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: (312) 660-6000
  • 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
380 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (218)fit for foodies (166)notable wine list (128)good for groups (97)romantic (92)hot spot (69)vibrant bar scene (35)neighborhood gem (30)great for lunch (19)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (6)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Ask to see the meat cooler
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Great service - we sat at the bar to eat some steaks and watch the game. The shrimp cocktail were huge....like mini lobster. Full on prawn sized! But the star of the appys were the bacon sticks. Candied pork belly roasted, basted and candied for 17 hours! Wow! Then the steaks....we had two different cuts, one 40 day and one 55 day, both medium rare. Well, there was very little conversation between us because the meat was an experience. We paired it with a side of mushrooms and found heaven. No butter even close to this meat, just dry aged flavor for days! After dinner, the manager offered for us to tour the facility and took us downstairs to view how tens of thousands of dollars of beef is aged to salted-air perfection using their special aging process. If you can get them on the right night, go see this process. It will change how you view dry aging for the better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Anniversary!
    Smith
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Wonderful Anniversary! Beautiful inside, staff was over the top excellent! Food was very good, everything from the seafood starters to the excellent Caesar salad made tableside to the wonderful popovers. Owe and the bone in ribeye and lobster where great as well! That goes without saying. Nice touch owning your own bull.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little rushed
    Mike
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    My fiance and I went to celebrate at David Burke's. It was our first time there. We were looking for a slow and quite meal, but from when we sat down til our dinner was over, we felt a little rushed. You have to order you're whole meal at once which didn't help taking the night slow. But the reason anyone is there is for the salt cave aged steaks, which were very very good, and a must experience for any beef lover. We just felt a little underwhelmed by service, which came with a hefty price tag.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No one in our party of five was impressed.
    SteakQueen
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The Maple Peppered Bacon appetizer was good, but the steak was lacking flavor. No one was impressed with the food and it will not be on our list of places to eat when we return to Chicago. We had good service, but the meal was just mediocre.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    40thbirthdayVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Had been wanting to come here for years. Was very underwhelmed. Tried one of the "signature" steaks recommended by our server. It was ok at best. No flavor at all. At $64, to have no flavor is very disappointing. A shame as it soured our thoughts on what otherwise, was a good night at a good restaurant.
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  • Sides are Great, Steaks, well, not.
    PDXDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We enjoyed our sides a lot but the steaks left a lot to be desired. Stock up on fries, mac and cheese, veggies and appetizers. Share a smaller steak and dessert and you should be golden. Outstanding service, though.
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  • one of the best steakhouses in Chicago
    JonnySincereVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    David Burke's is under-rated. I've had some of the best steak in my life there, and it's always a great experience. You can keep Gibson's with its swingin' divorcees, snooty waiters and sardine packed bar and Smith & Wollensky's mediocrity, I'll choose Burke's every time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • E-A-T M-E-A-T
    HacheVerde
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I had a phenomenal meal at David Burke's. The steak was terrific... unfortunately we weren't able to have the 75 day aged beef as they ran out of their limited supply by the time we dined. We had the 55 which was fabulous. We also were given a tour of their aging cooler... our host was very patient with all of our questions. It's just incredible the care they have for their meat. I would absolutely recommend David Burke's. I used to live in Chicago and have been to many of the steakhouses there. This was at the very top of the list.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best steak I've had in chucago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I was visiting from nyc. Just an absolute gem of a steak. Highly recommend the 55 day. Bone of the best I have had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lulu
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Food was just OK. I expected more from David Burkes Prime House. It was nothing special. I won't be back.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice aged steaks
    Love
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We visited recently for my wife's birthday, the place was packed! We were however seated ahead of our reserved time in a cozy area of the restaurant. We had the 75 day ribeye, now I consider myself pretty knowledgable about steak, and this one was pretty awesome, though I'm not sure I knew it was ages for 75 days. None- the - less it was really good. The sides were ok, the bacon sticks are out of this world! Lastly, the service was impeccable, they are very attentive and realize the value of your spend. I'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not the same
    dann
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We have been here many times. This time they would not seat us until our reservation time but many tables and wait staff were available. They dropped truffle fries which we loved. Steak came on a plain white plate with one chive strand. Why bother. Quality has gone down.
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  • Great Veterans Day Lunch
    Veteran25
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The 40 day aged bone in rib eye was outstanding.It was juicy flavorful and melt in your mouth good.There wasn't a long wait and a very cozy atmosphere.My enjoyed the experience and I was glad of that because I was talking it up for weeks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tongue Slapping Meal
    Trunksup
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I asked my sister for a place to have a great steak and she recommended David Burke's. I had the 40 day aged Ribeye. It was the greatest steak I have had in my 50+ years. When I have an excellent meal, I send the chef his/her favorite beverage. I hope he enjoyed his Old Fashion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steak chewy and not juicy enough
    Markers
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Tried the 55 day aged rib on the bone. Flavor was very good but I found the meat chewy and a bit dry. I prefer a juicy melt in your mouth rib steak. Everything else at Restarant was excellent and 1st class. Great service .
