always solid but some lack
always solid but some lack of consistency in the kitchen
3/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful old world charm,
Beautiful old world charm, great food. Prime Rib on the weekend is great - be ready, the serving size is fit for a King. Service was quick and helpful.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Classic Chicago Steak House
Absolutely one of the best steak houses in the city. I've been here several times, from lunch on the patio overlooking the river to high end corporate dinners, and it never disappoints. I'll take a place with some history and character like this or Gene & Georgetti's over Morton's or Gibson's without hesitation.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Perrenial Faborite
Great food. Our waiter was a charming older man. Loved it!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Erie Cafe is worth the trip
Awesome squid, excellent veal chop. Charming building with a lot of character.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was my 3rd time in Chicago and first time at Eire. I got the recommendation from a former resident of Chicago. We were a group of seven people from Denmark and I can only say we were very positively surprised. The food were excellent and accompanied with excellent wine thanks to a wine list which gave tribute to excellent wines from California. The ambiance in the restaurant was very nice and the interior made you feel back in the Chicago forties( although i am to young to remember :-). The combination of great food,great wine, interior style and great service from the waiter ( cant remember his name but he was from Mexico) made our evening at Eire´s Cafe an unforgettable evening which we will take with us back to Europe and recommend
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love Erie Café and plan
I love Erie Café and plan to return! Boz took great care of us
4/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great steaks
Took my daughter here for a welcome home from college dinner. We had a great meal with good service and then watched the Bulls game at the bar with some of the other patrons. Great place to go!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consummate steakhouse. Pleasant
Consummate steakhouse. Pleasant patio on the Chicago River in season. Knowledgeable staff, no-frills presentation, excellent food. Large & small private rooms available. Never underestimate value of free valet parking in River North.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a solid choice
Needed reservations for four (4) last minute on a Thursday night. Called over to Erie Cafe and they were more than happy to take us in. This place is one of my 'goto' joints in the city. It's not a super busy place as not a lot of people know about it. But I like that because I can bop by pretty much any night of the week and get fantastic eats.
Portions are huge so sharing with your Wife, Girlfriend, SO, Date is an always an option.
The Prime Rib on Saturday is fantastic, but it does sell out, so get there early!!
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Erie Cafe has been around a long time and it is still as great as it was when I went 10 years ago! Wonderful steaks, vibrant scene!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great time at Erie Cafe
We were entertaining some family from out of town and decided to meet at Erie Cafe. Their outdoor seating area is so lovely overlooing the Chicago River. We were promptly seated and service was excellent during the meal. Food was delicious and served in a timely manner. We were not rushed at all.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pleasure without pretense
Everybody is here to enjoy themselves, from the patrons to the servers. Good food, good company, good cheer. A classic Chicago Italian steak house, comfortable in every way.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
steaks are excellent
The name "cafe" throws you off. The place is fine dining all the way minus a dress code. The bone in ribeye is huge and the price is a steal for the size.
I visit the Erie Cafe every time I come to Chicago.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good service and good food.
Good service and good food. Great neighborhood fiend.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Bone-in Ribeye in Chicago
They have awesome grilled calamari, a great house salad, and complimentary potatoes with your meal. A much better deal than Mastro's or Chicago Cut and a great old fashioned steakhouse feel.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great steak and seafood!
I had the bone in ribeye, and my wife had the Australian Lobster tail. The lobster was so huge and flavorful, we had diners at nearby tables wanting take pics of the tail. My steak was cooked to perfection.. Great food, just what Chicago is known for. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to celebrate a special night!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Steaks, always cooked to perfection. Staff is always friendly and professional
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a fantastic dinner! We had the peppers with sausage which was delicious. We both had the chicken soup with vegetables that was outstanding. I had the veal marsala which was amazing and my husband had the veal with mushrooms and peppers which was great. Also, our waiter was great and very nice. Even the busboy would fill our water glass immediately. We would highly recommend this restaurant. There is even an outdoor patio overlooking the river which we will have to try next time.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful outdoor dining!
Erie Cafe is a good Italian restaurant, but in the summer months it is hard to beat. The outside terrace is spectacular! The views of the river and the city make for a perfect evening. The wonderful food and wine make it priceless!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Steak of my Life
I paid about $65 for my meal after all was said and done, and it was worth every penny.
I ordered the bone-in Ribeye steak with a glass of 12-year old scotch, and the waiting staff was attentive the entire time my friend and I were there. Cooked to perfection, served right, and it was a full meal.
I come from out of state, and I had read about it in a magazine article, and got a local style dining experience with great food to boot.
I would highly recommend this place as a meal to treat yourself, or for those of you who love a great steak.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Chicago steakhouse
Wonderful steaks. Had the bone-in rib eye and a great bottle of wine from their reserve list. Really worth the visit.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been here several times but have never been on the patio—picked a quiet weekend for it and was perfect! Bummer the prime rib was already gone when we got there, but the ribeye was delicious!
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Kind of a power scene
Great place, here a long time, very well maintained. Ambience inside is traditional, a bit clubby, with good bar and white tablecloths. The food is always quite good, leaning well to the Chicago Hearty style. And it's pretty damn pricey.
There's a very nice outdoor terrance across the street, with the river on one side; the patio is elevated, so you don't actually see the river from most tables. No traffic.
