David Burke's Primehouse in the James Hotel
David Burke's Primehouse in the James Hotel

David Burke's Primehouse in the James Hotel

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.davidburkesprimehouse.com/
  • Phone: 3126606000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:
    Daily, 7:00AM - 11:00AM

    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00AM - 3:00PM

    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 9:30PM

    Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM

    Saturday and Sunday Brunch
    11:00AM - 3:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: An intimate new destination for special gatherings, Burke’s Dining Room is a noteworthy addition to David Burke’s Primehouse. Conceived as a modern interpretation of the classic “chef’s table” meant for private dining, it serves to complement Chef Burke’s progressive, whimsical fare.

    A sophisticated setting within the acclaimed steakhouse, Burke’s Dining Room seats up to 20 guests and features a striking, temperature-controlled wall of wine, contemporary furnishings and artwork. Its menu is ever changing and revolves around seasonal ingredients, with a Primehouse chef personally presiding over the preparation of each event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ontario Street
  • Public Transit: Red Line- State and Grand
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is available
A word from David Burke's Primehouse in the James Hotel
The first chef to own his own bull, Chef David Burke's commitment to quality is evident in the USDA prime grade, hand-selected beef served in David Burke's Primehouse. The restaurant dry-ages its meats in a Himalayan salt-tiled aging room on premise. The result is perfectly marble-ized, tender beef with a rich depth of flavor. Tours of this unique facility can be arranged upon reservation.

