At N9NE Steakhouse in Chicago, you can treat yourself to a hearty meal of steak and potatoes. For those avoiding fat and gluten, there's still plenty of tasty items on N9NE Steakhouse's menu that can cater to your needs. The bar is stocked with TVs, so you can watch the next big game. Perfect for parties on the larger side, N9NE Steakhouse also has a private area available for use.
If you plan to hit the bar on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up N9NE Steakhouse for their catering services.
Street parking is conveniently available around the bar, as well as valet service. Hop on public transit if driving's not your speed; accessible stops include Clinton (Pink, Green) and Washington/Wells (Orange, Brown, Purple Express, Pink).
Save N9NE Steakhouse for a splurge since prices for a meal can run upwards of $50. The bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Mike Sula of the Chicago Reader struggled to pen his review of Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf, but not for lack of nice things to say. Noting that he usually hands out leftovers to the homeless, this time the critic saved every morsel for himself, and struggled to type his rave review with one hand as he devoured his leftovers with the other. At this European-style steakhouse, the latest venture from celebrated restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff, the prime ribeye, which is dry-aged in house, headlines a menu full of dishes such as braised beef tongue and a beef stroganoff that the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Vettel simply dubbed, “terrific.” Craft cocktails that focus on brown spirits complement the speakeasy décor, where tufted leather booths, low-lit hanging lamps, and a jazz soundtrack complete the dining experience.
Celebrating more than 20 years, Kinzie Chophouse has the freedom to set itself apart from other steak houses in both food and ambiance. Owner Susan Frasca and her team serve up high-quality, hand-selected, local USDA Choice beef. Diners can customize their steaks with an array of crusts and toppings, and choose from more than 10 house-made sauces to accompany their cuts. Kinzie Chophouse honors the city's stockyards heritage with cuts ranging from an 8-ounce filet mignon to a massive 48-ounce porterhouse, in addition to a long menu of appetizers, pastas, and "unusually good side dishes and seafood" that, according to the Chicago Reader, stand up to their beefy counterparts. Chicago Magazine found something else to fall in love with: the menu's affordability. Kinzie graced its Best Restaurants in Chicago: 30 under $30 list in 2009, earning praise for its sensible portions and generous helpings of flavor.
In a sophisticated, ultra-authentic steakhouse atmosphere, diners sit in caramel-colored leather booths, enjoying the warmth and light of cozy fireplaces and designer chandeliers while sipping wine that continues to win the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
La Cantina is the perfect place for sweethearts to share a plate of pasta Bolognese. Low-fat foods are not on the menu at La Cantina, though, so plan to indulge a bit. Order a bottle for the table if you like — La Cantina has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more. Round up the whole gang and reserve the private room at La Cantina — it's the perfect spot for a big party to gather and celebrate.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away. Folks tend to dress down at La Cantina, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant. For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go. Throwing a big party? Count on La Cantina to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
There's nearby street parking available as well as a valet service.
Dining at La Cantina will set you back about $30 per person on average. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
Food critic Phil Vettel of The Chicago Tribune recommends trying the oysters and calls the riverside patio “one of the most sought-after destinations in town.” Michigan Avenue Magazine savors the sleek eatery's prime bacon cheeseburger, blanketed by Wisconsin white cheddar, crispy onions, and a Boursin aioli sauce. Whether customers are in it for the surf, the turf, or the view, Fulton’s on the River caputures the attention of all with upscale seafood and steak enjoyed amid a downtown view. At lunch chefs plate grilled tenderloin sandwiches, buried beneath caramelized onions and horseradish cream, alongside jumbo lump crab cakes. But, as the sun sets over the river, they bring out the dinner menu, which exchanges the sandwiches for wild cold-water lobster tails, seared scallops, and 16-ounce New York strip steaks. Yet, the meal doesn’t end until after a dessert of house-made banana cream pie or fresh-fired crème brulee.
Gene & Georgetti’s is a place where patrons go to step back in time for a “taste and feel of Old Chicago,” according to the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise. Business partners Gene Michelotti and Alfredo “Georgetti” Federighi opened the Italian steakhouse in 1941, and Michelotti’s daughter now runs it. To preserve her father’s legacy, she hasn’t changed a thing—from the rich wood paneling to the juicy cuts of meat. The chefs carve thick slabs of strip loin steaks and filet mignon from wet-aged beef, which means the meat is first marinated in its own juices, then charbroil them at 1,300 degrees. Dishes such as veal scaloppine, chicken cacciatore, and linguini mussels marinara celebrate the owners’ Italian heritage.