100 South Chop House & Grille

★★★★☆
  • 100 S York St

    Elmhurst, IL 60126

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  • 630-782-9091

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I have spent the past 48 hours trying to write this in the most calm mannered way, as to provide a useful review for future patrons, rather than an all out rant on the most unprofessional, atrocious dining experience I have ever had. So to

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I have spent the past 48 hours trying to write this in the most calm mannered way, as to provide a useful review for future patrons, rather than an all out rant on the most unprofessional, atrocious dining experience I have ever had. So to

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The worst experience I have ever had in a "nice place." \r
On Saturday, I brought in a party of twelve in for a celebration, none of us having been there before. The experience was terrible from start to finish. We arrived at 7:19 for a

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★★★★★

The worst experience I have ever had in a "nice place." \r
On Saturday, I brought in a party of twelve in for a celebration, none of us having been there before. The experience was terrible from start to finish. We arrived at 7:19 for a

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Years ago i went to this place and loved it but simply could not afford to go there often. A few weeks ago my wife and i went there and it was simply succulent. The steaks were cooked to perfection and the bottles of wine are very cheap

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★★★★★

Years ago i went to this place and loved it but simply could not afford to go there often. A few weeks ago my wife and i went there and it was simply succulent. The steaks were cooked to perfection and the bottles of wine are very cheap

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Overall, this place is one of the best steakhouses i personally have ever been to, it is very reasonably priced and serves the primest of meats i have come across even comparable to wildfire. The martinis are very tasty and this place is

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★★★★★

Overall, this place is one of the best steakhouses i personally have ever been to, it is very reasonably priced and serves the primest of meats i have come across even comparable to wildfire. The martinis are very tasty and this place is

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so, i used to go in this place and the service and food had steadily declined. i suspect that it was a managerial problem as this summer it went under new ownership and seems to be MUCH better. the menu is different, and while it's missing some of the things i used to love, it has others that i NOW love, so go figure. also, the prices have been dropped and steaks seem to be of much better quality. one more thing is they used to play the same what seemed like four frank sinatra songs over and over and over. music is more to my liking too now, being more like an ambient lounge mix. overall, a very good experience...

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★★★★☆

so, i used to go in this place and the service and food had steadily declined. i suspect that it was a managerial problem as this summer it went under new ownership and seems to be MUCH better. the menu is different, and while it's missing some of the things i used to love, it has others that i NOW love, so go figure. also, the prices have been dropped and steaks seem to be of much better quality. one more thing is they used to play the same what seemed like four frank sinatra songs over and over and over. music is more to my liking too now, being more like an ambient lounge mix. overall, a very good experience...

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This place is arguably the worst restaurant in Elmhurst. Not only is the owner a cheap you know what (refusing a $15.00 gift certificate...you think the mob could afford $15.00 right?), but also extremely rude with no respect for customers. I was born and raised in Elmhurst and the owner flat out insulted me when I tried to argue my point (my point being I wanted to use my gift certificate...pretty simple), calling me a spoiled b**** and then refusing the certificate. I don't know about anyone else, but I was always taught that the customer was right. The food was bad on top of that. The only other time I dined at 100 South, I had a martini spilled in my crotch by the waiter who reacted by saying "I gotta go". I guess sorry is out of style. My fault for returning a second time. 1 star is saying way too much but it's the minimum. Do yourself a favor and go across the street to Wine and Vine.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is arguably the worst restaurant in Elmhurst. Not only is the owner a cheap you know what (refusing a $15.00 gift certificate...you think the mob could afford $15.00 right?), but also extremely rude with no respect for customers. I was born and raised in Elmhurst and the owner flat out insulted me when I tried to argue my point (my point being I wanted to use my gift certificate...pretty simple), calling me a spoiled b**** and then refusing the certificate. I don't know about anyone else, but I was always taught that the customer was right. The food was bad on top of that. The only other time I dined at 100 South, I had a martini spilled in my crotch by the waiter who reacted by saying "I gotta go". I guess sorry is out of style. My fault for returning a second time. 1 star is saying way too much but it's the minimum. Do yourself a favor and go across the street to Wine and Vine.

