El Che Steakhouse & Bar

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694 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Specials

$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 5:00PM - 5:45PM 7:45PM - 8:45PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.6

El Che Bar is a cool and trendy Argentinian restaurant in the West Loop.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 694 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very friendly, parking was available, food was delicious. We arrived a little early for our reservations so we were encouraged to have a seat at the bar while we waited. The bartender was super knowledgeable and helpful on selection of drinks. The hostess came and got us when our seat was ready. It was a perfect night until we were seated. The neighboring table was just a slight too close for comfort. Other than that, everything from the lighting, to the sound and level of music was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love loved it! Amazing food. Beautiful wine.

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p
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely space. Great service. Amazing filet and arugula salad!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience @ El Che!
Great food! The staff is attentive and genuinely invested in your experience and they really seem like they’re enjoying it!

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MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sampled numerous items on menu. Empanadas, grilled oysters, grilled shrimp, steak with chimichuri, eggplant romenesco. All fabulous.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Meal!

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MT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great find of a restaurant. Our meat was perfect! Sides were perfect too. Will go back again!

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CB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Steak was undercooked but they resolved issue right away and comped a desert.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Food is always solid and continues to be the best sleeper restaurant in the hood

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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was mediocre. Service was painfully slow and inattentive.

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FB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, even better food – creative and delicious. Staff was also very friendly and service oriented.

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AG
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak house in Chicago, unbelievable value, a real hidden gem.

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AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and good service however the happy hour only at the bar is very misleading. Happy hour should be available at tables too.

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D
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and even more amazing food. Highly recommend!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, phenomenal food

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Nice ambiance and not very loud where you could carry on a conversation without having to shout. Service was pretty slow, where the table next to us that was seated after us was getting their food before us. The food was tasty, and perfect portion size for sharing which allowed us to try different things. Overall the oysters were our favorite.

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Amazing service!

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Z
New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Che is good for all categories -everyday dining, a date or a special occasion. The food is unique and delicious! Both meat and fish are done perfectly and the salads and starters are remarkably good!! It is of interest to view the roaring indoor grill area! The entire restaurant from appetizers to yummy food and decor shouldn’t be missed in Chicago!

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Z
New England
22 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Che is good for any occasion! Fantastic -food

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CF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful experience! The empanadas and steaks are not to be missed!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The staff is very accommodating to vegans!

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DW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're huge fans of John Manion's food and El Che Bar did not disappoint. Great steaks. Vegetable dishes that were absolutely killer. Plus a really great atmosphere.

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MC
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

It's very far from an argentine food, the barbecue was not good at all and the empanadas with cheese over never in Argentina are this way. Very expensive, and the beef was not good.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and experience

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JL
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire staff here is incredible from the Chef on down. Exceptional service, outstanding food, the epitome of hospitality and ambiance in the West Loop.

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R
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and good service. Not too loud so we were able to hold a conversation at a normal level.

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SJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Drinks are outstanding! Food was good, just not great.

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AE
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Super creative and we loved everything!

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HT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Che Steakhouse and Bar has a wonderful food and beverage program. This is a cutting-edge restaurant!

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IG
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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S
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought out of town guest here who were unaccustomed to this level of food. They ended up being pretty demanding of the weight staff despite dishes that were cooked perfectly. I felt super bad the whole time but the wait staff never made us feel anything other than welcome. I regret to say that we were a horror of a table that evening, but this really provides an opportunity for the service to shine. My wife and I LOVED the food and everything else. I would 100% go back again and recommend anyone check it out.

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n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very chic modern Argentinian food. Delicious and cleanly prepared. It certainly isn't a rustic gaucho, simple empanada y carne place but the food is tremendous, as if a classic Buenos Aires kitchen had contemporary American style and effective capitalism behind it.

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OT
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We wanted to try El Che for some time. We enjoyed a wonderful Malbec blend for wine. Then, we tried the beef empanadas, the arugula salad, El Che steak and filet. Everything was delicious and we will certainly be back!

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LD
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and so was our service! We will be back!

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

Holy sh*t. One of the best steaks I’ve ever had.

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TV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Wine by the glass is expensive especially with lackluster pours! Food was okay but also very small amounts for the price! Our waitress came by and actually asked if we were going to order more food! This was after we ordered a glass of wine and an appetizer and had only been seated about 20 minutes. I think they're taking advantage of being in the West Loop where it presumed that everyone just bought a $1 million condo. Won't be returning.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Che combines good food and fun. Unique open flame cooking visible thru out a comfortable dining area. Energetic and pleasant wait staff.

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

Food and service was excellent!

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LL
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, incredibly reasonable happy hour and the paradilla was heavenly.

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r
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The steak was cold For the price does not come with nothing I left there more hungry

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