Wildwood Restaurant - Geneva

4.4
1395 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Wildwood Restaurant in Geneva offers upscale American cuisine including oak-grilled steaks, fresh seafood, poultry, pasta and vegetarian dishes. Dine in the warm ambience of our dining room, upscale lounge or our spacious courtyard. Extensive wine, specialty beer and martini offerings complement Executive Chef Corby's dinner, lunch and ala carte Saturday & Sunday brunch menus.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Ala Carte Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sun-Thurs: 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Fri-Sat: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Lounge: Sun:10:00am - 9:00pm; Mon-Wed :4:00pm-10:00pm,Thurs:11:30am-10:00pm, Fri:11:30am -12:00 midnight, Sat:10:00am-12:00 midnight
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Phone number
(630) 377-8325
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Christopher Corby
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South
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Parking details
In addition to ample street parking, the City of Geneva has a multi-story parking garage is located one block south of restaurant
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Public transit
The Union Pacific/West Line Metra train station is one block south of Wildwood
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Entertainment
The Wildwood lounge features live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings from 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm.
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Special events & promotions
Periodic wine, beer and spirits dinners and events. Monthly cooking classes led by Executive Chef Corby.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1395 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

I have been to Wildwood many times. Generally I have been happy with it. It's fairly expensive, but sometimes you need to splurge for an occasion. This time, I was torn.

First the good things. The service was excellent. The ambiance was good. The waiter helped with wine selection and made an excellent choice. The food came out in a timely manner. All of the meat was cooked the requested amount. The desert (chocolate cake) was very good. The tomato bisque was universally enjoyed. The quality of the uncooked meats was excellent. The manager/owner stopped by to check on things. The bread and butter that came before dinner was quite good. The portions were generous. The mashed potatoes were good.

Now some of the downsides. Most of the people at the table thought that the meat was over-seared before being cooked. The charcoal-ing was a bit much. The French onion soup had excellent bread and cheese, but the broth somehow tasted like beef bouillon, where they put just too much in it. The baked potato was excessively salted. The rib eye needed a little trimming.

All in all, the food was good and the location classy, just not quite up to the caliber of other visits. And it seemed that the price was a bit pricier than previous visits. With tip (which was 20% because the waiter was excellent), it ran about $70/person for five people with a single bottle of wine and only a complimentary birthday desert for one individual.

In summary, it's good, but not astounding. You will not be embarrassed bringing friends from out of town there. But you'll pay more than I personally think it's worth. I will give it another try, because I have been happier in the past, but I am concerned that the next visit might be the last.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant and service were good. The food was just ok.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Very nice staff. Portions were generous at a good price

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Won’t be giving this restaurant another try. Food was subpar for price. Restaurant was HOT, to the point people were getting sick. Slow service. Rude hostess. I’ve been here twice and had terrible experiences both times. We only went back because someone said it had gotten better and we should give it a second chance.

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Very nice visit. Server, Dave was courteous and did’nt rush us through. Gave/highlighted specials. Wine list was good, though first choice wasn’t available. Perhaps, restaurant could go to an electric tablet wine list that could show actual inventory. Numerous places going to that format. Eliminates embarrassing moments to other guests seated with you. Food served was delicious, hot, and timely. We were allowed ample time to visit with friends whom we hadn’t got together in a long time.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We truly enjoyed our luncheon at Wildwood and will definitely return. Only complaint was that our service was slow.

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Wildwood was not on top of thier game! The food was sub-par and very disappointing! Pancakes were so hard on one side they were sent back and the replacement didn’t come until everyone else at the table was almost finished. My quiche was burnt on top and had a cold spot in the middle. I had to ask for a new water glass since mine had lipstick on it. The omlette was over cooked and dry as well. Unfortunate for such a nice restaurant.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Overall pretty good, me and my girlfriend both enjoyed our meals and were very pleased at the speed of the serving. Would come again

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2.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We don't live in the area, therefore when we reached out to local friends for recommendations for a special (pre-wedding) dinner Wildwood was one of their recommendations. We chose Wildwood due to the nice menu selection. However we were extremely disappointed. Primary issue was with service. Server was completely lacking in warmth, efficiency, etc. It very much felt like she did the bare minimum to get the table turned, including laying the check down as soon as our plates were removed (without asking about the meal, asking about dessert, coffee, etc.). We paid the bill and went somewhere else for coffee and dessert and will not return or recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Wonderful restaurant. Best menu and food in the Fox Valley. Great variety of fish, much better than every where else. Often eat there for lunch also. Again very good selection and food.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Our first time at the Wildwood with Army friends visiting from out of town. We had a great experience, from excellent service from our waitress and dining room manager, to the wonderful entrees: salmon, walleye, and chicken dishes. Desserts were awesome too!

Atmosphere is cozy and inviting.

