Zealous
Zealous
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Zealous

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zealousrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3124759112
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Taus
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Private Party Facilities: Chef Michael Taus and his dedicated team offer unbridled passion along with extraordinary cuisine, wine and service. The well appointed dining room provides a perfect setting for corporate events, weddings, rehearsal dinners, as well as other dining events. Cocktail Receptions for as many as 200.
  • Private Party Contact: Jeanette 8777676410

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hudson & Sedgwick
  • Public Transit: 3 Blocks away from the Chicago Brown & Purple El line stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Zealous
After 10 years in Chicago, Zealous Restaurant remains as innovative as ever. Chef Michael Taus continues to showcase contemporary American dishes inspired by seasonal ingredients at this River North mainstay. Look for Sesame Crusted Chilean Sea Bass with Pan-Fried Rice Noodles and Red Coconut Curry Sauce, Butter Poached Maine Lobster with Braised Shortrib and Chilled Vichyssoise Puree , a variety of vegetarian-friendly dishes, and the Harvarti Burger that’s received so much attention both in and outside the industry. Pair your dinner with one of the restaurant's extensive wine selections housed in the restaurant’s breathtaking wine cellar. Considered one of the most modern and beautiful venue’s in Chicago, Zealous is a must for any food and wine enthusiast. Open Tuesday through Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Select Sundays and Mondays. Zealous also specializes in private events for groups of 15 up to 250.
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Zealous reviews from OpenTable diners
  • One of the best restaurants
    frp0511VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    One of the best restaurants in the city....I'm sad they will be closing.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • This was a last minute reservation,
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    This was a last minute reservation, mid week. The tasting menu was creative and delicious. the servers were very helpful and professional. This was the best fillet of beef that I have had in a lond time, It was only out done by the fish course. Michael is a magician in the kitchen!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When we got there, they said
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    When we got there, they said they were closing the restaurant on December 31st.
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  • Will miss Zealous, they lost
    CharlieG
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Will miss Zealous, they lost their lease. Hopefully, they re-open in as nice a space.
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  • Had not heard much about this
    LP21VIP
    Dined on 12/4/2012
    Had not heard much about this place and absolutely loved it. It was pricey, but in my opinion worth it. Food was delicious, and they gave free amuse-bouche and desserts. Service was good and friendly. Atmosphere was modern but still warm and comfortable. Definitely recommend Zealous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • needs less pomp more substance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    food was good however a little pretencious for my liking. Presentation was excellent menu was a bit limited especially with them being out of the rib eye. Can't say I would recommend for the price it leaves you wanting.
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    special occasion
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  • Superb Tasting Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    The food was superb. I did the seven course grand menu. The flavors were incredible and very unique. My only criticism would be that the portion sizes were incredibly large. An unfortunate trend in tasting menus, especially in Chicago. The wine pairings and selections were fantastic. Our server and guide was very generous and knowledgable. Truly an experience you must do in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for a group!
    northshorefoodie
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    The 7 of us began at the bar with some great cocktails. Moved to the dining room and sat at a table that was quiet and secluded and just perfect for conversation. Everyone raved about the sea bass, duck, filet and scallops. Desserts were great, although the key lime creme brule tarts were not tart enough. Service was impeccable. One of the best parts about the night was there was parking available right out front!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • We were extemely disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    We were extemely disappointed with our experience at Zealous. The service was very poor. On two occassions we had to ask the busboy (?) to call our waiter, The first time was for a drink order and menus as we had waited for about 5 minutes--this was so even though the restuarant was only about 25 % full at that time. We ordered the 5 course tasting menu for $85.00 per person. While one or two of the courses were OK, the duck (3rd course) and first course were not passable.
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  • Have been to Zealous numerous
    Baldegl
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    Have been to Zealous numerous times and have never been disappointed. They did a nice job with a gluten free guest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Portions seemed small, but
    Woody
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    Portions seemed small, but ended up full by end of meal. Bar was empty. Few large groups came, which increased noise level. My wife and I enjoyed a nice meal close to home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice look - modern design
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/30/2012
    Nice look - modern design in an exposed brick, high ceilinged building. The waiter was most helpful, we followed his suggestions and the food was excellent with ambitious, flavorful combinations. Portions were small. Was there on a Tuesday night, only five tables occupied, very quiet.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Zealous is a very nice dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    Zealous is a very nice dining experience. The service was excellent and the each course was well done. Our waiter was helpful and personable. The food was very tasty, but the presentation of the food was particularly outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Gem!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/16/2012
    The ambiance and decor was amazing. The food was exceptional and cooked to perfection. I will make a visit back to Zealous soon with friends and family..
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impersonable staff There
    Greentea
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    Impersonable staff There were only 14 patrons in the entire resauarant. The outside area was like a ghost town.
