Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.33mi
  2. Distance: 0.34mi
  3. Distance: 0.35mi
  4. Distance: 0.49mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.33mi
  2. Distance: 0.34mi
  3. Distance: 0.35mi
  4. Distance: 0.49mi

About Zeal

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.

680 Mall Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Prime Rib, Steak

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

Cross Street:
Higgins Road and Mall Drive

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 995-0188

Website:
http://www.zealforfood.com/

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.

Catering:
ZEAL can cater your event from 10 to 10,000. Weddings, Private parties, Corporate events. Call for 847-995-0188 for details.

Parking Details:
ZEAL has its own private lot providing ample space for guests.

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.

Executive Chef:
Chef Vince Pecora

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Zeal Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (26)
Special Occasion (22)
Good for Birthdays (17)
See All
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Business Meals (14)
Live Music (13)
Romantic (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Authentic (10)
Casual (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Cozy (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sort by
S
809 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent Italian spot near Woodfield Mall. Very good traditional Italian and creative innovations from Chef Vince. On a busy Saturday night, Chef Vince stopped at our table to discuss the evening specials with us. Our server Gary was very attentive too. We will be back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food choices, outstanding flavor and quality. Great fun dancing to live music after dinner. Great fun!

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and our waitress, Lauren was very friendly and attentive. She was awesome! Love the Zeal ravioli and especially the carrot cake - one of the best I’ve ever had! This is our favorite Italian restaurant.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

How did I not know about this place? I understand Zeal has been open for well over a year, but I was not familiar with it until a friend suggested it. The food and service were terrific. We dined on a quite Tuesday night and it was so nice to have a quite dining environment. My stuffed meatballs over polenta were to-die-for. Very filling, but the waitress accommodated a doggie bag, with no problems. Nice wine list, terrific list of traditional Italian entrees, and interesting specials. Can't wait to return!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food here is amazing. They have a nice cocktail and wine selection. We had chicken parmesan, the fish special, bracciole, and an outstanding lasagna with prime rib inside it. It was to die for. The bracciole was tough but they credited our bill for that. Everyone else's dishes were outstanding. Overall, it was a nice experience. The waitress was extremely knowledgeable about their food and the chef could be seen several times out in the restaurant or up front and is very hands-on with his customers, which I thought was really endearing. we would definitely go back again.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

 
·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went for a first date with a girl I met online. Stayed WAY longer than either of us expected (4hr). Never felt rushed, minimal interruptions. Great place for a date.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We met a group of old friends for a nice evening dinner. The food was good and the service was great.

Tags: Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on October 29, 2017

Been here several times . Great food, great music. Fun place for a date or group gathering. Filet and calamari are awesome.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Healthy, Business Meals, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Delicious food, good service,and a quiet atmosphere allowing conversation makes this a very special place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great evening celebrating a special Birthday. Great food, good service. We ate early and left before the entertainment started, but would love to go back to check out the music.
My husband had one of the specials - a Hot and spicy seafood plate. He loved it! Very generous portions.
Definitely planning on returning.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

 
·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great place with unique and tasty Italian offerings. Perfect if you like enormous portions !

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was outstanding! Huge portions, great flavor, overall delicious. Our server was great! The tables are too close!!! Need to spread them out more! The tables next to us were only a couple inches from us. We were all trying to make the best of it and not bump each other every time we moved.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4

 
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Amazing food and service. Chuck the bartender makes our experience more enjoyable with each visit.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food here is always excellent. Everyone in my party thoroughly enjoyed their meal. The service is very good too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

This restaurant is uneven. This is our 4th or 5th visit. One time the food is spectacular while
the next leaves something to be desired. This even happens when you order the same items.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service3
value2

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great place... the food is FANTASTIC! Great twists on traditional Italian!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We had been to this restaurant before and the food had always been very good. However, this time, the service was extremely slow. It took over 45 minutes for our appetizer to come out and then another 45 minutes for our food. We had asked a few times about the status of the food and we were told it would be coming out shortly. When the food finally came out, the wrong substitutions were included and my fiance's steak was charred (I'm assuming this was to hurry the cooking time). Needless to say, we will not be going back anytime soon.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service1
value3

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food is delicious and service is great! Our favorite Italian restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Everything at Zeal was o.k. just o.k. However, the one shining menu item was the stuffed artichoke. The entre's were good, but not memorable.

