Red Hot Chilli Pepper

4.5
71 reviews
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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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ML
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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NY
New York Area
2 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.

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B
Chicago
11 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.

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ES
Chicago
4 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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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TM
1 review
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!

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

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

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A
Chicago
35 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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E
Chicago
24 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.

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h
New England
59 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.

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

Great Thai Indian fusion.
Excellent personal service.

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

Delicious and mostly quite spicy food. Creative flavors.

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

Great food!!!

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A
Chicago
36 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.

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A
Chicago
37 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!

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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 😋🔥

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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.

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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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restsurant. Food was excellent and the most authentic manchurian compared to others. Fantastic!!!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything amazing!

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R
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Going to RHCP was a last minute decision and it was worth the time. The food was extremely good and very served promptly. I'm going back.

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V
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Really tough one here, but ultimately, because of the excruciating slow service, hard to recommend. We started out sitting outside on a Sunday evening, and waited close to 25 minutes without service. And it wasn't very busy at all. Moved inside, and waited another 25 minutes, before even a drink order. After 45 minutes, finally a server. I think their only server. But with only about 5 tables filled, should have been enough? Food was good, and healthy portions. But man, need to figure out that service.

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SQ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Red Hot Chili Peppers was a great experience. We chose to sit outside. The patio dining is protected front street noise and very pleasant. Our waiter was quite helpful explaining the menu choices. Menu offers both vegetarian and meat (chicken and lamb) dishes. There are also noodle dishes that can include chicken or shrimp.
Food was tasty and interesting.

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m
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

First and foremost, this is not an "Indian" restaurant, as labeled by OpenTable -- it has some Indian influences, but is more Chinese than Indian, though Indo-Chinese probably describes it best. Second, it's really only slightly better than a typical storefront Asian restaurant -- a bit nicer ambiance, but not at the level we expected based on description. Finally, service was mediocre at best. They took our order, brought our food and brought our check. We had ordered spicy food, so would have like to see a waiter return with water throughout the meal, but had to really look around and wave to get a member of the waitstaff (not our waiter) to bring water toward the end of the meal. Don't rush out to this one, but fine to eat at if you happen to be in the neighborhood.

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P
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My reasons for rating this restaurant as 3 stars is that I continue to get inconsistent food and service here. I have dined a RHCP, at least 5 times now, with different people. I love Indo-Chinese food, so this is a place that has a lot of promise to truly win my dining out business. However, the flavor profiles of dishes are different from visit to visit and my service has also been quite inconsistent. The food has been good, but I'm just annoyed at how different the same dishes taste every time I order them. Still, I will probably end up there again! :-).

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l
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was bland with very little flavor. We have had similar dishes at other restaurants that were much better prepared. Service was non-existent. The server came a number of times to take the order but once the order was placed, there was no follow up. We had to hunt the server for trying to get our water re-filled and get us the check. I am not sure I would go back to this restaurant. For an upscale dining experience this was very disappointing.

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S
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Went with friends. The restaurant was slammed and didn't have enough wait staff. Some things came out quickly and then most stuff took 40 minutes. Great food but watch out for busy times

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional service. Overall great food. Nice outdoor area though we didn't get to try it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great cozy hangout place with good flavor food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Very good food, very good ambience, good service, and flavorful food!

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T
Chicago
111 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Great new riff on Indian influenced Chinese food. All the specials we tried were new, interesting and tasty. Food is spicy, but we love that. Nice selection of cocktails. Portions very generous.

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CG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Wasn't sure what to expect. It was decent. Interior was plain yet clean. Nothing fancy. Food was good and they were willing to make dishes that were free of dairy and eggs for us. Staff was friendly but seemed a bit on the green side. I know this restaurant is new and it takes time to get in the groove. I am sure in time this place will be come a local favorite in time. Worth a try for sure.

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