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El Che Bar is a cool and trendy Argentinian restaurant in the West Loop.

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About El Che Bar

An encore to acclaimed Brazilian coastal eatery La Sirena Clandestina, El Che Bar represents Executive Chef/Partner John Manion’s love letter to his travels in Argentina interpreted through the Buenos Aires tradition of live flame cooking. Serving updated barrio-inflected dishes, Chef Manion’s passion for flavors born of South American influence animates the spirited dishes and sultry ambiance of the 100-seat restaurant in Chicago’s West Loop. Guests can feel the intensity and heat of the open flame when dining at the Chef’s Counter for a 10-course meal overlooking the 12 ft. grill. Likewise, the restaurant’s Sunday Asado channels classic Argentine backyard barbecues with platters of rustic flame-finished grilled meats and seasonal accompaniments. With remarkable food complemented by a beverage program founded on New World varietals and well-curated Old World wines, El Che Bar has earned a coveted three-star rating from the Chicago Tribune.

845 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Argentinean, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Served: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Green

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 265-1130

Website:
http://elchebarchicago.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking available surrounding. Valet available 7 days a week $12

Public Transit:
Greenline - Morgan
Blueline - Grand

Executive Chef:
John Manion

Private Party Facilities:
Housed in the former Checker Taxi building, El Che Bar is Chef John Manion’s spirited Argentine-American restaurant, a love letter to his time traveling throughout the country.

Private Party Contact:
Allison Diedrich: (708) 205-2458

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

El Che Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
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Fit for Foodies (23)
Special Occasion (22)
Hot Spot (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Romantic (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Authentic (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Fun (12)
Business Meals (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Casual (9)
Cozy (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Groups (7)
People Watching (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Tapas (7)
Healthy (6)
Seasonal (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a foodie friend in from out of town, so we decided to take her to El Che Bar on a Friday night. The atmosphere was lively without prohibiting conversation. We all ordered a cocktail to start from the "signature cocktails" list and the Jets to Brazil was our collective favorite. For starters, we had the kale empanadas and arugula salad. We hesitated to order the empanadas because we've had so many "meh" versions at other restaurants. Trust us - this version is anything but "meh" - flavorful and light, with just the right amount of spice. They are large, so if you want to try as many dishes as possible, they can be shared. The salad was a nice accompaniment. It was vibrant and perfectly dressed. Even my husband (who is not a big fan of arugula) liked it. Next up was the farro salad and the grilled chorizo. We enjoyed both although we could have used more of the white bean puree for the chorizo. For our main, we shared the Dada filet and the thin cut pork chop. I never order pork chops, but a friend had ordered it on an earlier visit and I had tried a bite - it is wonderful. This is where the chef's Argentinian "flame cooking" really shines. Both meats were smoky, juicy and tender. The kitchen sliced the Dada filet to make it easier to share and it was melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

We would highly recommend El Che Bar for a fun, foodie night out!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Great service, food, ambiance. VERY noisy group next to us- lots of holiday cheer, so it was hard to converse. Otherwise a perfect nice dinner spot

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Visiting Chicago for a couple days and El Che Bar kept popping up on a few "where to go" lists.
For the most part this was a excellent dining experience. The staff and service was on mark.
The menu was nice with out trying too hard. Surprisingly the chicken was our favorite, the winter vegetable selection was nice. Probably the only negative was the use of salt in the kitchen. They could ease back on the salt and the taste of the food would shine.
I happily recommend El Che Bar.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

I love everything about this restaurant. I have not been disappointed by their food. I am unhappy about the volume of the piped in music. People have to talk over it and it creates a noise level which prohibits one from engaging in conversation.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

A wonderful combinations of fresh flavors and interesting textures. Highly recommend the oysters, fugazetta, pork chops and Branzino. Not a bad bite. Will go back again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The menu is very small, but I knew what I was going to have so it wasn't a problem for me. I had the pork chops because of a recommendation from a friend. They were good, but they are thin and I left feeling still hungry. So, obviously I was a bit disappointed, especially since it is not a cheap place. Would I go back? Maybe, but not if I'm really hungry.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great knowledgeable service, comfortable noise level, delightful shared plates experience and a very good large plate beef entree. Good wine selections🎉👍😀
The decor is awesome!
Book in advance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great service. Great food!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The staff was extremely accommodating (preferred seating which was not so close to the entrance). The server was well acquainted with the menu as well as what made individual choices popular with other diners.`

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Cozy, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Enjoyable experience and the menu is pleasantly unusual. Waitstaff, host staff and and bartender we're all extremely warm and genuine.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Best pork chop I have ever eaten! Good wine and service as well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic! GF forgot her purse in a cab the first time we came, they brought out Champagne to lighten the mood.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I love this restaurant for a casual dinner with friends or to celebrate a special occasion.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Got there 10-15 minutes late, wasn’t a problem for them. Overall, I️t was a great experience.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Loved El Che!!! Reception at front could be a bit more professional but other than that, zero complaints.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Really enjoyed all the food that we ate at El Che Bar. The only issue for us is that we felt it was pricey.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

No wonder this is rated one of the best new spots in the city this year. Service was wonderful with each member of the team showing great knowledge and attention to detail. Food selection was a challenge because it all looked so great. I trusted the staff's recommendations and was not disappointed.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I went with my sister for dinner. Great food, great cocktails, great ambiance. We definitely ordered way too much and had quite a bit to take home, so watch out for that! Everything was absolutely amazing.

