EJ's Place

4.6
461 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Bar Seating
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
What 461 People Are Saying
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
91 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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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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
91 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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OT
Chicago
1 review
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
89 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
44 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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MC
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing, there’s simply not a better place to dine in Chicago!! EJ and his team are amazing, you’ll never find better and I’ve been to them all!

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B
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved EJ's, the service team made you feel very special and they made sure you had an enjoyable time. The food was very good and top quality. This is not a cheap place but the quality of food and level of service are worth the money.

Next time you want to feel special and celebrate something special go to EJ's

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WW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Great!

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great dinner experience, food was great (veal chop ala joe) as always.

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MS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always, fought my grandchildren, 2 yrs and 9 months, staff was wonderful

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A
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Way too expensive.

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g
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the best t/bone ever , anywhere, saturday night at EJ's.
Everything else was perfect as well.
We had probably the best waiter - Raul...no body does it better!
Abalino & Ej have trained Gia & Patrick fantastic.
Hoping that younger duo starts their own place soon.
Would Highly recommend.

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OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food, unable to sit where we requested, good service.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

$58 filet was huge and burnt on the outside and had no flavor. I've never put salt and pepper on a stake before and this one needed it. Next time I go down the street to Jameson's.

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PG
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It's great to have this place just a few minutes away from us. Always reliable and consistent, with great staff and tasty food!

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JR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, it was excellent and the way a dining experience should all the time.

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B
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

While we usually love the food at EJs our dinner of veal limone was mediocre because it was tough. My salad was fine but even the breadsticks were stale. The prices are too high to offer this kind of fare. Please do better if you want our business.

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OT
Chicago
214 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took family from out of town and they loved it. EJ’s never disappoints!

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SB
Chicago
91 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

First time - and while we initially were encouraged by the friendly waitstaff person and his positive attitude it was a strange experience.
He did not explain that the entree portions were sized for 3 -4 healthy adult appetites. There was at least a pound and a half of chicken and potatoes on the Chicken Vesuvio platter he set in front of my 87 yr old companion. The "starter" of grilled octopus was also enough for 3-4 people. .. and I have never had a restaurant serve me a Caesar salad with no cheese at all? Not grated, shaved, crumbled - nothing? Just a bowl of wet lettuce? I had asked for blue cheese dressing on the side (no dressing on salad) - he set a cereal bowl full of dressing on the table. Total waste

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I dont care to wait for my table 25 minutes after my reservation because i wouldnt put my arm around the maitr d' and slip him 20 bucks like everyone else was doing. We watched 3 tables get taken with people arriving after us. After a dispute with him he finally seated us.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Highly recommend.

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Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Throwback supper club experience. Expensive for what it is.

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SC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. You made my girlfriend's birthday very special. The food was spectacular as always. We can't wait to eat there again.

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n
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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AB
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love EJs! The food is always so delicious!
The atmosphere is casual and relaxed.
The service is always very friendly and good.

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g
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EJ's is really good!
Try to get there at least once a week.
We had Lamb chops for a change and they were excellent.
Would highly recommend for any occasion or just everyday dining.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and cozy atmosphere!

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A
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal in a somewhat old school atmosphere. The service is top notch and the food is delicious.

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d
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sunday dinner

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K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my sons birthday. This was not the first time I specified a birthday celebration on Open Table. , It was the first time the venue acted on it without having to remind them. Excellent venue and meal. I will definitely go back.

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g
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EJ's is the best steakhouse around!
We try to go at least once a week.
Everything on the menu is excellent.
Johnny, one of the waiters makes a beautiful bird/butterfly house...collectible.
Always recommend!

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DM
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Best value in prime beef steaks in Chicago. Not as trendy as the clone chains...fewer frills means more relaxing meal, and the food delivers...portions are extraordinarily large so bring an appetite and plan for a doggie bag. Enjoy with friends, family or date/special event.

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