El Che Steakhouse & Bar

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Steakhouse
El Che Steakhouse & 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 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 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.
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Chimichurri Chicken on a sword

One night only -- Chef Manion's signature chimichurri chicken plated as a dinner for two over a mountain of frites -- $38

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 28, 2019

Ends: August 29, 2118

Availability: Wed 5:00PM-10:00PM

$50 Parrillada

Shareable platter highlighting our Argentine-style grilled meats.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 7, 2019

Ends: April 8, 2118

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-10:00PM

Happy Hour!

Cocktail specials & half off bar snacks.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 7, 2019

Ends: April 8, 2118

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-6:00PM

1/2 Off all bottled wines

1/2 off our entire wine list (bottles only) every Monday!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 10, 2018

Ends: December 11, 2117

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-10:00PM

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Sun 5:30PM - 6:30PM 7:45PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM

What 744 People Are Saying
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MS
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food and great atmosphere. Service was on top of things!

BM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool spot with wonderful ambiance. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. One of our guests has celiac - our server and the establishment not only knew about this condition but has a full menus of options.

JP
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, great experience. Our steaks could have had more flavor and tenderness. Very average flavor to my steak, same said by my guests.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. All members of the staff were extremely nice and personable.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice cozy restaurant. Limited menu but the food will not disappoint.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service! Went on a Tuesday for the $50 Paradilla special and it did not disappoint. Could have easily fed 4 people. Also had the provoleta which was lovely and probably the best broccoli dish I have ever had! Service was awesome and the vibe was very cool. Not too noisy.

ML
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved our dining experience at El Che this weekend. Service was so friendly, attentive, and helpful — the seafood and pickled vegetable appetizer was a recommendation, and it was a win — something we wouldn’t have picked out on our own. The cocktails were delicious. Also, the pork chops have been on the menu since day one for a reason! We would highly recommend El Che to anyone in the west loop area looking for a unique and thoroughly enjoyable meal!

KS
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food is excellent!!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful evening celebrating with a group of friends. Great food, drinks and service.

EF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great input on the menu and wine. They were very nice to us and the host a seat by the window! A great way to celebrate our anniversary. We will be back!

LP
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Don’t forget to try the cheesecake, absolutely delicious. Everybody in the restaurant is very caring and kind.
Thank you

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined at Bar, great service!

n
Cincinnati
204 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everybody was friendly and accommodating. The menu choices are unique and everything was tasty. Our server was attentive and not intrusive. We are 70&80 years old. It is noisy. We were with another couple and conversations were difficult at times. Overall a great experience

VW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really cool atmosphere. The menu is limited, but what they do is amazing. The cocktail & wine list is fantastic. The steaks were cooked to perfection. The sides were delicious. Our waiter was awesome & knowledgeable.

KR
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, great. Food was cooked well, server knew the menu and was able to make suggestions. Small hiccup with check in as I had called beforehand and asked not to mention my party size when I arrived because we were meeting some friends as a "surprise" and the gentleman at the desk mentioned it. It didn't ruin the surprise or end up being a big deal, but worth mentioning.

The table had empanadas, broccoli, garlic frites, gnocchi, pork chop, and filet. A friend had the swordfish which he enjoyed. The filet was cooked perfectly with loads of flavor. Broccoli was great, all 3 empanadas were tasty with the beef being my favorite. Gnocchi was in a tomato-pepper sauce which was a nice change of pace. I would return and recommend to others.

SB
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have a great time at El Che Friday night. The restaurant wasn’t over crowded but there was a decent crowd. The food came out timely and our service was very helpful and knowledgeable. We loved the empanadas and the special for the day, confit yuca. We also had the bone in ribeye which was a bit fatty and underdone (we wanted medium rare, it was more rare) but still tasted delicious with their chimichurri sauces. Also the rum old fashion was a different take on a classic cocktail. For dessert we tried the sorbets/gelatos, delicious and refreshing. Again service was excellent and I don’t think my water glass was every half empty. We will definitely return.

