Edelweiss Restaurant

4.5
173 reviews
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Edelweiss German-American Restaurant is one of Chicago’s favorite German restaurants. It has been a family-owned dining destination for over 30 years.

The menu features an impressive array of traditional, well-crafted German specialties along with classics like the American steak, chicken and seafood dishes. A gluten free menu and kids menu are also available. We offer 16 beers on tap as well as a variety of craft and international beers, wine and schnapps. Our bar area is an excellent venue to watch sports and play the slot machines while enjoying our daily bar and menu specials.

Specials

1/2 Price Featured Appetizer Fridays

Enjoy one of our 1/2 Price Featured Appetizers available on Fridays 12-4p in our bar area.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 18, 2019

Ends: January 19, 2118

Availability: Fri 12:00PM-4:00PM

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EJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent, but my wife and I were there for almost 2 hours for what should have been no longer than a 1 hour meal. Granted, there were a couple of large groups there that evening. But, overall, it took a very long time for each step of our meal: We ordered drinks (excellent beers) and shortly after that arrived we ordered a pretzel (also excellent). At some point in this process we got a different waitress, it appeared our original waitress was quite busy. Our entree order wasn't taken until we have finished with the pretzel. Then began out longest wait of the evening. On the upside, there was live music helping to keep us entertained. I asked for another beer, which arrived almost immediately. It was explained that it had been poured by mistake for another table. I'm not convinced, however, that it was the variety of beer I had asked for. Nonetheless, it was pretty good. Our food was promised a couple of times. Eventually I flagged down our waitress and she promised "it will be right out." She asked another employee to bring it out to us, and it came almost immediately. It made us wonder how long it had been sitting there waiting to be brought out. The waitress offered excuses of the large groups and an increasingly large to-go business. No compensation for the extreme wait was offered (and I didn't seek it), though the last beer was not added to the bill, likely due to the mistake regarding the other table.

Overall, we me go back at some point, but we'll be wary.

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m
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service always. Great authentic German food.

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DN
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

One of Chicago areas best German style restaurant by far!! Never have had a bad experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Valentine’s Day with my mom and daughter .. Everything was fantastic as always .. We’ve been going there for many years and will be back ..

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BH
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this place from top to bottom. Took 90 y/o father-in-law, with spouse, daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons, aged 3 and 1 on an early, 5 pm Sunday night.
Josephine was an awesome server, busboys are incredibly efficient and food as good as ever, with huge portions! Only negative: only one oompah bandsman. He played sax, clarinet, and accordion with canned music/polka’d. He was great and we danced with grandsons. But we missed the other musicians as website said they’d be there starting at 3 p.m.

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SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and choices were very good, but the staff was fantastic!

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KM
London
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience. Fantastic food. Warm, old-world hospitality.

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BB
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and authentic German grub and beers, very friendly server/managerial staff, fun atmosphere coupled with great live German music.

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Yorkshire
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great German food, great helpful staff. Overall a great place to meet family and friends.

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FF
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My first visit. I ordered Winierschnitzl. Soup came with it. Small cup about half full and lukewarm. The veal was dry and the breading was tasteless and heavy on the frying oil. I would not order it again. The music was loud. If I return I will try a different entree. Can’t be fair with one visit. With a glass of house beer and tip...$36.00

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was wonderful! Have been going there for years and more to come.

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PF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner for a birthday celebration.
Everything was wonderful!!
Food, service impeccable.

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OT
Chicago
143 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Edelweiss is between chief chefs. It shows. The liver dumpling soup was dark and greasy.
The potato pancakes, once a prime specialty , were just average compared to other places. The calamari
was below average. Their duck, which, we travel here for, was below average. If the duck, which they were once known for, is below average. Even the Grand Marnier sauce was not that good. Red cabbage was good. Spaetzle - average. What a disappointment. The food is not flavorful. If You can cook better than the restaurant, that is not a good sign. Look elsewhere.

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GI
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local (for us) place for authentic german food. Great live music, and very active person
able staff

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m
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was definitely a find of an authentic German restaurant. Weiner Schnitzel ala holstein was said to be delicious and not a crazy upcharge as seen in other establishments. My husband enjoyed creating his own 4 beer tasting. I being a vegetarian was extremely happy to see a dinner offering of a great vegetarian plate with all my favorites- potato pancakes, spaetzle, red cabbage, grilled vegetables and a lovely firm tomato grilled with a cheese topping centering the plate. Kudos goes out to the management for reading the Open Table reservation and surprised both me and my husband with a comp birthday dessert for him. After realizing it was just a 35 minute trip to Edelweiss from our home, we shall definitely be returning.

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HS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Made our New Years reservations on-line where it had a menu with popular items. When we got there only had 3 choices and appetizers we wouldn’t normally order. Disappointing is an understatement. Chocolate torte was a cupcake. No shots served. A few sips of champagne - no refills.
So much better last year. Not worth the drive in from Glenview. Oh - band was ok but no Johnny Wagner?

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JT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We Loved the German food selections and the service was great.

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Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food as always!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience!

