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Golden Steer Steakhouse

7635 West Roosevelt Road
Forest Park, IL 60130

Meet us where legends are marinated

At the Golden Steer Steakhouse, the owners lament that the walls can’t talk. The Steer has served top-quality steaks and world-famous baked French onion soup to the rich and famous for more than 50 years.

This is where Elizabeth Taylor drank Jack Daniels (she preferred it poured neat!) and Blackhawks star Stan Mikita dined. But even before the steakhouse was known as the Steer, it was a watering hole for legends and legendary parties.

It started as an Irish Pub in 1934 that was known for its raucous Irish Wakes before transforming into the Pink Clock Lounge, which boasted a dance floor and a hideaway for notorious Chicago mobster Sam Giancana.

The dining room of today’s Golden Steer Steakhouse is the old dance floor of the Pink Clock, but, while some things have changed over the years, the white tablecloths, candles, and mirror art set the scenery exactly as it looked in 1969 when the Steer first opened its doors.

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The Golden Steer is open Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 10pm and Friday and Saturday from 3pm to 11pm. The Steer is closed on Sunday.


Steaks at the Golden Steer range from $20 to about $45. Since the steaks include the famous baked French onion soup, salad, and choice of potato, this is one of the best dinner deals around!

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The Golden Steer has always been a family affair. The steakhouse was opened by John Vlahos and his brother Taki in 1969.

In 1997, two cousins bought the restaurant. Kiriakos A. Tzouras and Kiriakos P. Tzouras (known as “Little Charlie” and “Big Charlie”) steered the Steer into some fame when Chicago’s Best gave the steakhouse a nod for the best baked French onion soup.

Today, you’ll find Kiriakos and Gus Tzouras (Gus is the brother of an original cousin and owner) cooking at the Steel alongside the next generation of Tzouras chefs.

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Located at 7635 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park, Golden Steer Steakhouse is just over a half-mile walk from the Forest Park Stop on the “L” Blue Line Train. It’s just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago.

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