Himmel's

4.5
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$30 and under
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European
From the owners of the original Pizza D.O.C., we welcome you to Himmel’s. In 2014, we have expanded our menu to include many more authentic German dishes that are receiving rave reviews from customers. When you walk into our restaurant, we want you to feel like you are at home. Our amazing wood-burning oven is the first of its kind in the city of Chicago. The oven is straight from Rome and has been making authentic pizzas and breads for more then 16 years. The flavor profile this culinary vessel brings to pizza is so spectacular; we just couldn’t let our other foods get jealous. So we started to experiment and found that our specials have been such a hit, we wanted to make them a more permanent fixture.Our wood-burning oven will still be churning out our famous Roman style pizzas made with the freshest ingredients, handcrafted and baked in a 700-degree oak burning brick oven. We pride ourselves on our outstanding food cuisine and service. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I probably would recommend solely based on food/drinks, just not on New Year's Eve. Prices went up 33%, staff seemed in a rush to get people out and although the live music was nice, the place was really loud. I made a reservation, but we got seated by the bathrooms and a (cute but) very loud train that overpowered the live music, while half the restaurant was empty. The groups that attended made up for that though... the Riesling was amazing, the chicken schnitzel was great. Cranberry sauce would have made it even better.

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went with a group of 10 friends and tried a wide variety of dishes and it was wonderful! The atmosphere was full of Christmas cheer, live music, decorations and fabulous service. I want to go back with my family so they can experience the fun.

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 2 brothers and I took our 87 yr old mother out for a some Christmas time fun with just her boys.

JD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere and service here are exemplary. There is a friendly, family vibe that makes you feel at home--you cannot do better in terms of food, either. I cannot say enough about this gem.

RC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our first time at Himmel's. We were very happy with the food and service. Our server was very personable and helpful. We will definitely come back. (We were lucky to get a parking space right in front, but I can see where that might some time be a problem.)

A
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

People should know that the once 1/2 Italian 1/2 German menu days are over. Menu is 90% German.

HL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Brought Mom,aged 90. We all loved it.

VW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a blast, had accordionists when we were there Saturday. Regulars made it even more fun experience. There was a dance floor to polka! Food was authentic and delicious! Portions very generous! Their bread was out of this world!

AK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food outweighs service. I recommend they ditch the iPad or tablet table service; it's a matter of personal opinion. Need more servers on busy evenings.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was very good, with generous portions, but the service was terrible. To be clear, we had a great busboy who was friendly and attentive, but our waiter completely forgot about us (a table of six!). Things reached the height of absurdity when we were trying to leave. I must have waited for twenty minutes and asked at least two other employees before the waiter brought me our check. By that time, I had long sent the rest of my dining party home, because my one year old had started getting cranky. Really soured an otherwise pleasant evening.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Himmels especially on the nights with their accordion player - it’s impossible not to feel happy when you’re there! The food is a treat and it’s got a wonderful “neighborhood place” feel to it.

LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wiener schnitzel is outstanding! Service was friendly and prompt.

LD
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our second time and the four of us had a nice time. We were early so it was quiet and got busy later. We all had German dishes which we all liked. Next time may try the Pizza or an Italian dish.
Table cloths and Friday night guitar entertainment make for a pleasant outing.

L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Himmel's was a delight! The German atmosphere was tasteful and most authentic, as was the food. The Wiener schnitzel was thin, well-seasoned, and tender and the Bavarian potato salad was light and flavorful. The pork shank and liver dumpling soup also evoked memories of our travels to Switzerland, Germany and Austria, and the spätzle was homemade. There is no luncheon menu at this time and dinner portions were huge, but we enjoyed our meals the next day. We would prefer a luncheon with smaller portions. Service was excellent and friendly. There is live music on selected evenings and we hope to try their specialty pizzas in the future. We would highly recommend Himmel's to anyone who would enjoy a lovely European meal.

KA
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just LOVE Himmel’s!! VERY consistent on the food...huge portions, delicious and authentic (both pizzas and German food.). Nice pours on wine. Lovely atmosphere with fun live music on many days. A real gem, we will keep coming back!!

