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The Chew Chew, Riverside, IL

The Chew Chew

4.8
4.8
1481 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Voted Chicago-land's #1 Neighborhood Restaurant by Open Table, Best of Chicago by Chicago Magazine and TOP 25 Suburban Restaurant by Chicago Eater. Happy Hour daily 4-6pm. The Chew Chew has 25 years experience providing great food and hospitality. Located in the heart of Riverside, IL., one-mile east of the Brookfield Zoo. We are currently offering Indoor Dining & Carry-Out. Patio dining will return in the Spring.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steak, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (708) 447-8781

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Scott Zimmer

  • Catering

    Full-Service, Carry-Out, Deliveruy

  • Private party facilities

    The restaurant has a second level mezzanine for groups up to 50 people.

  • Private party contact

    Scott: (708) 447-8781

  • Neighborhood

    Riverside

  • Parking details

    Directly on Burlington Street and city lot nearby.

  • Public transit

    Steps away from the Burlington Northern train station in Riverside.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,481 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Contemporary American

  • Near West

    Best Overall

  • Near West

    Best Food

  • Near West

    Best Service

  • Near West

    Best Ambiance

  • Near West

    Best Value

  • Near West

    Fit for Foodies

  • Near West

    Good for Groups

  • Near West

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Near West

    Romantic

  • Near West

    Special Occasion

  • Near West

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Near West

    Most Booked

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  1. LL

    LandL

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We asked for a quiet table for 4 people. We were taken to a spot upstairs. Unfortunately, it turned out to be anything but quiet. A table was reserved for 10+ people. It got REALLY loud. We did enjoy the food. Their cauliflower crust pizza was excellent.
  2. MM

    MilkensMama

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the Chew Chew
  3. RO

    RONC

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    VERY NICE OUTDOOR SET UP . STAFF IS PLEASANT AMD THE FOOD IS EXCELLENT . HAVE BEEN THERE SEVERAL TIMES AND IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ENJOYABLE..
  4. MR

    MarkR

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Chew Chew is consistently and reliably very good. The food is delicious, and the menu is loaded with creative treatments of appetizers and entrees. Food is presented to enhance the quality of the meal, and they honor reservations! Very underrated place.
  5. e

    efhh

    Washington DC

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as ever. Enjoyed sitting outside. Tried the steak and Gorgonzola flatbread and it was very good.
  6. j

    jimm

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Comfortable environment, excellent bar, and very good food, served by waiters who know what they are talking about (ours was Isaac). Fairly priced, and definitely would recommend. Jim
  7. L

    Lulubean1

    Chicago

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food & atmosphere! Love the wine & staff!
  8. B

    Bonbon55

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the oysters on Thursday!!! Everything is so tasty!!!
  9. B

    Bonbon55

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Lauren was amazing - she made everything that much better!
  10. M

    Mari

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Service was a bit slow but other than that, it was very good
  11. MC

    MariaCas

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  12. L

    Lulubean1

    Chicago

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chew Chew always great! Great food & wine!
  13. S

    Success1

    Chicago

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great place outstanding food super service highly recommend it to all my friends
  14. SS

    SuSu

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitstaff is friendly; there are many items on the menu that I would choose.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Newish member of the wait staff wasn’t entirely as quick as one might expect but acknowledged and apologised for the shortcomings. The food and ambiance more than made up for the slow delivery of our bottle of wine. I’m laidback enough to let it slide but my wife noted the issues with a tad bit of frustration.
  16. LM

    LaurieM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A neighborhood gem that serves fresh, innovative, quality meals in a wonderful environment.
  17. JH

    JenniferH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and friendly service every time I visit.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for Mother’s Day! It was Amazing service. Food was top notch. We will be back for sure!
  19. s

    steve

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First timers at Chew Chew and with an amazing menu like that we’ll be back again soon! Delicious
  20. A

    Adrian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and amazing food! My family and me loved this place! The service was great!
  21. LA

    LisaA

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love Chew Chew! The place was happening last night! So fun to see everyone having fun. Great food as always.
  22. N

    Nita

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service a great local jem. Haven't been for a while and was not disappointed.
  23. JJ

