Edelweiss Restaurant

4.5
137 reviews
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$30 and under
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German
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
German, Beer Garden, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Friday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(708) 452-6040
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Edelweiss Restaurant can accommodate all your special event needs. We offer a semi-private back room can seat up to 110 guests and our seasonal beer garden can seat up to 40.
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Private party contact
Dawn Marotta; Private Event Coordinator : (855) 896-1614
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Catering
The Edelweiss is the perfect place to host your special events and parties. Whatever the style or budget, the Edelweiss has a package that will make your event or party a time for all to remember.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Overhill
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Parking details
Free parking is available in our lot, on Irving Park Road, and Joe Sieb center (located a half a block west of the restaurant).
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Public transit
CTA Bus 80 and 326; 10 minute ride from the CTA Blue Line Cumberland stop
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Entertainment
Live Music
Sat 6:30pm-10:00pm
Sun 3:00pm-7:00pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Free Appetizer in December


Dine with us Dec 1 - 20. Bring a toy for Toys for Tots and receive a free order of potato pancakes.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 1, 2018

Ends: December 21, 2018

Availability: Daily 11:00AM-8:00PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving Edelweiss style! Enjoy a special à la carte dinner menu. For parties of 6+ reserve your whole turkey delivered table side with all the trimmings. Price: $32.95 per adult ∙ $14.95 children (4-10 yrs). Call 708.452.6040 to make your $50 deposit for parties 5+.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Just us for a festive meal this December. Our special holiday menu will be available for the month featuring traditional German dishes including our roasted holiday goose and stuffed pork loin.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a special prix-fixe New Years Eve dinner. Our menu features five courses of modern German-American specialties for $49.95 per person. The evening includes live music and complimentary champagne toast and traditional serving of herring before midnight.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 137 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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P
Chicago
29 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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h
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

our family has been enjoying Edelweiss for years. great perennial menus of authentic german comfort food punctuated with seasonal specialties for Oktoberfest or the holidays. service is always warm, friendly and accommodating. super fun when they have live entertainment for a little singing and dancing!

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BG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a pleasure! We love the food and the beverages. Service is good.

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GM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful German food which is hard to find near downtown Chicago, so researching found this one. Can't believe we never tried it before. Great place for authentic German food and ambiance. Huge portions and terrific staff.

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D
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I’ve been here several times now but this last time was BAD. First the waitress threw the menu at my husband because he changed his mind mid order. Then after 2 minutes she comes back and scowled “do you know what you want yet?” Even the table next to us started laughing because is was so obnoxious. We ordered potatoe pancakes that never made it to the order. The apple strudel tasted like it just came out of the freezer. No joke. I ordered it to go because we live a few blocks away. Tried it as soon as I walked in and it was very cold and tasted store bought. IDK I thought it would have been at least room temperature.

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p
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful, fun time! Grandson chose a German Restaurant for his Birthday dinner! Food was great; waitress was very attentive to our possible needs! Planning to go there soon with others!

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GG
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our very first visit and we were very pleasantly surprised with the restaurant. It made celebrating our anniversary that much more enjoyable! The atmosphere was lively and the staff was courteous, prompt, and friendly. There were different types of people that were there the night we went. It ranged from families, groups of friends getting together, and couples double-dating. We enjoyed it very much and will definitely come back to try other items on the menu. This was a very good experience and I hope a lot more people find out about this neighborhood gem!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 of us dined here on a Saturday night for Octoberfest. Sauerbraten was delicious! Service was very good considering how busy it was. Band was a nice touch. Thanks to Anthony for increasing our reservation from 4 to 6!

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JO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing experience at Edelweiss for our first time. Josephine was a phenomenal server and everything from the drinks to dinner and dessert were done top shelf. Can’t wait to go back. It was worth the hour drive for sure.

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OT
Chicago
138 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was Oktoberfest with a very good band, EuroExpress. A pre-wedding party was present, making it more joyful also. Good liver dumpling soup. Potato pancakes - above average.
Veal wiener schnitzel pieces have become smaller. Duck can be plus or minus in preparation. Red cabbage, well done. Spaetzle - good.
Good apple strudel. A lot of beer choices. One of the better choices for German food in the Chicago area.

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d
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Traditional German fare, good beer, live entertainment on weekends, good service, moderately priced. We only dine here periodically because it's a long way from home but it's safe to say this restaurant draws a good crowd on weekends and certainly hosts a bunch of regular, local patrons. Family friendly dining bridging generations. For me, the food is kind of bland, meat and potatoes stick to you bones fare. Don't expect anything gourmet or innovative here based on my sampling of the menu to date.

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DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Three visits = three strikes ... Your out. Side dishes are tasty but main courses are overcooked and dried out. Had the schweinhaxen and duck both of which were over cooked even though we ate at 6pm. Could barely get the duck meat off the bones and the sauce was skimpy. Three bad visits = no more visits.

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d
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had 3 kids under 9 years with us. Great kids menu.
We did have the pretzel and potato pancakes to start which was enjoyed by all.
The food is excellent. Service was a bit slow and didn’t come around w coffee or iced tea refills. Had to ask. Other than that it is a great place. Excellent schnitzel and red cabbage especially. We will return again.

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JL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Edelweiss NEVER disappoints. Outstanding food and staff.

