400 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
Parking: Garage, Street, Validated
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
08/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
It is hard to make a blind decision, but with the help of reviews here, we gave Kinzie a try.
Service/ Atmosphere: happy on both fronts, dark, inviting, skips stuffy all-together, good bars drinks, nice pours, friendly, 10/10 overall
Food: we had Strip (wife), bone in Kansas City Strip (guy paying!)....excellent! I buy and cook steaks, but they have a special thing here, cooked HOT and great flavor, juicy, cooked perfectly to order (1Med, 1MedRar), gooood mush rissotto, and fair veggies, Tuna app was lightish on Tuna, but tasty, 9/10 overall
I'm not sure what happened to others with a 1star review (!!!??)? Seems with just the quality of product this place could do a 3/5 on a bad night. Guess you can't please 'em all as they say!
- Jim Meyer (Canton, OH)
06/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
During lunch hour in an Irish-named bar, a young bartender recommend a few steak houses to us, including a celebrity-named one. Fortunately for us, a couple of elderly men interrupted our talk. In a gravelly voice, one said, ""If you want a good steak, go to Kinzie's."" His friend agreed. (We went in early evening.)Truer words were never spoken. My aged ribeye was one of the best 3 steaks I have ever had. The expert waiter made this meal a princely experience, helping me to pair up a good California zinfandel with the steak. Salad, bread, entree, and wine all arrived in a timely manner. This was over 2 years ago, and I still have a vivid memory of it. I can't wait to visit Kinzie's again for a great steak.
05/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
i just moved into the area and tried my hand at this place last Sunday. i sat at the bar for 10 mins before the bartender even looked at me. another 10 mins went by before he took my order. WAY out of his depth.
i ordered scallops and the goat cheese. goat cheese was good but the scallops were raw when they came out. i bit into the first one then tried another. after many apologies from the bartender the same scallops came back out, reheated and still raw! i nearly threw them back at the kitchen.
i quickly asked for my check and as leaving the manager was lurking around asking people at the bar how their meal was. not me, i think i had a pi#sed off look on my face. no second chances here, too many better steakhouses in the city. you have been warned
07/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
When we got there we were craving, obviously Steaks... Since we were never there before, the waiter asked if we would like to see the types of meat cuts available. Now that's not something you see everyday.
He brought out a tray of all the different meats.. I chose the 14oz DELMONICO..Med , a fatty but juicy steak. My husband choose the 24oz Porterhouse.. Med Rare.. loved it..
This is not a chain type of resturant.. Like Sulllivan's. We are glad we choose this place.
05/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
When the server comes to the table with a basket of small slices of RAISIN BREAD(??) and Italian bread both of which are ice cold, and herbed butter that is still frozen, one would think the only way to go was up. Wrong! The supposed Caesar salad was limp with barely a hint of what tasted more like vinegar and oil than Caesar dressing. Since everything was ala carte, (salad, veges, potato of any sort) perhaps the Caesar dressing was ala carte also. Obviously any type of seasoning/steak butter/ wine sauce on the steak was ala carte also since it was completely lacking in any type of seasoning, etc and also lacked even a grilled taste. One steak was ordered medium rare, the other medium. The server did not know which was which and in cutting each steak, it was impossible to tell. This definitely is the poorest excuse for a steakhouse that we have ever patronized. We went to Kinzie on the recommendation of the concierge at our hotel. If it were possible to give a lower rating that 1 star, it would definitely get zero stars. If anyone recommends this restaurant, RUN, DON'T WALK IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION!!!
03/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Well the bar was the only highlight of the night, it is pretty hard to mess a drink up. I thought the steak was below average, I think I could see where the jockey was hitting it, I could get the same NY Strip at the Jewel. After being to almost all the steak houses in Chicago, I would say Gibsons, Chicago Chop House, Gene and G, Smith & Wol, Ruth Chris. And twenty later Kinzie, don't waste your money here!!!
03/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Kinzie with my boyfriend and two other friends for dinner last weekend and we had the greatest time! The bar was recommended by a friend so we had a drink in there first and then sat down to dinner. We had a cozy, great table and our server made great recommendations and went out of his way for us the whole time. My boyfriend had the NY strip steak which he loved and I had the rock shrimp risotto, which was perfect. We will definitely be back for dinner or even just for drinks...we've been looking for a place in the neighborhood with a comfortable atmosphere and feel recognized and welcome and we finally found it. Everyone was so nice from beginning to end and we love it!
02/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
kinzie chophouse is really average in everything from food, service to decor.They are neither outstanding or really bad, but in the middle. The steaks were ok but not really flavorful like they say, i had the filet and my wife had the n.y strip which was ok too. appetizers and sides were somewhat ok too, my only complaint is that the place is really small and tables are very close to each other.overall there is better places for a good steak and experience.
12/07/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Kinzie Chophouse has been around for a few years, but it still has a sleek vibe. Definitely a more casual and welcoming environment than most of the ""old school"" Chicago steak joints.
Pair that with a knockout wine list and excellently prepared steaks, and you have a winning combination. The waitstaff was also attentive and highly knowledgable. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially around the weekend dinner hours.
Hands-down one of the best steakhouses in the city, with prices to match. But sometimes the old cliche is true: At the Kinzie, you get what you pay for.
