EJ's Place

4.8
947 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
298 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m not sure how it can be any better? They nailed all. Food is perfect, service (Boz was our server) is incredible and professional, vast menu, and an awesome festive room. Oysters are huge, grilled calamari is the best I’ve ever eaten, perfectly cooked Dover Sole and my first time trying the unbelievably delicious skirt steak. It’s obvious why they are so busy. We will return!

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vipMarkP
Indiana
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Put in a dark and cold tent. Menu is limited to sides. I ordered my filet medium, it arrived well done. Sent it back, the next steak was rare. Waiter apologized, but for $60 you should be able to get the temperature on the steak correct. Waiter bought me a beer for the mistake.
Overall you are way over priced for atmosphere and food quality. If you want to compete with Capital Grill and Ruth’s Chris, you need to improve a tremendous amount. We won’t be back. Our total check for 4 was $280.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s EJs. You’ll get the best. It’s always spectacular.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
299 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible. Loved it! Boz was our server and was just great. Cannot wait to return. Cheers EJ’s!

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jeffh
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It is always a treat to eat at EJ’s. It’s great that is open again. The only downside was the people at the table next to us was extremely loud talker and made sure everyone heard him.
Our steaks were delicious and large which the price worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the place, ambience and food, it’s really perfect. Start from appetizer and to free dessert. It’s our first dinner date in that place and everything’s perfect.

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vipBobG
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

EJ's failed to approve Open Table Reservation award. $247.00 for dinner for two leaves enough room for the $1.00 charge from Open Table.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite steak house in the Chicago area. The entire meal was outstanding.

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vipMichaelS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best steaks in Chicago.

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JonlynnS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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vipErinC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Johnny’98 was an exceptional server. The cocktails, food and wine were outstanding. Outdoor dining was pleasant even at below zero wind chills.

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ChrisJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for date night, food was good. However we ordered steaks and the food paired with it was weak. What happen to a green vegetable.

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vipLisaL
Chicago
204 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

E. J. ‘s is excellent every time. We always have great service and food. We love the shrimp cocktail because they are huge and delicious. We had Dover sole and chicken Marsala which were excellent. We shared a great bottle of wine and a side of pasta with meat sauce. Thanks

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PeterM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, strong pours on the alcohol, and excellent service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent as usual, still dealing with a smaller menu, however the chef was able to accommodate a special request. Glad to be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
299 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular evening in the middle of a snowstorm! Our party of six all had something different and we all loved everything. The sausage and peppers and calamari appetizer both are fantastic. Super service from Boz who we will ask for next time we visit. Cannot wait to return to EJs!

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AnneMarieD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EJ’s is simply the best sure thing around for a family occasion, a date night, a get together with friends, you name it! EJs food never disappoints and the service is some of the best we have experienced at any restaurant.

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vipklaudeenV
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our weekly visit. Food is delicious !! Best anniversary dinner and drinks. Can’t wait till next week.

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DanielleC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is absolutely delicious staff is swift and caters to their customer definitely will be coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
299 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly fantastic evening! Superb food, great menu, excellent service from our server Boz, and the tent is very festive and warm. Cannot wait to return. Love it at EJs!

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vipLisaL
Chicago
205 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love E J’s every time because it’s always fantastic. We enjoyed a great bottle of wine and a delicious shrimp cocktail. Wow. We ordered chicken Marsala and New York steak. We also split a pasta with meat sauce. Everything was outstanding. Service is great too. Even the valet guys are so nice too. Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!!! HUGE portions! We all loved it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food are outstanding!

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vipMichael
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job of social distancing and mask wearing in the tent.Well heated

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vipReneeZ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent per usual!!! heading back this friday night.

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CHawk
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Andy was phenomenal!!!! He was super attentive and made the experience awesome

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice meal at EJs with great service and great food!

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jasonp
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ejs has done a great job with their tent. Warm, great service. No major menu differences. Just a fantastic night. Busy as usual but everything super smooth.

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hungryGuy
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

great effort to have a place to eat in a big tent...prices are high and waiters push hard to up the price..our waiter didn't tell us about some prices...charged premium drinks when we didn't asked for it..quoted $40 for one entree and charged 49...very good service but in the two times we have eaten their recently we can away with a feeling we are being taken a bit...food however is very good!

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vipEricF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great COVID dining option, in tent, very comfortable, steak was excellent, calamari just OK.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
299 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another visit, another incredible experience. The best place for some “normalcy” on the north shore. Fantastic, warm, spacious tent. Incredible food and top notch service. Boz was our waiter and he clearly knows how to make guests feel welcome and appreciated. We love it at EJs!

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vipJenniferS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it for our birthday celebration!!!

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NikkiGee
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Considering we ate in a tent , it was fabulous!
tent, ej’s is fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
299 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EJs crushed it again. Took our daughter for her birthday. Fantastic night out and the tent is warm and spacious. They have gone above and beyond during this time to provide normalcy while following the protocols. Our server was Boz who is a true professional. Will return soon! 👍

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I love the food but the service was “Ahh” the guy was rushing on our order and weforgot what we wanted lol

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vipBeau
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipmike
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We dine at least once a month

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vipCraigS
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EJ’s is consistently the best steak house in the northern suburbs. Recently dined there for the second time during the pandemic and the set-up and service is stellar. I had a very good experience in November and an even better one in January. Tables are well spaced, servers are professional and food and drink are great as always. 34 oz T-Bone of the specials menu was a rare treat.

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JoseRivera
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The grilled calamari was outstanding. Oysters were fresh and our service was amazing. Andrew took great care of us. You may visit for the steak, which is indeed great but do yourself a favor and order the lamb chops.

LG
vipLarryG
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

always a great meal and the closest thing to a downtown steak joint.

FAQs

EJ's Place offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 933-9800.

EJ's Place is rated 4.8 stars by 947 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.