Berghoff Catering and Restaurant Group
Berghoff Catering and Restaurant Group

Berghoff Catering and Restaurant Group

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.berghoffgroup.com/
  • Phone: 3124273170
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open for Lunch and Dinner
    Monday - Friday: 11AM-9PM
    Saturday: 11:30AM-9PM
    Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, German, American
  • Executive Chef: Matt Reichel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Berghoff Catering's cuisine is rooted in the use of seasonal ingredients, carefully tailored to clients’ needs. From classic comfort foods to cutting-edge cuisine and all the flavors of the world, the Berghoff culinary team customizes menus offering compelling dishes. Beyond food, Berghoff Catering, a full-service company, can provide complete and versatile event coordination. From corporate entertaining to full-service events and weddings, Berghoff Catering can handle every detail, creating flawless, memorable events with exquisite food and the highest level of customer service.
  • Special Events: Berghoff can cater your event off-premise, at some of the city's most exciting special event venues, or host your event onsite at the historic Berghoff. From corporate entertaining to full-service events and weddings, Berghoff can handle every detail.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Street
  • Public Transit: Located in the heart of Chicago's Loop, easily accessible by CTA's Red, Blue, Green, Brown, Orange, and Pink lines and numerous bus routes.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Reduced parking validations.
A word from Berghoff Catering and Restaurant Group
Berghoff Catering and Restaurant Group is a Chicago landmark, serving German-style cuisine and culture since 1898. One of the oldest family-run businesses in the nation, it is now run by fourth generation, Carlyn Berghoff. At today’s Berghoff, menus have evolved to add newer, lighter and more contemporary dishes, but it’s still the same old Berghoff, down to the famous root beer.

Open for lunch and dinner, the Berghoff’s wide variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrées is sure to satisfy everyone in your party. With fresh ingredients, seasonal menus and vegetarian & gluten-free dishes, it's “tradition with a twist!”

Private Dining - Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group provides a truly unique event experience within the setting of the historic Berghoff building. Host your next event in one of our four private rooms. Contact us to start planning today!
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120 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)great for lunch (43)good for groups (41)special occasion (23)fit for foodies (19)kid-friendly (13)vibrant bar scene (10)romantic (8)great for brunch (4)hot spot (4)notable wine list (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Still a good place
    VissidarteVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    for honest and decent German food! The server, Anthony, is a delight and a refreshing addition 2 the team! The front desk person was welcoming and charming! A winning team representing the eatery well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent German food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I had the pretzel, Jaeger schnitzel, and the house root beer. The food was great, the root beer good but not great. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Lovetodine
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I was delighted to see that the food was great and had that authentic German flavor. It was priced fairly and was of great quality. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Place for Workday Lunch
    Art6288
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Our office went to lunch at the Berghoff Restaurant and like most Loop office workers, want to get a good meal as efficiently as possible. The service here is always good, meals are served without delay, and the German fare is varied and well prepared. Prices are reasonable for a sit-down restaurant in the Loop. We've been here many times before and will be back again. I'm particularly fond of the Berghoff root beer, which is sweet and mildly effervescent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the old school
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Berghoffs has great food (I love their sauerbraten), very friendly service that really knows the menu, and is the last of the real old school german beer halls. Cannot wait to go back. I took a first date there for dinner as it is close to both of our offices. I told the waitress we were going to be her slow table tonight (getting to know each other, talking, laughing). The waitress suggested a beer to help the conversation (Oktoberfest!) and told us to take our time and just let her know when we were ready. The waitress was very sweet and checked up on us from time to time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A delicious icon in downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Leave the Art Institute tired and hungry...walk a few short blocks west and replenish your stomach and your soul, and let the German ambiance and menu restore you. I have been at this restaurant about 5 times across the last 40 years, and will come back every time I visit Chicago...it never fails to deliver!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fast lunch service
    CHIguyVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Sandwich orders came out quickly during lunch in the dining room. I was impressed with the speed. The Reuben was terrific!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay food Poor management
    Seth
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I was very disappointed with my recent dining experience. My wife is a native Chicagoan and had many found memories of Berfoffs. I decided to surprise her and booked a reservation. The food is cafeteria quality, which is fine, I ordered a burger and my wife ordered the taste of Berfoff, which comes with samples of most popular dishes and a dessert. She wanted to switch out the apple strudel dessert for another option. I was surprised when after the waiteress checked with her manager she informed us she could not. I clearly understand there may be a cost difference and would have gladly paided the difference but not to give your customers options is simply poor management. I can not recommend this restaurant.
