The Chew Chew

4.7
1228 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
(Due to the government shutdown we are currently not accepting online reservations. We are OPEN but with limited indoor capacity. Our Outdoor Patio is OPEN when the weather is 50 degrees or warmer at 5pm. Please call us directly at 708-447-8781 for current availability. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.) Voted Chicagoland's #1 Neighborhood Restaurant by Open Table, Best of Chicago by Chicago Magazine and TOP 25 Suburban Restaurant by Chicago Eater. Happy Hour daily (4-6pm). The Chew Chew has over 20 years experience providing great food and hospitality. 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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vipFishLover
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

One of my go to restaurants. The staff is great and the atmosphere is club like. The food is most often outstanding. On this trip the White Fish and Tarter Sauce were bland. My son's steak sandwich was spot on. When I noted my fish was good but bland he started to "needle" me about loss of taste as a sign of Covid. I will return...not sure I will bring my son.

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vipAnnH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chew Chew's outdoor dining space is so fantastic. The servers were quick, helpful and responsive and the meal was delicious. We even got there before 6PM so snagged happy hour pricing on our beverages. Thanks Chew Chew for a great evening :)

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Foodie4Life
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have not been to this establishment since they moved to the present location. I used to frequent The Chew-Chew occasionally but since moving myself, have not been in so long. The food is still delicious and fresh. I had the scallops and they were cooked perfectly. Our server was good just hard to understand through the masks that are required... We celebrated a birthday and it was a very nice dining experience. Just like I remembered.

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Debbie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place ! #1 pick when we go out - food is always great and overall the best !!

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KimT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have enjoyed the Chew Chew Cafe for many years...Scott is a wonderful host and the interior decor is charming. I have never had a meal there that did not rate a Ten! Very unique appetizers and dinner specials. A truly delight it full dining experience! And they are definitely practicing practicing the recommended Covid safety regulations.

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LocalDiner
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service was slow this time (not the norm). This would not have been a big deal except fo the fact that we were eating outside and it was chilly.

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vipSusanC
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating area is very nice.

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vipSusanC
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating area is terrific.

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Selinajo
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the skirt steak with chimichuri sauce and it was delicious! My steak was juicy and tender.I also tried the apple bread and it was served warm and was perfect. The atmosphere and service was exceptional! I would highly recommend a night out here.

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vipCathyM
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a get together for my 60th bday!! Couldn’t have asked for a better place or food or ambience.
It’s hard to put into words, but it was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best food and service! We love the Chew Chew!

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Travelady
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem and hopefully will make it thru these very difficult times.

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vipchslepicka
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Never disappoints.

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vipChrisC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner during their Oktoberfest celebration. The special beer cheese small plate and the German chocolate cake were huge hits!

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DamonR
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Must check it out. Great Octoberfest selection when we went.

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DebbieB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The crab cakes for the price very small needed more crab The sauce was good everyone else in our party enjoyed their entree

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vipFoodie
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chew Chew has becomae my favorite restaurant. My wife and I have gone out to eat at least once a week for many years. Of course that is when the state let us. When we couldn't dine out we had take out at least once week when only that was allowed. We always liked to change restaurants and had at least eight places on our list. Chew Chew has taken over the #1 spot and will get more of our business than any other. They have so many items that we enjoy on their menu but we always have the onion soup. The best to both of us.

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vipChristianH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside on a very cool evening, but patio is enclosed in heavy plastic clear wall which keeps it warm and there were heat lamps dispersed throughout. Dinner was great and our server Giedrius provided great service!

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CarsonB
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chew Chew team is doing a great job of addressing covid precautions and ensuring safety for their guests.

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MaryannG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as always. We felt very safe as the establishment was very clean and staff took all precautions necessary.

