Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe - Darien

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898 reviews
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Our acclaimed menu and warm atmosphere makes this a favorite among south siders and north siders alike. Accolades for Chuck's have been received from Chicago Magazine, ABC-TV, Hungry Hound, Check Please!, Chicago's Best TV and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives to name just a few. Arrive early or after finishing your meal head into the bar area for all the televised sports events or just to relax and have a hand-crafted cocktail. Over 130 craft beers in house including 31 on tap!

First Saturday of every month- Beignet Breakfast; 7am-11:30am

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Mon - Tue 7:00AM - 4:00PM
Wed - Thu 7:00AM - 11:00AM 2:00PM - 4:00PM

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good. Food delicious, our poor server had so many tables she was running around but still took care of us

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K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was my first visit and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a Saturday night, so I’m glad I made a reservation. Food was very good(except oysters were very small). It was very tasty and the Bloody Mary was awesome! Good selection of food. Service was pretty good also.

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Ribs were tender and I loved the mild BBQ sauce. I would have rated 5 stars but the peach cobbler was sold out. And it was fairly early in the evening :( I suffered through the Brownie Sundae (just kidding - the brownie was the best I ever tasted). The service was excellent. There were a lot of different employees interacting with us to make our experience good. Dessert took a bit longer than expected to arrive. The dining room was loud. I plan on coming back with my husband, but due to his hearing issues we will try to come at a less busy time. We are coming in from over an hour away so I believe that says good things about the restaurant.

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HR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So we went for breakfast and it was awesome. I have been for dinner good for that too. This location in Darien has a awesome bar set up area if you are looking for a place to watch a game. We will be back.

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RR
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Chuck's many times and and always enjoy everything about the place. The food is great, almost like having a little bit of New Orleans in Darien. The prices are very reasonable and the service is top notch, despite the place being regularly busy.
A couple of pointers: Chuck's is popular so reservations are a must. Make your reservation at least a week in advance especially for larger groups and weekend evenings. Earlier arrival is better. For certain specialty dinners, like the crawfish boil, availability is limited and it's possible to arrive at 6:00 or 6:30 and find that dish sold out.

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OT
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and Venus our server was friendly knowledgeable
Funny ....great experience
Have been there many times and plan on going back
Only complaint is that they don’t have Benigns ALL the time

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The hardest part about eating at Chucks is deciding what to eat. There are so many good things it can be a challenge to pick one. Fortunately I have never had a bad meal there. It can get noisy because it can get crowded, but I keep coming back.

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J
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server is wonderful and food is great! Love going to Chucks. It is our go to restaurant

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W
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Large selection of food/beer. Unfortunately some items had already run out beer and food wise. Chose something else and it was good. Server was excellent, prices decent. Good atmosphere with Tv’s and darts available.

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l
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A lot of food for the price. The wait staff is great and the drink/beer menu huge. The food is good but our chicken was a bit overdone. Pulled pork nachos are outstanding.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The quality of the experience here has taken a nose dive in recent months. I’m not sure what’s happened. In the majority of visits over the last few months (and by that I mean probably at least 5 out of 7 times), there’s been something wrong with the order—day, having mushrooms when it something was ordered without—or poor service, sometimes both, rude serving staff, and so on. It’s disappointing because I used to really enjoy coming here. But it’s really not worth it at this point. I’m not saying I won’t ever be back, but I’ve been coming regularly to breakfast here for a year or two—often weekly, then reduced it to about once per month—and it’s not worth driving out from the far north side of the city simply to be disappointed and leave feeling like the staff were more annoyed by your presence than happy to help.

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KH
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love Chuck's for their brisket sandwiches. My husband & I both ordered these along with the mac and cheese, which was delicious. Cole slaw & side salad were also good. The service was also great!

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RR
Chicago
93 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Usually a wonderful local haunt. A great place for gathering with friends. I was a little disappointed with the food this time. My husband and I both ordered the special chicken fried steak with green beans and mashed potatoes. It seemed like someone was pepper crazy in the kitchen because the green beans were way too peppery to eat. The gravy on the steak was very peppery as well.

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SH
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit and we will be going back. Loved the cajun meatloaf, and pulled pork was moist and tender.

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H
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast was awesome!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great time! The food was amazing and atmosphere is relaxed and casual. The beer selection is fantastic which is a plus. They brought out a brownie sundae and sang for my dad’s birthday which was very sweet and he loved it! Great place for good, quality bbq in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family and I love this place! Best nachos in the world. If you like sangria definitely try a glass.

