EJ's Place

4.6
489 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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Established since 1997, and selected one of the Chicago Magazine's Best New Restaurants, EJ's menu consists of prime aged steaks and chops butchered in-house, pristine seafood, and Italian specialties using only the finest ingredients available.

Owner, EJ Lenzi, and manager, Abelino Cepeda, bring over 60 years of combined restaurant experience to Chicago's North Shore. Teamed with a mature and experienced wait staff, EJ's Place is the North Shore's premiere supper club.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Italian, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(847) 933-9800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N.E. corner of Old Orchard Rd. & Skokie Blvd
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Parking details
Complementary Valet
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner! Food was great a bit pricey but great! Service was outstanding! Would go back in the winter to see the high fireplace on!

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SA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Lamb was good. Steak lacked flavor
Spinach was nothing special
Felt like things were over priced
Very loud

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IG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The menu was surprisingly pricey for the run of the mill food we received. The steaks we ordered were well cooked, but really quite flavorless. I'm not sure if any seasoning, garlic, herbs, etc were used on them at all. Other dishes had similar qualities.

The atmosphere was nice and staff were friendly.

I think the suggested price range listed on open-table is misleading.

It starts with the mandatory valet parking when you drive up.

Virtually all the entrees start at $30 and go up to over $70. The appetizers run between $18 and $29 Most of the sides are about $10. I don't believe the average diner is getting out of this place for anywhere close to $30. Most will be north of $50, if they indulge in such extravagances as a drink or a salad.

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m
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding! Great steaks, wonderful pasta dishes and the best garlic mashed you will find!
Wait staff is top notch, you want for nothing...

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SK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was disappointed, have been there several times before. Love there bread, they were out of what we wanted. Salad dressing not up to par. Overall, not what I was looking forward to.

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A
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, especially crab cake appetizer and steaks! Bread basket is lovely. Wait staff jump right on empty plates and water refills. Drinks come quickly. A bit pricey but we love EJ's for a weekend dinner or spwcial celebration.

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PN
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place may have the best food in the state. The food is absolutely amazing and the service is top notch.
You would think Joe Pesce the actor was waiting on you, he acts and sounds just like him and so very kind.
This place makes you feel special and you will not be able to finish your food because the entrees are enormous. My wife and I absolutely love this place.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends in from out of town, had to take them to the best restaurant in the world!! Food is always amazing as is the service and atmosphere!!

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CC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

The wine was delicious and the porterhouse for two had a good flavor. However, the steal was loaded with gristle. My suggestion would be to get the ribeye or filet.

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J
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Basically a good experience with great food....our dining area was understaffed on the night we were there and we had to flag our waiter down to place our order and make general requests during the meal. This is the first time that we've had this problem here and found this surprising because it was a Monday night!

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g
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another great time at EJ's.
Best T-Bone ever!!!
Sevice w/ Raul outstanding.
Highly recommend.

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B
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous dinner and our server Daniel was amazing. Well paced dinner and made the kids all feel special. No way anyone can ever leave hungry. Great ambience and lively crowd. Fun for big family dinners or groups of friends.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great

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TS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EJ's is a classic! Great place for a good cocktail, nice wines and steak-- old school style, a la carte items, served up by wonderful waitstaff in white jackets. Get a booth if you can-- so comfy while you dig into delicious steaks and all the fixings.

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LS
Chicago
93 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

the food is always very good. But portion sizes are way too big which ends up with really pricey meals. Service can feel a bit rushed like they are anxious to turn the table.

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F
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food (we had steak) and professional service. A tad pricey but worth it.

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g
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ej's was excellent. service was friendly. food is amazing.
highly recommend the whole menu.
look forward to going back next week.

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CC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistent food and service. Quality of beef and dover sole is as good as it gets... Often go there with friends for a special evening and celebrate birthdays and anniversaries...

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NL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this place. The service is always attentive and friendly. Our food was hot and prepared to our satisfaction. Pork chop meal is great value. Two huge chops, salad, and potato for $38.
The prime rib is beyond big.
Love the shrimp cocktail.
The only negative is the restaurant doesn’t serve warm bread!
Great experience. Hidden gem that rivals the best steakhouses in downtown Chicago.