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  • Reliable restaurant
    JandBVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The Berghoff has something for everyone on the menu and the food is consistently good. We had the sausages and dark beer this time for a change of pace and enjoyed the meal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Berghoff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent food with very good service. Recommend for an iconic Chicago experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific German Gasthaus Food!
    JCinPAVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    If you like unpretentious, traditional German Gasthaus fare, The Berghoff is the place! Excellent schnitzel, spaetzle, saurbraten and sausage. The creamed spinach is my favorite anywhere, including that served at the high-end steak joints. The decor is very Old World Bavarian. Delightful place, and a real Chicago landmark for well over a hundred years. Check it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    Littletroublegirl
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Our server was so great. Friendly, attentive and very good with my mother who can be rather difficult. I really, really, really wanted to love the place. My mother was in town and has many fond memories of what it was three decades ago. It's just not the same. The food tasted almost cafeteria like. My jaeger schnitzel was underwhelming with no trace of sour cream or tomato in the sauce. It really just tasted like a brown gravy. My husband ordered the brats were made from different types of game. The sauce was grotesquely sweet and very odd and there was no explanation as to which was which. My mother ordered the shank that tasted like it was slathered in tomato paste. But it was cooked really well and was falling off the bone.
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  • Historic restaurant
    RonniTVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Everything was very good at this 100+year old restaurant. While nothing was great it was the total experience was greater than the sum of its parts.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a shame.
    love2dine
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    So sad to see this Chicago landmark that I finally got to dine in slip so low. Our waitress seemed barely interested in our presence. The food was delivered almost immediately all blobbed on a plate almost reminding me of cafeteria food. Even the European style décor/ambience couldn't save this experience. There must be better options in Chicago for German food.
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  • Great menu
    rsteve
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    A little different from the old days but still worth a trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Legend Gone Bad
    mcboy2000VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My colleague had the white fish. It was okay. Meat on my steak salad was inedible -- cubed round steak at best. I could not cut it. Sent it back and changed to the Cajun chicken salad. My colleague was finished eating when it finally arrived from the kitchen. It was fair at best. Mango was so green that it was crunchy like a cucumber. No management followed up to ensure things were resolved and that we were satisfied. Before we paid, we asked for the manager and asked him to remove the salad. He did. He agreed that the cut of meat on the steak salad is inferior. What happened to an institution that we both loved?!
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  • Great German Food in the Loop
    nyk1123
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We chose this restaurant for a group of us with the hope that there would be a little bit of something for everyone all within a reasonable price point in downtown Chicago. Our group had variety of needs - vegetarian, food allergies, etc. - and our server was able to recommend or check on dishes to find something for everyone. The German-inspired cuisine was great - sausages, seasoned roast chicken, German dumplings, etc. The drink menu had great options as well - we tried some of the beers, and their specialty Manhattan was delicious (and strong!). I would not recommend getting drinks if you are trying to dine on a budget - but the food prices can definitely be budget friendly if you want delicious, unique dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great piece of history
    necoviere
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This place is an amazing piece of history with wonderful German fare and killer drinks. Get the shot-n-a-wash, you won't regret it = ) Looking for great sauerkraut and German potato salad? THIS is the place for both, I'm reluctant to say this, but, both may have been better than my mother's (but please don't tell her!!!).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    Jonathan
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My wife made this reservation and it was great. I've eaten several times at the Berghoff Cafe in O'Hare Airport but this was the first time eating at the resteraunt. One of the things that drew us to this place was the gluten free options, the servers were very knowledgeable about the options and what everything made. It was great food and we would come back
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Berghoff
    bcumberworth
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Excellent german food in a truly classic setting. Service was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still as good as the old Berghoff
    leenie65
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Was still pleased with the food and service. Used to come here as kids and it has not changed. Food comes out a little fast though would like a little more time to get food after ordering.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for business lunch
    ChicagoDiner
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    As a historic Chicago restaurant, this is a great place for business meals especially with the older generation who may have fond memories of the restaurant. Delicious food and fast service. Noise level is good and tables are spaced apart far enough to have more private conversations. My only disappointment is that I placed a request for a special sign for my guest on a dessert plate and it didn't come out. I was happy to pay for it but I wanted her to be surprised. Neither the host nor the server spoke to me about it so when it was time to order dessert, I wasn't sure if I should let her or if my request was coming out. I'm guessing that the restaurant did not see the note. Or if they read it, I wish they informed me that they can't do it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent historic restaurant
