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About Himmel's

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.

2251 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
European, Italian, German

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
Closed Monday.

Cross Street:
Oakley

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 784-8777

Website:
http://himmelschicago.com/

Entertainment:
Every Thursday & Friday we have live acoustic music for your dining pleasure.

Every first Wednesday of the month we have a jazz trio for our "Rack-N-Jazz"

Catering:
Please call Diana Himmel-Krewer for all of your catering needs.

Public Transit:
We are just a few short blocks from the CTA Western Brown line stop.

Executive Chef:
Carol A Himmel

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please call Diana Himmel-Krewer for all of your special needs.

Himmel's Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.3

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4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (8)
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Good for a Date (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Live Music (2)
People Watching (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Our food selections were just OK, but I think we just ordered the wrong thing. My rahmschnitzel wasn't very flavorful, and the meat was cut into chunks rather than slices, and the chunks were not all that tender. Also, the sauce didn't have much flavor. My husband's trout tasted a little too fishy. But the sides were very good and the quantities were huge. We saw a schnitzel go buy that could have fed the whole table.

Service was excellent, but we ate early and there weren't very many people there. We'll probably come again and try something different, though it's a bit of a shlep for us.

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Surprisingly tasty and authentic German with some Italian thrown in for good measure and variety. Meal was delicious!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Excellent German food. Large portions at competative prices. Parking is another thing if you can find it. Be aware of the construction right in front of the restaurant. Definitely a "go back to" restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I hope it was just an off night for our waitress, but when she finally arrived at our table ( it was later in the evening, so the place was not busy), she couldn't have been less interested. . . and that's the 'kind' assessment.
I've been to this place before, when it was Pizza D.O.C. and since it became Himmel. I've liked the food and the room before. They have an authentic Italian pizza oven, so the pizzas have been thin, Napoli-style and delicious. My friend that I took is from Sicily, and he wanted to try a variation on one of the pizzas that would be more 'authentic' to what he knew from home. When he asked the waitress if it were possible ( and it was a little different, but not hard to do) her reply was: "Oh, we can't do that." Period. End of discussion. Lovely.
AND the music. . . OK, I'm all for 'A Taste of the Old Homeland', but this play list, blasting into a mostly empty room, was perfect only if you were a Swiss goat herder with a penchant for Euro-Disco-Polka meets German-Oompa-Kabarett-Komisch-Pop. Impossible to ignore (or talk over), and unlikely to please anyone except for the really, really drunk.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great little neighborhood place. Good food served in ample portions, eclectic mix of Italian and German food all at reasonable prices. Attentive staff, gracious owner. Live music on certain nights. A new favorite.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

best German food in the area

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

What a pleasant surprise! This was a last minute choice because none of the other German restaurants I tried in this neighborhood had openings at 6 p.m. The food was probably the best we have had In a very long time. Everything was perfectly prepared and delicious. The red cabbage and spaetzle were exemplary and my daughter's mashed potatoes were fluffy and tasty. I couldn't recommend this restaurant more highly. The cuisine is German and Italian. We sampled both and were beyond pleased. It felt like everything we ordered had been prepared specially for us. Sadly, there were very few patrons when we were there. We can't wait to go back. This will definitely be our new special occasion restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This is a great neighborhood spot to take the family. Good food and a casual, fun atmosphere.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Live Music
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Himmels is always outstanding. Northern Italian focus which is a blend of Italian and german culture. Great ambiance, fantastic authentic dishes of the region, great selection. primo spot for a night out for two or a small group. The 3 piece ensemble with a lead vocal this last evening was outstanding

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was bland from the tasteless calamari to the Caesar salad to the salmon and Wienerschnitzel. The noise level was unbearable with the guitar player in the background. We yelled to communicate with one another and with the waitstaff. Remove the entertainment and improve the food then you'll have a great restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Himmel's is an interesting combo of Italian-inspired and German-inspired fare. My guests and I ordered the meat and cheese appetizer, and each ordered one of the German entrees. The portions were large and I would caution folks to order one entree for 2 people if they do not have hearty appetites. Of course, extras were packed to take home. For dessert, we shared one serving of Tiramisu which was delicious.

