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The 12 best restaurants in Schaumburg

The best restaurants in Schaumburg serve up everything from hearty burgers to fried oysters to Italian comfort food

By Samantha Nelson |
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Best known for the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel and Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg's restaurant scene is dominated by big chains that can please business travelers and suburban families alike. However, it does have a few standout family-owned spots, and its status as one of Chicago's biggest suburbs has made it an ideal testing ground for small operators looking to expand their reach.

Best restaurants in Schaumburg

1
Westwood Tavern and Tap
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Justin U.

Westwood Tavern and Tap

What is it? Sports fans can take advantage of this spot's many TVs and tableside taps dispensing beer, but anyone can appreciate the eclectic menu, which mixes sushi, tacos, burgers and pot roasts. A solid craft beer list emphasizes Midwestern brews.
Why go? The two patio fireplaces help extend al fresco season and there's an outdoor bar so you can get another round without leaving the sun.
Price range: Average

2
Kuma's Corner
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Sarah S.

Kuma's Corner

What is it? Kuma's is one of the best burger places in Chicago, and you'll find a nearly identical menu and heavy metal soundtrack at their suburban outpost.
Why go? Dig into one of the 16 music-themed burgers on the menu, which range from classic to crazy. Not to leave anyone out, the restaurant also offers vegan burgers and gluten-free buns. Along with offering local beers on tap, Kuma's also regularly hosts special tappings and release parties.
Price range: Average

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3
Tokio Pub
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Simon G.

Tokio Pub

What is it? The hip sibling to Shaw's Crab House combines Japanese, American and Latin flavors.
Why go? Dig into a burger served on a bun made from ramen noodles or enjoy a light lunch of ceviche and fish tacos on the patio. Bargain savvy diners flock in for half-price food and drink during happy hour and the sushi and sangria specials offered all day Sundays.
Price range: Average

4
Sam & Harry's
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Paul M.

The Terrace at Sam & Harry's

What is it? The plant-lined seasonal patio at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel draws more than just guests and event attendees with its beautiful views
Why go? Savor the Chicago area's all too short summer while enjoying cheese and charcuterie, fried oysters or an expertly cooked steak. Pair your meal with a selection from the extensive wine list.
Price range: Pricey

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5
Punch Bowl Social
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Punch Bowl Social

What is it? The massive spot combines creative fare, shareable cocktails and all the entertainment you could want.
Why go? Perfect for parties, Punch Bowl Social features bowling, ping pong tables, bocce ball and bags. Grab a seat at one of the four bars or on the two patios to order shared plates one of their namesake cocktails, which can be made for one to eight people.
Price range: Average

6
Ricardo's
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Gerry X.

Ricardo's

What is it? A Schaumburg institution, Ricardo's is owned by a couple who met working at the restaurant and wound up buying the place.
Why go? Customers have been returning for decades to dine on classic Italian fare including chicken vesuvio and angel hair with shrimp and scallops. Families gather in the main dining room's booths, but the space also has several areas perfect for private parties of between 20 to 50.
Price range: Average

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7
Brazil Express Churrasco Grill
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Brazil Express Churrasco Grill

What is it? The Brazilian steakhouse serves all-you-can-eat skewered meat such a fillet mignon and bacon-wrapped chicken breast. Meals include cheese bread, mashed potatoes and sweet fried bananas plus a salad and hot bar serving everything from black beans and rice to apple salad.
Why go? Schaumburg has an outpost of the national chain Texas de Brazil, but this family owned spot is more affordable.
Price range: Average

8
Chicago Prime Italian
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Chicago Prime Italian

What is it? The family-owned spot serves big portions of comfort fare made from scratch with an emphasis on local ingredients.
Why go? Serving as a destination for date night and corporate events, the restaurant launched lunch service this year but still serves plenty of dishes on that menu that will leave you wanting to tuck in for an afternoon nap. Steaks are another specialty since they share ownership with Schaumburg's Chicago Prime Steakhouse.
Price range: Average

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9
Pilot Pete's
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Aubrey K.

Pilot Pete's

What is it? Aviation fans of all ages will enjoy the best views of Schaumburg Regional Airport's runways you can get without needing a ticket.
Why go? The mix of hanging airplanes, palm trees and tiki kitsch might be cheesy, but the restaurant's lobster nachos and Caribbean bread pudding are worth trying. They're just part of a huge menu making the place ideal for groups and families with disparate tastes.
Price range: Average

10
Toasty Cheese
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Andres D.

Toasty Cheese

What is it? The beloved food truck's "not-so-mobile eatery" serves as a place to experiment with dishes you won't find on the road.
Why go? Savor luxe spins on classic comfort food with a menu of panini packed with cheese along with duck bacon or grass-fed rib eye. The restaurant also sells bottles of the wildfire honey used to top their sweet potato fries.
Price range: Bargain

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11
Borusko
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Sherri H.

Brousko

What is it? Brousko serves authentic Greek cuisine for lunch and dinner along with traditional pastries paired with imported Greek coffee.
Why go? The bright décor is meant to make you feel like you've traveled to Greece while you dig into a platter of gyros or flaming saganaki. Head in after 10 p.m. Saturdays for Athenian Nights, which feature live music and bottle service.
Price range? Average

12
Benjyehuda
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Alyssa P.

Benjyehuda

What is it? Schaumburg has the sole suburban outpost of the Chicago chain of fast-casual Middle Eastern fare.
Why go? Grab a quick, healthy bite by customizing your meal with a choice of chicken, steak, lamb or falafel served in a pita or over rice and covered with hummus, Jerusalem salad and hot sauce. If you're feeling indulgent, add on a side of rough-cut fries topped with Wisconsin cheddar.
Price range: Bargain

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