David Burke's Primehouse in the James Hotel
Great ore-theatre mealWe made an early evening reservation to accommodate our theatre plans. The dinner was great. We sampled the bacon, Caesar salad, crab cakes, tuna tartar, steaks and pork chops. All were amazing.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMoutstanding chicago steak spotI've dined at many Burke restaurants in NYC, so I tried his Chicago steakhouse (which conveniently was in the hotel I was staying, The James). Everything was excellent. I had the rib eye--not too fatty and very flavorful. The sides were strong too. Our server was especially good--never rushing things, explaining and making suggestions, but without any of the upsell you sometimes get in an upper end steak house. I would certainly go back. Very convenient to the Miracle Mile and Rush Street. There are lots of great steak spots in Chicago and this one definitely ranks among the best.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was teriffic andThe food was teriffic and the waitstaff was very attentive without being intrusive. Tables are a little too close together. Diners nearby had to move more than a few times to let waitstaff by to get to a corner table. The person preparing salads tableside couldn't get his cart back there to prepare their salads, either.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMPrimehouse impressesA great time for a night out. Knowledgable staff and great food.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAmbiance was lackingFood was good. Steak not mind-blowing but well prepared and tasty. Best part was actually dessert, Duck Egg Creme Brulee was quite nice and different from any I've had. Bacon sticks were a fun start, if a bit chewy in my opinion. I expected melt in your mouth pork belly.
The ambiance did not win any points, surprising since the James was a wonderful hotel to stay at.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMflavorful dry aged steaks.flavorful dry aged steaks. delicious paired wines. macaroni and cheese not amazing. asparagus and brussel sprouts delicious! hospitality of hostess, manager, and waitstaff wonderful!6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything about this restaurantEverything about this restaurant was wonderful. The server went our of his way to make my daughter's graduation celebration feel special. The chef surprised us with a taste from the kitchen. Two of our steaks were prepared perfectly and when my daughters was questionable, the waiter whisked it away with deep apologies and eturned with a new, perfect steak in two minutes. Than manager and the chef both took the time to come and apologize as well as check on us throughout the night. Mistakes happen but these people were over the top in trying to overcome and make our experience excellent and it was! I would highly recommend to anyone I know looking for a fine dining experience.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMEveryone was so helpful andEveryone was so helpful and friendly! from what food to order to pairing us with a great bottle of wine! then we got the food and it was awesome too!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMLives up to its reputationChicago has no shortage of steakhouses but David Burke's had great food on top of good service. The steaks were good but they also had several other options and great appetizers and sides to share. There wasn't anything we had that I didn't really enjoy and I would welcome the opportunity to go back.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMSteak just "ok" - rest was greatThe bacon stick was phenomenal - loved the cheese pop-over! With such a great start to the meal we were surprised to be underwhelmed by the 55 day steak - it was ok, but nothing to write home about. The donuts were great --- and the service was definitely rated top 5 in our book - kudos to Scott for taking excellent care of us! Would recommend, but would caution not to expect superior steak.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMBest dry aging steakThis is our second time to David and their dry aging steak is still fantastic...maybe they got too many people so the service was not good as first time but still can acceptable.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMDavid Burke PrimehouseSteak gets and A+
Appetizers an A
Sides a C
Service C-5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMA man's meatMy husband is a big fan of David Burke so this dinner was his idea...but I was more than happy to go. He ordered a 55 day aged ribeye and it was huge. He was like a kid in a candy store. The steak was done perfectly and had the best flavor. I ordered the soft shell crab and they were delicious. The side dishes were tasty and the service was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to people who want a comfortable atmosphere, an up-scale restaurant, and delicious, creative food.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best steaks inOne of the best steaks in Chicago. The all around dinning exerpience was a delight. The service was awesome.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMDisappointedI was disappointed. Everything was just almost really good, but it did not hit the mark. My steak was considerably overcooked. The plating style was nonexistent. Brussel sprouts and potatoes, just okay. The ceasar salad lived up to expectations made tableside, but the salad "chef" did not engage the table at all, just made it, plated it and left. Not a word. Most disspointing was the steak for which I had high expectations. I have had many, many other steaks that were better in the windy city. Service was excellent.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat steak house!I am a steak house snob and this is a really good one! The dry aging of the meat (only rib eyes and strip steaks) was the highlight. I also was able to taste a dining companions bone in filet and it was phenomenal! The crab mashed potatoes were very good but not a lot of crab flavor. The mac and cheese was weird and got mixed reviews. The appetizers and desserts were innovative, fun and extremely memorable. The ambiance is classic steak house; close, crowded and noisy. Go now...hurry!5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding experience!Once again David Burke and his team were on top of their game. A great experience from start to finish!5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing experienceThe dry aged 55 day Rib Eye is amazing
and the Red Velvet Cake in a can is unbelievably
rich, yet airy and perfect for 4-6pple.
Love the place one of best steaks ever.
