The Best Steakhouse Restaurants in Chicago

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Gibsons Italia, Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Rosebud Steakhouse
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, Steak
Neighborhoods:River North (Chicago), Gold Coast / Streeterville
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,662 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View

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. One section of its menu...

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Steakhouse in Chicago / Illinois
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Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
8,189 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View

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 of the finest steak m...

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Steakhouse in Chicago
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Rosebud Steakhouse

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,671 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 of the star items on ...

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The Palm Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Loop
1,927 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View

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 Swissotel, the Palm Chic...

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STK – Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
3,301 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Birthdays

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 the chic lounge decor...

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Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,789 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Birthdays

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-elegant. Location: Chi...

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Steak in Chicago
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Ron of Japan Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
839 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

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 prepare food in front of di...

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Good for Groups in Chicago / Illinois
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Rosebud Prime

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Loop
2,689 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Romantic

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 area. Rosebud Prime is a ...

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The Capital Grille - Chicago - Downtown

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
3,756 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Business Meals

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, prosciutto crisps, and...

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Steakhouse in Chicago / Illinois
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Michael Jordan's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,119 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

“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 Michigan Avenue. MJ serv...

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Shula's Steak House - Chicago

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
954 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

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 seafood-themed appetizer...

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Ruth's Chris Steak House - Northbrook

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Northbrook
1,918 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 situated to serve th...

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Steakhouse in North Suburbs
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Jameson's Charhouse - Skokie

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Skokie
1,286 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for Groups

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 waffles in the morning, a...

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Steakhouse in North Suburbs

El Che Steakhouse & Bar

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Loop
990 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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 more revolutionary th...

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Steakhouse in Chicago
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100 South Chop House & Grill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Elmhurst
701 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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 experience so far from downt...

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Steakhouse in West Suburbs