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Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM
El Che Bar is a cool and trendy Argentinian restaurant in the West Loop.
Had dinner with a friend at El Che for the first time. Our server was awesome, super attentive and made recommendations, accommodated changes at the last minute, etc. We shared olives, an empanada, the cheese bread, manchego/strawberry/arugula salad, sweet potatoes and a filet. Everything was great - definitely recommend the cheese bread and filet and empanada. The restaurant wasn’t super booked at 5pm on a Monday, so ambiance was quiet and calm. Filled up a bit as we were leaving, but noise still wasn’t an issue. Would recommend!
Our waiter Graham was absolutely amazing, he knew we were celebrating our anniversary and brought out a glass of champagne as well as a dessert wine on the house! Thank you for making tonight so special!
My husband I I had dinner here to celebrate my birthday. The food at El Che is always good, and the service is professional. Last night’s progress through the meal was a little slow, which was fine with us, if not quite so agreeable to the couple at an adjacent table. This couple complained about the time it took to be served their entree. It appears they had a time constraint. Lucky us. We weren’t so encumbered and our evening was more than enjoyable.
My wife and I visited El Che Bar this past weekend for our 10 year anniversary. The food was good, and it was very nice to receive a complimentary sparkling wine when we arrived. That being said, for a $250 dinner, I was left wanting when comparing this experience with other $250 dinners we’ve had in the city (RPM Steak, Maple & Ash, Prime & Provisions, Bavettes, Chicago Cut). This was probably at the bottom of our list. I ordered the Parrillada which consisted of a variety of meats. I love variety and it was good, but not worth $70. The sweetbreads were decent, and the blood sausage was good but not amazing. I wish I would have got the ribeye, but it was almost $100, which is a lot more expensive than those other places. Anyway, I like the restaurant. The drinks are really good, but the food left us wanting.
Overall a nice restaurant with good ambiance & drinks - our experience may have been better if we had a better server. He didn't wait on us, it was difficult to get his attention even though he walked by us constantly, he didn't check in when it we clear we were finished with our drinks and put in our entire food order at the same time instead of having the snacks, appetizers and main course come out in the order the menu suggested. I'm assuming this place could have been a better experience for others that had a different waiter.
The food was great, the menu offers a lot of choices. The service was absolutely terrible, so slow, but it may have just been an off night for them. Our waitress was very nice. Very cool decor.
In this particular occasion, we sat at the bar. Everything was wonderful as always! Very lively and fun!
Amazing food and very attentive service
Good food and good service!
El Che Bar is way underrated in my opinion. It should have the 2 hour plus weekend waits and completely full bar that the best ones have a few blocks away on randolph and fulton have. the food is amazing, service is great, wine is fantastic, this is a wonderful place to eat. I've been here a few times now and never have left unhappy!
Great environment. Conversation and music constantly. Fun cocktails. Food was great, desert menu could be better. Overall loved it.
Though service and ambiance were great, food lacked a bit - needed seasoning. Chorizos were not the "real" thing I am used to as typical Argentinean chorizo that my family/friends used to cook. Same with the side sauces offered with the Asado - lacked seasoning, chimichurri was not authentic, salsa criolla needed more flavors...alfajor that my husband ordered for dessert was dry.
The arugula salad was very nice. Espresso was good and served like in Buenos Aires. Strawberry ice cream was good.
Great service. Very understanding as we had two small kids. The NY Strip was very flavorful!
Such an awesome atmosphere with excellent service. The food was phenomenal!
The chicken was the highlight dish - oak coals definitely help the cause and might make people avoid
Great menu and food, great location, great scene. Looking forward to going back.
Delicious food, great service and will be back!
The staff from top to bottom was outstanding !!! They remembered my OpenTable note that my visit was with a "special someone" on a first date and they made certain our sitting was suitable for such an occasion. Our waiter and the wine expert on staff were both very helpful with wine ideas and selections. Wonderful experience. Most certainly recommend El Che.
Great waiter and excellent food. Very generous portions. Cocktails were amazing and really beautiful too!
Prices are a little steep otherwise great!
Nice quiet restaurant. Service staff exceptional. The food was really good but have an open palate.
The service and food were impeccable at El Che. The only downfall is that it's a bit too loud. So you can't really hold a conversation.
I had two "foodie" friends in from out of town, and I was told el Che Bar was the place I needed to take them. We had the best experience. Our server was amazing, friendly and knowledgeable. When we complimented the dessert and said, "we must have the recipe", the dessert chef soon came out to the table with a thoughtful and handwritten card with it. Lovely experience all around. PS. Get the gnocchi.
