The Chew Chew

4.8
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1123 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 $2 off Beer, $3 off Cocktails & $4 Quartinos of 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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M
Chicago
330 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice menu options and food is really very good. LOVE the warm bread. Portions are large to say the least. Really a very nice place to go for dinner. Nice dessert menu also.

CJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always delicious food and gracious service!
Thank you for this neighborhood gem.

LF
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu that evolves and is never boring.

EP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new Chicken Katsu sandwich was delicious! Thanks, Scott!

OT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the Chew Chew food and service. Some changes to menu that we tried since last visit and they all were tasty. Had a new wait staff and she was able to answer questions about new menu items.

RJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Chew Chew has been a favorite of my wife and mine since their previous location. They keep reinventing themselves and the quality is really high. You can tell Scott works really hard and takes pride in delivering delicious food and excellent service.

The other night was no exception--we were over the moon with how delicious the new Ahi Poke Bowl (my wife's) and Crab Risotto with Scallops (mine) were. It was one of those moments where all the flavors and freshness just blended together climactically for a wonderful dinner!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was exceptional in taste and presentation. The Service was spot on.

CE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local place. Food and ambiance always great. Scott does an excellent job making certain the food you are served meets his high expectations, often found in the kitchen himself.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food and great service!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!!! Great job on the new menu, keeps us coming back.

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was great, as always. However, we had trouble getting the attention of our server..actually, any server, if we needed anything after she left our table or anyone was walking in the area (seemed they trained them not to make eye contact!).

JS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Noise level is low so great for conversation. Great service.

AD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice to get together for a birthday celebration for one of our girlfriends.
Everything was done very well.
We will be sure to come back to the Chew Chew Cafe

4
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We try to eat there a few times a month. Never a bad meal.

W
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed the Porcini Tortellini with Lemon Spinach; tortellini was the thin lighter type that just melted deliciously!

OT
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a pleasure to eat at The Chew Chew! Great food, pleasant atmosphere and wonderful service.

JP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Chew Chew. Friendly and where we always go to celebrate.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite west burb places. Scott always delivers outstanding evenings. Celebrated my moms 91st birthday and cant think of a better place to be..

KB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and happy hour. The ambiance is pleasant, servers are all kind along with the busboy who constantly kept our table clear of finished drinks, plates, etc...we love it there!

PH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, service and food were excellent as always. This is a go to spot for us and friends.

r
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great value, and great food. All around excellent dining experience. We’ll be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and service!

MW
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific. Love the new items on the menu. Service was gracious and excellent.

BS
Chicago
118 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very clean and neat neighborhood restaurant but can easily be a destination. Excellent food with a varied menu that periodically changes. Full bar with attractive seating. Always good fish, shellfish, steak, fries, burgers, salads and bowls. Highly recommended.

S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in the Chicago area! The food and drinks are excellent and the service is friendly.

G
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would like to know when I’m placing drink order if there is an additional fee for requesting a certain brand in the mixed drink. Ex. Cosmo I requested Kettle One and Cointreau. I was not aware I would be charged extra. Thank you.

MW
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent once again. Great food and great service. Chew Chew is our “go to” place to entertain family and friends. Love it.

BB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to The Chew Chew a few times a year and are never disappointed. Ambiance, service, and food were all top notch as usual. Great place for any occasion.

BE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

enjoyed causal dining. good menu. location and parking is good.

e
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bacon Week was amazing! I wish I could have sampled everything on the menu.

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bacon week was amazing! Not be be missed!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usual greatness

DD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had a bacon fest promotion with special small & large plates that were really good. Looking forward to seeing some of these items on their regular menu

SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled calamari steak was as outstanding as the exemplary service of Sabrina.

MW
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bacon Week - absolutely fantastic! We were so pleased with our service and the food was outstanding. Scott has done it again - always good, fresh, exciting and unique. Best neighborhood gem we've found.

TH
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for foodies, nestled in cozy Riverside. Food and service is superb.
Kudos to chef and staff

l
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid comfort food. A cut above from the rest. Some sophisticated choices as well. All good with reasonable portions and the coleslaw particularly crunchy and tasty.

MC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious menu, great staff, and family friendly. A favorite spot for our family.

J
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We sat outside and really enjoyed the quiet. My husband got the jambalaya and really enjoyed it. I got the trout with a different sauce. It really didnt need any. I would not have wanted the crab and mushroom sauce on it ( asked for it on the side) as it was way too oily. Potatoes were not roasted; they were not browned, which was disappointing. They brought me key kime pie as an apology for the oily sauce. It was excellent! Would go back!

SC
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu selection