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The Chew Chew, Riverside, IL

The Chew Chew

4.8
4.8
1717 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Chew Chew has 27 years of providing great food & hospitality in the quaint Village of Riverside, IL. We are located just one-mile east of the Brookfield Zoo. Happy hour daily 4-6pm. Indoor seating for 100 people (multi-level), full-bar & outdoor patio May-October (weather permitting). Thank you for voting us Chicago's #1 Neighborhood Restaurant on Open Table. If you cannot find a reservation online, please call us direct 708-447-8781. We look forward to serving you soon.

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2 people

22:00


Booked 10 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Steak, American
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 16:00–22:00 Happy Hour Mon–Sat 16:00–18:00
  • 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
  • Area
    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, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,717 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 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 Ambience

  • Near West

    Best Value

  • Near West

    Child-friendly

  • Near West

    Innovative

  • Near West

    Healthy

  • Near West

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Near West

    Great for fine wines

  • Near West

    Good for special occasions

  • Near West

    Lively

  • Near West

    Most Booked

1,716 Reviews
  1. GeneH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice restaurant. It's a little pricey like everything else these days.

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  2. Geegee1

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was excellent, as were the cocktails. All employees are friendly and well informed and the overall ambiance is comfortable and inviting. I have been many times for their wonderful Happy Hour but this was the first time for a full dinner . I was certainly impressed and will be back!

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  3. MJubbyshorts

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual great food, drinks, and service from the staff.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here and it was fantastic. Host gave us a great table because it was our first time - nice touch. Our server, Trinity, was the best. Very attentive and personable. We were joking around and giving each other a hard time by the end of the meal. We had oysters (amazing!) and firecrackers shrimp (good but not great), scallops w/risotto (scallops were huge & cooked perfectly), and the chimichurri steak (very good!). We’ll be back!

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  5. HollyS

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chew-Chew has delicious food, and this evening they had a fun Mardi Gras experience.

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  6. efhh

    Washington DC

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good as always. Enjoyed the Mardi Gras menu selections.

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  7. AberdeenM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The special Mardi Gras menu featured blackened red fish, which has been hard to come by locally in recent years. It was beautifully prepared over a bed of collard greens, along with little red beans and rice. All flavors were perfectly balanced. Such a treat!

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  8. Lulubean1

    Chicago

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great wine, great atmosphere & best of all, great people!

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  9. Drizz

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good there every time no matter what I order. Oysters are consistently excellent. The scallops and risotto are always perfectly cooked.

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  10. DianeB

    Raleigh

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When I made my reservation at Choo Choo's I hadn't realized it was Restaurant Week. They had a special menu for Restaurant Week. We ordered one of their fix price four course meals. We were blown away how delicious each one of those courses were. They were items we have never tried before. Each course was a standalone gastronomical the light. Together they were way beyond our wildest expectations. I had planned to go on a Friday because I love their fresh trout, so that is one of the meals we ordered. It was as outstanding as I have always experienced. I substituted one of the vegetables and there was no question about that. Their bread is even better than I remember it. I love their herbed soft butter. I could make a whole meal out of just that bread. We had invited two guests as a thank you and they both ordered the half chicken dinner. They thought it was one of the best chicken dinners they had anywhere . It was juicy and tender and had a nice sauce. It was so ample they were able to take some home too. If you haven't been to Chew Chew it's on a quiet unassuming street in downtown Riverside. There is sufficient parking in the parking lots nearby or directly on the street in front. We usually make a reservation. Scott, the owner, always does a wonderful job. He is there to greet you, and he is on site supervising that everything is going wonderfully. And it is. It's a good value and a great place for a delicious meal. There are even different specials on different nights. There is a board at the entryway listing the specials for the day. Scott had fresh oysters and mussels appetizers on Friday. So treat yourself and come down to Historic Riverside for a memorable meal in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. You'll be glad you did and you will make Chew Chew your Go To place in Riverside.

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  11. JPSANA

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Restuartant week special was delicious. Perfectly sized portions that came hot and quick. The Martinis are the best around. They are ice cold, and the rim rubbed with lemon rind definitely accentuates the lemon through the drink. The bartender is fantastic, and her drinks are consistent. The Chew Chew is a consistent place to go Food, drinks, and serve always top shelf.

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  12. Mary

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great. Food was very good. Atmosphere was pleasant.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chew Chew is a Riverside staple. I’ve never had a bad experience here. I highly recommend.