TG
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was delicious. Service was friendly but very understaffed.

S
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Always kind of quirky when you go . . . kind of like you don't belong. This being said, they have some of the better German food around (so difficult to find good examples of this cuisine in Chicago).

L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were very pleased to find such excellent and authentic German cuisine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Service was excellent and friendly. We truly enjoyed this experience.

J
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience2

It was an extremely hot evening and just after our food arrived, my wife asked if the air conditioning could be turned up a bit. Although our waitress tried, she was met with a blank "No" from the bartender (in charge of the A/C, I assume).

That, plus the overly loud accordian player, (and I get that people go there for the music, it was just too loud from my point of view) meant that we asked for our food to be boxed up and we left. I swear it felt more comfortable in the 90 degree heat outside.

JO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Our server was not attentive. It was extremely busy that evening which could have been the issue, however she did not check on us once we ordered. I had to ask the busboy to find her to order a beer and also for the check.

The level of noise was terrible. It was very difficult to carry on a conversation.

Having said this, the food was amazing and I will return and continue to recommend Himmel's.

NM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, friendly wait staff, friendly environment for small children and delicious food!

D
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great German food! I’ll be returning. The pizza is quite delicious as well and not your run of the mill standard offerings

AA
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Schnitzel ! I wish the two sisters would reopen the Brauhaus !

p
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Dinner was wonderful and our server was very knowledgeable and guided us through the menu. It was a bit difficult to understand.

E
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We go here for the pizza and the schnitzel, which were great as always but today the service was less than ideal. The waitress was either new or very unsure of herself and unfamiliar with the promotional schnitzel-fest menu that was in place this day.

BF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is fabulous. I really love the potato pancake appetizer. My steak was cooked perfectly. My husband had the pork tenderloin in cream sauce and loved it. Plenty of food. Large portions. Will definitely return

CM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always come out of Himmel's satisfied. Great food, wonderful drinks and fabulous staff. I recommend Himmel's to everyone!

MS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, German atmosphere,friendly service

P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday. Great food. Great service. Fun atmosphere. They even worked with me and let me drop off a cake early to set up the surprise. Will definitely be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and kitsch. Food was traditional German and great.

P
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my mom’s birthday and I wanted to treat her to dinner. It was a great experience; the food was delicious and the staff helped me set up a nice birthday dessert and asked the musicians to play happy birthday. The whole place sang and my mom was so happy!

EK
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to chill out Friday night: good food, great music.

YF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for German food and atmosphere. We had a wonderful meal and loved the live music.

NM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We are frequent diners at Himmel's. Food is always excellent and portions are more than generous. Service is inconsistent and busy times make it worse. The best time to go is for an early dinner to get the best service. The owners are really friendly and will always greet you or walk to your table to check on you when they are there.

B
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husband’s bday. Service and food were great!

P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Himmel's was fantastic. The food was superb. The staff was very friendly and we enjoyed dancing to the accordion player.

JS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great alone with the atmosphere and service was great ,friendly and a welcome feeling as soon as we walked in.we will be back enjoyed the evening thank you

MA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drink. But, on a windy day, the smoke from the ovens wafts thru the seating area. All 4 of us left smelling like smoke.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Yeh dinner was great until they ran out of strudel !!!’ Who runs out of strudels at 7pm in a Saturday night ?

JP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was fantastic (vegetables could have been cooked a little longer) but the service was horrible. The server forgot about us after dropping off our drinks and it took about 25 min before we finally asked the busser to get her for us. It is a small restaurant and we could see her going in and out of the kitchen with nothing in her hands and chatting with the bartender. Then when the food came, I got the chicken spaetzle and I was turning my plate because the chicken was hanging off the edge, the server without asking reaches down and spins the plate back around getting grease all over my silk top (still cannot get the stain out). She checked on us once and we had to ask the busser for boxes. She then came to our table and asked us how we were, we asked for the check and she didn't even have it on her even though she could see the boxes on our table. If we ever go back I will definitely make sure we do not get that server again.