The Chew Chew

4.8
1061 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 6 days ago
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
16 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
29 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
12 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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AF
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service at reasonable prices. Will definitely be back

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic meal!

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PL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had the Wasabi Tuna Modern Bowl which was wonderful. We always get the Key Lime Pie which is out of this world so save room for this!

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MW
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recommend Chew Chew as a great dinner spot. Bread starter was warm and tasty. Our entree choices were pasta for my girlfriend and chicken for myself. Both entrees were high quality and recommended choices. Dessert choices were the creme brulee and pistachio gelato. I would recommend both deserts. Service was excellent but not over bearing. Highly recommended on all phases of dining.

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M
Chicago
306 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place to go for some really good food. The crab legs were wonderful as was the soup special(potato and salmon) Very tasty!!! The only problem was the bananas foster dessert that was so soupy you could have used a straw to eat it. Other than that our meals were very good as always. Usually I would say that about the service but gave it a good as it was a bit slow due to a busy Friday night I guess and the not very good dessert.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The staff is friendly and efficient, the food is wonderful and well presented--also appreciate the change up of the menu through the year. Suggest making reservations, especially on Saturday.

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

Madrid Gras. Been going there for 15 years and it just keeps getting better!

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EP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mardi Gras week at the Chew Chew is NOT to be missed!

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very pleasant dining experience. Although the restaurant was busy, we never felt neglected.

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CS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mardi Gras menu was very well put together. The restaurant was clever decorated for the occasion.the service was outstanding. The food was a ten

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n
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a wonderful dining experience at Chew Chew! Cleverly designed menu with great food, service and drinks!

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s
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always creative and well prepared, the staff is always courteous, professional and
convivial. It's so fun to find such a foody place outside of downtown Chicago. We live in downtown
Chicago and enjoy eating at this restaurant.
Congratulations Scott Zimmer on staying true to what you love and allowing all of us to love it to.

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mardi Gras week so it was hopping. But as always, the service is terrific, food arrives in a timely manner and ALWAYS delicious and hits the spot. My wife and kids agree that we love the menu. A perfect combination of options without being Overkill. One thing that really stands out is that the owner is in attendance, working his butt off, and always professional and friendly with customers and staff alike. Really sets the tone well.

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BS
Chicago
113 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are locals and regularly eat at this great restaurant. It's our favorite in the Riverside, Brookfield,
Berwyn and North Riverside area. Varied menu changes often and has something to please everyone.
Clean and neat place.

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