El Che Steakhouse & Bar

4.7
1028 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
AS OF JANUARY 3rd 2022, ALL GUESTS 5 YEARS OR OLDER ARE REQUIRED BY THE CITY OF CHICAGO TO SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION TO ENTER AND DINE IN WITH RESTAURANTS. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION.

El Che Steakhouse & Bar is Executive Chef/Partner John Manion’s homage to Argentina's beloved asados, traditional backyard barbecues featuring platters of rustic flame-finished grilled beef. This Argentinian-influenced steakhouse, located just beyond the West Loop’s famed “restaurant row,” has built a reputation as Chicago's go-to destination for beef, South American wine and live-fire cooking.

Our patio is sat on a first come first serve basis. Please let us know if you would like to sit outside and we will do our best to accommodate. Your reservation will allow us to plan and accommodate you inside the restaurant to ensure that you have a great time.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Offers

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

See availability for bonus point tables

Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 10:00PM - 11:00PM

What 1028 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
SE
vipSarahE
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience dining at El Che Steakhouse & Bar. The Carmelized Rum Old Fashioned was a great way to start off the night.

Our server Liam made great suggestions and answered all of our questions on the menu. We started off with the Empanadas and Grilled Oysters, both were packed with rich flavors. For the main courses we had Picahna Steak and Salmon. Liam had recommended the Picahna and it lived up to the hype. The salmon did not stay on the plate long, as it was also delicious. We also had side of the Japanese Sweet Potatoes, which we would also recommend.

Overall the experience and food were great from start to finish. Would definitely go back and recommend to friends.

C
Chris
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place service was awesome.

Met Chef Adam. Great guy and super passionate.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Scallops are to die for

N
Netty
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible! I cant wait to come back! Everything was perfect! Thank you all for your hard work!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without fail El Che delivers. One of the best restaurants in Chicago!

J
Jiffy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I went for my birthday they were really nice about seating me prior to all my quest arriving. They allowed all the gifts and ballon’s from my guest inside. They gave free mask at the door the creamy spinach was great. My guest loved their food. My cap sirloin was ok I got my food late abs it was my day. Overall I’d go back it’s a nice spot for a birthday dinner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a crowded day but ambience was very nice and our waiter was super friendly, food was delicious and my steak came out just like I ordered.

j
vipjimm
Chicago
138 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

OK South American-inspired steakhouse. Especially enjoyed the marrow bone, onion empanada, and creamed spinach. Picana was good but all the meats were too pricey. Cocktails were OK. Ambience was bro central, probably because near the holidays. Service was good.

MC
MattC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an awesome restaurant, very cool vibe inside, and the food was delicious. The steaks are outstanding, chorizo link was fabulous and don’t pass on the empanadas - best I’ve had in Chicago area. We had a great meal with wonderful waiter.

JH
JohnH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice place, however I was disappointed with the steak it was a bone in Rib-eye and it was tough....Rib-eyes should not be tough especially at the price. I will go back and see if we got a steak on a bad night....
My clients enjoyed it very much....

R
Rmsartist
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Beautiful place, ribeye was very good but overpriced and overdone. Short ribs way too grissly around bone. Great music

R
Rosdiane
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

1-tables way too crowded; how is this even allowed?
2-the waiter and runner combination does not work; no one cares if, when, how you get your food or bill.
3-flavors and portions are erratic. Octopus- ok but tiny portion. Oysters- large portion but taste like a baked potato with way too many toppings and not at all of the sea. Wedge salad - also over the top flavoring, but delicious. Filet -delicious. Sweet potatoes -good. Apple sundae - flavors and size right out of the Cheesecake Factory. No. Wait. The Cheesecake Factory at least tasted good.

Go if you have a lot of money and no taste. And don’t mind being exposed to germs.

S
Sweetkisses2luv
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

The food was ok nothing to brag about
I had other Argentinian food before that was much better ,

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for a date night and good steak and it did not disappoint! We got the beef empanadas and they were amazing! The steak was cooked perfectly and the agnolotti pasta had the best taste!! Would definitely recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Food isn’t traditional, and a bit overpriced.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

second time here. thought i’d give it another chance. ordered different items. everything was decent at best. they try too hard with too many toppings on the shrimp and oysters. totally overpriced for what you get. could have gone to maple and ash or shaw’s for the same price and had a much better meal. steaks are average too.

A
Alfista
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent Food. Bone Marrow, Sweetbreads, Steaks & Frites stood out. Felt a little rushed.

RM
vipRafaelM
Minneapolis
45 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and happy hour menu. Will definitely be back.

