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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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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (12)
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Bar Seating (7)
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Good for Birthdays (5)
Fun (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Live Music (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Business Meals (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Great atmosphere, great service, good food. We were a bit disappointed because they advertised a Valentine's menu consisting of a great balance of German & Italian fare- and they had no idea what we were talking about when we arrived

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We were celebrating an 85th birthday, and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating to the guest of honor and our family. They were very attentive. Too much food, and they most happily wrapped it up for us to take home. We couldn't get over how wonderful our party was, and hope to come back again

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The restaurant was recommended by a friend. I had been there when it was Pizza DOC. The food was surprisingly good. We felt somewhat out of place because the restaurant was reasonably full, almost everyone seemed to know each other, it was a mainly an older crowd, a lot of people were conversing in German, throughout the meal, an older gentleman played the accordion and sang in German, and some couples, probably in their 70s or even 80s, danced. We felt a little bit too young, too cool, and too not-German.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

If you are looking for amazing authentic German Food , with a friendly and fantastic service.... this is your restaurant!!!!
It truly brought me back to my childhood.... what an amazing experience!!!!!
Delicious food and unforgettable service!!!!!
Btw, prices are too good to be true.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The atmosphere was great. People were dining for all sorts of things, from dancing with the live music to Birthdays to date nights and groups gathering. The portions are HUGE. The food was perfect and the service was attentive.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This place was great. Live music on Sat night. Terrific service with a good vibe. Authentic German food. Schnitzel and spaetzle dishes are so good. Red cabbage and dumplings as aide were perfect. Sausage appetizer with the bed of sauerkraut was a big hit. People dancing to the one man according player. Employee sitting in to play some bongos. Some German toasts btw songs. Will be going back for sure.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This is one of my favorite places. The staff are attentive and friendly. The food mix of German and Italian seems odd. However both are prepared well and I have never been disappointed with a menu choice. We dine there often.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The only really bad part of the evening is that, in our group of seven, three people ordered pizzas, which were not delivered to the table until well after the other four of us had received our food. Also, they were a little light on their pour of a scotch on the rocks. When they finally arrived, the pizzas were quite good, as was the lamb shank. The grilled calamari and the liver dumpling soup were just okay.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Where else can you get "Hacksen" (Pork shank)? Everything's good here. Next time it's the Rahm Schnitzel. Service is great, nice bar.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

LOVE THIS PLACE! Great German Food, Pizza is good too. Definitely will be going back.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We have always loved Himmel’s we were the only ones in the restaurant (early birds) and the ambient music was too loud. It got better when the live singer started.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Happy to be able to bring my father in law in from out of town and have enjoy a wonderful meal in such a welcoming environment with some great live entertainment.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent spot for families. Delicious food, live band, great service. We will be visiting here again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was very good and it was unique to have a choice between Italian and German cuisine. The service was very slow and the waitress apologized saying that several large tables had been seated at the same time. I have a feeling that their kitchen is not the fastest. Given the great food we will return to see and perhaps try something from their pizza oven.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food was good except for calamari appetizer which was rubbery and tasteless. Not well prepared. Entrees very good.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Is it German? Is it Italian? It’s BOTH, done very well. Went before a show at Old Town School of Folk Music, time was tight, they got us served very efficiently and as friendly as could be given our time constraint. The food was absolutely delicious - the Rahm Schnitzel was crazy good, Weiner Schnitzel, same. The arancini, calamari, sausage sampler and bruschetta apps were fantastic. Decent beer selection and tiny but efficient wine list - complimentary to the food, which is the star of this place. They kept our leftovers in the fridge for us while we went to the show and we spun by afterward to pick them up and have a nightcap and then got to chat with our server from earlier about the quirky and interesting history of Himmel’s. I went back a week later with my son and his friend, a vegetarian, she was having a hard time deciding because there were so many options that either were meatless or she could ask to be meatless. Highly recommend Himmel’s. The moment you walk through the door greeted by the smell of the wood burning oven you will be hooked. Live music a few times a week but I missed both times I was there. Ask for a table away from the door, it was relatively chilly being seated there was the food was so good it didn’t matter to us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fun, Bar Seating, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 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 19, 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 4, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Always a great place for dinner with family or friends.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

best German food in the area

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 (San Francisco)·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 20, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 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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vip
 (London)·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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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