Zhivago

3.9
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$30 and under
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Continental
Zhivago is a restaurant in Skokie, Illinois that specializes in serving American-style cuisine. The restaurant features an elegant decor and offers a casual, yet fine dining experience.

Zhivago offers a lunch service for special guests Wednesday through Friday and a dinner service Friday through Sunday. The restaurant features a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, seafood and steaks and chops on the menu. House specialties served at Zhivago include beef tenderloin schnitzel, beef stroganoff ala St. Petersburg, Moscow duck, stuffed pepper and cabbage and chicken ala Kiev. In addition to the public restaurant, it also offers a private banquet room that can be reserved for special occasions and private parties.
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IK
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect dinner with my friends . Unit so nice and frendly . If you order Shnitcell take Home Style potato and mushroom w garlik sauce . My blinis w caviar same like Home from Ukraine . Interior and service high class

z
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect dinner , tasty food appetizers ( smoked salmon , fire crakers and gourmet sampler . Reasonoble price 24.95 for that , restaurant look very decorated and smarmy

d
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We tried this restaurant based on reviews. We were first disappointed with the hostess not paying attention to us. Then when we ordered, they were our of one of the featured dishes (Moscow duck) that we both wanted. The restaurant wasn't that busy so the server made the excuse that it was due to a big party in their banquet room. Our alternate entree choices (salmon and beef stroganoff) were warm, not hot, and just fair in taste. I selected lemon sorbet for dessert but they brought ORANGE. I sent it back and they did not charge us for it. Nice try, but we won't return.

GR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food was amazing . Spent my Valentine's day and I'm not sorry for booking my special day at Zhivago restaurant . 10* if possible

J
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Somewhat disorganized. Several different servers. Food good. Nice folks. No one at the front door we had to call them to be seated.

j
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

interestingly, the venue had my wife and friend (the 2 diners who reviewed this meal) seated at the only table for 2, apparently almost forgetting they were coming! there were large tables set up for some function and included suckling pig, and looking quite authentic!

so they had a good meal, felt like they were in Russia, and would try again! I think the whole OPEN TABLE thing was new to this venue.

W
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

You feel as if you are in Moscow. The amount of food served is hard to believe. Great food, great entertainment and a lot of fun. Many people plan to be there 5-6 hours, and to eat and drink the whole time. It’s more than food. It’s an experience.

AS
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great service

BM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are newer to the neighborhood and have been wanting to try Zhivago for some time. We finally decided to try it out on a Friday evening, but as we walked in we realized the restaurant was closing up. We said we could leave but we were told that the ovens could be fired back up! We were the only people in the entire restaurant so we had top notch service! The disco light and string lights were put on, the music was turned up, and our kids danced the night away. The food was fabulous and the conversation with Luba was wonderful. Thanks to Luba and Alex for accommodating our late night dinner and providing entertainment for our children. We can’t wait to return!

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maybe our the best time because atmosphere amazing and friendly staff makes you so glad. Duck and house potatoes make me feel, but also we have gourmet sampler and mushrooms zhuliene , and Bomba chocolate for dessert. !!!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were fabulous. We ordered the duck with cherry sauce and the beef tenderloin. Absolutely delicious!

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My day so good because we had perfect prefix menu dinner and great service and also music band. Food so good (lamb , brisket, blinis w red and black caviar and definitely Napoleons w vanilla baltik ice cream)

AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

It was extremely disappointing experience, service was very slow, ambiance was not welcoming. The place was stock in 90s and definitely didn't worth the drive.

J
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic night and good dinner . Our order Moscovian duck and Venna schnitzel come s with home style mash potato and plow (rice w lamb meat ) . Outstanding food and taste . Portion size and presentation A+ . Friendly staff and helpful ( Irina and alex )

l
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

international woomens day we celebrate there and absolutely good food ( salmon broiled and rack of lamb so good ) , couple appetizer ( manty and fire crakers so big portion and tasty ) , musician also veyr professional

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food and presentation ( red caviar blinis and zhuliene for start ) , later we take tuna avocado and ell blinis from cheff special l and all perfect . Realy warm place

d
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

PERFECT TIME and good place for group or friends together dinner . WE HAVE COUPLE APPETIZERS FOR SHARE , (we have recomendations about julienne and puff pastry borscht )mmm. Our next party ab[Nd dinner wan do here but probably take pref ix menu ( full package 49.99)

BT
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went on a Thursday night and there was another table of 2 making the total of 6 people. I don’t know how they are on the weekend. Food was ok.

d
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was good but no one else was there. Very weird

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Despite having open reservations on the app, there were no tables when we arrived due to several special events. Their only suggestion was to seat us in the corner of a room with a private party going on which felt very inappropriate. We left & went somewhere else.

HS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Went on a Saturday with another couple and only one other table was being used. We left at 7:30 and still no one else showed up. It's a very Ethnic Russian restaurant but the food was pretty good. They seem to specialize in private parties as two other rooms were busy.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We came in from out of town to go to this restaurant. Made reservation using open table. Received email confirmation of reservation on morning of reservation. When we arrived at the restaurant the door was locked and it said it was closed for matainance. I guess they don't tell open table??

D
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a terrific dining experience. The duck was outstanding. If you want to try Russian food, this is a great spot.

p
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It is good, but used to be better. I used to go for the great duck. It is no longer crispy, but there was no fat on the meat. That was nice.

d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

No Russian selection
Food was of low quality
Small plates
Very noisy band
Host sat us next to a private event.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the tastes of my childhood. I almost felt like my grandmother was in the kitchen. My brother and I went for the first time and will definitely be back with other family members when they come into town. Very professional staff. It was a great experience. Thank you

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I rented the restaurant for our wedding reception 13 years ago and had what was called by our guests "The most fun wedding we've ever been to." The staff was charming, the food delicious, the regular live band was entertaining, the Christmas decorations were festive and warm! We went back this week for an anniversary dinner and were shocked to be the only two in the entire restaurant! It was quiet and disappointing to be honest. Our waiter admitted that the crowd is unpredictable, and true enough, a couple nights later we saw the parking lot packed. I hope they maintain a crowd because it really is a unique gem of old world decor and cuisine.

CJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and the general atmosphere and the service was good. But for a less than "exorbitant" (good) meal expect to pay about $40 to $45 per person with tip.

A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for dinner to Zhivago for our anniversary. It was quite, romantic, and tasty. Blini and caviar is a must! Borsch was spectacular, and vareniki tasted great! There was a great variety of typical Russian dishes to try. I definitely recommend this place to anyone who would like to discover great Russian cuisine.