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Bob Chinn's Crab House

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American Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Caterers

393 S Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090

847-520-3633

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Today: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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krissyg703

11/09/10

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Definitely an Experience

The Mai Tai's were good. And the salad bar. As far as the rest of it...well let's just say they are riding on a reputation.

The first entree I ordered was so salty and tough I had to send it back. I decided to try the chicken noodle soup, thought it was safe. Had to send that back too - way too salty and the noodles were the texture of thin rubber hoses. I gave up after that. My husband was very satisfied with his meal though.

I will say, our server worked her tail off and took both of my entrees back with a smile. They all looked like they were running their tails off. You will definitely get good service.

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suredeal

10/03/10

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Quite the expirience

Decided to try this place since I had heard about it, and happened to be in the suburbs, Probably the worst meal I had in ages. I had the surf and turf, my steamed crab legs were served without proper utensils, cold and soggy... yes soggy... later when I had to remind the waiter to bring utensils and the other half of my surf and turf. The meat was over cooked and salty. Instead of the side of veggies I ordered I was given fried rice, I prefer China Hut's fried rice. My partner's food was just as nasty and he also was served the fried rice instead of the white rice he ordered. The food was awful and the service matched plus the neighborhood sucks.

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Twinturbine93

10/16/08

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Not as fresh as you think

Being a former Chinn's employee, I must say that just about EVERYTHING is precooked, from the fresh fish to the crabs. Don't think that you are the first one to taste your food either, because the line cooks all have their fingers in your dish tasting it. The fresh fish in cooked about 95% of the way before you even order it. Bob Chinn himself hate Americans and fat people, even though he was born right in Minnesota, not China.

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carolruth

08/02/08

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I tripped on the carpet in the waiting line, fell down, knee bleeding. Alarmed hostess gets Bob Chi

I tripped on carpet in waiting line, fell on all 4rs, knee bleeding thru slacks. Alarmed hostess gets Bob Chinn who proceeds to insult me, says maybe my husband tripped me. Says ""we call ambulances all the time."" He doesn't deserve your business.

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teej_1106

06/17/08

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Best seafood around. The Mai Tai's also make for a more enjoyable experience.

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moko13

01/11/08

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Luv those crabs

What a great seafood place. I rarely found a good seafood place around but this one is awesome. The crabs were fresh and huge. They cook it in several different ways hot and cold. However, the food is kinda pricey. I also think the place is not too cozy. Too crowded and loud. The service was wonderful. The server guided us through all the menu and gave the right suggestions.

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vegitoboi

10/08/07

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A Red Lobster for the money making exectutives

I was here recently for my neice's baptism reception. However, after 5 minutes of the adults acting like the babies they were holding I up and left the party, but not the place, obviously. I actually found my way to the bar and had my own lunch. Now I've heard alot about this place prior to coming here, and I think I've been here when I was a little kid too. But one look at the menu and my mouth just dropped; not because of the selections, but of the prices. It's unbelieveable!!! Right off the bat, one appitizer would cost the same as 1 entree (or even more) at a cheaper place like Red Lobster. Even an order of fried rice is about $11. Needless to say, I skipped the main courses and opted for the appitizers. I had a dozen oysters ($15) and the pair of tempura fried soft shell crabs ($20). The oysters were nothing special, but the crabs were. I don't recall any seafood place that offered crabs like that. I for one was pleased with that...but my wallet wasn't. my family managed to keep the leftovers and they weren't bad either (steak, coconut shrimp, fish (not sure which one though)). I don't know if it is even fair for me to write a review just going by 2 appitizers and leftovers. But, I'd definitely go back for more...on a date or if someone else is paying ; )

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erikturn

11/26/06

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FRESHNESS SEAFOOD IN CHICAGO

WE GO THERE AT LEAST TWICE A MONTH FOR THE GARLIC SHRIMP, BLUE CRAB APPETIZER AS WELL AS THE CALAMARI. THEY ARE THE BEST APPETIZER. YOU MUST ALWAYS TRY THEIR KING CRAB LEGS, BOILED LOBSTER, AND THE GRILLED TUNA WITH MUSHROOMS AND ONIONS. CAN'T NEVER FORGET THEY THEY TASTE LIKE.

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emiliobasa

10/06/06

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great seafood restaurant, just a little drive from chicago

on my short weekend trip to chicago, we drove out to the bob chinns in wheeling. great seafood! we split the king crab legs, a fried sampler, and a pitcher of mai tais. the service was good (she poured the mai tais for us everytime we were low). the biscuits were amazing! we split the appetizer, king crab legs and pitcher of mai tais and it came to $65 which i don't think is bad at all. i probably won't go back because you have a city full of restaurants and i'm sure that there's a great seafood restaurant somewhere. if not, then i'll definitely make the drive to wheeling for some more king crab legs and especially the mai tais...

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aodhan51

07/24/06

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Seafood Primavera is spectacular

I live in Memphis but get to Chicago 3-5 times a year, and I go to Bob Chinn's at least twice on each visit. No doubt, it is the best, freshest seafood in Chicago. I've never had anything bad there. The steaks are terrific too. Sure, the ambiance leaves a lot to be desired, but the wait staff is always great. I go there for the wonderful food not for fine china and crystal...

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reyncloud

04/17/06

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Definitely an experience to be had!

