Bernie's Chicago

4.8
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$31 to $50
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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.

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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely service, great buzzy atmosphere and yummy food! Definitely heading back again!!!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was super good. Get the skillet!

OT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday lunch and from the food being delicious to our server being amazing and bringing out powered donuts, I could not have been happier. The decor is so classy and the ambience in general is incredible. I look forward to coming back!

LD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Bernie’s during restaurant week. They did a great job coming up with a unique menu for the week that was delicious! Great friendly service also. Can’t wait to go back in the summer when the rooftop seating is open.

AH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food & great service once seated but second visit where we couldn’t get a drink at the bar to save our lives. Bartenders either too busy or not interested. Took 10 min to get a drink menu then another 10 or so to order. Table was ready right as someone asked to take our order so we declined & ordered from our waiter. Need to figure out better service at the bar.

HR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anthony was our waiter in the bar area, he was AMAZING! The food was amazing although our first course came out and was cold, it was still very good. When we told Anthony about it he was so apologetic, although it wasn't his fault, and made sure that the rest of the food came out timely and hot! Great service!

E
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive waiter and the menu for restaurant week was amazing. Looking forward to our next visit!

F
Orlando
50 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tried it for restaurant week. Excellent menu. Food very good. Definitely recommend it. Will return.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch & kind service!

BC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food arrived room temperature and sitting under a ceiling vent with cold air blowing in January was less than a pleasant experience. Food was "fair" but nothing to rave or write about. Our server mysteriously disappeared without saying anything to us midway through our dinner, so I had to ask a different server for our check. I'd come back for the bar, but that's only if I'm in the neighborhood. Pass.

FJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Server kept on forgetting us during busy Restaurant week. Hummus with pita always fabulous.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a friend’s birthday, and 5 of us made a reservation to come to Bernie’s on a Friday night. We were seated promptly made to feel welcome. Ryan, our server, was attentive and delivered a great experience for a memorable evening. The entire staff was very accommodating and warm. I bring friends and family to Bernie’s every time I am aiming to impress. Food and service meet every expectation!

MC
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter!
Food was yummy!
Loved the skillet and French toast was out of this world.
Perfect brunch spot!

KK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food and service are hit or miss. While the french toast and hummus are amazing, the patatas bravas are disappointing. The service is usually quite good, but was awful during my most recent visit. The waiter did not give us water or the menu or even acknowledge us for ten minutes after being seated. They only checked in on us one time, as the food was being delivered to the table by someone else (as in not our waiter). After we finished our food, it took twenty minutes for us get the boxes and check, and that was only after I loudly asked a random waiter walking by (again, not our waiter) for help. This service was incredibly annoying, but ultimately the food was good so I would go back.

c
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as always, we had a great time, experience & yummy food!! the service is always great!! love coming here!! :)

SL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bernie’s is consistently great. Food, service and ambience deliver a very fun night out.

JC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!!

SS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation easily on a Saturday night so I was worried, it wouldn't be good. The neighborhood is a little north of the action in River North but I thought that was actually a good thing.
The food was very tasty and the noise level made it possible to have a conversation. Our waiter was great. Serving sizes are a little small. Fun drink menu and lots of other choices for beer and wine. We had to park about a block away but it wasn't too bad and it was a nice night, so all good. I'd definitely go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food. Excellent Atmosphere. Great Value

C
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met friends for brunch. Great that we were able to get a reservation so quickly. Place was not overly crowded for Sunday brunch- which was great. We were able to enjoy conversation and our meals without feeling rushed. We all ordered make your own skillet. These were awesome! Really enjoyed it

A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food but slow service and it was very loud.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great atmosphere!

K
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food options. We came for brunch and there were a lot of tasty options!

e
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. Super under rated dinner spot. We will be back.

SL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and nice people. They are diet restriction friendly. The cocktails are creative and simply delish. The burger and fries are among the best on the city. Easy to park. All around great place.

LC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice rooftop. cool bar and bartender. Hostess was so accomodating and helpful. Food had some real outstanding moments.

b
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The food here is so good, but my wife and I come here fully knowing that half our order will actually make it to the table right and that we will most likely get annoyed with our server because they will go missing for 20-30 min. Although we appreciate the food here, some of their items, like build your own skillet, are a huge rip off. I spent $20 on a breakfast skillet with toast.
If I didn’t enjoy the food here so much there is no way I would ever come back.

A
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server was sweet and attentive. The rooftop is fantastic and the food is wonderful. Thank you!!

AM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My friend and colleague suggested the location and after I made the reservation he swiped the check. The meal was simple but good : salads and a shared dessert. That blueberry tart is delicious.

EG
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! No wait to get seated and food came out very quickly!

LU
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Modern restaurant, good food but the menu is not extensive, nice outside area.

F
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

As the evening progressed, service became slower. Order delivered incomplete!

CH
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Bernie's is always good. We were able to take advantage of a beautiful afternoon in Chicago and sit on the rooftop!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all Zach is amazing! The food was good. Small but filling portions! I would definitely come back!! And the rooftop is gorgeous!!

c
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looove this place! The food was delicious icious, the staff was wonderful, and the rooftop was such a great place to have dinner. Will definitely be going back!

VM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love this place! The food is amazing and they have great rooftop!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reggie and I sat at the bar and had lunch and it was awesome !

BF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice rooftop and great frose! Servers very nice. Bathrooms could use a deep clean.

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food with a great atmosphere! The cocktails were wonderful!

HF
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned for brunch because we loved the food and it was a beautiful day to dine alfresco. Our wait staff were very attentive and the manager personally served us our bottle of Champagne. We’re adding it to our favorite places to dine in Chicago.

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