The Berghoff Restaurant

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The Berghoff Restaurant is a Chicago landmark, serving German-style cuisine and culture since 1898. One of the oldest family-run businesses in the nation, it is now run by fourth generation, Peter Berghoff. At today’s Berghoff, menus have evolved to add newer, lighter and more contemporary dishes, but it’s still the same old Berghoff, down to the famous root beer.

Open for lunch and dinner, the Berghoff’s wide variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrées is sure to satisfy everyone in your party. With fresh ingredients, seasonal menus and vegetarian & gluten-free dishes, it"s “tradition with a twist!”

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Indiana
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom and I ate here for a late lunch/early dinner before a concert at the Chicago Theatre. Our server Jake was attentive, super friendly, and helpful. The pretzel appetizer was great, we loved the two different dipping sauces. We got the Rahm Schnitzel and Chicken Schnitzel, and they both were delicious! Would definitely eat here again!

LP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great beer, great service - and all within an incredibly festive holiday atmosphere.

RD
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The new Berghoff’s is not the old. Be prepared for the difference. I ordered smoked salmon with potato pancakes. They were served in a stack with tomato red onion cucumber and strangely mayonnaise. The meal was served on a long narrow plate instead of a round plate making it difficult to eat without the stacks falling onto the table. The side was an arugula and quinoa salad. They were happy to substitute another side and provide sour cream. Everything was tasty. Our reservation was on time.

JC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great time. A must stop for out of towners. Food was good however the pork chop was over done but the ribeye was cooked perfectly. Will go back.

OT
Chicago
221 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

W
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We were guests to the city and the reservation process was not good. No one to talk to! No confirmation once we made the reservation. The food I ordered was not cooked well and the potatos were cold. It took me talking to another waiter to get the attention of our wait staff member. She ordered me another meal. It was just ok. Then we asked for the checks to be separate and she separated it however she put the meal on mine that was returned and the meal replacement on the other persons bill. Both bills were incorrect. Took her a while to return with the corrected bill. All in all it was not the Berghoff I remembered 20 years ago saddly. This was a "bucket list" idem for me and I was very dissappointed. I won't return.

MS
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always YUMMY food...great vegetarian options! Our server was fabulous...she helped to make it a very fun and special evening! LOVE coming here during the holiday season...so festive!

D
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was delicious and a good value. Our waiter was professional, kind and welcoming. We traveled from out of state for our annual tradition to visit Chicago. In addition to the excellent food, our waiter made the evening fun and memorable.

Two criticisms:
1. The person at the front reception was not welcoming. No smile, no greeting and no warmth. Not a good way to get started. The Berghoff needs to train their reception staff properly and carefully.

2. The music was poor and completely out of character for a famous German restaurant. We dined while being annoyed with pop and R&B. Really??? Please consider Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven trios, quartets and incidental works. Also German traditional and indigenous folk music would be fitting.

VJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Berghoff is an institution and should be visited. I have eaten there several time over the years, almost every time I'm in the City. The visit this weekend was my first disappointment. We were a part of eight. They made us very welcome even though we were late for our reservation. The waitress was as pleasant and efficient as usual. My only real complaint was my dinner - the Wiener Schnitzel. It is such a classic they should know how to do it. But this time it was way too dry. Very disappointing. The other 5 meals were very good. Only one other was German-type food and it was done to perfection - the rouladen. In general everything is excellent here. I'm hoping this was just a bad night. Will try again.

AA
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was very pleasant, and the food was great, except for the cooked carrots, which were too hard.

S
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

It was so cold, it was impossible to enjoy the dining experience. The servers ignored our requests to change the temperature even though the entire restaurant was wearing coats and hats while eating

LM
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a wonderful restaurant- historic ambiance, great service great food-
not a single thing wrong

MC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance & the food was good comfort food.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

35th wedding anniversary

JJ
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was mediocre at best. I had the game sausage plate, it was hard to distinguish one from the other outside of the color and the root vegetables were definitely not caramelized and very little madeira sauce. One friend had the chicken schnitzel and another had the wiener schnitzel. The wiener schnitzel was very blah and the chicken one was simply a piece of chicken with a heavy fried coating. Glad we went as it has a long history in Chicago, but not understanding why since eating there. The bar looked fun though

SR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Berghoff. The food was outstanding and the service was terrific. The restaurant does become somewhat noisy as it fills up, but in my opinion it is not as bad as other places.

