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#141 of 7,702 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Near North Side
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616 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611-2712 (Ontario Street)
+1 312-660-6000
17:30 - 21:30
07:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 17:30 - 21:30
Sun - Sat 07:00 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner here in the past and it was excellent, with the changing of hands, no more David Burke, the restaurants menu has declined. Steak are still dry aged and tasty but the general atmosphere and changes to the menu are not improvements. We visited on a Saturday night and while most tables filled by the time we left, it... More 

Thank summerfish1971
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127 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Steakhouse is located at the ground floor of the James Hotel. The location is nice, but not outstanding. The lightening is quite dark and the noise extremely high. I had a dinner for one with 6 oysters (which were the smallest on I ever had in my life), then a beef tournedos with potatoes. The meat was very, very... More 

Thank Thomas_Moritz
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the worst steaks I have ever had in my life. The 40 day aged ribeye was tough as a shoe and tasteless, even though it was cooked correctly to medium rare. This restaurant should not be in business.

Thank Jim S
Johns Creek, Georgia
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187 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think this is a steakhouse that has been in the area for a while. The decor is nothing to write home about but the dry aged steaks are the best I ever had. Primehouse has several choices for dry aging - 28, 40, 55 and 75 day. The longer the aging, the more flavor and the more price. What's... More 

Thank Mark B
Singapore, Singapore
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140 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's certainly difficult to serve the best steaks in Chicago but I think the Primehouse at the James Hotel gets there. The meat is dry aged on site in a salt cellar and the results are world class. We tried the 40 day rib eye and the 35 day Kansas strip and were highly impressed. Can't wait to try the... More 

Thank sing_trav_888
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very nice old school steak house. Caesar salad is prepared table side and is very good. The uniquely aged beef varieties are excellent and grilled. It has a full wine list to fit all tastes and price ranges. The service is pleasant and efficient. This restaurant is priced accordingly with other top ranked steak houses.

Thank Malanothegreat
Omaha, Nebraska
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29 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every time I am in Chicago I go to Primehouse. The bartenders are some of the best in the city, so I usually eat at the bar. It always an outstanding meal and a great time.

Thank etre1
Arvada, Colorado
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had both a breakfast and a dinner here, since it was connected to The James hotel. Neither the food or service was above average. This area is surrounded by food choices, and really needs to step up their game, especially with the waitstaff.

Thank JHawn
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Party of 5. We had ribeye, filets and the Roasted chicken. The chicken and our steaks were cooked perfectly. Flavor was great. Our server was awesome. He did a great job even juggling a party of 8 behind us. So why the 3 stars...For the price of the dinners drinks and dessert a couple of things were off. There was... More 

Thank DirkPitt2005
Chippenham, UK
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59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

First night in Chicago staying at The James upstairs, stopped by for dinner. Drink in the bar first (excellent service) then into the restaurant for food. Superb piece of venison, perfectly cooked, with venison sausage, micro vegetables and a side of roasted potatoes with creme fraiche and cheddar. Excellent, attentive service throughout.

Thank JamesSkinner
Jacob S, Director of Food and Beverage at Primehouse, responded to this review

Dear JamesSkinner, Thank you for your recent review. We are thrilled to hear of your excellent dining experience at Primehouse. I'll be sure to share your feedback with our team. Thank you for your kind words and support! We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Sincerely Jacob Schwimmer More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:30
07:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:30
07:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:30
07:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:30
07:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:30
07:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
07:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 616 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611-2712
    (Ontario Street)
  • Public Transportation: Red Line- State and Grand
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighbourhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: +1 312-660-6000
Primehouse in The James Hotel features a modern steakhouse menu with hand-picked meats that are dry-aged for 28 to 75 days in a Himalayan salt-tiled aging room on premise. An intimate destination for special gatherings, the Private Dining Room is a noteworthy addition to the steakhouse. Conceived as a modern interpretation of the classic "chef's table" meant for private dining, it serves to complement the progressive fare. #1 Steakhouse in Chicago by Chicago magazine, Best Burger in the U.S. by Food & Wine, Best Steakhouses in the U.S. by USA Today.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?