#1 Steakhouse in Chicago – Chicago magazine

Best Burger in the U.S. – Food & Wine

Top 10 Burger in Chicago – Chicago Magazine

"This is the closest a burger gets to tasting like a great steak."
– Crain's Chicago Business
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David Burke's Primehouse in the James Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
336 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (196)fit for foodies (145)notable wine list (118)romantic (75)good for groups (67)hot spot (65)neighborhood gem (27)vibrant bar scene (24)great for lunch (20)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great Experience!
    Luke
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner. My steak was cooked to perfection and her caesar salad was top notch. We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Couldn't be more disappointed
    howieVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I ate at David Burke's twice years ago when it first opened. I wasn't impressed then and chalked it up to being spoiled by all the great steakhouses in Chicago and the cultural difference between dry and wet aged steaks. Fast forward many years, I've eaten a lot more dry aged steaks and Chicago Magazine rated David Burke's best steakhouse in Chicago. Smells like another Chicago corruption case! David Burke's is NOT the best steakhouse in Chicago and we will never go back. Nothing was exceptional, except the bacon bites, not the caesar salad and certainly not the rib eye and a KC strip, both of which were mediocre. The wine list is not very interesting, but still very overpriced. For over $100/person, there are lot better choices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    McCrink
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and I were staying at The James hotel which is attached to the restaurant on Labor Day weekend. There was a large crowd lined up at the bar waiting to get in. We were seated promptly. Our waiter was very helpful and friendly which in and of itself made the experience nice. Also as I said the restaurant was filled which made it a vibrant scene. We opened with a wedge salad and the steak and lobster dumplings. Salad was fresh and tasty and the dumplings were a unique taste. I would recommend both. We had filet mignon and asparagus for dinner and some ice cream for desert. We had one of the least expensive wines on the list with dinner. The bill was typical for a steakhouse at about $100 per person. I would recommend highly.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It was good but I expected the steak to be much better. The dessert cake was very good but overall it was severely overpriced for the food/experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best ever...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Simply the best rib eye steak I've ever had. Looking forward to coming back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Done very well
    Gopackgo
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    David Burke Prime House is doing what they set out to do, prepare a reasonably sized menu very well. Apps are great. Steaks are done expertly. Dessert is fun. While dry aged steaks can be an acquired taste, this is the place in Chicago to acquire it. Be prepared for an attitude adjusting bill at the end, but realize that greatness comes at a cost.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Booked the Primehouse for Saturday night specifically to try the 75 day ribeye - which was not available. Seems to happen a lot? From that moment it was all a bit disappointing really. Our very friendly and helpful server recommended the 55 day but it just did not live up to expectations. The service speeded up as soon as we were half way through our entrees which ruins any meal no matter how good the food is. We much preferred Gene and Georgetti.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over Priced
    VANsExp
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Simply not worth the premium price tag. I was excited to try their 40 & 55 day dry aged beef. However, I am more impressed with the dry aged beef I get at my local Wegmans.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding as always
    Di20
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    While they were out of my favorite 75-dat aged rib-eye that night, I was surprised how incredible the 40-day was as well. The service was...again...the best anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we went
    MwGw
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    So glad we finally tried David Burkes, great drinks and food, excellent dessert. AAA.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review Title
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I had a very enjoyable experience at David Burke's Primehouse. I was visiting Chicago for the first time and just happen to find this restaurant on google. I made a reservation through Open table and added a note, something along the lines of "Its my anniversary, could we please have a booth where we can sit next to each other, instead of a table sitting across from each other". I was pleased when we were seated in a large booth, and pleasantly surprised when our waitress brought us champagne and bite sized brownies for our anniversary. The experience (food, atmosphere, wait time etc) was all great, but that little surprise really meant a lot to us. Thank you so much!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food and service,expensive
    Skier
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was excellent, some of the best steaks you'll find. The donuts are an amazing dessert. But expect to pay top dollar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delivers
    Sloos
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Whenever I'm in the mood for a good steak, I can always count on David Burke's Primehouse. I usually opt for the 40-Day Ribeye. Perfect portion for a guy and always packed full of flavor. Can't to wrong with DB's Primehouse!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything was excellent, the steak is the best of chicago and the asiago truffle fries are very particular. The best.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Go!
    Steakisbest
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We did our homework and this place was rated best in Chicago for steaks. I've been to many a steakhouse across this great nation and couldn't have left DB more disappointed. The service was very bad. In attentive, slow, aggressive waiter. Spent $75 for a single steak, 45 day dry aged. I'm ok with spending that much on quality meat but the taste was bland and uninteresting. Mashed potato side I swear were instant Betty Crocker. Very disappointed. Noise level is off the charts. Forget small talk. Couldn't leave there fast enough. Many much better options in the area.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Perfect for celebrating a special occassion or trying aged meat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I had reservations here for my birthday. We were seated promptly. I had the 55 day ribeye and my wife had the forty day. We both felt they were the best steaks we've ever had. The service was excellent and the sides were pretty good, we thought. But the emphasis are the steaks here and we felt this place was well worth the expense.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would not do it again
    WorldTravler
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Lamb chops were wonderful, 55 day aged ribeye was borderline overcooked, lobstertail was way overcooked, while the claws were raw and gelatinous (gross). Cream spinach was cold. Mark-up on the wine list ridiculous; 100% is OK, 200% is not) Waiter while attentive at first, never came back to see if everything was OK. Bus staff almost hovering to clear dishes, seems their only goal is just to get people out so they can turn the table. Dessert was fabulous. For $250 for the 2 of us (I only had a glass of wine instead of a bottle) I would have had a better experience elsewhere.
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  • Top-notch steakhouse
    rrschrumjr
