Chicago Chophouse
Chicago Chophouse

Chicago Chophouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chophousecalgary.com/
  • Phone: 4032653000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Wine Bar, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The Chicago Chophouse offers off-site catering for all your private functions.
  • Entertainment: The Chicago Chophouse showcases local musicians and performers for special occasions and events.
  • Special Events: Please check our website www.chophousecalgary.com for all of our upcoming Special Events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: MacLeod Trail SE
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: To park at the Chicago Chophouse Street Parking (pay) on 8th Avenue is available and free after 6 pm. Covered parking is located one block south on 9th Avenue and is accessible from 5th street & uncovered pay parking East across 5th street.
A word from Chicago Chophouse

The Chicago Chophouse is excited to announce our new location!
237-8th Ave SE 403.265.3000
The historical Burns building, backing onto Olympic plaza.

Mr. Burns was Calgary's first millionaire, his success came from providing great cuts of beef through his butchery, and keeping in that tradition The Chicago Chophouse offers only the highest quality steak cuts available.
Please join us for lunch, dinner or after work for a palate tingling splash of wine

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Chicago Chophouse reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.2
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
53% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (17)good for groups (15)romantic (13)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (9)fit for foodies (8)hot spot (2)neighborhood gem (1)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Strategic Location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We chose the Chicago Chophouse because of its proximity to the Max Bell Theatre where we took in a production following dinner
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    special occasion
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  • Subpar
    cead
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    First impressions of this restaurant were great - lovely architecture and design - great downtown location. But it was all downhill from there. The menu as written was relatively limited, especially for steak which is supposed to be the focus of the restaurant. What was worse is that as soon as we started to narrow our choices - the server came and reported that nearly a third of the items on the menu were not available. She was profusely apologetic - to the point of annoyance, and continued to hover around and chat to us anxiously for the rest of the meal. The dishes that we did choose were mediocre at best - overcooked and lacking freshness and vibrancy. Prices were steep, especially given one has to purchase side dishes separately.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overpriced for quality
    unbonrepas
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    $9.00 for water? Nothing at all accompanying a $40 steak? Really? For the quality of the food (ie.broccoli undercooked, Béarnaise sauce mediocre), and the prices being charged, there is no way I'd go back--obviously, recommending it to a friend is out of the question. Also, I understand the convenience of being able to keep the wine list current when it is on a tablet, but in my opinion, it lacks class to put a tablet on the table as a wine list. Plus, the interface was annoying to deal with. A restaurant with pretentions of being more than it is. There are better options downtown.
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  • Not the Same Chicago Chophouse
    Dave
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    All in all a very disappointing evening. Had been to the old location many times and was looking forward to a great meal before the theatre . Arrived with my family and had to weave through a noisy event to our table . There had been no mention of this when I reserved.the environment is sterile and not as welcoming as the old location.looked like only one girl working the tables and she did her best. Seared smoked scallops were over cooked on a bed of black beans,rib eye steaks came out cold to the touch and overdone,second attempt 1 was fine but the other was overlooked again Very thin cuts for a Calgary Steak House. Limited white wine selection. Not sure I would risk giving them another try. I loved the old place. Not the same feel now.
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  • Good service poor food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was our first time eating at this restaurant and outside of the server (Diana)? Who was outstanding, the food was mediocre at best. The steaks and side were cold, the lobster tail and scallops were over cooked and over priced. At $100/person I expected better. We tipped the server definetly not the restaurant. Unfortunately we won't go back.
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  • Dining Out Before Theatre
    diningout
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This was our first visit to the Chicago Chophouse. We enjoy beef and chose the Chicago Chophouse as they specialize in serving steaks. The variety of steaks were presented to us and we chose our steaks and vegetables. We like our steaks cooked rare and this is where we went from a pleasurable dining experience to poor. Our steaks arrived such that the interior was still raw and in particular my steak was still cold in the centre. To further dampen the evening my strip loin steak contained so much cartilage that only about half of it was edible. Chicago Chophouse did replace the steak. The manager was very concerned that this happened and made extra efforts to assure us that this was an unfortunate occurrence and should not have happened.
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  • Overpriced and not good enough
    YYCDiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service not good. ("No substitutions!" What??!! At these prices??) Food terribly overpriced and only mediocre at best. Decore nice enough, but dance music pounding seemed out of place. Will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed.