Service was good, food o.k., ambiance fair. Many other options available for a good Italian dinner in the area.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The Bolognese sauce was very salty. Food has gone downhill the last three times we have been there. They said they have new cooks. We will wait before going back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Mushy charred vegetables and a tough tasteless piece of fish. The wine selections was below average also. Skip this one!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience2
service3
value1

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great selection of food. Good service., but expensive. Not your usually menu. Chef Vince makes Italian dishes that are different, but Italian is not the only thing on the menu. His fish dishes are to die for and His bakery chef makes the best carrot cake in town.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The chef continues to be on top of his game.
Our waitress was amazing!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We ordered suppa de peache. Received something else and brought to attention of sever who returned it to the kitchen but on return it still wasn't what we ordered. Just ate and complained once again. Offered comp on deserts but could not order the most because they were too expensive, I asked that the suppa be removed from the check which was the most expensive entree on menu.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service3
value2

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Service was great. Ordered filet medium rare and first delivery was medium well. 2nd attempt was perfect.

Tags: Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food at Zeal is absolutely amazing. The portions are very generous and the taste of the dishes is authentic. I have been to Zeal a handful of times and I will continue to go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Best Italian restaurant in the area. The food was excellent and the service was great.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We have eaten at Zeal's many times and have never been disappointed. This date was no exception. We had wonderful food and service. Vince and his servers check often to see if everything is cooked to order.
We love Vince's Zeal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great food. Service was great. Owner stopped by table and explained the restaurant

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 30, 2017

First we all enjoyed our dinners. The waitress was outstanding. We especially enjoyed
the grilled squid. One of our group says this was as good as any he has enjoyed anywhere
on the west coast where it is a dining staple.
Only negative is $24.00 for linguine with white clam sauce is pricey.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Food outstanding

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The gnocchi at Zeal is the very best I have ever had. The highlight for the evening was going to the bar area and dancing to the awesome band that played Sat night. I would recommend this to anyone looking for authentic Italian food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

We've been here several times before tonight and this was the worst overall experience. We were very disappointed. Our appetizers were prepeared incorrectly, once they fixed them we waited a long time to order our entrees, then when those came the one dish was suppose to be with an arbiatta sauce BUT WAS SOOOOO HOT (flavor not temp) you couldn't even eat it! My filets were burnt to a crisp, when I asked for medium- I ordered a plain cheeseburger and there was sooo much ketchup on it my daughter couldn't even eat it! Our waitress was nice enough to COMP dessert, but our bill was still close to $300!! Definitely won't be returning, not sure if a new chef is there or what's happening?! But the changes are NOT GOOD, unfortunately .

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service2
value1

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

I normally do not do this. Server was great. Kitchen short staff due to illness. Food was very delayed over an hour. All 3 in our party were sick within 6 hours.possibly lobster roll.
Sometimes you need to just say closed due to illness instead of letting one chef try to handle things - which may or mat not have been appropriately done.
My opinion based in the visit saturday aug 19.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The food is excellent. I get the grouper Francese every time. It's the best I've ever had. We also love the grilled calamari appetizer and the dipping sauce that comes with the bread. Delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value5

 
·Dined on August 13, 2017

The Burnt pasta was great, along with the stuffed artichoke and Meatball salad. We enjoyed every item we have had at ZEAL.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Live Music
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Always enjoy the food. Love the toffee peanuts in the salad! Burnt pasta is the best ever! The service was good, but slow. The noise level is a bit too loud.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was outstanding! We loved the stuffed artichoke. The seafood diablo pasta special was outstanding! The grouper was also very good. Different flare to many of the entrees. Would definitely come back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Live Music
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 12, 2017

For being an Italian restaurant, the pasta dishes we had were horrible. Mushy noodles, bland sauce.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience4
service3
value1

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Food is excellent, with the exception of my special being cold in the center. However I must say the waiter "Jim" went to great lengths to make everything right. I will recommend this restaurant to everyone

Tags: Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.