Wheeling >Food & Dining > Bob Chinn's Crab House
393 S Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL | Directions 6009042.134633 -87.902209
Mon-Thu 8 am-10:30 pm,
Fri 8 am-11:30 pm,
Sat 8 am-11:30 pm, Sun 8 am- 10 pm
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.
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.
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.
I tripped on the carpet in the waiting line, fell down, knee bleeding. Alarmed hostess gets Bob Chinn who proceeds to insult me, says maybe my husband tripped me. He was rude, offensive. Stay away. – 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.
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.
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 ; )
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.
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...
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...
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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