The atmosphere is similar to RPM Italian, sleek decor with black and cream tones, and an attractive waitstaff in tailored attire to boot. I stopped by with my friend Katie on a weeknight and the dining room was about half full. I didn't find it as loud and buzzing as RPM Italian which made conversations that much easier. The main floor of the restaurant has leather semi-circle booths scalloped around the dining room's border, with a bar at the entrance, and tables in the middle. I honestly thought the place would be bigger, but I really enjoyed the view from the comfy booth where we were seated. The mezzanine contains a private dining room where President Obama had dined recently. I'd say the crowd was a mix of business diners, couples celebrating special occasions, and groups of women, also celebrating special occasions. A meal at RPM Steak comes with a hefty price tag so it's certainly worthy of special occasion status.
After getting situated, our server (who was extremely knowledgeable, unlike my experience at RPM Italian) went over the menu with us and brought us our glasses of wine. We were also treated to an amuse-bouche which consisted of spicy tuna atop rice. It was quite tasty and I'd imagine is a good representation of some of the raw menu items including Japanese Yellowtail, and Tuna sashimi.
|Parker House Rolls with Rosemary Nordic Butter|
|Coal-Roasted King Crab|
We went with the 16 ounce USDA prime bone-in filet. Our server cut our filet tableside which made it very easy to split. It was quite a hefty portion but we also had no trouble finishing it. We ordered the filet medium rare and it was perfect. There's nothing worse to me than getting a steak overcooked so we went on the rare side and it was a great decision.
If you're not a steak eater, there are other options as well, including fish, seafood, and chicken. However, vegetarian options are limited to salads and sides.
|16 Ounce USDA Prime Bone-in Filet|
|Hen of the Woods Mushrooms|
|Millionaire's Potato: Double-Baked with Fontina & Black Truffle|
|14K Chocolate Cake|
I'm giving RPM Steak 4.5 ghosts for their professional and knowledgeable staff, fantastic selection of meats that give all other steakhouses in Chicago a run for their money, and that Millionaire's Potato!
66 W. Kinzie Street.
Chicago, IL 60654