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About The Chew Chew

Voted Chicagoland's #1 "Neighborhood Restaurant" by Open Table, "Best of Chicago" by Chicago Magazine and a Chicago Eater "TOP 25 Suburban Restaurant" for 2017. The Chew Chew is back on track after a complete renovation of their new location in Riverside. Chef/Owner Scott Zimmer has re-opened the popular eatery two-blocks from the previous location which features multi-level dining, a large bar/lounge, new menu and an expanded beer and wine list.

33 East Burlington
Riverside, IL 60546
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Steak, American

Hours of Operation:
Reservations:
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
(Closed on Monday)
Happy Hour: 4:00-5:00pm Daily
Bar/Lounge open later.

We are closed the following holidays: New Year's Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(708) 447-8781

Website:
http://www.thechewchew.com/

Catering:
Full-Service, Pick-Up or Delivery

Parking Details:
Directly on Burlington Street and city lot nearby.

Public Transit:
Steps away from the Burlington Northern train station in Riverside.

Executive Chef:
Scott Zimmer

Private Party Facilities:
The restaurant has a second level mezzanine for groups up to 50 people.

Private Party Contact:
Scott: (708) 447-8781

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
The Chew Chew hosts wine & beer dinners throughout the year. We also celebrate Mardi Gras with a weeklong party including a creole menu, fortune teller, magician, belly dancers, costumes & throws.

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The Chew Chew Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (43)
Special Occasion (33)
Good for a Date (32)
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Creative Cuisine (29)
Cozy (26)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Casual (22)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Bar Seating (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Comfort Food (19)
Healthy (18)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Fun (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Romantic (12)
Authentic (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Seasonal (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Business Meals (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Great Beer (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Happy Hour (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Vegan (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service. Loud crashing of dishes was a bit disruptive

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was very good and menu was diverse and not overpriced. The restaurant is set up well and not too crowded feeling or loud, but the lighting gives it a downscale, cafeteria like feel that takes away from the vibe. The service was very good also.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentines day

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·Dined 4 days ago

We love Chew Chew! Great food, at a great downtown Riverside location. American food with a twist. Love the menu item options and always fun specials. There is a kids menu too.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Vegan, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Phenomenal Mardi Gras fare - best blackened redfish we've had outside New Orleans. Shrimp with Remoulade sauce were perfect. Authentic red beans and rice as well as the crawfish etouffe. Loved it all. Wish it was all on the menu every day.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food, service, friendly & convenient . Good pricing.
Good hours

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Love the Chew Chew....it is a restaurant worth driving to and it is a neighborhood gem as well. Went for the Mardi Gras menu this weekend and was not disappointed with the food!!!!! What a treat to eat. Service by the owner, Scott was more than we could ask for as he got us a perfect table because we had an 8month old with us....it is a kid friendly place to eat as well. Saw quite a few families enjoying their meals. Great decor and fun for Mardi Gras as the wait staff were dressed in costumes handing out beads. Go there you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Disabled Access, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Pretty consistent place — cocktails are always great and good food. We’ve always had good service there.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was my first time there and loved it! I'll be back. The service was spot on and the food was delicious and worth the price paid.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Special Restaurant week menu & everything was fabulous!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Nice restaurant with a great selection of drinks & food. The eclectic dishes with generous portions.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Seasonal
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·Dined on January 30, 2018

This was our first visit to The Chew Chew and we will be going back. From the oysters to herbed chicken and penne pasta and then ending with an absolutely delicious key lime pie, there was nothing about this meal that we didn't like! The server was polite and attentive. Love this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent service and food! Highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely return in the future!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was outstanding. Really enjoyed everything. Will make this a more frequent stop.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Fantastic place! Great food and desserts! Staff was fantastic. Menu is creative and interesting. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Happy Hour, Organic, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Vegan, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We enjoyed our Saturday night dinner at the Chew Chew. The food was very good and the service was just fine. Since we are return diners we knew that they made great cocktails. Both of us had special dishes that were delicious. My husband had the Pot Pie and I had the Surf and Turf. Additionally, we had a scoop of gelato for dessert.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Consistently excellent. The Penne Pasta is my comfort food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Healthy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We love having a local place to take the whole family to. The specials are always worth trying and some of the staples on the menu keep us coming back.
While they do offer a Kids Menu, on a quieter night, we feel guilty about bringing the kids but on a busy Friday night, we have no worries. Kids menu offers a good variety, but we'd love to see salmon added. Also note drinks are not included, some places do this and some do not.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Really nice menu and the food is wonderful. Can't say enough about the service. Friendly, knowledgeable and just plain attentive but not annoying. Really enjoy going there. If you have a Groupon the deal is amazing. Worth the trip to give it a try. It is truly a neighborhood gem!!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We have now eaten at the restaurant twice and both times had the same experience. We made a reservation for dinner both times and both times had to wait for a table. Not that we minded waiting for a few minutes for a table but both times we were sat in the overflow section. Not to mention that the over flow section is up 2 flights of stairs! No where when I was making reservations did it say anything about stairs. I have never been to a restaurant who did not offer an elevator to get the third floor. Now to mention I was at dinner with someone who was handicapped and had a hard time walking up the stairs. The first time we were there we made the track up the stairs only to find out we were the only ones sitting up there. Not to mention the only way to get our food and dishes up and down was the main staircase ! So the second time when we got their we told the host that we did not want to sit upstairs. He told us to wait a few minutes. He then grabbed menus and told us to follow him and guess where he headed! Upstairs! I mean last time was very difficult for my father to go up and then down. So what did the host do? He sat us in the bar like we walked in off the street. I am so disappointed in the way the host treated us. This restaurant has very poor floor management. The food was decent and the waiter was nice although he was flustered and overworked working the entire main floor. Over all I will most likely never come back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I always look forward to special planned occasions at The Chew Chew, but also enjoy stopping in as a spur of the moment treat. I prefer earlier hours, so do not
visit as often as I wish. I had breast of duck over a cherry sauce (with lovely cherries) that was cooked to a perfect medium to medium rare with grilled asparagus and buttermilk mashed potatoes.
Yum! My friend had a Shrimp Cobb Salad she really enjoyed. (I have had it and will again). Marvelous specialty whipped butter and great bread added to the delight. Raspberry cheesecake topped off this special birthday occasion!
(Complete with a candle!). Already looking forward to the next time. Sure wish they were open earlier.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Neighborhood favorite. Always stop in when I’m in town.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was our second or third visit to The Chew Chew and it continues to impress. We ordered from both the regular and daily specials menus and enjoyed it all. My Wife's Cauliflower Burrito Bowl lived up to the reviews - so much flavor packed in that bowl! It was a busy night and we had to wait a few minutes for our table, but once seated, we never felt rushed and service was attentive and helpful. This is a gem in Riverside!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

