Erie Cafe

4.6
733 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Business Meals
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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Delivery or takeout
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
Reviews from verified diners
733 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
75%
Very Good
18%
Good
3%
Fair
2%
Poor
2%
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant has a great outdoor patio and great food.

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Chicago
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Erie Cafe. One person in our party has a gluten allergy. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and accommodating. The service was excellent! Food was scrumptious. Served piping hot too. The cheesecake was one of the best ever....decaf cappuccino excellent. Would not hesitate to return soon.

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BG
Chicago
2.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Requested an outside table for out of town guests. Was not honored. Service was rushed. Food just OK. EJ’s is much better. Better options downtown area. Will not return. Need to respect their customers.

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Birmingham
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Highly anticipated however service and good wasn’t much to be desired.

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DW
Chicago
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Although I love the Erie Cafe, this was the second time I have made a special visit there on trips from the UK to learn that they were out of the prime rib. It is their signature dish, but they run out by 7pm. The food is excellent and I still had a great meal, but I chose the restaurant because I was itching for a slab of prime rib.

I am canceling my upcoming reservation and finding another place to get my fix before heading back to Blighty.

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OT
Chicago
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can you tell me why I didn’t get points for this reservation?

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Chicago
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did not know Erie Cafe was open for lunch. Having a delicious Cobb salad in a nice quiet venue was fabulous.

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Louisville
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true first class Chicago steak house. The service was amazing and the food was A+. My wife and I will definitely be back.

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OT
Chicago
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall this is a great place to eat and the service is always great. Even though they brag about their garbage salad, it is way over priced. For the price, the taste was good but I expected more salad.

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TS
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When Montgomery Ward was still in operation, many of us would frequent Erie Cafe for lunch, as well as after work. Took my two grown children there - the place looks just as wonderful and the food is outstanding. Happy to say that everything lived up to the amazing memories I had of the place. Now they have outdoor dining available, under the trees along the waterfront. I can imagine that would be spectacular at night! Highly recommend!!!

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AB
Chicago
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ok I’m not a fan of broiled steak but here it is amazing!! Love this place!! I’ll be back for sure!!

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Q
Chicago
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service.

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BR
Chicago
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my family here for Father's Day dinner and had a lovely dinner. The host (Ross) is extremely friendly and never forgets a face. My dad has been coming to this steakhouse for decades and Ross always gives my dad a big hug and remembers him every trip. The wait staff is very friendly and provides good recommendations. The portion sides are quite large but accurately displayed on the menu. I had the ribeye cooked rare and it was prepared perfectly. I've only ordered steak here but a family member had the chicken parm and it was fantastic as well. The calamari is some of the best I've ever had. Their buttery sauce is fantastic and we savored every bite. I'd definitely recommend Erie to friends that are going for a nice steak dinner. It is a lively atmosphere but pretty quiet and great to have conversation. No beers on tap (only bottles) but they still had ~10 options to choose from. The wine list is pretty extensive and they have a full liquor bar.

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JL
San Diego
3.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice local restaurant. Setting is classical. Food was good but not great.
Asked for outside seating which wasn't offered when we got there.
Service was good but not off the hook.

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Y
Chicago
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed Erie Cafe great. Specially our server Arnold was great!

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w
Chicago
4.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great outdoor dining overlooking the Chicago river!
Love it there!!

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OT
Chicago
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic spot! Awesome service and food!! Will go back for sure!

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London
4.0Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

AmZing dinner will visit every time I’m in Chicago .

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F
Chicago
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is excellent. Lots of choices, always well prepared and very good and attentive service

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TD
Chicago
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our sons Birthday and we had a wonderful time. My son loves the lamb chops! The staff was excellent and sang Happy Birthday!

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RM
Chicago
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Erie but especially when the patio is open. Itnisnonenof the best patios in the city. The food and service have never disappointed.

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IF
Chicago
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Erie Street is one of our favorites. We are never disappointed with the food and the service. It is a go to spot for us. We come in from the suburbs.

