Erie Cafe

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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Located along the North Branch of the Chicago River on Erie Street, The Erie Café serves prime aged steaks, chops and house specialties in a classic club-like atmosphere. The well appointed dining room blends a cedar ceiling and exposed brick walls with wood paneling. The Erie Café is the perfect setting for casually elegant dining, and seats 380 guests.

Entertain family, friends or business associates in our private dining rooms, which can accommodate groups of 20, up to 200 people. Custom menu selections can be created to suit any occasion. The grand banquet room features a fully complimented bar, wood dance floor, and wood-burning fireplace.

Our gorgeous outdoor dining patio offers views of the Chicago River and southern skyline. This outdoor dining is open for lunch and dinner from March 1st through the end of November, weather permitting.
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BM
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of Chicago's hidden gems, this River North establishment is a great date spot, pace for entertaining customers or just a family night out. My friend Meghan and I sat at the bar and ordered a great bottle of wine and dinner as we watched the Wisconsin game on TV. The food was fantastic - I went basic Bobby and ordered the lasagna which was knee-buckling good, while Meghan went with an equally impressive and tasty chicken and potatoes dish with a large salad! We will be back!

R
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Loudness of noise ruined whole dining experience!

TH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was fantastic as always. Food was very good and so was the wine.

TN
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Was sad to see Carlos wasn't there this year because we've been going for 15+ years and have seen him each time. Service and food was still great! The Grilled calamari isn't a fave, too chewy but everything else is delicious!

PB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food and service was excellent as usual !

Our pre game dining spot before Blackhawks game always

JB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was excellent, as was the food. No waiting for our table. Chicken parm was a very large delicious portion. Garbage salad was just as I remembered with many different veggies and two jumbo shrimp on top; beautiful! The steaks were fork tender, flavorful and cooked to perfection. There is nothing I would change about our dining experience at Erie Café!

MK
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I ordered the chicken vesuvio. It came in a pool of oil so the potatoes were soaked in oil. Despite the huge amount of oil the chicken was extremely dry. Very disappointing.

OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

First time at Erie Cafe. Service was terrible in terms of our server. He was rude and seemed upset when we told him we were ready to order. Our buss boys and food runners were quite friendly and attentive. Our server didn’t even bring our check.

The chicken visuvio was so greasy and had about 85% potatoes. The rest of the food was okay. Will not be back for a second meal nor drink.

D
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’ve eaten at Erie Cafe probably a dozen times. It’s by far and away my favorite restaurant in the city. Even with a 7pm reservation and a hold on prime rib, but due to crowding and tables/customers optimization, we weren’t seated until 7:50pm. My prime rib was overdone. Disappointing, but it won’t stop us from eating there again in the future.

Overall the food, service, location and lack of tourists keeps Erie Cafe a 4-5 star experience for me. I’ve brought family, friends and business associates to dinner here and will continue to do so in the future.

j
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

HO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food and ambiance. Free valet parking, a REAL PLUS!
We came from the suburbs and you can get off the expressway and head right there without a lot of traffic.

H
Chicago
117 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great and reliable. Perfect service.

GV
San Antonio
43 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Erie Cafe was recommended to us by a editor of a meat magazine that lives in Chicago and said that it was the best place for steak. Well not true. There was 8 of us and 4 of us had steak. 3 had the filet and they were very tender but no seasoning. The Sea Bass, Shrimp & the Veal Chop was very good.My NY Strip was terrible. No seasoning and it was the worst cut I have seen. Fatty and lots of gristle. When I asked for sea salt or Kosher salt they didn't even know what it was. The service was also the worst. Didn't give everyone menus when we sat down. Had to ask for it. When we got our food the server never came over to see how it was. I told the busboy that my steak was terrible and he didn't even speak English. The Mgr walked by and I flagged him down and told him of the problems and he really didn't care. Did bring us dessert to try and make up for it. Didn't work. Would not recommend or ever go back to Erie Cafe!

k
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Love the ambiance as well.

CA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

PV
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy but unpretentious. Everything one could ask for in a steakhouse.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

While I liked the ambiance and the service, I thought the price was too expensive for the amount of food we got. I felt like I needed to go eat again after dinner.

I
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entertained 13 people. Fantastic time. Everyone was impressed by the food, atmosphere and service. In town for a convention. Over 5 days in Chicago, dining at many great venues, this was the highlight.

SF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always go to the Erie Cafe when visiting Chicago. Best steaks and service. A true Chicago restaurant.

RS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a terrific venue. One of Chicago's best classic "old school" restaurants. Excellent service with hearty food at reasonable prices. You will not be disappointed!

CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was too close to the table next to us...consequently, our waiter kept knocking me throughout the entire evening, which was very annoying.

Otherwise, we will return, just smarter where I will sit.

M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hosted a business dinner. It was terrific. Great wine list. Terrific food and service. The ambiance was perfect for good conversation. Try to Grilled Calamari, Sausage and Peppers -- and anything off the menu. You will not be disappointed.

M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find. The service was great. The food is off the charts. I highly recommend the Grilled Calamari, Sausage and Peppers, Garbage Salad. Can’t go wrong with the steak, veal, seafood or pasta!

I
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Very nice to sit outside! food pretty good(chicken with peppers too peppery but my bf loved his steak...)waiter brought an UN-asked for extra glass of wine to him..when my boyfriend was surprised, the waiter said it was “on him” but I was still charged for it....not ok with that

CT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love Erie Cafe. Always excellent. Only down mark here was that the restaurant was busy and the waiter wasn’t paying attention so put a steak knife directly in front of my 1.5 year old (who promptly grabbed the blade). Unpeeled her fingers and no harm no foul but should probably pay a bit more attention to small children in high chairs

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Patio was gorgeous. Servers were attentive. Steak over cooked, lobster fra diavolo had over cooked lobster and watery sauce.

JM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friday night out

E
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good for business lunch in area. Good food, good ambience. Would recommend

RN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and exceptional service.

R
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Surprisingly good. Patio looks wonderful.

DT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has great food and wonderful service. Very friendly and helpful staff. It's has a very comfortable and friendly atmosphere. I took my whole family there, eight of us, and everyone loved it!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Really mediocre food and drab decor

KP
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Beautiful patio but surrounded by tables of cigar smokers and dogs (wish I had been told in advance so I could’ve just gone somewhere else). Food mediocre, staff surly and stand-offish.

AK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always great. Excellent service. Great choice

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Kitchen stressed. Medium rare steak came well done after long wait

B
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good. Very consistent. Very reliable establishment.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Celebrating a birthday.

JR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and attention that we received was lmpeccable. The food, outstanding, as usual and the ambiance perfect. Not too noisy and in all a very pleasant occasion.

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Martin is the best! Always feel like family when I am there.

CR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Loved the park setting / felt the patio was dirty and had to ask a server to set a table clot for dinner service. Food was delicious!