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Erie Cafe

Near North Side
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536 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654-5726 (N. Larrabee St.)
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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67 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't believe I've never been here. And I can't believe anyone who liked Gene & Georgetti wouldn't like Erie Cafe better. The salad and cottage fries are similar, but better. The service and atmosphere are better. And the 22 oz. bone in prime rib was tender as butter. (Wish I'd taken a picture.)The location is a bit off the... More 

Thank ChiMagMile
Boca Raton, Florida
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We met friends who live in Chicago for dinner, and they suggested we go to Erie Cafe. What a terrific choice. We started with the grilled calamari, which we all agreed was was delicious. We then had the house salad, which was included with dinner (as was a plate of cottage fries), and followed with our entrees. Both ladies ordered... More 

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Great food and generous portions. My steak was perfect and my friends got the Chicken Parmesan and it looked very good and my friends agreed. The grilled asparagus was perfect and calamari was delicious.

Thank Tidex16
Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

Its fine that this place does not care about its appearance. Great that it wants to be seen as old school italian steak house...a mimic of Gene and Georgetti's. Its unpretentious unlike Hugos/Gibsons for example. But for gosh sakes, the food should be excellent as well as the service. I would give this place a -star if I could on... More 

Thank missydr
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

I have been here a few times and has been delicious every time. My favorite items are the grilled calamari (that sauce), bone in ribeye (that char) and the Chilean sea bass. Today I had the Chilean sea bass special. A wonderful piccata sauce came with it. Best I have ever had. I sat on the patio today. Nice area.... More 

Thank Jessicamedrano214
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

The place has a nice terrace by the Chicago river that is pretty sweet in the summertime. The interior is like many a steakhouse- dark, brass trimmings at the bar and on the dividers, dark leather- so no big differentiation. I had a bone-in strip loin steak, medium rare. Quite good and juicy. Humongous size. Steaks come with a side... More 

Thank Eduardo P
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

We sat on the patio area across the street, overlooking the river. It was a fresh summer day, so it was perfect for the patio. I had the Homemade Ravioli with meat sauce, which was delicious.

Thank Evaristo-Lopez
Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Where the players play. Great Italian (though eat protein here) restaurant in the best part (quiet) of River North. Anyone who lives in our great nook knows Erie Cafe and knows what to order. Grilled Calamari Minestrone Toasted Ravioli Great White Fish Amazing Pork Chop Chicken and Peppers all white meat Chicken Vesuvio all white meat chicken breasts Veal Parm... More 

Thank harfster
Bath, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Just every now and again, it's nice to eat in a restaurant that doesn't really care about a its appearance and focuses more on an overall enjoyable experience. The waiter was great, if you asked for something that he didn't think was right, he wouldn't serve it, he even had a shot at the table, not with us, just by... More 

Thank ICOmnia
Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

They offer one of the better outdoor dining venues in the city. The Grilled Calamari is the best you'll ever have and the Veal Chop is the best in the city. And if you have a well behaved dog they will allow you to bring your dog, but remember, well behaved.

Thank roccleu

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
Italian, American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, 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
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

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