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Erie Cafe

#621 of 7,875 Restaurants in Chicago
#727 of 8,779 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Near North Side
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536 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654-5726 (N. Larrabee St.)
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
Consistant good food.

Service is very professional at Erie Café. The drinks and the food are great. I love the squid but there are many other great dishes too. A good place for a good Friday evening with friends.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Evanston, IL
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Evanston, IL
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107 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Service is very professional at Erie Café. The drinks and the food are great. I love the squid but there are many other great dishes too. A good place for a good Friday evening with friends.

Thank Farenzy
Lebanon, New Jersey
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1,092 reviews
937 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 361 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Overall Rating: Excellent This restaurant is described as a “local” Chicago steakhouse that also has seafood and Italian entrees. Our group had the private room upstairs, including our own bar. The servers were excellent, and so was the food. We shared many of the starters, and the standout was the grilled calamari. Even though it was a steak place I... More 

Thank Morgan2010
Chicago, Illinois
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was there for a company holiday party. This is at least the sixth year in a row their holiday dinner is held here. It is quite bad. The set up for appetizers is embarrassing. Old linen and is left down in a side table like a cheap cafeteria. The food is honestly disappointed. I get is a company dinner... More 

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38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Prime Rib was excellent. I mistakenly ordered the large cut and the portion was huge. This is an old time restaurant that is very traditional in every way. Portions are very large irrespective of what you order and sides are better split. Not cheap but portions are huge.

Thank Tom T
Chicago, Illinois
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71 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were taken there by regulars and had no problem getting seated at a very large comfortable booth. While they are known as a steakhouse , the whitefish was excellent and big enough to share with my wife. Individual salads were great as well as the signature cottage fried potatoes. I also was appreciative of their having changed the serving... More 

Thank Raphael L
Valparaiso, Indiana
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

When we come into the city, I usually want to go here to eat lunch. We sit in a comfortable semicircular booth, have a bottle of wine and enjoy some good food and have fun people watching. Love it!! Their gnocchi is to die for, soft pillows that melt in your month! The waiters are part of the ambiance...good service... More 

Thank Marylou G
Palatine, Illinois
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79 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Christmas dinner last night with the boys- very good as usual. Calamari app was excellent. Steak done just as I like it. Service was great. They have a good corkage policy so can bring some wines from my cellar here. Well done.

Thank James C
Eastpointe, Michigan
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

We went to the Erie Café for a Sunday night dinner on the recommendation of our hotel concierge. Expecting an old-style Chicago Steakhouse/Italian restaurant, we were not disappointed at all. We had hoped to sit outside on the riverside patio, but it was unavailable due to a large party. But inside seating was terrific. The old world charm and ambiance... More 

Thank Mad_Duck24
Chicago, Illinois
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99 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

muy coworkers and I went for lunch rather spontaneously. This is an Italian steakhouse. Although we all ended up ordering pasta dishes instead (gnocchi, linguine with mussels, ravioli in a vodka sauce). We thought we would return for dinner and take advantage of the steaks and beverages I believe there is outdoor seating available as one of the coworkers would... More 

Thank 53Ruta_R
Dublin, Ireland
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92 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

After arriving in Chicago our friend who is a resident invited us to a meal in the Erie Restaurant. It was a busy restaurant and the service proved to be very good. The menu was extensive and catered for all tastes. The selection of steaks that were produced at the beginning were bigger than Europeans are used to. Two of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 536 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654-5726
    (N. Larrabee St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighborhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: 312-266-2300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?