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Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

As Kanye West once said in a tweet to Wiz Khalifa, “I am your OG and I will be respected as such.” In a Twitter battle between Chicago steakhouses, this would be Gibsons game winning one-liner.

We’re not dumb enough to play the “best steakhouse in Chicago” game, but Gibsons is definitely the most iconic. It’s the hallmark of the Viagra Triangle, but it’s not just big shot Gold Coasters and guys paying homage to The League. The crowd’s a mixed bag of regulars, tourists, and locals celebrating birthdays or other special occasions, and that’s no accident. While all other steakhouses skew stuffy, this place is as unpretentious as they come. Most likely because they have nothing to prove—your meal will speak for itself. Whether you’re Johnny Depp leaving a $4k tip (that happened), a local priest, or Average Joe off the streets, Gibsons makes everyone feel important, and it keeps everyone coming back.

I am your OG and I will be respected as such.

If you glean one thing from this review, it should be this: Gibsons steak is so good, The USDA gave them their own certification, USDA Gibsons Prime Angus beef. So yeah… get the steak. Your options will be wheeled over on a meat cart by the most charming server you’ve ever had, and for the full dog and pony show, he’ll bring the dessert cart too. Go in with the assumption that you’re about to spend a lot of money, and the confidence that it’ll all be worth it.

We're not trying to get in any Twitter fights, but if Gibsons isn’t in your Chicago steakhouse rotation, we'll unfollow you.

Food Rundown

Crabmeat Avocado

Half of an avocado, stuffed with lump crab meat and topped with fresh black pepper. There’s no way this can taste bad, but you’d also never expect it to taste this good.

Shrimp Cocktail

"If you’ve had one shrimp cocktail, you’ve had them all." Wrong. If you think that, you shouldn't be here. This shrimp cocktail is your basic setup, but with four of the largest and most delicious shrimp around.

W.R.’s Chicago Cut

Gibson’s signature 22 oz. bone-in ribeye. You may have to put in a little more work to cut around the fat, but well worth it. If you’ve never been to Gibson’s, start here.

Bone-In Filet Mignon

How do you improve on a pillow of medium-rare, red meat perfection? Leave the bone in.

Australian Lobster Tail with Turf

If you’re in a position to spend over $100 on your entree, by all means.

Lake Superior Whitefish

Planked whitefish with impressively piped mashed potatoes. A great alternative if, for some reason, you don’t want steak.

Double Baked Potato

Make strong side choices. This is a strong side choice.


You take one look at the cakes the size of your Prius, and your head says no, but as Kelly Clarkson said, “Listen To Your Heart.” Preferably in the direction of the Turtle Pie (pictured) or Black Forest Cake.

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