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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.

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

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Argentinean, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday 5pm - 10pm
Thursday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm
Sunday - Closed

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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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.5

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4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Business Meals (7)
Casual (7)
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Local Ingredients (6)
People Watching (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
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Worth the Drive (5)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 4 days ago

We were from out of town and walked (too fast) and ended up being quite early. The incredible staff was nice enough to seat us early - we so much appreciated it! Thank you so much for a great experience and amazing food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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
AVOID

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Overzealous bus staff. Tried to take every plate, utensil, glass, napkin, right after finishing. Was annoying after a few times. Felt like it was rushing us, but we didn’t care. We were there 4 hrs.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Went to Valentine’s Day! Food was awesome!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Best kept secret in the West Loop!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2018

The ambiance was lovely—-lively, hip, and comfortable. The food was incredible, and the service was terrific. Loved the experience as a first-time attendee.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Good atmosphere and service. Come here for the meat, of course!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This is my go to great dining spot. The more I visit here the better it seems to get. There is always something for everybody on there menu and the wall of fire makes it all taste amazing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Everything from the atmosphere to the service and the food was just fantastic. I was there with my mother and cousin for dinner as part of a ladies trip. I would go back in a heartbeat.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I didn’t find the food particularly outstanding given the reviews I read and the menu prices. Have had Argentine food here & in Argentina & El Che just wasn’t that good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Everything was delicious ! Steak came out overcooked- but they prepped a new one in minutes and manager comped a round of drinks even though we were totally ok with it. Highly recommend !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Loved it at El Che for restaurant week! Will definitely be back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Ambience was top notch. Food was good, but not great (especially at the price point). I'd recommend this to someone not looking for anything super adventures who liked a nice vibe. It's also conveniently located. Service was top notch.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Great restaurant week menu. Good deal.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Just love this place. Our server was so helpful - great wine recommendations. Food was spectacular as always. Perfect ambiance for any occasion

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great value for restaurant week. Definitely will go back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Went for restaurant week and it was great! The courses were on point and nice portions.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

These guys "could not find" the scarf I left there very disappointing

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Flooringly amazing food- the empanadas were so good

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Fabulous dinner! We enjoyed the restaurant week menu and definitely left stuffed. The service was great but not pushy and we enjoyed the community table right next to where the chefs were plating and tending the fire. Highly recommend!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a wonderful time at El Che!!! GREAT food, atmosphere and Zach along with the staff took great care of us! We will be back!!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

One of my best dining experiences in Chicago.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Another GREAT visit to El Che! We celebrated our anniversary here, and continue coming back for the wonderful food, personable hosts, amazing chef! and unforgettable cuisine.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent food and excellent ambiance, immediately felt comfortable and welcomed by staff

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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!

Tags: Romantic, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Fantastic! Great with allergies very accommodating! Everything was delicious!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Amazing food. Amazing drinks. A bit expensive but worth every penny.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I love the ambiance of this place. Most of the food I had was good: gnocchi, japanese sweet potatoes, fry bread. The short ribs were very overcooked and lacked any flavor. This made me nervous about an Argentinean place.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The service, attention to detail, drinks and food were all impeccably orchestrated. The room is stunningly gorgeous. Loved everything.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We expected more flavours out of Argentinian food. Empanadas were luke warm. Ordered flat iron medium rare came almost blue couldnt even steak knife couldnt cut few pieces. Service was good and the cocktails.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great spot to celebrate!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

expensive steak full of gristle, very tough to cut and chew

Tags: Bar Seating
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