Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Chef's

291 Seneca St. (Chicago St.) Send to Phone
716-856-9187 | Menu
Chef's has been the bastion for simple, down-to-earth Italian-American classics and is likely to remain so for a long time.
Your Opinion
Add your own review

Local Deals: 120 * 90

Cuisine
Open
Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat.
Features

* Click here for rating key

  • 4.0 star rating
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
4.0 rating over 3 reviews

Chef's Restaurant Review

: Carloads of people come from all over town to this venerable Italian-American restaurant. Owner Lou Billitter worked his way up from dishwasher to full owner of what began, in 1923, as a small family restaurant. The décor is classic Italian-American, dominated by the color of vino rosso and a taste for ornamentation evocative of the Mediterranean, such as gorgeous grape chandeliers. Chef's reputation rests firmly on its basic sauce, tangy and full bodied with the moderate sweetness of thyme and tomatoes. All pasta is ordered à la carte, so you have a choice of a huge plate or a small one to accompany an entrée, and you can choose from gnocchi, rigatoni, spirals, or spears, not to mention spaghetti. Mushrooms, massive meatballs, and sausages are also options, as are alternative sauces: pesto, garlic and oil or butter, and con sarde with a generous amount of sarde. Traditional veal and chicken entrées are expertly prepared. From the Chianti to coffee and tiramisù, Chef's demonstrates a commitment to the old favorites.

User Ratings & Reviews for Chef's
Average rating    1
Reviews 1 - 1 of 11
I disagree!
by wjrapaport on Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:35 am
 
I have eaten here 3 times in the past 15 years; all 3 meals were among the worst I have ever had. I don't like their sauce (though others do; this is clearly a personal taste). Their Chicken & Vegetable dish is fatty, gristly, and has too much salt. Their Veal Cacciatore had 3 bite-sized pieces of veal and gobs and gobs of green peppers, all smothered in their awful sauce. Maybe people keep coming back for the service, which is indeed fine. But the food is not. I would give this place 0 stars if I could.
 
Reviews 1 - 1 of 11



RESTAURANT AWARDS 2014

Check out the 2014 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Rising Chefs and more.