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Pinched on the River, Chicago, IL

Pinched on the River

4.8
4.8
326 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
The most unique and eclectic Mediterranean inspired food with a pinch of this and a pinch of that.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Grill
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 526-3883
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Parking details
    There is garage parking nearby.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

What 326 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Great for scenic views

  • Chicago

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Chicago

    Great for scenic views

  • Chicago

    Mediterranean

326 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I have been going to Pinched for years. And we never have a bad experience. One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. Always a 10/10

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Pros: it was our anniversary dinner and we loved the ambience of the restaurant. The staff was friendly and welcoming and we had a nice table by the fire not too far from the views of the river and skyline. Our waiter at the end took pictures out of his busy schedule to accommodate. Cons: We were unknowingly charged for things like sparkling water $20 which we didn't even request and would've been fine with still water. The little bit container of hot sauce was $2. Our $16 drinks were full of ice. Food was good not great. The meat tasted different which is fine but sweet. The free dessert were the beignets. We expected more. They were not warm and with no filling or taste. At the end, our $30 parking ticket was not validated.

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  3. JRMc

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was delicious and healthy. So fresh and full of flavor. I had a bowl with a couscous base. Protein was a tastefully seasoned chicken shawarma. Service was excellent. Our waiter was efficient and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

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  4. WendyH

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great dining at Pinched! Great food ! Great service! Great atmosphere!

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  5. NewYorkStrip

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visit Pinched on the River regularly. The SERVICE is awesome as is the food. Great place.

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  6. NewYearsHappy

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic. Best meal we had in Chicago. Food tasted fresh, homemade, and was delicious. I'm definitely returning when back in town.

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  7. riverfrontgem

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    aesthetic was very nice, informative and friendly service, priced well, interesting wine list

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  8. PeterP

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Excellent Mediterranean type dish. Lots of choices for the combo type bowl dishes that we chose. Good size portion, reasonable price, and very tasty.

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  9. clemc

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good service, good price. No complaints. Will be back

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  10. JRMc

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the third time I’ve dined at Pinched. The food options are many with your choice of a base, protein and additional options. My meal was fresh, hot and delicious. The server was knowledgeable and efficient. I will be back soon.

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  11. MaxN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An exciting menu with so many tasty options. Highly recommend getting the chevaps.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a nice dinner with my sister. Didn’t have any complaints. Our server was attentive but not overly so, which I prefer.

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  13. KarenG

    Naples

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the entire staff and the food makes this a MUST do for our outings with friends!

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  14. Williamh

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent and the flavors in every dish are something we talk about for days. Also, get the chicken wings…

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent and ambiance was very nice! The only issue we had was our service was at times very slow, and at one point thought we were completely forgotten about. We would definitely go back however!

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  16. Grandad2be

    Buckinghamshire

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, staff and location made this a very enjoyable experience.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, amazing staff and dope ambient. Definitely my new fav place. See ya soon!!

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  18. TeeJay

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fish tacos were amazing. Great view of the Chicago River

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food serve Sheena was outstanding. Lovely view of the river.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and we will come back! They’re a member of the Fox Features rewards program.

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  21. AlexandraB

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and ambience! Will definitely go back.

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  22. LucyA

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place! Great food atmosphere and service!

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  23. CarmenS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff, they knew the menu items and provided good suggestions for options, the ambience, location and great prices very reasonable.

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  24. MaryamS

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The poor rating is more due to the food. It was cold, the chicken was over cooked and the rice was undercooked (still hard).

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  25. ginam

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious! Portions were big so a great value!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was incredible and the hostess or manager was amazing. Super helpful and fun. Loved her

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  27. JessV

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderfully friendly and welcoming restaurant. The ambiance is warm and inviting, the staff is very nice, and the food is fresh and oh so tasty! Great custom created drinks make a terrific pairing for the food. We will 100% visit again!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wait staff is insanely kind and the host ALWAYS is so welcoming and makes sure we have the best experience

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  29. Ryan

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance and service, but food was mediocre at best.

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  30. luna

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    generally a lovely dinner place, but completely lacks smaller vegetarian options and soup that was on the menu was not actually offered

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  31. Diner

    Greater Boston

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice atmosphere, good food, prompt service, recommend

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  32. Kiki

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location for an outdoor moment. Food was too salty Services very kind

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  33. Jules

    Grand Rapids

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and friendly service - food was a little spicy for me but husband loved it! Ambience on the outside patio next to river was lovely.

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  34. RyanK

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my wife for her birthday. The team there are terrific and friendly (the manager Phillip was great) and the food was fantastic. You are missing out if you do not go. Definitely coming back

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  35. MelisaL

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great experience 9/17 Waiter advice was perfect on matching up tastes in my bowl The citrus chicken was wonderful

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  36. JRMc

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered bowls with different ingredients. Our server, Jesus, was attentive, knowledgeable and efficient. The food was delicious and nicely seasoned. The red pepper humus was flavorful and not spicy. This was my second visit and I will definitely book again

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great! They have given my falafels to the wrong people the last two times, but the great food and service otherwise is always fabulous!

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  38. AmyY

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely early lunch, the service and food were outstanding.

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  39. GregoryK

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fast, tasty, and a good price. Great location on the river spur. Highly recommend

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  40. GabrieleB

    Hamburg

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place. Drinks, food, staff, atmosphere & Sheena, the host 5* out of 4 :-) (yes, I know, it‘s correct this way)

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FAQs

Pinched on the River offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 526-3883.

Pinched on the River is rated 4.8 stars by 326 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Pinched on the River

443 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Grill
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There is garage parking nearby.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine
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