Everything was wonderful! Already planning multiple trips back with family and friends. Great spot for any occasion with plenty of menu items for every palate.
While our fire-grilled NY strip was delicious, we were particularly impressed with the sweet breads appetizer and the gnocchi.
Everything about the meal was excellent from the drinks to the dessert! The gnocchi and sweet potatoes were my favorite though.
Food was outstanding - we focused on appetizers and small plates. The duck & pork rillete was delicious!
We were very satisfied with service, drinks and cuisine. The atmosphere and crowd added to this enjoyable experience. I will return and recommend this restaurant.
Had a wonderful time. Food is not disappointing. Great service.
First time. Very nice. Will come back again.
My boyfriend and I decided to try this out after reading great online reviews. It did not disappoint! We tried the prawns, gnocchi, and the filet. All very tasty and cooked to perfection.
Also - the cocktails were awesome! Especially the one call summer somewhere (or something like that). Would go back!!
El Che Bar is consistent and satisfying. Would always recommend to anyone regardless of reason to go out.
Somehow expected more of El Che...stand-out menu items are clearly the steaks and grilled meats...need to be in a carnivorous mood to fully enjoy.
The 32 ounce bone in rib eye did not seem like 32 ounces. It was carved when it came out and didn't really look like 32 ounces.
The Japanese sweet potatoes tasted like regular potatoes.
The sweat breads were DELICIOUS, as were the ribs. The grill oysters were also VERY good.
Fabulous Encendido wine: Cab Franc
Awesome Argentinian steakhouse type vibe and food.
Craft cocktails and great Argentine inspired foods! Delicious! Great vibe!
I was super excited to try this place for the first time. I love the room and the ambiance, servixe was good. I had one of the Malbecs on the wine list and it was just OK for a Malbec. I am not sure if it had to breathe more or something. We had the oysters, roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts, 8oz Flat Iron steak, and a Piccadillo empanada. The oysters were the smallest oysters I’ve ever had in my entire life and perhaps it was the kind of oysters. They were good but not worth the price. The best things we had were the carrots which were a variety of orange, yellow and I think purple carrots. These had great flavor! The Brussels sprouts were not roasted or grilled enough, they lacked flavor and I would not order those again. I could tell they were however very fresh! The empanada was pretty good, but I have had better. The worst thing on the menu was the steak. I think it would have been ok if it wasn’t cold when they brought it out, the quality of the steak was probably pretty good but it wasn’t even warm, flavor was ok and they put this tomato salsa topping on top which you could tell was chilled and made everything cold as well. Overall, I probably would not eat the steak again, but I would definitely come back for drinks and just smaller plates/ snacks. I would like to try the Japanese sweet potatoes, prawns, and the churros for sure next time!
Went on a Thursday night with my wife and a couple of friends. The restaurant was highly rated on OpenTable and other websites, so I chose this for our dinner. The reception was nice and attentive/friendly. The ambiance was okay - the chairs seemed cheap and where uncomfortable. They didn't even look hip, which was a surprise for the area. Light bulbs in the fixtures were mismatched and different color temperatures, which is a small detail, but something I noticed immediately, and set the ambiance to a cheap/builder-grade decor. Service was not good. Our waiter was attentive and accommodating upon arrival, getting drink orders and coming back to take our order. After that, we didn't see him until the end of the meal when he handed us our check, even when we were obviously looking for him. He never checked in on us so we didn't have anyone to report to when we had issues with our meal. We ordered the pork chops which were burnt to a crisp and had a pretty bad mustard sauce on it. The chimichurri was good, and the dried out/burnt pork chop needed a lot of it, and the peanuts that were on it looked like they were just thrown on. Bizarre for a $28 entrée. The NY strip steak was cooked fine, but it was horribly under seasoned. For $58 it should be an great steak. But I did not care for it, and I'm a steak lover. The other small plates were unremarkable. The best thing I ate were the Brussel sprouts. As I didn't want to make a scene with our dinner guests present, I kept my mouth shut and didn't complain about the poor service nor when I couldn't get a second drink order in. I flagged down one of the food runners, not realizing it wasn't our waiter. Eventually, another server came to our table, and I was able to order a drink, but it took nearly 20 minutes to receive. It was a pretty disappointing experience, especially considering it was a $260 tab for 4 diners. With as many amazing dining options as there are in the West Loop, I highly doubt I'll return to El Che Bar.
El Che Bar never disappoints. I would argue the best steaks in the city and a unique wine and cocktail list worth exploring. A gem that is still under the radar. Please check it out.
ambience and decor were great. Food didn't blow me away but I only ordered a Steak and side of carrots. Thought steak would be bit more tender but had some grisly bits. Would go back to try something bit more special.