Stetson's Modern Steak + Sushi - Chicago
Rather than being a cavernous temples to carnivorousness, Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi is human-scaled, intimate though extraordinarily professional. Service is always what you’d expect from a top-notch restaurant, but there’s a strong sense of effortless sophistication that gives you space to have a good conversation while you enjoy your steak.
According to Crain’s Chicago Business, one of the city’s most reliable sources for restaurant critiques, Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi “is dressy enough for less formal entertaining, and there's adequate space between tables. The new menu created by executive chef Robert Lang is inviting, combining classic and contemporary dishes.”
In the open kitchen of Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi, chefs prepare grass-raised Angus beef, locally sourced within 250 miles of Chicago, including all the traditional cuts as well as some specialties, like dry rub “extra meaty” ribs and dry braised royal beef rib.
Enjoy exceptional seafood including sashimi/nigiri, as well as specialty preparations such as Skuna Bay salmon filet and day boat Cape Cod scallops.
An award-winning list of wines – sustainable, organic and biodynamic – provide a number of sips by the glass (most under $17), as well as sake, and for special occasions, several large format bottles. In keeping with the modernist theme, Stetsons offers iPads for wine selections, which is especially helpful as this electronic “sommelier” provides more detailed background than any human could probably have time to stand at your table and verbally deliver.
Like all higher-end restaurants, Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi pays attention to the little details that can make such a difference in the dining experience. For instance, instead of a regular bread plate, cheddar pop-overs send the signal that this is someplace special, a dining establishment that will go out of its way to pay attention to the little things.
As the name implies, Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi blends the joys of good red meat with high-quality catches from the sea. Many diners prefer to start with fish and make the meat their entrée, but there’s enough options on the menu to make it possible to eat all meat or all fish, with a few quality sides, and be very happy. The fish, which is flown in daily, is exceptional, and in a sense Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi is as much a fish house as it is a steakhouse.
Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi replaces the former Stetson’s Chop House, which was a dark and leathery boy’s club, with Sinatra and Dino on the loudspeakers, a grand piano and hushed tones. Stetson’s Chop House built on the reputation of Chicago as “Hog Butcher to the World,” the city of the Union Stock Yards, the city of red meat and lots of it, with, of course, potatoes. Stetson’s Chop House had a pressed tin ceiling, shining brass trim in the style of Parisian brasseries and early Chicago hotel restaurants, and etched glass. Nothing wrong with any of that, of course! Still, Stetson’s Chop House received cosmetic upgrades in 2002 that held onto some of its old timey furnishings and at that time was still one of the few Chicago steak houses that served dry-aged prime beef. Then in early 2013, the owners decided the place needed more than just a face lift.
General Manager Pete Karczewski has boasted that the new Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi is “anything but traditional,” and the swanky yet comfortable vibe is proof of that.
Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi was the first restaurant to open at the Hyatt Regency Chicago's after their $168 million renovation. The chic Hyatt Regency Chicago offers over 2,000 rooms with city and river views, as well as 240,000 square feet of event space for weddings and business functions. The hotel location, however, does not mean that Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi is a place for business travelers only; on any given evening, you’ll find that it attracts as many locals as it does out-of-towners.
Service at Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi has been applauded as top-notch, and the location is perfect if you want to spend time in the Loop with a short walk to the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, and Navy Pier, as well as four other on-site restaurants, each with a different feel and, of course, their own unique menus.
Chicago has some outstanding hotel restaurants, including NoMi in the Park Hyatt and Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse in the InterContinential. Still, if you tend to shy away from restaurants in hotels, Stetsons could turn you around.