Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Food was decent, service was efficient and informative. It's a fun place to bring young children since there's live music and places for them to run around.
Tables are communal but they seat groups with space between parties.
It may not be the best German food but it's worth a stop when you're in the area. It's our go to spot now to avoid sitting in traffic after picking people up from the airport.
Food was terrible
Went here on a Friday night to celebrate my sons 14th Birthday was perfect we got to dance on our table sing along with the band and the icing on the cake was the band signing happy birthday in English then German and threw in a yodel
Place was too loud to have a conversation. Service was slow even though not super busy. Food was good, however.
We met here for a small gathering of friends. The service and the beer were good, but the food was a little pricey for what you got. $14.00 for a pretzel is excessive!
Food was just okay. It was an experience. Server was very friendly.
Excellent new years spot!!! Both my girlfriend and I were surprised at how quick the food came out despite it being so busy.
The beer charges are exorbitant. Not many choices in menu. The vegan cutlets were tasteless, hard and chewy, only the outer fried part was good- not worth the price. Salmon fish was done well and good. The waitress was extremely patient and well versed with all the menu items and provided all information and suggested the right kind to order. She was also very nice and polite with very good/sweet attitude! So the good experience dining wise was the waitress, potato pancakes and fish!
New Years eve
A can’t miss if you are looking for something fun. Live music, friendly servers, and authentic German beer.
Great new years eve activity for kids! Took our 1.5 year old he had a good time!
We had THE BEST time at the NYE celebration. I am almost nervous to tell people about it because I want to continue coming back. The kids loved the magic show and the whole atmosphere was family friendly and festive. Our server was AMAZING- working his butt off. Thank you!
Love it! Visited HoifBrau Haus in Germany years ago. Same feeling here! Great food, too!
It's German food for Americans, like Olive Garden is Italian food for Americans. But it's a festive (and loud) atmosphere -- a fun place for groups and families.
(don't go hungry. the food is blah and really over priced. stick to the appetizers. the beer, however, is plentiful!)
Something was seriously off. I've been a regular at Hofbrauhaus since the soft opening. I have experienced where they had to shut down food orders and management handled that with professionalism and humility. I have been there for Octoberfest where the place was slammed and the staff never missed a beat. This visit can only be summed up as a train wreck. The problems fell in two areas food and entertainment.
I ordered the Jagerschnitzel for an entree. We were there on a Saturday afternoon, the place was almost empty, however, the food still came out cold. the sauce tasted gritty like it was a Maggi mix. We did a Pretzel for an appetizer, the Obatzda tasted more like Liptauer and had a crust on it, like it was pre-made the night before or put under a heating lamps by mistake.
The duo playing only made a bad dinning experience miserable. The female was trying to sing a soprano line and her voice was no, more like a 2d alto. Her performance made me feel like I was in Beijing listing to Pinyin or like fingernails on the chalk board. The male playing the tuba, was missing a lot of the notes. I ended up boxing my meal to go and finishing my beer and got out as quickly as possible.
Having pointed out minor issues in the past to management only to get the brush off, I felt it was best to leave and post a review.
Great food and fantastic beer. What more can you ask for?
The veeeeeery best
Amazing atmosphere! Worth a drive and family friendly.
Nobody raved about the food. It was adequate. I had the roast beef and it overdone and dry.
Service was ok, nothing to write home about. Won't be back anytime soon.
Man i love this place. Cant keep me away. Our waiter was a real star last weekend too. Blew us away as he took the mic!
Let's face it--you're not coming here for the food, which is good because most everything is too salty. The beer hall atmosphere and live music are the main draws and are lots of fun, tho' the volume of the music can be oppressive depending on where you are seated. The brews are decent but not worth the trip on their own. Weekends for lunch or an early dinner are better for the kids, as the crowd can get rowdier as the night goes on (and more leering too--the authentic costumes for the waitresses seem to give the place a "breastaurant" draw for some).
You don't go here for the food! Food is just average at best, but the atmosphere is of a genuine German venue. Noise level,is quite high but service was decent.
Best service and German entertainment !!!
Best music band Dolomiten Banditen !!!!
Great food. Best beer. A little slow but the place was hopping and the music was great so you don’t even notice the wait
Was awesome filling fun and entertaining! Thank You!!!
Loved the music and “long horn” instruments. The grandkids could be loud there and it was ok
A fun atmosphere!
For the most part this restaurant is a fun place to visit. I don't recommend it for younger crowds, this place is catered to middle-aged people. The servers are very busy and annoyed.
Very expensive for not very good quality food. Outrageous that you have to pay a dollar for a slice of bread and butter. That should have been on the table as part of the meal like other places do. 6 dollars for pickles and another fee for a side of gravy is crazy. The customer is nickled and dimed for EVERYTHING and the food was terrible! Never coming back and no recommendation to friends either. Very overrated!
The server was the very best thing about the evening. She was very attentive and super friendly!
From the hostess to paying the bill everything was simply outstanding. I highly recommend it.
October feast was going on and we had a great time!
It’s lively and entertaining! The food is good. We loved the soft pretzels.
Oktoberfest celebration! Great service - Good band w/sing along and audience participation.
Always a good time,
Great beer. Decent food, but not German quality...
Loud for visiting and talking but that’s on us. The atmosphere is great and as a beer garden should be. The food was awesome! Better than expected.
We were there for an Octoberfest birthday. Great food good beer, terrific service, knowledgeable server, friendly staff.
We were seated out in a tent rather than the main dinning area which lacked any atmosphere. You could not see the band food was cold when it arrived. I didn’t go here to celebrate Oktoberfest and be seated outside in a tent very disappointing
Fun atmosphere with great authentic German food. The entertainment is amazingly good. If it’s your birthday don’t tell them or they will smack you in the butt with a paddle.
Enjoy the German ambiance, beer and food but WAY WAY overpriced. We only go there once a year due to the high cost.