El Che Steakhouse & Bar

4.6
667 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Steakhouse
El Che Steakhouse & Bar, Chicago's Argentine-influenced resto-bar, is Executive Chef/Partner John Manion’s homage to the steak-heavy traditions of Argentina's Asador. Located just beyond the West Loop’s famed “restaurant row”, El Che opened in 2016 and has quickly built a reputation as Chicago's go-to destination for beef, wine, and live-fire cooking. A 12 ft. custom-built grill ignites a range of South American-tinged meats, seasonal vegetables, seafood and novel barrio-inflected bites to perfection. Chef Manion’s passion for Latin flavors imbues the spirited dishes and dramatic setting of the swanky 100-seat restaurant. Guests can feel the intensity of the open flame when dining at the chef’s counter for a 10-course meal. El Che has earned a coveted three-star rating from the Chicago Tribune and was named in the “Top 50 Chicago Restaurants” by Chicago Tribune’s dining critic, Phil Vettel in February 2017.

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

See availability for bonus point tables

Sun 5:00PM - 5:45PM 7:45PM - 8:45PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.6

El Che Bar is a cool and trendy Argentinian restaurant in the West Loop.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 667 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
SJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Drinks are outstanding! Food was good, just not great.

Report
Helpful
HT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Che Steakhouse and Bar has a wonderful food and beverage program. This is a cutting-edge restaurant!

Report
Helpful
IG
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

Report
Helpful
S
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought out of town guest here who were unaccustomed to this level of food. They ended up being pretty demanding of the weight staff despite dishes that were cooked perfectly. I felt super bad the whole time but the wait staff never made us feel anything other than welcome. I regret to say that we were a horror of a table that evening, but this really provides an opportunity for the service to shine. My wife and I LOVED the food and everything else. I would 100% go back again and recommend anyone check it out.

Report
Helpful
n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very chic modern Argentinian food. Delicious and cleanly prepared. It certainly isn't a rustic gaucho, simple empanada y carne place but the food is tremendous, as if a classic Buenos Aires kitchen had contemporary American style and effective capitalism behind it.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We wanted to try El Che for some time. We enjoyed a wonderful Malbec blend for wine. Then, we tried the beef empanadas, the arugula salad, El Che steak and filet. Everything was delicious and we will certainly be back!

Report
Helpful
LD
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and so was our service! We will be back!

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Holy sh*t. One of the best steaks I’ve ever had.

Report
Helpful
TV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Wine by the glass is expensive especially with lackluster pours! Food was okay but also very small amounts for the price! Our waitress came by and actually asked if we were going to order more food! This was after we ordered a glass of wine and an appetizer and had only been seated about 20 minutes. I think they're taking advantage of being in the West Loop where it presumed that everyone just bought a $1 million condo. Won't be returning.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Che combines good food and fun. Unique open flame cooking visible thru out a comfortable dining area. Energetic and pleasant wait staff.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent!

Report
Helpful
LL
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, incredibly reasonable happy hour and the paradilla was heavenly.

Report
Helpful
r
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The steak was cold For the price does not come with nothing I left there more hungry

Report
Helpful
c
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Well proportioned food and exceptional service.

Report
Helpful
MH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Started with the empanadas which were great -- the beef being the standout. The jus served with the filet would be amazing on just about anything. Also, drinking half off wine is a great way to spend a Monday in a really beautiful atmosphere. Service could have been better.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were warmly received and served a very delicious meal, will definitely go back.

Report
Helpful
JP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Che was such a special experience. The staff made sure our anniversary celebration was memorable. I highly recommend for a special occasion or date night. The food is incredible, the wine/beer selection is fabulous, and the staff is so smart, knowledgeable and friendly.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary! Brought us champagne! Excellent food and service!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The Parrillada was COLD!
Very dissapointing.

