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El Che Steakhouse & Bar

4.6
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Steakhouse
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, wine and live-fire cooking.

We ask that all guests follow the safety/sanitation guidelines that we have mapped out on our website. We also ask that you please respect your given reservation time slot, allowing you and others to follow social distancing guidelines. All two tops have a time slot of 1 hour and 30 mins and 2 hours for groups of 3-6 guests.

Patio reservations are weather permitting.

We've installed a state-of-the-art air filtration system in our dining room. This new technology offers five stages of air treatment for outstanding cleaning and sterilization of the air in the restaurant.

Thank you for your understanding.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 878 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Che was AMAZING. One of the best steakhouses we have ever been to in Chicago. The meat was cooked to perfection and slid off the bone. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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staceyr
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there celebrating a birthday! Everything was perfect! Can't wait to go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wedge salad was awesome. The rib eye mouth watering. I would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

A minimal and disappointing menu. Server was great, very gracious and understanding when we decided not to stay. Headed over to GT Prime and had a wonderful dinner there.

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vipKirstie
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The wedge salad is the best I've had (that I can remember specifically of course!). Really great ambiance. Perfect date spot.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ordered the HI Yeah drink, which was very delicious.

The shrimp (appetizer) were ok, would not recommend.

The chicken empanadas were pretty good. Especially with the chimichurri aioli sauce.

The Ribeye steak was amazing. It was tender and melted in your mouth.

Would recommend the restaurant just not the shrimps.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at El Che. The service was fantastic and we will definitely be coming back again! Definitely recommend the garlic frites and the meat platter!

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Andrew
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful location, ambience and service and always love El Che for a nice dinner in the West Loop.

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vipAndrewA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. We live in the neighborhood and should have direct deposit here!

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vipFrancescaD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! We got the Oysters, Bone Marrow, Chicken Empanadas, and then the Bone-In Ribeye. Everything we had was delicious and we will be coming back.

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KendraL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place knocked it out of the park on all fronts: ambiance, music, service, and most importantly the drinks and food! This was one of the best meals I've had in Chicago!

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vipChicagoCarl
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and cocktails. Argentinian & South American flavors. Delicious.

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ShannonR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for date night or dinner with friends. The food and drinks are fantastic and the staff is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire meal was FANTASTIC, service, food, atmosphere were all perfect

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Unfortunately this was the worst steak I have had in Chicago. Not seared, cold and a poor cut of meat. My wife's steak was also bad. I am not sure how they get such positive reviews, there was nothing special about this place and I left very disappointed. There are so many great steakhouses in Chicago, I would advise you to pick a different one.

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diningdiva88
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

If you're craving a reasonably authentic Argentine parillada, look no further. The El Che staff went out of their way to make our experience special, in spite of the pandemic. Can't wait to return and try other grilled specialties.

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TaylorM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience, we almost forgot that we were in the middle of a pandemic. The staff was extremely attentive, wearing masks, social distancing and cleaning surfaces constantly. The patio was beautifully set up for a relaxing outdoor dining experience and the food was just just as good as before the world exploded. Our steak was cooked to medium-rare perfection and don't even get me started on the chimichurri. Do not skip out on the veggies, every vegetable dish is just as good as the expertly butchered meats. The summer squash was expertly charred and just tasted like "summer". And the empanadas were a great starter and the crust was flaky and crisp on the outside and doughy on the inside. Thank you for making this such an perfect evening for us!

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MadelineU
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our food and server were really great. Personally had a really great experience.

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RestaurantReviewJD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible steak, unfortunately only the patio is open right now

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babymoose
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined on the patio. Despite the limited seats and pared down menu, food and service was still fantastic. Had a wonderful seasonal special and the empanadas are still the best in Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I have to be honest I don’t normally write reviews. Working in the industry I always thought of it as a counter active means of achieving the ultimate goal of voicing your opinion toward the services/product you’ve received from a restaurant. Meaning I’ve always felt that showing your disapproval or approval through tipping percentage, talking with the server, or speaking to a manager at a convenient time in regards to my experience have been my outlets. Whether or not the restaurant was good, bad,or average.
That said in this case I gave a 20% tip however never really had an opportunity to strike up any conversation as there were no table touches by management nor did the server really ever ask... How is everything.
The meal opened great with simple dishes. We did the empanadas (both types), the oysters, and the quail. All had hit the mark. However my date was never ask if she would like another cocktail for the entire duration of the meal. I mean there were 6 table with one server, one Buser, one food runner, one manager (I think), and a host, and no one asked if she would like another drink.
For the main coarse I had my heart set on the sampler (Parrillada) due to its diversity. The sweet breads, chorizo, blood sausage, and bone marrow were very well executed, I brought the left over sausage home and I cannot wait for tomorrow to make them for breakfast. The sweetbreads were some of the best stand alone versions I’ve ever had. They weren’t even fried!!! However the strip and the short rib seemed to have no love put into them at all. They were completely over cooked and when it comes to this style of short ribs, being chewy is to be expected. But there was no seasoning of char and the quality of meat seemed to be very average as well.
Also when did we start charging for refills of iced tea? Is that a thing now?

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vipDavidC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Sat out side nice street setting

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Jewelz
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food was cold, waitress only came to attend to us once. I say it’s a tourist trap. Don’t waste your money on this place. It’s super expensive to not get hot food

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EliF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The steak was awesome, the rest of what we order was so so.. I was very disappointed in their Chimi Churi.. Neither were very good.

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vipNadiaS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved their sampler! Best sweetbread I’ve ever had. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Love this place

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vipchgomomX2
Chicago
137 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really really liked this place!

The food was super good.....it is a steak house and there's only one fish option - a salmon dish which was very good - cooked perfect. The 'boys' got a huge meat platter and they both liked that. Both the red and white wines were very good. We will definitely return.......our server was very attentive and nice.

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vipZarik
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was very good but I had higher expectations.

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vipACP4
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Every menu item is incredible!

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Liam
Chicago
10 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
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend, delicious food and incredible service!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
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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vipAndrewA
Chicago
8 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
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 4.6 stars by 878 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.