El Che Steakhouse & Bar

4.6
710 reviews
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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.

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Sun 5:30PM - 6:30PM 7:45PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
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 710 People Are Saying
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MS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Wished happy hour included half off cocktails when not sitting at the bar though.

MC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a reservation at El Che for my boyfriends and I four year anniversary. They exceeded my expectations and went above and beyond. I had to make a last minute schedule change and they were very accommodating. When we arrived, the staff congratulated us on our anniversary which was very sweet. They even gifted us both a glass of wine to celebrate!! It made our experience so memorable. The entire staff was very attentive. And oh my gosh, the food was heavenly. We both got the “el che steak”, and i treasure every bite. The food was absolutely amazing. I would 100% recommend this restaurant to anyone I speak to. Thank you el che for making our 4 year anniversary extra special.

NF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks are fantastic. The service is also excellent

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour!

KM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came in, sat at the bar and immediately ordered an Old Fashioned. That set the mood for the rest of the evening. Nice and smooth, traditionally prepared without any additional flair, basically perfect. I tried all of the empanadas, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. Personally, I’m not big on kale, but it was sautéed well and quite flavorful. The bartender recommended the choripan and fries and they exceeded expectations. Highly recommend this spot! My only wish is that they’d bring back the bread pudding. It’s the real reason I showed up, and I was disappointed not to see it on the menu.

e
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

love this place! Had a great birthday dinner for 5. Drinks were outstanding. Food was so good. Everyone had a great time. Perfect choice for us!

RH
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great atmosphere, great food and great service. I had the New York Strip which was perfect. The duck fat potatoes made us all smile. We were there for our 22nd anniversary and they did everything they could to make it special while keeping it causal. My guess is many people over look El Che when looking for a steakhouse in Chicago, I have been to all the big names and will skip those in the future for places like this.

CF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had another fantastic experience at El Che. The food was outstanding and the service was next to none. The Lomo steak, empanadas, chilled prawns and swordfish were excellent!

TM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great people. Great beverages.

TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal! We started with empanadas for the table which were good shareables. For entrees, 4/5 of us got steaks (3 filets & 1 NY strip). The sauce that came with the filet was amazing. We shared several sides such as asparagus, grilled summer squash and garlic frites, all which were tasty. Very impressed with this meal and definitely will be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was absolutely delicious. I would definitely recommend for a first date, or an after work happy hour!

ED
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to El Che for a Father's Day dinner with my family (including 2 vegetarians), and everyone loved the food. Our server was outstanding, conscious of a gluten free diner as well. We had nearly all of the vegetable side dishes, which were all fantastic. Half of us had gnocci and half had the hangar steak. Everything was well done and we were very satisfied with the entire evening.

DL
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing dinner here!!!! We had asparagas, hanger steak, and t-bone. Some of the best steak I have ever had. Desserts were yummy as well! Quaint restaurant with cool decor. Would highly recommend!

AB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in town! Celine gave us incredible service, the Tuesday parillada special was INCREDIBLE. Such a good deal, so much food, flavors were outstanding. The oysters and gnocchi are an absolute must. Drinks on point, decor and ambiance added even more to our already perfect experience. A special place and perfect for any occasion!

LT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dined for Father’s Day. (Note there’s no valet on Sundays. Must find parking on street.) Ambiance is cozy and chic. Food is very good. Steaks were cooked perfectly and tasted good. Pork chop and quail dishes very good. Arugula salad, duck fat potatoes and empanadas also very good. A little pricey for the fare. Drinks were ok and came in small glasses. Water glasses were about 5 oz but they kept them filled. Service is very good. Nice spot for dinner. May have challenge with parking on Sundays.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary celebratory dinner

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M
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very friendly, parking was available, food was delicious. We arrived a little early for our reservations so we were encouraged to have a seat at the bar while we waited. The bartender was super knowledgeable and helpful on selection of drinks. The hostess came and got us when our seat was ready. It was a perfect night until we were seated. The neighboring table was just a slight too close for comfort. Other than that, everything from the lighting, to the sound and level of music was excellent.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love loved it! Amazing food. Beautiful wine.

p
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely space. Great service. Amazing filet and arugula salad!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience @ El Che!
Great food! The staff is attentive and genuinely invested in your experience and they really seem like they’re enjoying it!

MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sampled numerous items on menu. Empanadas, grilled oysters, grilled shrimp, steak with chimichuri, eggplant romenesco. All fabulous.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Meal!

MT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great find of a restaurant. Our meat was perfect! Sides were perfect too. Will go back again!

CB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Steak was undercooked but they resolved issue right away and comped a desert.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Food is always solid and continues to be the best sleeper restaurant in the hood

J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was mediocre. Service was painfully slow and inattentive.

FB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, even better food – creative and delicious. Staff was also very friendly and service oriented.

AG
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak house in Chicago, unbelievable value, a real hidden gem.

AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and good service however the happy hour only at the bar is very misleading. Happy hour should be available at tables too.

D
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and even more amazing food. Highly recommend!!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, phenomenal food

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Nice ambiance and not very loud where you could carry on a conversation without having to shout. Service was pretty slow, where the table next to us that was seated after us was getting their food before us. The food was tasty, and perfect portion size for sharing which allowed us to try different things. Overall the oysters were our favorite.

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Amazing service!

Z
New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Che is good for all categories -everyday dining, a date or a special occasion. The food is unique and delicious! Both meat and fish are done perfectly and the salads and starters are remarkably good!! It is of interest to view the roaring indoor grill area! The entire restaurant from appetizers to yummy food and decor shouldn’t be missed in Chicago!

Z
New England
22 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Che is good for any occasion! Fantastic -food

CF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful experience! The empanadas and steaks are not to be missed!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The staff is very accommodating to vegans!

DW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're huge fans of John Manion's food and El Che Bar did not disappoint. Great steaks. Vegetable dishes that were absolutely killer. Plus a really great atmosphere.

MC
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

It's very far from an argentine food, the barbecue was not good at all and the empanadas with cheese over never in Argentina are this way. Very expensive, and the beef was not good.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and experience

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