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Date
Fri, 4/20
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8:00 PM
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Himmel's

4.4
203 reviews
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$30 and under
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European
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  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
European, Italian, German
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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.
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Phone number
(773) 784-8777
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carol A Himmel
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Catering
Please call Diana Himmel-Krewer for all of your catering needs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Oakley
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Public transit
We are just a few short blocks from the CTA Western Brown line stop.
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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"
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Special events & promotions
Please call Diana Himmel-Krewer for all of your special needs.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Mother's Day Brunch Buffet with many house specialties!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 203 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
4.3
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4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Have eaten here many times over the years. My only complaint on this visit was some one at our table wanted their pizza well done, and mine came the same, which I didn't like because the bottom of the pizza was black which made my pizza taste like charcoal. Yuck.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was great, best German Food I had in a long time. Everything was flavorful , homemade Spaetzli, great liver dumpling soup. Sauerbraten was outstanding as well as everything else. I found a new home for German Food.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Unpretentious small German Italian venue with pleasant live accordion player and Rahmen Schnitzel was fantastic. Liver dumpling soup was also excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Amazing time, celebrated my birthday with friends. Live music was great the owners made us feel very welcomed, we had an awesome server as well.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great restaurant. The last 2 Saturday nights we were there they had large, extremely loud groups, plus an oompa band so you couldn’t carry on a conversation. I’d avoid Saturdays. Stupid “energetic” open table rating should really be “too damn loud.”

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Food is very good, full bar, nice reasonably priced wine selection, and street parking is generally available - what more is needed!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great food and service. We’ll be back soon. So much fun.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined on February 3, 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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5.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on December 19, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Always a great place for dinner with family or friends.

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2017

best German food in the area

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on July 12, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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