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Erie Cafe

536 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654-5726 (Near North Side)
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Ranked #704 of 8,290 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $31 - $40
Neighborhood: Near North Side
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Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: N. Larrabee St.
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Miami, Florida
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111 reviews 111 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

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
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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Orlando, Florida, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Joined some business associates for dinner. Top notch. Great service and even better food. Would definitely recommend.

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Blue Ridge, Georgia
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I was invited here to attend a vendor dinner during Graph Expo (printing trade show) this week. I was initially impressed with the look and feel of this place. We were in a private back room which was huge, and reminded many of us of a Wisconsin Supper Club. Lots of interesting memorabilia on the walls including much in the... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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70 reviews 70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

As another reviewer suggested, Erie Cafe may be mainly a steak place - however it is definitely also a liver place (best ever). Sitting in their outdoor dining space is a joy. Also great for lunch

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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68 reviews 68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I found Erie Cafe strictly by accident one year ago while visiting Chicago. I finally made it back to dine there and I was not disappointed. I was immediately seated, handed a menu and chose chicken parmigiana, spaghetti and a house salad, along with a glass of Estancia Cabernet. I don't get too excited when it comes to chicken parm,... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The ambience is lovely. The service was great as was the wine (at very reasonable price points). My husband's steak was great, the stuffed clams were delicious. Sadly my veal marsala and side of pasta with marinara was lacking in taste. Stick with the steak choices and you will have a great meal.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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58 reviews 58 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is one of those places that residents of the inner city "know about" and frequent. It is a people place with good food and vibration. Very good Italian food, steaks, veal, fish and more. Their waiters are long time employees and know their usual patrons. In the summer they have a very pretty out door space along the river... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The food was good but it was overshadowed by the horrible service. The servers were extremely rude and only came by every half hour. There is plenty of good food elsewhere in Chicago so I will never be going back to Erie Cafe.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We had dinner here on a couple of occasions, the food just excellent, have to be the best steaks in town. Served by friendly and efficient staff, we look forward to our next visit.

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