Report
Helpful
C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was delicious and we cleared our plates! We had the three empanadas, my favorite was the kale and gruyere, so good we ordered a second one. The steak was perfectly cooked, all the sides were delicious. I would definitely recommend this place and will be back

Report
Helpful
B
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about Che: Cocktails! Gnocchi! Empanadas! Perfectly grilled meat! Chimichurri! Oh, and our server was a delight. Can’t wait to return.

Report
Helpful
LT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The The restaurant was beautiful and the staff was very friendly
Food was out of this world and drinks were so delicious .
I will be back

Report
Helpful
NV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat the bar and Patrick the mixologist was very friendly.

Report
Helpful
OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent alll round. Cool atmosphere. Great bar.

Report
Helpful
R
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently awesome food and service. Love this place.

Report
Helpful
JL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice martini poured. Good wine list and the rib eye forget about it! Sides very good and were the oysters. We enjoyed the experience a very nice atmosphere.

Report
Helpful
M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall an excellent experience. In a party of 6, all the food items were very good to excellent, save for the short ribs which were inedible due to the amount of fat and gristle. Too bad as the flavor was delicious. The other steaks were very good (not premier steakhouse level but very good), the small plates and starters were all delicious. I could have had the pimento cheese appetizer as my meal. Very good cocktails, the females loved the ambiance, and the service was enjoyable. Will definitely return.

Report
Helpful
BJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though we were late for our reservation, we got to sit. The food and cocktails were delicious and served super fast. I loved the interior, very nicely done!

Report
Helpful
GN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our dinner at El Che. Our server, Bridget, made great suggestions since it was our first time there. Both of our dinners were delicious and we had a great bottle of wine. We will definitely return for another dinner.

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great experience, like it is every time.

Report
Helpful
MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and gave us gooD advice about the number of dishes we should order. My husband, who is not a kale eater tried the kale empanada and declared it 'delicious'.

Report
Helpful
RA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My fiancé and I recently came here for Valentine's day dinner. The service was great and the meal was ultimately very good. The only disappointing aspect of the meal was the main course - we ordered a ribeye and were not blown away by the steak or the chimichurri. Given the nature of the restaurant, we expected that to be the best part of the meal. Still a good experience overall.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Been to El Che before and had a great meal. This time was just so so and the service was subpar. Found a rubber band in our broccolini that I almost consumed. Barely received an apology. The server never acknowledged it. The person who brought out the new dish made a joke about it. No check back was done when the new dish hit the table. To top it all off we were still charged for it. Based on tonight’s experience I would probably not go back.

Report
Helpful
MW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Got the ribeye and it ordered medium rare which the server recommended. Normally we are fine with it but it was so rare neither my boyfriend or I could eat it. Also there was not a ton of flavor. Disappointed. Small serving but yummy potatoes though. Sad they were out of the garlic frites.

Report
Helpful
OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Our service was poor. My husband and I started by ordering off the restaurant week menu. He ordered the same meal and she assumed we were sharing. My husband ordered his ribeye Medium Plus and it came out dry and extremely well done. When we we asked her, she said that is how they cook medium plus and was argumentative. She brought out another steak that was closer to medium rare and we just sent it back. They sent out gelato when I complained to the manager.

Report
Helpful
G
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service!

Report
Helpful
CF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The server took more than 20 min to bring our drinks. When she came our wine pours were the equivalent to a tasting (I’m a certified sommelier). The food was mediocre. I don’t recommend the oysters! We’ve been here before and it was better so I don’t know what happened this time but we won’t be back.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week and had an opportunity to try some of their dishes. Everything was delicious! The carrots were my favorite menu item. Service was great. Drinks were good. We were seated at their community table and it was great because we were able to see the how the food was being prepped. The table is definitely roomier than the other tables so a big bonus for us. Would definitely recommend and we can’t wait to go back.

Report
Helpful
JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance! Nice wine and bar selection. I was disappointed with the food. Non authentic. Disappointed with Steak. Bland/Dry.....not reflective of the Argentinian cuisine.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Julio was amazing!!

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
17