Where to Eat in Riverside: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 15, 2018 Jacquiline Delozier

Riverside is a suburban village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. A significant portion of the village is in the Riverside Landscape Architecture District, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. The population of the village was 8,875 at the 2010 census. It is a suburb of Chicago, located roughly 9 miles (14 km) west of downtown Chicago and 2 miles (3 km) outside city limits.
Things to do in Riverside

1. Riverside Restaurant

3422 Harlem Ave, Riverside, IL 60546-2329 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations European, Czech, Eastern European, Central European Lunch, Dinner +1 708-442-0434
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

Riverside Restaurant

Reviewed By BigDMI - Algonac, Michigan

Went with friends for dinner at their suggestion for Bohemian foods. Food was hearty and tasty. They have a great selection of bohemian foods including goulash, dumplings, sausage, and pickled beef.
They offer daily specials.
There also are some seafood items on the menu.
You must same room for dessert including kolacky and cheesecake.
One point is that they don't take credit cards.

2. Emilio's Tapas Bar Restaurant

4100 Roosevelt Rd, Hillside, IL 60162-1824 Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Private Dining, Television, Accepts Credit Cards Spanish, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 20 - SGD 39 +1 708-547-7177
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

Emilio's Tapas Bar Restaurant

Thank you for your interest in Emilio’s Tapas. Emilio’s Tapas is an authentic Spanish Tapas Bar Restaurant conveniently located in West Suburban Hillside. Spanish cuisine can best be described as a mix of French and Italian influences; tapas are small dishes ideal for appetizers or when ordered in rounds build a complete meal. Our menu consists of regional Spanish specialties, original dishes created by Emilio offered in both the dining room and bar for dinner daily. The restaurant is casual with spacious dining rooms and an energetic atmosphere accentuated by colorful Spanish murals, music and tiles.

Reviewed By Geoff809 - Montclair, New Jersey

Fantastic tapas dishes. 4 of us had 8 tapas and not a bad one in the bunch. Nice wine, band and dancers gave a little slice of authentic Spain to the evening. Prices were very reasonable for this upscale restaurant in the heart of the...MoreGracias for your review and rating, we appreciate it. Please stop by soon, happy hour is M-F 4:30-6:30 and we have bar bites from $1.95 in our bar!

3. Freddy's Pizzeria

1600 S 61st Ave, Cicero, IL 60804-1641 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating Italian, Pizza, Delicatessen Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 +1 708-863-9289
Excellent
90%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 76 reviews

Freddy's Pizzeria

Reviewed By Leslie M - Fish Creek, Wisconsin

Freddy's is some of the best food I've ever eaten!!! My husband and I have enjoyed this place for over 15 years since we saw it on Check, Please. Now we live in South Carolina, but will always find a way to go when we're in the area. The lemon chicken is so good that I could drink the juice. They give you free bread to sop up all that deliciousness. The seafood salad is the freshest and has most tender calamari and octopus I've ever had. They weigh the seafood first and then add the olive oil and lemons. I also highly recommend the risotto, rapini, and Italian sausage which comes a jus with peppers and potatoes. All the salads are incredibly flavorful and fresh. There are also a variety of pasta dishes, meat entrees, sandwiches, and pizza. It doesn't matter how full you are, get the gelato! I've never found any better! My favorite is the Don Vito which has a cherry base with brandied whole bing cherries and chocolate. The Oreo, dulce de leche, and fruits of the forest are also delicious!! I'm sure they all are! Get a taste of any before you buy. So hard to decide. The place is very small and the food line is at the back of a tiny and charming Italian grocery store. They will heat the food up on paper plates and you can eat in an adjacent room (outside too when the weather is nice). Or you can get it all to go. This place never disappoints! Expect long lines that move rather quickly. Holiday times are especially crowded. They do not take credit or debit cards. It's not especially cheap, but such a great value for the quality and freshness of the food. The staff who waits on you is very pleasant, many speak Spanish, and have been there for many years. Enjoy!

4. Irish Times

8869 Burlington Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513-2156 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available American, Irish, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 708-485-8787
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 108 reviews

Irish Times

Reviewed By Annette F - Brookfield, Illinois

As Brookfield residents, we visit Irish Times fairly regularly, and often bring friends. This is a real, independently-owned Irish pub, not a chain restaurant, and so has an authentic feel. While the burgers are always good, and a bargain on Mondays ($5), I recommend the more Irish fare. The corned beef and cabbage dinner and the Irish breakfast are my favorites. The shepherd's pie is also very good, although even the best versions of that tend to be a bit bland. Add a slice of Irish bacon to the tomato and grilled cheese! The fish and chips (AYCE on Fridays) are excellent, quality flaky cod in a light tempura-style batter. A reasonably wide selection of beers and ciders on tap for a relatively small place. They used to make wonderful bread pudding with whiskey sauce, but the last time we ordered it, it came with caramel/chocolate sauce, which was fine, but not as good as the traditional. It can get crowded on Friday and Saturday evenings (or during special events/music performances - even rather crazy around St. Pat's day!), and the kitchen sometimes gets busy, so the wait for your meal to arrive can increase, but the service is always friendly and attentive. Try going early Sunday afternoon, especially in winter, when it's less crowded and you might get a table near the fireplace. The outdoor patio in back is great in warmer weather, entirely fenced-in and private. Over the years they've given in and added some big-screen TVs, but the volume is usually kept down, so minimally distracting. We've been coming here since smoking was allowed and many of the servers still had the Irish brogue. The BN Metra train station is just outside their door, so come visit Brookfield!

