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Zeal

4.1
904 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
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 904 People Are Saying
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4.1
service
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3.8
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

It was a nice atmosphere. Food was ok. They were a little slow at first but we got our food quickly. Server was nice. Not sure if I Wikileaks go back or not.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Had good reviews, friends had wanted to try for a while. Imagine getting warm Gluten Free bread at the table, unheard of. Advertised live music and when asking found out new ownership and they cancelled music and closing Zeal in a week. So sad, I would have been back!

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

I no longer live in the area so this was a new place for me. We had lunch. The bar looked like a nice nighttime place for a drink and a meal. Very attentive staff. We had 2 veg's and a carnivore in our threesome. They had many comfort dishes and several veg selections and made sure to say that they could make any selection veg. We each enjoyed our meals and the Monster Carrot Cake, is a delicious monster :)

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

It was really cold
In the restaurant. We were there for over an hour and never warmed up

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Started with Clemenzas and the bread and oil. We both had seafood. Generous portions and great flavor. Will return.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

At 7 pm on a Sat ordered basic lamb chops the waiter came back said out of lamb chops then ordered scallops..waiter came back said out of scallops.Again this was at 7pm Sat night.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Good food not so good deserts. Noise and ambiance not that good. Because the menu is diverse, it attracts diverse crowd as well. Sitting is tight.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We had our quarterly business lunch. There were some many options that appealed to me I will need to return to try.. some of the meals my coworkers chose looked delish and everyone raved about it!

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I was very excited to dine at Zeal for date night because of the rave reviews. However, Zeal fell short due to the service—server rushed through presentation @ seemed stressed. There was no toilet paper in the ladies bathroom, it took the hostess 15 mins to locate, while I stood at the door waiting—how super embarrassing!!! Although the food was good for the value. The Service tainted our experience!!!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We liked the food at zeals....things to improve:
The website stated no reservations for the lounge BUT when we arrived, there were reserved booths, tables in the lounge for dinners.

THE bar has tent cards informing patrons of a 2 drink minimum, no seat saving and that seats should be relinquished if you are no longer ordering drinks......does that mean that you lose your seat if you dance....ALSO very rude for patrons that have spent good money and are looking to enjoy an entire evening although they have decided to no longer drink alcohol..

Our server was not very friendly, bordered on rude...the bus boy started cleaning the entire table during our conversation...felt rushed although there were several empty tables....

Loved the lit-up menus in the bar

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Unfortunately this wasn't our best experience at Zeal. Apparently there had been a shower and a wedding that day, so everyone in the restaurant seemed to be scrambling from that. Had to wait quite awhile for a table even though we had a reservation, and it's not feasible to sit at the bar as my daughter isn't 21. We finally were seated, our server was prompt and attentive, but overheard us talking about the bone in ribeye and said "ooh I think we're out of that". He checked and there was only one left, so only one person in our party was able to get it. Then my daughter wanted the sea bass and was told that was out as well, but after probing a bit, was told that actually it's never carried because it's "market price" and "we wouldn't want to charge you how expensive it is so we just don't carry it." Seems odd to even put it on the menu then, and my daughter really wanted it so we would've paid whatever the market price was. So we made it to dessert and wanted the lemon cake, but you guessed it, they were out of the lemon cake. All in all I had hoped for a better experience but unfortunately it was just ok.

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2.0Dined on March 14, 2018

My food was burnt on one side and it tasted bitter. I told the waitress and she just said ok and continued on with whatever she was doing and acted like she was busy, (we were the only ones in the freaking restaurant). When we finished, she asked me if i would like to take my food home, I told her again that it tasted bitter and again she just continued on with the next person and left without saying anything. It also took a lot of effort to get her to come and give us water, (again, we we're the only ones in the restaurant). I would not recommend this place to anyone and we will not be coming back here ever.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Live music , more for older crowd but still enjoyed environment.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The restaurant was incredibly noisy. This was the second time we were there and it was terribly noisy both times. The restaurant caters to large parties and doesn’t really care about the occasional Saturday night reservation. We waited an hour and a half for our meals because the kitchen got backed up because of the large parties. One man was shouting at his dinner table and this was acceptable.

Then the live band started playing just as some of the large parties started leaving. If you are looking to hear the people at your table or a relaxing dinner, not here

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

As usual, Chef Vince’s food is over the top. From the great shareable salads to the awesome Gnochi in ‘supreme’ sauce to the entree’s ( grouper, flounder and seafood diovalo).

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Very pricey. But outstanding overall. Best regards to the chef.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Chef Vince is great. He makes a dish for us that isn't on the menu, all we have to do is ask for it. He's great and the food is outstanding.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Always solid with the items served at Zeal, you can rarely go wrong. The prices are good for the food you get. The gnocchi were good, albeit a little heavier than I recall but good overall. A neighborhood gem, I was here two days before for lunch. One of my favorite spots.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

First time at Zeal and we’ll be back excellent food , service and value for money.

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

For anyone with food allergies, stay away! I asked for my son's sliders plain, only cheese, they came with everything. After I told our waitress, they literally wiped them off, put new cheese on them and returned them to our table...with ketchup still on them. If this is how careless and cheap they are, why would my son's food allergies be important. We have a difficult time finding new places to go, this was by far the worst experience I've had in a long time. I will let all our family and friends know, never to try Zeal's. For a chef that values himself as much as stated on his website, really didn't show.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Found this restaurant to be so-so. Had a drink at the bar before dinner - cocktails were a bit sweet and not well balanced. Had the shrimp cocktail for appetizer- best part of the meal. Tried the short ribs for dinner - way over cooked and obviously reheated. Other diner’s meals were okay, but nothing special. I wouldn’t go running back, but it was okay to give it a try.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Zeal never ceases to amaze us. Brought relatives in from out of town and had another great experience. Joe the bartender did a great job filling in for Chuck. The food was fantastic and the entertainment was delightful.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We went to lunch during Northwest Restaurant Week. A very good choice . I had the chopped salad, excellent. My husband had Stretchatella soup and liked it. We both had Stuffed Meatballs with Polenta. OMG, they were gigantic and delicious. Neither of us ate more than one. Had to save a bit of room for dessert. Caramel sea salt gelato with caramel popcorn and chocolate/caramel drizzle. WOW. I would recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Tremendous value on Sunday Dinner. The 4course sunday zeal deal can't be beat $19.99. You will take food home.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food took way too long. Steaks were all over cooked and sprouts were almost raw.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Zeal is always fabulous, Vince is so creative. We are never disappointed.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Not as impressed this time as the first time we ate at Zeal. That being said, it was much more crowded this time. Steaks were a little well done for my taste. I ordered medium well, my friend ordered medium; neither had any pink in them. Service was pretty good. Waiter wasn’t quite as attentive as he could have been but still good. I would eat here again probably.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food, drinks and deserts were very good! But our waiter should go back to what he was doing before.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

House wine in bar gave me a headache. Wouldn’t suggest anyone having it again.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Very nice place. The food is fantastic and you get lots of food. Actually one dish could easily feed two people.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Yum! Went there for restaurant week! We will be going back!

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3.0Dined on February 22, 2018

I met a friend at the bar before have a meal in the restaurant to have a couple of cocktails. The bartender was great, friendly, accommodating and all around nice, as well the owner came out and spoke with us as well. When going into the restaurant many items on their special wall menu were unavailable. Keep in mind they opened at 4pm and my reservation was at 630. I was disappointed in that as well as the server was not exceptionally friendly or came back to check on us. The food was average at best. A very disappointing restaurant.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Lauren was very helpful and attentive.

We enjoyed our visit.

Surf and turf was perfect.

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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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