Parked right in front (there's valet service), most times, you'll see ultra-luxurious cars, Bentleys and the like. The feeling is less about "rich and famous," and more about "powerful and connected." But this is a mild vibe; mostly it's pleasant and satisfying and not dramatic. It's a Hobbit hole, and that means comfort.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed sitting outside on
Enjoyed sitting outside on the patio - however didn't enjoy the smokers at the table next to me. Other than that, I enjoyed the food and service was excellent!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Erie Cafe was great as always
Party of 10 with 9 from out of town and they where all amazed at the how friendly the staff was and how great the food was.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great, Classic Food & Service
Erie is on my short list for long lunches with friends and entertaining out-of-town guests fior dinner...a bit of "old" Chicago. Food is consistently great, with generous portions. Service is what you'd expect...courteous, prompt and discreet. Good traditional bar for a few post-work beverages. The seasonal outdoor patio is a bonus!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner by the River, Exciting Views
We had a wonderful meal out by the River. The steaks were wonderful is what the three people having them said. The chicken parmigana was OK.
Main issue is they never come back to refill your water glasses.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service
Great food, great service and the outdoor dining area is enjoyable without being on a busy, crowded sidewalk.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's not the best Italian
It's not the best Italian food in the city, but you can't beat the outside dining. It is a classic and very fun. The house salad needs to be updated, but the pasta was delicious.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, good location
We went to Erie Café the night prior to the Chicago Tri that my brother and I were competing in. They seated us right away. Got us started with some great bread and drinks quickly and ordered our appetizers and salads quickly. There was a little delay in getting our main course ordered, but food came out quickly and service was overall quite good. I plan to go back on a night where we can be more leisurely, the outside patio in the park looked great! Our pasta was excellent, and I wished I wasn't racing the next day so that I could have had the absolutely massive prime rib that the folks at the table next to us got.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have gone to the restaurant
Have gone to the restaurant for years.....definitely one of our favorites. No matter who we bring to the restaurant.....they are always impressed.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been there many times and have never been disappointed. The Steaks and Lobster Tails are always excellent .Two people in my party had the Prime Rib which was cooked just to prefection.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best/largest prime rib
The best/largest prime rib I ever had my preferance though just make sure you request a baked potato intead of cottage potato. Delightful scallops.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our two guests thoroughly
Our two guests thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the outdoor patio dining. Our food was great which is the norm for the Erie Cafe. For Sunday night on Labor Day weekend the service staff seemed a bit stretched although it did not impact our experience.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
When dining in a fine resturant your customers should offer both white and black linen napkins. My wife and I were wearing black slacks. White linen does not go well with black once you stand up. Other than that a fine dining experience. A suggestion on portion size. For the most part people today don't eat 32 oz steaks.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
great service and fabulous
great service and fabulous dinner. Able to communicate with other members of the party without raising our voices.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Local Chicago SteakHouse
Great Local SteakHouse. Better value than chains or 5 stars. Varied menu with Italian and Seafood also. Lots of character, especially the wait staff.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Nice Service Staff
The food should be good, but too often the grub gets lost in a fog of bad wait staff.
Erie Cafe extends the courtesy one should expect from every restaurant staff and goes above and beyond.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Biggest prime rib. Ever.
Excellent bone-in ribeye. Prime rib was unbelievably big and thick cut. Delicious! High end steak in a more relaxed atmosphere. The service was impeccable. Perfect for my bf who likes great steak but doesn't like snooty fine-dining.
10/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great atmosphere, service and food
I selected this restaurant based on the good reviews posted on Open Table. Our party of 8 was thrilled with everything about the Erie Cafe. The menu has many, many interesting selections. The servers were attentive, adaptative to our desires and made great recommendations including assembling an appetizer for the table that was not on the menu. Nice! Definitely a find. Thanks!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were in town for the Chicago Marathon and wanted a casual "local" spot to get a great post race steak. Erie Cafe delivered. Casual yet not sloppy or family/child ridden. Only downside was that they didn't have decanters for the bottle of wine ordered - no big deal, we just let it breath a little longer in the bottle. Toward the end of our meal, the head waiter came over to apologize for the lack of decanters and explained that the dishwasher had accidentally ran them through the machine and broke them. He instructed our waiter to comp a round of after dinner drinks which in my opinion was over and above expectation and made our evening that much better: very proactive without making a big deal of anything.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A special evening
This place was recommended to my wife so we tried it for our anniversary. It is an old style Chicago restaurant; the service, the food, the ambience were all first rate. Did not see a lot of young folks there but a good place for special occasions
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this Place
I think the food at Erie Café is top notch. From the appetizers to the salad, the outstanding steaks and other chops, the sides, the desserts and the service, I always leave wanting to come back as soon as possible. I would recommend this place to anyone...if you need someone eat with, call me, and I will join you...
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Old school, classic
I consider this a traditional man's kind of steakhouse. All men servers-good food, good service, no nonsense, no frill, but tasteful food and tasteful decor. Lots of regulars, it seems...for a nice, low-key relaxing dinner or cocktail try this place.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Kind of Town....
Great experience at Erie Cafe. Old school Chicago, with great atmosphere, generous portions, excellently prepared dishes. We had a large party of 12 and each person raved about their meal. Try the grilled calamari appetizer, Greek chicken was outstanding, everyone who had the prime rib thought it was the best they ever had!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best bang for your buck in Chicago if you want a great steak and good service.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Family Holiday Dinner
As always, the Erie Cafe is the the locals' steakhouse and is a gem in the neighborhood. I will continue to go back. All of my family from out of town loved it.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is always an enjoyable experience, great for lunch during the week for it never gets a crowded as it does latter at dinner.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thanks for all the help.
We had a group of over 20 people today at the Erie Café. The staff did a great job of recognizing the mood and the needs of all the people at the table. Many of the diners were visiting from Taiwan and had a truly great evening.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM