EJ's Place

4.7
679 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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L
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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g
Chicago
142 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.

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

Amazing!food and service were excellent!

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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

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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.

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JW
Chicago
11 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.

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

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

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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.

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

Great service! Very accommodating and excellent food

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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!

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g
Chicago
143 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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

It’s great but very expensive

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

Awesome food and incredible service.

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GV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best! Wonderful execution from the staff, as always.

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L
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great every time

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lots of food. No one could finish their meal
Lots of leftovers

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e
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Way too expensive, but very good tasting food.

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W
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good especially the seafood pasta was outstanding.The sea bass was good but not great. When you go to EJ’s you better expect to spend a few bucks because it is kind of pricey but very good for special occasions

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RI
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for the first time on Wednesday, before attending a play in Glencoe. Food and service were like being downtown Chicago!

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AJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter was very good! Dover sole was excellent and moist, which isn't' always the case.

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BG
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

No better place on the North Shore. Food and Service are outstanding. They pour a good drink as well.

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l
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent t service. First time there and was very pleased. Will be back!

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M
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious meats, wonderful cocktails, excellent service make this a great adult hangout. The key lime pie is scrumptious, too!

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M
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A traditional supper club with food and service that is a cut above.

Kid friendly but pricey.

Nicely aged steak and huge portions.

Overall a positive experience for all!

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b
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food & service always good. A bit noisy where we were sitting.

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g
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing except for the 3 drunk women sitting at the table next to us. The food is incredible and the service is wonderfully attentive. We had a fabulous meal.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect. !

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g
Chicago
143 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

bone in strip was the finest steak we ever had.
there was not one bad cottage fry in the bunch.
2nd time in a row having Christian as our waiter...awesome job again!
One of the best.
Always highly recommend.

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h
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner on a special occasion or any time. The service is top notch.

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K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST PLACE EVER. NO MATTER WHAT YOU ORDER, THE FOOD IS EXCELLENT; PLUS, A BONUS! YOU GET TO EAT THAT SAME MEAL FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS AS WELL BECAUSE THEIR PORTIONS ARE HUGE. MY BROTHER AND NEPHEW SPLIT A SKIRT STEAK - AND COULD BARELY FINISH IT. I HAD ORDERED THE SKIRT STEAK ON ANOTHER OCCASION FOR MYSELF AND I HAD ENOUGH TO EAT FOR THREE DAYS FOLLOWING. THE DRINKS ARE STRONG. THE SERVICE BEYOND COMPARE. GO THERE. YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED. IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY.

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