5. Vesecky's Bakery

6634 Cermak Rd, Ste A, Berwyn, IL 60402-2357 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible +1 708-788-4144
Excellent
78%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Vesecky's Bakery

Reviewed By Sinaida C

It looks like a store from my childhood in Eastern Europe. The stuff they sell looks authentic, but the rohliki are very different from what they should be. Kolachky with poppy seeds are nice, but the jam things are way too sweet for any non-American. I mean, I do like sweet things, just American things are way to sweet for me.
Overall, even if this place is not exactly the same as it would be in Prague, but it brings good memories of Eastern Europe:)

6. Blueberry Hill

49 S La Grange Rd, La Grange, IL 60525-2455 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 708-352-4900
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

Blueberry Hill

Reviewed By Eileen B - Wheaton, Illinois

My girl friend and I wanted to try restaurants in LaGrange and saw this one on main street. Service is fast and friendly. My friend had the Baked Blueberry French Toast. The bread is dense and was not what she expected. She needed the compote addition because it was so dense and dry. Not a good choice. I had the Aussie Chicken sandwich. The chicken was not seasoned and I had to use the salt shaker which I never do. It was average sandwich. Portion size was good. We both decided we probably wont return.

7. The Chew Chew

33 E Burlington St, Riverside, IL 60546-2140 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 52 +1 708-447-8781
Excellent
70%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

The Chew Chew

Awarded "Best of Chicago" and a "Neighborhood Gem" by Chicago Magazine the Chew Chew is back on track after a complete renovation of their new location in Riverside. Chef/Owner Scott Zimmer has re-opened the popular eatery two-blocks from the previous location which features multi-level dining, a large bar/lounge, new menu and an expanded beer and wine list.

Reviewed By MassarelloFamily - Chicago, Illinois

We had a wonderful dinner here on a Tuesday night. We started out with crostini - a make your own toasted bread with goat cheese, chutney and a large roasted garlic (not recommended if you are on your first date) We loved it!
With our well informed waiter, we chose chicken with mango sauce and duck/pancetta meat balls in a light broth sauce and pasta. Couldn't have been better choices and enough to bring home. They had a wine special that night for a very fair price.
Great service. Fair prices. We will definitely come back!

8. Prasino

93 S LaGrange Ave, La Grange, IL 60525 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 708-469-7058
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 151 reviews

Prasino

prasino means "green" in Greek. So, it is only natural that every choice we make, from our food to our restaurant design to our kitchen facilities, reflects our respect for a sustainable environment. Our priority is serving hormone/anti-biotic free meats, sustainable seafood, organic produce and eggs. Every effort is made to buy locally whenever possible, but we have also sought out exceptional ingredients from around the country from like-minded vendors. We are proud to present our Contemporary American menu in a refreshing, comfortable atmosphere that celebrates the love of good food, good conversation and friendship.

Reviewed By Karen Z - Chicago, Illinois

I would actually give 3 1/2 stars...service was very, very slow. We were sitting there for about 15 minutes before anyone came over to ask us about drinks. I ordered a decaf coffee, which was lukewarm. My friends ordered mimosas, which they said were good. I ordered the healthy wrap, which had egg whites, mushrooms, onions, a little cheese, and avocado, but the charred tomato salsa was missing. Another friend ordered the same thing, but asked for no mushrooms...when served, there were mushrooms, so they made her a new one pretty quickly. The other two people ordered the frittata and the bacon omelet. The bacon omelet was huge, filled with cheese, and delicious. All were served with roasted potatoes, which were pretty good.

9. Portillo's Hot Dogs

7740 Roosevelt Rd, Forest Park, IL 60130-3036 (Formerly Portillo's) Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 708-383-7557
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 67 reviews

Portillo's Hot Dogs

Home to America's favorite Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, burgers, salads, and chocolate cake.

Reviewed By Yogini109 - Oak Park, Illinois

I love Portillo's! My favorite is Italian Sausage on a hotdog bun with mustard, onions, and sport peppers. I love everything they have though. Their fries are always delicious. I can't remember one time not getting fresh fries. But again, consistency is the key. I can always expect my food to taste good and to be freshly made. Sometimes the wait is annoying, but usually not.

10. Falafelji-Lyons

3910 Harlem Ave, Lyons, IL 60534-1208 Reservations Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern Lunch, Dinner +1 708-447-4757
Excellent
70%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Falafelji-Lyons

Reviewed By EquestrianTraveler4 - Ocala, Florida

Just off of Harlem Ave lies this hidden little jem in a strip mall with an empty seedy looking vacant space next door. The food was a pleasant surprise once I got over the location. We ordered chicken kabobs on pita, a Tabouli salad and a falafel pita. The falafel pita was packed with tomatoes, and other goodies, and my friend enjoyed it very much. I had the chicken kabob which was really good, the chicken seemed fresh and cooked nicely with some great spices, I would have liked some other veggies inside but it was small chunks of tasty pickles that were inside my sandwich. The treat of the day however was the Tabouli salad, the flavors were amazing, refreshing and I found myself happily digging in as we shared the salad.

My only negative other than the location was I felt the inside could have been cleaner. Somehow it just didn't feel clean, with a few forks on the floor and fallen napkins. If they made it spotless, with the food, it would deserve a 5.

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