Bernie's Chicago

4.6
702 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
With bold flavors, seasonal vegetables, sustainably sourced meat and fish, Bernie’s brings a new take on American cuisine to Chicago's River North neighborhood.

* It's our goal at Bernie's to provide each and every one of our guests with a unique, and memorable experience. We aim to be a meeting place, a center for gathering with friends and family. A place where every person walks away satisfied. Not just happy with the cuisine, but by the time spent with us.

Experiences

  • Indoor Dining

    Multiple dates available

    This reservation is for an indoor table. Unfortunately we will not be able to honor any outdoor requests with this reservation.
  • Outdoor Dining

    Multiple dates available

    This reservation is for an outdoor table.
  • Sidewalk Cafe

    Multiple dates available

    This is an outdoor reservation at our sidewalk cafe, and *not* on our rooftop.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 702 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.7
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MollyF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went for happy hour on the roof. Nice views, breezy, and a great value. Would come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Rude staff, terrible service. Slow and out of multiple items.

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Lori
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Our server Zach was great! Thanks for such a great place.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bernies was okay. Maybe we went on an off night. My cheeseburger that they are “known for” was between the size of a slider and McDonald’s cheeseburger patty. And I think I got the bottom of the barrel on Friday, has to eat them with a spoon. Cute place, service was great

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Bernie Burger was sooo good!

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CeliaM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great rooftop for summer lunch. The pita and humus appetizer is excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

First off, the food was AMAZING. I ordered the Salmon.

I can't quite out my finger on the vibe though. Our server wasn't bad but he was kind of hard to read. Being in hospitality, I try to make sure I am easy to read and welcoming. I didn't quite get that from the server.

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CaroleD
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire staff was so lovely and food was excellent as was the presentation.

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Megster
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had reserved a table outside, but when I saw thunderstorms in the forecast, I called Bernie’s to see if we could switch to an inside table. The friendly hostess said no problem—and I’m glad we switched because the storms hit as soon as we arrived.
We enjoyed the hummus appetizer, and then spaghetti, mahi-mahi, and scallops entrees. Everything was fresh and delicious, and our waiter took good care of us. Fun cocktail list, too—we’ll go back during happy hour because they were a little pricey for us. Happy to highly recommend Bernie’s!

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vipchicagolucy
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this neighborhood gem!! you can never go wrong!!

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vipMaribellC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

This was our third time at Bernie’s and we were very disappointed. We had out of town guests and wanted to take them to one of our favorite brunch places. When we got our food the eggs, hash browns and muffin were all cold. When we told the manager it was cold he made an excuse about the avocado makes it cold. Which is not true because I had this before plus there was no avocado on the hash browns. He did offer to redo but at that point I just said no it was fine. I found it frustrating that instead of just saying I’m sorry I’ll take care of it he made an excuse. Waitress never apologized. I thought maybe they would comp our donuts but nothing. I will not go back again.

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vipAqua
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Second time there in 4 weeks, with diametrically opposite reactions: ordered a chicken panini that was wonderful first time, but dry, almost stale this visit. Service was also slow and impersonal, unlike earlier visit.

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Katie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great rooftop, great music, great food! And I can’t forget the unique and fun cocktail menu!!

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vipClaire
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

roof ambiance was great, some of the breakfast items (english muffin/sausage sandwich were less than mediocre). donuts were fantastic

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was very accommodating. The salmon burger he recommended was fantastic. I always liked the devil eggs so that’s a normal appetizer that I order. My friend ordered the turkey burger and it came on a pita. The only downside would to be sure that is mentioned when a customer asks or orders it. Also, the name of the server is not on the receipt. There’s just a number of 2015 next to the word server.

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vipRM301
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and wonderful salads!

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Mark
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was good. Waited a very long time for our drinks. Very nice server, was friendly and apologetic for drinks/food taking a long time.

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awr1
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We were seated at a table that had waters left over from the previous party. I was told I had to wait for my coffee because there were no clean cups. The food was good though.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bernies has became one of our favorite spots. We love everything about the place especially their New York Strip which is still the best steak I have tried yet.

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Murray
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Roof top table was ready on time. We shared a few small plates and split a couple pizzas. Everything tasted so fresh and flavorful, especially the hummus with lamb and homemade pitas!!! Also offered some unique, tasty mixed drinks. Will definitely be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service but couches on the rooftop need to be updated :-).

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food every time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grab the hummus and lamb. Trust me!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was great and the decor is really fits the River North style. Service was really good in the beginning, but it took them a while to collect our plates when were finished. All in all, it was a really fun experience and will definitely come back!

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IsabelleB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. First time back since lock-down. Sharing food with friend was perfect so we could enjoy the amazing avocado toast, kale salad w/chicken, and fries. Server was fabulous. Rooftop deck on perfect Chicago summer day. Highly recommend!

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Jake
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service! We will be back!

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JaniceS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Turkey burgers served on fresh pita bread are delicious. My friend's burger was undercooked, but the staff offered to make a new burger.

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Charl
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved Bernie’s, the best appetizer was the lamb and Hummus with Pita bread made in house. It was soooo good. I had the Gnocchi with Short ribs and my husband had sea food. My food was amazing. The rooftop was casual and it rained but we still where able to seat there comfortably. It’s a casual restaurant but very good food. I would go back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for happy hour!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience on the rooftop for happy hour

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sandino
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was very slow; the manager came over and explained that our server just received a large table, so he took our drink order. 30 minutes later I stopped the manager and asked whether someone would be able to take our food order, so he sent "our" server over. She proceeded to act as though we just sat down, went through all kind of silly "Alexis-type" theatrics, took our order and disappeared. Someone else brought the food (after at least another 30 minutes) and we finally had to ask the manager for the check. Yes, it was Father's Day but there were open tables, it was not overly crowded. This could have been much better managed with better planning. We had a reservation for over a week. Very disappointing, likely will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch and it was one of the best brunches we’ve had (and we’re brunch people). Food is exquisite, drinks are unique and delicious and the service is top notch. We sat right next to the kitchen and the attention to detail was meticulous. Everyone was kind and very helpful. Strongest recommendation possible

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vipFoodie
Orlando
56 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved being on the upstairs terrace. Our meals were good. The service excellent.

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jimmrivernorth
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hummus, Staff, The Ambiance ... One of my favorite places in the City

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Jazz
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great friendly service. Really nice birthday dessert presentation.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Rooftop
Was cool

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PaulG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal - low key atmosphere. Staff was pleasant.

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JimT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent rooftop. Great food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the rooftop, friendly staff, good vibes and great food. The homemade gin and tonics were awesome.

FAQs

Bernie's Chicago offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 624-9892.

Bernie's Chicago is rated 4.6 stars by 702 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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