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About Erie Cafe

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.

536 W Erie
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Italian

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

Cross Street:
N. Larrabee St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 266-2300

Website:
http://eriecafe.com/

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

Erie Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (19)
Good for a Date (18)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
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Special Occasion (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Authentic (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Casual (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Waterfront (8)
Romantic (6)
Scenic View (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Cozy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Seasonal (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I ordered a salad with filet on top... I ordered it medium..the meat was dried out but the salad was very good

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Warm, friendly atmosphere. Very
Good menu. Much more than a steak house

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I ate here once before with a client. Really enjoyed the food. Had to come back for a quick bite with my girlfriend. I’m a classic filet, potato’s, and vegetable kind of person. The steaks are thick, so don’t be upset if you have to send it back to cook a little more. My lady had the ravioli with vodka sauce. Definitely get the key lime pie. Carlos is the man, you’ll be taken care of if you have the pleasure to get him as a server. Both times I’ve had him and both times I’ve felt very welcomed. Thanks Erie Cafe for dinner.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great place to celebrate a special occasion. Very good food, service, ambience and very good value.
Highly recommend the liver, Prime rib.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great neighborhood steakhouse ambiance. Love the bar. Service could not have been better. Salad and vegetable good but steak on the bland side - needed more seasoning and flavor. Will try again and order some of the Italian items next time.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I recommend Erie Cafe anytime.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Steaks, as usual, are among the best in the city, if not the best. Skip the big name spots and enjoy this neighborhood gem. Been here at least 50 times, will come back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The good - cool ambience , clean , old school Chicago steak house in a really neat off the beaten path location . 14 oz filet was not scrimped on .
Bad - makers and coke was wrong twice
And steak was cooked to medium for medium rare and Very dry ( disappointing for a $50 steak

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great Italian steak house. Always a great meal with friendly knowledgeable waitstaff. Consistently good!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Little Rock)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Wonderful site, old Chicago feel, vibrant atmosphere with great menu selections. Wine list broad choices and reasonable prices. Once we arrived, felt welcome and cared for until time to leave.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great steaks and drinks. They moved our party to a private room without us asking and the service was great. We will be back and I recommend to anyone looking for an old school quiet steakhouse!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Awesome food, service and ambiance! We will definitely be going back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Fantastic food. Fantastic service. Arnold took great care of us. We brought people here from out of town and they loved it. Great Chicago restaurant!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This was my first time at Erie Cafe. It was a real find and the food was outstanding. I highly recommend. Looking forward to the next time we can visit

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

A great 'go to' place for all of your guests. Good steaks, simple but quality Italian food and experienced wait staff that knows how to take care of customers. If you are looking for a good meal at a fair price with solid service, swing by Erie Cafe.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Erie Cafe has never let us down for groups of 2-20. Dependable and delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great service. Quiet. Had salad and pasta plus lemon sorbet.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Erie Cafe is one of the hidden treasures of Chicago. Lets all go but not tell the tourists!!!

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Great character. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

They had a private event and we could not be seated. It would have been okay if they would have called to inform us BEFORE we arrived. It is a great restaurant. Unfortunately we did not get to celebrate my dad's bday there.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 12, 2017

What a nice change of pace from the usual business steak houses! More of a neighborhood feel than the others churning you through.

Clients loved it!

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

The calamari is spectacular, especially with the reduction sauce served with it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food was fine but it's quite expensive for what you receive. I enjoyed my dinner but I don't feel a compelling reason to return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I will go back, that says it all.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had a wonderful time. The food was fabulous and our waiter was superb. We sat at the bar for a nightcap after dinner and had a drink with Javier, one amazing bartender. Overall just a really special experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

A big thank you to all at Erie Cafe to make my parents 67th wedding anniversary a great night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Delicious! Perfect chicken vesuvio, lamb chops and cottage fries.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Great place, great food, not great service

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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Always the same, outstanding everytime. The service and quality of food makes every visit a great experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Haven't been here in years and sat outside the other night. The food was good and so was the service. This is a true old school steakhouse. If you want an old Chicago meal then this is the place. Not the best food but good.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Very neat atmosphere, but very disappointed with service and food. Period!

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great for all occasions. I took my wife there for dinner on her birthday and she was not disappointed. The outdoor seating was perfect as we watched the boats passing on the river as we talked and waited for our food. The food was excellent and was nice portions. We will return for special events.

Tags: Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Wonderful meal at one of the best outdoor seating places in Chicago. The outdoor space is at the end of a cul de sac, is wooded and overlooks the Chicago River (the latter for some tables). Great food- we had several fish dishes and pasta. The whitefish filet was killer good and a generous portion. Broccoli was well prepared. Lava cakes delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Sit on the patio!...Such a great way to spend a relaxing Friday night after a long week!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Love the outside dining area. Magical. Service is impeccable.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Old style ambiance and menu. A little pricy for the kind of food but very tasty.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Steaks were great; server, Miguel was outstanding!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Great service and food. Every item on menu was as described and enjoyed by all. Impressive outdoor dining available if weather is right.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Awesome place. Look forward to trying it again. Great city view.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 28, 2017

I have been to Erie Cafe many times over the years, and it remains my #1 favorite. The food quality and service is second to none versus the better advertised venues throughout the downtown area, especially in River North and the Gold Coast. You are going to pay the same as any other restaurant for the same dishes in Downtown Chicago, but there is something very special about the way you are treated and served. The fact that it is off the mainstream area makes it a best kept secret. Reservations are always recommended, but there have been a number of times I have decided to go there at the last minute while downtown, and I have never had to wait more than a few minutes to be seated, an that includes on weekends.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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