216 E Sheridan St Ely
At the Ely Steak House the first items on the menu are fun, service and consistent quality. For owners Duke Bambas and Scott and Lisa Buckmaster, serving a delicious meal and providing a great atmosphere are what the restaurant business is all about.
They and their outstanding staff have continually striven towards these goals since the restaurant’s establishment in October of 1997. And, as anyone who has sat down in the restaurant or the lounge can attest, they’re doing a bang-up job of making these things happen.
“We originally opened the place with the intent of filling a niche that we saw was missing from the area,” said Bambas. “Scott and I wanted to give the folks coming out of the woods a place to go where they can enjoy a steak and a beer and simply have a good time.”
Indeed, Bambas and the Buckmasters have set a high bar for what people should expect when dining at the Steak House. They say that their staff is a big reason they’re able to do so.
“We’ve been extremely fortunate to formulate what we consider the finest staff in the Arrowhead,” said Bambas. “From our professional cooks to our dedicated wait staff to our top flight support team, we have some of the best in the business.”
The overall intrinsicality of the establishment is obvious from the moment one steps in the door. Whether it be a warm greeting from manager Linnea Bambas, sitting down for a perfectly cooked, juicy “kick-butt” steak or hand pattied signature “bucky” burger, or having an opportunity to hob nob with Ely’s movers and shakers, a trip to the Ely Steak House is an experience second to none.
And to add to the consistently fine dining, there’s always something going on.
“People can bring their knowledge in Tuesday for trivia night, enjoy a $1 tap on Wednesday during our beloved “hump” night, croon to their heart’s content Thursday or Saturday night during karaoke, rock out on Friday night playing guitar hero or bring in their musical talents for open mic night on Sunday,” said Bambas. “It’s all about making sure people have tons of fun when they come here.”
In addition, the cozy lounge offers two free pool tables and one of the top, if not the best, beer, wine and cordial selections in the area. There’s also an opportunity for a good old-fashioned game of foosball, bubble hockey or darts.
For Bambas and the Buckmasters, it all comes down to quality, from serving the finest “aged” angus beef, to the personalized, friendly service, right on down to the sparkling clean bathrooms.
“We truly pride ourselves in being a family-friendly, clean and safe environment,” said Bambas. “It’s the standard we’ve set for the place and it’s simply what we do.”
The Ely Steak House dining room is cheerfully open everyday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The lounge is open until 1 a.m. The restaurant sits on the top of the hill on Sheridan Street, where the sidewalk music can be heard seven days a week. They offer a comfortable, covered outdoor smoking area and also have several vegan entrees on the menu for the non-meat eaters in the group. Reservations are not necessary but always recommended.
So stop on by the Ely Steak House. Whether it’s for a meal or a drink or two, you’ll be glad you did.