We started with two empanadas and the beer cheese, which came with quite a bit of ham. Then we had the grilled chorizo. We were full at this point but had also ordered the pork chops and the Japanese sweet potato.

All the flavors were amazing. Will definitely come back, but probably not order as much!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We love this place. Sadly, they took our favorite thing off of the menu (lamb ribs) and frankly, the food was okay - which for El Che, is disappointing!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The filet was great. Everything was so tasty! I recommend the chorizo and fried cheese to start with. Lots of bold flavors. You could definitely feel the inspiration from Argentina with every dish.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The overall experience was phenomenal. Our table shared the empanadas, and the sausage which were both very good. In regards to the entrees, the two dada steaks were tender and flavorful, the flatiron steak was also good, but somewhat colder when it arrived to the table. We accompanied our meal with a bottle of The Owl and the Dust Devil, a must try in my opinion!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Overall pretty good experience. Some menu items better than others. Gnocchi and Sweet Potato side were great. We had NY strip, which was cooked & seasoned well. However, the steak was pre-sliced with a few pieces all fat. And some dishes were over seasoned. But good date night place overall.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Six of us had a fantastic dinner at El Che last week. I live in NYC but come to Chicago once every couple of months to catch up with some of our clients. Hands down, this is one of the best restaurants in Chicago and the West Loop. From delicious cocktails to the delicious empanadas, skillet steaks, pork chops, roasted oysters, etc., the food is perfectly seasons, authentic and the service, and environment make the entire experience world class. We will all be back! (wish it were in NY!)

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Fun, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Really good food and service. Filet is to die. Apple fritters so good. Server perfect .

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

A very unique and well executed concept. The food and service were excellent. Cocktail and wine offerings were also very good. We tried it before a Hawks game and the steaks were perfect. It is a bit in the expensive side.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

The food is good but the selection is very limited and, however, good, it is so expensive that while good, it’s not exceptional. We ordered the char oysters they were fine, the gnocchi was ok but small portion, and the chorizo, then split the Branzino and had a steak with Japanese sweet potatoes which were very good and the rapini which was ok. The cinnamon ice cream was delicious but the dark chocolate ice cream was gritty. The single cookie was delicious- light and buttery.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The empanadas are fantastic. And the gnocchi was divine! Pork ribs were very tasty.
The service was a little uneven at times.
The food more than made up for it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

I really wanted to like this place as someone that grew up on Argentine food. Chicago needs a good Argentine restaurant. This isn't even close. The food was fine, though nothing special. Just don't call it Argentine. A few of the problems: the "veal sweetbreads" (i.e. molleja) were perfectly tasty but seasoned and served in a way that would never be found in Argentina. They should simply be grilled without fussy sauces. The chorizo was served without bread! In Argentina the two are so inseparable it is often literally called "choripan". The "sunday Asado" for two, described as consisting of an assortment of meats implied what you'd expect in an Argentina Asado. In practice there was chicken, chorizo, and skirt steak. That isn't even close to the assortment you'd expect in an Argentine asado. No Churrasco? Vacio? Morcilla? and the sweetbreads had to be ordered separately. Even the chimichurri was off.

But maybe the most off-putting thing of all was reserved for dessert. Featured as one of the three offerings was the "S'More Ice Box Cake". Seeing a marshmallow dessert on an Argentina menu is like seeing mac and cheese on a Chinese restaurant menu.

Che, pero esto es un chiste!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 2, 2017

I took my fiance El Che Bar for her birthday. The service, food, and drinks were all great. They gave her a birthday dessert as well. We had the Sunday shareable for two meal. It was three courses with three different types of meat. It was absolutely great. One of, if not, the best steak I've had in Chicago and I've been to many of the big name places. Definitely worth a try. Oh, and their cocktails are really good, too.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food and service. Enjoyed the decor and the drinks.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

great food and professional service! lovely restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wife and I went here for our 1 year anniversary. Food and service was top notch. Fun atmosphere in a great neighborhood. A must try for all visitors and Chicagoans.

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Authentic flavor and beautiful execution. One of the best in towb

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Astonishing flavors--especially the Pork Chops--I'm queer for the Pork Chops

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Organic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

One of the best meals I've had in a long time! The wood fired mushrooms with polenta was genius!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

John, Nicole and their team create a warm, welcoming, understated environment with powerfully delicious, ever-changing food and drink. I do not tire repeated "Wow, this is flavorful, unexpected and oh, so delicious! Mmmmmm"

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

I thought the prices were really high. I didn't really like my meal. The drinks were expensive and on the smaller side. $9.00 for a small craft beer pour. Our server was great and very attentive.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was amazing, drinks were great, will definitely be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Hip vibe great food

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Excellent food and service. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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