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!
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!
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.
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
Creative, varied menu. Good value. Fun atmosphere.
Food average, cocktails below average
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!
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!
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.
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.
Great food and service. Loud crashing of dishes was a bit disruptive
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.
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.
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.
Excellent food, service, friendly & convenient . Good pricing.
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.
Loved the food and the great service!!! The prices were very reasonable!!!
Pretty consistent place — cocktails are always great and good food. We’ve always had good service there.
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.
Special Restaurant week menu & everything was fabulous!
Nice restaurant with a great selection of drinks & food. The eclectic dishes with generous portions.
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.
Excellent service and food! Highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely return in the future!
Food was outstanding. Really enjoyed everything. Will make this a more frequent stop.
Fantastic place! Great food and desserts! Staff was fantastic. Menu is creative and interesting. Will definitely be back!
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.
Consistently excellent. The Penne Pasta is my comfort food.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
Neighborhood favorite. Always stop in when I’m in town.
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!
As good as always. Perfect choice for Christmas Eve dining. The avocado and crab salad special was great as was the bison meatloaf.
We are lucky to have a local restaurant serving high quality meal options.
Have always had excellent meals at he Chew Chew. The service is always superior and the food varied and enjoyable.
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.
Consistently excellent and a neighborhood favorite. Great specials. Spinach salad was terrific!
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.