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Erie Cafe

4.7
694 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Perfect For:
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Italian
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Hours of operation


Monday
Lunch: 11am-3:00pm; Dinner: 3pm-12am
Tuesday
Lunch: 11am-3:00pm; Dinner: 3pm-12am
Wednesday
Lunch: 11am-3:00pm; Dinner: 3pm-12am
Thursday
Lunch: 11am-3:00pm; Dinner: 3pm-12am
Friday
Lunch: 11am-3:00pm; Dinner: 3pm-12am
Saturday
Lunch: 11am-3:00pm; Dinner: 3pm-12am
Sunday
3pm-11pm (Winter Hours)
Please call for summer hours
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Phone number
(312) 266-2300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
N. Larrabee St.
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Parking details
We offer complimentary valet parking. Self-parking is available on Erie Street & Larrabee Street.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 694 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I love Erie!! Cannot wait to return.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We eat there a minimum of twice a month

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Erie Cafe was a great place to gather a larger group for dinner on a Sunday night. The food was delicious. The staff was quite accommodating. Perfect night!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This place is right around the corner from where I live. Food is top notch, if you get chance, try the key lime pie. Best in Chicago. Period.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Always a fantastic meal with tremendous service - never disappoints!

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was bad, the service was poor, when my dates steak was ill prepared and the second one was worse, they were out of prime rib at 6 pm, and it took too long for service. I have been to this restaurant many times, but I will never go again.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Our favorite restaurant: the best lamb chops, peas and onions, cottage fries
And wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Always excellent , best grilled calamari in the city

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Everyone was delighted. Our guest was there for one of her last meals in Chicago and was disappointed that she had not discovered it until the last minute.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Outstanding food and service. I was here with my family and we all loved it. Waiter was great yet let us take our time and did not rush us. Perfect place for business meal or a family meal. Noise level was perfect in that we could hear each other yet could not hear other table conversations.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

I had not been to Erie before. I was pleasantly surprised with the menu, the service, and the quality of the food. Plan on going again.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great :) no

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Overall this was a really good evening! Our waiter gave us the history of the restaurant and showed us how are steaks were cooked in the kitchen. We went back two by two and it was simply a great experience. The meat was absolutely the best I have had in Chicago. If you get a chance I would make time to try the Erie Cafe!

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Very old school. Service was friendly, but rushed. Food is just OK. The feel is fun, as it has a old school rustic steakhouse look.
the reality is there are way too many 4- 5 star steak houses in Chicago to pay top dollar for a place like this.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excellent quality steaks
Kind attentive staff

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Delicious food. Excellent service. We’re there as often as possible.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

old fashioned Chicago steak house with lots of alternatives for non-steak eaters. excellent Italian food and seafood. Top notch service

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Over priced and average food. Service was very good

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We could eat there every night. The food is delicious and the service great!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Loved it! Will for sure go back!

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

My Favorite Chicago Steakhouse. I have been going here for 25 years and have never been disappointed. Food is remarkable and the service outstanding.
Great place!

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

I have never had a bad experience here. The food and service are very good!

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Erie Cafe is a classic. You feel at home there even on one visit. the food, whether classic Italian or steak or chicken, is very good, with generous portions. What Erie is not is pretentious. It has a chicago version of the mad men vibe, which makes it a midwestern charm.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

As far as I am concerned, the best steak in town. I almost always have the bone in rib eye, a huge portion perfectly prepared. I have been to other steakhouses, but this is the best value around without compromising quality.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great place to sit and talk. They take care of you without bothering you and you are never rushed. The food is very good and the atmosphere is comfortable

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Outstanding! Had a great meal cannot wait to go back and try something different. Boz the manager is incredibly accommodating.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Absolutely by far the best steak I have ever had. All steaks come with a salad and cottage fries. Had the grilled calamari first which was amazing. Also had a side of creamed spinach. Our waiter Carlos was excellent. Very expensive but if you want an amazing steak this is the place to go!!

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Been dining at Erie Cafe for years and always a great meal. Chicago has many steakhouses and Erie Cafe holds their own against all of them.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Steaks are amazing and service was great. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Everything was great.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

So granted I went to Erie for the first time on New Years Eve, so I understand that it is not a fair assessment of a restaurant, but here are my thoughts. The waiter was nice and took our drink orders right away and then came back to take our dinner orders-he wasn't pushy either trying to add on a bunch of things. I ordered a petite filet, which was cooked medium rare as I requested but had not much flavor. I feel like they did put any salt or pepper or anything on it. My fiance ordered his steak medium rare as well and his came out medium-barely any pink. He did not send it back or make a comment and rather just ate it. We ordered asparagus as a side and it was tasty. My fiance then ordered a second glass of wine and I ordered a coffee-my coffee never came. Then our waiter disappeared. When he finally returned he came back with a piece of their key lime pie, set it on our table without saying a word and walked away. We had no idea if we put this on the wrong table or anything-we did not order it. We ate it and it was delicious, but it would have been nice to know why we received it. He finally came back and gave us our check. Overall, it wasn't a horrible experience but I am not in a hurry to go back.

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