Bernie's Chicago

4.6
477 reviews
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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.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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Bernie's Lunch & Supper doesn't make a whole lot of sense on paper, but it comes together nicely. It's great for a number of occasions.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 477 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The rooftop is awesome ! I would recommend this place to my friends.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bernie’s was fantastic! Great atmosphere, even better drinks, and the food really is delicious. The staff is kind and attentive; I had an especially good experience with the bartender, Nick. Definitely coming back here again!

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K
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! I love Bernie's for lunch and look forward to going back for happy hour on the rooftop when the weather gets nice!

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SV
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bernie’s is a great place for anytime of day. The service is awesome! I absolutely love their rooftop patio. It’s always so breezy with great views. The food & drinks are flavorful and high quality. I highly recommend Bernie’s!

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Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this patio so much.
Fried egg sandwich is always perfect

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DF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated Mom’s birthday by taking her for her favorite burger in Chicago. Excellent service, delicious food and even surprised us with some donuts to say happy birthday. Thank you for making this such a special day! 🤗

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k
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brunch for mom’s birthday! Easy street parking. Our server seemed a little new but was polite and attentive...and gave us a complimentary mimosa for mom! I’ve been to Bernie’s several times and will be back!

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A
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Friendly staff. Delicious brunch options
served at one’s table

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New England
21 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

From the bland appearance on the outside we were a bit worried. But, once we got seated and started in on the house made charcuterie plate, our concerns were abated. Great service, great wine, creative presentations, well done all round.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly incredible experience - the team at Bernie’s made our proposal really special! Mark and Nicole and Alexandra particularly made it such a special night, and Bernie’s is already one of our favorite Chicago spots...it was absolutely perfect. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! We sat on the rooftop and it was lovely.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The cocktails were amazing, Charcuterie board was alright. The caesar salad was watery and the flatbread was forgettable

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CG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food and decor were amazing as usual. Service was very off which I am going to attribute to the fact that we came in after two large brunch parties. Hoping the staff can be their usual attentive selfs the next time I return.

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a
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food at Bernie's has always been fantastic, the quality of the ingredients is great and the kitchen does a great job with the menu. No complaints there. However, the service at Bernie's is just downright awful. If you go there, don't expect much. While they are nice people, the servers clearly have no idea what they are doing, and I'm guessing there is no real coaching from managers as I have been twice in the last 6 months and have a lot of the same complaints for different servers (maybe shame on me for going back and expecting something different). This last time we went, we were a nice party of six, and the restaurant was not crowded whatsoever (on a Saturday evening, so I'm going to venture a guess that the rest of Chicago also is aware of the service problem). First, the server takes awhile to even come over to the table after we have already sat down (no biggie, we're still catching up), and then takes our drink and appetizers order. Appetizers come out first as the bar is still "making" our drinks, aka 4 beers and one cocktail (not sure why this took so long). Then, the drinks come out and our server has an extra beer and says, oh I made a mistake here's an extra one. Sets the wrong one down as an extra at the opposite end of the table (gave my other friend the wrong beer, which was really the extra one). We finish all our appetizers and the table is cleared already, and THEN she comes back over to take our dinner order. Fine, we're not in a rush, so no biggie. Then the food comes out, and the wrong dish has been split and she just completely forgot to put in the bucatini for my friends to share. Lesson in food service: if you can't remember the order, just write it down! It's not that big of a deal. Then, we all wanted another round of drinks, and had to flag our server down to get those ordered. Again, not sure what was going on at the bar, but took awhile to get those. There's more, but overall it was just not a great experience.

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c
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food at decent prices,
I’ll be back for sure.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and great food. Wasn't too busy or expensive.

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l
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Good food! Great make your own salad options and the Salmon burger was great. Service was really slow and seemed somewhat unorganized.

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ER
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place in River North! My co-workers and I enjoyed our time there.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great environment and food.

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E
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Been here twice in the last month and the food is great but the service is lacking. First time the server forgot to enter one item and they were out by the time we realized the error and we were not offered a replacement. Second time our side order was missed and came late and my drink refill was also missed. Both times the place was barely busy. Should have better service for the prices they’re charging.

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W
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, great food and an atmosphere that framed good conversation. It is a gem in the River North neighborhood.

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KW
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bernie's is our neighborhood go to. They have great appetizers and happy hour deals!

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LJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great place for a date. Fun drinks, cute atmosphere, and good food!

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MD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Attentive service! Highly recommended!

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M
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

We went there for brunch. They were out of wheat bread. The only donuts they had were made with cheese. My skillet was soaking in oil. The food had so much oil that I was not able to finish it. It was expensive as well. I am not planning to return.

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C
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Bernie's, and go 1-2 weekly! Brunch, lunch and dinner are all home runs. The atmosphere and design of the restaurant are gorgeous too!! Big fan of Bernie's!!

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GL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Oysters were dry and sticky, pasta had so much black pepper it was inedible.

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P
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Bernies. Food is always delicious and one of the more comfortable spots especially in the River North neighborhood.

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K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Usually this is a busy place, but the night we went it was empty, perhaps due to holiday slow-down, so noise levels were low. Knowing how it typically is I noted medium noise. We especially enjoyed the lamb hummus and our food was delicious, as usual, overall. The menu is small for dinner, but everyone was happy and liked their meal. Wine recommendation made by the waiter was also spot on ( and our group is picky!). We’ll be back.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, nice atmosphere, Monday wine specials and a friendly staff make up for a kitchen that can get in the weeds pretty easily. A great local spot with a beautiful roof deck in the summer. Highly recommended.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite neighborhood places, food never disappoints!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always so enjoyable!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Our waiter, the bartender, was rude throughout our experience. Never cleared away dishes until we finally asked. We ordered a $7 side of hash browns that was no more than 3 bites of potatoes. Brunch menu is very limited and just boring.

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BL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have been many times over the years and while I realize they have had some turnover in the kitchen they are executing the dishes as well if not better than under the previous chefs! In fact, I'd go so far as saying that their burger may be the best burger I have eaten in Chicago!

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SS
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was delicious! I actually got the burger and it was one of the best I’ve had in Chicago! And that’s coming from a HUGE foodie! Barrett, one of the manager’s made our experience so comforting. He was very hospitable and that’s very hard to find.

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VH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Calm place to unwind for Sunday brunch Good drinks selection

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K
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I have really enjoyed Bernie's in the past, but we went for brunch yesterday and everyone was disappointed. No one really enjoyed their meal (except for my husband who ordered the burger). Service was slow and the place was not very busy. I love the ambiance, parking, and ability to get a reservation for brunch, but I do not think that we will be back because we did not like the food and it was still fairly expensive. So many other better brunch choices!

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DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food. The rooftop bar with the nice weather was definitely worth it. Got some extra points from my girlfriend for finding this spot. Our server was helpful and friendly. Definitely plan on coming back.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Menu has changed. Removed all the best dishes. New food seems to be less in quality

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KS
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not sure why recent reviews were so bad. Very limited menu but everything we had was great; hummus, salad, burger, and a special of brick chicken was the best I ever had.

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