Hofbrauhaus - Chicago

4.2
1022 reviews
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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 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.
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EB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Be ready for fun! Lots of authentic entertainment (it can be noisy). We sat at the bar and our bartender was very nice and knowledgeable. The music and audience interaction was great! However... No thank you to the paddle! I haven't done the "Chicken Dance" in forever! Great place to have a memorable experience! I'll be back!

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

My boyfriend and I walked in to a live band playing and the place was just a party. I had never been to a restaurant with that kind of ambient before. Everyone was having a wonderful time and laughing. These are the kind of places that just take you by surprise in a really good way. Definitely recommend.

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AD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a fun time and great for big groups! I have been there many times and never had a bad experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Cool place but over priced. Service was nothing special. Very loud. Not a good place for a date if you want to talk. But great place for a fun rowdy time.

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b
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good friends. We had a great night. Thank you

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ML
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Found this place online and decide to try it. Not the best choice. High prices for the food and drinks compared to similar options. Louder than normal. But the worst was that we got U$56 extra charged to our bill. When trying to explain the matter to the waitress, without our explanation and in a very dismissive attitude, saying “I know, I know “ (She knew?) she left and brought it back with the right items we ordered. No apology offered. Ps: soup and salad are not included in the plates;)

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We were disappointed in the food. Beer was good of course.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

My salmon burger was extremely dry. They beches and chairs extremely uncomfortable for people over 50 years of age. Way to pricey for what is provided. Will not be back here.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went out with another couple on a Friday night for their fish fry and had a great time.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Initially the hostess couldn’t find my reservation. Once seated, after ordering I found what I wanted was only offered during the lunch hours. When I asked if I could sub in the chicken (which is what I wanted) for the pork I was told no, as substitutions were not allowed even though the chicken was available in a sandwich option (weird). The waitress however was very friendly and made the dining experience bearable. Hofbrauhaus will not be on my list of places I MUST visit again.

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MC
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful lunch with my grandma. We had the pretzel for an appetizer. I had a chicken sandwich with a pretzel roll and substituted spaetzel for the French fries. My grandma had the laberkäse with potato salad. We also ordered extra spaetzel. She felt like she was back in Germany!

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience! They need more help waiting tables, our girl was hustling! She was great though with the amount of tables she had. Food was delicious, good taste of German overall. Great entertainment!

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MI
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great good and atmosphere! Definitely need to come back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was delicious but the waitress we had was really inattentive. Someone else ran our food out to our table and then left before we could even stop him - and we sat without silverware for at least 5 mins. Waited what felt like forever for new beer and I didn’t even bother trying to get a second water. We ended up asking for the check immediately and paid halfway through dinner because we had a concert after and we didn’t want to leave it up to her to be quick about getting us out the door after we finished eating. That said, atmosphere was fun and food was great as always.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious, the atmosphere also fantastic. Live entertainment was decent. The service was a bit slow.

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MH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was probably an off-night. We took some friends who had never been to this Hofbrauhaus, but were at the one in Munich. We had told them about the entertainment in advance, and we were all looking forward to the usual German music, sing-alongs, and such. But we were disappointed when it all came to an abrupt end at 8:00pm to be replaced with American music covers. The night started out badly, because we were seated at 7:20, but our server didn't even take our first drink order until 7:40. She acknowledged our presence perhaps 10 minutes before that. My wife noted that her Jagerschnitzel didn't have the same taste that it had serveral times previous. Our guests either had Sauerbraten, or the combination of Sauerbraten/pork, but they both commented that the Sauerbraten wasn't that sour. After my wife commented to the manager about the American music and the slow service, we were comped one round of drinks with an explanation that the German 'experience' usually ends at 8:00pm. We've had several good experiences with great food and the German experience in the past, mainly because our reservations for the two of us were earlier. My wife apologized to our friends a few times for the disappointing night. We've learned our lesson about getting there too late. There was no excuse for the slow service though, when the server's section wasn't that busy when we arrived. ---- I will still recommend Hofbrauhaus to a friend, as long as they get there well before 7:00pm.

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CA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was Linda. First rate. Excellent experience

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AG
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoy the beer and food . . . Stay for the Gemeinschaft.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Arrived at 5:15 and were immediately seated. From there it took until 7:15 to finish. Long gaps between arriving, ordering drinks & apps, those arriving, so on. It seemed like the kitchen couldn’t keep up and the restaurant wasn’t half full. When it arrived food was ok, nothing that should have taken long to make. All in all, not what I would have expected.

The ambiance was fun with a German band and various contests. I could see that becoming more rambunctious as the night went on.

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SK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food and beer were good but our service was poor. Ordered soup which never came. 2 people at the communal table with us were brought the wrong dishes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Meh overall. The fact that this place was empty and everywhere else in the area was packed should have been a sign.

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VH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Not authentic. Schnitzel is fried, coated in flour then egg and then bread crumbs. The "Jager Schnitzel" was grilled. Not what I was expecting and very dissapointing.

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DL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

We have been to the Hofbrauhaus numerous times since it opened and I think this was the only bad experience we had. They were extremely busy and it showed in both the quality of food and service. First, my wife’s pot roast was extremely dry. By the time our waitress returned, everyone else had finished their meals and my wife didn’t want to order another entree that the waitress offered. My Wiener schnitzel was also only barely warm and didn’t taste as it has in the past. We hardly saw our waitress as it seemed that she had a party to tend to. We’ve never had a bad experience when we dined here, I think this was just an unfortunate time.

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LW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a totally fun experience! Made a reservation and when we arrived, we were seated immediately. Staff was friendly. If you don’t enjoy yourself at this place, it’s your own fault. One knock it’s a bit pricey. Note that they will validate your parking which is a big plus.

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CV
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Hofbrauhaus is a fun place to go with a group, but the noise level is so loud that it is difficult to carry on a conversation. The food is good and the circus is amusing. The worst aspect is finding a parking spot in the huge,overly filled parking garage and finding the appropriate exit!

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LH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good. I enjoyed myself

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JG
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

For a German Beer Hall it can be fun, good beer, food is okay but not great. Service started strong then disappeared once the entrees arrived. Overall good for a group.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Amazing show! Really enjoyed the night out

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JG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Wish they’d offer German dishes for kids instead of the basic same old kids meals you can get anywhere so that i didn’t have to spend 20.00 on an adult size dish my kid wouldn’t finish. Otherwise great atmosphere!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Food was terrible

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SB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to this restaurant for a birthday party. It was an off time so the noise level might be higher during peak times. They had live music that was so loud that you couldn’t hear anything else. They did not play constantly and for maybe 5 minutes at a time. It’s hard to find parking in front of the restaurant so we parked in the garage. The restaurant does validate your parking at the desk. The food was very good and we will return again!

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PP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Place was too loud to have a conversation. Service was slow even though not super busy. Food was good, however.

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T
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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!

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CG
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was just okay. It was an experience. Server was very friendly.

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ML
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent new years spot!!! Both my girlfriend and I were surprised at how quick the food came out despite it being so busy.

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s
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

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!

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T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years eve

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A can’t miss if you are looking for something fun. Live music, friendly servers, and authentic German beer.

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