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved the Food!
    Chops
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My wife and I went here to celebrate her birthday. It was a great choice. The food was absolutely amazing. I would suggest the bacon on a stick, Wagyu beef sashimi, and the 55 day aged rib eye. I would go back and eat here anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't waste your money here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Thought I would go to some place different on my visit to Chicago. So a friend of mine and I went to the #1 steakhouse as listed in Chicago magazine. It was definitely not worth the $280 that was spent. The ribeye I had was dry, tough and not the best in flavor. Maybe the Primehouse is on top of the wrong list.
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  • Chicago destination dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This place is like a historical landmark for people visiting Chicago and wanting to try midwest steaks. We used it for a business meeting where 3 of the 4 people were unfamiliar with Chicago. Good Chicago vibe but a bit too noisy for a quality business meeting. Wine list good. Service excellent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak!
    ArneVee
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Superior beef, great service, nice vibe. What else do you want in a restaurant? The fois gras was killer! For entrees, our party of 4 had two 55 day rib-eyes, a small filet and a "share". We shared 4 sides, squash,mac&cheese,vegetables and mushrooms...all very good. There's more, but you will need to go there and find out for yourself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing after all the hype
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The experience went bad from the beginning. The staff were poorly trained and inattentive. The popovers had been under the heat lamp for a long time. The caesar salad was made table side and instead of incorporating the anchovies, they were provided whole next to the salad. Even the brownie bites at the end were stale. Attempts to resolve the issues were met with blank stares. Sadly, it was disappointing dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too noisy
    Diningout1234
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    So noisy could not have a conversation even with the person sitting next to me. Tables too close together. Wines very overpriced. Food was good.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Steaks were average
    Rach
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I am not the biggest steak eater, but when I go to a steakhouse with customers, I always get what the recommended cut is. Both I and another who is definiteliy a steak eater, both ordered the 35 day aged steak. Neither of us were impressed. The wine list was lengthy, but very expensive. I am used to ordering very nice bottles of wine, but there was really no options under $100/bottle. I was excited to try this place, unfortunately I wouldn't recommend it after this experience.
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  • Anniversary Dinner
    AdamH
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The food was excellent especially the 40 day aged steak. Service was nice, just not spectacular.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very high end but WOW!
    trw2travelingman
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We had 4 people and were looking for a nice meal to enjoy the evening in Chicago. Knew it was high end but were not quite prepared for the cost. The food, however, was phenominal and taste was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We felt a bit underdressed after a Rugby match, but we were treated like it didn't matter... The staff was awesome and made us feel important. My Wife and I were seated in a large booth with plenty of room. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about everything on the menu and made some great suggestions. The 40 day, dry aged rib-eye IS the best steak I've ever had, and we were impressed with the entire experience. I recommend it to any steak Connoisseur. We will be back during our next visit to Chicago.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Wine List
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    David Burke's Primehouse is an excellent restaurant regarding food, service, and the other variables that make for a great dining experience. What is amazing is the wine list. Not so much the bottles offered, the vineyard's selected, but the prices. For us, a great steak calls for Cabernet Sauvignon. One bottle at $80, one at $99. Majority over $100, some $200 and up. A little steep for those dining on their own and not on a company expense report.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Meal with good friends
    Travellingfoodie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We booked David Burke's based on reviews read from New Zealand, we flew into Chicago for the Rugby earlier that day, and the fact the steaks were supposed to be exceptional! Sadly the steaks were a little dry, everything else served was excellent. I recommend the bacon lollipops. Value for money was the big disappointment, the wine list well overpriced, and the price charged for the aged steaks was over the top, overall a little disappointed.
