Funkenhausen

4.7
239 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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KT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

A little overrated, and not good value for the money, especially with so many other options.

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RE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Came for brunch. Delicious food & service that goes way above standard. Decor and ambiance is perfect for eating out situations - taking out of town visitors to, girls night out, dinner with a small group, date night. I’ll be coming back to try all menus.

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KT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

We went to Funkenhausen for Sunday Brunch.

We were sat at a table in the back of the restaurant by the kitchen.

The lights were BRIGHT and music is LOUD. If you're seated at that table, ask to move.

I was with my 76 year old grandfather.... when I asked the watiress if we can turn down the music just a tiny bit, she replied "I'll have to ask the hostess, but we generally don't lower the volume." So the entire meal, we weren 't able to make conversation because you could only talk to the person sitting immediatly next to you. I would understand if it were after dark or a later hour, but it was brunch service. I don't think it's normal to need to yell over the music while eating eggs. The restaurant can have a "vibe" without making the walls shake. I also sensed it's not the first time they've heard this feedback, given the waitress's response.

Service was off to a slow start (it took 15 minutes to get our drink order) beacuse our waitress didn't notice we were seated. She did offer a complimentary pretzel because of the delay, which we appreciated.

Super cool spot, great food. I just hope service, noise level, and ambiance improve....

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D
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and were sat at the "chef's table" in the back - which was perfect for our group of 6! The food was tapas style, so it was fun to order different things and pass them around the table. The cocktails were great and the beers were equally amazing.

Our server was top-notch and had some great recommendations. All in all, I look forward to coming back to Funkenhausen!

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KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As amazing as I expected! The service at a hightop in the bar on a Saturday night was very efficient and friendly. The reservation was on time and the noise level perfect for table conversations. Food was delicious, unique and at a reasonable cost. We would frequent more if closer to our home base but regardless will be back for sure!

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L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening with friends. Don’t miss the crazy good spare ribs-sensational!!! Pork chop was very good and loved the carrots too! The desserts were amazing too! Great ambiance love the vibe!!

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TB
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very fun spot; great service - attentive and knowledgeable; food was a fun surprise, with a classic German base but lots of fun twists and turns; piggy plate, pretzel, mess of chicken, skate wing schnitzel were some favs

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f
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food with a german reference, had the skate wing schnitzel and loved it, crisp, tender and not at all greasy. Husband enjoyed the pork chop. We also had the sauerkraut and the spaetzle, which was too heavy on the cheese for my taste. Also the nashville oysters, excellent. We also split the black forest cake, which really needs kirschwasser but is otherwise tasty.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Mothers Day brunch.
Food was very tasty and there were bottomless mimosas.
Service was very friendly

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ST
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing brunch!!! The chicken schnitzel is to die for!

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B
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Another slightly pricey restaurant to hit the West Town scene, right in line with Bar Biscay down the street. Cool and simple ambience which looks like a lot of great thought went into with a focused menu yet small “shareable” portions and even smaller waitstaff. Our server seemed to switch with another server midway through our meal without our knowing. We spent the rest of our meal wondering if our questions were intruding on a host or manager or if it was a server from another section. Our first server showed up at the end to drop off the bill, yet I hope the second server got the tip because she did a lot more for our table. Understandable if a server gets busy, but just a simple introduction that you will be helping out is all that’s necessary. All in all, a fine meal and nothing bad really happened. I wanted to love this place as it’s within walking distance from my apartment but food needs more attention to seasoning (blanched asparagus, skatewing, whipped lardo, liver mousse starting to oxidize, second round of brioche for piggy plate was burnt black rather than showing grill marks like the bread that initially arrived) and maybe slightly larger portions to justify price (small increases along the lines of 2-3 more pieces of asparagus per dish or one more chunk of weisswurst with 2 more pieces of potato). And if these dishes aren’t suitable for 4 people to share comfortably, servers should take the initiative to step in and recommend ordering 2 of the same dish instead of ordering more variety. People would flock to this place if the value was there and you wouldn’t have to worry about empty tables in the restaurant at 8:30 on a Saturday night. Like I said, nothing bad happened, just trying to give my honest opinion here because I love the uniqueness of this place and it’s in my neighborhood; could be amazing.

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GP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Go there if for nothing else but the ribs - best I've had in years.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

They made us wait 20 minutes passed our reservation for a table. It was Friday night and accommodated us with two free drinks, but I still think you need to do a better job of slotting tables for reservations.

The food isn't traditional German food, most of the dishes are far from, which they do explain on their website. It also draws from Charleston style southern food as well.

That said, I was expecting a bit more from the dishes. None of them really wow'd me. We got the surf n turf, the bacon flatbread, ricotta dumplings, and pork chop. The dumplings were the best dish, but I think there were only two dumplings and wayyy more cauliflower/mushrooms. I think this would have been more a hit if it were 4 dumplings. The saurkraut was really good though.

Beer selection was fantastic, as were the wines. We did not opt for a cocktail.

Service, ambiance, drinks, and energy were great. But the logistics and food lacked.

