The Chew Chew

4.8
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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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P
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice casual local dining spot. Generally, good food and lots of special and wine discounts.

MW
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Rib Week, and the ribs were cooked perfectly. They were NOT overcooked, but a marvelous smokey chew-off-the-bone meatiness. The sauces were divine - smokey bacon molasses was our favorite. Definitely worth a repeat.

d
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rib Week is not to be missed. Delicious, a steal at $19.95 for a full slab of smoked ribs +, great wine.

TM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was absolutely outstanding! This time around I had the scallops with crab risotto; the scallops were tender and the crab risotto delicate but flavorful. Accompanied by an excellent pomegranate Cosmo and followed up with a lovely vanilla creme brulee. The table shared smoked trout as well as the boar Swedish meatballs, both of which were wonderful . I ordered the Steak Diane previously and it was cooked to perfection. The staff is very attentive and friendly, the decor warm and inviting. Highly recommended!

SS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a warm and friendly place. We loved the dinner and our server!

PM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service, charming ambience. Consistently good.

FO
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a family get together with a variety of menu choices for different tastes. Food was great and service was exceptional.

P
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is not my first review for this restaurant...we LOVE this place! The food we order is always amazing, the drinks are so good, and the service is perfectly timed. I dropped a star for the food on this trip because we were disappointed to find that one of our kids' favorite appetizers (edamame) had been taken off the menu. Bummer! And I dropped one star for the service because our waitress seemed a bit curt with us a couple of times. I don't think it was personal; I think she probably just wanted to get home to her family (we were there on Christmas Eve), but it was out of the ordinary behavior. But do NOT let this deter you from trying this place...it is a gem of a restaurant and is normally absolutely perfect in our eyes.

e
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love this place. If fact we are going again tomorrow to celebrate Christmas Eve!

LF
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and awesome jambalaya!

EP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our tiny village is so very fortunate to have such a fine restaurant. Thank you for being here, Chew Chew!

AN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Inventive cocktails.
We loved everything.

O
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

We had a reservation for 6pm on a Thursday night but had to wait about 15 minutes when they finally offered to sit us upstairs. No one else was upstairs as we were seated. Not exactly a nice ambiance.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chew Chew never disappoints. The gracious waitstaff and the amazing food are consistently excellent. We especially like the specials as they are always delicious. The menu changes often to reflect the season, and this time we especially liked the Thai Lettuce Wraps and the Warm Farmers Salad.

KR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food quality and value!!!!!
Great experience.

M
Chicago
334 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
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 on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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

LF
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu that evolves and is never boring.

EP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
28 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
5 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
14 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
5 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
30 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BS
Chicago
122 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.