I've visited Bob Chinn's approximately 5-6 times in the past few years. I agree with most of the reviews already listed here....HOWEVER...=) The food is the best around - I know it's a crab place, but let loose a little bit and try the steak - it's WELL worth the try. In fact, you can add a strip steak to most seafood entrees for approximately $6. The taste can't be beat!! When I've went, it was a party of 2 or 4 - I've never had to wait more than 20 minutes. I strongly suggest calling ahead - they have reservations all days of the week except Saturday when they have preferred seating. Just a warning though - this place is a little louder than your typical fare - but the ambience can't be beat - will go back many, many, many more times.

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katherine943

10/23/05

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The Best Seafood Ever!

I have been going to Bob Chinns since they opened. I grew up in Wheeling and I have never had better seafood anywhere. They have a wonderful staff. I love it!!! I would kill to have thye Hawaiian Luau cake recipie it is to die for!!! We usually go early to beat the crowd! We are not the only ones that love this place!

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onikolai

08/22/04

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So-So

Visited Chicago and saw this packed...wondered how good can their seafood be? And well it wasn't that great...Just lacked taste..had the crab...my guests had some fried fish..maybe we picked the wrong thing or are used to quality seafood (we live in New England)....

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patbubo

07/19/04

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I guess I don't get it...

Take the money you would have spent here, and bring it somewhere with ambience and real plates. The seafood is fresh, but for the price I prefer Pappadeaux or a place where the chef has more flair with his recipes. Here the service was average, the dining room so crowded that my neighbor's elbows were practically on our table, the food disappointing and the ""tableware"" made me think we were at a high-school cafeteria. There were 4 of us (no picky eaters) and none of us were pleased with the food. I had crab au gratin and it was swimming in grease. The food was no better than Joe's Crab Shack where everything is deep fried (but much cheaper). Also, the waitress spilled a drink in my lap and kept hinting that I had done it (!) I don't see why people are so crazy about this place.

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gbwenslow

04/30/03

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Seafood mecca in the burbs

Bob Chinn's is a seafood carnival. Larger than life in many ways, the restaurant is a true experience. Almost every seafood fancy can be accomodated here, and the freshness of the fish is a certainty given the daily air deliveries. Service tends to be pleasant and efficient, and typically unhurried.
Only drawback are the lines during the weekends and the summer, but then passing the wait with the Mai Tais in the bar is always a good option.

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ppiszek

03/10/03

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A True Chicagoland Seafood Experience

I strongly recommend Chicagoans or tourists experience this famous crab house at least once. That said, let me succinctly explain why I have not given any 10s for such a fun restaurant. Yes the crab, lobster and catches of the day live up to Chinn's storied reputation (10s here.) Still, 10s across the board would require me to overlook so-so cole slaw and potoato sides (-1), extortionate pricing (avg. $55 per person)(-6), long wait-time, and most annoying, Chinn's efficient but turn-table-over-asap mentality on waitstaffs part (-2). I always feel rushed in & out the door when eating here unless arriving after 9 pm. Despite these minor aggravations, Chinn's is still worth the fun and memorably large, delicious crab & lobster.

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Devious12345

02/15/03

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BOB CHINNS IS THE BEST SEAFOOD RESTURANT

BOB CHINNS IS THE BEST SEAFOOD RESTURANT END OF STORY NOTHING ELSE NEEDS TO BE SAID... AND THE HAVE GOOD PRICINGS JUST LOOK AT OTHER SEAFOOD RESTURANTS AND COMPARE THE PRICES FOR WHAT YOU GET AND THE QUALITY OF FOOD YOU GET ... NOTHING ELSE COMES CLOSE!!!

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jopa82

11/07/02

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Great seafood!!!

Great king crab legs! I love the steak medallions! whatever you like, there's lots to choose from. And how could you not like the complimentary cups and crab leg cutters they give you!

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chicabuf

08/30/02

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Great food, good service

This place has a really delicious seafood with quite a bit to choose from. Their combos are a great choice if you want to try more than just one dish. And the average price is not $41 and up!! With an appetizer and expensive dishes in our selection, the average price per head in our 5-person group was just under $30. I would certainly recommend!

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cathy_kao

08/13/02

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10

We go to Rosemont for convention shows 4 times a year and Bob Chinn's in Wheeling is always a Must Go for us! The best seafood AND steak I have ever had! Try the Kona or Dungeness Crab in garlic style! But try not go on a weekend--the line is always long.

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Founded in 1982, Bob Chinn's Crab House is a restaurant that specializes in serving various seafood dishes. The restaurant offers a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner menu options. With a seating capacity of more than 650 people, its facility includes front and rear dining rooms, porch area and a bar. Bob Chinn's Crab House also offers group packages for various corporate, private and social occasions. In addition, it provides catering services for events. The restaurant s menu features a range of appetizers, soups, salads, steaks, crab dishes and omelets. Bob Chinn's Crab House additionally provides a children s menu that includes chicken fingers, sandwiches, burgers and pizzas. The restaurant maintains one of its locations in Wheeling, Ill.
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Phone: 847-843-2722

Primary Phone: 847-843-2722

Fax: 847-520-3944

TollFree: 800-990-9597

Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Thu:
Fri - Sat:
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Categories
American Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Caterers, Chinese Restaurants, Japanese Restaurants, Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Steak Houses
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Bob Chinn's Crabhouse Restaurant

Bob Chinn's Crabhouse - Wheeling

Other Information

Parking: Lot, Free

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Caterers, American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Chinese

Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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