El Che Bar

4.7
587 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steakhouse
El Che 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 Bar 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 Bar 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Argentinean, American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday 5pm - 10pm
Thursday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm
Sunday - Closed
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Phone number
(312) 265-1130
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
John Manion
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Private party facilities
Housed in the former Checker Taxi building, El Che Bar is Chef John Manion’s spirited Argentine-American restaurant, a love letter to his time traveling throughout the country.
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Private party contact
Allison Diedrich: (708) 205-2458
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Green
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Parking details
Street parking available surrounding. Valet available 7 days a week $12
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Public transit
Greenline - Morgan
Blueline - Grand
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

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Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 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 587 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner and cocktails here. Really enjoyed the lighting and setting and the waitstaff was fun and attentive. Thanks for a nice pre-theater night!

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G
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, great food and great service!! The staff and chef was very attentive but most importantly food was amazing! I would recommend going to this place for any events or just a casual dinner. Definitely going back!!

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C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good. Menu is mostly steak following Argentinean cuts with a couple of alternatives, but they have vegetarian options. I felt that portions were on the smaller side so you will need to order an appetizer and side dish along with your main entrée. Excellent wine list. Service was outstanding. The ambiance was a little too noisy, maybe because the music was too loud, pushing us to speak louder to hear each other. Good location in the West Loop but not in the crowded streets of Randolph or Fulton Market.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We loved the food and the service but found the noise level to be too high and the music offputting.

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NF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant! I had a reservation, but something came up, so they let us come in later

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is lovely restaurant, saw them in top 30 Chicago. Definitely recommend for a treat. Excellent service and food. Like out of this world, above and beyond service.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding - my friend is a vegetarian and she had plenty of delicious choices too

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

Absolutely one of my places places in the city!

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C
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! Couldn’t have asked for better service, food or scene. The empanadas were life changing.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except for the food.

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H
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My cocktail was average but everything else was great!

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EW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fantastic! What a gem, and the food is delicious. Loved our waiter, the ambiance and the whole evening. We would highly recommend!

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and incredible ambiance. Food was outstanding as usual and the chefs were a pleasure to talk to. We always love it here!!

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LU
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The steak was very good. I was disappointed in the empanadas and everything else we ordered was just ok. It's too bad...I really wanted to love this place.

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R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the ambiance!

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DG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This past Saturday, I attended El Che Bar with my husband for the first time although it was my second time at the restaurant. The food and atmosphere were just FANTASTIC. I highly recommend their grilled oysters and pork chop dinner! We will definitely be going back!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Excellent food but several of our orders and the table next to us were incorrect or swapped. My girlfriend yelled at me because we didn’t get garlic fries.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meat meat meat. This place is one of my favorites.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente service! Dinner was fantastic!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service here is incredible!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Everything we had was delicious

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AR
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! A group of us shared a bunch of dishes and they were all outstanding

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HK
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, great food. Busy but fast service. Unique Argentinian food

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KC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Loved the small plates. The oysters, pimento cheese and fry bread, carrots, and shrimp were incredible. Steak was good. Very chic restaurant with great quality

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WL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, a bit pricey, relatively limited options with just 3 mains other than beef, cool ambience, and reservations available last minute. Got the gnocci, flank steak, empanada, and arugula salad - all of which were amazing. Also got the fish and carrots which were just ok.

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T
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a reservations for a girls night dinner to celebrate a bachelorette. The cocktails were unique and delicious, the ambiance was perfect for a fun night out and the food was on point! We were able to share plates and had great service! Would highly recommend again for a fun night out in Chicago!

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AB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. I ate at El Che Bar with my wife to celebrate her 28th birthday. The staff was extraordinary from the moment we walked in the door through the moment we left. Multiple people wished her happy birthday and they placed us in a spectacular spot near the open grill. The ambiance was amazing and the food was even more spectacular. They had the most attentive waiting staff of any restaurant that I've ever been to in Chicago. Highly recommend El Che Bar. Will be back soon!!

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M
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice place. Small plates and entrees. Trout was AMAZING. Chicken delicious. Waiter was terrific. Thanks for a lovely dInner date. Will be back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it - could not have had a better time!

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C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing - steak was perfectly cooked, and the vegetables were awesome too! Staff was super friendly and even poured some free champagne for us (we were celebrating our annniversary)!

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BK
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This restaurant was fine, the food was ok but not excellent. What really cost them was their pricing was that of a top notch restaurant. If I am going to pay $50 for a steak plus alacart sides at 8 to 15 per option I would expect much more than I got from this one. My wife's medium well was more like Well to burnt and my medium was mostly pink not red. for almost 100 per person I could have gone to RPM steak or Joe's and had a much better experience. I would choose Tango Sur or Folklore as superior Argentinian restaurants at %60 of the cost every time going forward.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Flank steak was not cut correctly and as a result was very tough. A chef should know how to properly cut this piece of meat. I was not impressed with the steak this time at all.

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MT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service, Food, and Atmosphere. I will return!

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K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about this restaurant and our dinner - food and service were outstanding. Looking forward to returning!

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A
Chicago
241 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have a great week day three-course prix fixe! Food is always superb.

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DP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my husband here for his birthday. They gave us each a complimentary glass of rose. We shared a kale salad which was delicious and big enough to share. I had NY strip steak and he had flank steak with a side of broccolini (also big enough to share) and mashed potatoes. Both steaks were so flavorful and cooked to perfection, and we had leftover to take home. Too bad we didn’t have any room left for desert. Will def return here!

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JF
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience at El Che for my wife's 30th birthday dinner. Food is creative and small plates allow you to try a little bit of everything while feeling more than satisfied by the end of the meal, unlike a lot of 'tapas' or 'small plate' restaurants. Price was very reasonable, service was quick and efficient and our waiter had great recommendations and pairing ideas. Terrific ambience and will absolutely return.

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S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Were celebrating anniversaries with a lovely meal.

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JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good experience. Excellent service and top not quality meal.

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IG
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from start to finish! 👍

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