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London
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a table outside with a view of the river. Perfect spot.
Chicken Vesuvio was perfect.

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MS
Cincinnati
1.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We had high hopes for this place but very let down. Juan was our server and started out rough because we were talking and instead of letting us finish our sentence rudely interrupted and pretended it was our fault we we're in conversation. Ordered a ribeye and tbone medium rare. The ribeye came out well done and the manager Ross came and agreed it was overcooked. 25 minutes later the new steak came out which Ross brought out and without saying a word dropped the steak off and walked away. Our friend cut into the steak and found hardly even rare inside! The manager didn't even wait for us to cut in or to appologize. At this point we were over everything and the rudeness and just wanted to leave. Juan came out to box the food and stared at our friend sarcasticly like it was her fault she didn't finish the steak she had waited for all night after being sent back.
Afterwards we felt we should see Ross and tell him that we were let down that he didn't even verify the new steak was done correctly. When we tried to tell him the issue he kept looking around and would not listen to our complaints. I actually had to say to this person "is there somewhere you have to be?!". Never would I have thought I would be treated this poorly. It makes sense why this place had so many reservations free... Stay away!

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OT
Chicago
3.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We split a filet, and it was cut lengthwise instead of directly in half. It was overcooked so we sent it back. The second one came back the same way, but the only compensation given was one free cocktail. I live in the neighborhood and have always enjoyed every meal at Erie Cafe, except for their steaks. They aren't cooked as requested and oftentimes don't have any seasoning or flavor. I love all of the other dishes though.

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W
New York Area
4.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On a beautiful Chicago night, what could be better then dining outside near the water. Food is always good here, nice portions and fresh. Service is attentive and other then someone smoking a cigar nearby, you can enjoy the smell of the lilacs surrounding the outside dining area.

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P
Chicago
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor setting. Wonderful service and excellent food. It was a great evening to gather with family.

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NK
2.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

No very busy and service was terrible. Took forever to get food. People sat after us had entrees and we were still waiting on appetizers. Food was mediocre at best. Not fresh. Would not recommend or go back.

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here for years and it is an authentic Chicago Italian steakhouse. Not touristy. Locals come here

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SG
San Francisco
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always!

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Chicago
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and wonderful service. A true gem in the River North neighborhood! Also very kid-friendly, which we appreciated so much.

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Chicago
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a night out. We live up the street and brought our dog. Without being prompted a server brought the dog water with ice in a to go container. With multiple servers on the patio they worked as a team ensuring the table was taken care of. We enjoyed a few glasses of wine with our entrees. The noise level was really good. A bit on the louder side but that’s just from general conversation (not overwhelming music). Good job Erie Cafe.

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TD
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit and was wonderfully impressed
Waiter was actually happy to see and serve us
Casual healthy salad with salmon was great

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JL
Chicago
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Erie Cafe is our favorite Saturday night spot and for special occasions. The service is impeccable and the food is always delicious.

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CP
3.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The food is excellent!! It was our 30th wedding anniversary and it is not a romantic spot. The food/cocktails win you over so quickly you forget about the bustling place. Perfect spot for everything other than a romantic or quiet spot to eat!

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FS
New York Area
4.0Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall we had a good time. The steak was great but a little “blend”. The wine list was ok but limited.
Most disappointing was the table we got. We were cramped in a corner between two very energetic tables while they had about 20 empty tables.
Still overall we had a good night!

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JJ
Chicago
5.0Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I am in Chicago often for business dinners, and if I am in charge of arrangements, this is where I try and book a table. The grilled calamari is the best I've had anywhere, and the steaks are excellent by Chicago standards (and that's saying something).

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LG
Washington DC
5.0Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Visiting Chicago with four guys for fun. Wanted to experience a genuine Chicago steakhouse. This was it!!! Fantastic service. Great cocktails and wine. A “must” next time in town

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OT
Chicago
5.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Erie!! Cannot wait to return.

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FF
Chicago
5.0Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We eat there a minimum of twice a month

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