Pros: it will soon be out of business

Cons: mike spilotro

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First things first: DONT BE FOOLED. This place does not serve USDA Prime steaks.

They may advertise "prime steaks", but nowhere on the menu or on the premises will you see anything advertising USDA Prime steaks. If this isn't clear enough, check out the menu. The "Twin Filets" are two 4 oz filet mignons $25 plus or minus a couple bucks (I forget). Nowhere in the country can you buy USDA Prime steak that cheap. Another example: I had a 15 oz Filet Mignon for $38. If it were USDA Prime, I would expect it to be double that price for such a large filet.

Now, be that as it may, my 15 oz Filet Mignon was quite good. I order it with the homemade bearnaise sauce and was very satisfied. I think without the sauce it would have been a little lacking in flavor, but that's typical of filet mignon and it wasnt advertised as marinated or seasoned in any way. I was amazed at how well they cooked such a monster piece of steak. It was like the size of a softball, but cooked exactly to my liking.

My fiancee's 16 oz porterhouse is another story: An absolute disaster. Cooked the way she ordered it on the inside, but gray color on the outside. Gristle on the sides. Very small section of filet, and the strip side was very fatty. Not good marbleing, very thin, and overall it just looked like a discount volume pakced steak. A huge disappointment and rip off for $30.

The appetizers consisted of ritolo and bacon wrapped scallops with an applewood sauce. Both were a perfect 10/10, no complaints.

The sides were steamed broccoli, baked macaroni, and garlic mashed potatoes. All of the sides were $6 and were not worth their price in my opinion. They were cooked fine. Honestly, the broccoli was good, but the mashed and macaroni were nothing special. Granted we were full, since we are steak first, so we didnt finish most of the sides, but definitely not worth $6 a piece.

The waiter was great, no complaints. When we checked in, they did not have our reservation, which I dont know why because we made it the night before. No worries though, because they had maybe 6 tables in use. This was a sure fire sign that we were not in a great place, since it was a Saturday night at 7:30pm.

The place advertises itself as a 50's era club, so I dont know what's with the leopard print cloths in the booths. Also, if I can make just one complaint in the atmosphere/ambience department it would be this: PAPER TABLE CLOTHS. The definition of tacky. And to add insult to injury, they place it on top of the white linen cloths. We had a nice newspaper style crumbling noise to go with our dinner everytime we moved.

Overall, the place tries to hard to impress and leaves with a sense of "I overpaid and got underserved." Again, the waiter was fine, but the overall experience left us not wanting to return again. Should have heeded the other reviews.

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★★☆☆☆

First things first: DONT BE FOOLED. This place does not serve USDA Prime steaks.

They may advertise "prime steaks", but nowhere on the menu or on the premises will you see anything advertising USDA Prime steaks. If this isn't clear enough, check out the menu. The "Twin Filets" are two 4 oz filet mignons $25 plus or minus a couple bucks (I forget). Nowhere in the country can you buy USDA Prime steak that cheap. Another example: I had a 15 oz Filet Mignon for $38. If it were USDA Prime, I would expect it to be double that price for such a large filet.

Now, be that as it may, my 15 oz Filet Mignon was quite good. I order it with the homemade bearnaise sauce and was very satisfied. I think without the sauce it would have been a little lacking in flavor, but that's typical of filet mignon and it wasnt advertised as marinated or seasoned in any way. I was amazed at how well they cooked such a monster piece of steak. It was like the size of a softball, but cooked exactly to my liking.

My fiancee's 16 oz porterhouse is another story: An absolute disaster. Cooked the way she ordered it on the inside, but gray color on the outside. Gristle on the sides. Very small section of filet, and the strip side was very fatty. Not good marbleing, very thin, and overall it just looked like a discount volume pakced steak. A huge disappointment and rip off for $30.

The appetizers consisted of ritolo and bacon wrapped scallops with an applewood sauce. Both were a perfect 10/10, no complaints.

The sides were steamed broccoli, baked macaroni, and garlic mashed potatoes. All of the sides were $6 and were not worth their price in my opinion. They were cooked fine. Honestly, the broccoli was good, but the mashed and macaroni were nothing special. Granted we were full, since we are steak first, so we didnt finish most of the sides, but definitely not worth $6 a piece.