We went on a Friday evening and there was live music as background, and as the evening progressed, several large groups arrived and it was a bit noisy, but still a festive atmosphere.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Food was great but the live music was way too loud. It made conversation difficult. Our friends don't want to go back. If they're going to have live music, it should not be amplified at all. Himmel's is not a nightclub.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Funky, old-school neighborhood establishment so that's fun. There's a decent by the glass wine selection, the bread was delicious, and thumbs up on the French onion soup. The spatzel was yummy; the side salad that comes with it was ok. The chicken parmesan was ENORMOUS. The actual chicken was very good but the accompanying red sauce was pretty tasteless. Overall, I would recommend Himmel's and we will definitely be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2017

We had a wonderful time, and are looking forward to going back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Party at four had a lovely time our concern is it took over an hour to get our entrée with no apologies

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We've been many times and it's usually great but Sunday was a really disappointing experience. It took nearly 30 minutes from the time we were sat to get an order in. And we were not looking for a long experience, this was a Sunday night with tired people who just wanted a good meal and to get home. Service was painfully slow and the pizzas were overcooked. Hopefully this was just one bad night and perhaps they were understaffed but definitely disappointing.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Food was good but service left a lot to be desired. When I asked for an alternative preparation for a dish based on dietary restrictions, the waitress wouldn't even ask the chef it were possible.

All of us felt that the waitress was at best indifferent, and at times, almost hostile.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 21, 2017

We arrived for a 6:30 reservation, but one member of our party was running late. We had 2 small kids and we're ordered crayons for them, but no bread or offer to order an appetizer (which would have been nice to tide the kids over). It wasn't until the last if our party arrived 20 minutes later that we were able to place our order, at which time bread was brought over. Our appetizer came out right away, but we didn't get our entree until AN HOUR later. The kids were starving and tired. We were told they had just gotten a new computer system which is what slowed things down, but it's hard to understand how our server didn't go to the kitchen to have the food expedited. Also, the fact that she sat talking with people at another table for 10 minutes and it didn't seem that anyone else's food was delayed (we saw people come, eat and leave while we were waiting for our entrees) made that explanation difficult to believe. There was no discount taken off the bill, but a dessert tray arrived after we paid and were literally walking out the door. We had already made plans for dessert and would have declined if it had been offered ahead of time. Plus, it felt like too little too late. The food was good and the atmosphere was fun, but I'll have a hard time giving them another try. Definitely won't be bringing the kids back. Very disappointing, as we were celebrating my son's 6th birthday with his grandpa from out of town.

Tags: Great Beer, Live Music, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Went here for Easter brunch. It was terrible. After we had brunch here, I had to still take the kids out to eat . Ruined Easter brunch !!!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Great food, good service, local flavor.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Amazing gem for brunch! The healthiest brunch buffet I've seen in a while. Typical European food (I'm French so I know what I'm talking about!) grilled veggies, poached salmon and home made tasty omelets. We'll be back! Oh, and very kid friendly too.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Great sides and not bad on entrees. Service the day we went was honestly awful. I expected more communication from our server and we didn't receive it. Stretches for food were long! We waited 45 minutes to receive a delicious wood-fired pizza that should have taken about 10 minutes as no one else was there for pickup and no one else had ordered. (Not many people at the time we went). I don't know if the good meal negates the service and it will be quite a while before I go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Nice neighborhood spot for Italian and German food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Their Sunday brunch is worth every penny. This week was Bavarian brunch - we couldn't eat enough of the mushroom gravy. I'd buy it to take home if they offered it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2017

The weiner and chicken schnitzel are wonderful. The spaetzel is wonderful either as a side or as a dish with cheese. Never had a bad meal at Himmel's.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was a little slow. We were unfortunate in that there was a crying toddler near us for most of the meal, but will try again. The food itself was reasonably priced given the high quality.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2017

I love German food, and Himmel's does not disappoint! My parents and I all had the sauerbraten, which was amazing! I have also had the kasespaetzel on a previous visit, and that was very good as well - I have never seen that before at a German restaurant. Besides German, they also serve some Italian and French, and have a wood fired pizza oven. We had arancini (which are balls of rice and mozzarella deep fried) as an appetizer. Amazing!!

