EJ's Place

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$31 to $50
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American
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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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M
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and service are very good, grilled calamari is awesome and would go back just for that. Veal Marsala was excellent as well. Only negative is that the prices are more in line w/Downtown Chicago in my opinion. $58-75 for various prime aged steaks. Although that does include a salad and choice of potato (go for the garlic smashed, terrific).

LL
Chicago
192 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love E J’s every time. We had a delicious shrimp cocktail and cocktails. We enjoyed Dover sole and veal Marsala and spaghetti with meat sauce. The food was delicious and the service was excellent too. Thanks

BG
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant on the North Shore. Excellent food and service.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dover sole was fantastic.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for two gentlemen. They were very pleased.

CT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Steaks are priced EXTREMELY aggressively. I haven’t seen a $75 ribeye outside of downtown. My dad and I split a $60 filet, which was good but not great. Medium rare came out more rare. Ordered a simple Old Fashioned and was charged $15.75. Again, that’s a downtown price.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Valentine's day

JI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very expensive for the value

SA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Raul is the best server!

r
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and good ambiance. Food was excellent but a bit pricey. Service was top notch as well

MR
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Great place for a great steak. Only problem is that they seat their favorites before those waiting for reservations.

BU
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had dinner on Saturday night. The food was delicious but it was so hard to hear the other people at our table unless you were sitting right next to them. That was disappointing.

CH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at EJ's, one of the best Porterhouse steaks we've had in a long time. EJ's quality is definitely on par with the better steakhouses of downtown Chicago, but without the downtown traffic to hassle with. Some have noted that EJ's is on the pricey side. Yes, and no. If you are used to the usual chain restaurants of Skokie, then yes, you will find this more expensive. But, if you are accustomed to the finer steakhouses that Chicago is known for, then it is no more expensive than others in its league, especially when you consider that the entree price includes salad and choice of potato, whereas the majority of the other steakhouses are entirely a la carte for all sides.

R
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening

AR
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful service, food was delicious just a little pricey 😩

G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+++++ awesome as usual

MS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Can't get a veal chop anywhere else like this. My absolute favorite. Waiter was meh, noise was pretty intolerable. Seated us in a very crowded section. Very expensive. Can't justify coming here more than twice a year. Can't believe it was so crowded on a Tuesday night.

j
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I do not have a chance to eat here enough. Great food and superior service.

T
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

hard to find anything on the menu that's not great. Service is the best anywhere.

LB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The restaurant was packed when we arrived but our reservation was honored promptly. We were served by wait staff that proved to be presumptuous, changing my request for bleu cheese dressing, selecting my draft beer instead of waiting for me to choose, and challenging my wife’s choice of dressing on the side. The food was very expensive but also tasty. We were happy to take some home with us.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had marked on my reservation that it was my friends 50th anniversary yet no mention was made of it. My friend ordered the rib eye rare but had to send it back because it was too cooked. By the time it was returned, the rest of us had eaten. No reflection on the server, who was outstanding, he brought a piece of pie to make up for her waiting so long. I would come back but I was disappointed with what happened.

P
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this neighborhood place! The food is delicious, and the staff very attentive and friendly.

LP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EJ's is my favorite local restaurant. Every visit has been wonderful. The staff makes you feel at home. They know what you like and make sure you receive it. Perfect steak, perfect fish, perfect sides and perfect staff! Alex and David are the best!!!!

SS
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner served to us by Juliano. He was honestly one of the best servers we’ve ever had and complimented our delicious meal perfectly. Definitely a place we will go back to! The shrimp, T-bone steak and salad were delicious!! Loved the ambiance on a cold winter night with the wood burning fireplace.

RZ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time as always with a larger group. Delicious food and excellent service. Always consistent!

RO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Over the top prices for average food...GREAT service

DC
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Amazing Dover Sole !!! Outstanding Chicken Oreganato...

B
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic north woods supper club in Skokie. From the minute you walk in and are put in your booth, the knowledgeable waiters, who are not rookies, put you at ease and get the evening off to a start. We were seated by the TV which was perfect for our football watching sons. Cocktails were ordered before event giving us a menu then appetizers which got us going. A great selection of great aged steaks and very good seafood, salads and wonderful old fashioned sides to share. The cottage fries are additive. A great night, a great meal.

N
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a birthday party and had a table of 8. Great service and great food. Can't say enough about our waiter who took care of us very well. Price comparable to a first class steak joint in Chicago but the quality was just as good.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We made a res at 8:30 - came at 8:20 - and were not seated until almost 9:30. We were at bar with another 4 top and they were given table before us (not sure they had reservations or just waiting for a table). We were last seated in restaurant. Host told us they were waiting for people at our table to leave. They should have offered those people drinks at bar to leave table. Instead they offeeee us free apps- when we finally sat at 9:30!
Place was hopping when we first got there. By the time we were served dinner at ate- restaurant cleared out. Didn’t make sense.
Servers were very apologetic- but didn’t need to happen

d
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular does not even begin to describe the wonderful food and attentive service at EJs Place. While it is pricey - the food is delicious and portions are enough to share. This is absolutely one of my favorite places!

JA
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is impeccable - the food is fantastic but the service makes the meal. They are truly professional and you will want for nothing. Great traditional place with solid seafood, fish, steaks, and chops. Good wine selection, tall pours on your cocktails. Will be a regular here for sure!

LM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant, but they really ought to allow women to work here. 😉

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was fabulous.

P
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My "go to" restaurant for special occasions and a great dinner. One of the finest steak places in the Chicago area. I highly recommend.

BW
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Nice supper club and good service, but grossly over-priced for what it is.

I
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

never had a bad meal. it is a throwback steakhouse with excellent food and outstanding service. it's not cheap but you appreciate the higher quality experience than at most other places.

M
Chicago
84 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and consistently fabulous meal.

b
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional - David was our waiter and he’s absolutely fantastic. Professional, friendly, knowledgeable and funny - we couldn’t have asked for a better waiter.

The food was wonderful. Excellent steaks and a great variety of appetizers.

The wine list was also quite nice - reasonably priced for the selections available.

Highly recommended.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST place on Chicago’s North Shore!