Hofbrauhaus - Chicago

4.4
913 reviews
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$30 and under
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German
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  • Good for Groups
  • Great Beer
  • Live Music
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 913 People Are Saying
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4.5
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3.9
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We really enjoyed the live music. Service was great

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Great experience

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Awesom Staff very friendly Great Beer good German food ,Music is little loud but it’s not bother you to much specially after a 1Liter

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Fun time.. what a real German beer house is!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

One of the best German restaurants around. The food is fantastic and the live music keeps you dancing

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food and fun for the whole family.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great place to go with family. Lively fun and good food and beer!!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

This place was so much fun. Went with my husband and kids for his birthday. The kids loved it due to them being able to stand on the benches to dance and sing. They also have a kid’s menu. Great night out with the family and reminded us of our Germany trip from a couple years back.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food and the atmosphere is always fun! We can always count on some good authentic German treats and the beer is great too.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Good food, even better beer. Maibock and dunkel are my go to drinks. The place is loud but the atmosphere makes up for it. Be prepared for communal seating.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Overpriced sub-par food. We made the reservations for 6 people on OpenTable for the afternoon of Easter not realizing the only food option was a $30 per person brunch buffet. Our bad. The parking lot next to restaurant was valet only and closed off because it was full. We had elderly folks with us and couldn't drop them off anywhere near the entrance since the road in front was also closed to traffic. So we had to drop them off behind the building and they had to walk around. When we checked in that's when we learned it was a buffet and we couldn't order off the menu. We are not big buffet people. However since it was already late in the afternoon we begrudgingly decided to dine there. None of us enjoyed the flavors of the food. It was a very frustrating experience to say the least. We won't be returning. We had been there once before and thought it was just ok, but someone in our group had not been there and wanted to try it. Save your time and money.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food was good and service was great! Appetizers were slightly overpriced, but it was still delicious.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I am from Europe, that is way I wanted to eat to a German restaurant, expecting good food. Everything on my plate was could, and the meat was not prepared there. You could buy it already cooked from any European store. And on top of that, we had to pay for valet parking. There is no enough parking spots.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Everything was great except where we were seated. Even with reservation, and was only 1/3 full, was seated in back and behind panels so we could not see stage. Was told not all wait staff was there to be seated in main eating area.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The vibe is great! The food is a little pricey but it is perfect if you just want to drink beer and have a good time. It can be a little loud but the music makes you feel like you are in the heart of Germany during Octoberfest.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

An awesome visit for my parents. It was great German experience without going to Germany.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great music! We danced and enjoyed the Sunday afternoon band. Drinks were great. We had fun while awaiting our food. Will be back with our friends!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Awesome restaurant and festive atmosphere-must try!

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2.0Dined on March 13, 2018

There is really nothing to recommend about your restaurant. The food is mediocre to poor & not cheap. The music is lame. I guess if I wanted to get drunk, it might work, but there are better places to drink. Sorry to be so negative, but your concept doesn't work.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food was amazing. It was the first time experience with German food and all hands down it was amazing. The live entertainment the whole atmosphere the dress code it was just great

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

I met a colleague for lunch because it's near the airport. It was a fun atmosphere and something different than the usual business lunch. We shared the giant pretzel, which was great and our server let us taste the seasonal beer before selecting one to have with lunch. I could see that the place could get noisy when busy, but on a weekday for lunch, it was pretty quiet and was very fun.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great German food n atmosphere! Music is perfect, and beer is outstanding!!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great place and lots of fun. Noisy for talker by.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great food and service. Live entertainment so while hard to have conversations with friends, the music was good and restaurant was very entertaining.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Excellent food and service. Beer was on point. Pretzel appetizer is an absolute must. Atmosphere is lively and so much fun! My only hesitation is we went with our children (aged 6 and 4). While it was fine for a late lunch on a Saturday, it was starting to get super crowded by the time we were getting dessert. When patrons order a certain shot, they get spanked by the waitresses (something I didn’t know ahead of time). This was a bit difficult to explain to my kids and we rushed through dessert and got out quickly. If you have little ones, go earlier. It would’ve been great fun with friends.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Perfect for our teen birthday's. They had a blast and were able to enjoy a fun afternoon.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Average The beer was warm and the food was $$ for the quality. The ambient was ok

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Very large. Food service reminds me of Disney world on the scale of people served. Beer was good but Not impressed by ambiance or food.
Probably fun for big night of drinking with big group.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great for groups!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food was good, but not real hot. Fast and fun service.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We were ten minutes late for our reservation, but they were happy to accommodate us

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Good food and fun atmosphere. We had a reservation and the hostess couldn't find it at first, said there wasn't one then eventually found it. Then the seating hostess told us to follow her, then told us to wait for another seating hostess but ended up seating us herself anyway. I found the hostesses very unorganized

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