The waiter was great, no complaints. When we checked in, they did not have our reservation, which I dont know why because we made it the night before. No worries though, because they had maybe 6 tables in use. This was a sure fire sign that we were not in a great place, since it was a Saturday night at 7:30pm.

The place advertises itself as a 50's era club, so I dont know what's with the leopard print cloths in the booths. Also, if I can make just one complaint in the atmosphere/ambience department it would be this: PAPER TABLE CLOTHS. The definition of tacky. And to add insult to injury, they place it on top of the white linen cloths. We had a nice newspaper style crumbling noise to go with our dinner everytime we moved.

Overall, the place tries to hard to impress and leaves with a sense of "I overpaid and got underserved." Again, the waiter was fine, but the overall experience left us not wanting to return again. Should have heeded the other reviews.

Pros: Scallops, Ritolo

Cons: Petit Porterhouse

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I was there on Friday and had the best expierence ever!!!! The fish was absoltuely fabulous.....and I am not one for fish! The presentation of the food was brillant and the sides were ooh sooo good!!! There was about 8 of us in my party and eveyone had the fish fry and everyone left full and satisfied but still wanting more.....I can not say enough good things about the restaurant, the staff and everyone there. You can bet we will be there every friday because that's how great it was!!!

Great FOOD, Great DRINKS, Great FUN.....Who could ask for more!!!!

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★★★★★

I was there on Friday and had the best expierence ever!!!! The fish was absoltuely fabulous.....and I am not one for fish! The presentation of the food was brillant and the sides were ooh sooo good!!! There was about 8 of us in my party and eveyone had the fish fry and everyone left full and satisfied but still wanting more.....I can not say enough good things about the restaurant, the staff and everyone there. You can bet we will be there every friday because that's how great it was!!!

Great FOOD, Great DRINKS, Great FUN.....Who could ask for more!!!!

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We came there for dinner on Friday and had an awful experience of it. My husband had a great portabello sandwich, and i ordered the fish fry. My first order came with burned, obviously reheated potatoes and 2 of the 3 pieces of fish were spoiled. Waiter didn't apologize and ignored my request to speak with the chef, or to have the chef taste what I was sending back as I wanted to be discreet. He brought 2 more pieces of fish (didn't even offer fresh potatoes or a clean plate and fork), and one of THEM was spoiled as well. I used the bread plate and my husband's fork because he disappeared. Luckily I didn't eat enough of the spoiled fish pieces to get very sick from it, but did fight with a stomach ache for a good 24 hours from it, and yes, it was from the fish, not the flu - I'm a nurse, so I know the difference. No adjustment on the tab either, which would have a good thing to do to save face on an ugly situation. They even were aware that we were considering them for a group dinner for 20 people and were there to scout them out!

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★☆☆☆☆

We came there for dinner on Friday and had an awful experience of it. My husband had a great portabello sandwich, and i ordered the fish fry. My first order came with burned, obviously reheated potatoes and 2 of the 3 pieces of fish were spoiled. Waiter didn't apologize and ignored my request to speak with the chef, or to have the chef taste what I was sending back as I wanted to be discreet. He brought 2 more pieces of fish (didn't even offer fresh potatoes or a clean plate and fork), and one of THEM was spoiled as well. I used the bread plate and my husband's fork because he disappeared. Luckily I didn't eat enough of the spoiled fish pieces to get very sick from it, but did fight with a stomach ache for a good 24 hours from it, and yes, it was from the fish, not the flu - I'm a nurse, so I know the difference. No adjustment on the tab either, which would have a good thing to do to save face on an ugly situation. They even were aware that we were considering them for a group dinner for 20 people and were there to scout them out!

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We had dinner for 12 and then threw a party for over 125 people right after dinner! The manager and employees were very accommodating! Service was excellent and the different room available for people with different tastes was very refreshing! They have a room big enough for over 100 people to stand and socialize, they have swank for people to dance and enjoy a martini as well as the main bar for others to belly up to the bar! Seemed to have something for everyone! It was a nice experience.

