EJ's Place

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720 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
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved the supper club decor of the restaurant. It was very loud and lively with lots of big groups. I loved that the salad and potato are included. The bread basket was great. My steak was good but lacked a little flavor and was a little dry. Service was top notch.

JR
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, from start to finish, it was a meal meant for a king and queen! Absolutely delicious !

JD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the service was impeccable , and the atmosphere is reminiscent of the supper clubs of old..
A great evening and enjoyable dining experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is excellent and service was outstanding!

AF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our party of 6 had a very nice table that was ready when we arrived (our reservation was at 6 pm). All staff treated us quite well and everyone was personable and helpful. The food was nicely prepared (our choices ranged from salmon to whitefish to steak to lamb chops to pasta) and everyone liked their entree. The appetizers were large enough that two was sufficient for the group. Very nice wine list.

Although the restaurant started to get crowded about 7 pm, we were not rushed and had a very pleasant time. We left about 8:15 and by then the restaurant was very crowded with the voice level rising. Given the popularity of this restaurant, earlier reservations should be made.

r
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I had requested a certain area in the restaurant because my family was celebrating an engagement. The restaurant was more than accommodating and had the table ready an hour in advance. We had an 18 month old toddler so we didn't want to be crowded in the main dinning room. The servers were on top of everything, no one had an empty drink and the food came out without much wait. This was my third time at this establishment in the past 3 months and they have been very accommodating every last time. The overall experience was delightful and we did not have to worry about a thing.

d
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to EJ's Place numerous time and it is consistently excellent. The food is fantastic, the service is amazing and it is an overall positive experience! I would highly recommend EJ's Place for almost any occasion. The portions are very generous. The side dishes are delicious. Valet parking makes it very easy. The best!

BF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service is OK, but the team is pretty gruff given that we are paying $70-$100 / head.
Food is good. Kitchen is well established with consistent high quality.
The staff is pretty abrupt. It always seems they want you to order quickly and leave quickly. It's not consistent with the pricing and the atmosphere.

CC
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter made the evening. He steered us to items on the menu which were terrific. I had the Roasted Lamb and it was delicious. The portions were very large.

J
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I usually give a much better review after dining here. Unfortunately I cannot this time. Nothing was quite as good as we have come to expect from many previous experiences.

Y
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Off night. Waiting 45 minutes after reservation to be seated. Waited another 15 minutes for water and menus. Ordered filet. Big mistake. Undercooked and absolutely NO flavor. Sent back - burnt to a crisp.

LJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

We do love EJ's and have celebrated many family occasions there. We typically visit in the winter when it is festive and decorated for the holidays. The mood has always been lively, yet not noisy or distracting. We could enjoy our meal and our conversation. This past weekend we took friends there from out of town for a birthday celebration. The place was packed and incredibly noisy. There were so many people at the bar waiting for tables that they imposed on the seated diners. Waiters had limited mobility in and through the aisles. My husband and friend were seated on the aisle and were constantly being bumped into and spilled on. It was incredibly distracting and took away from our enjoyment of the meal (which was really very good!) and the conversation we expected to enjoy was left to shouting across the table. I don't know how they can solve this, but it may certainly taint my decision to go there on a Saturday night or dinner in the future.

J
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always best steak house outside the City. My favorite. Great food, staff.

SG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The King Crab Legs were delicious but not a lot of value for the market price. Based on price of $110 I would expect far more crab legs than I received.

j
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We hadn’t been to EJs for a while, primarily since we frequently have dinner out with a young grandchild. For our anniversary, we decided that we wanted to dine. So we went back to EJs. The food and service were wonderful. Our server realized that a full portion of the chicken with peppers was much too large for one in our party and suggested getting a half portion. It was outstanding and we still went home with leftovers. The strip steak was tender and done perfectly. Our server saw us opening anniversary cards and brought a dessert with a candle for us which we appreciated. We will be back soon.

c
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent and the portions are large. The martinis are expertly made and the homemade desserts - particularly the key lime pie and tiramisu- are truly something special. The downside is the prices are quite high, and the noise level is pretty high too.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have an amazing meal at EJs Place.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great full service restaurant! Parking is strange, no need to mandate valet and wasn’t clear when I first pulled in. Otherwise excellent service and food. Highly recommend!

M
Chicago
111 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It brought me back to the old supper clubs. I loved it. The service was fantastic. All the staff was friendly and so welcoming. The food was plentiful. Great recommendations and what a delicious steak. I’ll definitely return.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and wonderful service by Julian!!!!

b
Indiana
55 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove 3 hours (one way)just to have dinner at EJ’s. It is our favorite! The service makes the dining experience the best. The food is fantastic. The shrimp are huge and such a surprise. We will be making the 3 hour drive again soon!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The wait staff is as professional and helpful as you’ll see at any restaurant—a pleasure. The food is always first rate.

CS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This food was delicious but it touch under seasoned.
The sevice was amazing. Ask for Julino, one of the best servers I ever had.

c
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
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 on August 17, 2019
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 on August 17, 2019
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
156 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.

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

Food was outstanding Our waiter Johnny was great

MS
Chicago
14 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
58 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
10 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