Pinched on the River

4.7
105 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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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We decided to do another round of Mediterranean, and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious and we enjoyed building our own option. We would have liked a little more time between ordering and having our food, but the good news is that if you want great food quickly, it can happen here.

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TonisKitchen
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late night dinner with my daughter who prefers vegetarian options and Pinched was perfect! The garlic pita was warm and delicious and the chicken shawarma had the right amount of spicy heat to go with the pearl couscous. When I travel to Chicago again I will try to go during the day and enjoy the outside River view dining.

JT
JuliaT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect spot for dinner with my coworker on a Tuesday night. The food was great and the service was prompt. It's a cute spot!

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vipSandraP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice people, amazing food! We will be back!

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dallasgurl
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family and I truly enjoyed our meal at Pinched on the River! It was the perfect restaurant for our afternoon lunch in Chicago. The food was excellent - I got a salad bowl with chicken kabobs, hummus, feta, black olives and the mediterranean salad. The waitress went above and beyond to make sure that all our food requests were met, and the owner even let my elderly grandparents use the elevator since they were struggling on the stairs. Everyone working was so friendly and inviting! Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this spot for brunch, lunch, or dinner!

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Seth1978
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem with gorgeous outdoor seating options. Great food and service!

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vipPolarBear
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, nice people, highly customizable pita rolls and bowls. Great location along the Ogden Slip and very close to a great jazz club.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was my first time in Chicago and I have a great experience, this little cute restaurant right by the is river, food was excellent, service very fast and the owner came by when we was finishing to great us!!! Love the experience...super recommend

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vipPanda
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and healthy. The Mediterranean chicken wings are tasty. We had salad bowl and will try rice bowl next time. The view of the river is beautiful. Will definitely go back in the summer for outdoor dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, perfect location!

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Anna
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

stunning location! mediterranean feeling and a little different from the typical riverwalk restaurant. would recommend outdoor seating, it's part of the value of this place. Food was tasty too, if a bit pricey! Love the customizability. Although the only vegetarian main option is falafel, the many possible add-ons makes it relatively vegetarian friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Perfect fall day on the river. Highly recommend!

AM
AmandaM
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside by the river and had wonderful food. We enjoyed the people watching and the great food. They even had a gluten free pita!!! Great place!

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vipHothow1
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. We both had bowls and picked our choices, and all the choices were good. A very filling lunch, so we had no room for dessert. But fortunately we found our 2nd stomachs, and had to get the beneighs, which were delicious. I also had a frose which was quite good.

MJ
MJEwing
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good accessible Mediterranean food. Great location on the river.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was good but service was just average

JW
JohnW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great shawarma, and delicious garlic and pita appetizer!

SC
SoCalGal
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

I truly don't understand all the rave reviews of this location. We arrived mid-afternoon and the place was 1/2 full at best. It took about 10 mins to be seated (with reservation) even though there was a person at host stand going back and forth. No greeting, no "I'll be with you in a minute." When they finally greeted us, it was with a rather cool, non-welcoming style. (She warmed up quite a bit later in the meal, so perhaps something crappy had just gone down elsewhere?)

On to the food - which quite frankly, while friendly service is important of course, I came for the food. I found the hummus (and I tried several) to be rather dry and bland and all taste the same. The poblano hummus is supposed to be spicy - not even a little bit. The mediterranean salad had ZERO flavor. The chicken schwarma flavor was ok and I ate most of it but found several pieces to be rubbery like eating cartilage. But, some pieces were tender and moist. My husband was also disappointed in his food based on reviews. The best part of the meal was a nice glass of wine and the sautéed onions. I also relied HEAVILY on the red spicy sauce to make the other things eatable because I was starving when we arrived with our high hopes. We will give the place one more try - and get the chicken kabob, otherwise, we are moving on. Can not recommend at this time but still hopeful! p.s. Nice atmosphere.

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fran
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

nice outdoor seating, great food and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went here for our 1 year wedding anniversary. She enjoyed her rice bowl with blackened tilapia and the rose drink. I enjoyed my chicken swamma pita.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food! What a terrific spot on the Ogden Slip.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great

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ChiTownLadyLeo
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My family and I found this gem while looking for a last minute spot for an early dinner. I would have given 5 stars except for the fact that it's really not designed to seat large parties (at least not outside). There was only 6 of us, but we had to pull together 2 tables meant for 2 people and make it work for 6. Needless to say, it was a bit crowded at the table. Otherwise, great atmosphere and tasty food. I'd go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice quiet place for laid back lunch

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MargaretB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful spot on the river. Lots of healthy Mediterranean options.

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vipLspiegs
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Portions are very small on the “shareables” menu- 1/4 cup of hummus for the table- ridiculous. Wine pour for a glass was also chincy— looked like 3 oz. Food was fine, service was abrupt. When you ask for a check they just take your card to put in their reader without showing it to you and then hover as you select your tip, watching your typing. Probably won’t return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice little spot with a great calm ambiance. Definitely try their house drink on a sunny day

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vipSeemaP
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience5

The beef patty was frozen and processed, the drink was weak. The ambiance and service were nice!

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vipDrDave
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great concept and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was a perfect dish for me being a vegan. Wish they had more options than just one.

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vipChris
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Most excellent ambient.
Food is healthy and tasty

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vipSean
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Great food and very reasonable prices. Fanatasic drinks. Love it. . . tell everyone I know about it this little gem on the river.

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vipBookLover
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Not my kind of restaurant. It's what I call DIY. Pick a base, pick a protein, pick up to 4 toppings. You get a bowl with stuff you ordered in it. All items separate. When I eat out, I want the chef to have decided what goes with what and to have prepared a dish, rather than a bunch of components.

The flatbread was was dry and the beignets were tough.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outside seating along the river. Excellent food and drink choice. We will be back.

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RebeccaG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience5

It was my birthday and we order for a slice of cake with candle so i can make a wish but they dont have cake and it was good they gave us a little donuts and they dont have candles ...what if people wants to celebrate birthdays there ?

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LaurC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This was my second time at Pinched and my party and I loved everything. The food is fantastic. It is like an upscale chipotle - but Mediterranean instead of TexMex. The flavors are incredible. This is Definitly going to be a go-to from now on. It is FANTASTIC. I would recommend to anyone of any age. Attire is casual but would also be a great date spot. only complaint is that service starts to tail off after food is served. I’ve experienced this both times that I’ve been here.

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RobG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Wobbly table, slow to take order, long wait for food, disappointing dish

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JohnK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was pretty good. Nice view of the river too. However, staff was generally dismissive. 5 minutes after we paid the bill, a staff member came and told us we needed to leave because the next party was there to take our table (there was a ton of space in the restaurant and we were a table of 2 vs. a party of like 6)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and very friendly people as guests and employers! Had a good evening by next to the river! Nice

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vipchristene
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seating on the river was beautiful. The manager and bartender took care of us from the minute we walked in. Even though we had a reservation we decided to wait for the perfect riverside setting. It was well worth the wait. The wines were exceptional and we enjoyed the food. I would highly recommend Pinched.

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

Pinched on the River is rated 4.7 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.