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★★★★☆

We had dinner for 12 and then threw a party for over 125 people right after dinner! The manager and employees were very accommodating! Service was excellent and the different room available for people with different tastes was very refreshing! They have a room big enough for over 100 people to stand and socialize, they have swank for people to dance and enjoy a martini as well as the main bar for others to belly up to the bar! Seemed to have something for everyone! It was a nice experience.

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My husband and I went to 100 South last night. We used to dine there at least once a month but the food quality had gone downhill over the last few years and we stopped going all together. Hoping that the food qualtiy had improved, we tried it once again. It had not. Food came out cool or slightly warm. We had to send food back twice for reheating. Steaks were grizzley and no taste- Both of us were disappointed. 100 South is overpriced and the food quality is poor. We werent surprised that there were a lot of empty tables. Staff was nice last night , but we had had problems in the past with poor service.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I went to 100 South last night. We used to dine there at least once a month but the food quality had gone downhill over the last few years and we stopped going all together. Hoping that the food qualtiy had improved, we tried it once again. It had not. Food came out cool or slightly warm. We had to send food back twice for reheating. Steaks were grizzley and no taste- Both of us were disappointed. 100 South is overpriced and the food quality is poor. We werent surprised that there were a lot of empty tables. Staff was nice last night , but we had had problems in the past with poor service.

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I had the misfortune of dining at 100 South recently, live in Elmhurst and after all the hype about how good this place is was excited to check it out. Went on the early side, as we were heading downtown afterwards for a show, heard about the "early bird" specials, which is always good news when checking out a new place with folks on a budget. The entire restaurant smelled of stale smoke which was the first turn off, next was our horrible waiter, we had to go get our own "early Bird" menus because neither the waiter or the hostess brought them when asked. Waiter was sarcastic and disrespectful to my mother when she could not read the menu (very dark/no lights) We all decided to order from the special menu, as it was so early and we were on a time crunch, waiter showed genuine disappointment that we did, and failed to ask regarding our "sides" requests, we had to bring up....he then remarked...."well No one ususally orders from this menu anyway, so I am not used to it". What he is not used to is courtesy. All of us finished our cocktails before our meals arrived and there was no offer to get us another drink or a glass of wine until our meals were finished. The busboy actually reached over my mother's plate and instructed me to hand him my plate, verses coming to my side of the table. We were looking for a good meal, a nice bottle of wine, and a decadent desert with espresso. We ate an ok meal, and left. Enjoyed our desert somewhere else where the service and atmosphere was much more pleasant. The restaurant was nearly empty at the time we were there, so our lack of service was not a result of a staffing issue. We won't return, and we won't recommend to our neighbors and friends in town.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had the misfortune of dining at 100 South recently, live in Elmhurst and after all the hype about how good this place is was excited to check it out. Went on the early side, as we were heading downtown afterwards for a show, heard about the "early bird" specials, which is always good news when checking out a new place with folks on a budget. The entire restaurant smelled of stale smoke which was the first turn off, next was our horrible waiter, we had to go get our own "early Bird" menus because neither the waiter or the hostess brought them when asked. Waiter was sarcastic and disrespectful to my mother when she could not read the menu (very dark/no lights) We all decided to order from the special menu, as it was so early and we were on a time crunch, waiter showed genuine disappointment that we did, and failed to ask regarding our "sides" requests, we had to bring up....he then remarked...."well No one ususally orders from this menu anyway, so I am not used to it". What he is not used to is courtesy. All of us finished our cocktails before our meals arrived and there was no offer to get us another drink or a glass of wine until our meals were finished. The busboy actually reached over my mother's plate and instructed me to hand him my plate, verses coming to my side of the table. We were looking for a good meal, a nice bottle of wine, and a decadent desert with espresso. We ate an ok meal, and left. Enjoyed our desert somewhere else where the service and atmosphere was much more pleasant. The restaurant was nearly empty at the time we were there, so our lack of service was not a result of a staffing issue. We won't return, and we won't recommend to our neighbors and friends in town.

