Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.22mi
  2. Distance: 0.70mi
  3. Distance: 1.20mi
  4. Distance: 1.21mi
  1. Distance: 0.22mi
  2. Distance: 0.70mi
  3. Distance: 1.20mi
  4. Distance: 1.21mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.22mi
  2. Distance: 0.70mi
  3. Distance: 1.20mi
  4. Distance: 1.21mi
  1. Distance: 0.22mi
  2. Distance: 0.70mi
  3. Distance: 1.20mi
  4. Distance: 1.21mi

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
View Larger Map

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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Our special Valentine’s Day Three-Course menu will be available Feb 14-17.
Reservations highly encouraged. $35/pp.

Send a Gift Card

Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.

The Chew Chew Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (40)
Special Occasion (25)
Good for a Date (24)
See All
Creative Cuisine (21)
Casual (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Comfort Food (13)
Cozy (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Healthy (13)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Fun (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Seasonal (8)
Authentic (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Romantic (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Business Meals (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Vegan (2)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Sort by
S
847 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience1
service4
value2

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 13, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 14, 2017

Food was disappointing. The 'All Day Gravy' is just tons of red sauce. Couldn't taste anything else. Meat in the dish was average at best. The spinach and mushroom lasagna was also nothing special. Again, all sauce. Couldn't taste the vegetables or house made pasta. Usually really like the food. Felt like an off night. Appetizer was awesome and so was dessert.

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service5
value3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

As good as always. We love this place. If you like Prosecco, you will enjoy the Trocadero.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Wonderful specials

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Our waiter offered great service and very attentive.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent. A very creative menu. Lots of great flavors and a nice variety of dishes. Friendly wait staff-

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Lovely outing

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Chew chew us one of our favorite restaurants! They consistently prepare excellent quality cuisine. They have great cocktails as well. The service is outstanding and the atmosphere is very friendly.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Consistently excellent, whether you have a fancy entree, a burger or a small plate. The food is creative and delicious.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Healthy, Vegan, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Time and again these guys deliver great food and great service. They always go the extra mile to make our experience comfortable and memorable. Expertly prepared sea scallops this last time! Highly recommend Chew Chew.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 20, 2017

This was our first time at The Chew Chew...The food was great! Portions were huge and definitely worth the price! Great appetizers and good selection Of drinks!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always great service and food. Their martini's are excellent!! Scott is a great restaurateur and very welcoming to all his guests.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

A little gem of a restaurant tucked away unobtrusively near the train station in downtown Riverside, in the near west suburbs. Wonderfully creative and flavorful cuisine without being overly fussy or showy. It's actually a lot more ambitious than its cutesy name implies -- there's some seriously good food being prepared and served here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We always like coming to Chew Chew - had a groupon, but go there even without one. We also got to introduce it to some friends, and they loved it!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on October 10, 2017

We went for my sons' birthday. He is a chef at a restaurant and we all enjoyed the food but we felt the menu had too many choices. It was hard to know what the identity of the restaurant was, seafood or sandwiches or Italian. We shared the plates but there wasn't a cohesiveness to the menu.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The chew chew was an excellent experience. The food and menu is absolutely amazing. Service was catered to meet individual needs. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was great, service was awesome, I really wish I could remember my servers name, I made a reservation but still had to wait about 15 minutes

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

As good as always. We brought our son who was I. Town on business and he loved the taco platter.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on September 16, 2017

My wife really enjoyed this restaurant, but I was disappointed. Chose it based on the menu on Open Table. When we got to the restaurant, it had a completely different menu. Mentioned this to the waiter, and he said they just changes the menu a few weeks prior, and the owner had updated it on their website. Unfortunately, they did not update it on OpenTable. I am a very particular eater, and there were about 4 or 5 things on the OpenTable menu listing that I was interested in. None of them were on the new menu.

The drinks we had were both very good, and my wife and I both started out with their onion soup, which was really good (although I would have liked a little more cheese on top). My wife had a duck meatball dish as her entree. I was not able to find an entree that I was interested in on the new menu, (as I said, particular. Do't do mushrooms, don't like tomato based sauces, allergic to capers, and there are very few vegetables I'll eat) so I ended up with two appetizers as my dinner, the Pork Schnitzel sliders (ordered minus pickles) and the crispy calamari, The sliders were good, although I needed to get more of the bacon fig jam, since without the pickles they were somewhat dry. The calamari I ended up not eating, it was more soggy than crispy, and didn't really have much of a taste to it. The manager took it off my bill (without me asking) and offered to make me something else, which I declined.

My wife then had a cappuccino and a scoop of cinnamon gelato for desert.

I'll be watching their website for the next menu change, and will go back if the next menu has options I would be interested. My wife enjoyed her entire meal, and would go back sooner.

Tags: Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Outstanding Dining experience ...Suburban or City! All the accolades are well deserved .Very creative ,well balanced menu.Our party of 6 all enjoyed the entrees.The Trout was a standout.Cocktail and wine list were complete and had many interesting .Service was excellent.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.