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    Post #1 - July 19th, 2005, 7:16 pm
    Post #1 - July 19th, 2005, 7:16 pm Post #1 - July 19th, 2005, 7:16 pm
    Anyone know if there are there any good places in Chicago that still do a tableside preperation of Steak Diane.
  • Post #2 - July 19th, 2005, 7:29 pm
    Post #2 - July 19th, 2005, 7:29 pm Post #2 - July 19th, 2005, 7:29 pm
    Don't know if they specifically have Steak Diane, but one place known for tableside prep is:

    Lutnia
    5532 W. Belmont Ave.
    773-282-5335
  • Post #3 - July 19th, 2005, 7:32 pm
    Post #3 - July 19th, 2005, 7:32 pm Post #3 - July 19th, 2005, 7:32 pm
    Steak Diane, prepared tableside (per tradition), is a regular menu item at RL Restaurant. I've never eaten there but Mrs. Kman and some friends are dining there later this month - I'll see if I can get a report.

    I think I was about 10 years old the first time I saw/sampled Steak Diane, at the Top of the Town restaurant in Hamilton, Bermuda. "Cool, the waiter set the steak on fire!" :)
  • Post #4 - July 19th, 2005, 7:36 pm
    Post #4 - July 19th, 2005, 7:36 pm Post #4 - July 19th, 2005, 7:36 pm
    Sabatino's does a very impressive steak diane, all tableside. It is, I believe, $45 for two people, which includes soup, salad, and potato.

    Finish it off with peaches flambe, bananas foster, cherries jubilee, or baked alaska.

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  • Post #5 - July 19th, 2005, 8:42 pm
    Post #5 - July 19th, 2005, 8:42 pm Post #5 - July 19th, 2005, 8:42 pm
    Algauer's in Northbrook (Hilton Hotel), on Milwaukee & Winkelman Rd (between Lake and Palatine) still does a tableside Steak Diane, and IIRC it was pretty darn good.
  • Post #6 - July 20th, 2005, 10:41 am
    Post #6 - July 20th, 2005, 10:41 am Post #6 - July 20th, 2005, 10:41 am
    Cafe La Cave in Des Plaines has a steak Diane that is really good. It's a restaurant that is like an old supper club. Their presentation is very showy with older waiters in tuxes but the end result is very enjoyable. They do a few other dishes tableside as well as desserts. The place has gotten pricey in recent years (probably to pay for the addition of the catering hall) It also was big for businessmen on expense accounts due to the proximity of O'Hare. It's worth a try.

    Cafe La Cave
    2777 Mannheim
    Des Plaines
    847-827-7818
  • Post #7 - July 20th, 2005, 2:27 pm
    Post #7 - July 20th, 2005, 2:27 pm Post #7 - July 20th, 2005, 2:27 pm
    RL prepares a lovely Steak Diane tableside in a lovely clubby atmosphere.
  • Post #8 - September 10th, 2017, 8:05 am
    Post #8 - September 10th, 2017, 8:05 am Post #8 - September 10th, 2017, 8:05 am
    The Lovely Donna wrote:Cafe La Cave in Des Plaines has a steak Diane that is really good. It's a restaurant that is like an old supper club. Their presentation is very showy with older waiters in tuxes but the end result is very enjoyable. They do a few other dishes tableside as well as desserts. The place has gotten pricey in recent years (probably to pay for the addition of the catering hall) It also was big for businessmen on expense accounts due to the proximity of O'Hare. It's worth a try.

    Cafe La Cave
    2777 Mannheim
    Des Plaines
    847-827-7818


    Mrs Willie & I dined at Cafe La Cave on Friday evening. Steak Dianne orders were still going strong as we noticed a number of tables enjoying the tableside preparation.

    We hadn't been to Cafe La Cave in quite some time, I could have sworn I recall them making tableside Caesar salad but that didn't happen on this visit with our order. Salad was good if heavy on the dressing.

    Mrs Willie ordered Seafood Medallions - Shrimp, Crab, and Scallops sautéed in a Lobster Brandy Sauce served with Risotto. Seafood was cooked perfectly, sauce delicious, only negative was the risotto wasn't quite the right texture.

    I had the Whole Dover Sole Francais - Lightly Floured and dipped in an egg mixture, pan fried and served with Toasted Almond Butter, Filleted Tableside. Having filleted many a fish & having a taskmaster of a father who was in the seafood business, I noticed that while the server was fast, he was not very good about maximizing the fish served to me, none the less, the sole was delicious and cooked perfectly. Suggestion, unless you REALLY like almond butter, ask the server to go easy on the butter, I had asked him to stop with the butter after he doused the first fillet.
    Last edited by Sweet Willie on September 11th, 2017, 10:22 am, edited 1 time in total.
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #9 - September 11th, 2017, 9:11 am
    Post #9 - September 11th, 2017, 9:11 am Post #9 - September 11th, 2017, 9:11 am
    I usually request whole fish prepped tableside to be left alone and I take care of it myself. That way you get to enjoy every bit - including the oft overlooked cheeks and eyes.
  • Post #10 - September 11th, 2017, 5:34 pm
    Post #10 - September 11th, 2017, 5:34 pm Post #10 - September 11th, 2017, 5:34 pm
    Cafe LaCave is still around? Best news I've read in a long time!
  • Post #11 - September 11th, 2017, 6:56 pm
    Post #11 - September 11th, 2017, 6:56 pm Post #11 - September 11th, 2017, 6:56 pm
    stoutisgoodfood wrote:I usually request whole fish prepped tableside to be left alone and I take care of it myself. That way you get to enjoy every bit - including the oft overlooked cheeks and eyes.

    Agreed.

    My Dad is a bit abrupt when he stops people from tampering with his fish.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
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  • Post #12 - September 11th, 2017, 7:49 pm
    Post #12 - September 11th, 2017, 7:49 pm Post #12 - September 11th, 2017, 7:49 pm
    JeffB wrote:Cafe LaCave is still around? Best news I've read in a long time!

    Agreed. I seem to remember reading some time back that it was closing but obviously my memory of that is, happily, incorrect.

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