Pros: nice selection to choose from

Cons: Service, Service, Service, Very smokey

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Although South is a very popular and "happening" place, we found that the food was really average at best and was the only reason for 3 stars. The staff was incredibly friendly, and the atmosphere was quite elegant. Really felt well served .. but, portions were small and food was average.

PROS: Staff, atmosphere
CONS: food was average, especially for the price

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★★★☆☆

Although South is a very popular and "happening" place, we found that the food was really average at best and was the only reason for 3 stars. The staff was incredibly friendly, and the atmosphere was quite elegant. Really felt well served .. but, portions were small and food was average.

PROS: Staff, atmosphere
CONS: food was average, especially for the price

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Not sure this is a "hip" place, even for Elmhurst, but it was a good steakhouse. Like Morton's, Ruth Chris etc they provide huge portions of everything for example sides and dessert..so order to share. Note just about everything is ala carte, including sauces. I have tried the cognac peppercorn which was good.

Steaks are usually well prepared, intersting wine list with multiple selections of Gaja which I did not expect. High corkage, $20 and unlike many other restaurants they don't waive it if you buy one of their bottles as well....not a deal breaker though.

Service was good, not as effecient as you would see at the aforementioned steak houses, although not as aloof either.

Bottom line: Good not great and similar in value to the chains

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★★★☆☆

Not sure this is a "hip" place, even for Elmhurst, but it was a good steakhouse. Like Morton's, Ruth Chris etc they provide huge portions of everything for example sides and dessert..so order to share. Note just about everything is ala carte, including sauces. I have tried the cognac peppercorn which was good.

Steaks are usually well prepared, intersting wine list with multiple selections of Gaja which I did not expect. High corkage, $20 and unlike many other restaurants they don't waive it if you buy one of their bottles as well....not a deal breaker though.

Service was good, not as effecient as you would see at the aforementioned steak houses, although not as aloof either.

Bottom line: Good not great and similar in value to the chains

Pros: local, wine list, portions

Cons: wine list prices, BT Glass selection, staff professionalism

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Met two of our friends at the awesome place...Had a 8:00 reservation..seated us promptly..Sat us by the kitchen so we asked to be moved..and they were very accomadating..appetizers were great..dinner was excellant..drink were awesome..can't wait to go back..would highly recommend this place..nice alternative to chain places..

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★★★★★

Met two of our friends at the awesome place...Had a 8:00 reservation..seated us promptly..Sat us by the kitchen so we asked to be moved..and they were very accomadating..appetizers were great..dinner was excellant..drink were awesome..can't wait to go back..would highly recommend this place..nice alternative to chain places..

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there wasnt any valet when we got there. We were asked if we had reservations and was given a nod of unapproval when told we did not.
We decided to stay anyway. There are no other steak houses to mine or my guests knowledge of another steakhouse. I dine out approximately 6 evenings a week. So I was thrilled to check out a new spot. I found them to be full of themselves. Food was good to very good. Not great. Only my tenderloin came with gravy. YICK. Gravy on a tenderloin. Go figure.
Needless to say, we wont go back. Chicago is alittle further but so into service and value that it cannot be beat. I will pass on this place for good

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★☆☆☆☆

there wasnt any valet when we got there. We were asked if we had reservations and was given a nod of unapproval when told we did not.
We decided to stay anyway. There are no other steak houses to mine or my guests knowledge of another steakhouse. I dine out approximately 6 evenings a week. So I was thrilled to check out a new spot. I found them to be full of themselves. Food was good to very good. Not great. Only my tenderloin came with gravy. YICK. Gravy on a tenderloin. Go figure.
Needless to say, we wont go back. Chicago is alittle further but so into service and value that it cannot be beat. I will pass on this place for good

Pros: convienient location

Cons: bad workers

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The 100 South Chop House is one of the suburbs' real gems. The decor is 50s style and makes you think of Sinatra and the Rat Pack. The food is great, but you better make reservations on the weekends because the place is always packed.

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★★★★★

The 100 South Chop House is one of the suburbs' real gems. The decor is 50s style and makes you think of Sinatra and the Rat Pack. The food is great, but you better make reservations on the weekends because the place is always packed.

