Chef Shangri-La

North Riverside, IL
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7930 W 26th St.
North Riverside, IL
Opened in 1976
Mon-Wed 11am-10pm
Thu-Fri 11am-1am
Sat noon-1am
Sun noon-10pm
(708) 442-7080

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Chef Shangri-La



by 61 people



Everyone You
Decor 8.3
Drink Quality 7.2
Drink Selection 8
Food Quality 7.4
Food Selection 8.2
Mood 7.7
Music 6.9
Service 7.7
Tikiness 8.2
Tilt 8.1
Vibe 7.6

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Humuhumu’s description

For some reason, this gem of a restaurant often gets forgotten... likely because Chicago is a relatively tiki-rich city. Chef Shangri-La deserves a visit, as its drinks are spot-on, and the food is predictably and somehow appropriately mediocre. The place has a sort of almost neglected, run-down feel, but the bones are there, and there are tikis everywhere. The bar in particular has recently undergone a rare remodel that has improved the feel of the place.
Chef Shangri-La himself, owner Paul Fong, could often be found there before his passing in 2012. Before opening his own Polynesian restaurant, Fong was the chef at the now-defunct Shangri-La
Chicago, IL
Bar & Restaurant
restaurant in Chicago.
The restaurant has a few Witco pieces, including a very large Ku that greets you immediately upon entry. These pieces are some of the last Witco items produced; Witco went out of business one year after Chef Shangri-La opened.
The bar and restaurant also includes a small gift shop.


May 15, 2022, 6:44 AM
Decor same for many years, needs fresh updating badly. Seems dated and stale. I don't like atmosphere. Food not bad, huge menu, I've had terrible and not so bad meals here. Menu could use refresh as well.
Bdassell has visited Chef Shangri-La.
January 6, 2019, 3:58 PM
Some great potential, but the establishment seems to walk right past it. Felt more like a sports bar with football on TV, no music, and no tiki mugs at all. You are welcome to buy a plastic tiki mug (extremely cheap), or a glass tiki-esque fishbowl. The drinks are decent, but dont expect much more.
Kahiki Guy
Kahiki Guy has visited Chef Shangri-La.
April 26, 2017, 12:06 PM
Classic Chinese restaurant with a strong retro tiki vibe. Drinks were fair for what you'd expect. Food was good, but the kitschy decor is what makes this place worth the visit
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