Hofbrauhaus - Chicago

4.3
945 reviews
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$30 and under
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German
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 nightly 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
German
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Hours of operation


Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(847) 671-2739
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Klaus Lotter
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Catering
We have an extensive catering menu
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
River Road
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Parking details
Ample parking space is available within 2 minutes walking distance in the adjacent parking garage. Valet is right next door.
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Entertainment
Hofbräuhaus Chicago offers exceptional, traditional Bavarian music nightly. Each month a new band from the Bavarian/Austrian European region performs. Hofbräuhaus Chicago diners can party, sing and participate with traditional beer hall music.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 945 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very Lively, energetic great beer during Oktoberfest

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m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Energetic and fun for Oktoberfest. Great service during a hectic time.

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CR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son had wanted to come here for his 50th birthday last November but we kept running into conflicts. We finally made it and it was worth the wait - he (and all of us) enjoyed it so much. We did keep the birthday a secret to avoid the spanking - however we did enjoy watching others get celebrated. The food was great - the beer was also great. We will be back. His birthday is only a couple months away now. We will have the rest of the family and friends join us next time.

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ED
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of fun and good food! We will go back soon!!

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p
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The inside dining room was far too noisy for us to have a conversation. The outdoor dining option was nice. The food took a long time to get out to us and when it did arrive, much of it was cold.

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a good place with friends ! Amazing authentic music . Very recommended

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

It was way to loud. The service was terrible and the food was very bland for how much it cost.

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MD
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Hofbrauhaus and it was entertaining, lively and fun!! The ambiance is energetic and makes you feel as if you are sitting in the middle of Oktoberfest in Germany!!

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LA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Service was very good. We didn’t have to wait long for our server and we got our food fast. The food was good but I’ve had better at other German restaurants. The noise level is awful. Definitely can’t hold a conversation. Had to shout to talk. It wasn’t very crowded so it’s definitley because of the high ceilings, bad acoustics.

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KC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was okay. Kind of an a la carte menu. Wanted to try the hot soft pretzel, but couldn't get anyone to share. Once the music started conversation was impossible, but when I looked at the faces in my group they were all smiling and moving with the music. It's definitely uplifting.

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DB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Benches like at the restaurant in Munich, but most of the similarities end soon there. Service was slow and food was cold. The music was so loud you couldn't hold a conversation

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MA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Reasonable restaurant. Too much noise with the loud music to talk among ourselves.

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

Poorly managed and disorganized. Although checked in and seated 15 minutes ahead of reservation, my party was reported as absent. Then received a nasty note from Open Table, asking me to explain why I was a no-show.

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G
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fun place and food was awesome!! Reminded me so much of the Hofbrauhaus in Munich! Service was also exceptional.

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d
Chicago
149 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

1.service-fantastic
2. Food very good -very unique German cuisine
3. Good beer
4 fun atmosphere (you may have to be seated with others you don’t know)
5. Too loud. Way loud. Screaming at your friends loud.

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KS
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Was seated by hostess & given menus. Waited 15 minutes and was never acknowledged by waitstaff. No water. No drink orders taken. Not acknowledged at all. Not busy either, so that can not be the excuse. Got up and left. They obviously didn't need or want our business.

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CB
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the Hofbrauhaus! Liked the outdoor seating area and you could still hear and enjoy the live entertainment. We had # 325 and #365 on the menu and it was very good! We also had the pretzel for appetizer and the apple strudel and the cheesecake for dessert.

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YK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s fun! Dishes are good. But there is a not same Munich’s Hofbrauhaus.

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DC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner for 4 adults. Too bad only choice of 5 beers. Linda was fantastic! Enjoyed the band a lot.
Parking a royal pain in the butt so we ended up valet parking.

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OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Band played too loud and the food was mediocre at best. Thought I was in a theme park rather than an authentic German restaurant!

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CB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Server was awesome. Mixed drinks priced way too high!

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T
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was good night out & a treat to sit outside & listen to the Country Fest going on in the lawn. Beer is great as alway, food was ok

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H
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live band. Fun watching the diners get paddles on their butt. Great food and drinks.

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WS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere. The food quality was not what I expected having been to original Hofbrau Haus in Munich. The pretzel was terrible. It tasted like it had been microwaved. Pretzels are one of the best things in Munich.

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k
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner on the patio. Service and food was great.
Only suggestion is to turn off the outside speakers when the Park has an outdoor concert going on.

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EG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Our service was really bad; it appeared as though our server had inside tables and outside tables and we had a hard time getting her attention. Also, the people bringing out the food were very confused and often coming by our table asking if we ordered stuff.

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HS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Celebrating my son’s birthday 3 of his friends. The service was very good but the food was overpriced but good. After we finished our meal we told the waiter that it was my son’s birthday and he suggested a shot that also comes with a girl with a paddle for a spanking. A cute Idea and it went over very well. The bill was $250 which is about what I expected but I was shocked to see a charge of $7 for my son’s shot. You would think that after spending that much money they would buy a birthday shot. Nickel and dime move.

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JB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Was a fun time with good food!

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AR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is one of the best German resturants in Chicago with real authentic German food.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

A great place to watch the World Cup when Germany is playing. It is also a good time on a Saturday night with friends or family. We have been there multiple times. My only negitive on this visit was the waiter bathed in cologne, instant headache.

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m
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my graduation and a late fathers day dinner. Service was phenomenal, the food was amazing and the ambiance was great! We enjoyed the German atmosphere and will be returning. Thank you!

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CH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had a wonderful time at Hofbrauhaus for Father's Day. My only critique was the services, which was quite friendly but a little slow. Granted - it was a long day for everyone. I look forward to returning.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Super nosey but a lot of fun

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RL
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere fantastic service, and let's not forget...authentic German food!

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JG
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I had a great time here with my family celebrating my birthday. The live band and lively atmosphere made it a great time.

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SH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

It was for our German Au pairs 21st birthday. The ambience was good and our child played the instruments. We had currywurst which were red sausages covered in almost tomato sauce. No taste of curry.

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I
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped for lunch with friends that we were dropping off at the airport. The food was GREAT!!

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food!!! Energetic entertainment - which makes it noisy so don’t expect to have important conversations. Waitress was attentive. However the young man delivering our food practically threw the plates at us. The juices on my plates sloshed around and spilled on me, the table, and the ground. When I asked him for napkins to clean up he just gestured to the napkins on the table and walked away. I mentioned it to the waitress but didn’t get the impression that the incident would be relayed correctly. This is not my first experience with less than stellar service at this location.

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Loud, energetic and fun. Food was very good and so was the beer. The wine list is not good, this is strictly for beer lovers.

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BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the live music. Service was great

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