Hofbrauhaus - Chicago

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992 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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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Food was terrible

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SB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 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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PP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 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
8 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 January 1, 2019
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 January 1, 2019
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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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great new years eve activity for kids! Took our 1.5 year old he had a good time!

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

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!

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NO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! Visited HoifBrau Haus in Germany years ago. Same feeling here! Great food, too!

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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!)

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N
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

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.

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E
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic beer. What more can you ask for?

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b
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veeeeeery best

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FG
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food

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GC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere! Worth a drive and family friendly.

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b
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

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MF
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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CD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

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).

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DH
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

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b
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best service and German entertainment !!!
Best music band Dolomiten Banditen !!!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was awesome filling fun and entertaining! Thank You!!!

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J
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the music and “long horn” instruments. The grandkids could be loud there and it was ok
A fun atmosphere!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Poor service

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KV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

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TG
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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!

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the hostess to paying the bill everything was simply outstanding. I highly recommend it.

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KD
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

October feast was going on and we had a great time!

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MD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s lively and entertaining! The food is good. We loved the soft pretzels.

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s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oktoberfest celebration! Great service - Good band w/sing along and audience participation.
Always a good time,

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DB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great beer. Decent food, but not German quality...

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N
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

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MO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for an Octoberfest birthday. Great food good beer, terrific service, knowledgeable server, friendly staff.

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j
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

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

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CA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoy the German ambiance, beer and food but WAY WAY overpriced. We only go there once a year due to the high cost.

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