RK
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal and the service was very friendly!

GV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Nice wait staff but the food was cold and not tasty.

M
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing! Lots of choices for all. Good value for the price of entrees, especially for Chicago.
It did take a long time for our server to come to our table, well over 15 minutes (at least when I started to notice the time). The food was great and prompt service with water, clearing plates etc. The service from the other employees was great and attentive. They did most of the work so I certainly hope they get a large portion of the tips. The food was great and dessert was amazing. The strawberry rhubarb cobbler was one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. The waitress did get a portion of our order wrong, but not a huge deal.
Will be back!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a 3 day weekend from Tampa Florida. Ate at Berghoff over 20 years ago, and everything is as good as before.

PS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic Chicago restaurant, not to be missed. Extensive menu, great food and ambiance

B
New England
42 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This is a large open and bright restaurant. The dress code is casual. An old Chicago standby of a place. Good german food. Good desserts.

EM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't been for a few years, and was pleasantly surprised that the food remained consistent. As always, the rahm schnitzel was fantastic and the service fast and attentive.

MW
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I were celebrating our four year anniversary and this meal was the perfect ending to one of our days in Chicago.

MT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, beer, und herzliche Gemuetlichkeit.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love German food.... the Berghoff did not disappoint....

T
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

If you don’t mind cold food in a fun historical atmosphere with good beer, pick this place. If you like hot food, pick another place.

W
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. First time there from start to finish was great. Well worth going. Food, decor and service wonderful.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Anniversary

T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Went here on my first date with my (now) wife many years ago. Went back recently and had a very poor experience. Wanted to like it a lot, but the service was dreadful and food bland. Perhaps it's through rose-colored glasses, but not what I remember at all.

AH
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was good, but not outstanding, like I had expected. Service was very good.

BJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the root beer & goulash!

RF
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Berghoff's long run is a puzzle. The food defames what German cooking can be. It certainly isn't the reason, I hope, so many people continue to eat here. Perhaps it's simply Berghoff's endurance or persistence and maybe its convivial atmosphere. Whatever the reason I can't fathom why anyone would become a regular or drop by more than once.

f
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great menu with something for everyone. We shared teh beet salad which was tremendous. We then had the white fish and the fried fish and French fries. Both were tasty, hot and plentiful. We ended with ice cream and apple strudel. We also shared a bottle of wine which completed the meal nicely. We would highly recommend the Berghoff.

DR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic and historical. Ester, our waitress was a gem. I opted for appetizers and sides. So surprised they had “ Last Word”, a 1930’s cocktail on their menu. Loved the entire experience!

K
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The pretzel was very good and the Reuben was tasty but my boyfriend had some sort of wurst special and it was mediocre. This place is lost in time. It needs massive updating of decor and menu to survive the future.

K
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great German dishes with many additional choices for others to enjoy as well. Beers made in-house were delicious!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Hearty meals perfect for a cold day in Chicago but plenty of lighter options available too. Waiter took care of me when I ordered a glass of wine and made sure to check if I wanted the sweeter or dryer option. Great service, very friendly. Thank you!

ED
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my Father's favorite restaurant in the 1930's....always been my number one favorite and at least "well liked" by kids and grandkids. Four generations of Chicagoans cannot all be wrong. We like the general ambiance, the huge and varied menu, the excellent service, good location and moderate prices. The addition the the entertainment at the bar and upstairs bathrooms makes it even better.....just keep doing what you are doing!!

CV
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is not the OLD Berghoff but they have managed to preserve a good deal of the atmosphere and some of the best menu items. It is a bit pricey for what you get in the restaurant but, as a trip down memory lane, it is fun.

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