Brazilian Steakhouses in West Loop


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  • Fulton's on the River
    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.
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    315 North La Salle Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Catch 35 - Chicago
    Catch 35’s chefs explore seafood recipes from around the world inside their sleek, wood-paneled city eatery. From Japanese cuisine, they borrow sushi rolls, crafting such delectable snacks as the aloha shrimp maki with coconut-battered shrimp, pineapple, and tobiko. Selections hailing from the American northeast include classic Maryland-style crab cakes and twin Maine lobster tails. Catch 35’s aquatic theme extends beyond the menu, flooding the restaurant with ocean-inspired décor, from the colorful murals of the sea and its bounteous dishes to the neon-blue ceiling aquarium that runs the length of the entire bar.
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    35 West Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL US
  • Carmichaels Chicago Steak House
    Carmichael's Chicago Steak House pushes and pulls at its Chicago identity. The restaurant’s menu and décor pay homage to the classic Chicago steak house, an institution as iconic and as dear to the city as the skyscraper, the lakefront, or the rivalry between the North and South Side baseball teams’ mustaches. Twenty-four-ounce porterhouses and marbled and aged tenderloin hark back to the city's past as the country’s foremost meat producer. Outside on the patio is another story. Mature trees, potted plants, and the occasional strain of live music push against the urban bustle of the West Loop. Carved out of reclaimed warehouses, this outdoor oasis transports diners from the traffic and road construction that descend on the city in summer. Under a red canopy or against the glow of lamplights, these alfresco meals add an air of tranquility and romance rarely experienced without having to stretch on a yoga mat scribbled with sonnets.
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    1052 West Monroe Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Nacional 27
    Start with a serving of croquetas at Nacional 27 — this restaurant is known for its flavorful Latin American cuisine. Dieters beware — Nacional 27 does not offer low-fat cuisine. Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new. Bigger groups gravitate toward Nacional 27, which offers a private section for your next get-together or celebration. If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Nacional 27. The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere. It can be a bit of a mob scene on the weekends, so don't take a chance on getting seated — best to call ahead and make a reservation. Catering services are also available. Valet service is offered in the lot next door, where patrons can choose to park their own vehicles as well. When the lot gets busy, diners can turn to street parking. Need a break from the road? Public transportation is also convenient, with popular stops at Chicago-Brown (Brown, Purple), Merchandise Mart (Brown, Purple), and Chicago-Red (Red). Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out. All major credit cards are accepted.
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    325 W Huron St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Wildfire Restaurant
    Much of the menu at Wildfire—a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant with seven locations—is a nod to the 1940s supper club. Prime rib, hand-cut steaks encrusted with blue cheese or horseradish, and hearty seafood dishes, such as oven-roasted swordfish, come accompanied by au gratin potatoes and other sumptuous sides. The decor is also evocative of the era. A Chicago Reader writer describes the West Erie Street location as boasting “Sinatra on the sound system, stiff drinks at the bar, and massive black-and-white photos of GIs on furlough doing the Lindy Hop with pretty girls.” Each of the locations get a modern update, however, with cocktail and cooking classes as well as wine and beer events.
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    159 West Erie Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Fogo de Chao
    With the same meticulous preparation used in Brazil since 1979, the chefs at Fogo de Chao expertly grill 15 cuts of meat that are sliced to-order tableside. They flavor New Zealand lamb with a mint marinade, wrap filet mignon in bacon, and massage baby back pork ribs with a special wet and dry rub before fire-cooking each slab. The restaurant’s gaucho chefs then cart the speared meats from table to table, stopping to slice tender pieces onto guests’ plates and challenge one another to fencing matches. As a result, Zagat rated both the food and the kitchen-to-table service at very good to excellent.
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    661 N La Salle Dr
    Chicago, IL US
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