M
Michael
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, the food was even better. Only downside was the location of our table it was too close to front door slight draft when other customers went in and out

GA
GigiA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I came here for a date night. We booked our reservation through open table and it was really seamless. We arrived and checked in and the hostess sat us right away. The layout of the restaurant is very intimate dining so the next table sitting next to you is literally next to you. The other issue is that the tables was extremely wobbly and it was literally the only table available unless we wanted to sit close to the door which on 25 degree night in Chicago is not ideal.

Let's get into the food;

We ordered the empanadas (beef) which were absolutely delicious.
The oysters are great. 4 come in one order and they were delicious.
We ordered two steaks - Mine was the cap and I ordered it medium. The steak is extremely thick and it was impossible to cut through. My BF ordered the filet and it was precut, ordered his medium and it was cold and dry.
The cream of spinach was very different, a little bit on the watery side and they added bread crumb to make the base heavy. It did miss the mark and it was challenging to spoon out of the little bowl they serve it in.

Service - The service was amazing and the team at El Che go above and beyond to host you. Our waiter was great and checked us throughout the night.

Cocktails - We tried 4 different cocktails and it was okay a little bit on the boozey side which one would not complain but a great cocktail should be balanced. If I want a cocktail on the rocks I completely understand however these were their classic cocktails.

For a 300 dollar meal, I was looking for the Wow factor and unfortunately did not experience it. Also the table and seating in the dining area - I would have expected better quality especially at this price point however I felt like I was sitting on IKEA furniture or break room table. It was not comfortable at all.

The 3 stars is truly for the amazing services and apps.

AM
vipAngieM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was delicious. Would def recommend!

J
Jesus
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was phenomenal, Julio was very attentive and was knowledgeable about menu items when it came to accommodating my pregnant wife. The food was outstanding, so much so that my unborn son was doing flips in the womb when my Wife ate the shrimp dish!! The cocktails and mocktails were very tasty and reasonably priced. Would definitely return for another special occasion!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. Everything we had was delicious. From the wedge salad to the filet, it was all perfect.

BB
BebeBinx
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The value was incredible. The food was delicious and the drinks were great.

l
libelula
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Get the parrillada. You won't regret it. Enough for two serious carnivores or 3-4 less ambitious people.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great staff, server and management was solid. Both steaks were overcooked but they were accommodating about it.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love this place! Steaks are superb. Been twice in last month !

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is really nice the vibe is like classy elegant. We really enjoy our meal, we decided to pick Parrillada which is like a sampler of all of the grilled meats in the menu.
The empanadas are a must they were amazing!

SC
SalCer
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

They have a great menu. Offer fewer items and do it right, is a great philosophy

j
jeffg
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience! We were in Buenos Aires two years ago and we were able to re-live our trip!

Z
vipZaza
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had an early dinner so the place wasn’t crowded yet. Ambiance is nice but the lighting was too dim. Service was on point. The wedge salad was amazing and good enough for 2 people. Empanada for $4 was a little over priced, I think. I had the pork shank - I couldn’t see what was going on with the dish (served in a deep bowl). It’s good but the pork should be cooked a little more. My hubby had the sirloin cap. Get it in medium, not medium rare. Good nevertheless. Skipped dessert but had their caramelized old fashioned and that was amazing!

F
Francesca
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time visiting El Che but it won’t be my last. The steak is like butter and melts in your mouth. Nothing is what you expect. We selected items per our waiter’s suggestion.

S
Seyda
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was tasty, but everything we ordered came really fast and we were rushed to eat. We ordered many food and were done with dinner including the steak in 50 min! it was crazy and didnt feel well in our tummy.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible. One of the best meals I’ve ever had at a restaurant.

RD
RDSC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Service was meh. Food and drink was decent. Wine was delicious. Server seemed tired and was just going through the motions. Bus boys kept trying to clear our food away because we were one of the late reservations. Felt rushed.

MB
vipMelBB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ok we always get steak but you HAVE TO TRY the scallops!!

M
Magnus
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my wife here for a date. Absolutely amazing experience. We had 3 appetizers (you have to have the Empanadas), 2 sides and shared a 14oz rib eye. Some of the most perfect timed service I've ever had, everything came in at just the right time. Staff was also very helpful and helped us navigate the menu by identifying some great choices and gauge portion sizes. Prices are what you'd expect from a steakhouse, and felt very reasonable for both the experience and the flavors. Noise levels were not loud - we didn't have to should to have a conversation, yet it wasn't too quiet. Will definitely come back here.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing space, food and service!!

R
Richard
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Che is consistently one of the best steak houses in Chicago with the considerable plus of offering interesting interpretations of traditional dishes.

JW
JimW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service nice ambiance excellent food!

FAQs

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

El Che Steakhouse & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1028 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.