Red Hot Chilli Pepper

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Chicago's Finest Indo-Chinese Cuisine, in a luxurious setting, for the best possible experience straight from Calcutta (now known as Kolkata).

We are part of the highly acclaimed and hugely popular “Red Hot Chilli Pepper Group” based in Kolkata, India. Aptly named “Red Hot Chilli Pepper”, we take inspiration from the vibrant flavors of Asia, using fresh produce, meat, seafood, and poultry with the aim to provide you with an exceptional dining experience! We source, as much as possible, from small local vendors and purveyors, in an effort to give you fresh food, grown locally while also supporting small businesses and our local community.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food is very greasy, the place is not clean (oil and food smears on the chairs and table that got onto our clothes and we had to get up and clean the furniture ourselves using our own supply of tissues before sitting down as the girl who seated us disappeared even after we asked for the bench to be cleaned) and staff is too busy to pay attention to customers needs.

b
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and ambiance.

P
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Restaurant was quite empty. Which I found very surprising since the food was good.

d
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful spot! Food was delicious, will return again!

a
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our anniversary dinner here - great food, service, and a complimentary dessert! We will be back.

CE
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A nice local restaurant to try some interesting food choices in a casual environment. Not fabulous but quite good.

CV
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had the crispy lamb which was extremely crispy...this is more like churro than carmelized but tasty....chili garlic noodles were barely edible because so hot but we tried because they too were yummy but beware! Chicken lettuce cups were divine. Altogether pretty pricey but worth it if you love spicy!

A
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The steamed vegetable dumplings and sizzling chicken were delicious! The ingredients seem very fresh and made to order (so not fast but worth the wait). If sensitive to hot spice pay attention to what you order. These dishes were flavorful but not hot. We also ordered a spicy lamb dish that was a bit hot but not extremely so. We sat outside on a nice night. Our server was great.

TM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This place never disappoints me. I had been to them in Dallas area 2 yr back and it is no different now with respect to quality. We were a family of 8 and every single one from 2 to 42 year old enjoyed it.

G
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was very nice both quality and tastes wise, yes too pricy for the quantity. But good place for a family dinner. But huge waiting period even after reserving a table. I wood recommend the place for tasteful food.

EH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner with 7 family members, shared dishes, all of which were terrific. Really interesting signature menu. Every diner had a choice of taste from sweet to hot. Healthy choices.

ES
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good fusion food - hard to try new things when you find a favorite but explore the menu

K
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The servers were very slow. The food was missing so much flavor. We tried so hard to like the food. But there just wasn’t any good flavors to be had. We love indo Chinese food and had heard good things. But this place was very understaffed and possibly that’s what resulted in awful food. It’s a Friday night why would you Be understaffed. The restaurant was half full. I was very disappointed never going back. We had made a reservation for Mother’s Day there too but after being so disappointed Friday I cancelled it asap.

d
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food - Ok. Appetizers were great (Pepper corn). Main dishes were somewhat disappointing. Service was mediocre

ML
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The 4 of us had a very nice time. The food was Chinese fusion but not the usual faire which was a pleasant change. Everything was good. Nice to see lamb and many flavorful vegetarian dishes available. Good service and surprisingly no wait at 5:30 on Saturday.

NY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, would definitely go back again! We loved the HK Cakes appetizer, and the kids loved the fried rice and hakka noddles. I gave 4 stars because some of the sizzling main dishes like Kalcutta Chicken and the mixed Veg are too salty/saucy for our taste. It would be much better with less salt, a bit more spice.

B
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but a bit spicey. Ordered 2 appetizers and 3 entrees for 3 people and felt it was over-priced. Have had better Chinese food for a quarter of the price.

ES
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food - service was very good! The hakka noodle is amazing and they brought us a complementary dessert which was so tasty!

DK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very tasty with many vegetarian options. The dry cauliflower was delicious!

RP
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service and dining experience we have ever had! They really value the customer and the food is phenomenal! Definitely recommend!