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g
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ej's is the place the in-laws want to go when they are in town visiting.
they had the veal chop and lamb chops and said the best there are!
highly recommend to all.

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T
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately this meal was a big disappointment. My salad was drenched in dressing. My steak was overdone. A large group was seated next to us so we couldn’t even hear each other. Service was okay but disinterested. Way over priced for the experience.

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JC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always flavorful. The portions are huge and the wait staff are the best.

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

E.J.’s is a classic, high-quality, old-time steakhouse with a large dose of Italian options. It’s the sort of place you return to year after year for special occasions. I go for the meat and their particularly good sides. Friday and Saturday nights are my favorites because they offer prime rib then. I think it’s the best prime rib in the Chicago area. It is expensive, but it is very good/excellent. My only negative is that it is somewhat louder than I would prefer.

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A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time dining @ EJ's. We had a wonderful waiter in Andrew and exceptional food. My "petit" filet was enormous (10 ounces!), and my caesar salad very large and delicious. But my husband's lamb chops (2 double, long-bone chops) were really the star of the show! And the homemade potato chips? Amazing, and enough for 4 people. Thank God we had leftovers to enjoy the next day. The only negatives: it's quite loud in the main dining room and very dimly lit. Reading the menu would have been a real challenge had we not used our cell phone flashlight app. We will definitely be back!

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M
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This is been one of our go to favorite restaurants for many years however this night everything was extremely disappointing . The service and food were below expectation especially when we were a party of six spending over $600 .

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GS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wet good food and atmosphere. Be ready for the cost though. Portion sizes huge. Consider sharing.

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GK
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

always fun

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LS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classy, clubby, delicious, and plentiful. From the moment you pull up to the restaurant, you feel well tended. The exceptional service continues throughout the meal. The servers tend to your every need and often let you create your own meal if you do not see EXACTLY what you want on the menu.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Took forever to get our food, like almost an hour. Definitely an older clientele. Food was good enough but nothing special for the wait. Other options nearby that are better for the money.

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waited over 30 minutes past our reservation before we were seated. Food and service was below average for the high prices you pay.

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g
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EJ's was very very good. Prime rib special outstanding.
Service by Raul excellent.
Our fiends enjoyed it as well and will recommend.

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EC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Yes, this is very expensive but we love the Chicken and Peppers w cottage fries. Two people can easily split one order. The ambiance is ok. It is like an old fashioned steak house. Anything you order is good. We love the salad that comes w dinner. Try the house dressing and blue cheese on the side. We love the place.

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RC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and service in a lively andvebergetic atmosphere

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K
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Celebrating my mom's 83rd birthday and she chose EJ's. We've been there several times and enjoyed most of our prior experiences. But, my advice is: Never go on a Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Yes, you'll have attentive service however, the food tasted like it was re-warmed from Saturday night. The bread also tasted stale. Plus, the $17 glass of wine I ordered smelled and tasted like the bottle had been left open at the bar overnight. We never made it past the calamari appetizer -- so rubbery and lukewarm that we had to send it back. In their defense, they did allow me to order a different wine. And, they did offer to prepare another calamari appetizer or something else, however, we declined since my mom was afraid the rest of the meal would just come out the same. Needless to say, my mom was so very disappointed since her birthday dinner consisted of an inedible appetizer and a piece of birthday pie (which she did mention was tasty!) I gladly paid for my wine and for my mom's birthday pie -- yet I still don't understand why this would happen. I don't know -- maybe they thought my 83 year old mother would not notice the lack of quality. Maybe they thought I wouldn't notice either. Tell me: is it unreasonable to expect freshly cooked food and drinkable wine -- even on a Sunday?

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g
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ej's awesome as always. our friends we brought for their 1st time thought so as well.
highly recommend.

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AG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE BEST!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Took my wife and enjoyed the experience. I suggest sitting in the back because the front lighting is very dark. It does get loud but the food is worth it.

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g
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EJ's is excellent.
Highly recommend in every way!
The whole menu is delicious.

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B
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale classy dining experience. Old school. Great valet service.

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BG
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding. Better than any downtown steak house. Professional waiters, good pours, and delicious food.

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