Hofbrauhaus - Chicago

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$30 and under
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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 Tuesday - Sunday Evenings 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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4.1
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3.9
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4.3
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RJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Wanted to see the carnival celebration. It was a lot of fun but the waiter was not around much. The food was expensive. At that price the service should be better.

NB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very entertaining in many different ways. The food, the great German Beer, music, servers and the overall ambiance.

EF
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food was bland, room temperature at best and far from expectations just having returned from Bavaria. The pork shank lacked flavor and the skin was just barely crispy, we had to tug on it. Normally it should have been crispy, too bad. The only good item was the Dunkel. We won't be going back

AP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The only issue was $15 for a liter of beer is crazy.

MR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

It is a fun place. I believe the food could be better. Beer is real quality

CK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Went for Restaurant Week. Turns out ordering off the menu for the same items would have cheaper. Insanely loud and mediocre food at best

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely great food and pleasant atmosphere. We had a great time together. I highly recommend the restaurant.

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on February 5, 2020

Danke!

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Well, it was clear our waitress was too busy and had too many tables. My boyfriend waited for 30 minutes to get her attention for a refill on his lemonade. They kept sending our food to the table next to us and it was so loud the servers could not hear us when I was trying to tell them it was ours. So, they would go all the way back to the kitchen, which was about 50 yards away from our table only to be told it was our table. Don't know if the waitress wrote the wrong table number down. We did the Chicago restaurant week menu. The schnitzel was dry and tough to chew. My boyfriend had a piece of plastic in his apple torte. They took his dessert off🙄 Overall, spent way too much on horrible service and food that was not great.

DL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

My husband and I both had the Jagerschnitzel. The pork was very tough and had a lot of gristle. The apple strudel was huge but mushy and tasteless. The ice cream served with the strudel was harder than any any ice cream I’ve ever eaten, and it never softened or melted, making one wonder what it could possibly have been made from. I’ve had far better German food at our local pub, and can enjoy a conversation with my companions when I go there.

The ratings on the noise level only allowed up to “energetic”, a better description would be obnoxious and overbearing. Walked out with a massive headache.

If you only care about beer and music, or trying to avoid having a conversation with someone, this is your place.

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on February 5, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about your experience and appreciate the honest feedback. I have sent you a private message to review in the hopes to make it right.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on February 5, 2020

And we love that you love this place! Prost!

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NB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entertainment was great!

T
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Don’t go here for a quiet conversation. But if you want to have fun, this is the place!!

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on February 5, 2020

Danke! We appreciate the feedback.

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Very Very Fresh, Delicious, Authentic Food. Fun and their "Black Forest Cake" is Amazing. Entertainment is great too. Interacts with the audience. Only complaint is that the restaurant is very loud when the band IS NOT playing. I had to wear ear buds.

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thank you for the kind response! We will make sure the band is aware to adjust the volume between sets. Happy New Year!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seated as soon as we arrived. Members of you party were late. We started with Beer and appetizers. Waitress was very attentive, made sure our beers were not empty. When all of our party arrive we ordered. It did not take long for it to come out. Liked the German music.

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on February 5, 2020

Glad you had a good time! Prost!

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KH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

As expected. Good, not great. It’s an experience. Entertainment is always fantastic at this location.

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on February 5, 2020

Cheers to the band!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. Food is high priced for the quality. The mashed potatoes & sauerkraut we cold on our plates.

PB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Good times. Food was great. Waiter will get better over time.

GP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We've been here a couple times and I would definitely recommend it, the food is amazing. This trip in particular the service wasn't great. Maybe they were short staffed or something, but our waiter, who was very nice seemed to have a lot of tables around the restaurant so we didn't see him a lot. Even the party next to us was commenting on where he was. Once we were able to order the food, it comes out quickly. They have food runners so that helps with a big place like this.

We had a coupon for a free pretzel but realized when we got home that we got charged for it and our waiter never took it off. So be sure to double check receipts. We were trying to get him the payment seeing as we weren't sure when we'd see him again.