As good as always. Perfect choice for Christmas Eve dining. The avocado and crab salad special was great as was the bison meatloaf.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We are lucky to have a local restaurant serving high quality meal options.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Have always had excellent meals at he Chew Chew. The service is always superior and the food varied and enjoyable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Can't wait until we come back. 1st time there and loved it. Thanks for the 10.00 off coupon. Otherwise would have never thought about going here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Consistently excellent and a neighborhood favorite. Great specials. Spinach salad was terrific!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants. A fantastic place for a date night or out with friends. The menu has many creative options and the atmosphere and service are stellar.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Arrived early for our reservation and were seated right away. Server was there immediately with water and chit chat. Enjoyed the burrata appetizer- nicely plated with contrasts of acid and creamy cheese. Husband had the surf and turf special with a rib eye and scallops - he liked it. I had scallops and risotto-creamy and flavorful. Wine selection was a little limited but we found a pinot noir that we enjoyed. Located in quaint downtown Riverside area -beautiful street decorated for the holidays. Had purchased a Groupon and used it without problems. Would likely return if in the area.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Chew chew is decorated beautifully and service is outstanding. Recommendations. were good. French onion soup was superb. We each had small plates, such as bacon wrapped dates. All food was good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The Chew-Chew is truly a "neighborhood gem." The menu has great variety; food is beautifully prepared and plated; service is very attentive and professional. I had the bison meatloaf and my companion had roasted chicken.....both dishes were great! Good cocktails; a very nice wine and beer list; beautiful interior and ambiance. We will definitely be "regulars" at the Chew-Chew.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Second time going. Dinner was very good and wait staff was very nice!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Fantastic seafood cooked perfectly. Consistently excellent. Our favorite spot for last minute dinner or special gatherings.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Cozy, Disabled Access, Vegan, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wild Boar Meatloaf was delicious, first time trying it & would order again. But I wish the portion was smaller. Fish & chips was just okay. Wine was good and calamari was done just right, not chewy.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was great but nothing was hot. Perhaps because we were on the second floor. Maybe have a warming station up there 30 seconds in the micro would have done wonders. Service was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Met friends during the towns’ Christmas stroll event. Restaurant was busy and full of kids, which was expected. Service was friendly, professional and efficient. Started with appetizers of burrata (unbelievably delicious) and shishito peppers/cauliflower (also really good). Rest of meal was fantastic (burger, chicken, pasta and pearl couscous bowl). Always a good meal with great variety!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent dinner at Chew Chew. The new menu is more extensive and has more variety. I can't wait to go back to try another new dish. I had the jambalaya which was excellent. My son had the Sunday Gravy - a creative and delicious take on an Italian standard. My husband had a vegetable salad which he found to be very good. We shared a creme brulee to complete our night - very well done with wonderful caramelization on top. Our waiter was outstanding as well. This unique and creative gem is located in the one-of-a-kind village of Riverside. A town known for idyllic small town living only 9 miles from the loop. I suggest arriving early and taking a walk along the river path or along one of the winding streets with Victorian era homes lovingly restored.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Was our first time there. Had a nice booth where we could see the food being prepared so it was busy but not noises. Had the oysters and they were excellent and reasonably priced.
Had the grilled salmon which was also very good and a nice portion. Hard a draft beer and I think it was the coldest beer I every had at a restaurant. Was a great dining experience and will return again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Lauren the bartender took great care of us and her suggestions were amazing and delicious will definitely be back

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