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The Chew Chew

4.6
891 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steak, American
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Hours of operation
Kitchen:
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
(Closed on Monday)
Happy Hour 50% Drinks: 4:00-6:00pm 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.
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Phone number
(708) 447-8781
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Scott Zimmer
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Private party facilities
The restaurant has a second level mezzanine for groups up to 50 people.
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Private party contact
Scott: (708) 447-8781
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Catering
Full-Service, Pick-Up or Delivery
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Directly on Burlington Street and city lot nearby.
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Public transit
Steps away from the Burlington Northern train station in Riverside.
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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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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
What 891 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Very nice experience. Food service location.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent as always. The scallop entree was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Enjoyed the stuffed dates and the burrata appetizer-delicious as usual. The crab cakes special was very good and I'm very appreciative of the kids menu as we like to enjoy a nicer restaurant occasionally with fun options for them. They liked the animal crackers with peanut butter starter and the cored, spiralled apple that came with it-plus the kid meal options included a filet with broccholini. However, service only got three stars as our waitress couldn't really describe the oysters at all (So we didn't get them) and when asked about the fish and chips, whether or not she would recommend it, her response was disinterested. Not the usual level of service we're used to. Also sat in the bar area for the first time - was really loud last night.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I love this place and love bringing people here to introduce them to the delicious menu.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very accommodating as we arrived late for our reservation but they worked very hard to get us seating in a reasonable amount of time. We really appreciated that.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Amazing!! This was an amazing dining experience, from our cocktails to dessert everything was fantastic!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

First time there, and the food was really good. Definitely get My Wife's Cauliflower Burrito Bowl. The way they roast the cauliflower makes it taste amazing. You can get me added to the bowl as well.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Needed to find seating for Easter Sunday and Chew-Chew was available! Especially glad because we've eaten here before and have yet to be disappointed. Once again, it proved to be a real winner and very local to our home. It was also encouraging to see many familiar faces on the staff, which goes to show that this restaurant really takes care of its people; no high turn-over here. The menu showed-off the creativity of the kitchen and the flavors melded together well, even for a fixed Easter menu. Wonderful. We enjoyed it very mu

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch was amazing. My daughter said this is best french toast she has ever had (and she's had plenty at the Chew Chew). Scott is always updating his menu and offers a good mix of regional and unique dishes.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Always looking for a new and neighborhood dining experience. Drove in from the northern suburbs and well worth the drive. Greeted by a friendly staff and promptly seated. Super friendly server took her time to explain the specials as well as the menu favorites. Menu ranged from sandwiches to very creative entrees. I ordered the wild boar meatloaf which arrived in a superb presentation and was delicious. My GF had the jambalaya which had just the right amount of kick. Definitely on my revisit list.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Lauren rocks!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

We've been going to the Chew Chew for years. Whether for apps and cocktails or for a full dinner with wine and dessert we have always treasured a trip to the Chew Chew. The food is fresh, seasonal, and prepared/plated with attention to detail. Service is always prompt, courteous and professional. This is a great casual-but-elegant type of restaurant.

Whether you want to go for a quick half-pound burger and skinny fries with a craft beer or do the whole calamari with martinis then move on to a filet mignon, a cabernet and a slice of Belgian chocolate cake, you can't go wrong with the Chew Chew.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Always good, always reliable, both in terms of the excellent food and the attentive waitstaff. And unlike most any similar spot in the city there's ample parking, and that Riverside ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My husband and I had a lovely night out. Great service and food! Spare ribs were delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Lauren is such a great bartender. I look forward to sitting at the bar every time I visit. She's friendly and makes great drinks!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

My first time visiting the Chew Chew and I can't believe it took me so long to go there! Easily one of the best meals I've had recently. I'm usually a meatatarian, but the sweet potato/quinoa bowl sounded so good, I ordered it and it exceeded my expectations. Just a wonderful mix of ingredients and the toasted hazelnuts were the perfect bit of crunch. Our appetizers of tuna poke and crab fritters were also excellent. Wonderful server and staff. Will go back soon - probably this month!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Staff was attentive without us feeling rushed which a big pet peeve of mine. Food was excellent throughout from appetizers through desert. We had shrimp cocktail with mango salsa and beets and asparagus to start. Definitely get the beets and asparagus !!! I had the trout and my wife had the salmon which we both enjoyed. Had the chocolate brownie sundae for dessert which was very good as well. We further enjoyed the lighting (we could actually see the menus without pulling our phone light on it) and the noise level was on the quiet side considering it was 7pm on a Saturday night. Will definitely be back and bring some friends as well.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Just another good day of living in Riverside. Great balance on the menu. This restaurant truly cares about its patrons - no pretense just good food and drink

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Creative, varied menu. Good value. Fun atmosphere.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food average, cocktails below average

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

It was our daughter’s birthday! My dad was with us who is very sensitive to noise, they were so accommodating and placed us on the second level in the back where it was nice and quiet. Definitely one of our favorite places!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The Chew Chew consistently delivers creative cuisine. We had the Scallops and Risotto and the Warm Asparagus, Potato, and Farro Salad. Both were delicious - cooked perfectly and with rich flavor. It was a busy night and it was noisy - a little hard to hear, but once we settled in to our table we were able to have a conversation with ease. Always great service!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I'm happy I asked friends to meet me here for dinner. The menu had lots of good choices as well as the special menu for that night. The specials for drinks was also very nice. We enjoyed spending out time visiting the restaurant and enjoying a great meal.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The service was great. Server made recommendations for us and advised that our little girl might not prefer the Mac and cheese as it was not traditional. I appreciate that because it is sometimes difficult to order for children. Long wait even though we had reservations. We do have 6 to seat, so it usually takes a while for us at most places.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines day

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Loved the food and the great service!!! The prices were very reasonable!!!

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Special Restaurant week menu & everything was fabulous!

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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