Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Hofbrauhaus - Chicago

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hofbrauhauschicago.com/
  • Phone: 8476712739x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: German
  • Executive Chef: Klaus Lotter
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have an extensive catering menu
  • Private Party Facilities: The famous Beer Hall (Schwemme) is the "historical heart" and main attraction of Hofbräuhaus Chicago. With its traditional beer hall design and live music nightly it is sure to be one of your favorite attractions in Chicago. The King Ludwig Room with its unique design and cozy athmosphere can accommodate up to 200 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Laurel Clark 847-671-2739x
  • Entertainment: Hofbräuhaus Chicago offers exceptional, traditional Bavarian music nightly. Each month a new band from the Bavarian/Austrian European region performs. Hofbräuhaus Chicago diners can party, sing and participate with traditional beer hall music.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: River Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking space is available within 2 minutes walking distance in the adjacent parking garage. Valet is right next door.
A word from Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Hofbräuhaus Chicago is the first and only German micro brewery, beer hall, restaurant and beer garden to call Chicago home. Modeled after the legendary Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany, it takes pride giving you an experience as authentic and unforgettable as the 400-year-old original. Guests can savor schnitzels, sausages, Sauerbraten and pretzels, and some ingredients are even imported from abroad. The freshly brewed beer follows the purity law from 1516 using original recipes handed down by the Duke of Bavaria over 400 years ago. With its beer hall (Schwemme), King Ludwig Room, and Biergarten in summer, it's Oktoberfest every day. Hofbräuhaus Chicago also features live music nightly with bands from Germany and Austria. In addition, you can take a piece of Bavaria home from the gift shop stocked with authentic and unique Bavarian gifts & collectibles.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Hofbrauhaus - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.8
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (77)special occasion (34)kid-friendly (34)vibrant bar scene (33)hot spot (27)great for outdoor dining (22)late-night find (16)great for lunch (15)fit for foodies (11)neighborhood gem (8)great for brunch (3)romantic (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We absolutely loved Hofbrauhaus. The food/beer were delicious and the band was very energetic and entertaining. We'll definitely visit again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hof is wunderbaugh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fun Place good beer, jagersnitzel was terrific, saurbraten not so much. Service was tops and atosphere was fun. great place for freinds to eat sing and goof off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun dining and drinking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Loud, communal dining experience. Food was traditional German. Not spectacular, but not bad either. Great energy at night - keg tapping and non stop music and entertainment. Not a place to go if you want to have great conversation as it is very loud. However, the MC did a great job at engaging the crowd with standing on the benches and stein holding contests. We went for a birthday - and the birthday boy got his shot and a spanking. Great, great fun. Prost!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food quality and taste were okay but we felt it was overpriced. We were there for lunch, and the bill was quite high for a lunch time meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good German style
    Angie18
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The only problem is it's too noisy. Couldn't hear what my friends are saying. Besides that, a very good experience. Lots of good food and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun atmosphere beer hall
    MsML
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was modeled after the Hofbrauhaus is Germany. The atmosphere is so much fun and the beer is excellent. It is appropriate for children, but it is very very loud because there is a live band and a lot of chatter. It is best to go with a group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun!
    SKDK
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Hofbrauhaus is a fun, energetic establishment - that can absolutely accomodate large groups... make sure to account for very energetic atmosphere that is a TON of fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost like the real thing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Another good dining experience at the Hofbrauhaus. The beer and food taste very similar to that of the original restaurant in Munich. The pretzel is a must every time I come and I am never disappointed in it. Beer is top notch as always. My only complaint is that they do not let you substitute the sides (in my case I would prefer spatzle instead of mashed potatoes). The waitress was understanding and said that she wishes they would change the policy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Beer...But Way Too Nagging
    JandT
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We have been to Hofbrau in Munich many times and love the beer hall mentality. And we have gone to the Chicago version several times but now only go when there is a special band playing due to the following problems, which is a constant and unending nagging you to order by wait staff. If you want to savor the beer for 30-60 minutes (it is a beer hall isn't it?), they come back at your about every 5 minutes asking for your order. It is distracting and nerve wracking. I think they want everyone served and out of the door as quickly as possible. What should be a slow, relaxed dinner becomes a marathon of holding off the wait staff. It is not like we don't pay our way, our tab generally runs over $150. Enough. We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice change of pace!
