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Hofbrauhaus - Chicago

4.2
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$31 to $50
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Hofbräuhaus Chicago is the first and only German micro brewery, beer hall, restaurant and beer garden to call Chicago home. Modeled after the legendary Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany, it takes pride giving you an experience as authentic and unforgettable as the 400-year-old original. Guests can savor schnitzels, sausages, Sauerbraten and pretzels, and some ingredients are even imported from abroad. The freshly brewed beer follows the purity law from 1516 using original recipes handed down by the Duke of Bavaria over 400 years ago. With its beer hall (Schwemme), King Ludwig Room, and Biergarten in summer, it's Oktoberfest every day. Hofbräuhaus Chicago also features live music Tuesday - Sunday Evenings with bands from Germany and Austria. In addition, you can take a piece of Bavaria home from the gift shop stocked with authentic and unique Bavarian gifts & collectibles.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1246 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
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4.2
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4.4
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3.9
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I like it reminds me of Munchen

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RadioRoss
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beer and food are excellent as is the entertainment. Lots of fun! Not the place for an intimate date though. So loud that it is difficult to carry on a conversation with table mates.

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DavidB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Schnitzel was very dry. Sauerbraten was not the least bit sour. It’s supposed to be brined in vinegar. But the pretzels and beer cheese sauce made up for a lot. They were excellent!

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vipmike
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

If you love Herman food

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Miro
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was lukewarm - especial the special on the menu - Sauerbraten. Also the spaetzle in addition to being lukewarm tasted "warmed up". Currywurst and Wienerschnitzel were good. Apple strudel was cold and also didn't taste very fresh. Service and atmosphere was great, as usual. Advice - put a little more effort and pride in the quality of your food. It's an ethnic restaurant and many guests traveled to Germany and other places in Europe and remember having great Sauerbraten even in some mom and pop restaurants. Hofbrauhaus is an institution and bringing a friend for the first time and having meh Sauerbraten is kind of disappointing. I am a fan and will return of course, but I thought I'd give you this feedback in good faith.

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ChicagoTalkShowHost
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While pricey, this place is great. We went for Oktoberfest, and they had a sort of special where when you buy food, you pay half for one of their steins (so instead of paying $20 per stein, we paid $10).

The live music seems rare these days, especially traditional German music. It was awesome too.

JP
JPB1030
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Our server seemed to have gotten lost A-LOT!

It was Sunday 9/20/20 @ 3:30PM and the venue was only about 10% occupied.

The Server, Linda was very nice and helpful, IF you were able to track her down.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We've been here before. Love the idea of a special menu other than the regular menu they have. We were there on a Sunday. Jon/Batman and the busboy are both very ecstatic and hard working.

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DeborahF
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Disappointing - partly because of Covid-19. Had sauerbraten--they made it with pork. Never saw this before. Sauerbraten is made with beef. Spaetzel was a weird color; very yellow--should be white; they are noodles.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Oktoberfest feel, Prost!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun time with friends! The live band was good and energy overall was fantastic!

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VicH
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a great time at the Hofbrauhuas. Always brings back good memories of a family trip we took to Munich.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our waiter Jon (Batman) was very patient with us. We had quite a big group and often asked him for things but he never once rolled his eyes or got annoyed with us. Great conversations with him. He gave his input on some of the food and offered suggestions (which for us, was the best) some of the food wasn't what we expected but overall we were full and almost tipping over rolling out. Some of the food were hard to pass; potato pancakes, calamari, dry rub wings, fresh pretzels, spatzel, german potatoes, fries, steak (delicious), mahi mahi (delicious), and apple strudel w/ice cream. The schnitzel was ok; the pork was better, the chicken had a sour taste to it. We weren't a fan of the Bavarian potato salad. The sauerkraut balls and cheese curds weren't our fave. The loaded bier fries was ok because, of course, the avocado cream was a hit.

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ErikaA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and save open setting. Not crowded and respected social distancing protocols.

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jenniferl
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!! Food was excellent. Outdoor seating was available. Wonderful all around!

MB
vipMom3Boys
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love the food there. Atmosphere is usually pretty good too. But was a little disappointed they didn’t have live music while we were there - middle of the day on a Sunday. Could’ve piped in some good old German beer drinking songs? Linda was an awesome server! Went there to celebrate a 21st birthday, and she definitely added to the enjoyment of the day!

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Justme
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The menu is minuted. The potato salad is very mustardy. The weinerschnitzel was flavorful but too crisp - it was difficult to cut with the knife.

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LaurenceT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Unfortunately, our experience at the Hofbräuhaus was really disappointing the food was extremely dry and tough. The beer was good, but the meal and service was really disappointing. I would not dine there again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Some parts of the experience were nice. The ambiance and outdoor seating were lovely. The food was too quick to come out, so that made me think that it wasn’t cooked fresh to order, and it tasted like it...dry.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Disappointed in the lack of traditional options. expected Octoberfest atmosphere and it was a ghost town.

Switched servers in the middle of our dinner. Big downgrade
Over all disappointment

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OldBuddies
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, great food. Outside seating was perfect.

MC
vipMimiC
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

College buddies getting together to sit outside and social distance but have a fun afternoon! It worked perfect.

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PamelaH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plenty of tables well space. Broad selection of food. Service was great. Charming atmosphere.

PD
PDiner
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Terrible service. Made the appointment and was called to say last call was at 9. So then don’t let someone book a reservation at 8:45 then. Got to the door and immediately felt like they didn’t even want us to enter. Seems like they all just wanted to go home and get rid of me and my party. Stop using COVID as an excuse for terrible service and laziness. This place has been steadily going downhill over the years. Wouldn’t be surprised if it closes for good. Expect a review on google and yelp to warn everyone else. Never going there again. This includes me and my family and friends.

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RayS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're were there to celebrate my birthday. We were the only table inside. All others seemed to prefer the patio. There was no live music that night. The restaurant has a very nice charisma. The waitress was very knowledgeable

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vipstevea
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The ambience can not be helped with the pandemic situation. My pork shank was just ok. Normally it is my go to and usually spectacular. It was just meh.

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RobertC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was not attentive. Slow to respond and did not check back with us often enough.

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ChrisH
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I had the Jager schnitzel. It was mediocre at best. The spaetzle was terrible

JP
JudyP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food, good music! Would go again when the pandemic ends!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome!

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vipJoey
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere, even with COVID issues. Support these guys. They’re doing great!

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Mackenzie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great environment and service! Disappointed there was no music, though. Food/drink is a tad bit overpriced but worth it in my opinion!

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Peaches
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food. Excellent beer selection. Attentive service by Batman!

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AngryB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hofbrauhaus is always a fun time. Sit outside and enjoy the biergarten and the band!

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DKTHEPROMOTER
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed a great dinner and several great beers this past Friday night . The Hefeweizen beer was fantastic- as was my Jaegerschnitzel entree.

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SuzS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our favorites for great German food and fun!

JB
JamesB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Great atmosphere. Food was very good. Service was excellent. Definitely will be going back.

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RobinnY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Patio seating was great. The waitress we had was also an awesome one.

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DonnaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Everything was good but very expensive for the food we had

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Ellie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor Beergarden with well spaced tables to adhere to the six feet separation and all staff wore their masks.
Great service from our waitress. We really enjoyed our evening out.

FAQs

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago is rated 4.2 stars by 1246 OpenTable diners.

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://ecommerce.custcon.com/Selection.aspx?c=3c5a7431-2172-4160-80e9-3138b458c6a7.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.