Zeal
Zeal

Zeal

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zealforfood.com/
  • Phone: 8479950188x
  • 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Zeal reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (50)fit for foodies (50)neighborhood gem (47)vibrant bar scene (40)special occasion (30)great for lunch (22)romantic (17)hot spot (16)kid-friendly (11)notable wine list (10)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (7)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience
    Nikki
    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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
  • Zeal is outstanding!
    jecami
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I can't say enough about Zeal! From the moment we walked in until we left, the staff were very attentive without being intrusive. The owner, Vince, came to our table and reviewed the specials with us. I know there are many Italian restaurants in the Chicagoland area, but Zeal seems to be a step ahead with its menu; many combinations of pizza, meatballs served on polenta, fresh seafood dishes. The food was outstanding and the portions were generous. I haven't been around Woodfield in a while, but this is certainly worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Service
    EpiphanyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Portions are generous and cuisine is imaginative. Enjoyed dining on the patio very much as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Authentic Italian Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Zeal had great authentic Italian food and great service. It is definitely a very loud atmosphere though but that's part of what I liked about it, made me feel like a typical Sunday dinner in an Italian family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ZEAL is great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Zeal is a new restaurant for our family. Now that we have found it, we have eaten here on numerous occasions. Everybody leaves full and satisfied. Don't forget your leftovers! The staff is welcoming and always ready to make outstanding recommendations. The specials are always appealing but I prefer my go to dishes. Try the short ribs and lamb chops, both outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of Food--Great Salads
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Typical American/Italian food. Lots and lots of food. We took friends out to dinner to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary.The food was good. The salads are huge, four of us split two half orders. The salads were very fresh and excellent. My lamb shank was excellent, the skirt steak a little too chewy, the beef was prepared correctly (the second time---wrong order went to the wrong table). We had to wait for the correct order to be prepared. We had no room for dessert which was OK because the noise level was so high that we couldn't hear what was being served. We sat next to a large table of friends that got together for a celebration. They had a great time but our table could not really visit because of the noise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Meal
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    There were 4 of us in our party, it was our first time there and we all ordered very different items from the menu. My husband was initially concerned about the broad menu and whether they could do a good job. Our meals were excellent and the waitress was very attentive (and they were busy, it was a Saturday night). We all declared we will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful night
    RayCVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Our server was attentive and actually got everything right about our orders. The food was plentiful. Braciole was very good. I had the lingiuni and meatballs. I couldn't eat it all. It was very good. My girlfriend had a small salad and it was also plentiful and flavorful. The staff is very friendly here and the food was above average in taste. Make sure you are hungry when you go there as you get a lot of food. Even the small plate of Braciole was a lot of food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food with live entertainment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This place has great food, tasty pizza, pastas, sandwiches & deserts. If you're looking for an inexpensive place with good food this is it. Chef Pecora has been doing this years, & knows how to kept his customers happy. This is one of the best restaurants in Schaumburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!!
    Collene
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was delicious and the service spectacular! From the cheesy beef egg rolls to the prime rib lasagne, pure perfection! My son loved the battered, deep fried Oreos!! I highly recommend Zeal!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant
    em11w273n2480
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    They didn't have items that were listed on the menu but did have items that were not listed. We had 2 different waitresses waiting on our table, each one didn't know what the other one had taken care of so had to ask us each time they came by if the other had helped us. The bathroom stuffed up while we were there so we had to wait over an hour to use the bathrooms. The food we good, but the restaurant appeared disorganized. They had a band which played too loud for dinner time. This place is better for the late night crowd. I would not dine there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Inside sales rep
    SHERRI
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This establishment is 2 mi from my work, have met friends, co worksers, there. Never disappointed! Service and flavors outstanding . And great variation of price points.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Must see & do...
    KennethVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went to dinner after the track. Menu is outstanding. I ordered the Double Stuff Prime Rib Lasagna.. Are you kidding me!!!! That was the BEST meal I've ever had. Bar scene is fun and the people are great to talk and mingle with. Of course we'll be back!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    JLSV
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went to Zeal for the first time with out of town guests. Chancing it, I know, but we all absolutely loved it! The food was terrific and the wait staff was fabulous - very attentive. The atmosphere was relaxed. Will definitely be going back and would highly recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed. Identity confused
    KiltedHopBrewing
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    From outside appearances, Zeal looks like a nice restaurant but once inside, they are confused. The dining room, while trying to be upscale, is filled with TV screens showing sports. The atmosphere is noisy. The decor is quirky with quotes written on walls and the light-up menus. The menu is gourmet Italian but then the appetizer list has a giant hot prezel on it (bar food). The wine list is confused with wines listed as light body, medium, and full but these are really price categories as some of the actual wines belong in different categories. Two meals at our table were sent back twice "botched" and the chef finally came out with replacement meals to take home. The other meals were mediocre. Overall, a disappointing dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a very good meal with each one of the four in our group ordered something different. The salads are huge so split one salad with four is more than enough. Server was fun and attentive. Will definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • local gem
    Sandim25VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Chef Vince provides a varied menu with choices for everyone's taste. The dipping oil and balsamic is delicious. We've been several times with friends, and no one has been disappointed. Can't wait for the patio to open.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.