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Al’s Beef

#737 of 7,702 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
University Village / Little Italy
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1079 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4224
+1 312-226-4017
10:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 23:00
Fri 09:00 - 00:00
Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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2,976 reviews
2,314 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 493 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Most of the time when you go to Al's Beef, you are going for the beef sandwich, though there are other items on the menu. This Al's Beef is one of about a dozen beef stands in the Chicago area. We decided to go with the Al's Big Beef and we ordered it dipped with sweet peppers. It was delicious!... More 

Thank Allen21096
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52 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the taste of sandwich is normal, there wasn't anything which is extraordinary as told in the reviews... the service is slow and the packing is worst if you order wet sandwich...

Thank Kartik S
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107 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We are on a road trip and spent a night in Chicago. Read that Al's beef was good and drove 40 minutes to the W. Taylor's location. There's a parking lot outside the establishment. The employees greeted us and we had some questions as this was our first time. Well, the cashier must be having a bad day and was... More 

Thank WanderEyes
Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

I am a native who is constantly in the know...and the beef is delicious. That being said, where would you rather eat another beef sandwich? ANYWHERE BUT HERE! The staff is rude, money hungry, and the restaurant itself could use a good cleaning. Although there is seating outside, if the weather is inclement like it was yesterday, you have to... More 

1 Thank Cheryl C
Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 February 2017

If you are looking for a great beef sandwich, look no further. Al's has been around and at this location forever. There's a reason: great beef sandwich!

Thank del0711
Chicago, Illinois
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57 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

OK, first of all I was born & raised on Taylor St., so my review is and always will be favorable! I grew up on Al's Beef and have never been disappointed. I have always enjoyed the whole experience, especially being Italian makes it even better. A dipped beef with hot giardinera is the best. I know some people don't... More 

Thank Theresa N
1 review
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

The food was okay. Nothing to scream about. Upon walking into the establishment you will notice a female who is considerably rude. Not helpful at all. Did not want to even give straws after purchasing drinks and combo's. After spending nearly $100.00 in this establishment the rude worker wanted to argue about a drink I thought came with a combo.... More 

Thank anna j
Los Angeles
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68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Enjoyed the Italian beef. Tried the fries with cheese and Italian beef. - All good but eat it there. They get soggy after awhile. No seating inside the restaurant - standing only. Seats outside is where we ate at 36 degrees. Fun experience coming for Los Angeles. Would be nice to sit inside but there's not space to put chairs... More 

Thank TripperLosAngeles
Bristol, Tennessee
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55 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

If you are in Chicago and don't try an Italian Beef, then shame on you! While I have had this numerous times, my last visit was the first time I got it to go! I was leary about if the sandwich would hold up in the time it took to walk back to the hotel, but since they didn't have... More 

Thank VFL_Kenny
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163 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Yummmmy mouth watering Italian Beefs dipped with hot peppers is the waly i like it , and if i didn't live so far i eat there everyday best beef s in the area wow

Thank David A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Fast food, American
Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1079 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4224
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
  • Neighbourhood: University Village / Little Italy
  • Phone Number: +1 312-226-4017

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?