Hofbrauhaus - Chicago

4.2
965 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 965 People Are Saying
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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
25 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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KV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Overall, you will have fun here, especially after dinner. There is a lot going on. Live music most of the time, dancing, and cheering with large beers in your hand. It is pretty expensive, expect to pay $16+ for a liter of beer. Most meals are $16-20. Great for a good night out with friends or family.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Took the family here for Oktoberfest and had a great time! The food and atmosphere was just like being in Munich. We had to wait a bit for the check but otherwise everything else was perfect!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

It was very crowded and loud when we arrived, but we were seated quickly since we had reservations. Our waitress was a bit rude, when we ordered we told her to not place our dinner order until we were done with the appetizer, she assured us the food would not come out too soon. Needless to say we were not halfway done with the appetizers when the food showed up, we told the server to return the food to the kitchen until after we were done with the appetizer. He looked a little confused at our request! Then when we were ready for our entree’s, one of the dinners was wrong, when we pointed it out to the waitress, she said we ordered it wrong, but brought out the correct dinner 10 minutes later. After we paid the bill, but were listening to the band the waitress walk by and said “come on people let’s move it along”.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Seated us in tent near garbage station. could not see band and could not get service including having cold food!! Be careful they don't seat you out of main room

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MW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was so much fun and I will return! I normally am not a beer drinker or a fan of German food but the food here was fantastic and the ambience makes it easy to enjoy a beer - regardless of whether you’re a beer drinker!

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MM
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

The food is good German food. They need some work on their service. Brought the wrong soup. Was not crowded, took forever to get the food. Beer glass was chipped and cut my lip. Took 10 min to get the waitress attention to pay the bill. I would say poor management.

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PM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very Lively, energetic great beer during Oktoberfest

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KB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great entertainment and food. Great for families, groups, and couples. Lots of fun with good prices. Great service.

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m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
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
11 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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AC
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
152 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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LD
Las Vegas
6 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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