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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

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (31)
Casual (23)
Good for a Date (21)
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Creative Cuisine (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Special Occasion (14)
Cozy (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Authentic (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Seasonal (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Healthy (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Fun (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Business Meals (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Romantic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

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
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Wonderful specials

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Our waiter offered great service and very attentive.

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 (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
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Lovely outing

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 (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
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 (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
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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.

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·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
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 (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
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 (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
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 (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
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·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
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 (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
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 (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
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 (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
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 (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
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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
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Very good all around! Loved my dish.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Food is very good in deed. Lots of menu options and they all sound great. Hard to make a decision. Wait staff is very helpful and attentive. It's a very nice, neighborhood type restaurant with a great atmosphere. You feel comfortable and welcome there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Sadly our experience did not match the reviews I read before booking. We were at our table for over 5 minutes before our server came to greet us and waited another 15 minutes for our wine. We had the edamame appetizer, half of which was inedible because of salt clumps on it. The presentation was subpar too - served with a squeezed lemon on the plate and chunks of the lemon intermixed in the edamame. My husband had the oysters which he said were fresh and very tasty. For our main course I had the steak chimichurri. The sauce was yummy, but the steak was bland and chewy. My husband had the scallops which were delicious as was the risotto served with them. At no time were we asked how our meals were until after we were done. I completely understand a busy Saturday night, but the level of service was poor even taking that into consideration.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Went with friends for dinner and we all agreed it was tasty and the service was just right. It was a nice night out and we will go again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

As good as always. The new menu is terrific. We had the salmon and the crab fritters. Both excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Seasonal
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was excellent! Great flavor! The service was friendly and catered to our needs! I will definitely go there again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Cozy, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Really enjoy my dining experience! Great service and great food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Wrote a review about a week ago. All good comments apply. Another Bitrhday Celebtation
Enhanced by The Chew Chew. My sister had shrimp tacos that she loved. I will try myself next time. My Trout was awesome! Service and Chef wonderful.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Always a favorite! Never had Elk Meatloaf before and loved it! The 4 of us shared two
outsranding appetizers . Oysters and Medjool dates (chorizo smoked bacon, pepper coulis)
Service spectacular! Ambiance perfect. Look forward and to next visit.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great neighborhood spot with a creative menu and ample wine and cocktail options

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great service and excellent food, enjoyed the experience overall, took a chance and it paid off.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Chew Chew is one of my favorite places in the suburbs. Always a great meal, friendly service, and nice atmosphere. It's not a "trendy" restaurant that is hot one minute and gone the next, this place is timeless neighborhood standby that makes you feel comfortable, relaxed and at home. My husband and I are in our mid thirties, former city dwellers, and this is our go-to place for a date.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

A good place to go in the western suburbs. A very nice specials menu. Trout was superb. The Hunter's Chicken and Mushrooms was very flavorful and chicken was very moist. One of our favorites in the area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Had a great dinner! Great service!Recommend it to all. Try it you'll like it!

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Chew chew is a local gem. Great food and great service that never disappoints. Done if our favorites: calamari, grilled shrimp bacon wrapped dates, fish tacos,duck and pancetta meatballs.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Our dining experience was outstanding. We had an asparagus appetizer/salad which was one of the most delicious and beautifully prepared dish I have seen. We also ordered the short ribs dinner special. Scott outdid himself. The ribs were tender and meaty, and the 3 sauces we're great to taste. My husband liked the BBQ best and I couldn't get enough of the Greek butter garlic sauce. I may never go back to BBQ! You can dine inside or out. The bread and herbed butter are also wonderful. We try to eat here as often as we can, and you should try it. I usually eat the fresh fish, but all others are equally delicious with great presentation.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Imaginative menu and great food. A very enjoyable dinner.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Chew Chew is one of our favorite go-to places. It's friendly, not pretentious, and quiet enough to have a nice conversation. It's a place where you might run into somebody you know, as we did when we were there the other night. It's also only ten minutes from our home, so that's another plus.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Wait staff was very acccomodating and a really interesting menu. The Trout with Pesto was a generous serving and was really tasty. all the dishes we tried were very good. Would totally go again and have already reommended it to friends.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The main courses were outstanding and very reasonably priced.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Romantic, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great local find!
Great food, service and priced right. We'll put this place on our rotation.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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