Funkenhausen

4.6
174 reviews
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Funkenhausen offers a creative, light take on German eats with a Southern flair, served family style in a casual atmosphere. We offer an eclectic but focused wine list, rotating German and craft beers as well as creative cocktails featuring unique ingredients round. Overhead beams and globe lights create a funky German beerhaus effect.

We offer several different seating choices including a long bar with peninsulas for groups of up to six, standard seating in the dining room, high tops, a beerhall style table for up to 20, and a chef’s table that will seat 10 comfortably. We do accept reservations, but always save room for walk-ins, procrastinators, our neighbors, and anyone who might wander in. German Heritage, Southern Hospitality.


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London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitor was super friendly and gave great recommendations! Would definitely go again

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s
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Atmosphere was awesome. Food was good eclectic mix. Beer was good.

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FS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The salad was phenomenal. Portions were extremely small. Not much to the $10 dessert. For the $112 including the tip I should not have left hungry. I will return but probably only do the salad.

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H
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

My friends and i had a great time. Food was good and we were never without a glass of water!

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LL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect every time, I just can’t get enough! Third time in 10 days :) Would love if they started catering, I do a monthly dinner for 14 people and would love to add the broccolini, sweet potato and the ribs to the rotation.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb. What a great, modern, creative take on German food!

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HM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic! Our server was also really knowledgeable about the wine list and helped us select something we enjoyed. It's the perfect place for either a casual meal with friends or a really nice date night. Would highly recommend!

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M
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We like this place a lot! But this experience not the best. The ribs and spaetzle were way too salty. The house salad and Surfenturfen were very good. Carrot cake heavy on the cream.

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F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Good food with interesting flavors. I would like it better if they had something simple to balance the richness of the food. Like a boiled potato on the side. Boring, not really because I think everything is over flavored.

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D
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a big fan. Second time in a month. Tried Omas and Trout on Bagel. Everything great and staff is very friendly. Thanks

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C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oma’s breakfast is the way to go. Great food, great vibes. Would recommend

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PM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was DELICIOUS and there was WONDERFUL wait staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will be back.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday at the big table near the kitchen - amazing experience with incredible food. Beers were some of the most interesting I’ve ever had.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was very good but the service was rather odd. Our food cafe before our drinks and we ended up paying with cash because our server never came to collect the check.

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

casual birthday dinner, John who was our server is the best!

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SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very unique menu and ambiance. Everything was delicious. Will definitely be coming back!

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PT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place, good service but failed on food price/value for me.

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

Very accommodating staff. Excellent food!

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AN
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Happy hour Kölsch service is a great value! Chicken wings with mustard bbq sauce are extremely tasty. The sausage and pretzel plate on the happy hour menu is a bit underwhelming... skip that. The charred broccolini is life.

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here all the time, its my favorite new restaurant in chicago. Food is always tasty and the staff is super friendly. Brought some out of town friends in for dinner, and was pleased to see that they had just changed the menu. We tried all the new items, and they were all delicious, but the sturgeon pastrami and the tarte flambee were stand outs. Cannot wait to come back again. Bravo!

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MT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I love this place. Went there for brunch. Unique food pairings were all delicious. Only complaints are that for $14 breakfast dish I’d expect 2 eggs, not 1. And $3 for an additional egg? That’s crazy. I’m not a carb eater but my dining companion is. Well, there’s no toast. $7 for some pretzel bites. We skipped them. But all that aside, I look forward to returning for dinner. 2 brunch entrees, coffee (had to ask for a refill) and tea, with tip: $48.

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RO
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overrated. Billed as a “German Tapas” place there weren’t any tapas like dishes; and the German food was just ok - trying to be a bit inventive with schnitzel instead of just making it well in a traditional way isn’t a winning combination. Not bad but overpriced for sure.

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AT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, the
Food is delicious.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the Saturday brunch we had here! Their fried potatoes are super crunch and delicious!

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G
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and impeccable service

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LG
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Great, solid, consistent food, awesome service. Fun energy. Such a great addition to West Town.

