El Che Bar

4.7
608 reviews
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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.

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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

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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.
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BH
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a solid dinner, with good food and great service

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WT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What can I say? the food here was amazing!! We started off with the Grilled Delaware Oysters and Beef Empanads. Bother were delicious. For our main course we decided on the Gnocchi and Quail. The Quail was hands down my favorite dish of the night. To top it off, we went the the Apple Pie Empanada. Was amazing!
Great spot for date night with the gf, the open flame grill, music, and overall ambiance of the restaurateur was perfect. This restaurateur is a must for anyone looking for great food in the West Loop area.

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

Love this place ! Great food and the best Manhattans in town. This is my go to spot in the west loop, always consistently outstanding food service and vibe.

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VS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time at this place. Honestly, the 1st time was a few weeks ago which I felt was average and I accidentally made another reservation for last night. The overall experience was much improved and ordering small plates was definitely the way to go rather than a large plate for dinner. Will definitely keep this on my list.

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JW
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. Decided to bite the bullet and try to take my 3 and 6 year old here for dinner. They were very accommodating and even had a children's menu. We were really blown away and will be back for sure.

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MS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upbeat atmosphere, very good portions, excellent tasting food and very good service by Scott

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Not a big fan of the pimiento cheese app. A little hard to parcel out bites. Also steak was a bit under. Fan of medium rare but there was still some non rendered fat that made the NY strip hard to eat. Still a fan and will be back.

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HA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Che Bar was perfect for my husbands 30th Birthday. We did the Chef’s counter and I highly recommend it! Chef was friendly and made you feel right at home. The hospitality, food, wine, and atmosphere was perfection. The 10 courses are unique to the day and based on what you like. Everything was delicious and I look forward to visiting again!

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LH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate mostly snacks and small plates, but they were tasty and interesting. Much better than I'd expected! We also got a bottle of bubbly rose (half off!) that was fantastic. A lovely meal.

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KA
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was at the top of our list to visit when in Chicago and it totally delivered!! We love our time there from the staff to the ambiance to the food.

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I
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful dining experience. Staff was very friendly and food was delicious. It is a great restaurant for special occasions

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great energy environment.

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JB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Came to El Che Bar for NYE dinner. Servers and management were fine; not overly warm, but pleasant enough. We enjoyed the cocktails but found most of the food to be lackluster, expensive (read as overpriced for what it was) and disappointing. We were very excited to try this spot, but probably won’t be returning.

Short ribs were almost entirely fat/grizzle hidden with chimichurri...I sent mine back which is a very rare occurrence for me and something I’ve only done a handful of times in my life. My boyfriend had a few bites before giving up and pushing his plate away. We both love short ribs but neither of us enjoyed these and couldn’t even really eat them. Management took mine off the bill which we appreciated but they were unapologetic and kind of rude about it and made a comment “so you just don’t like them?” when I tried to explain that they were nearly entirely fat and grizzle and that I couldn’t eat them.

We enjoyed the cocktails, but were over charged for my boyfriend’s old fashions. He ordered his with Makers, so we expected some up charge, but we were charged for the pricer Makers Mark 46 even though the he didn’t order it—we checked online after dinner and saw they they have regular Makers. Server didn’t say anything about serving or charging us for the 46. When he ordered his drink our server wasn’t even sure if they had Makers so we are giving her the benefit of the doubt that maybe she just didn’t know what she was doing or what the difference was. At this point we didn’t want to deal with it anymore so we didn’t say anything and just paid and left since they took my short ribs off the bill.

The experience wasn’t all bad. If you end up going, go for the ambiance, cocktails, and for the dulce de leche gelato. This might be a fun pre-dinner spot or nightcap spot.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Place was awful and not worth going

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s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wasn't familiar with them, but we gave it a shot for a holiday "guys night out." Couldn't have been happier with our choice. First-class service, great atmosphere, solid cocktails and each course - from the provoleta to oysters, vacio to asparagus, cocktails to flan - was memorable. Looking forward to going back.

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KK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a new favorite!! We loved everything about El Che- from the warm greeting at the door, to attentive but not annoying service, to a delicious meal!! I’d eat here all of the time!! The music and atmosphere are terrific too!! Get the pork chops! And the empanadas, olives, steak and asparagus. Plus the dessert we had was fabulous-Alforja a la mode! This is just a GREAT restaurant!!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Had the rib eye and was extremely tough and cold...then got a ny strip and it was good. Apps were good including the curry chicken empanada...
Service was great and waiter was always around.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

The server was rude and not very attentive.

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c
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband had an excellent steak, and I found plenty of vegetarian items to enjoy. I highly recommend the arugula salad, carrots and fry bread with pimento cheese. The service was good, but we did find one thing to be awkward. When we sat down our server asked if we were celebrating anything, and I said yes because it was my husband's birthday. The server nodded and smiled and then never acknowledged it again. We don't need free food or drinks because we aren't entitled five-year olds, but what was the point of asking? It leads one to believe that you might receive a tiny complimentary dessert or drink, as so many restaurants provide. I recommend this restaurant and I hope to return--just not on any special occasions which is when we tend to really splurge.

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Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We try to get here once a week and are never disappointed! Food is consistently delicious and the chefs are great to talk to!

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
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 on December 13, 2018
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 on December 12, 2018
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 on December 12, 2018
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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Seattle
3 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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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
4 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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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
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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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente service! Dinner was fantastic!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service here is incredible!

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