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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (22)
Authentic (19)
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Good for a Date (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Special Occasion (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Casual (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Fun (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Cozy (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Romantic (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Waterfront (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Loved it! Will for sure go back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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!!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Everything was great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

great food as always our server Jorge was attentive.. but after 8P with the new crowd he had many tables to attend. We order the special Mahi Mahi and the Ribeye.. great food. They sat us on the back room which was fine on the noise but the table was next to a fake wood wall. Not very impressed.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

A real old Chicago feel. Everything for the meat lover and excellent Italian food as well. Comfortable surroundings and friendly attentive service. Authentic .

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great job! Food was good and place was very nice

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

One of my favorite places in Chicago. A gem of a place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Simply the best! Service and food are amazing. Cannot wait to go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food and service is always impeccable!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Absolutely delicious food. Excellent, friendly service. One of the wonderful Chicago restaurants.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food was lacking flavor - grilled calamari was very rubbery could hardly chew it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Wonderful Chicago steakhouse
Great food. Worth a trip from suburbia to get a city dining experience not found there

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Erie is a favorite and has been for about 25 years. The food continues to be outstanding.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food and service, but the noise level was so high that it spoiled the dinner

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great atmosphere and friendly service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We had a wonderful pre-Hamilton dinner at the Erie Cafe. The service was attentive without hovering; and the staff was very considerate of our time requirements. The atmosphere was cozy, warm and inviting, and the food delicious. Would highly recommend this restaurant and we will be back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fun, Business Meals, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 13, 2017

My girlfriend and I are big fans of Erie Cafe, we have been here a handful of times now, I have it as one of my favorite spots on the open table app. Big fans of how casual the atmosphere is. The service was lacking a bit, two separate waiters approached us, the second much better than the first. Given the price of the food, it was sub par. Definitely recommend on the basis that our previous visits have been phenomenal.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Nice local restaurant w good food and service. Extensive menu with daily specials. Public parking is an issue as closet garages are over 2 blocks away, but they offer complimentary parking.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Classic Chicago steakhouse with Italian specialties too. Baked clams starter is delicious. Steaks ans chops are high quality and cooked perfectly as ordered. All the entrees come with an iceberg lettuce salad (you should upgrade to Caesar) and cottage fries. Other sides are ala carte and creamed spinach stands out. Tiramisu is good and feeds four people. Very good pour on the cocktails. Service is old school professional and attentive. The dining room can get pretty loud. If you need it more quiet, ask for the front room. It's a hefty dinner bill, but worth it.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Had a very enjoyable time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The calamari and garbage salad are a must! Wine great, service great and food overall so tasty!!! Definitely will be back

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I have known of the Erie Street Cafe for years and finally made it there for a family dinner. All of our out of town guests were very impressed with the homey atmosphere and service. Kudos to Baz and Jose. The restaurant was filling quickly, yet we could converse easily. The table ordered a great variety from the Menu and all were happy with their selection. The lamb chops were a bit fatty but great flavor and large serving. Steaks and Chops were very good. We will return again and will recommend this place to friends.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing service. Generous portions.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always a pleasure...one of the last real Chicago places along with Gene &Georgetti’s...great food, knowledgeable service and a place to talk/drink without having ESPN in your face

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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