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WJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was alright - not inspiring. Very large portions for entrees, which was nice. The service was very slow, unfortunately. Good beer selection!

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MF
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Unique and creative spin on German dishes. Great cocktails. Likely but not loud.

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D
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Saturday brunch. Fresh food and lots of great sweet and savory combos. Favorite at our table was sweet potato and pork belly. Also liked tradition Omas breakfast which was eggs, bacon, fried potatoes and a knockwurst link.

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NK
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Went for brunch with a group. Everyone loved their dishes. Fresh aesthetic. Looking forward to trying their dinner menu.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we sat down, we knew we were in for a great experience. Our server Jessie greeted us and explained that he was there to guide us through the menu and deliver a great experience. Done and done! We loved the ambiance, lighting and music were relaxing and the menu selections were explained in detail. When the dishes began to hit the table we immediately understood the message the chef was trying to convey and it came through loud and clear. The preparations were a perfect blend of German and Southern flavors and plating. I will recommend Funkenhausen to anyone who will be traveling to Chicago as a must stop. The hospitality was comfortable as well as professional. One of the best dining experiences my wife and I have had in a long time. 10 out of 10!

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C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Chicago.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun atmosphere and vibe. The wine list is German and Austrian focused and has a lot of gems. Food is good but the menu isn’t extensive.

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DP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food and options were great! However, the one thing that dampened the evening was my guest, who is from Cologne, Germany, asked for a Kolsch in a kolsch style glass. The only option was a 17 oz pour. Yowza a good deal for the amount, however that’s not how it’s traditionally served. She asked for it in a smaller glass, and was rudely informed that won’t happen.

Later in the evening we saw another guest at a table received a different beer but in the exact type of glass Kolsch comes in. When asked to clarify, the server was fairly brusque and said he’d talk to the owner. He returned with the check and never explained anything. Seemed a trivial thing for him to pick a fight over, and hard to see us returning if service is so inhospitable.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Upon arrival the place met our expectations. Funky decor and waitstaff was very cheerful. Yet, that was it. When ordering drinks, one of the guests at our table ordered one of their specials. After the arrival, which came after our appetizer order (more on that later), the guest's drink was definitely not what they ordered and tasted like an old fashioned instead of having flavors of coffee and vanilla. The appetizer we had were pretzel knots. Although they were good, only two were served and not worth the price. Our main meals quickly followed, no real spacing, about 10 minutes after placing our order. The cheese sauce on the meals tasted as if it was under a warmer for a bit of time and was not silky smooth. The main brunch meals were as if most of the food was prepared beforehand and then frozen. And then reheated upon ordering. Very disappointed as we wanted to not have to deal with the "pack in like cattle" Valentine's Day dinner experience. The restaurant was not busy at all. We will not be going back.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I went for brunch and had the sweet potato dish. It was smaller than I expected but very favorable. The Schnitzel and grits was good.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I’ll start by saying that we eat out on average if three to four night a week.
Overall, we enjoyed our meal, but even after discussing this issue with our server in advance, the pacing of the meal was terrible.
First we were served the Sperzel, then , when finished, the brocollini. After those sides we’re finished, the platters of meat came.
It would have been so much nicer if we were enjoying both of the above dishes with the main course.
I know that this can be a common problem with new kitchens, but it really wrecks the flow of the meal.

Also When our food was served by a runner, he put the plates down and quickly left without explaining what he was serving.
The oysters for example had many interesting ingredients, but they weren’t explained. That happened on three of the starter courses.

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p
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and decor, good drinks &beer! Try whole mess of chicken- it’s exceptional!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

German heritage and Southern hospitality is a great description. Had only brunched here twice previously but very glad we had dinner there. One of the best dinner experiences in a long time in Chicago, casual, excellent food, great service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We absolutely loved everything about our experience at this restaurant. The food was phenomenal, our server was so sweet and everything was timed perfectly. I would go back in a heartbeat!

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