    Px520
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    appetizer took more than half hour to arrive, and table bread even came stone cold later than my appetizer. Even server did explain to me why, but I just couldn't understand how hard it is to get out a single diner's food. Lamb chop taste alright, but it was like really really well done, surprised i was never been asked a temperature on the lamb as everywhere else does it. it's still a nice place to dine in, but hopefully food can be severed better next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great decor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This restaurant is gorgeous inside. The service is great and the food is good as well. There is a great private room too . Great place to go before it after a performance in the Epcor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good good good
    Tombuck
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Me and the girl friend when there for our anniversary, and it was awesome Marco knew all the answers to anything we had questions for. Was pricey but I mean for a quality of the food didn't really madder. I went there last year as well and the new location is a lot more accessible, bigger and nicer. They were also reasonable with me changing my resorvation 4 times in an hour. I just like to say Thaks for the good time. Oh yeah and Bering shown the cuts of steak that's too cool.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very disappointed
    numnum
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    once we finally found a spot to park we enter the restaurant the lady at the front was very pleasant she seated us very quickly. It took us about 20 minutes to get our drinkstuff and about 50 minutes to receive our appetizersw we might have been more understanding if the restaurant was busy however it was very slow. we got the ribeyeas well as the gnocchi lobsterboth dishes were far too salty and drink service was so bad that we couldn't even get refills on our water fast enough. we let the waitress know how salty are food was she later came back to let us know that she told the chefbut he said he would not do anything about itdefinitely the most disappointing restaurant I have booked with through open tablewe shall not be returning!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Twade902
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It was great! We had excellent service and the food was amazing :).
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had Better
    foodie007VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The old Chophouse went downhill in quality quite a few years ago. I would say the new place represents the same. Bottom line is we have great restaurants in Calgary and this one doesn't quite measure up...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    Freytj
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was good and the staff was knowledgeable. The noise level was quite high in the restaurant but it didn't bother us at all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average and overpriced
    Waistnot
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Steak sandwich was overpriced, overdone and tiny. Not worth $22.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • service
    Jodik
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The restaurant was empty yet they were out of items. Server was very confused and didn't know what sides were included with meals and someone finally took over for her.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Great Evening
    sharkVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Chop House in late July. Our server, Jason was absolutely wonderful and he made excellent recommendations for both food and wine. The duck rillette was delicious and it was hard to choose whether the rib steak or tenderloin ragout was our favourite. The wines were great as well - Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc from Hawkes Bay NZ is a new favourite as was the Blenhiem 2010 (?) cab sauvignon from Napa. It was a great evening all around.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner!
    Evccarl
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Food and service was great! Booked party of 8 had to increase to 11. Staff was very accommodating. Would probably go back.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Snacker15
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I have not been to the Chicago Chop house before so I was excited to attend. The lunch menu was VERY expensive and not really worth the money I was charged. I had the Halibut burger. It was okay - I have had better. I thought about having a salad but it would have ben $24 if I had chicken on it. The restaurant was empty...they should take this as a signal...there isn't much in the area so they could really put the place on the map for lunch with all of the workers across the street. But with the prices and the quality I will be walking up the mall for other options.
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  • Explosively Expensive
    craeanne
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    For the money spent, I was expecting to be blown away. The steak was okay... but so is the Keg's. The Lobster was okay... but so is Red Lobster's ... The Scallops were under cooked, resulting in a not so fun end to date night.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old loc
    ShortsguyandsnarkVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Old location better food better atmosphere Ok at best
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great
    needtodobetter
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Sadly, took 8 customers for dinner, and the food was poor. These guys were good at the last location, but it was not working for them here. service was great, but some of the menu was not available, and the steaks we had were over cooked. Some of the food was cold. Not sure if there has been a change of staff, or it was poor as they are getting used to the new location. Either way, not great.
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  • Give the new location a few weeks
    DJKing
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food was as good as always, but restaurant seems poorly fitted into the new location. Ambiance has taken a step down from the previous location. Feels like a great steak house is trying to look like a posh French restaurant. Will bre interested to see what the place looks like once they are fully moved in.
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  • Zero value for money
    podseat
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Very over-priced for the food experience - presentation was lacking; generally food quality was mediocre; chintzy, unappealing side dishes; caesar salad and lobster mac and cheese good although very pricey for what you got; service friendly. Can't recommend it.
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  • Growing pains abound
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    They are still growing into the new location as was evidenced by our experience Sunday. Mere minutes into the evening, the fire alarm sounds from kitchen smoke due to inadequate ventilation. The fire dept turned it off 5-10 mins later. The staff apologized but said this was common. Despite a slow night, it took >10 mins once seated for waitress to take drink orders and ~10 mins to bring the wine list. There were more delays throughout as wait staff appeared confused looking for items. E.g. desert arrived with no spoons and waiter wandered between kitchen & bar 4 times before finding them. Ambience is a bit off-putting with harsh white walls & tables squeezed between pillars. Food was good but not spectacular. Not worth the $200 it cost.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extremely Disappointed!
    eateat
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The restaurant changed locations and did not notify their customers. This created a big mess! Everyone was going to their old location, paying for parking, only to walk to the doors and see the sign indicating they moved. The open table email confirmation, google and their own website did not provide the new address. We were extremely frustrated at this, on top of strambling to find the new address and notifying all the other guests. The guests were forced to pay double for parking because of this. Upon arrival, our table wasn't ready and we had to stand there while we watched the staff pull tables together. We had made reservations in advance for a party of 10. The food and staff were subpar at best. Extremely unhappy and frustrated!
