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About El Che Bar
El Che Bar, Chicago's Argentine-influenced resto-bar, is Executive Chef/Partner John Manion’s homage to the steak-heavy traditions of Argentina's Asador. Located just beyond the West Loop’s famed “restaurant row”, El Che Bar opened in 2016 and has quickly built a reputation as Chicago's go-to destination for beef, wine, and live-fire cooking. A 12 ft. custom-built grill ignites a range of South American-tinged meats, seasonal vegetables, seafood and novel barrio-inflected bites to perfection. Chef Manion’s passion for Latin flavors imbues the spirited dishes and dramatic setting of the swanky 100-seat restaurant. Guests can feel the intensity of the open flame when dining at the chef’s counter for a 10-course meal. El Che Bar has earned a coveted three-star rating from the Chicago Tribune and was named in the “Top 50 Chicago Restaurants” by Chicago Tribune’s dining critic, Phil Vettel in February 2017.
Chicago, IL 60607
Steakhouse, Argentinean, American
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday 5pm - 10pm
Thursday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm
Sunday - Closed
$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
Glad it's in the neighborhood. Excited to be in the teal retro Checker cab building. The not-a-steak, steak house does have a pretty good choice of Argentinian dishes to choose up to theentree....then you basically get a steak. Blood sausage was excellent. Gnnochi was oki-dokie. Wish there were more non-steak choices or better prices on the steaks otherwise. The 8oz filet is $49 - skipped due to mustard sauce. The 32oz bone-in rib-eye was cooked and cut perfectly, but was $96. The accompany of sauces was unnecessary but does play to the Argentina theme. Decor looks like a much smaller RPM steak with all the black and dark interior finishes.
Rarely would I say never go back but this is it. Heard good things and menu looked interesting. Took guests with us. Appetizers decent but rest horrible. Short ribs raw, tough and fatty. Could not eat. Waitress never came back until bill time and didn’t even mention untouched plates. She didn’t cook the food (apparently no one had) but she was too rush to solve or give service.
All involved commented on poor food, harsh seasoning etc
The menu was great - we ordered a number of items and they can quickly, delicious and inventive. The service was attentive although we had so many servers we didn't know if there was a lead. We waited 40 min for our reservation but they offered a drink. Fun place.
Overall, we had a nice experience here. The Arugula salad and vegetables we had were very tasty. Highly recommend the Brussels spouts and Japanese sweet potatoes-delicious! We did not enjoy the pork chops, as they were fatty and didn’t have but a few bites on them once you carved around the fat and bone. They had none of the desserts listed on the menu we saw on Opentable, which was disappointing since we planned dessert from the onset.
Went for an early Valentines Day dinner. Arrived early and the hostess was very accommodating and friendly. When we left she even recommended some places nearby to get drinks or dessert. The wait staff was on point. Our food was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant and looking forward to going back to try some other dishes.
Had dinner at El Che for restaurant week. We sat at the bar and the service was horrible. Female bartender was incredibly rude, the male bartender was better but still lacked basic social skills. They even forgot our second course and we ended up getting all of our food at the same time. Some bartenders can't handle food and drink orders but the bartenders at El Che cannot. Food was fantastic and great atmosphere. Just needs to work on the service.
Decided to check out for our anniversary & we went with the Chicago restaurant week menu, everything was excellent, perfectly cooked, brought out in good timing & flavorful. definitely will check it out again to try thing from the regular menu along with some other cocktails.
Service was horrible. Took almost 20 minutes for our waiter to come to our table for the first time - after asking if we were even going to have a waiter. No apology or explanation when he did finally greet us for the first time. Then, our waiter only came to our table when he was taking our order. Never checked in on us or asked if we’d like additional drinks or needed anything else at all. Food was great but the terrible service is reason enough to never go here again.
We came for the first night of restaurant week. Everything was amazing and delicious until our main entree arrived. Three of us ordered the ribeye and two of the three orders arrived cold. We notified the server and they quickly corrected. We received hot ribeyes and complimentary glasses of red wine. They were great and would return to try their full menu.
All of the food was amazing! There was not one thing that was questionable, and the waiter was very helpful and attentive. The environment was cozy, unique, but also lively. I didn’t feel like I was crammed in between tables and the decor was beautiful. Highly recommend!
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