    Brookee
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My husband and I came here for dinner before a show at the Allstate. Since we were not familiar with the Entertainment District, we chose to pay the $10 valet parking fee. The restaurant is a very large, open single room with several long tables and benches. We were sat at the end of one long table and then another party joined us later to share the table. This was a bit different but we are social people so we didn't mind. Conversation was difficult because of the size of the room and the acoustics. There is a live band who are interactive with the guests. Food was fantastic! We ordered two different meals and shared so we could taste a bit of everything! The liter of beer is HUGE! Appropriate for the whole family and a nice change
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud and fun
    Andydandy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Pros: lots of energy, delicious pork shank, German band playing, clean, fun audiance participation, waitresses wore traditional Dirndl dresses and the place looks little like the Hofbraushaus in Munich. Cons: three tiered sauge platter for $29 came with five small different sausages cut in have and was served with two very dry and not warm pretzels, only two men in the band wore tradional Lederhosen clothing and service was slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as always!
    RadioRoss
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We've been frequent visitors and Hofbrauhaus never fails to please. The food is always excellent and the service is always good despite the often extremely busy staff. I would never hesitate to recommend this place to anyone though with one caveat - it's very loud and boisterous as one would expect in a beer hall. The live music is always fun though sometimes hard to hear over the general din.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boisterous German Fun
    gdrover
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    For a wild and crazy night out, you can't beat the Hofbrauhaus. The German band covers all of the classic German drinking songs, as well as Sweet Caroline and other fun sing-along songs. The food is very dependable German Fare, served hot and quickly. The beers are large and excellent. Tons of fun, good food, and a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oktoberfest fun
    HappyGirl120
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went here for the first night of Oktoberfest activities. We had a blast and will definitely be returning again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What an experience!
    LibbyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Dining at Hofbrauhaus isn't just grabbing some good German grub, it's an experience. Always entertaining!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun
    Lem267
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a great waitress and a lot of fun overall. Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place, food was just okay
    drwojoVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is a fun place to eat with the entertainment and the great beer. The food is just okay. I'd recommend the roasted chicken, which was very tasty, but some of the other dishes are very heavy, so if this is not your thing, go simple. Service is excellent and attentive. And the beer. Very nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • drinks impressive, food not so much
    meng1110pcsVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    the food was OK to be fair, but for the location, i definitely expect better. on the upside - the service was great and i was served and greeted promptly even it being the middle of the day and them being short staffed
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great fun!
    Chuckandlinus
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We made reservations here assuming we were going to enjoy an authentic German dinner. We got that plus so much more. The band was terrific, although I think they should have stayed with the German tunes and away from the contemporary stuff. The stein holding contest was very entertaining, and the spanking shots were a hoot to watch!!! The crowd included all ages, including a couple of parties, and everyone seemed to be having a fantastic time. The food and the were authentic and delicious, and fairly priced. The bartender had a bit of difficulty when we asked him for several shots, but that was our only disappointment. We will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No likeness to German food at all!
    Foodiefamily
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We travel to Germany often and enjoy the cuisine and were very excited to try this place. We hated every minute of it - we dine in the Hofbrauhaus in Munich and have never had people standing on chairs signing or having their backside paddled or being shamed into having to partake in this nonsense by the band leader. Food was below par and I struggled through half of the schnitzel before I finally gave up - tough meat, so thing it was almost invisible and dry as dog food. I had to ask for more lemon just to make add some moisture to the dish. And the last mouthful had a hair - I know that is something that is sometimes not the fault of the restaurant - it was the icing on the cake though. My husband said the beer was just ok.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    food was not good. meat (jagerschnitzel) was dry and tough. other meals not much better. beer and pretzel good. desserts fair to good. nothing we were served would make me want to come back. service was spotty. we had to call the waiter back because he forgot an entrée. coffee, both caffeinated and not was so weak and tasteless that we didn't drink. thought about sending it back but at that point seemed pointless. overall poor experience. sad excuse for a hofbrauhaus.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great time
    ToniVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We always have a great time at Hofbrauhaus! The food, beer and entertainment are worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, fun atmosphere
    Hungrygirl
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I brought a group for a Thursday night dinner and it was lots of fun. 2 of the couples were from out of the country and had never experienced anything quite like this so it was special for them. Food is good and so is beer. Having been to Germany more than a dozen times I found the food quite authentic. Very loud with live music at the table, dancing on the chairs so not a place for conversation. Outside might be better if you want to talk. A fun place for once in awhile group visits.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just like in Munich
    ERL1482
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have been back several times taking different friends. Very casual, great food and beer. A fun place to go. Can be a bit loud at times.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    FredL
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I keep returning to Hofbrauhaus because I just can get enough of the wonderful food. Trying to find good, traditional German food is getting harder and harder these days. Hofbrauhaus's meau has an extensive selection of German and Bavarian dishes as well as options for those who aren't ready to take the plunge into rich German food. Although the interior can get rather loud at times, the live entertainment and servers really bring the feel of Munich to the states. A must for those seeking a change of pace for lunch or dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food but bring $$$!