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    David Burke's prides itself on its dry-aged steaks, and that modifier is important. The dry-aged steaks are delicious. Different from standard steaks, for sure -- extremely beefy, complex flavors, absolutely delicious, but different from what you'd get at another steakhouse. The bacon stick is wonderful. The tableside caesar salad may have been my favorite part of the meal. I had no idea salad could be so delicious and so compelling. I got mine a little spicy, and I couldn't get enough of it. Also, get the cake in a can -- it's also made tableside and is wonderful. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aged Beef
    Jetpilot
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I guess I must not be a fan of aged beef as I found the Ribeye to be a bit dry! Maybe because I've never had a steak that aged! Still tasty but not as tender as expected
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    TorontoLoveBirds
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My wife and I found this restaurant through a list of top twenty steakhouses in Chicago. David 's was listed as #1, so we decided to see if it would live up to review. We had two different steaks, both prepared the way we asked and both we great and unique flavors. On top of the great food was even better service. Our server was friendly and helpful, socialized with us and some helpful advice for drinks after dinner. We were celebrating our anniversary and I would recommend this restaurant to my friends and family. We look forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the steak puts me in a coma
    tduncan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Their steak is so good. It reminds me why the marbling is so special. We started with their bacon pops, which are amazing. But the steak blows my mind. I dint get why you would ever go to Morton's or Gibson's when you have David Burke's and Maestros for basically the same price point.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superior staff/ Amazing steak!
    Choosy1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Staff were better dressed than patrons who wore mostly T shirts + shorts (it was a steamy night and they looked like tourists: lots of children and bags). I'd have preferred a quieter, more serious ambiance, so we could truly attend to the wonderful food and service. We were celebrating my son's 29th birthday, pleased to get all dressed up, and very pleased at all our choices and the fab wine suggestions our server made. He was such a professional that we all took note and sat up straight to enjoy the time in spite of the too-casual loud patrons around us. The staff and steak as well as veggies and wine are the best we've experienced as a family.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Stunning
    royal
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was fantastic and the server Cory - was suepurb.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dine.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Wonderful food was equalled by superb service. Every detail was taken care of. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Steak House
    Midwestfoodie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I never get tired of going here and I'm never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • David Burkes had amazing steaks.
    Musiclover1
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    David Burkes had amazing steaks. My husband and I tried the 40 day and 55 day aged steaks and they were both delicious. Also, the Caesar salad made table side was the best We've ever had. I would definitely go back again and bring friends to enjoy the experience. The service was great as well! We were too full for dessert but I'm sure the desserts are amazing too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Anderson55446VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Unbelievable steak and overall experience. Recommendations were spot on and everything was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The ribeye was delicious!
    minneapolisfoodies
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Order the 28 day Ribeye--was a delicious steak--best value on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pricey
    Vivsreviews
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food was good but too expensive for the overall experience. There have be to be better steak houses in Chicago for less money. Waiter was arrogant and flippant. When the medium priced wine we ordered was unavailable, he suggested a $200 bottle as an alternative! Very noisy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent restuarant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Everything from the appetizer down to dessert was absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My new favorite steakhouse
    live4food
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have been to numerous steakhouses throughout the country, but this is my new favorite. The food was excellent, the waiter attentive, and the service was quick and efficient. The waiter made some suggestions but was not pushy. I have been to many steakhouses where they bring out a cart to present the cuts of meat. This is not done here, which is fine with me. The ambient noise level is high; therefore, I would not choose this as a romantic getaway spot. I could definitely tell the difference in the longer aged cuts. Go long - it is worth the experience and cost.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Steaks were great but cost was high can't taste the difference between the 55 day old steak and our local steaks at half the price.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service and time!
    Eat4Fun
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The restaurant came highly recommended and it exceeded all expectations. The steaks and side selections were outstanding, came perfectly prepared and had fantastic flavors. The staff were professional, attentive and provided the exact amount of attention without making themselves "part" of the experience. Special mention must be given to our waitress, Jennifer, who provided excellent, excellent service; she's a gem. Would not hesitate recommending the restaurant or returning with clients for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weeat1230
    Weeat1230
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Table side Ceasar Salad was excellent! Pre-ordered the cake in a can and was blown away by the taste and freshness. The service was incredible. I will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely not No. 1 in My Mind
    TravelFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    As the number 1 Chicago steakhouse, I was expecting "melt in your mouth" but this restaurant failed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible steaks, superb service
    matty
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I dined here Sunday night with my wife and 2 small children. Kids menu allows many "grown-up" options, while on the adult side...the 55 day aged rib-eye is the best steak I've ever had. I felt this way since I've last dined here (3 years ago) and I was a little apprehensive to return as I didn't want to sully the memory. So glad I did come back, the steaks remain top notch and the service walked the line perfectly between attentiveness but not overbearing. The sides are very good, vegetables were rather plain which is fine with me because the steak is the star here. Finished the meal by taking a tour of the room where the beef is aged, which was a great ending to a perfect night!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fair
    BoltFan
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Heard about this Resturant on TV. Looked great. Read mixed reviews but decided to try it. Overal we had better $75 meals. Our meal was $210. Will try a different place next time in Chicago and cannot justify recommending this place. Waited 2 years to give it a shot. Much less than expected.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Evening!
    TigersfanVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I was in Chicago for the weekend with my significant other and we went to David Burke's Primehouse for dinner. It was Fantastic! The food was delicious and the service was excellent as well. I highly recommend this restaurant to people wanting a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cnisar
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Steak melts in your mouth and the red velvet cake is the moistest I've ever had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.