Erie Cafe

4.6
989 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 989 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipYummy
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, great location. Outside dining is the best! Always happy to return.

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NicoleG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Me and my friend ended up getting the veal, it wasn’t that great of quality. Would never order again.

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vipvrypickydiner
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived on time, for a reservation for my daughter's birthday. The host did not ask my name for the reservation and took us directly to a back room. In my reservation I had asked for a booth and indicated it was a celebration for my daughter's birthday. We were taken to the back room, to a table where there was one other big party. A serving asst brought us water and 4 butters in a dish. Then no one approached our table for over 15 minutes. We saw another table of 2 get seated, have a waiter come over and get their drinks & bring bread. We watched the larger party get a waiter and get drinks and bread. We finally asked a serving asst if someone was going to wait on us. He wasn't sure who to get. Finally, after about 25 minutes, a waiter came over, who seemed annoyed. He dropped 3 menus on the table, no apology, nothing, and said he would be back. We decided to leave. I walked out ahead of my mother and daughter so that I could pull the car up. There was no host up front to speak with. My mother & daughter walked out after I did and no one even acknowledged them. Unacceptable.

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vipJosephA
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent. We sat outside on the patio and when it started raining, our server brought an umbrella and heater over - it was perfect. Hadn’t been to Erie Cafe in a while and will go back soon.

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DanielR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

I love going to Erie Cafe for Prime Rib. I specifically put in the notes of my reservation to hold at least one of order of Prime Rib. The server told us they don't read the notes and to call next time. Why put a notes portion on your reservation if they are going to be ignored? We arrived on time for our 7:30 reservation and were told they were already out of Prime Rib. This is not the first time this has happened and it's extremely disappointing. Next time, I will walk out and spend my $500 elsewhere.

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vipKeshiaL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was celebrating my 42nd birthday.
Everything about the experience was amazing!
The wait staff was very attentive and professional!

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vipLibby
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Calves liver was very tasty but bacon was way over cooked. Dry and hard to chew. Woud never order it again.

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vipGUILLERMO
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff and in particular our server Jose were fantastic. Truly a gem of a restaurant. We will definitely be coming back

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SarahG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful dining experience. Traditional Italian/steakhouse with a excellent bar area for before and after dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was great. Highly recommended.

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OPFoodie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife recently had serious surgery, so much so that the has been on a feeding tube for 5 months. She was recently given permission to start eating again and this merited a serious celebration. I immediately choose the Erie Cafe in light of the many good meals we have enjoyed there over the years. Covid has suppressed the crowds temporarily, but the food and service is still outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a lot of food!

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viprobertg
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual we enjoyed the meal very much

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vipBurtF
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Comfortable atmosphere. The Linguine w/ clams in white wine wasn't that good - it was soggy for some reason. Attentive service.

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vipsvdeh
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service ,food ,ambiance were super..we started outside,was too windy and moved inside with no disruption of service..

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vipDrewChicago
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to sit on their patio and enjoy grilled calamari and chicken Parma. Love this place.

JB
vipJustineB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic Chicago staple and one of my favorites! Martin is the best!

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alejandrog
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff service and the Bacon was amazing

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DeniseN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all the way around!!

JS
vipJohnS
Chicago
208 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside at sundown and it was lovely. Generous portions

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vipRedhead
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite neighborhood place feels like home. Great service and consistently reliable food. The outdoor patio is a perfect Eden, over the River, COVID compliant, and totally relaxing. Have been here dozens and dozens of times.

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vipNomnomnom
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good neighborhood spot.

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DanielK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

As long time fans of Erie Cafe, we were disappointed with this outing. We were celebrating an anniversary and made a reservation. We waited at the front for five minutes where no host was present. Finally, we asked a waiter to seat us. He was in a bad mood. The food was okay, not as good as usual. No note of our anniversary was made. Maybe it was an off night, but we won't be back soon.

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vipFriday
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food - a neighborhood gem. Good outdoor seating options. Friendly staff and the food is excellent.

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matty
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always love Erie! Outdoor patios is one of the best in the city!

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Eagle
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

An extraordinarily pleasant outdoor dining experience.

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vipMomo
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husbands 65th birthday! Food was great and being outside on a beautiful day was perfect. I had veal limone and it was tender and not overly sour. My husband had veal parm and loved it. Their potatoes are amazing. We’ve been going for over 15 years! Never a disappointment. Our server was great!

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vipRachelleP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK! Amazing food with so much flavor! Service was great, we had Joselito and he was very attentive. He made good suggestions-which were greatly appreciated. Felt safe and distanced from other parties/tables. I would highly recommend the grilled calamari-the sauce is decadent! They don’t skimp out on the seafood in the frutti di mare either.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Had a 7p reservation. Arrived at 6:55p and was told we would need to wait an hour for a table. Terrible service. Terrible experience.

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vipkennethk
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went there during the week and ate inside so it was pretty quiet.
But the food and service were outstanding. Great calamari- nice and crisp and tender inside. Sausage and peppers were also good as an appetizers. Steak was cooked perfectly. And service was top notch. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was mediocre for the price point . Flies were everywhere . Bread was cold and hard

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vipShannyP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, this is my favorite place in Chicago.

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Gloria
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and for the # of times we've been to Erie Cafe, the meal and service did not disappoint. We were thoroughly pleased.

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vipMills
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely dinner outside. The tables in the parking lot were well spaced & it was a beautiful night weather wise as well. The food was delicious & we weren’t rushed out. It’s some semblance of normalcy during this strange time of Covid. Thanks Erie Cafe!

JH
JoeH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All was very well done but the price was astronomical

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danield
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

great dinner really enjoyed the ambiance and the atmosphere

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vipspplace4fam
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Fair
Host was not nice

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KathyB
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all enjoyed everything about Erie Cafe. The onion rings are the best I’ve ever had!

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vipMarkA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Favorite ribeye in the city! Service is what I’ve come to expect from Erie Cafe curt and direct. Was looking forward to sitting on the patio, but we didn’t get there early enough.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They do not follow COVID guidelines, as people were just standing between tables socializing. Our waiter’s mask was below his nose the whole time and lots of close contact -like right on top of us- when delivering or taking away food. The food experience was similar...subpar for the cost. It’s a chopped salad for $20...there just veggies no need to sparsely toss.
We’re trying to support Chicago restaurants at min, follow the pandemic guidelines.

FAQs

Erie Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 989 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.