PG
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Three guys having a relaxed business dinner. First time at the restaurant. The restaurant has a fabulous bar. The ambience was very nice and the food service was nice. We had the combo Argentine plate which is sharable for three. The food was very good, but I thought the ribeye upgrade was a tough and a little too red. Otherwise a nice place to visit but for the money...probably look at other options.

SD
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food I have ever had in my life. We need one just like this in Naples! A spectacular restaurant in every regards.....service, food, wine selection. Will be back!!!

B
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Limited menu

LG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was expecting a little more flavor from my bone in ribeye@ $79. Still dont regret the experience of going there for the first time.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wedding Anniversary

JR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as usual.

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We three friends unanimously decided to give FIVE ⭐️s in all categories because we were not given a SIX star option. Having said that we enjoyed the food & drinks : three different kinds of empanadas (beef chicken and vegetable), arugula salad, baked sweet potatoes, 32oz Ribeye, 8oz filet mignon, coconut sorbet, caramel flan & of course the Argentinian Malbec. (Trust me we all are within normal BMI)
Service was excellent and the ambiance was perfect with music softness helped carry out seamless conversations. Will come back many more times!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love El Che. One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago.

CB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered the Parillada for 3 - fabulous. Accompanied by a bottle of 2014 Encendido Cabernet Franc - also fabulous!

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with colleagues. Amazing steak and service. Will definitely go back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite go-to spots in the city. Always consistent, always creative, always delicious.

KS
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was amazing!!! I had the Filet and had one of the ibest filet’s I ever had! We go to all the Steak Houses and this steak was better!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance, service was amazing the only reason why I didnt give it 5 stars was because our steak was undercooked. We ordered Medium and received rare.

TR
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of THE BEST restaurants in Chicago ! Never disappoints 👌🏻

CS
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't stop thinking about the meal I had the other evening, excellent as always! We drive in from Milwaukee every few months to enjoy a fabulous meal at El Che. Best service as always! Everyone needs to try the broccoli, which is new to the menu, it's unbelievable.

JS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed our date night dinner at El Che, the owner/cheff came by to talk to us and we had a very pleasant chat. Our waiter was very nice too.

IG
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

MS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Wished happy hour included half off cocktails when not sitting at the bar though.

MC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a reservation at El Che for my boyfriends and I four year anniversary. They exceeded my expectations and went above and beyond. I had to make a last minute schedule change and they were very accommodating. When we arrived, the staff congratulated us on our anniversary which was very sweet. They even gifted us both a glass of wine to celebrate!! It made our experience so memorable. The entire staff was very attentive. And oh my gosh, the food was heavenly. We both got the “el che steak”, and i treasure every bite. The food was absolutely amazing. I would 100% recommend this restaurant to anyone I speak to. Thank you el che for making our 4 year anniversary extra special.

NF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks are fantastic. The service is also excellent

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour!

KM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came in, sat at the bar and immediately ordered an Old Fashioned. That set the mood for the rest of the evening. Nice and smooth, traditionally prepared without any additional flair, basically perfect. I tried all of the empanadas, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. Personally, I’m not big on kale, but it was sautéed well and quite flavorful. The bartender recommended the choripan and fries and they exceeded expectations. Highly recommend this spot! My only wish is that they’d bring back the bread pudding. It’s the real reason I showed up, and I was disappointed not to see it on the menu.

e
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

love this place! Had a great birthday dinner for 5. Drinks were outstanding. Food was so good. Everyone had a great time. Perfect choice for us!

RH
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great atmosphere, great food and great service. I had the New York Strip which was perfect. The duck fat potatoes made us all smile. We were there for our 22nd anniversary and they did everything they could to make it special while keeping it causal. My guess is many people over look El Che when looking for a steakhouse in Chicago, I have been to all the big names and will skip those in the future for places like this.

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