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

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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.

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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!

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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 762 People Are Saying
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CG
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Good service. Very nice

C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the chef's counter and it was an amazing experience, with personal service, an outstanding selection of menu items and great wine. We highly recommend it. It is also much quieter at the counter, allowing conversation and watching the cooking. It's warm at the wood fired cooking counter so be prepared!

C
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good-everything was good,nice happy hour menu which is open 5-7 pm everyday...Had the grilled oysters and swordfish and pork chops. I was sitting at bar waiting for my friend and when I went to ask the hostess for the table she said she gave it away as it was now 7:15. Fair enough...They sat us at a high top which I am not crazy about eating dinner on that kind of table so asked to move to one of the regular tables,which they had multiple open...was not super busy and by 9 o’clock it was wide open so not too sure why we couldn’t have a regular table. Will be back for happy hour but probably not for full blown dinner!

MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Our waiter was super nice, sadly this kept us from speaking up. The meat came out cold and undercooked.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting. Everything tasted great. Interesting wine list.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful flavorful food. Every dish we had was superb. Great wine choices and assistance and very helpful service. Immediately called my cell when I left something at the table before I was even in my car!!

GG
Chicago
162 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good but not as good as previous visits. Grilled quail is not as good as when prepared with a sauce.
Sweetbread were terrific but served on bread. Why?
Salads remain superb as are the oysters

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience4

Service was great. The food has just been not up to par with the prices. Something I’ve experienced both times I’ve dined there.

CK
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfectly grilled steak and a brilliant side of broccoli on whipped feta. The beef-fat infused martini with a blue cheese-stuffed olive, however, was a bit edgy.

ER
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was delicious & expertly prepared !!!
Our server was very helpful with recommendations - the pork chops were a surprise favorite !!!

MH
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We celebrated our anniversary and this was our first time at El Che, we had a great time. The food and service were excellent. I can't say anything was bad about the experience.

w
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John, the owner lived in Argentina and he knows what he is doing!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Will definitely go back.

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would not hesitate to return! Decided to give it a try after a recent Chicago Crain's review. The occasion was for my birthday (60th) and looking for a pre Blackhawks game dinner. The Tuesday Night special for the Parrillada was FANTASTIC! We ordered including the Ribeye which did not disappoint. No doubt will be returning.

AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a table of 3 split the upgraded Parillada (with the ribeye?) and 2 sides. It was plenty of food even for big eaters!! The food was AMAZING, delicious, and had great authentic incorporation.

h
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Leigh, our waitress, was terrific! She expertly guided us through the menu. The swordfish, steak and quail were all delicious. We especially loved the sides of broccoli, squash and olives. The dessert--shortbread cookies with gelato--was yummy! The hostess was very friendly, as were all employees. We sat at a hightop in the bar area and loved it. Thanks for a great evening!

KC
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sweetest Day. Food was extremely good! Loved the empanadas! My husband had the ribeye and I had the thin pork chop, they were both so flavorful! Definetely will recommend. Great restaurant!

WD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great bar thoughtful service . Appetizers and desserts are outstanding. Hangar steak is what I recommend. The rib eye was a bit fatty. Both steaks seasoned to perfection. The wood fire flavor can't be beat.

MS
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

BM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
47 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food is excellent!!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

EF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined at Bar, great service!

n
Cincinnati
204 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Limited menu

LG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wedding Anniversary

JR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent as usual.