11/14/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Hands down best restaurant in town. Perfect follow-up to a Broadway show. The atmosphere was nice and relaxed. Not quite jeans and t-shirt, but otherwise quite relaxed. We are not traditionally beef eaters in our family. We had the Filet Mignon Medallions w/Shrimp. If we could eat at Kinzie everyday, we would be converts. The meet was so tender and delicious. The shrimp was fresh and succulent, and the red bell pepper risotto was excellent. We had cream puffs and butter rum cheesecake for dessert. We do not recommend the cream puffs (aka profiteroles), as they were made w/ice cream instead of sweet cream. However, the butter rum cheesecake was heavenly. Overall, the specialty martinis are fantastic, waitstaff is truly remarkable and attentive, and the food was so good that we could easily spend every weekend at Kinzie. The prices are also very reasonable for food of this caliber. If you are looking for a wonderful evening, in a relaxed yet cozy and romantic setting, and you want to experience fine dining at it's best----try Kinzie Chophouse.
10/19/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Other than an excellent wine list the Kinzie Chophouse was a major disappointment. The hotel concierge said it was the best kept secret in Chicago, well it should remain a secret. From greeting to seating to dining the restaurant staff left much to be desired. The hostess was cold, the matre'd was rude, the waiter was invisible and the steaks were tasteless and not prepared properly. I had a better steak from room service at my hotel. There is a phone book full of better places to spend your dining dollar and receive commensurate value.
09/27/2007Provided by Citysearch -
September is the annual IT&ME convention at the McCormick Center. For the past 4 years I have held my most important client dinner of the year at Kinzies'. Since this show is all about entertaining clients, we have to work hard to get the top clients to my event. I have a small company. I needed a restaurant that could compliment how I run my business. Kinzie's has become one of the top events of this show. This is the most wonderful restaurants that I have ever worked with. The staff is AWESOME, the food EXCELLENT, the Service OUTSTANDING. I can not begin to say how great Kinzies is to work with. If you are looking for a private room for an important event look no further, this restaurant has it all and I will return every year to host my client event
at Kinzies! Darlene Catan - IMN
09/24/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The food is outstanding and very well presented. The staff well educated and highly knowledgable about the food they are serving. The managers are attentive without being obtrusive. The manager Anita is a great representation of the personal touch and outstanding service, she greeted us at the door and periodically smiled and check on us throughout the night. Our server was also incredibly helpful and did an awesome job. It is a very well planned and well organized establishment with a will to succeed and the good sense to serve. I highly recommend Kinzie for it's outstanding service and harmonious atmosphere. It is well worth the trip and is resonabily priced. It is perfet for a large group or a small romantic dinner. The steaks melt in your mouth and the flavor is well seasoned without being overpowering. The chocalate flourless cake is one in a million. Two thumbs up!
09/23/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My friends and I went to Kinzie Chophouse last week. We were looking for a nice casual place to dine before going out dancing later. Even though dining was not our main goal for the evening, our experience was so tremendous, that we nearly forgot to go out dancing afterwards. Our server, Jason, was extremely friendly, knowlegeble, and willing to let us dine at our own pace. I really appreciate a waiter who doesn't rush me. He made several recommendations for our wine, not just selecting the most expensive bottles, but several different price levels (another bonus point). He also brought out a tray of steaks, showing us many different cuts. Again he recommended steaks at different price levels, not just the most expensive. I chose the bone-in ribeye, even though I was concerned it might be too much food for me. It was a big cut, but was so tasty, I didn't mind stuffing myself a bit! My salad (a cesar) was fresh and crisp, the dressing just right. And my side item, creamed spinach, was not overwhelmingly big, just the right size. It was so creamy and delicious, I nearly forgot to eat my steak! Most of my friends also had steaks and they were cooked perfectly. Another friend chose the Halibut and he said it was perfect. We were so stuffed, that we didn't want dessert, but the waiter said the cheesecake was to die for, so we ordered one for the table. It was so good, I almost ordered another one. In the end we planned on an hour and half dinner and ended up staying almost 3 hours. We were so suprised by the friendly staff, great food, and good wine, our plans changed. To me that is the mark of a great dining experience.
We will definately go back!
I have some major dietary restrictions, and the restaurant handled my requests with ease. The manager even stopped by our table to check that my food was prepared properly. Both of our meals were great! I especially loved the wine that our waiter helped choose for our meal.
I had a terrific meal at the Kinzie Chop House!
We started with the blackened scallops and the mussells, which were cooked to perfection.
The server was really informed and polite. I loved it when he brought out all the different cuts of meat and explained them all.
I chose the 8 oz. filet w/ bernaise while my friend did the ""Kinzie Cut"".
My friend is a wine rep, and she was really impressed with the wine list, saying it was well rounded and affordable.
The restaurant was really busy, and Anita the manager and the other door staff really went out of their way to make everyone feel at home.
in a nut shell, I can hardly wait to go back. I saw a few other menu items that I wanted to try and the bar looked really fun.
by the way, the I absolutely loved the flourless chocolate cake.
I have been to many steak houses, so when the bill came, I was expecting it to be much higher.
I will definitely go back!
This restaurant is truly a steak & wine celebration. If you want great steak, a filet mignon at Kinzie's is like butter. Their wine list is extensive and their staff is helpful and accommodating. I'll be going back for more good eats and to enjoy the warm & friendly atmosphere.
One of the few steakhouses of Chicago where you can dine and actually have and hear your conversation with the party you're with! This place is great for romantic dinners as well as power lunches and business dinners. Try the Oysters Rockefeller, served hot with melted cheese, spinach, a homemade hollandaise sauce and sprinkled with bacon bits as an appetizer and the South Beach Martini. Absolutey Delicious!