TS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Wasn’t 100% authentic Indian Chinese as we were hoping. Service was a little slow even though it wasn’t packed.

X
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you need a bit of spice in your life, this is a great place for you.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious and fun and the service was great for such a large party including 5 kids. It was tremendous.

TM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My partner and I were delighted to find an outpost of our favorite Indo-Chinese restaurant in the Chicago area! We trekked up from the South Loop for a special New Years Eve dinner, and it was remarkable. The hakka noodles remain our favorite, but the Manchurian Cauliflower and Hong Kong Cakes were perfectly spiced and presented beautifully. The cocktail menu was also suitably diverse, as we kicked off the evening on a great note. We can't wait to come back up to Evanston to support this place again and again!

D
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and good service. Like their mocktails....!

A
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We keep going back to Red Hot Chilli Pepper because the food is so good. Spicy and very flavorful. One does not get 'hot' spicy and nothing more. The food here is delicious! The service staff is welcoming, helpful for those unfamiliar with Indo-Asian cuisine and all around friendly without being intrusive.
We are working our way through the whole menu and after four visits have not had a disappointment.
Highly recommended.

RI
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Went to this restaurant based on all the positive reviews. Not sure who is writing those. The food was mediocre at best and the service below average. There are so many good Chinese/Asian restaurants in Evanston. I would not add this one to the rotation.

MP
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is phenomenal. The staff is so friendly and warm. I enjoyed the decor of the vintage scenes from Calcutta. The food is delicious and reminded me of my Mumbai Indo-Chinese experiences. The food is so flavorful. The drinks unique and creative. The owner is so friendly. I really wish the best for the restaurant. I can't wait to come again with new people and friends. We went as a family with my cousins from Phoenix. We could not have asked for a better way to spend a meal with them.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This is not Indian food. It’s what Chinese food they serve in India’s Chinatown. So definitely Chinese food.

KL
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Food was good-not great. Atmosphere was very lacking, was basic cafeteria style, too bright in there also. Over priced. Would not go back.

E
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our third time dining here and we have to convince ourselves to try new things as we like returning to many of their standard dishes. Food is always flavorful and fresh - with very attentive servers and a caring atmosphere.

h
New England
64 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent spicy Asian food. I love spicy food, so the name certainly caught my eye. I was not disappointed. My one recommendation would be to not assume that the spiciest dishes are necessarily the best ones. The waitress recommended the cauliflower appetizer strongly, but I was reluctant to get it as it wasn't listed as spicy. In the end, we were intrigued enough to go for it and it turned out to be one of the best dishes we ordered.

d
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Thai Indian fusion.
Excellent personal service.

O
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and mostly quite spicy food. Creative flavors.

PK
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!!!

A
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Red Hot Chilli Pepper has moved ahead of some of my other favorite restaurants due to the wonderful flavors and lovely presentation.
Spicy, fresh excellent food! The staff is very helpful and explained all the dishes for those unfamiliar with Indo-Chinese foods. The dry Cauliflower Manchurian is absolutely delicious. One could take two orders and make a meal of it, but there are so many other delicious offerings to try.
We will definitely go again and recommend the restaurant.

A
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Our food was delicious. Wonderful variety! A dream come true for our one vegetarian child - at least a dozen options which is fabulous! Our only complaints were that service was slow. We had to flag our waiter down more than once to get attention. The entrees came out a couple at a time for our party of 8 instead of all at once. Also the one non spicy entree was still awfully spicy. But the rest of us enjoyed our selections immensely! We will be back!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Try the Devil’s Chicken. A special award if you eat the entire serving 😋🔥

FC
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our fourth time here, and it's good and getting better. Especially like the chicken lettuce wraps, Manchurian cauliflower, ANY lamb or fish dish. Some dishes are very spicy, but they're happy to adjust for you. We'll be back. Very friendly service.

TD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The worst place to be at for a date night. Kept us waiting for no reason. Nobody came to take our order for atleast 20 min

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