The Chew Chew

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1103 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Voted Chicagoland's #1 "Neighborhood Restaurant" by Open Table, "Best of Chicago" by Chicago Magazine and "TOP 25 Suburban Restaurant (2017)" by Chicago Eater. "Happy Hour" daily (4-6pm) with 50% Cocktails, Beer & Glass Wine. The Chew Chew has over 20 years experience providing great food & hospitality to our guests. Chef/Owner Scott Zimmer re-opened the popular eatery two-blocks from the original location which now features multi-level dining, a large bar/lounge, new menu and an expanded beer and wine list.
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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, great value, and great food. All around excellent dining experience. We’ll be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good food and service!

MW
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was terrific. Love the new items on the menu. Service was gracious and excellent.

BS
Chicago
115 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a very clean and neat neighborhood restaurant but can easily be a destination. Excellent food with a varied menu that periodically changes. Full bar with attractive seating. Always good fish, shellfish, steak, fries, burgers, salads and bowls. Highly recommended.

S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the Chicago area! The food and drinks are excellent and the service is friendly.

G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I would like to know when I’m placing drink order if there is an additional fee for requesting a certain brand in the mixed drink. Ex. Cosmo I requested Kettle One and Cointreau. I was not aware I would be charged extra. Thank you.

MW
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent once again. Great food and great service. Chew Chew is our “go to” place to entertain family and friends. Love it.

BB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We come to The Chew Chew a few times a year and are never disappointed. Ambiance, service, and food were all top notch as usual. Great place for any occasion.

BE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

enjoyed causal dining. good menu. location and parking is good.

e
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bacon Week was amazing! I wish I could have sampled everything on the menu.

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bacon week was amazing! Not be be missed!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Usual greatness

DD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They had a bacon fest promotion with special small & large plates that were really good. Looking forward to seeing some of these items on their regular menu

SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The grilled calamari steak was as outstanding as the exemplary service of Sabrina.

MW
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bacon Week - absolutely fantastic! We were so pleased with our service and the food was outstanding. Scott has done it again - always good, fresh, exciting and unique. Best neighborhood gem we've found.

TH
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for foodies, nestled in cozy Riverside. Food and service is superb.
Kudos to chef and staff

l
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Solid comfort food. A cut above from the rest. Some sophisticated choices as well. All good with reasonable portions and the coleslaw particularly crunchy and tasty.

MC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious menu, great staff, and family friendly. A favorite spot for our family.

J
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We sat outside and really enjoyed the quiet. My husband got the jambalaya and really enjoyed it. I got the trout with a different sauce. It really didnt need any. I would not have wanted the crab and mushroom sauce on it ( asked for it on the side) as it was way too oily. Potatoes were not roasted; they were not browned, which was disappointing. They brought me key kime pie as an apology for the oily sauce. It was excellent! Would go back!

SC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great menu selection

OT
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our friends who live most of the year in Florida hadn't been back to Chew Chews since Scott relocated from the Arcade building across from the train station. They remembered loving the restaurant and the food. It was even better than they remembered!
We usually just eat at our house, but decided to go out for a change because it has been so hot. We were also celebrating one of their birthdays.
Everyone found many good choices. They watch their diet and exercise so they are very fit. We all ordered different fish and one chicken dish. Everything was done to perfection. The fish lifted effortlessly off the skin. They commented how Excellent the fish was, much better than they even get in Florida as well as the north side of Chicago restaurants which are highly rated. They said we are so lucky to have such a wonderful Restaurant that we can walk to through beautiful Riverside.
We will be going back soon with other friends because this is where everyone wants to eat out with us.

L
Chicago
98 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Macadamia nut chicken is delicious! Also, molten cake is one of the best! Always a good meal!

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Yet another enjoyable outing to the Chew Chew. The restaurant has maintained its high standards and culinary creativity and instincts.

g
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A neighborhood treasure!

LF
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and quality are always solid. We were lucky to get a reservation on short notice. Highly recommend the Florida Style Fish of the Day and of course their Templeton Rye Manhattan!)

RL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best suburban restaurant for your buck, hands down!

AR
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Chew Chew is always fantastic. Two of my favorites are the risotto and salmon and the steak frites. However everything I’ve had at The Chew Chew is outstanding. The ambiance is nice...it can be a little loud downstairs by the bar, but you can still talk. The upstairs is usually quieter. The service is always top notch!

DR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went their for Father's Day and ate off the Special Menu. The food was outstanding, I had the Jambalaya with Lobster. It was wonderful. A great place to eat, a great place to bring your family.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Great food. Service not so much this time around.

M
Chicago
322 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The Chew Chew is a relaxed, friendly restaurant in which you feel that you belong. The food is good and the servers make you feel at home. They have a very nice menu which some nice options. I especially like the seafood items. Portions are perfect. Just enough!!!

TA
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food, Soft shell crab was just okay but the crab legs were awesome. Great drinks too, quiet nice place.

OT
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We needed to eat a bit early in order to catch a concert, so we dined at 5. To my surprise, drinks were half price because it was happy hour. What a pleasant surprise! We had guests and everyone enjoyed their food and cocktails which were perfectly made to our specifications. The wait staff was friendly and efficient. I ordered the trout with crab meat because I know that their fish is always fresh and cooked perfectly so it lifts effortlessly off the skin and you never encounter any bones. It was delicious. My husband had the soft shell crab special of the day which was delicious with asparagus which was outstanding. The bread is fresh baked and has changed a little in appearance, but tasted so good that we ordered a second loaf which only cost $2. Together with the home made herb whipped butter, you can't stop eating it. The meal size is generous, and my friend couldn't finish hers. The rest of us devoured every enjoyable morsel. It is worth a trip to historic Riverside just to eat here. Outside seating is also available.

F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Awesome experience

DP
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had to Macadamia Nut Chicken it was delicious! The only thing that I can say against the place is that if you want extra bread they charge you for it.

e
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Chew Chew is one of our favorite restaurants and will continue to be. But my recent entree was disappointing. I have ordered the trout with crabmeat in the past and really enjoyed it. But this time the dish had no flavor or seasoning. It tasted like separate ingredients put on a plate. Perhaps in an effort to “lightened” the preparation, the chef chose to replace the beurre blanc with a light broth. It was not successful. We will be back, But I won’t order this dish again.

SP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always delicious and fresh ingedients. Great cocktails too.

NS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, professional staff. Always a satisfying visit.

D
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

May have have been an off night. Had dined here and had a wonderful experience-great food and service. This time, food was okay. Could not find our server/a server regarding our food order (luke warm on its way to cold). We typically go early to avoid crowds, not sure what was going on that day

n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Food tried to be seasonal and innovative, but fell short of the mark. Boring and fairly bland. Ambiance and staff were great though, cocktails good.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The Chew Chew was good. Service was very good and the drinks were very good.

I just didn’t like the food too much. It was great quality. But the flavor profile wasn’t right for me. I ordered the salmon risotto, the risotto tasted like Mac n cheese, with too many garnishing veggies. The salmon was fine, nothing to write home about.

My date ordered the chicken parm and she didn’t care too much for it either.

We did eat both plates but I can’t see myself going back any time soon.

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