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I can't honestly rate this restaurant, because they don't honor reservations. I made reservations for my wife and my anniversary, a week in advance, and specifically requested seating in the smoking area. The person taking the reservation stated they had smoking tables in the lounge. When we arrived, they were going to seat us in the dining area which is non-smoking. I reminded them I had specifically requested smoking. I was told those tables were all in use and I might have to wait a couple of hours, however, if we could find a seat at the bar, which was crowded, we could eat there. An anniversary dinner at the bar???? No way. We left and went to another nearby restaurant. If you're a smoker, I wouldn't recommend this restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

I can't honestly rate this restaurant, because they don't honor reservations. I made reservations for my wife and my anniversary, a week in advance, and specifically requested seating in the smoking area. The person taking the reservation stated they had smoking tables in the lounge. When we arrived, they were going to seat us in the dining area which is non-smoking. I reminded them I had specifically requested smoking. I was told those tables were all in use and I might have to wait a couple of hours, however, if we could find a seat at the bar, which was crowded, we could eat there. An anniversary dinner at the bar???? No way. We left and went to another nearby restaurant. If you're a smoker, I wouldn't recommend this restaurant.

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I hear the weekends are a bit crazy there, so I recommend stopping by during the week. I've never had a bad time at 100 South, whether dining alone at the bar or celebrating dinner with others. The food is great and there's something for everyone and all price ranges. Great wine list, great steaks, chops and burgers. Always entertainment as well. 10 oz martinis ROCK! Hard to leave 100 South sober.

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★★★★★

I hear the weekends are a bit crazy there, so I recommend stopping by during the week. I've never had a bad time at 100 South, whether dining alone at the bar or celebrating dinner with others. The food is great and there's something for everyone and all price ranges. Great wine list, great steaks, chops and burgers. Always entertainment as well. 10 oz martinis ROCK! Hard to leave 100 South sober.

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On a whim, we decided to try this restaurant. What a jewel we found. The appitizers were great and the steaks even better. The pasta dish my wife had rated an A+ with her(and that doesn't happen often). The atmosphere was fun and enjoyable. We'll definitely be back.

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★★★★★

On a whim, we decided to try this restaurant. What a jewel we found. The appitizers were great and the steaks even better. The pasta dish my wife had rated an A+ with her(and that doesn't happen often). The atmosphere was fun and enjoyable. We'll definitely be back.

Pros: Moderate priced, Lively atmosphere

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I love this place. The steaks are perfect. And, I consider myself an expert since it is my favorite food & I have eaten at many of the top steakhouses all over the country. Perfect filet. The atmosphere is good, a nice nostalgic trip. The service was good too. I would definitley recommend this place over a chain type restaurant like Wildfire (nothing against them, its just that this place has a little more character and a few less characters). For steak in the suburbs, or against any steakhouse, you won't regret choosing this place.

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★★★★★

I love this place. The steaks are perfect. And, I consider myself an expert since it is my favorite food & I have eaten at many of the top steakhouses all over the country. Perfect filet. The atmosphere is good, a nice nostalgic trip. The service was good too. I would definitley recommend this place over a chain type restaurant like Wildfire (nothing against them, its just that this place has a little more character and a few less characters). For steak in the suburbs, or against any steakhouse, you won't regret choosing this place.

Pros: great steaks

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Excellent bar. Drinks are big and tasty. But the food is severely lacking. Of the 4 of us none was satisfied with the meal. My steak came out cold. The Osso Buco tasted like it was made last week. Service was mediocre at best. And to top it off, the dining room is so loud you can barely hear yourself think.

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★☆☆☆☆

Excellent bar. Drinks are big and tasty. But the food is severely lacking. Of the 4 of us none was satisfied with the meal. My steak came out cold. The Osso Buco tasted like it was made last week. Service was mediocre at best. And to top it off, the dining room is so loud you can barely hear yourself think.

Pros: bar

Cons: everything else

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Convivial and Rat Pack-reverent, this swank, '50s-style supper club is done in warm wood and shades of mustard, with walls covered in vintage Hollywood photos. Casual suburban locals dig into steaks and chops, plus…

 

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