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KG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all tried different food items and loved them all. I have had delicious breakfasts here before but never dinner. We liked the food so much, we booked it for my daughter's bridal shower!

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DK
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Chucks continues to satisfy! Love the new items on the Menu

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J
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Out of some entrees and beer specials Had to choose other entrees and beer

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Birthday dinner

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MK
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at chucks never disappoints! They were so flexible with my frequently changing reservation size.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great breakfast!

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A
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

As soon as we sat down at 8pm on Saturday the waiter informed us that 2 items were sold out. We ordered drinks and the beer I chose was also sold out. Once back with drinks we were informed of 2 more items that were sold out. We ordered 4 appetizers, the Nachos. Quesadillas, Cheese curds and Onion Rings. The Nachos were very good but needed more chips, the cheese curds were over cooked, the onion rings were pretty good and the Quesadillas were packed with Onions, so many we wondered if there was anything else in them. There must have been two full onions in the order. You may ask why we only had appetizers, that was because the three items we would have gotten were all sold out: Ribs, Meatloaf and all smoked chicken. A business that has been opened for as long as they have should not be running out of so many items.

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S
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chucks consistently, whether the Darien or Burbank locations, delivers on great food, outstanding and hospitable service and a fair price. Whether a quality cocktail that doesn't break the bank or the ability to find great dinner entrees from $12 - $16, Chuck's is a place that you shouldn't miss. On tapas nights, the imperative to be there is even greater.

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TD
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated my birthday at Chucks. The food and service were excellent. The noise level in the restaurant part was acceptable. The bar area would have been too loud. I would recommend it highly.

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KH
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious, as usual :) We love coming to Chuck's. It's our favorite place to go for comfort food!

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BP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love Chucks! It doesn't matter if it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it's a great meal and a great atmosphere.

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A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for a weekend brunch with friends. They have interesting breakfast options along with the classics.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We have gone to Chucks dozens of times and the food is always excellent. This last visit on Saturday evening was a bit disappointing. We arrived at 5:45 PM and were quickly seated. We then ordered our appetizers and begin to look at the menu. Out of the four of us, three of us selected The same special. Our waiter left and approximately 10 minutes later returned and informed us they were sold out of the special. Granted it wasn’t even 6 o’clock in the evening yet and the restaurant was only about 80% capacity. We all really wanted the special because it looked great. We were forced to select something else. We waited an extended amount of time until our waiter came back and it was apparent that he forgot that he had to re-order us. We were also all out drinks and this was a reoccurring theme. Needless to say we did order something else and it turned out OK but it would’ve been nice if they would’ve had enough of the special at least till 630 through the dinner hour. After trying to flag our waiter down continuously to get more drinks we decided that we were not even going to attempt desserts because the service was lacking on this venture. Another issue was the parents who feel they don’t need to watch their children and allow them to run around the table and act like romper room next to our table. I can’t blame the restaurant for this but it really took away from an adult evening dinner. Overall Chucks has always been good to us but this particular venture was not very good for multiple reasons that I mentioned.

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BR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parking was terrible when we arrived. By the time we left handicap spots were available. I don’t think there is enough parking at either location Burbank or Darien

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CD
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there with a group of about 20 on Fat Tuesday. Although the place was packed with guests our waitress Anne was wonderful. She did a great job in trying to keep up with the demands of our table. We all had many different cocktails, wines, beer and dinner items and she was great about keeping everything in order. The food was outstanding, the place was very fun and the band was wonderful. I would highly recommend Chuck's to anyone, but if you don't like crowds maybe choose a night that they don't run an event. We loved the crowds, but I know some people don't. Can't wait to go back!!

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GP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chuck's never lets us down. value is outstanding and food is more than delicious.

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DW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No problem booking reservation on open table. The food and service were excellent.

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E
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The beingiets breakfast is always fun and yummy! I enjoy the chicory coffee and the creme anglaise dipping sauce. I wish they'd turn down the jukebox while the musician they have is playing because he is very talented. The breakfast ham is soooo good!

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SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is Great with a very nice atmosphere. The food is over the top. Great food entries for everyone to try. Had Breakfast this trip and everything was excellent. Bloody Marys are very good also.

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SW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best food. One of our favorites to celebrate and dine

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NP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I enjoyed it very much. I especially like that there was live music. I like that you were generous enough to give me a call to confirm reservations.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Birthday. I think they forgot. My fish was dry but everything else was good.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

They easily took care of our party of 17 with 4 separate checks! Good food and service

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