    kmh106
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Came here on a trip to Chicago. Excellent food, huge menu, microbrew beer, and fantastic service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I had my first meal in Chicago at the Berghoff--in 1978--and have returned often for lunch. I love the basement cafe, but on this special occasion, I booked a table in the restaurant. While I miss many things about the old Berghoff (including the abrupt waiters), it's still a place to get a quality meal and decent service in the Loop. I only wish they would bring back the blue plate special lunches, but realize that they probably weren't good for the revenue stream. Sometimes, however, they were exactly what I wanted for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great German food
    foodisgreat
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I love German food, and Berghoff's did a great job of making my Old World dish. Since I am gluten-free I was thrilled to have multiple options for entrees. I had the mussels with risotto. The flavors blended nicely and the texture was perfect. I would definitely go back to Berghoff's when I visit Chicago!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gigisambaba12
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I was very excited about revisiting Berghoff's but I was a little disappointed in the taste. It just didn't seem the same as years ago.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic
    Cris
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A friend recommended this place to us. We are always interested in trying to new places and breaking out of the burger rut. Great food that my German Grandmother would love!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did not meet expectation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Went to this restaurant prior to theatre performance - did not expect lack of ambience and I attentive service. Food was decent for a reasonable price, but had more expectation for historic restaurant. It is geared more for quick lunch/dinner and looks more like a cafeteria inside.
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  • Still good but
    JIm1202VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Still good but the food quality is not what it used to be.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try it!
    Mynickname1
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Having lived and worked in Germany, we always go to the Berghof when in Chicago as it gives us the closest to authentic German food as we've found in the US.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Surprise
    Foodie4lifeVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Did not know what to expect, but the lamb burger was awesome. The server was very helpful and everyone was friendly. Will definitely return when I am in the Chicago.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love the food, hate the center room
    hickoryfoodies
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Our food was delicious - a Wiener Schnitzel was perfectly prepared, and a second platter of wurst was delicious, as well. The Berghoff is a family favorite, but with reservations early on a Friday evening, I do not appreciate being seated in the center dining room with the empty buffet serving table. It is a dead area, and the Berghoff needs to find some way to enliven this spot to make diners feel like they are more a part of the rest of the restaurant's ambiance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Very good food & Beer. We were in the city for our wedding aniv. Having a German heritage I allways look forward to good German food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Berghoff's: A Chicago Tradition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I was pleased to have my 20 something niece and nephew join me at my old Chicago favorite for dinner. They enjoyed the ambiance, the tradition and history of the space - AND the food and beers! I'm happy to have shared this Chicago classic with them and know they will re-visit it in future.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attentive Waiter
    Justhappenedin
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our waiter was very attentive to the wants and needs of our granddaughter. She was very happy with what she got and how it was prepared.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food
    JandBVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A few minor items needed attention; the wall that our table was up against was dirty. I have made this observation to my waiters before but nothing ever gets done about it. Also , the coffee is very bitter. If I was not on lunch from work, a beer would have been a better choice.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NancyH
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great German food in a wonderful environment to eat! The menu is kid-friendly and the choices are outstanding!!!! My kids love to eat here very time we are in Chicago!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Dependable spot before theater
    kaybVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    great stop for good food and good prices when on a schedule. Service is relatively dependable. Our server took our orders for ala carte salads without saying that the lamb chops ordered by my husband comes with a full salad. We miss the old time waiters who knew the menu, the food and were always efficient and direct. The menu has been updated, has a full range of offering both traditional and new, and the food is well prepared and flavorful. Always a great place before theater or concert in the loop.
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  • service
    oldworldcharm
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    everything was great...only issue, and a SMALL one... it took too long for the Strudel.... otherwise, it was fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Excellent service, excellent food and just an overall great restauant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate