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Erie Cafe

536 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654-5726 (Near North Side)
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Ranked #825 of 8,188 restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Near North Side
Cross street: N. Larrabee St.
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43 reviews from our community

74% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Seattle, Washington
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

One of the best steakhouses around. I have been to Gibsons, Ruth Chris, David Burkes and many more and although those are good options Erie Cafe is by far the best in Chicago!!! Their steaks are so flavorful and at such an amazing price. My wife and I always come here when we are in the mood for steak and... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

Needed a great steak while in Chicago, a town rife with good steakhouses. Based on some great reviews chose to try Erie Cafe for the first time. I am darn glad that I did. A better than average Malbec paired wonderfully with the juicy, but crusty, and perfectly cooked strip steak. The creamed spinach ordered on the side was some... More

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Old school Chicago. We felt like it was gangster days. Dark but just right. Very quite on the night we dined, but the service and the food was spectacular. The Prime rib covers a plate, and it was a very large plate. Perfectly prepared and our server was very attentive.

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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Excellent service and usual good food. Have been here before and had excellent food, this time steak and lamb not quite as good. It was well prepared but doing have quite the flavor as previous meals. Overall value still very good.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

When you walk in this looks like a place the locals visit. It's location is sort of tucked away and perhaps not a lot of tourists find it. The location is right on the river and in a district that looks like warehouses. It was about a 15 minute walk from the merchandise mart and easy to get to... The... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

If you like a REAL steakhouse this is it. Same location for more than 18 years. Many celebs and local & federal politicians. Great atmosphere same for Bartender and waiters that have been there since it opened. This is truly the real deal with Great Food and generous pours at the bar.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

The Erie Cafe is home to one of the most pleasant outdoor dining experiences anywhere. Overlooking the Chicago River, the large outdoor space is a treat. Combine this with The Cafe's famous steaks and other classic large Chicago dishes and you have the best of both worlds.

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Wheeling, IL
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We had the occasion to eat at this restaurant on 0/16/13. The restaurant is right by the Chicago river. They had doors open, the outside temperature was about 64 degrees. We ordered the small strip steaks, the food was good, but nothing spectacular for the hefty price of $42 for 12 ounce steaks. We were constantly shooing away flies that... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I have long been a devotee of this restaurant. The food is absolutely exactly what I crave, no matter the dish. The servers are long experienced fellows who aim to please and they contribute to the ambience of the place. Though one would think that this place appeals mainly to men, the women in our party were all satisfied. Don't... More

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New York City, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

This is a very nice quaint restaurant that is tucked away at the edge of downtown Chicago at the end of a cul de sac. Service was good and food is very tasty. I believe this is listed as a steakhouse. The steaks are not listed by their age like many steak houses, but they have very nice cuts and... More

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