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Zeal

4.3
872 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Zeal is a new restaurant in the Woodfield-Schaumburg area that serves great mix of Italian, Steaks, Chops, Tapas, and Seafood. Everything is Homemade, all from the finest and freshest ingredients. Experience Chef Vince and his unique take on food. Chef Vince Pecora has been serving great food since 1990. Weddings, Private parties, Corporate events, and even the President of the United States and Air Force One. The bar/lounge area serves fantastic drinks including specialty martinis and hosts live entertainment several nights a week. There is also a cozy dance floor for those who want to dance the night away. The personal touch of a family-owned restaurant and over 50 years of experience in the restaurant business is what makes Zeal unique to the area.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Prime Rib, Steak
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Hours of operation
Monday 11 am - 3 pm
Tuesday through Friday 11 am-12am
Saturday 4pm - 1:00 am
Sunday 3:30 pm - 8 pm
Live Music Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday Evenings
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Phone number
(847) 995-0188
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Vince Pecora
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Catering
ZEAL can cater your event from 10 to 10,000. Weddings, Private parties, Corporate events. Call for 847-995-0188 for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Higgins Road and Mall Drive
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Parking details
ZEAL has its own private lot providing ample space for guests.
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Public transit
There are multiple bus stops in the area. ZEAL is located just south of Woodfield Mall, down the street from Lord and Taylor.
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Entertainment
The bar/lounge hosts live entertainment on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Music ranges from easy listening to pop, and there is a cozy little dance floor for those who want to dance the night away.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 872 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
4.2
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

Very few vegetarian options. We ordered the artichoke heart, burnt pasta, penne suprema and 4 cheese trottole pastas.
Only the burnt pasta was okay. The artichoke heart had a lot of stuffing, the suprema sauce was too runny and the 4 cheese trottole wasn’t any good either.

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vipIlliniEd (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food with generous portions to take home, very reasonably priced wine list, not hurried, a bit loud but fun on a Saturday night!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Zeal is great as always. Service was a little under what we normally experience but didn’t detract from a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great service. Our waiter, Jimmy, was also a sommelier so was able to suggest a fabulous wine, and gave us tips on our dinner selections. I ordered the lollipop lamb chops and my friend ordered the pine nut encrusted scallops, both were delicious, although I made the mistake of ordering mine medium...should have ordered medium rare. Jimmy came back to ask our opinions about the wine selection, as well as the food, and seemed to genuinely be interested in our opinions, asking further questions to our responses. It never felt like an intrusion, and when my friend and I were in a serious conversation he never interrupted. They do have live music, at least on Fridays, and it did get a bit louder, but did not effect our conversation. Quite enjoyable, and I would recommend and go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We have been wanting to try Zeal for a very long time. My husband's dad was friends with the owner and loves his old restaurant as well. I booked it for Valentine's Day and could not be more happy that I did. The food was amazing!! Every bite was bursting with flavor. The wine was exactly what I was craving with each note bouncing independently off my palate. Service was really good and they had live music. I will definitely be back, soon!!

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Andrew (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Lauren was very helpful and attentive.

We enjoyed our visit.

Surf and turf was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We opted out of our table seats to stay for the bar dining , with a good duet singing Greg songs on a Valentine’s Day , the bar tender ( forgot his name) was first class and made the evening special- food was excellent, finished with some dancing , and excellent wine!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The atmosphere was fine. The service was fine. The food was terrible. The chicken francaise over angel hair pasta had no taste. It was bland and seemed to have been microwaved. The scallops had no taste with poor seasoning. It was our second and last time at this restaurant.

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Frank (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My date and I spent an evening dining at the bar. While I took a restroom break the bartender was extremely inappropriate toward my girlfriend prompting her to leave me for him. While I'm not concerned she would take him up on the offer it put a damper on the evening to say the least. I would recommend if you dine at Zeal you stick with a high top or grab a regular table, avoid the leach.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent appetizers and entree. The staff was great and Vince (owner) spent some time with us talking about the menu - outstanding.

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CaroleD (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything was very good but we missed the menus that light up. Actually, that was the reason we decided to come to your restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Let’s be frank. We had an 8 pm reservation. We were seated at 8:15. We ordered a cocktail and a cheese board appetizer right away. The drinks came within five minutes. They brought us the oil for bread dipping at 8:45, but no bread. The server didn’t take our food order until 9:00. The bread came at 9:15. The cheese board came within 10 minutes after the bread. We were pleased with the cheese board spread, but the service was unacceptable. For entrees, we ordered lamb chops at medium rare temp and a fish dish called bacala. The fish came in about 10-15 minutes and was a surprisingly delicious treat. The lamb chops arrived about 10 minutes later and they were served to us well done. This was a huge disappointment. We actually told the waitress that this was our first and last time at this restaurant. She apologized and comped the lamb chops. Then she told us that the kitchen was short-staffed and began to tell us the personal problems the head chef was enduring. To try and make things right, the waitress gave us a $50 gift card. To be honest, some of the food was good but some was substandard. The specials board was illegible, the restaurant wasn’t super clean (even had gnats and other bugs inside), it was way too loud, the serving time was WAY too slow, and the over cooked lamb was criminal, especially for the price. The waitress was very sweet and did her best to accommodate and try to make up for the poor experience. We’re actually giving the gift card away and will not be coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

didn't not feel as upscale as it used to. There were no white table cloths anymore just the wood table not light up menus and more light in the restaurant.

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vipMarsha (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

This is a wonderful restaurant to enjoy a fabulous meal with excellent service and a beautiful environment. The chef is attentive, and creatively designs the best options. I highly recommend this restaurant. We enjoyed a three hour dinner and felt very welcomed.

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vipHelenL (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Very accommodating. Chef Vince made a dish that we requested that wasn't on the menu. It was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Several of us went to Zeal for lunch to celebrate a teammate's 5-year service anniversary. We all lived it! Great food, excellent service, and great value.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

We were celebrating my friend's birthday. A large gift-wrapped present was on the table, it would have been a nice gesture if the waiter had brought a scoop of ice cream or something at the end of the meal! But not a deal breaker.

I would call the menu Midwest comfort food. My friend and I shared a 1/2 meatball salad. Loved it! Would return to enjoy that for lunch.

Good food at a reasonable price.

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FrankS (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was awesome and the band playing in the bar was fantastic! Service was great!

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George (New Orleans)
3.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Food is nothing great. Its edible. But price is high for that.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was delicious and our server, Gary was a pleasure.

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