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Maybe it sounds touristy, but I think they do such good job at Joe’s Stone Crab. I think Lettuce Entertain You has done such a good job with its partnership with Joe’s here in Chicago. I always get great service there; it’s a great place.
Chicago Cut has the exciting kind of wide-open dining room feel — it’s the see-and-be-seen steakhouse. It’s right on the water and has a great patio, so I like that, too.
One of the newest on the scene is on my list of favorite restaurants: Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf, from local restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff. Opened last year, Bavette’s pays homage to the best elements of classic steakhouses—from the personable service at your table to the wood paneling behind your booth—and embellishes it within a handsome, dimly lit den of fine dining. Service is thorough but casual, and on the plates are killer steaks and chops, plus an incredible wedge salad and cocktails worth the trip alone.
Perhaps Chicago’s best-loved steakhouse is Gene & Georgetti in River North. Founded in 1941, it’s a classic room—rosewood paneling, red and white tablecloths, leather bar stools lining the long wooden bar—but doesn’t feel dated, thanks to its owners’ care for keeping diners interested.
One of seven David Burke–owned restaurants across the country, David Burke’s Primehouse is a modern interpretation of a classic American steakhouse. Seven years in, it recently underwent a massive renovation which refreshed and expanded its bar--a great spot to settle in for a long, enjoyable meal beyond the cozy dining room. In addition to classics (filet mignon, aged ribeye) are a handful of modern additions, like wagyu beef sashimi and tempura veggies.