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RR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For years we’d been going to the Chicago Brauhaus for my father’s birthday. Wasn’t sure where we’d go this year since they’ve permanently closed, but we found this place. More than a suitable replacement! Service, food, atmosphere weee all on par if not better than the Brauhaus. No knock on the now defunct Brauhaus..in fact you could say they were some big shoes to fill. But fill them, the Edelweiss Restaurant did. Thumbs up...will definitely be back!

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KB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were great. The food was authentic and we will be returning.

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w
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for Oktoberfest. Lots of fun, but so loud, could barely hear the people at your table. Great food... Lots of it so we could take home. Very good service too. Will be back.

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c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

In the past (12-15 years) I came away disappointed at the decor and ambiance. Saturday, the 13th?? WOW.
I can see making the trip from Villa Park a little more often. We had a small table right next to the 'beer hall' seating long table. Great raucous folks there. That's what you want in Oktoberfest. Delicious lamb shank. Horseradish?? For me, almost nuclear...but fun. Hofbrau Dunkel...the Munich import...not the beer from Wisconsin. Plus available in 1L mugs. G'suffa!!

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GG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was lively and the staff was energetic. The customer service was excellent and couteous. The other patrons and us were all enjoying the establishment. They ranged from families, to friends getting together for dinner, to friend just having a great time eating and drinking. true gem I was pleasantly surprised to find and visit. It made our one-year anniversary that much more memorable!

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F
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Edelweiss for 20+ years and are never disappointed. Tradition!!!

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KH
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

The portions were definitely smaller than in the past. Very pricey for the small plates they now serve. Food is authentic but no longer worth the cost. We went during Octoberfest and though not all tables were filled, they were jammed together making seating too crowded. Our reservations were at 5:30 and yet they had already run out of menu items. It was a disappointing experience.

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SK
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have driven by this restaurant dozens of times since it is around the corner from the Harlem and Irving shopping mall (the hip). My wife and I had planned a date night and it being October and all I thought what better time could there be than to try a authentic German restaurant during Oktoberfest!
In short we love this place!
From the first step in we were greeted by the hostess and were seated right away. The staff was kind, helpful, and very energetic. A live band was playing authentic German songs which added to the atmosphere. We wanted to try a variety of the food offerings so my wife and I opted to order the sample platter along with the pretzel and potato pancakes as appetizers. The portions were large, in fact, even though we ordered only one entree and the two appetizers we took half of it home. For desert we had the apple strudel (awesome!) and the German chocolate cake was absolutely to die for!!
Overall this was an awesome dining experience and my only regret was not coming here sooner.
Highly recommended.

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S
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Edelweiss has been a family favorite ...for years. And they NEVER disappoint. It's Oktoberfest and we Germans know how to get it on! Quiet...no! How can you whisper a party environ? And because we were celebrating an 80th birthday for my husband, this was the place to be. Great food. Excellent service!
Super music and party atmosphere!

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K
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Have been going here for years very disapointed this time. Octoberfest was going on and it was extremely crowded to the point where all the tables were so tightly packed together that would could barely squeeze by to get to the restroom. Service was slow. Ordered a Bavarion pretzel that was ice cold in the middle. Beer was not cold.

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JH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic German food. Generous portions. Friendly staff.

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CR
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best German food ever. All of us had something different and all was authentic and delicious!

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R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy eating there. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. The wait staff couldn't be nicer. You will not rushed to eat and go.

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good

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TE
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Edelweiss. It was a fantastic experience, we will be back!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the atmosphere. The German music and singing where very authentic and entertaining. My small children loved it! I thought the food was great as well. We had a lamb shank, which was amazing, and the salmon. I would definitely go back.

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M
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing service.

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k
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

A bunch of us went to kick off Oktoberfest . The food delicious !the beer amazing! The atmosphere and music said nothing Oktoberfest. The music was mostly Paul McCartney . No traditional German music. Inside the restaurant they had a band. Maybe they should have had it set up that the people sitting outside could hear too.
After dinner we went over to Rosemont and had a great time at the Hofbrauhaus.

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I
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An enjoyable meal with friendly servers/owners. Great neighborhood jewel!! Well done

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AA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this gem is great! But especially the kindness of the staff. Very nice evening and delicious food. It looks like a fun place to have a party. It's a big place and looks as though it can accomodate a large group.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

The last time I was at this restaurant was 10 years ago, and I remember the food being pretty good. This time I came here for my moms birthday and I have to say we would have been better off celebrating at McDonalds. My mom got the platter with the schnitzel and bratwurst. The ham that was put on top of the red cabbage salad tasted old, the bratwurst had no flavor and my mom compared it to wet toilet paper ground up. The schnitzel was tough to eat and only tasted like the oil it was fried in. The only good thing about the meal was the spitzel and the German fries. Then our next mistake was getting the ice cream sundae which was supposed to come with whip cream and nuts (we got neither) only 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream and a thin drizzle of strawberry syrup you can buy at the grocery store. I would have at least expected the strawberry syrup with actual strawberries in it. I ordered the perch with mashed potatoes. Both bland and the perch only tasted like oil. The service wasn’t bad though probably the only upside to our experience. My mom and I did get a good laugh at how horrible the food was, so at least we have that memory. Sorry but I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant and I regret going there.

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DW
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As far as traditional German fare Edelweiss has it all. Bring your appetite because you'll want to try the scrumptious appetizers and original German beer on tap. The schnitzels are delicious and all entrees come with two sides and the soup of the day. Top that off with a strudel and you'll be adding a couple of belt loops for sure.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my fathers 80th Birthday. 11 family members attended and all enjoyed the food and experience very much!

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