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El Che Bar

4.6
497 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steakhouse
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Argentinean, American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday 5pm - 10pm
Thursday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm
Sunday - Closed
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Phone number
(312) 265-1130
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
John Manion
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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.
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Private party contact
Allison Diedrich: (708) 205-2458
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Green
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Parking details
Street parking available surrounding. Valet available 7 days a week $12
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Public transit
Greenline - Morgan
Blueline - Grand
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.6

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

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 497 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
service
4.6
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4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 18 hours ago

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!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

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.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

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.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

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.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

In this particular occasion, we sat at the bar. Everything was wonderful as always! Very lively and fun!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Amazing food and very attentive service

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Good food and good service!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Great environment. Conversation and music constantly. Fun cocktails. Food was great, desert menu could be better. Overall loved it.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great service. Very understanding as we had two small kids. The NY Strip was very flavorful!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Such an awesome atmosphere with excellent service. The food was phenomenal!

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

The chicken was the highlight dish - oak coals definitely help the cause and might make people avoid

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Great menu and food, great location, great scene. Looking forward to going back.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Delicious food, great service and will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Great waiter and excellent food. Very generous portions. Cocktails were amazing and really beautiful too!

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Prices are a little steep otherwise great!

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Nice quiet restaurant. Service staff exceptional. The food was really good but have an open palate.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

While our fire-grilled NY strip was delicious, we were particularly impressed with the sweet breads appetizer and the gnocchi.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Everything about the meal was excellent from the drinks to the dessert! The gnocchi and sweet potatoes were my favorite though.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Food was outstanding - we focused on appetizers and small plates. The duck & pork rillete was delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Had a wonderful time. Food is not disappointing. Great service.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

First time. Very nice. Will come back again.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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!!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

El Che Bar is consistent and satisfying. Would always recommend to anyone regardless of reason to go out.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Awesome Argentinian steakhouse type vibe and food.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Craft cocktails and great Argentine inspired foods! Delicious! Great vibe!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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!

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1.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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