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CR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun atmosphere. Well designed interior. Delicious and unique interpretations of dishes. Simple yet exceptional beer and wine offerings. Neighborhood and Chicago gem.

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BB
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall the food was amazing and they had great beer options. The only negative aspect was that they brought rosé over thinking it was our anniversary, we were there for another special occasion, and added that to the bill. My experience has always been if the restaurant brings something over that was not explicitly ordered, you shouldn’t be charging the customer for it. It was disappointing because the rest of the night was wonderful.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was almost too fast. Clearing drinking and menus before we were ready. Food was delicious as always.

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DG
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Not traditional German cuisine, but it was interesting dining. The selections are shared among the dinners at the table, 'family-style' , like at a Topas Bar. The Piggy Plate offers a good sampling of their pork meats and pates. The Spaetzle was okay but served too much like Mac and Cheese. Did not try the pretzels; will have to go back for those. The water and beer were served warm - I like it cold! We went on a Sunday and the place filled up while we dined and the noise level was tolerable. I guess it could get very loud when the bar and tables are full.

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

Funkenhausen is funkenwonderful! Bright and beautiful space, luscious dishes with complexity of flavors and super-fresh ingredients, and lovely and attentive service.

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

Perfect place for a date night. Really like the interior design. My girlfriend and I relied on the server's suggestion for number of dishes to order and share. All were extremely tasty with nice presentations. The standouts were the ricotta dumplings and broccolini. The skate schnitzel was good, but slightly salty (which was ok since we shared). I cannot attest to the cocktails as no longer a drinker, but that gave us the opportunity to try two desserts which we both enjoyed, the black forest cake (brandied cherries on the side) and almond tart. Will definitely be back.

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

Funkenhausen is one of my favorite new restaurants in Chicago. The food has been excellent all 3 times we have been in, and the vibe is upscale yet laid back and full of personality. Service has also been great. In terms of food, all the veggie dishes have been great and well balanced. My favorites have been the meaty dishes though, especially the spare ribs and the weisswurst. The great German and Austrian beers and wines perfectly complement the food. We will be back for round 4!

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

The Food. The Staff. The Vibe. The Magic. The Love.
Funkenhausen is an amazing spot. Eat everything and go home levitating.

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EH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was an unexpected restaurant - overall delicious and we loved the vibe!

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DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ribs fall off the bone! A nice rotation of entrees all, all of which are fantastic. The pork chop, schnitzel, and poor shoulder have been amazing.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter gave us some of the best service we had ever had and the vibe plus the food was perfect for a Saturday night dinner.

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Over-seasoned. Over-sauced. No staple sides to deal with all that.

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EP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food with complex flavors. We will definitely be back.

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O
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service, delightful ambiance, and amazing food!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, bright and beautiful decor

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I liked Funkenhausen but we had a reservation at 8:45pm and they didn't seat us until 9:15pm. By the time they had seated us, they had just ran out of schnitzel, which is the item we were looking forward to the most.

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R
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly and attentive waiter really enhanced experience. His recommendations were on par. Food was interesting and good. Little loud for my older parents but a great place and easy location.

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CS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service - would highly recommend!

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PP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On Sunday we celebrated my husbands birthday brunch at Funkenhausen. Everything from the friendly attentive service by Jessica (and the numerous others who continually filled our water glasses!), to the cool ambience was awesome. We started with a yummy garlic pretzel which came with pimento cheese. Jessica also brought out a homemade strawberry turnover with a bday candle for my husband. We then shared two entrees between the four of us, the schnitz and grits and the breakfast spaetzle. Everything was delicious and our mimosas complimented them perfectly. Highly recommend this as a fun brunch experience!

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k
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, and the food was excellent! Great addition to the West Town neighborhood. Highly recommend.

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c
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, great meal! This is a fantastic place to dine.

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JP
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Sat at a high top near the bar. Service was great, not pushy to get finished and get out...food is always good here. Drinks, expensive. Oh well. Crowded and noisy. That was unexpected at 6pm

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the vibe, fun food options, drinks were 👌 and LOVED the service.

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B
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Funkenterrific!
Food and service were excellent!
Definitely would go back!
Beverage and cocktails also a hit!
Definitely would go back!!!

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktails are just delicious. Ricotta Dumplings is one of the most delicious dishes I've had in Chicago. Service is perfect.

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AJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food/drinks and great service! For 2 people, we got the surfenturfen, ricotta dumplings, pork shoulder, broccolini, speatzle, and pound cake. We loved all of it, especially broccolini and pork shoulder. The final bill wasn’t too bad and we felt it was very worth it. We left super full and happy - Will be back for brunch!

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K
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Funkenhausen! We brought my parents and were able to get an end of the bar spot - which I really like. The cocktails are good and they have a nice variety. Our bartender, Sam, was great as always. Even when it got busy, he was attentive. We got a bunch of different appetizers and we liked everything we had. They mix up the menu quite a bit which makes its a place that’s fun to go back to often. It’s a bit pricey but worth it. It’s not something I would find myself making at home. We’ll be back!

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