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Erie Cafe
Erie Cafe

Erie Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://eriecafe.com
  • Phone: (312) 266-2300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Italian, American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N. Larrabee St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Erie Cafe
The Erie Café's classic club-like atmosphere blends a cedar ceiling and exposed brick walls with new wood paneling, which is accented by original impressionist oil paintings. Featuring large picture windows simply draped in floral chintz, The Erie Café is the perfect setting for casually elegant dining, and seats 380 guests.

Entertain family, friends or business associates in our private banquet room, which can accommodate groups of 20, up to 200 people. Custom menu selections can be created to suit any occasion. The banquet room features a fully complimented bar, wood dance floor, and wood-burning fireplace.

Located along the North Branch of the Chicago River on Erie Street, The Erie Café serves prime aged steaks, chops and house specialties in a classic club-like environment.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent appetizers, phenomenal wine list, mouth watering steaks, and a great place to just relax and feel at home. Can't say enough good things about this place."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "The calamari was the best one I had ever had..ever. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable of the options...we also got the filet that was perfectly cooked and for dessert we had carrot cake..and all of it was simply perfect."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Very good. Best location. Great portions. Will be back. Recommend. Thanks."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The ambience is lovely. The service was great as was the wine (at very reasonable price points). My husband's steak was great, the stuffed clams were delicious. Sadly my veal marsala and side of pasta with marinara was lacking in taste. Stick with the steak choices and you will have a great meal."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Suggested Erie Cafe to first-time guests to Chicago. We really wanted to sit outside and enjoy the patio but it was almost as good inside. It really did look like rain. Food and service always outstanding."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Food was decent, however the scenic outdoor dining area and friendly accommodating service made the dinner enjoyable."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "A great neighborhood spot. food is always consistent, good service, reasonable price. Eating outside is great on a nice night. Highly recommend it as a go to place for dinner."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I love this place, but I have to point out the patio experience we had. The petite filet mignon special with shrimp was amazing-the steak cooked to perfection! I often have to send back my steak at other steakhouses for further cooking, but never here! I don't usually write reviews, but people should know that if they sit on the outdoor patio (which I truly have enjoyed in the past), it has been overtaken by groups smoking cigars and couples out with their dogs. I love dogs, have one of my own, but I prefer to go on dates without her! It is in my opinion that cigar smoking shouldn't be allowed at outdoor patios where others are dining. I will go back, but I will only go when the weather is bad and I HAVE to sit indoors."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "My two daughters and I were in Chicago for a girls' getaway. Our last evening we chose to dine in the Erie Café (two of us had been there before). It was a great way to end a wonderful vacation. Thank you for the excellent service and the wonderful food!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "While Chicago has many very good steak and Italian food restaurants, only a handful are exceptional and Erie Café is one of the exceptional ones. From the moment you arrive to when you leave, it is a great experience where your absolute enjoyment of the food, beverages and service is the only thing on the mind of the staff and chefs. The steaks are prime cut and the pasta is homemade. The barmen make a good pour and great cocktails and the people watching is fabulous. The wait staff is fantastic without being obtrusive. My "go to" place whenever I'm in Chicago."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "A grand old real Chicago steak house- their fish is pretty good too"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had a delicious meal at Erie Street Cafe. The steaks were excellent and the sides too! It has a very neighborhood feel in the restaurant and the outdoor seating overlooks the river, which is a nice plus when the weather is nice (and you can get the first-come, first-serve seating there!). The wait staff is very attentive without being in the way. Great spot!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This is my go to lunch spot. valet parking /fast service Excellent food"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Well I usually have dinner at the Erie, we had lunch there the other day. Is a beautiful setting, outdoors on the patio, and a perfect place a quiet business meeting."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We would have liked to sit outside on the river, but it started raining just as we arrived; no matter, indoor dining area was old-fashioned and nice. Our server was awesome. The antipasto platter was traditional, but I still found it a bit lacking...maybe too basic. They were out of the special that night that my SO was super looking forward to; he ended up getting something else that was more expensive and I was a bit surprised that they didn't comp the difference between the special and what he ended up ordering. Either way, his steak was perfect. I'm veg so ordered the ravioli and it was super cheesy and delicious. Coffee offered after dinner. Timing on everything was perfect. Felt super relaxed and enjoyed our dinner out immensely."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We frequent Erie Cafe many times a month and always keep coming back for more. The seafood is delicious and fresh while the Prime Rib is outstanding. I would argue to say the best in the city. Since we heard that Erie Cafe only serves a limited amount of prime rib each night we even make it a point to get there early to guarantee we get a slice! Its cooked to perfection! If you want to go to a hidden neighborhood restaurant with GREAT food and a friendly staff go to Erie Cafe."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My husband and I decided to go to the Erie Cafe on our last night in Chicago (from LA area). We asked a few locals which steak house they recommended, because we didn't want to end up at an overpriced, tourist trap. Well, we are so happy they recommended Erie's! We ordered grilled calamari to start that was prepared to perfection! The calamari had a slight smokey taste and were not "rubbery" at all. For our main course we ordered two ribeye steaks (bone in), sautéed spinach and asparagus.We were both ASTONISHED when they came out because they were enormous! However, they were both cooked exactly the way we ordered them. Additionally, the meat melted in our mouths! The sides were great too, but the steaks were amazing! The service ROCKED!