New Mongolian Barbecue Opens in Oak Forest

VIP Mongolian Bar and Grill, which is located in the former spot of Villa Rivera Mexican restaurant on 159th Street, serves eastern and central Asian cuisine and offers an extensive drink menu.

VIP Mongolian Bar and Grill opens in Oak Forest. | Credit: Joe Vince
VIP Mongolian Bar and Grill opens in Oak Forest. | Credit: Joe Vince
A new Mongolian barbecue restaurant has opened at the former location of Villa Rivera Mexican restaurant on 159th Street.

VIP Mongolian Bar and Grill, 5233 W. 159th St., is a family-owned eatery that serves eastern and central Asian food, along with a few American standards, according to a City of Oak Forest press release. Like traditional Mongolian barbecues—though technically this cuisine style is neither Mongolian nor strictly barbecue—customers at VIP create their own stir-fry dishes, choosing from meat, seafood, vegetables and sauces.

The restaurant also has an extensive drink menu, featuring a specialty item called the Fruit Loop, the release stated.

“Although the owners are finishing up some improvements to the outside of the building, the interior space has undergone a complete transformation,” Oak Forest's Community Development Director Adam Dotson stated in the release. “The menu is fun and inventive and really brings an exciting flavor to town. The restaurant is a welcome addition to the 159th Street corridor.”

VIP Mongolian Bar and Grill

Where: 5233 W. 159th St.
Hours: 11 to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday; 11 to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
More Information and Reservations: Call 708-629-0442.

YOUR TURN: What do you think about this new restaurant? Is it a place you plan on visiting? If you've been there already, what did you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Elton Tavernaro Kassinova August 14, 2013 at 11:12 PM
We apologize for closing over the weekend due to an emergency with family but we are open with great food,great service and a great place to hang out. We are having a special this week if you mention the coupon for buy one dinner bowl and get the second half off. VIP mongolian bar & grill
Racing025 August 15, 2013 at 09:47 AM
Super friendly staff and great food. Took my family here yesterday and it was fantastic.
PATTI GRIFFIN August 15, 2013 at 02:13 PM
The staff at Patti G's Salon and Spa can not wait to try this place, we love to support our local businesses. Mongolian Beef sounds fantastic and we look forward to extending a warm welcome!
sarnoldpi August 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM
My husband and I went for dinner yesterday. The staff was very friendly and the food was very good. Don't let the size of the bowl fool you, it cooks up to a lot of food. I also like the fact that you can get your food for take out. They were adding more decor to the place when we were there. They are a welcome addition ti Oak Forest. We will definitely go back.
Raymond Szafoni August 17, 2013 at 08:41 PM
The food is great. Something different. Really worth going trying Ray


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