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b
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are repeat customers; usually visit 2-3 times a year. The food is outstanding German/Eastern European. However, if there were a higher score than "Outstanding" for service, we would have given it. We wonder how this restaurant manages to find severs who are all friendly to the extent of the servers here... and look like they genuinely enjoy their jobs - while others seem unable to come close. They make the experience! Also, kudos to hostess Dawn. She's been there since our first time; don't know if she is a family member but if she isn't she takes care of the customers like she is one. You must try the Weinerschnitzel!

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MN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

So much food, a bit pricey, but it was the holiday menu so im guessing the regular menu has more options.
We had a meat and veggie tray and potato pancakes for apps which was very tasty. Our dinners were schnitzel and the duck, which were both great and the salmon which was average. The hostess is fabulous and elevates the experience as she is really so welcoming you really want the rest to be perfect. Service was good, timed well, and even the gal training did great.

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good, including the singer food was excellent and server, dawn very attentive

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PS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We have been there many times and always enjoyed it. The have real Wiener schnitzel made with veal.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family get together

Only thing I would ask is a changing table. Otherwise great food and service!

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MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The German food is not only authentic, but delicious. And the servings are generous. Though it was a very busy night, our waitress was very attentive. An additional treat was the live music--a combination of German music, Christmas carols, and favorites. We were celebrating and anniversary and had a wonderful experience.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regular diners at Edelweiss. Two times a year that have to go there; Oktoberfest and December/Christmas. These are the times they have special menus. Enjoy the stuffed pork loin. A must!

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LO
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow..still great food and service..celery soup..apple strudel..potato pancakes, and schnitzel.thanks for all for my 40 plus years of coming..wish it was closer to home..

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OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Classic style European restaurant. Excellent selection of German specialities, with a sampler platter allowing you to try several, as well as all the sides. Generous portions.
Decent draft beer list, though the menu could use a bit of information as beer type.
Dessert list is nice. Apple strudel is served with ice cream. The Black forest cake is not the classic, but is large and tasty.
Service was excellent, considering how crowded this restaurant was on a Sat. night. A mistake in our order was handled quickly and pleasantly. The waitress was lovely to chat with.
There is occasional musical entertainment, during which the acoustics of the rooms might be an issue.
On the whole reliable spot for hearty food.

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OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, hospitalit

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EI
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

terrible. start to finish terrible. the service was awful: with reservations, we were seated but then not served our food for over an hour. the food quality is bad, verging on inedible. we had to repeatedly request to place our order while our waitress walked away from us ambling around loosely as if lost. when she finally did take our order, she left our table without taking my wife’s order. i had to go to the wait staff’s station to tell the waitress my wife’s order. everything moves painfully slowly here, like a Brechtian play. when we were initially seated and ordered our drinks, my wife ordered a hot tea that was not delivered to our table for an hour (only after repeated requests). when delivered, another waitress spilled the hot water across the table. appetizer plates and soups were cleared before we were finished eating. we were not served our main dishes for over an hour, nearly an hour and half. my main dish of dry flavorless sauerbraten and disgusting sauerkraut with a mush consistency was so bad that i could not finish it. our empty beers, sodas and waters stood empty for 2 hours with no offers from the waitstaff. meanwhile, i watched the waitstaff clear a nearby table’s food and plates into a trash bin and then pull food out of the trash, replating it and returning it to the table. a terrible restaurant experience made worse by the “entertainment”, a wandering singer, an elderly woman creaking across the floor murmuring songs into a wireless microphone and jangling her tuneless tamborine to an improbable song selection.

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JT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was very pricey for what you get. Our food took a very long time to come out, so long the waitress had to ask the kitchen what was going on. The deserts came out at different times which was odd, so we didn’t eat dessert together. The waitress was so busy she kept forgetting what we had asked for. I don’t think we would go back. It was just an OK experience for a very high price.

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SK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, great spot if you like German food.
Most of the waiters and waitresses are very nice and pleasant- the one we had for our last dining experience must have had a bad day ... she wasn’t rude - just very curt and abrupt.
Overall good - would definitely return.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thanksgiving

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g
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

Wonderful Thanksgiving meal. Our entire family loved it!

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A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved it!!! Staff was so helpful and courteous!

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TL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable dinner experience. Wait staff was attentive and Geman food outstanding.

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P
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great visit to our favorite German restaurant. We first "discovered" Edelweiss right after a trip to Bavaria and it tasted so authentic. You can feel the warmth of this restaurant as soon as you walk in. We returned for a birthday get together of 25 and had the best experience. Dawn helped us with the reservation and was so sweet and enthusiastic. You can tell she loves her job and is great at it! The servers rushed to make sure everyone got what they needed as soon as they needed it and were very friendly, even through the bustle of dealing with 25 people and kids. The weekend performer was awesome too. The kids had a great time dancing to his authentic German tunes. I can't wait to come back.

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CR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! We'll be bck again and again! The food, the service, the music. Great authentic German cuisine.

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MP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Edelweiss is always enjoyable with good food and drink! It was not busy and we had a quiet evening.

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