Erie Cafe

4.7
774 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday
Lunch: 11am-3:00pm; Dinner: 3pm-12am
Tuesday
Lunch: 11am-3:00pm; Dinner: 3pm-12am
Wednesday
Lunch: 11am-3:00pm; Dinner: 3pm-12am
Thursday
Lunch: 11am-3:00pm; Dinner: 3pm-12am
Friday
Lunch: 11am-3:00pm; Dinner: 3pm-12am
Saturday
Lunch: 11am-3:00pm; Dinner: 3pm-12am
Sunday
3pm-11pm (Winter Hours)
Please call for summer hours
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Phone number
(312) 266-2300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
N. Larrabee St.
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Parking details
We offer complimentary valet parking. Self-parking is available on Erie Street & Larrabee Street.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 774 People Are Saying
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BB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Erie Café. Authentic Italian steakhouse with great food and exceptional service... always.

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f
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always on point. Its my go to steakhouse in Chicago

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C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our large group was treated like family. Food was solid and atmosphere conducive to a great night. All 14 in our party felt it was a great venue. A great time was had by all.

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NB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was slow even thought there was a lot of waitstaff present. Food was just OK

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SU
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Erie Cafe is what you expect in a Chicago Steak House: great steaks, high prices, and typical service. But Erie does it in a old world atmosphere. Steak is a tough game right now but Erie seems to be keeping pace.

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WC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FOUND ON APP HAD NEVER HEARD OF ERIE CAFE AND WAS PLEASANTLY SUPRISED. SERVICE WAS GREAT FOOD WAS EXCELLENT AND GREAT ATMOSPHERE. I WILL GO BACK AND WOULD RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE.

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TE
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service with an old world charm and pride that is rare these days. I highly recommend it.

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AP
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As great as I remember it to be 5 years ago! Classic, delicious and gracious waiter made the experience the reason to return every time I am in Chicago

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Incredible food. It’s only 2 blocks from my condo so the location couldn’t be better. The service was not the best. But I’m giving it a pass as it was the last reservation of the night. Im sure everyone was wiped out. The food, albeit excellent, took a long time to come out. But like i said, I’ll give it another chance.

Highly recommend.

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M
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from Jon. Great wait staff. Loved the soup.

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JK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We'd been looking forward to trying Erie cafe since we live in the neighborhood and wanted a regular place. Our server was dour and seemed almost angry. We could've possibly looked past this had the food not been so bad. The filets were burnt and our wives both had pasta and they both got sick. Very disappointing.

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FF
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It is my favorite.
We try to
eat there every two weeks.
Lamb chops, cottage fries, peas/onions.

We also entertain there very often.

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MI
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great....been going here for 20+ years !!!!

How about a table for 4 on October 30 at noon ???????

Mike Farney
Candor Electric

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SJ
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Our table wasn’t ready and we waited by the door for over 20-30 minutes.
The service also seemed rushed at the beginning but got better towards the end.

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JA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Food was fantastic and the service was incredible. Can’t wait to go back.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and the place was also. It’s a nice looking place. Now but what took this place over the top for us was the service! I have never in my life had or seen such great service. Everyone was quick, on target with everything. We were amazed to see the staff at work from brining food out, to clearing tables to waiting on people. And the nicest staff. Man I wish we had places like this in NJ. Not to say we don’t have nice restaurants but again..in terms of service, this place takes the cake! Kudos!!’

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J
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service ever! Thank you for such an excellent night.

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T
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John was our server. Very professional and attentive.

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OT
Chicago
234 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for lunch!

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S
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always reliable food and service. Great Italian selection. Wait staff is great.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Erie Cafe has been our go to restaurant for over 20 years. We take all of our out of town guests to this Chicago gem!

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K
Mississippi
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Hefty portions. Waiters very friendly & entertaining. Table space is not squeezed in. The host Russ great guy. He goes to every table personally makes sure everything is perfect !

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B
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food great service and a fantastic bar. A must go when in Chicago. Come hungry.

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ML
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous steaks and terrific service
Pick Erie Cafe over Chicago’s popular chains or steak houses
You won’t be disappointed

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MR
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

detailed service; outstanding steaks; great wine list at reasonble prices

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JL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Erie Cafe is our go to restaurant when we want to splurge. The food and service are always fabulous.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant. Not full of tourists. One of the best chop house restaurants in Chicago. Right on the river and you can eat riverside or in their beautiful dining room. Get the bone in ribeye. It's great! Our favorite restaurant in the city.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

3rd visit to Erie and the only time it has less than exceeded my expectations. my steak had a nasty char taste and not as flavorful as it had been in the past.

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D
Chicago
213 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was business as usual on Friday....great service, great food....thanks.

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RE
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food in the tradition of the Italian-American Chicago steakhouse. outdoor seating available weather permitting, but too hot the night we were there.

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u
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is excellent and prepared as ordered. However, our Waiter left much to be desired.

We let our waiter know up front that we had an appointment so we ordered apps and entree's at the same time.

My dining partner ordered Lasagna and Toasted Ravioli. I ordered a side salad; the Veal chop and a side of Broccoli. The waiter returned and said the Lasagna was not ready yet so my partner ordered the Chicken Cacciatori instead.

Ravioli and Salad come out and are delicious. The waiter then returns with two salads. When I say had I known there was salad included I would not have ordered a salad for an App, to which he just looked at me and shrugged his shoulders.

Then we wait 30 minutes. When the waiter breezes by to fill water glasses I ask about the food and he says we ordered the Cacciatori and that takes a while. I said I mentioned we had an appointment to which he looks at me and shrugs.

When the entrees come out there is Broccoli on the plate with the Chop and a side of Broccoli. I looked at him, and he just shrugged.

So, is he always this absent minded or was he just padding the check?

This wont keep me from returning, because the food is really outstanding. But next time I will make sure to ask what comes with.

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JT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. It's a Chicago must to go Steak restaurant.

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i
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice to sit outside by river.

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M
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

We've tried 4 entrees here (walleye, ribeye, pork chop, and spaghetti) and all were very mediocre. Not worth the money at all. The service is very good, though.

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D
Chicago
213 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to go to The Erie Cafe....the patio is delightful in the summer and the staff are always accommodating.

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RC
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific venue for a friends or family get together. Great food, wine list could be better, but terrific service makes this a venue worth visiting.

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PP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were wonderful. Will return for sure

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TD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service atmosphere is cool old school waiters are very good and happy to see you. Food is top notch

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RC
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The waitstaff and manager are abrupt in a male tough guy way. zero friendliness. Prices are very high. Quality of food is good although nothing exceptional. Nice outdoor space. Indoors it was as cold as a refrigerator with Ac. Too expensive for what it is.

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F
Chicago
294 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food; huge portions, free parking. Can’t go
wrong

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