    JenJen

    Chicago

    56 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    We were a table of 6 women looking forward to a fun evening. They put us upstairs in a windowless room that had the ambiance of a dated banquet hall. And it was all families with young kids. We should have been put downstairs near the bar and activity. Food was average. The risotto had a weird tomato sauce in it. Scallops weren't seared, but rather just tasted steamed. The Hawaiian chicken dish was good though. My cauliflower bowl was ok, but not much spice or sauce or flavor. Pretty bland. Our drinks were not consistent. 3 of us had Moscow Mules, and 1 of them was SO strong we had to send back. Another got a cocktail that was just bad. I would NEVER go back here if I knew they'd put us on top floor windowless room. The saving grace was our waitress was great and very accommodating.
  24. D

    Debbie

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as usual! Fav place!!!
  25. LH

    LauraH

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The oysters were so fresh and delicious.
  26. S

    Success1

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place great food great service
  27. HS

    HollyS

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, friendly, efficient service, beautiful atmosphere.
  28. L

    Lulubean1

    Chicago

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve always had great food here! I almost always order the glazed ginger salmon & it has never been disappointing! Cooked perfectly every time! Very friendly staff!
  29. AS

    AdamS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Great food. We love this place. We will be back soon.
  30. SB

    SeanB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a very nice birthday dinner for my wife. Great time for us all!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always the food and service were great. Highly recommend
  32. B

    Babysis

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There were 5 of us in our group. You know the menu is good when you have people unable to choose a meal because there are so many wonderful choices. What we each ended up ordering was even more delicious than we thought it would be. Great service, noise level was low enough that we could have a conversation without screaming. We Will b eback.
  33. CK

    CarolK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time going to Chew Chew. The food was outstanding. The waiter was great. He explained and recommended different things to us. We had our table in the corner and it was quiet. It was a very enjoyable dinner.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful!
  35. MS

    MaryS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent evening out with a dear friend enhanced by tasty Back Porch cocktails, delicious entrees and deserts, all accompanied by just the right amount of friendly staff attention.
  36. CJ

    CJN78

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent.
  37. DB

    DianeB

    Raleigh

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We treated our neighbors to dinner as a thank you. We chose to go to Chew Chew because It's always a good experience and we know they always have wonderful food. We each ordered a different entree and each of us raved about how good it was. The macadamia encrusted trout was phenomenal. The pork chop was done to perfection and was so thick it had two, not one bone. The bread is always delicious. The drinks we all ordered were very tasty. Our wait staff was attentive without being obtrusive. And of course we saw two tables of people that we knew. The owner, Scott, was there overseeing everything, and of course everything ran beautifully. It was a Saturday night and they had a nice crowd. A number of people were enjoying a drink at the bar. My one friend had her whole family together for a family celebration. It is their favorite place to go. Another friend who's daughter had her quarantined throughout all of covid chose Chew Chew as her first foray into the public, and she said she had a great time. I noticed she took two full bags of extra food to eat this week too! Many of us were ordering carryout during the height of Covid. But it's so nice to be back there in person. We know that Scott fully upgraded the ventilation system over a year ago to keep everyone safe. There's even a lovely outdoor seating area we will use once the weather gets warmer. I can't give any higher praise to such a great restaurant nestled in cute little downtown Riverside. Of course we stopped next door at Aunt Diana's for some chocolate Easter candy to give to our kids when we see them. There's a nice variety on the menu so you're sure to find something you like. Treat yourself to a very high quality restaurant by eating at Chew Chew soon. Be sure to make a reservation.
  38. TE

    TayaE

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was phenomenal. We also had the Santa Fe egg rolls and Duck pot stickers. Drinks were good as well. Service was stellar. We will definitely return.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chew chew is one of my absolute favorite restaurants. I am never disappointed. We got the edamame, bacon wrapped dates, crab cakes, oysters, trout, vodka sauce pasta and the mozzarella flatbread. Everything was incredible. My mouth is watering now just thinking about it. I can’t wait to go back! Service is always phenomenal.
  40. MM

    MilkensMama

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always great!

FAQs

The Chew Chew offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 447-8781.

The Chew Chew is rated 4.8 stars by 1481 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for The Chew Chew

33 East Burlington Riverside, IL 60546

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Riverside

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steak, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Directly on Burlington Street and city lot nearby.

  • Public transit

    Steps away from the Burlington Northern train station in Riverside.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Scott Zimmer

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (708) 447-8781

  • Catering

    Full-Service, Carry-Out, Deliveruy

  • Private party facilities

    The restaurant has a second level mezzanine for groups up to 50 people.

  • Private party contact

    Scott: (708) 447-8781

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