caramel gelato and a cannoli and enjoyed both desserts. Service was very friendly and enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was hoping for better
    DBS65
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I ordered the swordfish and when it came to the table, there was an immediate burnt smell. I turned it over and the bottom was completely charred and I mean burnt. I showed to the waitress and she told me swordfish is well done. I said well done, not burnt to a crisp. Had a bit of an attitude but took it away and I got a new piece. this one looked much better but I had to eat around the center as it was not cooked fully. the other people I was with said their dinners were average, nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate