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The Best Steakhouse Restaurants in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

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 20. 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)
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Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,084 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • 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
95% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois
5 people mentioned the NY Strip
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Erie Cafe

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
871 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
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
36 people mentioned the Prime Rib

RPM Steak

$$$$·Steak·
River North (Chicago)
4,680 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
95% recommended
Steak in Chicago / Illinois
186 people mentioned the Cotton Candy
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Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$·Steak·
River North (Chicago)
6,895 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
  • 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 oRead more
89% recommended
107 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Rosebud Steakhouse & The Walton Room

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,310 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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
85% recommended
37 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

The Palm Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Loop
1,699 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
94% recommended
25 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

STK – Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,647 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • 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 tRead more
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois
20 people mentioned the Mac Cheese

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,176 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
90% recommended
Steak in Chicago
71 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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Ron of Japan Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
693 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
15 people mentioned the Egg Yolk

Rosebud Prime

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Loop
2,618 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
92% recommended
41 people mentioned the Prime Rib

The Capital Grille - Chicago - Downtown

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
3,183 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
96% recommended
Steakhouse in Chicago / Illinois
54 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Michael Jordan's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
3,809 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
“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
91% recommended
286 people mentioned the Garlic Bread

Shula's Steak House - Chicago

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
964 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
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
18 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,848 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
94% recommended
2,514 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Revolucion Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
437 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
Viva la revolución! Located north of downtown, Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse is a proverbial stone’s throw from Lake Michigan, and offers a hearty menu in laid-back, roadhouse-stylRead more
100% recommended
20 people mentioned the Bottomless Mimosas
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - Northbrook

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Northbrook
1,569 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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
87% recommended
Special Occasion in North Suburbs
14 people mentioned the Sweet Potato Casserole

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
2,956 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
88% recommended
25 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Jameson's Charhouse - Skokie

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Skokie
1,072 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
84% recommended
38 people mentioned the Prime Rib

El Che Steakhouse & Bar

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Loop
729 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
93% recommended
42 people mentioned the Gnocchi

100 South Chop House & Grill

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Elmhurst
378 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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
93% recommended
Good for Groups in West Suburbs
8 people mentioned the Grilled Calamari