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The Berghoff Restaurant, Chicago, IL

The Berghoff Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1914 Reviews
$30 and under
German
---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, now run by the fourth generation, Pete Berghoff. 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. In December 2018, the Berghoff family opened Adams Street Brewery, aptly named after the street they have called home for over a century, to nod to their brewing roots and commemorate the restaurant's 120th anniversary.




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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    German, American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:45 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 427-3170

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matthew Reichel

  • Catering

    Private Dining - The Berghoff Restaurant provides a truly unique event experience within the setting of the historic Berghoff building. Host your next event in one of our four private rooms. Contact us to start planning today!

  • Private party facilities

    The Berghoff Restaurant provides a truly unique event experience within the setting of the historic Berghoff building at 17 West Adams Street, in the heart of Chicago"s Loop. The Historic Berghoff building offers individuals or organizations access to four separate venues. Contact Jamaal Bashir l to book your next event--Jamaal@berghoff.com

  • Private party contact

    Jenna Musil: (844) 556-5484

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Cross street

    State and Adams Street

  • Parking details

    Reduced parking validation at InterPark Parking Garage, located at 17 E Adams.

  • Public transit

    Located in the heart of Chicago's Loop, easily accessible by CTA's Red, Blue, Green, Brown, Orange, and Pink lines and numerous bus routes.<br /><br />We offer validated parking at 17 E Adams-InterPark. Please make sure to bring your parking ticket to the restaurant, and ask your server or host to validate.<br /><br />SpotHero Parking<br /><br />Book convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservations app.<br /><br />To reserve your parking spot, visit the Berghoff Restaurant SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chicago Restaurant Week

    $25.00 per person

    Jan 20 - Feb 4, 2023
    Join us for Choose Chicago's Restaurant Week. Enjoy either our Lunch or Dinner Prix Fixe Menu. Lunch includes an appetizer and entree for $25, or dine for dinner and enjoy an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $42. (excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity) We will also have suggested discounted flights from our in-house brewery-Adams Street Brewery, available. A perfect pairing for a uniquely iconic Chicago dining experience!

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What 1,914 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. l

    lfgal

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal food. Love the ambiance. How could I have gone 59 years without trying this restaurant? Love this place.
  2. JK

    JimK

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Berghoff is amazing and dined during restaurant week. Pierogis best I've ever had, salad was incredible. Sausages fantastic, spaetzel good, and German potato salad (ordered extra side) tasty. Apple strudel delicious. Love the atmosphere!!!
  3. S

    Steve

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Toll Deutsche Essen! Schmeckte gut und die Kellnerin war ausgezeichnet.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, authentic food,great service, and a beautiful space!
  5. JJ

    JanJ

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for dinner during Restaurant Week. I had not been here in a bunch of years--what a Classic spot! The menu offered a lot of choices and I was glad to see the suggestion of a beer pairing (4 different beers for tasting). The portions are good, the food is delicious comfort food, and the service is attentive. I am going to go back to sit in the bar area--it was really big with so many different kinds of bottles--it looked fun.
  6. O

    Olivia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I come here all the time for date nights. My boyfriend and I have found it’s one of the best restaurants in Chicago that you really get your money’s worth out of. Their food is absolutely delicious and we’ve made it a plan to try everything on the menu.
  7. J

    Jazz

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant. Great service. Always enjoy eating at Berghoff
  8. MN

    MandiN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place was amazing, from the food to the service and the building itself. Prices are steep, however what one would expect to pay for being in downtown Chicago anyway. We will definitely be back!
  9. MA

    MarshallA

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love coming to eat at the Berghoff, for almost 40 years now!
  10. C

    Cchicago

    Chicago

    71 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We went for Restaurant week to the Berghoff where I hadn't been in about 25 years. The decor hasn't changed. Luckily it wasn't crowded as we got there at 5:15. The homemade bread was good. The waiter was good but it would have been nice if he had told us his name. The food was good but nothing special. The weinerschnitzscel was nothing to write home about. It was dry and the creamed spinach was quite salty. The desert was good but not worth the calories. My friend had the Saurbrauten which I tasted. She really liked it because there was a ton of mashed potatoes and gravy. Who doesn't like that! The meat was tasty but it didn't look appetizing. All-in-all this is an old restaurant that in my humble opinion could use an update. I'll probably try it again in 25 years if I'm still around.
  11. H

