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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
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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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Special Occasion (18)
Live Music (17)
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Good for Birthdays (17)
Good for Groups (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Business Meals (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Romantic (11)
Casual (10)
Fun (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Authentic (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
People Watching (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Cozy (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Had lunch
The server was attentive. Food runner/busboy was very nice.
Food was delish. The "Zeal" Sauvignon Blanc wine was ok. I would order something else next time. Will return for dinner with spouse.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

All food is obviously fresh and prepared with great thought

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

I visited Zeal with my family for a pre-holiday dinner and this was our first time dining here. We will definitely be back for more! We were a little skeptical walking in because it was a Sunday night at 5:30 and the parking lot was pretty empty, but we quickly forgot about that as we were warmly greeted by the friendly hostess and bartender.

The food here is phenomenal. The portions are entirely too big, so if you want a meal that sticks to your ribs, order anything on the menu and you won’t be disappointed. The fresh homemade bread is the absolute best I’ve ever had, and the dinner was outstanding. On Sundays there is a meal deal for $20 that includes an appetizer, salad, dinner entree and two sides (plus all the fresh bread your heart desires), which is a great deal considering you will go home with dinner for the next two nights! Everyone at my table was moaning with delight through pretty much the entire meal, and then were groaning at the end because we were all so full.

All of the food we had, from the calamari fries (the best EVER), salads, eggplant and chicken Parmesan, to the prime rib, everything was delicious. Everything was cooked and seasoned perfectly. This was one of the best meals I’ve ever had at a restaurant and can not wait to visit again! Thank you!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Vince Zeals, every time I go there it exceeds my expectation. Our server Karen, OMG, friendly right on point. Helpful in choosing appetizers. By the end of the night, was like my sister. Food, top notch, the surprise was when we got the check. I was expected a lot more than it was. I am older and they have menus when you open, light up. The chef "Vince" came out and walk to everybody's table and made sure everything was alright. I would suggest these place for Dinner, music, and/or just for a drink. Jerry

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Live Music, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

The food and service was great!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

As always, the food and the service were of exceptional quality.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Always a great meal. Such a nice variety and service always good. Portions are large- loved the salad and grouper is the best!

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Perfect service , excellent food from a great family restaurant. Be back soon

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Was disappointed, they were out of the Chilean Sea Bass and also the bar was out of Woodford reserve. Have been there many times before with no problems. Band was great.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Chef Vince never disappoints. His food creations are top notch and I have been there several times and will be going several MORE times. We had the Italian beef egg rolls, steak and scallians. All were the BEST! Service was quick and they checked on us often. I always tell everyone about Zeal!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Tapas, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent food and service. Was recommended by a friend to celebrate her birthday in Oct. We had such a great dinner, we invited the same friend to go back with us in Nov and had a great dinner again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great service and Chef Zeal is the best! Vince came out and talked to us about our meal. My 11 year old son mentioned the Fettucicni Alfredo was "ok" he asked what he thought would make it better, order to go was waiting for him! Great man.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great Place! Food was really good. Lots of different options. Had a different kind of Jambalaya that i was not ready for. It turned out to be amazing!

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Live Sports
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Looked on open table for something different. The food was outstanding as was the service. Would go back again. Had the thanksgiving casserole. It was very filling and great.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Zeal's food is always outstanding, but save room for dessert. The carrot cake is a decadent treat.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (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
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 (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
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 (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
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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.

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·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
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Delicious as usual

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 (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
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·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
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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
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 (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
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·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
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 (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.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

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 (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
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 (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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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

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 (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.

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 (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
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 (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.

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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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food has always been excellent. We are never disappointed when we dine here.

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 (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!

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 (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.

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 (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
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