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We went to the Erie cafe for a celebration and a farewell. The experience was outstanding in spite of the rain. Staff treated us like royalty."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I hesitate to write this, because I want it to stay a nice, quiet lunch spot, but I love going to Erie Cafe for lunch! It's usually not too busy, but the staff is amazingly attentive (the service is great, no matter the time of day). Perfect for a business lunch and nice for non-business reasons, too. The lunch portions are generous - I find myself ordering the old-school cobb salad often, but the grilled calamari is really unique and delicious. The burger is also a great option. If there's something that you like on the dinner menu that's not available on the lunch menu, just ask - they will generally accommodate the request if they can. I also enjoy Erie Cafe for dinner, but I really feel like the lunch option is great!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food was good, but the server was a little slow."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My friends suggested me meet at the Erie Cafe. The food was OK. I think steakhouses like this are generally way overpriced, so I try to find something more reasonable like pasta or chicken. The food was not really special. I won't plan to go back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "After reading the other reviews, I thought this steak would knock my socks off. It was good but not great. House salad was average. Service was very good, and the noise level and ambiance was pleasant. I was disappointed and would not go out of my way to return. Maybe if I lived in the hood, it's convenient, but not worth going out of your way for."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Took us a long to be seated, took us a long time to be seated, service fair, portions to large."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Unfortunately were seated at a table near the front and the bar. Everyone was drunk off their rockers. They were literally scream talking to each other at the tables and to people at the bar. This is all fine if they were not serving normal dining guests. It was just awful to watch and hear such absurdity. We ordered lamb chops medium rare and they came out well, well, dried out done. Sent them back and the new ones finally came out after the other diner was finished with the meal. We ordered asparagus and spinach came out. The server said they were out of what we ordered so they sent out something else. What? Really? Ask what I'd like instead. Overall avoid this place late night unless you want to watch young trixies pick up old men! Sad."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Lot of bar action, clubby, excellent service and big menu. Food is always great. Almost always go to the Erie Café when we visit Chicago."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We been there many of times with family and friends but this time dined with several out of town guest. It was a little busy for the waiter (forgt to get wine for one of our guest) but all ended up working out fine. will be plenty of left overs if you are not hungry! Great place for groups to gather. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We celebrated a birthday...the service was very attentive and customer focus. The climate/mood/atompshere was engaging and celebratory. Will dine there again and soon!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Fun in the sun on their patio. Had a great day outside and inside was nice and quiet. Had a big space for parties. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had a great dinner. Six people....sat outside for drinks right on the river....so great....then dined inside as it got cooler outside. Food was great. Easy to hear each other...love round tables for party of six...you can speak to all instead of just the two next to you on either side."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The staff was disorganized and forgot to seat us. The veal parm was bad and the steak had 0 seasoning. I won't be back."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I went with a group of 12 people customers mainly . We ordered several dishes mainly Prime Rib ( awesome !!!) . Each dish was delicious and teated as kings "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We eat at Erie Street often and the reason is the food is always good and the service even better. If you are looking for a great meal, without all the hoop la, this is the place. Old fashioned hospitality, service by an experienced waitstaff who go out of their way to help you celebrate special occasions. This meal we celebrated a graduation and besides putting decorations on the table for us, they happily used our plates and napkins then served and cut the cake for us. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food, drinks, knowledgable and friendly wait staff are all terrific! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Nice menu with good steaks and pasta options as well as various other alternatives. Pretty expensive."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Great for business meetings. Steak and seafood similar to Gene and Giorgetti's, but better service. Steak and italian selections were as good or better. Generous portions. Accomodating regarding orders. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The Erie Cafe. If you have been there, that is all that needs to be said... I have lost count at how many times I have been at the Erie. From the valet service, to Ross and the front door, to the bartenders, and the excellent wait staff. Oh yes, the food. All fantastic, all memorable. I cannot wait to return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Erie Cafe was awesome as usual. Outside cafe dining is an awesome experience. Service is fantastic"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The steak here is great. This is a more casual old style steakhouse. Portions are huge. The grilled calamari is a very good appetizer. The bread is crusty and fresh. The breadsticks are not. The soups and salads are very good. Had a bone in rib eye that was perfectly done medium rare. T bone was a bit too rare. Veal parmagiano was great. Nice wine list. Not overly commercial. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This is a steak house of long standing and that's what they do best. For those of us who love the dish, their liver and bacon is without par in this city. The waiters, by the way, are knowledgeable and friendly, but pros and do not waste your time or theirs hovering and pushing specials and then disappearing. If you enjoy a second cocktail, it will be brought to you promptly. And there is no table churning. Good place. Good people."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "My second visit to this restaurant. We had a group of 7 and everything was spectacular. All enjoyed their meal and the atmosphere. Highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 5/3/2014