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Erie Cafe

#921 of 7,851 Restaurants in Chicago
#1,015 of 8,616 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.)
312-266-2300
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice restaurant for family and great outside patio cafe

Kids really enjoyed the pasta dish. Nice patio by the river. Great place to eat after exhausting your kids in the park across the street.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2015
DrZeus72
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Detroit
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  • Large groups
  • Doing business
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The restaurant is adjacent to the Chicago River. The food was just OK but rather on the expensive side. for example, a fillet of local white fish is $38. On a Sunday night when many other popular restaurants were busy, this one was virtually empty

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Libertyville, Illinois
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77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

there of us for dinner last night. the grilled calamari is the best ever. do not miss it. the steaks were excellent as were the lamb chops. service very good. price reasonable for an old chicago style steak house.

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Madrid, Spain
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I was today in the terrace having drinks and appetizers with a friend- food was nice but the service was absolutely UNPOLITE! When we were about to finish the waiters were rushing us to finish and pay! The waiter in charge literally told us "ladies, please, we have other customers waiting for a table"! Yes, as you read it, we... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

What makes it remind me of those beloved restaurants of my youth…excellent food and even better service. We were a party of eight at prime time last Saturday evening and first time dining here for all. The Cafe occupies the last building on Erie Street where it meets the north branch of the Chicago River and across the street from... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I was excited about trying Erie Cafe after reading the reviews. My experience was disappointing. Our server was not friendly, he never mentioned his name and got several of our salad orders wrong. We also had to remind him several times to get our drink orders. There were nine of us and most of us had the lamb chop special... More 

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Chicago
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Can eat inside or outside on terrace by river. Cannot speak to inside setting. Somewhat dark. Terrace by river, shaded by trees, and close to A Montgomery Park, is delightful. Barges, tour boats, and pleasure craft stream by. Set of steps lead directly from restaurant terrace down to the riverwalk along the north fork. Is on a quiet street without... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This place is the best in the city of Chicago. I have been to Gibson's, David Burkes, Gene and Georgette's, and Ruth Chris but Erie Café is the best!!! I can not stop saying good things about this place and recommend it to anyone who comes to Chicago. Great service and fantastic food. The steaks are so juicy and so... More 

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Detroit
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Kids really enjoyed the pasta dish. Nice patio by the river. Great place to eat after exhausting your kids in the park across the street.

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Budapest, Hungary
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We wanted to try local steak houses in Chicago and found this place on the internet. The steaks are hilariously HUGE, you need to take time (and dedication) to eat it all. For a European stomach I think it is even too big portion. The desserts were okay, I believe local people going there for the steak and friendly stuff.... More 

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Richland, Michigan
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is the only place we go to on a regular basis. There are so many great places to eat in Chicago that we like to go to different places but the Erie is #1 on our hit parade and we will continue to go there once every trip.

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?