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Erie Cafe

4.5
4.5
973 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Located along the North Branch of the Chicago River on Erie Street, The Erie Café serves prime aged steaks, chops and house specialties in a classic club-like atmosphere. The well appointed dining room blends a cedar ceiling and exposed brick walls with wood paneling. The Erie Café is the perfect setting for casually elegant dining, and seats 380 guests.

Entertain family, friends or business associates in our private dining rooms, which can accommodate groups of 20, up to 200 people. Custom menu selections can be created to suit any occasion. The grand banquet room features a fully complimented bar, wood dance floor, and wood-burning fireplace.

Our gorgeous outdoor dining patio offers views of the Chicago River and southern skyline. This outdoor dining is open for lunch and dinner from March 1st through the end of November, weather permitting.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Italian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 266-2300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    The Erie Cafe offers two separate private dining spaces. The Upstairs private dining room has a seated capacity of 30 guests and the Banquet Room has a seated capacity of 150 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Chicago

  • Cross street

    N. Larrabee St.

  • Parking details

    We offer complimentary valet parking. Self-parking is available on Erie Street & Larrabee Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 973 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Erie Cafe was amazing and delicious experience. I have celiac disease and extremely accommodating and cautious. I will definitely go back!!! FYI I had prime rib available weekends only, the portion size was humongous and extremely tender, perfectly cooked!!!
  2. JL

    JeanL

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    I was a little taken aback at how crowded the restaurant was, considering Covid limitations are still in place .
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Valentines Day dinner
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere and the best Prime Rib I’ve ever had!
  5. J

    Jason

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time going. Truly a hidden gem in Chicago’s River West neighborhood. Great food, service and price. Cozy atmosphere with a homey feel. Complimentary valet too!
  6. H

    Hillymd

    Chicago

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal. Good distancing, too.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant
  8. KT

    KatieT

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great experience and would 10/10 recommend the Erie Cafe! The food was and drinks were great and restaurant followed COVID protocol really well. Best part of dining here was the outstanding service. Wait staff was super friendly and made sure we were well taken care of.
  9. M

    Murph

    Chicago

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The food was good, the atmosphere was ok. The service was outstanding
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, really enjoyed it.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very well accustomed Tasty food Well mannered staff
  12. Y

    Yummy

    Chicago

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service, great location. Outside dining is the best! Always happy to return.
  13. N

    Nico

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Me and my friend ended up getting the veal, it wasn’t that great of quality. Would never order again.
  14. v

    vrypickydiner

    Detroit

    18 reviews

    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Arrived on time, for a reservation for my daughter's birthday. The host did not ask my name for the reservation and took us directly to a back room. In my reservation I had asked for a booth and indicated it was a celebration for my daughter's birthday. We were taken to the back room, to a table where there was one other big party. A serving asst brought us water and 4 butters in a dish. Then no one approached our table for over 15 minutes. We saw another table of 2 get seated, have a waiter come over and get their drinks & bring bread. We watched the larger party get a waiter and get drinks and bread. We finally asked a serving asst if someone was going to wait on us. He wasn't sure who to get. Finally, after about 25 minutes, a waiter came over, who seemed annoyed. He dropped 3 menus on the table, no apology, nothing, and said he would be back. We decided to leave. I walked out ahead of my mother and daughter so that I could pull the car up. There was no host up front to speak with. My mother & daughter walked out after I did and no one even acknowledged them. Unacceptable.
  15. JA

    JosephA

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were excellent. We sat outside on the patio and when it started raining, our server brought an umbrella and heater over - it was perfect. Hadn’t been to Erie Cafe in a while and will go back soon.
  16. DR

    DanielR

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    I love going to Erie Cafe for Prime Rib. I specifically put in the notes of my reservation to hold at least one of order of Prime Rib. The server told us they don't read the notes and to call next time. Why put a notes portion on your reservation if they are going to be ignored? We arrived on time for our 7:30 reservation and were told they were already out of Prime Rib. This is not the first time this has happened and it's extremely disappointing. Next time, I will walk out and spend my $500 elsewhere.
  17. KL

