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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.
Chicago, IL 60607
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking available surrounding. Valet available 7 days a week $12
Greenline - Morgan
Blueline - Grand
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
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
El Che Bar Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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.
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