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  • Awesome new location
    yycepicurean
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I have been a regular diner at the original location. While I always liked the restaurant and menu, this new location and menu is a realization of the potential of the Chicago Chophouse story. A beautiful atmosphere and great new menu items. I'll be back, again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 731 reviews are from the Chicago Chophouse reviews archive.
  • A great business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I was delighted by lunch on Friday as it made up for a couple of so-so experiences over the past couple of months. The appetizer and 2 mains (which were the Special of the day) were excellent. The service was attentive and pleasant. I'm looking forward to try the new location.
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    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terribly overpriced for the quality
    TNNC
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Had a Cobb Salad with beef. Not sure why I was asked how I wanted the meet cooked. Asked for med rare but was delivered well done. Portion was very small for a main.
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  • Great New Menu!
    yycepicurean
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I've always enjoyed lunch at the Chicago Chophouse. Staff is friendly and the changes in the last few years have all been for the better. The new menu is awesome and with the anticipation of a new location in the Burns Building in the coming weeks I continue to anticipate many happy returns. Sarah did a great job with our table and our picky group everything was fast accurate and well timed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Service
    SteakLover
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The chop house had the best service we've ever received at any restaurant. The chicken was too salty, but the steak was amazing! We had salad & French Onion Soup as appetizers - both were delicious. The first time we had been to the chop house, both the chicken and steak were amazing. Perfect seasoning for both. We'd definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting or living in Calgary.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server Racked the Bill Up
    Robyn
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Excellent food and normally have a great experience but will not be coming back. Server Manuel tried to get the bill as high as possible. Asked if we wanted a tower platter as an appetizer. Came back with 2 platters and 2 beef wellingtons when we had ordered only 1 platter. So instead of the $70 appetizer we ordered, we got $174 worth of appetizers. Server also opened new bottles of wine without asking. He also poured a huge glass of red wine into the glass of a white wine drinker. He poured out the glass and there was no compensation for that lost glass of wine. Then we're forced to pay a 18% gratuity. I've spent a lot of money there in the past but will not be coming back.
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  • I would have rated this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    I would have rated this restaurant a lot higher; however, the fire alarm kept going off and scaring me. Literally making me jump because of it's shrill, abrupt, and loud squeal. The noise level was moderate but i request to be in a quiet section so this was great section to be seated in minus the fire alarm.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excelent food
    Trav207
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Although this place is pretty pricey, the food is worth the price. It's the best restaurant food I've ever had :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steak
    Omnomnomnivores
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We went to Chicago chop house for the first time on Saturday night, our reservation was for 7:30 and the whole place was very quiet our entire meal. I was surprised it did not fill up more. We both got the steak after our waitress gave us the steak presentation explaining to us every cut of meat and the best way to have it cooked. Very informative for people who are not very familiar with different cuts of meat. Overall we had a great time and the food was delicious it was a very expensive bill so expect to be paying minimum $100/person for this dining experience.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chophouse Met Our Expectations
    MargS38
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Our business lunch was enjoyable at Chicago Chophouse! We were served a delicious lunch, the portions were generous and our steaks were cooked well. We were impressed with the service and were able to be back to work on time. Would definitely come back and recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This was our first visit to Chicago Chophouse even though we've lived in the area for years, wished we had of discovered it sooner! The service was amazing - by far the best we've received in Calgary (and we've been to many, many restaurants. Our server's name was Parker and he went out of his way to make this a great meal. He was pleasant, attentive and was great at making suggestions and helping us to decide on what and how much to order. The steak was one of the best that we've had in Alberta and the dessert (apple pie) was delicious. The perfect amount of food, great service and cozy atmosphere was perfect for our night out. We are looking forward to trying your new location once you move! Thanks again for a wonderful night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Unfortunately, it was noted that the restaurant was not very busy while we were there for a corporate lunch (6 people, 2 dishes showed up much later which were in fact salads) however, we still waited longer than normal for our food to all be served.
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  • Just as bad as the banks in charges
    notpicky
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    The restaurant has good food, but anything you add (i.e. Peppercorned Steak, pop) is EXTRA.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was extremely dry
    Nancy
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We told the waitress that both of our dishes were extremely dry and over cooked and she did nothing, except say well that is how we do things here. I had the Chicago Club my companion had a burger, both overcooked. The bacon on each was so dry it was falling apart. Just disappointed that she did nothing. Do not think I will bring clients here again, as there are so many restaurants in the area. Thanks
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate