Bernie's Chicago

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527 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 527 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

HF
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

the service is bad enough to not come back. unless you're standing at the bar, don't bother

AT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to Bernie’s to celebrate my last day of work at my current company. We had quite a few more people than expected and though reluctant, their staff worked to accommodate us. Food and drinks were delicious as always and happy hours deals are far better than anything in the area.

HF
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is very good, especially the hummus. The bartender wasn’t very cooperative with providing our waitress with our drink order. The manager was notified and was very responsive. It was great dining alfresco on the rooftop. Despite the drink order issue, we’d go back again.

j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Sunday pre-show matinee brunch with mom. All was delish and fresh and not supersized which was wonderful as I hate food going to waste when plates unnecessarily feed two people.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Our waitress was very sweet even though we were a little ‘hangry’ when we first arrived. The aesthetic is very visually appealing but is a bit loud when they’re busy. The bloody Mary’s were admittedly an experiment according to the owner and definitely still need a lot of work.
Even without the issue of how long our food took for 2 people — longer than the table of 4 nearby that sat and ordered after us — when the food arrived our poached eggs were all visibly undercooked and watery. Poaching an egg doesn’t take long but the chef put 6 of them visibly undercooked on the two plates. We scraped them off with a spoon but we didn’t come for sautéed vegetable and hash brown skillets. That said, the ricotta donuts were incredible. All around a very disappointing 100$ brunch especially compared to past experiences with lunch and drinks.

OS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was pretty good but the service was awful which ruined the experience overall. It was not busy when we went and our waitress did not take our drink order until 15-20 min after we sat down. Stay away from the Today We Bubble, it tastes like really sweet grape juice. Most of our table could not even finish it. I had to ask our Waitress multiple times when are drinks were arriving when I could see them sitting on the bar stand for 10+ minutes and they ended up not arriving until our food arrived. There are a lot better places in this city for brunch.

JB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The decor and restaurant were really cool and eclectic. Cocktail selection was great. Went for brunch and the food was pretty good. Had the breakfast sandwich, pick your own skillet, and the donuts. Would recommend going again.

AK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot to sit inside or on rooftop. Slightly elevated food at good (not great price) price but if you take advantage of happy hour your money will go further. Not a place with a lot of options on their menu but all items we ate were solid.

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was great. Only thing is that scallops at $26.00 only had three scallops so a very small portion for the dollar. It was more like an appetizer

SL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Loved the roof top and drink specials. Appetizers were very good

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our time on the rooftop for a special date night. Huge portions on the entrees! We split the Amish Chicken and we’re blown away by the flavor and juiciness. Really like the deliver eggs appetizer. Would definitely visit again!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food and great atmosphere!!! Loved it!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was incredible and we really enjoyed the restaurant overall!

A
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We loved the food and ambiance but would have liked to have better service. They were short-staffed and busy and as a result, my husband’s order didn’t get put in. The manager was very nice and comped his meal but it was a bit frustrating for everyone else to have their food and he didn’t for a while after. Overall though, we would definitely give it another try! The food was amazing!!

F
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for sunday funday. Ate our brunch inside where it was a little cooler and then went onto deck for some drinks. Perfect portions and food is really good. We enjoyed that there was a separate cocktail menu on the deck. Very summery and fun drinks.

l
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and great food! Highly recommend

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Roof top seating was great. Food was ok.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Very slow and uneven service. The food was delicious but the service was really disappointing.

j
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We went because of the rooftop. But had rained in so it was closed. So disappointing. Food was good, only negative was my daughters steak had to be sent back because it was rare

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great patio and menu full of unique options. Something for everyone!

JT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and nice rooftop. Great place for a meal on a nice day in Chicago

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a brunch date. We sat on the rooftop and it was absolutely amazing. Will be back!

DF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! We came for the Bernie Burger (which we are obsessed with) and ended up obsessing over a new favorite - hummus with Lamb! Our server was super and even surprised us with a little something sweet after dinner.

Bernie’s hits the mark again! 5/5 a must!!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We didn’t have a server for a while when we first got there but we weren’t in a rush. Eventually got helped. Good service really good food great rooftop

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

Really liked it! But was a little bummed by the table we were sat at on the roof top. Would have liked to not have been so close to where the food comes out - and there were multiple tables open as well. But overall very good. The turkey burger was 100!

EJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and ambiance were delightful. We could have sat inside but the patio was too tempting and we were rewarded. I would definitely visit again, however, I'd visit when I had no where to be. We visited for lunch and it took 70 minutes to order and get our food so everyone should try Bernie's but not if you need to get back to work. Thanks!

MF
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there for lunch and ate on the rooftop. Cute space! Had the turkey burger which was great! We were in and out in 1 hour. Thanks!

FD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant experience eating outside on their rooftop patio. Will be back again.

a
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible. Food way overpriced.

d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

enjoyed the rooftop ambiance. fun atmosphere. delicious drinks

PA
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been there several times, and I Love it! My only concern is the last 3 times they have missed something on someone's order. Food is Fantastic! Pleasant servers.

CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Only complaint...they should add heaters to the roof top dining. Food was fab!

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