JF
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! We took our grandkids and son there, my son was at the one in Germany and always loves to go here when in town. Food is great!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Salad is plain and chicken was very dry but my family enjoyed the sausage and other dishes

GD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Hofbrauhaus overbooked!! The hostess didn't seem to care. People were standing all over the lobby waiting for their tables. We informed the hostess we had 10:30 reservations. She said yeah - the wait could be from 15 mins to one hour. I reminder her we had reservations - she said yeah. No apology, no explanation. Went back to check after while and she said they are not taking any new reservations or not seating anyone that does not have one. We waited almost 40 mins to be seated. Very poor customer service at the hostess stand.

VC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun, energetic, good food, and great service! Loved it!

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on January 3, 2020

Glad you had a great time!

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Fun experience. Food is okay. Could be warmer when it arrives at the table.

KS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Booked for the children’s NYE. Seated long after reservation. Was charged extra for the “activities”
For the children, which were al done by the time we arrived at 3:40, even though it said it went until 6pm.
Then it said they did the one countdown (Germany NY) at 5pm. Without much warning, they randomly did a quick count down at 4:25pm.
Also, I’m glad I checked our bill because there was beer on there we didn’t order.
Big disappointment.

PD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We were looking forward to our dinner here for the New Years celebration. The service was slow, the food was average, sorry, but I won’t be back :(

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My overall experience was very good, however the night we were there they were short handed and so our server had more tables to cover than normal. Also, the wait for food took longer from the kitchen. However our server was upfront about the slowness from the beginning and let us know the situation. She did a valiant effort to try to provide great service and did despite her large table load. She was friendly, patient and in my opinion did all she could to make it a good experience. In addition, to our surprise she comped some of our bill for the inconvenience. I would definitely go back.

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks for being so understanding Mike. I am glad overall you had a good time, and appreciate your feedback. Cheers to a great 2020!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was very poor. Took waitress 15 min to come over for food order. She apologized said she got seated 5 tables all at once. Took almost and hour for food, had to ask her about the appetizers that were ordered just to get them. She disappeared for more than 30 min while we waited. Meanwhile the customers all around us who came in after us all ate and were served before us. At the end, she apologized again for dealing with someone who was unruly. She made no attempt to make any of it right. Just placed blame on others.

DP
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food was terrible. Arrived cold. Potatoes in potato salad were crunchy. No flavor. Pork was under cooked and chicken was over cooked. Would not go back

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner date in years!

OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything about our visit was great! Not to mention it was our first time to this restaurant. Everything from the menu that we tried was excellent, well prepared, and went well beyond our expectations! We will definitely return!

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on January 3, 2020

Glad you had a great time!

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RR
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places. Prices are a bit high but the quantity and quality are excellent. The entertainment is good though the noise level is quite high, making it sometimes hard to hear the music.

b
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best german place in chicagoland !!!

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on December 19, 2019

Agreed! Prost!

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were there for my sister's birthday! She had the time of her life. We all had fun and the band was very interactive. Time went by so fast! I wish we could remember our servers name, he did a tremendous job. We will definitely come back!

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on December 19, 2019

Thanks for the feedback, glad we were able to help celebrate your sister on her special day!

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BB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great German atmosphere and food. Its like dinner and a show a in one.

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on December 19, 2019

Glad you had a good time!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was particularly energetic and it was so much fun. Melody was fantastic and got into that German spirit when paddling people who did shots instead of beer.

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thanks for the kind words, we will be sure to pass that on to Melody and the management team. See you soon!

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming here since it opened! Its one of my favorite spots to drink and dine!

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on January 9, 2020

Cheers to a good time!

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D
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kinda loud, kinda warm, but awesome. Quite a unique experience. Large beers, good food (as far as German cuisine goes) and great vibes.

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on December 9, 2019

Glad you had a great time! Prost.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place!!

f
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been at hofbrauhaus for the last 4 or 5 Thanksgivings. This was the 1st year for a buffet instead of ordering from the menu. The buffet was excellent. The food was fresh with a mix of German and American choices. The band this year was not really a band but two people singing over canned music. Most of the time you couldn't even hear the singers over the music track. The only time the customers clapped was the 1 song the one singer played the clarinet. Otherwise they didn't even need to be there. Really not a good choice of a band. For the 1st time we were disappointed. Our server Linda was fantastic. She was knowledgeable and happy and nice.

s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Brunch was excellent. Only negative was no pumpkin pie on dessert table

Hofbrauhaus - Chicago
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thanks for the great feedback, we will remember that for next year!

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