If you’re on the hunt for the best steakhouse in Chicago, there are some really awesome restaurants to choose from in the windy city. In all, there are actually nine steakhouses in particular that are absolutely premier in what they have to offer here. Want to know which spots are among the best? Here’s our current list of the top steakhouses in Chicago.
4767 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
First up on our list, Artango Bar & Steakhouse is an absolute top choice. This Lincoln Square gem offers high-end fare with an Argentinian flair that you won’t soon forget. Mouth-watering, grass-fed beef is a universal, top choice on this restaurant’s menu, and we enthusiastically recommend their ojo de bife (heart of rib eye) served with house-made chimichurri or oyster-malbec sauce. The feel and theme of Artango are also memorable, embracing all of the classy pizazz of 1920s Buenos Aires.
8 W Maple St, Chicago, IL, 60610
On the southern side of the city’s Gold Coast area lies another steakhouse great: Maple & Ash. Maple & Ash is renowned for its high-end fare. In particular, you will not regret the fine selection of wine, caviar, fire-roasted seafood towers, and succulent, dry-aged steaks offered here. This one sets on the second floor, just above the Eight Bar and Patio, and its very happening dining area will let you know that you’re in the right spot. For an interesting twist, or if you’re just not quite sure what to order, the kitchen will gladly prepare their own dinner arrangement selection just for you.
3. Tango Sur
3763 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL, 60613
Tango Sur is located on the west side of the city’s Wrigleyville area and is another, top-notch steakhouse to visit. This is another Argentinean option in our steakhouse lineup, and it will leave you undeniably satisfied. While not the most expensive option on our list, the filet mignon is a city-wide best-seller, and the rest of the cuisine here is also absolutely mouth-watering. Enjoy this spot’s BYOB policy, and don’t forget to try some of the delicious sweetbreads and short ribs along the way.
4. Fogo de Chão
661 N La Salle Dr, Chicago, IL, 60654
For an unforgettable Brazillian take on the modern steakhouse experience, Fogo de Chão is an absolute must and was essential on our Best Steakhouses in Chicago list. Here, you’ll enjoy endless treats, as the wait staff, dressed in traditional gauchos, move about the dining area offering an endless supply of succulent, fire-roasted meat spits to everyone present. For more, awesome meats, we highly recommend the restaurant’s bacon-wrapped filet or the lamb chops. For equally delicious, non-meat fare, try the truly bountiful salad bar on site.
1028 N Rush St, Chicago, IL, 60611
For more than 25 years, Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse has been a jewel of the Chicago steakhouse and restaurant scene, and it’s also one of the city’s most well-known. One of the reasons, this restaurant is so well-known, aside from its upstanding level of quality, is its impressive cut sizes. 48-ounce porterhouses and 32-ounce tomahawk chops are a daily thing, and you’ll probably not be able to get enough of their high-end, grass-fed Australian beef.
60 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL, 60654
Chicago Chop House offers some exquisite cuisine with a classy ode to the area’s history as well. Housed in a recently-renovated Victorian brownstone building that’s over 120 years old, they really embrace the history here. Aside from lots of stories and old pictures and art to view, the food is simply remarkable. Wet-aged and dry-aged premier Angus, delicious Wagyu steak, and Japanese beef that is unlike any other you’ve tried all await the hungry diner at the Chicago Chop House.
7. Steak 48
615 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611
For an excellent steakhouse experience on the east side of the city’s River North section, Steak 48 won’t disappoint. Diners at this top Chicago steakhouse can expect all of the interactive thrill of an open kitchen with numerous fireplaces, multiple bars, and a happening, outdoor patio area. For taste buds that will be sure to water, consider Steak 48’s 28-day, wet-aged, sustainably-sourced steak selections alongside their excellent foie gras, burrata, and black truffle-sauteed lobster.
60 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL, 60611
Located close to Steak 48 and in heated yet camaraderie-filled competition, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab is a win-win for a great evening out. As their name suggests, surf and turf is this restaurant’s specialty, and they certainly do it right. Perfectly-prepared vegetable and pasta dishes come at the ready as well as some excellent steak dishes that you’ll not want to miss. The dessert options here are also just as good, and we highly recommend a slice of their signature key lime pie after indulging in the main course.
500 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL, 60654
Last on our list of Best Steakhouses in Chicago, Gene & Georgetti is considered by many to be the best steakhouse in Chicago. It’s also the oldest in the city having first laid down its roots back in 1941 – more than eight decades ago. Marinated in tradition, the foods here are undeniably delicious with wet-aged steak being the very deserving headline dish. Unfortunately, a recent fire temporarily shuttered the iconic River North location, but the restaurant’s Rosemont location is equally amazing and rocking out business daily in the meantime.
218 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL 60654
Bavette’s presents a relaxed take on upscale french fare. You can detect that blend of comfort and upscale cuisine in each bite you take, starting with the appetizers. For that first course, there’s several divine options. The shrimp cocktail is a classic, served with horseradish, cocktail sauce, and dijonnaise. The smoked salmon Caesar salad puts a twist on a steakhouse staple and the baked goat cheese is fabulous and even more elevated by its red sauce, fines herbes, and side of garlic bread.
Given that it’s a steakhouse, it’s all about the meat, or “La Boeuf.” There’s no finer steak in the land than a dry-aged bone-in ribeye, and theirs will absolutely not disappoint. You can also enjoy the steakhouse cheeseburger: an 8-oz beef patty with cheddar, tavern sauce, pickles, and onions with a side of steak-cut fries. You can take it to the next level by adding a fried egg or thick-cut bacon…or both. Pair it up with the elote style corn or truffle mac and cheese and you’ll be ready to walk off your meal (or lay down).
2101 S Jefferson Street, Chicago, IL 60616
Holu is a “perfect combination” of an Asian BBQ joint, a classic steakhouse, and a sprawling bar. In the style of Korean BBQ, each table has its own ceramic charcoal smokeless high-end grill. The steaks range fom USDA Prime to wagyu to A5 Japanese Muyazaki Kobe. The signature cocktail and wine menu is larger than a cow. This place will make you a happy camper.
While you may come for the steak, you’ll stay for the seafood. Savor the fresh alive wild eel cooked right on your grill or enjoy a refreshing serving of Holu’s lobster salad. If you’re ready to get the full bonafide Holu experience, look no further than the Meat Paradise. It’s an ounce each of 45-day dry aged New York strip, filet mignon, spinalis, skirt steak, 45-day dry-aged ribeye steak, short ribs, cullote, and flat iron. As if that wasn’t enough, it comes with a vegetable platter and a house salad. Belts are not recommended for this one.
12. El Che
845 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607
El Che offers “South American dishes from a midwestern perspective.” The entire menu is centered around their 12-foot custom-built grill as well as a perfectly complementary South American wine list to ensure a perfect pairing no matter what you order. Start light with their fabulous arugula salad with manchego cheese, sunflower seeds, apples, and a Creole mustard vinaigrette.
Now is where the fun starts! Although El Che is a steakhouse, they have a phenomenal lineup of exciting other meats. You can get grilled oysters with smoked onion aioli, bacon, and a side of chips or go even richer with the marrow bone with pickled onions and ciabatta or the morcilla (blood sausage). For your entree, enjoy the braised pork shank dusted with chicharron or perhaps the charred quail with courton, red chimichurri, and giardiniera. El Che is a steakhouse, after all, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better steak than their 18-oz dry-aged tomahawk ribeye served with chimichurri, red chimichurri, and salsa criolla.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on October 31, 2020 and last updated on January 13, 2022. Please refer to restaurant websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.