The back wall has a gigantic mural of Machu Picchu and Rio de Janeiro, and that's what Rio's is all about: South American cuisine with a focus on Peru along with dishes from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and other countries.
Diners all get an order of fried bread made with tapioca flour (gluten free, if that's your jam) served with chimichurri sauce and a jalapeño sauce that's the right combination of spicy and creamy.
For appetizers, we went with a tamale and an order of wontons stuffed with steak, tomato, and onions. Peruvian tamales are different than their Mexican counterparts, but are every bit as delicious. For the main course, we went with cerviche and breast of chicken rolled in panko, filled with asparagus, roasted red peppers, spinach and provolone cheese, that's topped with algrarrobina sauce. The cerviche comes with sweet potatoes and dried plantains, which are an excellent counterpart to the tang of the cerviche. The chicken is paired with a Peruvian fried rice that's similar to what you know, but deliciously different.
Dessert was churros filled with caramel and paired with a chocolate dipping sauce, also delicious. The cocktails we had we fine, but nothing special.
For two adults ordering appetizers, main course, cocktails, and dessert, we got out for $80 before tip. We deemed that an excellent value for the quality and amount of food we got. If you're a fan of South American cuisine or are looking to treat your taste buds to something different, give it a shot. It was absolutely excellent.
We recently returned from a trip to South America (Chile, Argentina and Brazil) and we were desperately searching for a Caipirinha to remind us of our trip...Rio did not disappoint. They actually made it better by preparing a premium version with Champagne.
Beyond the drinks the food was exceptional. We tried the Peruvian sampler, chicken and regular ceviche. We will be going back to explore and sample the rest of the menu.
Our waiter was Danny and he was great with explaining the menu and in preparing the drinks.
Honestly this has become one of our favorite restaurants, we only wish we new about it earlier.
Our experience was wonderful. A great spot for a date, but also capable of accommodating a large crowd.
Lots to try on the menu- with images and helpful waitstaff to guide you.
Most importantly, the food was amazing. Already planning to go back!
We were there for dinner on Christmas Day and really enjoyed it. Wonderful food, great service. We will be returning to try some more menu items.
Food was amazing!!!
Ceviche wraps are AMAZING
Such a unique restaurant. Great food, beautiful decor, and friendly staff. The lamb chops were superb, highly recommended.
Very creative food full of wonderful flavors. Wait staff is very friendly and accommodating.
The food and service was fantastic! This was our first time having dinner at Rio's and it's now the best place we ever eaten at. We can't wait to return and try other delicious dish. Our server Lisa was amazing! She took the time to explain some of the dishes and was very attentive. She made our experience even better.
Me and a date were staying at Eaglewood Resort up the road and ran into some complications with the dining there. So I hopped on OpenTable and found Rio's. Reviews looked strong and pictures painted a decent picture. Didn't do it justice!
This place had an elegant and interesting décor, mom-and-daughter live music combination (we were here on a Friday night - probably a weekend thing), and a very knowledgeable server!
We ordered one of the authentic Peruvian appetizer samplers and were delighted with the quality; powerful, contrasting flavors all around. We split the steak platter, which features a Skirt, Tenderloin, and New York Strip. Ordered medium rare on all three and they came out perfect. The skirt left a lot to be desired, but the NY Strip and Tenderloin were top notch. Not the greatest steak I've ever had, but a great complement to the experience.
Overall, if you're in the area, this is a solid choice. As a city guy, however, I wouldn't say this would be worth a drive; you could find comparable food experiences in the city. But for the suburban foodie, this would be a welcomed restaurant in the rotation!
Rio's is a lovely restaurant for any occasion or great meal. We were celebrating a birthday but went for the food and live music. We had chicken and fish and really enjoyed the introductory appetizer. Service was great. We will definitely return; even for appetizers at the bar.
Absolutely perfect evening, delicious food great waitstaff very attentive. We were a party of six and loved every bite from appetizer to desert even the coffee was good!
Awesome. Been going here for years!!!
The soups are tasty and the appetizer salads are huge (enough for 3 people). I did not enjoy the dish I ordered, but I look forward to coming back and trying another one.
It's the most delicious South American food in the suburbs and possibly Chicago.