Dine In Riverside

Whether you’re thinking fine-dining date night, a casual meal at a neighborhood joint, grab-and-go comfort food or a tempting special treat, Riverside eateries cater to all appetites.

Chew Chew

Voted Chicagoland’s #1 Neighborhood Restaurant by Open Table, the Chew Chew, near the Riverside train station, stays on the right track with upscale American chow in train-inspired digs and vintage travel-related decor. Chef and owner, Scott Zimmer, invites guests abroad his culinary express, treating them to American-inspired dishes such as Colorado lamb chops, chipotle-barbecue chicken flatbreads, and center-cut filet mignon steaks with lump crab.

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Pizza at La Barra

For sharable Italian small plates, award-winning pizza, great wines and handcrafted cocktails, head over to La Barra. This beautiful restaurant includes a private dining room and a gorgeous outdoor patio with scenic views of the village’s historic Water Tower.

Mollie’s Public House is more than just a quaint tavern with Irish beer and whiskey. It’s also a family restaurant serving Irish and American bar grub. Named for owner Brian Carroll’s grandmother, Mollie’s offers a traditional vibe and outdoor patio seating. Featured on Chicago’s Best for all the right reasons, stop by Mollie’s for the famous fish and chips or Shepard’s Pie.

For a unique taste of Mexico, go to La Estancia. With decorations and dinnerware from Puebla, La Estancia gives customers an authentic experience not found at other Mexican restaurants. Named in honor of the ranch in Mexico where her husband is from, owner Claudia Reyes serves up traditional Mexican fare, including quesadillas, tortas, tacos, and tamales. Be sure to save some room for sweet favorites like the horchata and tres leches cakes.

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The quaint entrance to La Estancia

Try the best of Bohemia at Little Bohemia Restaurant. Cheerful staff wearing Bohemian costumes serve up big portions of traditional Eastern European food. Popular dishes include breaded pork tenderloin, stuffed cabbage, and pork cutlets. The dumplings and sauerkraut are truly out of this world. You’ll feel like you’re back in Grandma’s kitchen at this Riverside gem.

For a taste of the Middle East, head over to Nada on Harlem Avenue. Nada serves up authentic halal dishes, including keema, a minced beef dish; chicken, lamb, fish or shrimp machboos, served with rice and vegetables, and lamb bamia, a stew served with rice. Other menu items include soup, hummus, mloukieh, and lamb’s head. Open daily, Nada closes at 1:00 a.m. for those late night cravings.

Bakeries and Sweets

From specialty sandwiches and traditional empanadas to gluten-free baked goods and homemade candies, Riverside has lots of neighborhood faves worth checking out, too.

Stop by Sawmilly Sandwich Shoppe for handcrafted and innovative sandwiches. Build your own or try the pork roast dip sandwich. It was recently named one of Chicago’s Best and featured on the show of the same name. Pair your sandwich with one of Sawmilly’s delicious sides, like the handcut potato chips. This cozy lunch cafe also has salads, sweets, craft beer, wine, and natural sodas. There’s a kid-friendly menu, too.

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Discover the bold flavors of Argentina at empanadUS. Made fresh daily, empanadUS offers an array of empanadas, including chicken, beef, mushroom and spinach. Other popular empanadas include buffalo chicken, BBQ pork, and caprese. Don’t leave without trying the banana and Nutella empanadas—they’re amazing!

For some sweet indulgences, be sure to check out Aunt Diana’s Old Fashioned Fudge. As a Riverside staple for more than 40 years, Aunt Diana’s is famous for old-fashioned and contemporary candy, homemade fudge, caramel apples and more.

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For sweet treats that everyone will be able to enjoy, head over to Flùr, a gluten-free bakery and cafe. There’s not an ounce of deliciousness to be missed with Flùr’s gluten-free brownies, macarons and cookies. As an artisanal bakery, the menu at Flùr is always fresh and seasonal. Available items can include breakfast pizza slices, pretzels, almond tarts, pop tarts, mini pies, cream puffs, mini bundt cakes, and more! During the summer months, the outdoor patio at Flùr is the perfect place to marvel at the beauty of Riverside’s historic and charming downtown.

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