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Erie Cafe

#584 of 7,760 Restaurants in Chicago
#633 of 8,516 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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Great night

Really enjoyed our evening at EC- service was outstanding, steaks cooked perfectly, they allow us to bring in our own wines...the calamari app is about the best calamari ever!

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 23, 2014
James C
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Palatine, Illinois
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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65 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Richland, Michigan
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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austin mn
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The ambiance of the restaurant Is fantastic, with many pictures of the family with local celebrities, and the history provided by any of the staff that alone would make this a wonderful place. Let's not forget this is a restaurant, and the food is fantastic ! We had the streak which was melt in your mouth perfect! If you are... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I have no words to explain how badly I wanted to like this place. I had heard pretty good things about this places "old world charm". Little did I know old world charm meant old world treatment. I made a reservation for 8:00 and after standing behind a few other couples I made it to the receptionist stand at about... More 

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Libertyville, Illinois
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73 reviews 73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

fabulous food and service. i went here with three friends before a bulls game. the grilled calamari is the absolute best i have ever eaten. the sauce is fantastic. the menu is typical chicago steak house menu. the strip steaks were grilled to perfection, very tender and tasty. cottage fries were good. the onion rings were perfect. this place is... More 

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New Castle, Pennsylvania
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160 reviews 160 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The menu here is varied with Italian selection as well as steaks and seafood. The calamari is not breaded, so beware if you are a traditionalist. The restaurant puts you in mind of a true Italian eatery and the servers all seem to be Italian. The cheese ravioli with vodka cream sauce is great. Portions are large so beware. Prices... More 

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Boca Raton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We dined at the Erie Cafe the other night. The location made it very convenient. The food was excellent: fresh and tasty. I really like the ambience of this restaurant.

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Kentucky
Top Contributor
151 reviews 151 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I had reservations about eating here but went along with the crowd. Well, it was most excellent--the filet special was perfectly cooked and the sides were to die for. Add in the Bordeaux Marjolaine wine--top notch--and don't leave the place without one bit of cheese cake. I would eat here again anytime. One of the best business dinners I've had... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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50 reviews 50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Really enjoyed our evening at EC- service was outstanding, steaks cooked perfectly, they allow us to bring in our own wines...the calamari app is about the best calamari ever!

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Miami, Florida
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203 reviews 203 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We attend the National Restaurant Show every year in Chicago and its always a game to find a better steakhouse. While this might not be the best or most expensive steakhouse in Chicago... its our favorite. Its off the beaten path and is full of locals who live near by. They have a nice big Bar with "Chicago Friendly" Bartenders.... More 

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Park Ridge, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The Erie Cafe is a good traditional Chicago steakhouse. The menu has enough variety that nearly anyone can find something to like. They specialize in steaks and chops, but the seafood is also good, try the linguini with white clam sauce. Above average service and a good atmosphere.

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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: Doing business, Large groups, Entertaining clients
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?