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  • Not the best find
    Bonechiller
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Coming from California to Chicago we were excited to try one of the best steak houses in the country. May be since we are from the west coast that the meat tastes different in the midwest, not our favorite.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slight Disappointment
    Himalayansaltlicker
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Waitress: talked too fast and too soft in a loud setting, and her attitude was as if she was angry at someone. I know it wasn't us, because we've never seen her before! One of the side dish was very undercooked. And the beer had "floater" in it before my friend took a sip, good thing he was paying attention! Love your food, love the idea of the steak, but I guess it is all about the little details that make the experience. Keep up the good work with the food, it is awesome. But do pay attention on the floor staffs, smile once in a while really wouldn't hurt anyone. Back to the root vegetable that my pal ordered. If one has full mouth dentures, forget about chewing that up. Steam the root vegetable al dente, then cook it the way you do.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the best steak in Chicago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I had seen reviews on this restaurant and they were mixed. We chose the location, due to proximity to our hotel, and to the fact that it was cold, snowing and cabs were a mess. that being said… I ordered one of the aged steaks. It arrived COLD. yes cold, the taste, OK but i wouldn't classify this as the BEST steak in Chicago. Service was good, and he of course apologized for the cold steak….. Sides… not to die for. Dessert was good, but I didn't come here for the dessert. Stick with traditional steak houses Gibson's, Benny's chop house, even an Italian placed Called BALENA had a better tasting steak. Just my 2cents.
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  • Top steakhouse ?
    Hungry4steak
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I think not. Food was delicious that's a fact but overall experience was subpar to other steakhouses of 'top 10 Chicago' list. Service was adequate but not exceptional. Waiter was not attentive and did not suggest anything even to fill up the wait time for the steaks. Super loud dining room was quite unfitting for a high class restaurant I expected. 40 day aged steaks are delicious and priced decently given elaborate aging process in a Himalayan-salt-tiled rooms. Wine list is extensive but pricey with most of the bottles costing triple digits leaving little choice for good paring. Deserts are great and their presentation was impressive. Overall felt short of my expectations and would not recommend it to friends.
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  • All Hype
    Maverick
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Had this recommended to me due to the dry aged steak and apparently great reputation , they charge a fortune which isn't an issue if the steak was good, it was not it was the worst steak i have had in a long long time, I usually frequent the Mastro's steakhouse's and there is no comparison, if you want great steaks don't go to David Burkes unless you want a dry aged leather boot.
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  • The place to go for steak!
    TonyC
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Awesome experience....food, service, and atmosphere just what you would expect from the best steakhouse in Chicago. ..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal dining experience
    IndustryMan
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Went in expecting to pay for the service and food. My fiance and I went all out with the menu:bottle of wine, apps, oldest aged steaks, desserts, cocktails, etc. Do not attend if you're on a budget. This is very expensive, but it is worth it. It was more than a charming staff of personable schmoozers. A very exciting and fun server we had with possibly the best menu knowledge of any upscale dining I've experienced in quite some time. We pulled out the stops and gave our checkbook no limit for a night and were pleasantly rewarded with some of the best food and service of our lives.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Needs Help
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our server had a bandana on- not very professional. he was short and abrupt. threw the menus on the table before the rest of our party had even arrived. we were celebrating a friends birthday and he came and slammed the cake to the table, no happy birthday or any sincere remark. the fish was not good at all and the medium well steak was burnt.
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  • disappointed
    foodiegirlVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    this was not the best steak in Chicago - no way near! I was embarrassed to have brought our out of town guests. Will not recommend EVER
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  • Good but not great
    Raider12
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had read many reviews before making reservation. My wife and daughter split a 28 day aged ribeye and I had the 40 day aged ribeye. Steaks were very good, side items not that impressive. Highlight of the meal was the bacon stick app, unreal, so good when we went back to our room, I checked the room service menu to see if it was available, unfortunately it was not. One final note prices on website menus not accurate, more expensive at restaurant, disappointing when total meal was already stretching budget for meal.
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    good for groups
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  • A little disappointed
    Holly
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Sorry to say that we were disappointed in our meals at David Burke. The steaks were done as we requested but we were all shocked that every steak (we all ordered a different cut) had quite a bit of fat on it. To our surprise even the filet came with a large piece of fat around half the steak. There were 4 of us and we were told 3 sides would be plenty but we thought they were quite small and probably should have order 4 if not 5 sides. Drinks were good but had to ask the waiter for another, he never offered when our glass was empty just took the glass away. Bummer, had high hopes for a good steak.
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  • Inedible filet mignon
    NandS
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife and I dined at David Burke's Primehouse on Saturday evening with two out-of-town guests. My wife and I shared a filet mignon, but half of my portion (one-fourth of the total filet) was just fat and cartilage and was inedible. I did not mention it to the waiter, as I did not want to disrupt our visit with our guests. I was very disappointed in the quality of the filet, especially considering David Burke’s reputation for steaks. Our side order of root vegetables was tough and not attractively presented. The waiter was in a hurry and not very attentive, and the noise level was high. We will not be returning to the restaurant or recommending it to anyone.
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  • Did Not Meet Expectations
    onthehuntVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    All the trappings are there. Nice room, attentive service, good wine list, but the 55-day aged ribeye, the reason I was there, while good, was not exceptional. Often based on expectations, my rating reflects what I had hoped would be the best steak in Chicago. It was not.
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    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate