EJ's Place

4.7
696 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Established since 1997, and selected one of the Chicago Magazine's Best New Restaurants, EJ's menu consists of prime aged steaks and chops butchered in-house, pristine seafood, and Italian specialties using only the finest ingredients available.

Owner, EJ Lenzi, and manager, Abelino Cepeda, bring over 60 years of combined restaurant experience to Chicago's North Shore. Teamed with a mature and experienced wait staff, EJ's Place is the North Shore's premiere supper club.
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Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service by Christen was very prompt & tailored to our needs...and always with a smile. The food is consistently very good, and the portions are very generous. This is our go to place for a nice, casual night out.

L
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Grandson seated before our arrival at first table in extra room. Not our favorite room but we went with the flow. Waiter, Dave, very personable and efficient. Entrees served before Caesar salad finished. Prime Rib and pork chops accompanied by potatoes divine. Desserts delicious. No second cup of coffee offered. Felt like they wanted to turn the table.

DH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

underwhelming at best. The new York strip was tough and had that sinewing marbeling that you couldn't cut through.

The filet had no taste at all.

Even the creamy garlic salad dressing tasted like paste.

We do not even drink alcohol, and the bill was $170 . with tip. Waiter was very good.

As I drove home past CULVERS , I wish I'd eaten there:)

My bad.

J
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ej’s has excellent, friendly service, quality food with big portions, and relaxing, clean restaurant. Our ‘go to’ place.

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing meal, we ordered small filet and got strip steak . It was a tough piece of meat, hard to cut, tough to chew. As a loyal customer, I’m very disappointed!

R
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous neighborhood gem. Never disappoints. Dark when you first walk in but you adjust!!!

R
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

EJ's Place reminds us of Supperclubs that are in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. only much better in the excellence of food and service!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible experience
I will never return

r
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow initially.
The waiter had to ask us to repeat our drink orders more than once.
Ordered a steak med rare -charred - was delivered med well - not charred
The waiter wanted to look at the steak to be sure - then he had the manager come over to verify.
I did not want it recooked - everyone was already eating
the bill came and the steak was still on the bill.
I showed it to the waiter who immediately removed it from the bill.
Most of the other entrees were good- but not taking care of a poorly cooked $58 steak was disappointing.

G
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding Our waiter Johnny was great

g
Chicago
146 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EJ"s Place was excellent. Food and service are a ten.
Looking forward to returning.
HIGHLY recommend.

MS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place!, best lobster tails, fabulous steaks!! Great people!! Love Gibson’s in Rosemont!!

RS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was very good. We went on a Sunday evening and wasn't very crowded which was nice. Filet Mignon was huge, but great, so Petite Filet probably would have satisfied. Service was great and very fast, very attentive which I appreciate. Plenty of bussers around to keep things flowing at the table.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal and excellent service.

BD
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good and hot . Steak was very juicy. Chicken Vesuvio was very good . Service was excellent.

M
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone loved their dinner. Service was perfect!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great and the service was amazing

L
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and pleasant, knowledgeable waiter, David
Superb food, BEST food in the Chicagoland area
Highly recommend this restaurant

JL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pricey, but food and atmosphere worth it. Only 4 stars for the Seabass , expensive and overcooked.
peas and onions and EJ's slaw awesome.

k
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic food and service! Celebrating DAd’s birthday with Mom. They had never been. Loved it.

M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was for a birthday but we go all the time. Excellent food!

OT
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I guess everyone has an off night and this was it for EJ’s. Perhaps don’t go on a Monday before a holiday, but as it was my husband’s bday, not much choice of date. Started with a stale breadbasket and ended with key lime pie that had sat in a refrigerator too long and had that just off taste. At least that was on-the-house for his bday. In between, Chicken Oreganata’s all white meat was terribly overcooked and Dover Sole was dry, too. Even the always delicious cottage fries arrived cold, as if they sat awhile as the other items overcooked. Not writing EJ’s off, but I would be very sad if this is the new normal for them.

g
Chicago
146 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EJ's Place is so good that the kids visit us more often so they can go there.
Another great meal and Christian provides excellent service.The best bread sticks, cottage fries,
salad,steaks key lime pie....among many many other things.
Highly recommend and looking forward to returning.
Also, we had the pleasure of meeting Lucca - a real gentleman. EJ did real good...terrific family and restaurant.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!food and service were excellent!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We were very disappointed. The quality and quantity of food isn’t what we have become a custom to at EJs

p
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Servce and the food was as good as it gets. Never had a bad steak yet. Been going there for 20 years.

JW
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

School reunion of about 15 and it was all perfect: service, menu, food, table arrangements.

MC
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place!!!! Amazing food, service and staff :-)

JD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great choice with excellent, friendly service and excellent food.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great service! Very accommodating and excellent food

CC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Expensive, but you get what you pay for and more. Large portions of quality food and beverages.
Wait staff old school, aim to please, made us feel like we were the only persons in the room and they were there for us only.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was super expensive for the overall experience. The steak was average and no thrills but will set you back over $50. The sides are nothing special, average at best. The service was good. The place advertises cocktails but they don’t have a cocktail menu. You can order your standby favorites though from the bar.

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and incredible service.
EJ’s never lets me down .

H
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent service and food. Probably the best steakhouse on the Northshore!

g
Chicago
146 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EJ's has become a once a week place to go - that's how excellent it is!
We had the bone in strip - which was a special on the menu. Really good.
Christian was our waiter and the service was outstanding.
highly recommend.

SD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Overall food was amazing and the service was good, but our server got distracted by a bigger party and forgot about us. Not ideal when dining w a baby and timing counts.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and David is the best!!! Never disappoints!!

C
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The steaks along with the sides (sautéed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes) we had were delicious! Service was excellent as well. The decor didn’t quite match the cost of the food. Felt more like I was in a restaurant in the north woods where I would have a casual family meal rather than a place where they sell $60 steak dinners. That being said, I would probably go back to try some of the less costly items on their menu simply because the food is very good. Lastly, the noise level was pretty high. It made us rush through the meal just so we can get out and hear each other.

JP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s great but very expensive

EL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food and incredible service.

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