Chef Shangri-La

North Riverside, IL
Bar & Restaurant
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7930 W 26th St.
North Riverside, IL
Opened in 1976
Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm
Fri 11:30am-11pm
Sat noon-11pm
Sun noon-10pm
(708) 442-7080

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Chef Shangri-La



by 39 people



Everyone You
Decor 8.2
Drink Quality 8.2
Drink Selection 8.7
Food Quality 7.3
Food Selection 8.1
Mood 7.6
Music 7.2
Service 7.4
Tikiness 8.4
Tilt 8.7
Vibe 8

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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. If you're lucky, you may run into Chef Shangri-La himself, owner Paul Fong. Before opening his own Polynesian restaurant, Fong was the chef at the now-defunct Shangri-La
Chicago, IL
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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.

How to find it

Chef Shangri-La is on the corner of W 26th St. and Des Plaines Ave. There is a sign right at the corner.


Chef Shangri-La has its own large parking lot.


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December 31, 2016, 6:03 AM
This place has great Tiki potential, but the patrons in the bar were all absorbed in the sports games on the TVs. I think of a Tiki bar as a place to escape, not a place I want to see a bunch of TVs tuned to sports.

Perhaps, had a sat in the dining room I might have had a different experience. The other parts of Chef Shangri-La were very cool.
Tiare has visited Chef Shangri-La.
July 3, 2016, 10:24 AM
I went in May 2016 and it seems like a week later it was under new management (check Tiki Central for details). Glad we made it before the change. The food and drink, not the most awesome but its place in Chicagoland tiki is. I had visited a few years back and it was not doing well but I guess the owners daughter took over and really made it shine the last few years. Hopefully the new management will not run it into the ground.
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Cheap bastard has visited Chef Shangri-La.
March 17, 2016, 6:45 AM
THIS PLACE IS AWESOME!!!! Seriously, it's like a mini Mai Kai. There's a fountain, tiki everywhere, a gift shop with cheap Hawaiian shirts, and floor shows on select nights. I especially like that it is a full service restaurant in addition to the tiki bar. This place is very family friendly and in a hip, urban neighborhood. I was most impressed with the Don The Beachcomber tikis on the back wall which is also decorated with tropical flair and the historical pictures of the place in the entry way. The only suggestion I would make would be to have a better selection of mugs available for sale. I really wanted a Dr Fu mug but they were out. Nonetheless...I highly recommend it. One of the best!!!
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