    Hinky

    Chicago

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Restaurant week was a good value. The food was delicious and the waitstaff very pleasant and efficient.
  12. V

    Vacation

    Kansas City

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    It was a special trip to Chicago to celebrate my 61st birthday. Upon arriving to the restaurant we asked for a booth to have a little more personal meal but was denied. Even after mentioning this was an out of town trip for a birthday, the hostess said sorry we should have asked for this. I reiterated we did state this was a birthday occasion and still NO! Our table was smack in the middle of the very loud dining room. Service was quite slow and the chairs were fair less than comfortable. If I had any sense of something else available close by I would have asked my wife and daughter to follow me outside to simply leave before ordering. This is really a place for lunch, not a nice quiet dinner. It’s really disappointing that an establishment with the history of this place and doesn’t share that history with its patrons with photos etc on the walls. The very faded out of date murals were in my opinion very out of place with the name and history of the establishment. This is one of the biggest disappointments in dining for our family in many years. 5 sad faces and zero stars for this one.
  13. CO

    CONNORA

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Ordered the Wisconsin Cheese Curds as an appetizer. They were cold which was why I gave a 4 star review. Our meals, weiner schnitzel and the pork schnitzel were excellent.
  14. W

    Wendy

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful to rediscover The Berghoff, a great pre-show dining location. The food and the beer was excellent, the service was attentive, the ambiance is lively and the room is nostalgic, the wood decor is beautiful.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    We ordered a selection of the traditional entrees and they all fell very flat. The service was exceptional and setting was great, just wish I could say the same for the food.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I truly enjoyed the entire experience. From the appetizer through the dessert!!
  17. EM

    EMKV

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had lunch at noon on a Tuesday. We both had the sauerbraten and it was wonderful!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was my birthday night. The atmosphere and service was amazing. The weiner schnitzel and spaetzel was ok, hoped it would have been more flavorful from a German restaurant…could have used a mushroom sauce. The others in the party really enjoyed their white fish, Reuben and burgers.
  19. RC

    RonC

    Dallas

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful German restaurant. Anything you order is well prepared and served by fast and efficient waiters. This is a beautiful historical place. Time honored elegance at very affordable prices. Our favorite.
  20. L

    Lynne

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    I do not want to discourage anyone from dining at this great Chicago Icon of a restaurant because the food, ambience and service in general was all terrific. However, I believe the servers need some additional training re: when it is okay to remove a customer's plate during the concluding moments of the dining visit. In my recent visit which i hosted for my two former secretaries, they finished their meals before i did and their plates were taken away--appropriately. I was still eating and thus not finished, though two different servers came to my seat and reached to take away my plate despite food remaining on it and without checking with me. One even put his thumb on my plate as he reached across me to take it. Understandably, I was disturbed by these inappropriate actions--even though I was pleased by everything up to those moments. Please retrain your employees NOT to remove a diner's plate without making sure they are FINISHED with their meal.
  21. f

    foodiegirl29

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great first experience at The Berghoff! Both my husband and I had schnitzels (he, chicken; me, Jagerschnitzel), which were excellent. We will happily dine here again next chance we get! Atmosphere is casual, laid-back, and attentive service.
  22. LI

    LisaI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere here was great. Greated in a very friendly manner upon entering. Our server was very polite and attentive. The food was AWESOME! The servings were a good portion. I would higly recommend this restaurant.
  23. V

    Vita

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I met relatives from out-of-town for Saturday lunch. At the crowded, busy Berghoff of 50-some years ago, plates were wisked away as soon as the last forkful was lifted. Not so now. We were able to visit for 3 hours, served by an attentive but not intrusive waitperson, David. The food was as good as it was before and the house-brewed draft beer was fun and easy to sample with the small-sized glasses. Will definitely be back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience for my family!
  25. C