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sayitasitis
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

It is not the Chew Chew I remembered. I took my husband there for his birthday promising him something special. Host was bordering on rude, waitress was sweet, but never gave us her name. The oysters were good. The rest of the food was either a frozen product or dry and lacking the flavor profile I associated with Chew Chew. I had added my husband's birthday to my reservation....nothing. It was a Monday and only three tables were being used. The bar had some regulars, I can only assume, as they were getting all the attention. I also need to mention that the dirndls were not in anyway authentic and frankly inappropriate. Wish them all of the luck to get back to what they were.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Food was very generic. The French onion soup base was canned, the Shinto peppers were deep fried instead of browned on the flat grill with very little salt. The oysters barely had any meat and my stomach was uneasy afterwards. The server took forever to take the order, check up on us, grab things we requested like water and bring our food. Plus the Oktoberfest music was blaring to the point of annoying and I like Oktoberfest music.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor space!!

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TinaF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Octoberfest special menu. The mini potato pancakes were delightful. G is the best server and we always have a great experience when he takes care of us. The new patio space is well planned and a great addition during these circumstances. Relaxing, calming and modern.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Specials are a great value and always delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entire meal was amazing from the smoked trout appetizer to the tuna poke bowl, the scallops with crabmeat risotto and the apple strudel. Ate outside in a very safe atmosphere. Highly recommend The Chew Chew.

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JerryJ
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner, the food was excellent!

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LindaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed yummy food while spending time with dear friends. We’ll be back. (Octoberfest food was an unexpected treat!)

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vipMichelleH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chew Chew is maintaining excellent standards of cooking and service during quarantine. Made us feel safe in eating out. Thanks.

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vipPS01
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal at Chew Chew.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

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vipPJ1030
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new patio and the staff and food never disappoint 😋

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Pleasant staff. Not knowledgeable about how allergies work, or simply did not care. Food was lackluster and low quality. Ambiance was very nice. Very intimate setting.

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vipSusanQ
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chew Chew cafe is one of my favorite local dining spots. It offers great service, inventive dishes and a warm atmosphere. It never disappoints!

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vipJonathanS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went The Chew Chew Cafe last Friday. We have been there many times before and have always been happy. This is the first time since the start of the pandemic. They have opened a very nice outdoor space with a wonderful ambiance. As usual the food and service were very good. Unlike most other restaurants that have reduced menus Chew Chew has it's full menus which was a nice surprise. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Hot day so we sat inside. Great social distancing. Had the Halibut with creamy mushroom risotto. I could eat that risotto as a meal.

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vipLisaA
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Chew Chew! Outdoor area is beautiful. Food is always great with creative dishes and appetizers. Chew Chew Blue martini is wonderful.

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vipFoodie
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I sat inside and enjoyed our cocktails with the oysters on the half shell, followed by OUR favorite baked french onion soup. I tried the pulled pork with zesty slaw with french fries while me wife enjoyed the flatbread with sausage and giardenara

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Carlos
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time eating out since March. Our first time eating out with our son and his family since March. So clearly we were all looking forward to our dinner out.

Chew Chew didn't disappoint. We ate outside in their new outdoor dining area. There were five adults and two youngers age 3 and 4. Everything was perfect. Our table was waiting when we arrived. The starters were excellent, Oysters and Buratta toast were both great.

Our main course items were equally good. Two of us had the market fish special, which was perfect. All of us were very happy were our selections.

We ended dinner with some nice deserts. Our two grandkids liked their meals as well and of course the gelato ice cream.

Our waitstaff was attentive, very knowledgable and accommodated our requests for more drinks and food quickly.

As an aside, their outside seating on the east side blocks the setting sun which made dining especially nice. Even though it was warm outside, being in the shade made our family dinner experience one that we will remember.

Hats of to Scott for continuing to deliver great food, great service in a wonderful setting!

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vipMariaA
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Doing a great job during these unprecedented times. Felt very safe at sidewalk seating. Food and service were excellent. Enjoyed the drinks, but dessert was only average. Highly recommend!

FAQs

The Chew Chew offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 447-8781.

The Chew Chew is rated 4.7 stars by 1228 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.