Sam & Harry's Steakhouse offers modest prices amid sumptuous surroundings in northwest suburbs

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Sam & Harry's Steakhouse

1551 Thoreau Drive North

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center

Ambience: White-table elegance with a supercontemporary feel. Glass walls, leather chairs, curved booths, deep leather settees with throw pillows. Central wine room, trimmed in wood and glass, offers spacious privacy for a dozen or more guests. Walls hung with framed, celebrity-signed menus.  

Who eats: Work buddies from nearby office towers (there are tons), conventioneers, hotel guests.

Why eat: Surprisingly affordable, considering the sophisticated trappings. Can get away as cheaply as the $10 lunch special (soup/salad with half-sandwich). Even the steaks are smaller and less expensive (12-ounce top sirloin, $23) than the dinner-menu options.

Dress code: Polo shirts and slacks as far as the eye can see.

Service: Friendly, quick and efficient, well-equipped to handle lunchers with limited time.

Noise factor: Remarkably sedate for such a large, hard-surfaced room. Music plays so gently you have to strain to hear the lyrics.

Cellphone reception/ Wi-Fi: Good reception. Free Wi-Fi available to restaurant guests.

Menu: American chophouse with few surprises. Plenty of lighter dishes, including a half-dozen entree salads, for those not steak-inclined.

Reliable options: Rich and smooth lobster bisque ($8), cheese-smothered prime rib-eye sandwich ($14) with lively dijon mayo and great onion rings. Grilled salmon ($18) done perfectly. Housemade sorbet trio ($8) a nice, light meal-ender.  

Neighborhood: Northwest suburbs

Expect to pay: $40-$60 for two

Overheard: One group of office pals dishing on co-workers. Nothing scandalous.

Contacts: 847-303-4050; samandharrys.com; Twitter @samandharrys
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