    Truebloodfan94
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My family loved this place. The food was great. The beer was great although mixed drinks were way over priced and watered down. The service could have been better. Had to wave her down anytime we needed something. Music was awesome. Pretzels were not that great. We found them cold and dry. Over all we had a good time. Just make sure you have lots of money. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dunkel
    birthday24VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The Hofbrauhaus has a very vibrant atmosphere. It is a beer hall and it is loud. It is typical German Oktoberfest style with a live band in the evening, sing along songs, dance along activities (including dancing on the tables) and even some cover songs. You can get spanked by your waiter or waitress after drinking a shot if you want. Don't ask. You have to experience it. I would watch first before committing to being publicly humiliated. The beer is made on the premises and is of excellent quality. I recommend the dunkel or the hefe weizen. This place is not cheap. The average person will spend a least $25 with no beer or tip. The beer is $14 for the full litre. Go wit the full litre. You're going to get a second one anyway.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outside dining
    Cosmo7VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    What a great place to enjoy the summer weather! The outside was perfect for a nice German food meal with a tankard of dunkel Bier! Ausgezeichnet! Danke
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great entertainment
    EnjoyDinning
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    It was a very great and alive atmosphere. The food was okay but the for that entertainment I would totally do it again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stein Lift
    JustDVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Went with two other couples and weren't quite sure what to expect. This was fun! Entertainment was uplifting and energetic. Food was very good and filling, as most German restaurants. Noise level was extremely loud, which added to the energy. One of the best evenings we've had. Ended perfectly with a fireworks display.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We came for our wedding anniversary and absolutely loved the experience!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great lunch
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Three times in the past month I have found myself here for lunch or dinner. I would certainly reocmmend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the food, Lust after the Beer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Went here for Father's Day 2014 with my family of 5, made a dinner reservation...and of course we were 15m in late in getting to the restaurant. We were seated right away, while being told the live music would start in 10 minutes (one of the reasons we choose Hofbrauhaus), and our table was right in front of the bandstand. The tables are long multi-party tables with high back benches on each side, very comfortable. Our server was around in good time and had our drink order returned in a flash, kids had soda, wife had wine I had beer....oh the beer...I could go on for hours about the beer. Food was great, service was prompt and attentive without being annoying or absent. Kids had a great time talking to the party seated with us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gemütlichkeit
    Gemutlichkeit14
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The Hofbrauhaus Chicago is one of my favorite restaurants. Come here for the party while enjoying great German food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tables full of fun
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Many different groups were at the restaurant while I was there. Everyone was having a great time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good bar scene , Horrible food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Food is very overpriced for its poor quality. The large pretzel seemed rather stale and mustards were bland. Meals were large quantities but poor quality - head up to Mader's in Milwaukee if you actually want some German food. The atmosphere is ok but surely doesn't live up to the original in Munich.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 60 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 368 reviews are from the Hofbrauhaus - Chicago reviews archive.
  • strakita
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Food was good..... I can't say anything bad about any of the items we ordered. It is very very loud with the live music. If you are looking for a quiet dinner out this is not the place. It is great for groups and the staff is lots of fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good atmosphere.
    Lisa
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Our waitress was good. Disappointed in this reservation service, when booked with OpenTable there's a spot for comments so I advised there we were cue of Mark's b'day. Nothing special happened.Disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fun
    MNO1VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The "show" at Hofbrauhaus is as good as the food which is outstanding. You can go with complete strangers that all speak a different language and still have a great time. There is so much activity it is electric.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    RadioRoss
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    This will be our 6th visit and the Hofbrauhaus never fails to to deliver on their promise: Great German food, Bier and entertainment. Highly recommended though it is NOISEY. If you are going for the music, you will be disappointed only because it is extremely difficult to hear the band. Consider the music as part of the background or ask for an outside table if you want a little more quiet ambiance.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.