We will definitely be back:)

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Awesome experience. Perfect cocktails, steaks we're cooked perfectly and outdoor seating for our party made for a perfect ambiance and conversation.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We had a party of four, each person ordered a different entree. All were exceptional. The rub on the ribs was to die for! The service and presentation were great.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We decided to try their Sunday brunch. Our entrees were quiche of the day (we were told what veggies were in it, unfortunately some unwanted veggies not mentioned were in the quiche); the others entries were great: smoked salmon omelet and green eggs and ham benedict. The complimentary beignets and watermelon slices were a nice touch. Hope to be back soon!

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1.0Dined on July 15, 2018

For some reason this restaurant consistently seems to have air condition problems. We first dined there in May and noticed it was warm inside. But we ignored it to try and enjoy our meal. Our second (and last) visit was this past Saturday. On a hot July night it was hotter inside than outside. Our foreheads and necks were sweating and I was stuck to my seat. Disgusting! Ruined the night. Plus my Ribeye was fatty and chewy, but it was the thermostat that was the deal-breaker. Server was nice and agreed it was hot but he just said it’s always like that even though it’s set low. Won’t be back.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We love this restaurant and this is the first time ever for such poor service. The air conditioning was out which didn’t help. Especially disappointing as we brought friends. I’m afraid their first impression was a poor one☹️

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3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Food was ok. Although place was empty, service was slow.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Celebrated my son’s birthday and enjoyed it very much. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

This place was fantastic. Server was spot on. He very attentive, not pushy and offered his opinion when asked. Prime rib was outstanding. The smaller portion was huge. Artichoke fritters and sauce what so good. Can’t wait to go back.

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2018

First started going to Wildwood in 2008. Food & Service was excellent. Last time was probably in 2015. Noticed that the food wasn’t as good and service was slow. We had a waiter that was constantly sweating. Wasn’t a great experience. Decided to try it out again this last Sunday hoping that it had gotten better. Again disappointed. Our server was very nice and accommodating but service was still very slow. My son’s steak was very rare (ordered medium), clams and scallops were gritty with sand. Overall food was just ehh. Geneva is a thriving restaurant town. Both my husband and I said we wouldn’t go back to Wildwood.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We've eaten at Wildwood many times, but tonight was a disappointment. The air conditioner was either not on or not working. The waitress was not at the top of her game. Part of our order didn't even reach the table. The veal chop was over peppered. Very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great place for brunch. Great menu food and service. Excellent beignets are complimentary!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

It was my first time there and I thought it was excellent. I would go again.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Went for Father’s Day brunch. Excellent service & delicious food. I would recommend the quiche...nice portions & fresh ingredients. Highly recommend for all occasions & worth the drive for the complimentary benigts alone!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day brunch .. service very slow

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day brunch complete with mimosas and peach bellinis. (They also have a great choice of Bloody Marys which are quite good.) Chorizo omelette with roasted avocado and potatoes was delicious and served with corn tortillas with queso fresco. Complimentary beignets could have used a little more powdered sugar, but are a nice alternative to toast. Service was good and paced appropriately.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Father’s Day

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1.0Dined on June 16, 2018

It was a warm, humid evening and the air conditioning was grossly inadequate. We were very uncomfortable and other customers were fanning themselves with menus during the evening. We asked our server if he could turn the thermostat down but he said the air conditioning was inadequate to cool the dining room on a very warm day.

Our food was good but sitting at our table sweating ruined the meal.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Ordered Dover Sole, but not prepared at table as customary for this fish

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Had a wonderful meal Saturday evening. Outdoor patio was very pleasant. Musicians from the plaza were an added plus! Great food and attentive service. Definite do-over!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent food options, exceptional service, very comfortable. The food was very good.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

As always, everything was superb! And a special shoutout to our fav server, Melissa💕

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We visit Wildwood to enjoy the Prime Rib, which is very good. There are two portion sizes-even the small one is large. We all had salads, prime rib, and a sides, (various potato preparations and vegetables). Prime rib comes with au jus and horseradish sauce. Béarnaise is $5 more, and there's plenty to share. Food is all good. Service is attentive, but not rushed.
In a few months we'll be back again to enjoy one of our favorite meals!
Price with drinks, prime rib dinner & tip was about $200 for four.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent service with friendly staff. Both of us are normally steak people and decided to try the Prime Rib. Not very appealing to look at, looked more like a roast. Hard to cut knifes dull. Large piece of grissle in mine. Try steak or fish next time. French Onion soup and Desserts were excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Wait staff was great and food was excellent. Nice ambience and location

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Atmosphere was great. I had the prime rib and it was the best I have had.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Spectacular food and wine accompanied with incredible service.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Service excellent... drinks great. Dinner to perfection. A wonderful spot for great food, good service and a delightful experience. Highly recommend. No rushing the patrons here.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Good food large portions but not a every day restaurant, more of a special occasion place. Very friendly staff

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Normally I’d give 5 star all the way but.... seemed like a new server who we rarely saw and had to track down. The cost for brunch was over priced although tasted good. For the cost, non alcoholic drinks should’ve been included.

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