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 in 2019 was named in the “Top 35 Restaurants in Chicago” by Condé Nast Traveler and one of the "Top 10 Steakhouses in Chicago" by the Robb Report.

Complimentary specials

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

$50 Parrillada

Shareable platter highlighting our Argentine-style grilled meats.

Happy Hour!

Cocktail specials & half off bar snacks.

1/2 Off all bottled wines

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

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Scott
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute gem of a restaurant. Quail and were some of the best I've had, and Inorder them whenever they are on a menu. Drinks were creative and matched the overall menu very well. Service was top notch as well. A true standout when compared to the run of the mill steakhouses.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipACP4
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend, delicious food and incredible service!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience all around. The parrillada was outstanding. When the waiter saw that our bone marrow portion was on the smaller side (which we didn’t even notice), he brought out a second one on the house. We started to order entrees for dinner in addition to the parrillada and the waiter told us that we should hold off as we had plenty of food coming. Definitely appreciated and valued the service.

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CharlieG
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We had the Parradilla - not bad but not great - very overpriced for a few bites of each type of meat. half of the plate was e sausage which is inexpensive meat so why $90/plate? - not worth going...go to Tango Sur; much better for much less....

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all the way around. My wife and i live in the neighborhood and this is one of our go-to spots!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and although the place was very crowded, our reservation was honored, service was outstanding! The food was delicious! The sever let me order something custom at her recommendation and it was sooooo good- the gnocchi with mushroom sauce instead of bolognese. (I know- I was eating veg at a steakhouse- but it was truly delicious.) The fries were amazing as well. Also, it was my partner’s birthday and the server overheard me saying how much we would love to try the rum tres leches cake. She brought it to us with a sparkler. So thoughtful. We will be back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Tables are too small and steak overpriced for quality/cut. Just like a regular grilled strip steak - nothing particularly unique. Apps were good and service was very good. Probably wouldn’t return.

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Maria
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The empanadas were wonderful and the parrillada was generous and delicious.

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vipPeteSilvey
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was surprisingly poor. Had the hanger steak. Told it was a "crowd pleaser." It was VERY tough. Other than the food, the place is really nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was amazing!! Loved the fries as well!!

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EricA
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, dining, and experience. Food was absolutely incredible. We went, with hangar steaks, ny strips, the broccoli, and pommme dish. I also recommend the arugula salad.

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JSRIII
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Broccoli was excellent. Meat was good but not extraordinary. service and ambiance were solid. nice place for a date night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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vipEmilyK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Okay the broccoli is AMAZING. The steak was amazing. The empanadas were amazing. Seriously everything was so good. Might be my new favorite restaurant in Chicago. Let me know if you need a spokesperson— it can be me.

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FirstVday
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great meal - went for Valentine's Day, enjoyed the seating placement. Delicious food, however there was a VDay special on the site that me and my boyfriend were not told about. Would have loved to had that offer. Service was okay, wasn't impressed too much as it didn't seem friendly.

Great time overall, would most likely hit up the bar next time!

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vipHC1010
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night! We had the La Boca and everything was outstanding. In addition, we split the el che steak and roasted garlic potatoes, which were also tasty. Service was attentive and friendly. Overall an enjoyable experience.

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vipBobbyM
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Chicago - the strip (medium rare) was to die for. Exceptional service, great atmosphere and a terrific vibe makes El Che a great date night spot. Going back to try happy hour specials next! Cheers to El Che!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was exceptional. Prices were steep but the quality of the food and cocktails were on par with other steakhouses downtown. We really enjoyed the Broccoli side we very much enjoyed our meal and would return again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Don’t pay attention to my stars...this is more important. My bf and I had THE. BEST. DINNER. at El Che the other night. And we purposely avoid West Loop restaurants because they are overpriced and the food is meh.

El Che was a fun night, our waitress was adorable, the drinks were liquid delish, and the food was perfect.

We will be back, and thank goodness the West Loop isn’t a total dud. Can’t wait for summer 5:01 cocktails when the sun doesn’t avoid Chicago.

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Maya
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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ChelseaB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was quite delicious. Loved the sauce—definitely stands out from other steak houses. The pomme frites are out of this world. Service was excellent and the ambiance is sexy and inviting, but comfortable for groups of friends, too.

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vipHayleyC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food here was great! We went for Restaurant Week and really enjoyed everything we had. Our waiter could have been better... it took him awhile to serve us and he did not tell us about the menu what so ever. We had never been and would’ve loved info!

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vipSusanD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great. Especially steak and gnocchi

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viplag300
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olives, empanadas, steak. Get everything here

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ElaineS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is in my neighborhood and continues to be an excellent restaurant in every way. I brought a group of colleagues, they all loved it.

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vipTomS
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best restaurants in Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and enjoyed the food

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ChristopherS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My wife and I went for restaurant week and we wanted something different so we tried El Che.
Excellent place to dine. Mood and atmosphere was a good balance between energetic and cozy.
The ENTIRE staff (from the parking attendant, to the waitstaff, to the managers) went out of there way to make us feel warm and welcomed. The food was delicious! The Locro (pork squash and topped with crumbed chicharon) was great. The beef bone marrow was delicious and, our steaks were outstanding! I definitely we be back at El Che for MORE!

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vipClaudiaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were a party of 5 with an 8:30pm reservation. The restaurant was busy so we weren’t sat until 9. The hostess was kind and gave us a complimentary glass of champagne or Prosecco. By the time we sat and had our order taken, we got our food around 10pm. The food had a very good flavor but wasn’t as warm as it should have been... it may have sat for a while before it was brought to our table. Lots of potential but overshadowed by the long wait.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Visited for Restaurant Week. Solid place, pricey for decent food. Shrimp was the delish, everything else on the fixed menu wasn’t impressive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Food was very rushed; 4 course meal in 40 mins. Ridiculous.

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AOAnonymous
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, delicious simply tasty food and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for my son’s birthday dinner. It was also RW and we all had the pre fixe dinner which was delicious. We would definitely go back!

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vipBerly
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in the West Loop. Where have I been all this time? The restaurant is not one of the neighborhood"s newbies, but it is definitely one of the best. I went with 3 others for Restaurant Week and was so impressed with the food, ambiance and service. I absolutely loved the complimentary offering of olives and fennel, the delicious bread with grilled cheese. Few restaurants make this small gesture anymore.

As far as my Restaurant Week dinners have gone, El Che takes the prize for generous servings in every course. I had the arugula salad, the shrimp and the salmon. Each dish was well seasoned, full of flavor, and presented well on the plate. The wine offering has something for everyone.

I would love to know who the interior designer was for this classy eatery. The lighting, furniture, fixtures are all very inspiring.

Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big fan of the chef. He always lives up to the expectation. Nice ambiance. My only critique is the receptionist didn’t offer to take our coats. It was a bit challenging to hang my big puffy coat on the high table chairs. But other than that.. we had such a great time!

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BillP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were very satisfied El Che. We will go back for sure !! Food was great the , the atmosphere was
great......like the no -headache Valet parking !!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Delicious food! Decent deal for restaurant week. Really enjoyed the experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Restaurant week, and every course was delicious. We will definitely be going back again!

LJ
LeshawnJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The salad need more dressing and the dish could have been brought together.

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El Che Steakhouse & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 265-1130.

El Che Steakhouse & Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 849 OpenTable diners.

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