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.
Riverside, IL 60546
Contemporary American, Steak, American
Hours of Operation:
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.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Full-Service, Pick-Up or Delivery
Directly on Burlington Street and city lot nearby.
Steps away from the Burlington Northern train station in Riverside.
Private Party Facilities:
The restaurant has a second level mezzanine for groups up to 50 people.
Private Party Contact:
Scott: (708) 447-8781
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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