The Chew Chew

4.7
1075 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Voted Chicagoland's #1 "Neighborhood Restaurant" by Open Table, "Best of Chicago" by Chicago Magazine and "TOP 25 Suburban Restaurant (2017)" by Chicago Eater. "Happy Hour" daily (4-6pm) with 50% Cocktails, Beer & Glass Wine. The Chew Chew has over 20 years experience providing great food & hospitality to our guests. Chef/Owner Scott Zimmer re-opened the popular eatery two-blocks from the original location which now features multi-level dining, a large bar/lounge, new menu and an expanded beer and wine list.
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1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chew Chew is always fantastic. Two of my favorites are the risotto and salmon and the steak frites. However everything I’ve had at The Chew Chew is outstanding. The ambiance is nice...it can be a little loud downstairs by the bar, but you can still talk. The upstairs is usually quieter. The service is always top notch!

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DR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went their for Father's Day and ate off the Special Menu. The food was outstanding, I had the Jambalaya with Lobster. It was wonderful. A great place to eat, a great place to bring your family.

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M
Chicago
309 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Chew Chew is a relaxed, friendly restaurant in which you feel that you belong. The food is good and the servers make you feel at home. They have a very nice menu which some nice options. I especially like the seafood items. Portions are perfect. Just enough!!!

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TA
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, Soft shell crab was just okay but the crab legs were awesome. Great drinks too, quiet nice place.

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Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We needed to eat a bit early in order to catch a concert, so we dined at 5. To my surprise, drinks were half price because it was happy hour. What a pleasant surprise! We had guests and everyone enjoyed their food and cocktails which were perfectly made to our specifications. The wait staff was friendly and efficient. I ordered the trout with crab meat because I know that their fish is always fresh and cooked perfectly so it lifts effortlessly off the skin and you never encounter any bones. It was delicious. My husband had the soft shell crab special of the day which was delicious with asparagus which was outstanding. The bread is fresh baked and has changed a little in appearance, but tasted so good that we ordered a second loaf which only cost $2. Together with the home made herb whipped butter, you can't stop eating it. The meal size is generous, and my friend couldn't finish hers. The rest of us devoured every enjoyable morsel. It is worth a trip to historic Riverside just to eat here. Outside seating is also available.

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F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome experience

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DP
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had to Macadamia Nut Chicken it was delicious! The only thing that I can say against the place is that if you want extra bread they charge you for it.

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e
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Chew Chew is one of our favorite restaurants and will continue to be. But my recent entree was disappointing. I have ordered the trout with crabmeat in the past and really enjoyed it. But this time the dish had no flavor or seasoning. It tasted like separate ingredients put on a plate. Perhaps in an effort to “lightened” the preparation, the chef chose to replace the beurre blanc with a light broth. It was not successful. We will be back, But I won’t order this dish again.

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SP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and fresh ingedients. Great cocktails too.

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NS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, professional staff. Always a satisfying visit.

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n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food tried to be seasonal and innovative, but fell short of the mark. Boring and fairly bland. Ambiance and staff were great though, cocktails good.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The Chew Chew was good. Service was very good and the drinks were very good.

I just didn’t like the food too much. It was great quality. But the flavor profile wasn’t right for me. I ordered the salmon risotto, the risotto tasted like Mac n cheese, with too many garnishing veggies. The salmon was fine, nothing to write home about.

My date ordered the chicken parm and she didn’t care too much for it either.

We did eat both plates but I can’t see myself going back any time soon.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Tried the mushroom ragu & the jambalaya and we enjoyed both.

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DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We chose to sit outside as the restaurant was very loud. The food and drinks were excellent! Service a bit slow but it was busy. Would definitely go back. Hadn’t been there in years and was not disappointed!

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S
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time I’ve been here and both times were fantastic. The staff were very friendly and attentive. The food was perfect. The only comment would be that it can be noisy, but all the patrons seemed to be having a good time!

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CM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints! Great food and service and had fun celebrating my friends birthday!!

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DS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service. With Open Table reservation, our table was waiting for us when we arrived.

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

Decided on a return to Chew Chew for Mothers Day. A terrific experience overall. Service impeccable! Of the 5 apps and entrees, 3 were outstanding and 2 were good to very good. All veggies great, flavor agent's were appropriate. My brick chicken brest was very pressed, almost rubberish, but overall was good. Macadamia chicken and Salmon Rissoto were terrific. Texture for both were prefect. Drinks were 1/2 price until 6 on Sunday so that's a win. We'll be back for more, soon.

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TR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I could cut my steak with a butter knife need I say more . Splendid 1st impression !!

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

Mother’s Day

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I made reservations for The Chew Chew for Mother’s Day lunch with my wife and young kids. It was close to home and seemed to have won some awards. Our waiter was nice but inexperienced. We had to ask several times for him to engage, but he was friendly throughout. The food was very good, but we definitely paid more than I expected for what we ate and drank. Overall, I would try another restaurant before going back.

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

Excellent ! Excellent ! Excellent ! Excellent ! Excellent !

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C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is good but service not. Servers don’t know menu. Kids good cold as was clearly sitting for a while. To pay the prices there, the customer service should match. Not even close. Disappointed every time. Not surprised it’s not booming.

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love chew chew !! Always consistently great food! Love the menu changes - waitstaff always great also!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great spot!

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the warm, welcoming ambiance and friendly service. The menu has tremendous variety with tasty options for every diet/palate. Truly a neighborhood gem.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Chew Chew didn’t disappoint. We go there regularly and the service, food and drinks are always on point. We sat across from the bar and the servers must have noticed my friends Cubs jersey, because within 2 minutes of our arrival one tv had changed from golf to the Cubs game. That’s the level of care and attentiveness they give. And the food was great! The burgers, chicken and flatbreads were great.

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DK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service. Nice atmosphere. I’d recommend Chew Chew to friends.

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DL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Fantastic staff! Pleasant ambience. We have been to Chew Chews many times, with family and friends, no one has ever been disappointed.

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LF
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enhancing and changing menu while preserving the tried and true favorites.

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GR
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had the steak frites. Delicious.!
Beautiful decor. Clean
The wait staff was superb!
Absolutely going back again.

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VS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since our experience Sunday April 14 I've recommended The Chew Chew to three different groups of friends. It's a very enjoyable experience highlighted by outstanding food preparations.

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m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding hospitality the second we walked through the door. Consideration was given to my wife who has physical limitations, and she was recognized because it was her birthday. Outstanding service from our server Priscilla. I had the trout topped with crab meat. Best fish dish I ever ate in a restaurant. Everyone one raved about their selections. The noise from the bar was a bit much, but I blame that on myself for not requesting that we move. This is not the first time we visited Chew Chew. We started years ago with many Sunday brunches in the original location. We look forward to our future visits.

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SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable and great food. Will return with guests!!!!

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O
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My wife, daughter & i had dinner on a Sunday night. It wasn't too busy. The food was good & the drinks were generous.

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LR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Chew chew makes wonderful seafood, great veggies, bread, drinks. Very comfortable and friendly.

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SN
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't go to Chew Chew often but every time I go, I remember how much I love it. The food is excellent and they don't have any problems working with special requests. There are usually children (crying babies the last time we were there) but the happy hour drink specials make it less annoying.

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FP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the relaxed atmosphere. The salmon dish was so flavorful. Such a great blending of tastes and textures. The service was cheerful and efficient. Can't wait to return!

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D
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Presentation of food was good. Delicious meal

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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