Must visit for anyone that is a lover of fine steaks.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWaiter's explanation of whatWaiter's explanation of what to expect from the different levels of aging was very helpful. Te steak lived up to our expectations and the service was great. Amazing how all the service staff maneuvers the tight spaces. The popup bread in the can was a very nice touch.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMVery nice experience.The whole experience was fantastic from the service to the food to the tour of the meat room. If there is anything that might have been a little disappointing might be the side dish (macaroni) we ordered. The rest was fantastic and the service was extremely attentive and pleasant. We will definitely be back when back in Chicago.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMThe 55 day rib-eye is theThe 55 day rib-eye is the best steak I have ever eaten. Really great food, but really expensive $ $ $.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMDinner ReviewSteaks were excellent and as tender as the waiter claimed they would be. Restaurant was flexible in being able to handle an additional person in our large party.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMMmmmThe restaurant exceeded our expectations. I expected the dry aged beef to be fabulous. A special treat was a visit to the meat locker after my husband, a rancher, expressed interest. What was shocking was the absolutely over the top desserts offered. The "Banana split", prepared at the table, featured ice cream mixed with carmel on a block of their Himalayan salt, compressed pineapple, sugared pecans, whipped cream and so forth. Unbelievable! My dessert, heavenly chocolate something divine with sides of delicious,, was equally outstanding .
I want to go back for the sliced prime rib burger and more dessert! Pricey but worth it.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Steak In the CityI have tried many steak house but David Burkes is by far my favorite.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMBacon sticks are a must asBacon sticks are a must as much is the ceaser salad prepared table side. The steaks are great but this is Chicago and I'm paying over $50 for it so great is expected at that point. Though they don't disappoint the spinach gnocchi and the cheese popover bread are the real stars. Overall great dinner out5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFine dining, excellent filetThe $20.13 special was not only a good deal, but simply scrumptious, from the Beefeater martini, the big green salad, to the petite filet, which was NOT small and the perfect mashed potatoes. The relatively inexpensive wine from their list was very good, The hamburger the other member of our party had came with a mountain of delicious, cheesy fries and his vanilla ice cream was one of the best he's had. As ever, the popovers were wonderful.
We were able to linger over our lunch as long as we wanted. Again, a most enjoyable experience at the Primehouse.
The only reason I gave only 4 stars to ambience is because the bar is under construction, but soon to be completed.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AM55day aged steak fantastic.55day aged steak fantastic. Loved their version of the crab cake. Never had a better banana split. At the table they rolled ice cream on a slab of Himalayan as,lt and then put tha caramel sauce on it and rolled it into the ice cream5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMA Hidden Gem In The James HotelDavid Burke's Primehouse was recommended to me three years ago by the Concierge at the hotel I was staying at. The restaurant is hidden in the James Hotel and took me a couple minutes to find. I visit Chicago once a year and I make it my business to have dinner at this wonderful restaurant. Last year I even asked my server if i could take a tour of the meat aging rooms in the basement. If you are a die hard steak person they just melt in your mouth. Plenty on the menu to choose from. Don't miss out on an total food experience.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMAMAZING!Brian was a wonderful and knowledgeable server! He recommended aged steaks that matched each of our four different taste preferences and was right on the mark! We ordered Caesar salad to start, three sides and an aged steak each. Brian recommended that we split two Caesar salads instead of ordering a salad each. I'm thankful we did because the steaks were generously portioned! Amazing food and service! A must-go!5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMSome servers were a bit underdresseSome servers were a bit underdressed...e.g. torn jeans but maybe thats the atmosphere you are trying to create...?
We both had steaks...both cooked propely and had good flavor.
Our sides were good...did not care for the egg with the asparagus...Peas were good....Fries were tasty!
The upside down/ turnover rolls were very good...(sorry if the name is wrong)
The 2 little extras were a nice touch...(salmon on cucumber and the mini rasberry muffin...again sorry if the names are wrong)
Our server was good but not up to par as the server in the lounge area. Our server in the lounge area was very good. She was energetic about the restaurant, showed strong competency in the menu and food.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing!The food was amazing. The service amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my first time dinningThis was my first time dinning at David Burke's, the restaurant was very nice, the food was very tasty. The only thing I didn't like was that we had reservations at 9:15 pm and we didn't get seated until roughly 10:00 pm. I'm not a big fan of waiting especially when reservations were made in advance.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best steak I have eatenThe best steak I have eaten to date... I say that because I will be going back for the 75 day dry aged rib eye! I had the 55 and it was cooked to perfection and tasted superb. The sides were great. We started with Kobe Carpaccio and the Smoked apple wood bacon sticks (I am a hog fan and these were great). We tried the spicy Caesar salad with the crab croutons. The salad was great skip the croutons. Deserts were also fantastic. If you can afford it this place is definitely a don't miss. If you can't afford put it on the CC and enjoy life you deserve it and it is well worth it for steak lovers. Oh and don't forget to take home some of the dry aged burgers. I just ate one of my ten and I am regretting not getting more.