    KeshiaL

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was celebrating my 42nd birthday. Everything about the experience was amazing! The wait staff was very attentive and professional!
  18. L

    Libby

    Chicago

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Calves liver was very tasty but bacon was way over cooked. Dry and hard to chew. Woud never order it again.
  19. GU

    GUILLERMO

    Chicago

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff and in particular our server Jose were fantastic. Truly a gem of a restaurant. We will definitely be coming back
  20. SG

    SarahG

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful dining experience. Traditional Italian/steakhouse with a excellent bar area for before and after dinner.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was great. Highly recommended.
  22. OP

    OPFoodie

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife recently had serious surgery, so much so that the has been on a feeding tube for 5 months. She was recently given permission to start eating again and this merited a serious celebration. I immediately choose the Erie Cafe in light of the many good meals we have enjoyed there over the years. Covid has suppressed the crowds temporarily, but the food and service is still outstanding.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and a lot of food!
  24. r

    robertg

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual we enjoyed the meal very much
  25. BF

    BurtF

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Comfortable atmosphere. The Linguine w/ clams in white wine wasn't that good - it was soggy for some reason. Attentive service.
  26. GG

    GnGthebest

    Chicago

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Erie Cafe is always a great place to entertain
  27. s

    svdeh

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service ,food ,ambiance were super..we started outside,was too windy and moved inside with no disruption of service..
  28. DC

    DrewChicago

    Chicago

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great to sit on their patio and enjoy grilled calamari and chicken Parma. Love this place.
  29. JB

    JustineB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A classic Chicago staple and one of my favorites! Martin is the best!
  30. a

    alejandrog

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff service and the Bacon was amazing
  31. DN

    DeniseN

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience all the way around!!
  32. JS

    JohnS

    Chicago

    224 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    224 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate outside at sundown and it was lovely. Generous portions
  33. R

    Redhead

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite neighborhood place feels like home. Great service and consistently reliable food. The outdoor patio is a perfect Eden, over the River, COVID compliant, and totally relaxing. Have been here dozens and dozens of times.
  34. N

    Nomnomnom

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good neighborhood spot.
  35. DK

    DanielK

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    As long time fans of Erie Cafe, we were disappointed with this outing. We were celebrating an anniversary and made a reservation. We waited at the front for five minutes where no host was present. Finally, we asked a waiter to seat us. He was in a bad mood. The food was okay, not as good as usual. No note of our anniversary was made. Maybe it was an off night, but we won't be back soon.
  36. F

    Friday

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food - a neighborhood gem. Good outdoor seating options. Friendly staff and the food is excellent.
  37. m

    matty

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always love Erie! Outdoor patios is one of the best in the city!
  38. E

    Eagle

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    An extraordinarily pleasant outdoor dining experience.
  39. M

    Momo

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Husbands 65th birthday! Food was great and being outside on a beautiful day was perfect. I had veal limone and it was tender and not overly sour. My husband had veal parm and loved it. Their potatoes are amazing. We’ve been going for over 15 years! Never a disappointment. Our server was great!
  40. RP

    RachelleP

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK! Amazing food with so much flavor! Service was great, we had Joselito and he was very attentive. He made good suggestions-which were greatly appreciated. Felt safe and distanced from other parties/tables. I would highly recommend the grilled calamari-the sauce is decadent! They don’t skimp out on the seafood in the frutti di mare either.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from Erie Cafe using the Order Online button. Erie Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 266-2300.

Erie Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 973 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    N. Larrabee St.

  • Neighborhood

    Chicago

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Italian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We offer complimentary valet parking. Self-parking is available on Erie Street & Larrabee Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 266-2300

  • Private party facilities

    The Erie Cafe offers two separate private dining spaces. The Upstairs private dining room has a seated capacity of 30 guests and the Banquet Room has a seated capacity of 150 guests.

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