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  14. EllenH

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frequent diner at The Chew Chew. This week we made a reservation for the prix fixe Restaurant Week menu, which was innovative (as usual) and delicious. Great cocktail selection to start (not included) and unusually large portions for a four course meal. The three of us enjoyed it very much This restaurant is always a favorite and owner Scott Zimmer keeps things interesting by changing the menu seasonally.

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  15. PeterB

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We ordered two entrees 1 ) Salmon , mashed and asparagus 2) A special , filet and shrimp , mashed and Asparagus Both meals were excellent Started out with a half dozen order of oysters , again , excellent

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  16. JamesP

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very consistent eatery. The staff is always welcoming and efficient. I like the set-up of several seating arrangements: window, up-stairs, main room/bar or cool booths near Kitchen. The Food is on point and the drinks are outstanding. One of our favorite spots.

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  17. Lynn

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and so was the wine. Particularly enjoyed the Shitake Potstickers, Lettuce Wraps, Sliders, side of asparagus and the Fat Elvis and Zanzibar Chocolate gelato .

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing!!!! GREAT food, AMAZING service, and EXCELLENT ambiance!!

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  19. Roberta

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktail was knockout, the server gave the appearance of having all the time in the world for us. This was our first visit and I lived the appearance of being on a train. Pike bowl was good, schnitzel and calamari were great, homemade mashed potatoes, loved it.

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  20. dors

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and a wonderful dining experience.

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  21. MarkR

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Chew Chew is really good, so reliable. The food and service are consistently outstanding.

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  22. PS01

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Chew Chew never disappoints! We had the artichoke fritters, which were a special appetizer, I would recommend they add these to their menu, the were delish!! I had the crab artichoke salad, my husband had the chicken parmigiana, both were excellent! We have been coming here for years, the food is always great.

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  23. EllenH

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Scott’s menu is always innovative, but reliably delicious. Our three member table gobbled up every single bite of our meals and pronounced them a treat. A wide variety of selections, offering choices to both small appetites and large. Menus change seasonally twice a year, so there is always something new to discover and enjoy.

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  24. Joseph

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is fresh and tasty. The dishes are creative. Love their staff. Been going there almost weekly since they opened in our community in 1996. It never gets old. North side food right here in Riverside.

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  25. MarkfromOakPark

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had appetizers as our dinner: the edamame, calamari, pot stickers, and the goat cheese. All excellent! Friendly, attentive service from Trinity.

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  26. KatieC

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great as always and we had our favorite server Lauren. She goes above and beyond with service. Love this place!

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  27. BrianS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I wanted to love this place since it’s in the neighborhood and I really like to support local businesses, but was untimately pretty disappointed. The food was okay, but not nearly the level I expected from the great reviews I read. The service was pretty terrible too even though the restaurant wasn’t very busy.

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  28. Rike

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Chew Chew is a cozy gem in the Western suburbs. The food is always excellent and the service very good and attentive. We never had a bad experience here.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding. All recommendations from waitress were great. We live outside the area and come to riverside because the food is that good.

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  30. LauraH

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The oysters were fresh. And the mussels are always delicious.

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  31. Franman

    Chicago

    74 reviews

    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chew chew is always a great place for dinner! Food is a step up, service is very attentive, moderate noise levels and very fair pricing. What's not to like?

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  32. DanP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place to eat. Great food, drinks and service. Always love to go there.

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  33. Sharonmarie

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were very happy to find that Chew Chew would be open on Christmas Eve, despite it being a Sunday. Our party of six was seated in a timely fashion. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. Drinks were a great way to start - the Red Head was my choice, and it was delicious. Our party enjoyed the mussels (special appetizer) and bacon-wrapped dates. All entrees were a hit. I had the special - fillet and scallops - and the preparation and presentation was exceptional. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a fine dining experience.

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  34. RussellJ

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service is excellent. Fresh made food with a large selection of dishes Wine selection is very good.

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  35. Murph

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The people are friendly, the food is good, but it’s too loud to have a conversation when it’s crowded.

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  36. sharons

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So well taken care of by our server, Trinity! Great food too.

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  37. ThomasB

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated a birthday at the Chew Chew and it was wonderful. The 16 oz pork chop was fantastic and the salmon entree was delicious. Terrific restaurant and great service.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was incredibly accommodating. It was a fantastic experience.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service always! Trout was amazing!!!!

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  40. BradR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great meal! Great local restaurant with big city quality.

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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 1717 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

22:00


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Chew Chew

33 East Burlington, Riverside, IL 60546

Additional information

  • Area
    Riverside
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 16:00–22:00 Happy Hour Mon–Sat 16:00–18:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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, Takeaway, 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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