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMNeighborhood Gem!We ate here multiple times, while staying at The James. Each meal was outstanding, a gastronomical adventure. The food is as beautiful as it is delicious to eat. A favorite bite was Bacon, carmelized with maple syrup and served with black pepper. It should be on the dessert menu! So decadent! We also enjoyed breakfast very much. Best fried potatoes ever and in-house jams. The desserts are designed to be enjoyed by one, not shared, and are absolute works of art. From pistachio foams to sour cherry bubbles on South American chocolate. Oh my! While the food may be the star here, the service shines, too! Attentive, friendly, and extremely pleasant. The wait staff actually functions as a team, something rarely seen these days.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat steaks. Sides yummy,Great steaks. Sides yummy, except I wasn't a fan of the basil whipped mashed potatoes. Must ordered the Caesar salad with the crab crouton - scrumptious. Eaten here twice, both times impeccable service.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMBeen here several times, eachBeen here several times, each visit appreciate something different, from the decor to the food to the sides. There are definitely a lot of steakhouses in Chicago and David Burkes is among the very best.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best restaurantsOne of the best restaurants I've ever visited! 75-day dry-aged steak is an experience, as is a tour of the meat cellar.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good not exceptional.The steak was great. Oysters were also very fresh and prepared well. Sides were ok. It is a touch on the high side price wise but...4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfectionWe were very pleased with our entire meal from appetizers to dessert. Those Kickin Donuts are to die for. I couldn't help but occasionally peak over at the tables near us to see what food gems they ordered. Next time I go to David Burke's I will be preordering their red velvet cake!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMMeat Lovers delightOn the corner of Rush and Ontario, We asked the waiter to take a tour of the salt ceiler where the meats are aged and he took us to it.. Great for people who enjoy to eat meat. Sides were also exceptional..4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOverall a great dinning experience.Overall a great dinning experience. The steaks are great and the service was nothing short of perfect. We look forward to the next time in Chicago at David Burkes4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThe bacon sticks (thick baconThe bacon sticks (thick bacon cubes on skewers) and foie gras (first time I ever tried this) were amazing starters. We had outstanding Caesar salad that was prepared right at our table. Our main course included a bone-in filet, a 45 day dry aged rib eye, mac and cheese and crab whipped potatoes. That was all very good. A tremendous amount of food (doggy bags came in handy), but we also ordered the desert of the day that was delightful. The service was truly outstanding. This was our first visit to this restaurant and Matt, our waiter, provided suggestions that were much needed and greatly appreciated. I am looking forward to returning here to enjoy some other menu items.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding restaurant fromOutstanding restaurant from the level of service, the friendly and enthusiastic staff to the impeccable food preparation. Be ready to enjoy perhaps the best steak you will ever have. Top recommendation.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWhile you might not considerWhile you might not consider David Burke your favorite burger joint, if you're around for lunch and feel the craving for a top notch beef patty, Primehouse is your place. Reasonably priced, the burger is an amazing blend of different cuts, with very little to distract from the flavor: just some spinach and cheese of your choice.
I cam for dinner as well, would go back any time. And probably order another burger given the chance. I substituted the fries with the tempura broccoli, and they didn't even charge me extra!
Enjoy4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBest steakhouse in ChicagoThe steak here is better than anything else I've had in Chicago. I eat steak at least once or twice a week... I'm usually a rib-eye guy, but was told to go for the Kansas City Sirloin, 35 days aged. I've had it twice, and both times was beyond astounded.
The dessert. What can I say? Creme brulee, a simple dessert? Not here. Mind-bogglingly good. From start to finish, our meal and overall experience was one to remember.
Lastly, I should mention that our server was really on point. I could tell she knew who she was dealing with (a couple of guys, ready to eat, last table sat). Normally one might expect to receive a hurried service given these factors, but she was AWESOME. Friendly, not hurried, DEEP knowledge of the food. Very happy.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMService was awesome answeredService was awesome answered any question we had with expertise.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome meal. Foie gras wasAwesome meal. Foie gras was buttery, melt in your mouth just perfect taste. Staff was well knowledgable and able to describe difference in quality of meats. Barbecue octopus fingers were divine, caesar salad was spot on and dry age steak was perfect!
The cocktails were a bit too sweet and 'girly' and the truffle whipped potatoes were just okay. A well all around terrific experience. Would highly recommend it.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGenerally Superb MealA superb all around experience, with prices you would expect at a steakhouse like this. While the menu doesn't say the size of the steaks, they are generous. We thought the potato pierogies were not very good, and the broccoli was bland, but the steaks and Caesar salads were superb. Overall, a wonderful meal.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMDry Age is the way to goMy first visit to Primehouse was a revelation. Although the menu provides a choice of wet and dry age steaks, choose a dry age steak. The intensity of flavor and tenderness of the beef makes this the most memorable steak I have eaten in many years.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMNew all time fav steakhouse.After much deliberation I booked a business dinner at DBS. Choices are plenty in Chicago when it comes to steakhouses.
The tipping point in choosing this over my other favorite spots, was the dry aged steaks options they offer. The group comprised of extremely particular foodies from UK, Canada and US. Each person said that these were he best steaks they have ever had (dry aged).
Bryan is one of the best wait saff I have encountered- sense of humor, thorough knowledge of steaks, world wines, and an attitude befitting service. Hats off to him for taking care of us.
Try their bacon on a stick (with habanero marination if you dare), Brussels sprouts and oysters.
We chose the 75 day aged and 40 day aged options and weren't disappointed.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AM