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  • Chef Michael is a pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    Chef Michael is a pleasure to speak with; the ambiance is fantastic, especially if you appreciate lighting, texture, and good timeless design. The modern bar is tended by a great, knowledgeable bartender, and all the staff were welcoming. We loved our appetizers and dinner (and drinks) and highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place was fine. I chose
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2012
    This place was fine. I chose it because on their menu it notes "Zealous specializes in vegetarian, vegan, and special dietary needs." That is not really true. They do have a hearty vegetarian menu but as far as vegan- they could offer two different salads to modify, a plate of steamed veggies, or one other thing they could modify. It was fine but I would not say "specializes". Ambiance ok. If you are looking for a quiet spot, this is good. If you are hoping to be more in city center- I would not recommend this place. Otherwise the server was great.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • We had a lovely dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    We had a lovely dining experience with another couple we hadnt seen in months. The wait staff was wonderful without being invasive providing us a great opportunity to continue our conversations without interruptions. We all ordered different entree's and were pleased with our choices. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleasant, elegant (but
    engprofVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    Very pleasant, elegant (but not stuffy) dining room, where you can actually hear yourself talk. Inventive, interesting food. Reasonablhy good wine list, a little on the high side.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Can't wait to return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/18/2012
    A group of us from work were in on a quiet Tuesday night, but found the ambience, service and food was as stellar as if it were a busy, important evening for the staff. Halibut was heavenly, and everyone else at the table loved their food - the pork cheeks, the cassoulet.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice restaurant for nice
    TMaz
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    Very nice restaurant for nice quiet dinner with excellent food. Waitstaff could be a bit more friendlier thhough as they are nice but stuffy.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mr.
    joeljcj2
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    excellent, traditional style french technique haute cuisine in a contemporart setting. beautiful preparations and service. wine list tends toward pricey with scattered modestly priced high-quals. not a new ,hip joint , but very pleasing. we shall return
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • our meal was really terrific,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    our meal was really terrific, I would certainly tell friends to come
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely restaurant. Great ambience,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/28/2012
    Lovely restaurant. Great ambience, attentive and pleasant service. Mixed review on food, wonderful desserts.
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    notable wine list
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  • The food and the service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/28/2012
    The food and the service was good. However, I thought the menu was VERY overpriced and the restaurant concept is a bit dated. The menu was a bit all over the place and lacked focus. The space and location may be better served and patronized as a cocktail lounge with a few small and large plate selections.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Exceptional service as usual.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2012
    Exceptional service as usual. We had a lovely anniversary dinner. Our appetizers were outstanding. My polynesian salad was extremely tasty and my husband loved the gazpacho soup and taco-dosa appetizer. My husband raved about the ribeye steak entree and my grilled salmon was delicious. We took our time and savored the entire dinner and finished up with fantastic desserts. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Probably wouldn't go back...
    tjs6677VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    Saw this on Check Please a while ago and thought we'd give it a try. The space was slightly dated (loft style circa 1991..curved walls, etc.) and the restaurant was a quarter filled at best. The pancakes with foie were sensational but the rest of the meal was off. The fish was overly salted and the pork cheeks were plain and pot-roasty. Grand total $200+tip. With all the other restaurant choices at the moment, probably wouldn't go back.
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    notable wine list
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  • Overall, the food is good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Overall, the food is good but despite calling in advance, they were unable to provide sufficient options for those with dietary restrictions in our group (especially gluten-free).
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  • Happiness on a plate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    This is the first 5-star rating I have given. What a wonderful restaurant and experience! I only wish I had found it sooner. The wait staff is very knowledgable and personable. They make sure you have a wonderful experience, and provide top knotch service that is not pretentious. The meal was one of the best that I have had. Chef Michael has put together a menu that is inventive, comforting, light and filling all in 1. I knew I was in for a delightful evening with the dinner rolls, which are like little pillows of heaven, soft and flavorful. I usually skip the bread plate but couldn't stop eating these. The rest of the meal was no exception. They don't know it yet but this is my new favorite restaurant and plan to be a frequent diner here!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The food was very good, as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    The food was very good, as was the service. The scallops were amazing and the apple tart dessert was great. They recommended a great wine for us and we were very pleased overall.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • I took a group of 7 and we
    WinemanVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    I took a group of 7 and we all had a very enjoyable evening. Great food, service, and wine. The service was especially good. Nice warm people.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Continues to be our favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    Continues to be our favorite restaurant in Chicago. The menu although limited in number of choices offers a wide spectrum of flavorful combinations to appeal to all taste palettes.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Sea bass dish quite disappointing--
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    Sea bass dish quite disappointing--salty and somewhat overcooked.
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  • We really enjoyed everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/24/2012
    We really enjoyed everything about this luxurious restaurant. The food is unexpected and very fine.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • great food, awful service
    goshendocVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2012
    I've been wanting to go for years. I guess I picked a slow night. They were understaffed and too busy with a party in a private room. It took almost 45 minutes to get gazpacho, something that obviously needs no preparation. This is one where great food cannot make up for poor service and disregard for customers. I gave it 3 stars instead of 1 or 2 because the food was fantastic although the experience was not.
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  • Beautiful room, very calming.
    DiDiVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    Beautiful room, very calming. Loved the expericence. however my main course was not "fabulous". Our appetizers were wonderful and my husband's entree was fabulous. My halibut was just o.k. I order halibut a lot, and this preperation was just tasteless!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Wine overpriced. Food disappointing
    AnnanVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    Wine overpriced. Food disappointing. Too long between courses. This place not what it used to be. Won't be going back, too many great places in Chicago.
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  • The food was very tasty, however
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    The food was very tasty, however the portion size was very small and not worth $35+ a plate.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Great service, creative menu
    SheaVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2012
    From the minute we arrived until we left we felt welcome. Service was impeccable. Loved the quiet area we were seated in by the gorgeous ceiling to floor wine collection. We all ordered different main courses- and each had its own twist. Like theKorean style fried chicken - with fuji apples. Each dish had a delicious surprise. Like the chilean sea bass with coconut curry sauce. Scallops were amazing. Ordered the garlic romano cheese fries to share . This is a place to take your time and enjoy each bite.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • The food is probably the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2012
    The food is probably the best I ever had in Chicago! Makes me feel like I am in New York! Best cosmo I ever had! Better than any bar in Chicago!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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