The Best Steakhouse Restaurants in Chicago

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Chicago is the towering metropolis of the Midwest, and one of the great cities of the United States. Founded in 1833, it was among the fastest-growing cities in the world for its first 100 years, zooming from under 5,000 people in the 1830s to over 3 million in the 1930s. Slaughterhouses made up an important part of its early industry, which may be one reason why Chicago retains its rep as one of the best steak cities in the country; when it comes to steakhouses, the city brings its A-game. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 19. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to pin down the top spots among OpenTable’s most expert, seasoned diners. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Gibsons Italia, Erie Cafe, RPM Steak
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, Steak
Neighborhoods:River North (Chicago), Chicago

Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,390 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Located on North Canal Street, where the Chicago River forks east to Lake Michigan and north to the suburbs, Gibsons Italia is prime real estate offering up prime cuts of meat. OneRead more
92% recommended
Hot Spot in Chicago / Illinois
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Erie Cafe

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
987 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
Situated at the western end of the Magnificent Mile, the Erie Cafe is a white-linen experience with nighttime views of the city and an extensive steaks-and-chops list. Veal chops, Read more
89% recommended

RPM Steak

$$$$·Steak·
Chicago
5,123 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
RPM Steak is one of the restaurants in the RPM Restaurant Group, a homegrown Chicago franchise that gave Chicagoans RPM on the Water and RPM Italian. (RPM also opened an RPM ItaliaRead more
92% recommended
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Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
7,679 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
Perched atop the Chicago River at the southern end of Chicago’s Near North side, Chicago Cut Steakhouse offers a patio where patrons can relax amid the bustling downtown, and one oRead more
91% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago
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Rosebud Steakhouse

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,434 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Travel up Lake Shore Drive from Navy Pier and turn onto East Walton Place, where Rosebud Steakhouse is tucked under red awnings at the bottom of a multilevel brick building. Some oRead more
88% recommended

The Palm Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Loop
1,825 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
A block away from the Chicago Riverwalk, the Palm Chicago is a fine-dining steakhouse in the luxurious Swissotel Chicago. Perhaps because there’s so much foot traffic from the SwisRead more

STK – Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
2,139 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
STK distinguishes itself from other steakhouses in that its business model is geared toward a female clientele. (Whereas most steakhouses traditionally try to attract men.) Hence tRead more
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Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,731 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
The Gibsons Restaurant Group includes such Chicago faves as LUXBAR, Gibsons Italia, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, and this number, Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse. Dining style: Casual-elRead more
95% recommended
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Ron of Japan Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
790 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
Some of the finest cuts of beef in the world hail from Japan, so it makes sense that one of the finest steakhouses in Chicago is a Japanese restaurant. Ron of Japan's chefs prepareRead more
87% recommended
Good for Groups in Chicago / Illinois
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Rosebud Prime

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Loop
2,757 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
Ever heard of Alex Dana? He’s the founder of the Rosebud Restaurant Group, which includes Rosebud Steakhouse, Rosebud Prime, and seven more locations that dot the Chicagoland areaRead more
89% recommended
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The Capital Grille - Chicago - Downtown

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
3,519 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
A block away from Michigan Avenue, the Capital Grille is set amid the thicket of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The menu features succulent appetizers. (Burrata salad with arugula, prRead more
97% recommended
Steakhouse in Chicago

Michael Jordan's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,069 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
“Michael Jordan—who’s that?” said no one ever. Chicago’s most famous athlete founded one of Chicago’s most famous steakhouses, located in the Intercontinental Chicago Hotel on MichRead more
89% recommended
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Shula's Steak House - Chicago

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,005 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
With 25 locations spread across eight states, Shula’s is a popular steak house, and they’ve found a niche in Chicago, as well. Shula’s serves a dinner menu, offering up mostly seafRead more
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Lawry's The Prime Rib - Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
7,421 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
100 East Ontario Street. That’s the address of Lawry’s The Prime Rib, in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, where it’s been since 1974. The building that Lawry’s occupies is the foRead more
92% recommended
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - Northbrook

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Northbrook
1,758 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Perhaps the most famous steak chain in the U.S., Ruth’s Chris can boast of over 100 steakhouses across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The Northbrook, Illinois restaurant is ideally Read more
85% recommended
Romantic in North Suburbs
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
3,127 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Ruth’s Chris steakhouses have sprung up from Hong Kong to Panama City to Chicago, in the River North neighborhood. The appetizers are seafood-heavy (calamari, crab stack, mushroomsRead more
86% recommended
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Jameson's Charhouse - Skokie

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Skokie
1,197 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Unlike some steak houses, Jameson’s in Skokie, Illinois, north of downtown Chicago, offers a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, all of which would be hard to turn down—banana wafflRead more
93% recommended
Romantic in North Suburbs

El Che Steakhouse & Bar

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Loop
878 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Quick history lesson: Che Guevara (known as “El Che” in the Spanish-speaking world) was from Argentina, home of some of the most prized cattle in the world. True, Che’s style was mRead more
84% recommended
Steakhouse in Chicago

100 South Chop House & Grill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Elmhurst
519 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Twenty miles west of downtown Chicago is Elmhurt, Illinois, home to 100 South Chop House & Grille. For anyone who's afraid of not getting the quintessential Chicago dining experienRead more
92% recommended
Steakhouse in Chicago / Illinois