Parking can be a little tricky.

If you are in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, stop in. If you are not, Himmel's is absolutely worth the drive!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Servers couldn't figure out who was supposed to pick up our table, so we sat for a while before being addressed. Since we had enough time while we waited for service we had all of our meal options picked out, however, we didn't have a drink list, so we couldn't decide on that. Once our server finally came to the table, instead of asking us what we'd like to drink, she went right to, 'it looks like you've decided what you'd like for dinner?' We ordered shrimp cocktail (watered down, no taste at all), myself, the schnitzel (good, but extremely thin, and a small portion), my husband the pork shank (good, tender, not a lot of meat, but a lot of fat). The meals came with a choice of salad, and if I didn't mention it, she wouldn't have asked. We then asked about a drink list, she said she'd bring it after she put our order in. We didn't get our drinks till 20 minutes into our service. We were to receive a relish tray, that didn't come out till we were done with our appetizer and salads, we took one bite off of the tray and a buss boy came by and swiped it off the table, so we didn't get to nosh on that for long. The bill was $100 without tip, our server was ditzy, couldn't multi task very well, and it took forever to get the check. It wasn't busy, but you would've thought she was slammed. The food and service werent worth the price.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2016

The meal for everyone in our party was outstanding!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Dinner was good. Happened to be there on a slower evening so it was easier to hear. Also no band that night made conversation easier. Food was tasty. Nice portions. Very good service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Himmel's has good food, but this past experience was not the best. We were there on Dec. 23rd for a holiday meal. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. We had to wait well over an hour for our food. Our server did her best. She even brought us a couple of pizzas to tide us over, but the overall wait was far too long. I understand the holidays are busy, but they need to be better prepared for large parties.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2016

I have been wanting to try Himmels for sometime now and so glad we finally went for dinner.
I had a pork tenderloin schnitzel which was absolutely delicious! My daughter in law had grilled calamari and a pear arugula salad. Everything was so good, including the wine. The prices are reasonable and at this time of year the decorations were cozy Christmas. We will go again with the whole family.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2016

The veal was tough but the beet salad was excellent. Comfortable but not sure what to make of the place. A curious mix of German and Italian cusine. Lots of people seemed to be enjoying themselves but I was not that impressed with the food.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2016

Always a great experience at Himmel's whether eating early with the kids or the two of us on a busy weekend night the food and service is consistently very good!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2016

LOVE the German cuisine here. And the pizzas are great too. It's all just so delicious, wish I could eat here every day!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Service was exemplary. Our waitress was both knowledgeable and cheerful. Nothing but compliments about the food. Can recommend Himmel's without hesitation.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Great German food and other options just off Lincoln. Maybe not as boisterous (and touristy) as the Chicago Brauhaus, but better food.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2016

One of the worst dining experiences ever. So many things wrong with it, too much to type. If anyone ever asks if they should try it I would emphatically say NO! Hopefully they will close and put everyone out of their misery.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 31, 2016

What a great find! When it seems like we have fewer and fewer good German restaurants in the Chicago area, we happened upon Himmel's. It's a very quaint restaurant which has a brunch buffet on Sunday. We decided to order off the menu and boy are we glad we did. I had the delicious Champignon Rahm Schnitzel. The creamy mushroom sauce covering tender pork medallions was amazing. I wanted a spatula to scrape up every bit of the sauce. I am gluten free and the restaurant was very accommodating substituting the spatzle with bratkartoffel, which were perfectly fried and seasoned potatoes. The rest of my family ordered the Sauerbraten served with red cabbage and spatzle, the pork shank served with cole slaw, spatzle and bread dumplings and the chicken marsala with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. All of the food was delicious and plated beautifully, I wish I had taken pictures. All four of us went home with leftovers, which is unusual for us. I look forward to dining there again with more family and friends. They have Italian food too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2016

The food was excellent, the atmosphere was very nice, and the service was very good as well. Would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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