Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Hofbrauhaus - Chicago

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hofbrauhauschicago.com/
  • Phone: (847) 671-2739
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Hofbrauhaus - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.7
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (72)vibrant bar scene (34)special occasion (29)kid-friendly (28)hot spot (23)fit for foodies (17)great for outdoor dining (13)late-night find (11)great for lunch (10)neighborhood gem (9)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Good beer and a show. Don't go for food
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Our group of 6 really enjoyed the beer and the entertainment. The food was ok. My husband and I agreed there is better German food elsewhere in Chicago. Tables are communal. Our server was attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very good at all
    SherrydVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My boyfriend & I looked forward to coming here for a long time; it was definitely a disappointment. Our server was fantastic, the music was great but the food....oh my. Chicken Cordon Bleu was completely dried out and I never detected the cheese or ham inside. The german potato salad was served cold (since when?) and was too vinegary to even eat. The prices are VERY high too. We had 2 dinners, 2 beers and a pretzel appetizer -- our bill was $75.00. Oh and parking is a nitemare! Nope, we'll never go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great german beer hall
    Bill
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    outstanding german food set in a munich beer hall. Beer was very tasty. Entertainment was very good. Went with a party of 6, the noise level was quite high making conversations difficult. definitely would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Octoberfest
    4you
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Felt like I was in a Bier garden in Germany! Good was great, the band was from Germany so it made it very special.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Kazy68
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We went for lunch and it was just ok. The food was not that special and without the band playing it seemed pretty empty. We will go back again with a big group when the scene is more lively though. Service was pretty slow for as empty it was.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite LIVELY and LOUD
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This is a GREAT place to go if you want loud. It is not a romantic spot to sit quietly and talk. The food was very yummy and the GIANT PRETZEL with the cheese spread is a MUST!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alles Gut
    Cosmo7VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    A great place to feel like you are in the city of Munich, with great food, excellent spirits and American girls to serve you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hofbrauhaus
    mockyVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Good authentic German food and great for groups. Do go here if you want a quiet dinner--or to hear what anyone at your table might be saying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Notwithstanding the fact that we had a reservation, we were placed in the "annex" to the main dining room after having passed several empty tables. The manager told me they were "reserved". He clearly had no intention of trying to find us a better table. The food in general was poor (my schnitzel was like breaded cardboard) although the beer was good. The waitress was very pleasant but she had too many tables to serve so we waited quite a bit. If you think this is like the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, forget about it don't waste your time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, not great
    Eater
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The ambiance is cute and it's just like the one in Germany except for a few things. I would assume the one in Germany is a little cheaper, with the average dinner plate costing around $19 for not that much food. It's somewhere to go once to experience, but I doubt I'd go back for little food for a lot of money.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good memories
    dizzylizzy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Have been to original Hofbrau Haus in Munich and have German relatives...many great memories were stirred and happy moments relived....good German food and beer
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic authentic German food
    JCinPAVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I lived in Germany for two years when I was in the Air Force, and I can tell you this food is authentic and it is very good indeed! Set up like a traditional Bavarian Beer Hall, long tables for 8-10, waitresses in Dirndls, big steins of beer (and smaller ones). The beer is also very, very good. If you are a German food fan, you will not be disappointed. They also have entertainment and plenty of kids so bring the family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noisy
    abbaline
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    It was to loud to carry on a conversation with someone at your table
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too loud, pushy waiter
    akeats
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Met an out of town cousin and wanted a kid friendly restaurant. This was not the spot... You could hardly hear the person next/across from you. The music was so loud my daughter asked me to put tissue in her ears and my son was screaming most of the time because he was so agitated. The food seemed to be as fine as encased meat can be. Our waiter was pretty pushy especially when it came to ordering alcohol. I'm sure a group of friends would enjoy this atmosphere but it's not kid friendly and way too loud.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A fun thing to do with a group!
    ChicagoKVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We met friends for dinner on Saturday at Hofbrauhaus and were thoroughly entertained. This place is immense and was mobbed due to the Oktoberfest season (d'oh!), so we were glad we had reservations. The food was yummy, the German('ish) band was energetic, the servers were attentive and the communal seating contributed to the beer hall ambiance. The noise level was off the charts but singing along with the band was part of the experience. They brew their own beers and the menu has a good range of German mainstays. Not a "fine dining" experience nor an authentic German restaurant but a fun thing to do with a group. After dinner, we checked out some of the other places in the complex -- it's a hoot. Great people watching.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hofbrauhaus is awesome
    KByumVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Having been to the real Hofbrauhaus in Munich, I wasn't sure what to expect. Well, we had a great time. Great beer, amazing band (Das Junger Th... something), great service (Tess) and awesome ambiance. Fun, vibrant, and amazing. Can't wait to bring family back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Octoberfest
    Ciao
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great food - fun atmosphere! Very energetic crowd. Live entertainment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time!
    Miamiparent
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    What a crazy, fun,place. Had a great time with large group. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun in the Haus!
    Lulu
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My boyfriend & I had a blast at H Haus! Lively crowd, good food, great band, and of course great beer! An energetic restaurant experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    my wife and i went there for dinner. we had a great time! i got the "BIG BEER" Dunkel! the dinner food was very good. i got the 3 sausage with the mashed potatos, and sauerkraut. it was like eating a home cooked meal. there was a live band...a mix between traditional German folk and today's rock. Great food! Good BEER! Good live music! we will be back! Very affordable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud and fun
    Caribman
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Just like a beer haus in Munich. Loud German music. Lots of beer good beer. Expensive beer. $15 a liter. food was good everyone was having a great time singing drinking and eating
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    MinWheaton
    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
    HavinFun
    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
    NCDZ
    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!
    SKDKVIP
    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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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