El Che Steakhouse & Bar

4.6
685 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steakhouse
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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.

Special Offers

$50 Parrillada

Shareable platter highlighting our Argentine-style grilled meats.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 7 April 2019

Ends: 8 April 2118

Availability: Tue 17:00-22:00

Happy Hour!

Cocktail specials & half off bar snacks.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 7 April 2019

Ends: 8 April 2118

Availability: Daily 17:00-18:00

1/2 Off all bottled wines

1/2 off our entire wine list (bottles only) every Monday!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 10 December 2018

Ends: 11 December 2117

Availability: Mon 17:00-22:00

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 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 685 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Food was mediocre. Service was painfully slow and inattentive.

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FB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

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AG
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 May 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.

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D
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome place, phenomenal food

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 4 May 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.

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food! Amazing service!

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Z
New England
21 reviews
Dined on 2 May 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!

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Z
New England
22 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

El Che is good for any occasion! Fantastic -food

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CF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience! The staff is very accommodating to vegans!

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DW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 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.

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MC
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 26 April 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.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food and experience

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JL
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The entire staff here is incredible from the Chef on down. Exceptional service, outstanding food, the epitome of hospitality and ambiance in the West Loop.

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R
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and good service. Not too loud so we were able to hold a conversation at a normal level.

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SJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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

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AE
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food! Super creative and we loved everything!

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HT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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IG
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great as always!

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S
1 review
Dined on 6 April 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.

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n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 April 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.

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OT
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on 4 April 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!

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LD
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

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TV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 29 March 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.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was excellent!

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LL
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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r
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

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

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c
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience. Well proportioned food and exceptional service.

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MH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 18 March 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.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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JP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary! Brought us champagne! Excellent food and service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

The Parrillada was COLD!
Very dissapointing.

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 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

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B
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 2 March 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.

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LT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 27 February 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

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