    Chicagovisitor

    Grand Rapids

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic German food with a friendly wait staff!
  26. TC

    ThomasC

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just the right amount of attention from our server. Whitefish with asparagus and the creamed spinach as an ALWAYS side dish was spectacular, as usual. Ambiance is and was tasteful. Only disappointment was the ‘Pot Roast’ entree was in ‘sandwich’ form. Tradition would dictate keeping the old version as it was such a signature dish. Overall, it’s a great experience eating at The Berghoff.
  27. BM

    BlairM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Amazing staff. Food FANTASTIC! Will definitely return on our next Chicago trip.
  28. JV

    JoVE

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect lunch for both of us. We shared, and it was wonderful.
  29. ML

    MusicLvr

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Th food at the Berghoff is very good. The specialty is German food but the - American food is very good too. We had a Reuben sandwich. There was a ton of corned beef and the rye bread was delicious. However, I would have liked more sauerkraut and more dressing. I felt the sandwich could have used more zip. The homemade potato chips were outstanding. The service was good but all waiters were super busy. One more waiter might be helpful at lunch. The decorations and ambiance were great.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Berghoff never disappoints! I requested a table by the tree and they delivered! Our server Larry was very kind and helpful! The food….phenomenal! Great way to end our Christmas break!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal in Chicago
  32. PS

    PaulS

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    For Holiday ambience, the Berghoff did not disappoint. Our server, Marsha was prompt, delightful and accurate -- which is amazing considering how crowded it was and how busy she was.
  33. KK

    KennethK

    Denver

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A very nice meal at a very famous restaurant. Good German food. No issues. A great family meal.
  34. HE

    HungryEaters

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Reasonable prices, good food, great Christmas atmosphere.
  35. MH

    MarionH

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience
  36. J

    Joseph

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a great server. He was engaging, friendly, and attentive. We felt welcomed.
  37. BS

    BarbaraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. It’s our family tradition. Food is excellent but prices are high for everything. Love the ambiance.
  38. D

    D9499

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great atmosphere and great food. We had a really nice lunch.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time. We wanted to have a festive holiday dinner and it fulfilled that in every way. The service was wonderful, they made us feel so welcomed and our children loved looking for the pickle in the Christmas trees. We highly recommend it!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    My Open Table reservation was confirmed for 6pm however the hostess had a 5:45pm confirmation from the app. When we arrived at 6pm we were informed that we were “late” and our reservation was canceled, despite showing my confirmation from Open Table. At first we were told the wait would be at least 60 min, however after repeatedly showing the hostess and a manager my confirmation for 6pm we were seated at 6:20. Not sure why the reservation times were different but the staff was reluctant to assist.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Berghoff Restaurant using the Order Online button. The Berghoff Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 427-3170.

The Berghoff Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1914 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Berghoff Restaurant

17 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    State and Adams Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:45 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    German, American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Reduced parking validation at InterPark Parking Garage, located at 17 E Adams.

  • Public transit

    Located in the heart of Chicago's Loop, easily accessible by CTA's Red, Blue, Green, Brown, Orange, and Pink lines and numerous bus routes.We offer validated parking at 17 E Adams-InterPark. Please make sure to bring your parking ticket to the restaurant, and ask your server or host to validate.SpotHero ParkingBook convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservations app.To reserve your parking spot, visit the Berghoff Restaurant SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matthew Reichel

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 427-3170

  • Catering

    Private Dining - The Berghoff Restaurant provides a truly unique event experience within the setting of the historic Berghoff building. Host your next event in one of our four private rooms. Contact us to start planning today!

  • Private party facilities

    The Berghoff Restaurant provides a truly unique event experience within the setting of the historic Berghoff building at 17 West Adams Street, in the heart of Chicago"s Loop. The Historic Berghoff building offers individuals or organizations access to four separate venues. Contact Jamaal Bashir l to book your next event--Jamaal@berghoff.com

  • Private party contact

    Jenna Musil: (844) 556-5484

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