old fashioned Chicago steak house with lots of alternatives for non-steak eaters. excellent Italian food and seafood. Top notch service
There are many good steakhouses in the city, and I have been to a fair number of them. But the Erie is my favorite and the only steakhouse my wife will go to. There were six old college friends for dinner last Saturday. Everyone had a great piece of meat ranging from filets to strips to bone in rib eye. All perfectly done. Decent reasonably priced wine list. Use some self control when ordering side because each steak comes with their house fries, kind of like chips but better. Just for fun we asked if they made brandy Alexander’s and we had one for desert. Again, a great restaurant without pretense of being anything other than a great restaurant.
This was not my first time at Erie Cafe. I decided to take a large group of friends for a get together and birthday. I made the reservations well in advance. When we arrived it told them two people were not coming, when we were seated, there wasn't enough room at the table so they had to set up another table to accommodate. We had one server that seemed annoyed and very overwhelmed that we were "so many people and hes only one person". There was another drink server that only wanted to answer "drink related questions"--keep in mind, we do not drink alcohol! So basically it was one server for our table and all the neighboring tables also. No attention to service at all. Our reservations were made for two birthdays...I asked the server and he said no one informed him. When i needed his attention, he told me to wait because he was busy....never coming back. I'm embarrassed that I took over 14 people to this place.
This place is an old school, classic gem! The service is prompt, professional, and friendly. Carlos and his sidekicks seem like they have been there forever and mastered their craft a long time ago. The food is always great and there is plenty of it. While things can get a bit pricey, one could easily argue that quality comes at a cost....and at The Erie Cafe this is money well spent. Whether inside, outside, or in one of the private dining rooms, I have always had a pleasant experience and a great meal.
Over priced and average food. Service was very good
Service was a joke. Incredibly rude waiter who seemed disinterested about being there. Asked for pork chop to cooked medium well, and it came back raw. Sent back but no one apologized. Was happy when the waiter advised we only get one salad and split, but he ended up charging for two anyways. Inexpensive for the quantity of food, which helped because the food quality was near the bottom of any dining experience I’ve had in 10 years in Chicago. A strong pass on this spot.
We could eat there every night. The food is delicious and the service great!
Loved it! Will for sure go back!
Friendly, attentive staff without being obtrusive. Warm, cozy atmosphere but disappointing meal. My bone-in strip loin steak was ordered “medium”, arrived “medium rare” and was tough, chewy and flavorless from start to finish. The cream spinach and home fried potatoes were bland and served at room temperature.
I continue to return to Erie because it’s just so good! Everything works here! Classic Chicago spot with fantastic food and equally good service.
OK but nothing special. Warm atmosphere but the steaks were not the best in the city. Caesar salad was terrible! Anchovies cost additional $4, which was really weird. Good drinks. But overall, not competitive in the very expensive Chicago steaks sweepstakes.
We were seated at a table (versus a booth). Instead of going around to the outer aisles, the servers continually walked between our table and the one next to us-- jostling into my seat at regular intervals. Either move the tables farther apart or instruct the staff to stick to the outer aisles. This was extremely distracting and annoying.
Food was fine-- not great and particularly at this price point-- not worth it. The Chicken Cacciatore was the highlight-- not the steaks. Really felt way too expensive.
Seemed odd not to have someone helping with coats-- sort of a free for all.
Had a fantastic lunch there today. Best Cobb Salad in City! Great service while being really busy. Great place for a business lunch. Look forward to trying for dinner!
My Favorite Chicago Steakhouse. I have been going here for 25 years and have never been disappointed. Food is remarkable and the service outstanding.
I have never had a bad experience here. The food and service are very good!